Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on April-30-2008

The picture says it all. Ella had a busy day.

She had her longest / best PT session ever with her new therapist that came to our apartment. We’ll miss seeing Claudia on a regular basis, but we’re very excited to have Ella getting in house PT sessions 5 days a week!

It was a GORGEOUS day here in Gainesville (just like the photo gallery below). There was no way we could stay in for lunch so we headed over to the Tioga Town Center so Ella could enjoy the fresh air.

Tioga Town Center

We sat at one of the tables outside of Starbucks. Very comfortable until a couple people around us began to smoke (bleh). Besides the fact that Tina and I are not fond of being around it, it can be incredibly detrimental to Ella. So, when people would start smoking Tina would take Ella for a walk until the air cleared.

While there, we ran into one of the respiratory therapists that took care of Ella in the hospital! What a great surprise to see her. She had mentioned what a funny coincidence it was because just yesterday she was looking at our blog with some other NICU nurses. So great to know that Ella has her fans checking up on her in the NICU :-).

Tomorrow will be an exciting day. A close friend of the Boemler Wareings, and a HUGE Ella fan is coming from three hours away with her husband to bring us lunch! Is that crazy or what!!! She’s been following Ella’s story since last October and wanted to meet her in person before we leave the state.

We feel so blessed to have all these people around the country (and globe!) that love and care for our baby girl.

Thanks to YOU for being one of Ella’s fans. We love all of you.

Steve and Joan Odell on May 1st, 2008 at 6:12 am #

Because you reached out each of us have grown in so many ways – The West family has become a part of our families through faith and love. So happy that she is doing well with PT. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, feelings and prayers. Lord Bless – Steve and Joan

ninive on May 1st, 2008 at 6:31 am #

It was AWSOME seeing you guys yesterday,. It really warms my heart to see Ella growing so well and so CUTE. We all know how hard she fought and how hard she was fought for. You guys deserve the best, and now you have your bunddle. I am TRUELY happy for all 3 of you, as I said yesterday, she couldn’t have been born in a better family.
Love you Ella!!!!
Keep in touch, Ninive

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on May 1st, 2008 at 7:41 am #

We are so blessed when the Lord uses us for His purpose. There is no doubt that He has worked through you, Tina and Ella throughout this last year to touch hundreds (if not thousands) of hearts. For my part I’m proud to know you and my family and I have been blessed by God through you. We will not know the full measure of the impact we make during this short window of opportunity on earth until we’re finally called home. I know we’ll be amazed at how many “every day” (to us) situations on earth were huge milestones and life changing events when viewed through the eyes of God.
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:8-9

Anne on May 1st, 2008 at 7:42 am #

So awesome to see her growing and progressing well! Congrats to you guys for all your hard work! You deserve this wonderful reward!

John & Estela Williams on May 1st, 2008 at 8:04 am #

Wow… what a beautiful day. Colorado was also blessed with a sunny, no cloud in the sky weather yesterday… it reached 79.. it was awesome. Today is only 39 and it’s snowing/raining… wow what a change 1 day can make. Ella looks tired what a day. God Bless

Heidi Anderson on May 1st, 2008 at 8:19 am #

Just one of Ella’s ‘fan’s checking in! I love to read her daily adventures and I pray for all of you often! What a journey you are on… and what a blessing little Ella’s smile is to me and many others! So Sweet! Can’t wait for you to go home and feel like a family of three in your own house! Praying for you all=)

Eli Brown on May 1st, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

We have to keep up while we can. We know you will be cutting the apron strings soon enough. Glad you had a good day.

Lisa T on May 1st, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

Ella looks great! It sounds like your last weeks in FL are going to be quite eventful, all in the best of ways!

Joel Snyder on May 1st, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

Ella, Sorry I am late with this post but Grandpa was just like you worn out. I had to come home and get my rest. I am thrilled that you are doing so well with your PT. I hope you have fun with your friends today and I will check on you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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