Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on January-27-2010

Hey there Ella Fans! It’s been awhile since I (Ella’s dad) threw a post out there. I wanted to share a special moment with you.

Overall, life has been challenging with some days being better than others. I’m guessing that statement really sums up where a lot of families are right now.

October and November of last year were solid for my consulting business, but during the December holidays the work screeched to a halt. Not totally unheard of for that time of year, but the hope of things really picking up in January stalled quite a bit. Between the lack of consistent work and other family challenges, some of which Tina has posted about, it can really take a toll on your emotions and even your faith.

We took some video of Ella this last Monday, the 25th of January. This was after a day of going over our budget and discussing the direction we should take in life. It can be overwhelming to look at the storm going on around you and in those moments it’s easy to forget to keep your eyes on Christ. You find yourself starting to sink in the water with the waves crashing all around you…

….but peace was found in God affirming how awesome our little miracle is:

Above was the first day of her really crawling…below is the next day…

Thank you Lord for never leaving or forsaking us. Thank you for reminding us that you are always there and will never abandon us. We praise you for this sweet, amazing, wonderful, miracle of a child you have blessed us with. May our eyes continue to remain fixed on you, because we know that when we do, your peace is more powerful than any storm that surrounds us.

Loren LIzotte on January 27th, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

wow! My day just keeps getting better! It’s such a good feeling to see her taking all of these advancements. I can just tell she is all that a miracle could ever represent.

God Bless your little Bun

Eve Johnson on January 27th, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

Glory to God in the Highest! Tears of joy and adoration for you, West Family, as well for our mighty, awesome God, for this amazing achievement!

Katy on January 27th, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

Wow! I am so glad I decided to look at your post today. What progress since I saw her in October. I am overjoyed for you.

Marge (A Friend in Indiana) on January 27th, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

Great job Ella; keep up the good work! God’s blessings to you all.

Julie on January 27th, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

Tears of joy for you guys. How wonderful!

Missy payne on January 27th, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

Wow! She’s really got it down, you will be chasing after her in no time!

Jim and Char Jordan on January 27th, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

What a Blessing! Let the games begin!

Kara on January 27th, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

Oh, that was SO cool!!!! Thank you for posting that. It was so cute to watch her have her little conversations. I kept wondering which of her shows she was doing a monologue from. And her saying “say dada” was Brilliant!!! It may take her a while, but that little girl is going to take the world by storm. Till then, she certainly made my day. Thank you for that. I love you all SO MUCH! Please have a family hug from me. XXXOOO

Steve and Joan on January 27th, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

We are so incredibly excited about Ella’s growth in every way she has made progress – The Lord is good!!! Prayers continue for guidance for the two of you and continued growth and progress for dearest Ella. Love and hugs – Steve and Joan

sherry martinez on January 27th, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

sorry about all your troubles we love you guys hugs cayden and sherry

Kellie Myers on January 27th, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

WOW!!!! That brought a HUGE smile to my face. Go, Ella, Go! Thank you for sharing such a special moment ~ look out world because here comes Ella.

megan on January 27th, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

Doodlebug I am so proud of you!!! This is the best home movie of all time!! Hugs~

julie kirk on January 28th, 2010 at 4:41 am #

what a miracle and confirmation that God is in control of every area of our lives. Praise God for this precious child and thank you both so much for sharing her with us. love and hugs

Aunt Marla on January 28th, 2010 at 7:27 am #

you just made my day Ella! There’s no stopping you now! Hugs and kisses to my girl!

Chris Means on January 28th, 2010 at 9:44 am #

That is so exciting! She is just adorable!

Laura Leichty on January 28th, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

One of the sweetest videos ever!!! 🙂 Your life will never be the same again!! 🙂 YEAH!! I mean that in a very postive way!! Now that she has discovered movement theres NO stopping her now!! 🙂 Enjoy her sweet success!!!! Rejoicing with YOU!
Laura from IN

Uncle Darryl on January 28th, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

Get that girl some bongos. Wow what a blessing she is.

Jenn Miller on January 29th, 2010 at 2:23 am #

AMAZING! Love this SO much, thanks for sharing. Go Ella, go!!!

The Dirirm Family on January 30th, 2010 at 7:02 am #

So great to see her progress! Praise God!
We will continue praying for you all.

Terri Trainer on January 31st, 2010 at 12:13 am #

OH MY WORD!! How awesome is that!! I love the 2nd video when she’s doing her Jazzercise moves. Classic!!

Joel snyder on April 15th, 2010 at 12:41 am #

Ella, You are making great progress and I am hoping that it only gets better everyday. You are really getting around and it looks like fun. Love,Grandpa!!!!

Post a comment

Name:  (required)
Email:  (required)