Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on July-24-2013


When did this happen? When did our little miracle grow up so fast? I’ve been pretty emotional about it all day to be honest. Every time I think about our wonderfully sweet amazing girl turning 6, I just tear up. It doesn’t even seem real.

As I write this, Ella’s brother has gone down for the night, Tina is in the kitchen baking some treats for an event tomorrow, and I can hear Ella “talking” in the background. It’s amazing how far she has come.

I think to best protect my emotions, I set my expectations low in regards to Ella’s progress. And yet, she continues to surprise us. Recently she’s begun to hum along with the songs that play on her iPad. She is even doing the BEEP BEEP BEEP along with the Wheels on the Bus song! This is the cutest thing ever to experience and Tina and I get such a kick out of it while driving with her in the car. She’s just in her seat and will start humming along with the different songs she hears. So wonderful.


While she doesn’t have any speech for communication, she does have her own “language”. I have this vision that if we were all to travel to Paris, some local would let us know that she speaks perfect French. Oui…at least that’s how it sounds…hehe. There is no rhyme or reason to her “words”, but it is so cute to hear her “talk” to her stuffed animal giraffe, George.

The birthday today has been low key. Ella has no concept that it’s her special day, but we’re still all too happy to hug on her, sing to her, and affirm to her what an amazing girl she is. I just can’t get over the fact that she’s SIX YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!

So I sit here and marvel at this precious girl’s progress, praising God for all he has brought us through to this day.

Thank you Lord, for the gift that you’ve blessed us with. This life that is so precious and innocent and is such a loving little girl. What a miracle she is and what an impact she’s had on so many people. We praise you for her life and know that she is exactly who you planned her to be. Let her continue to grow strong and may your love shine through her for eternity. AMEN


Amanda on July 24th, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

Wow I can’t believe she is 6! Happy birthday Ella! I remember first reading about Ella’s journey and I’ve been captivated by her story ever since. I love to see the updates on her so I get excited when they come into my email. I am continuing to pray for her and your family. She’s such an amazing miracle and I know The Lord must have big plans for her!

Tony Lazio on July 24th, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

That’s so awesome! Happy Birthday Ella. Thanks for sharing, buddy.

Lisa Correia on July 24th, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

Happy Birthday Ella!!! Have a wonderful time celebrating West Family!!!!

Laura Blackwell on July 25th, 2013 at 12:17 am #

I love her pictures and happy face. God is good!

Eve Johnson on July 25th, 2013 at 3:38 am #

Happy birthday to Ella, beloved little (big!) girl!

Steve and Joan on July 25th, 2013 at 5:19 am #

Happy Happy Birthday darling Ella. You are so very special and a blessing to all. Keep singing!! love and hugs to all of you…

Allyson on July 25th, 2013 at 5:27 am #

Happy Birthday sweet girl!! So happy for your wonderful, special family! God Bless!!

Elizabeth Norman on July 25th, 2013 at 7:09 am #

Happy happy Birthday! She looks so adorable. Hope to also hear how your little guy is doing and to see his photos sometime.

Christe Mitchell on July 25th, 2013 at 7:22 am #

Happy 6th Birthday Sweet Ella, praying your day is Great!!

Gloria Jacobsen on July 25th, 2013 at 8:10 am #

What a darling little girl,who thrived on love and caring. God bless you and your wonderful family!

Jennifer Harris on July 25th, 2013 at 9:00 am #

Happy Birthday, Sweet Ella! May GOD continue to bless your life in overflow…

Ellie on July 25th, 2013 at 9:44 am #

Happy Birthday Ella!! You are growing up so fast!

Pat Hadden on July 25th, 2013 at 9:53 am #

Wow. It seems like just yesterday we were hanging on every detail of her birth. We’ll be offline while we move to NY, but we sent all our love to you and your growing family!

Rusty Rich on July 25th, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

Happy Birthday Ella!! Can’t believe you’re already 6!! Love – Rusty, Liz, Par, Jack, and Lacey

Loren on July 25th, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

Happy Birthday Ella!! 6 and Beautiful!!!

Jean Rich on July 25th, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

Happy Birthday little lady!!

Dana Orbaker on July 25th, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

Happy 6th Birthday, sweet Ella!

Heidi Moak on July 26th, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

Amen! What a wonderful special day!

Marge Stiver (a friend in Indiana) on July 28th, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

Happy Birthday Ella – I can’t believe that you are 6 already and what a little lady you are – God Bless You

Leslie Braun on July 29th, 2013 at 11:56 am #

Happy Birthday to you Ella! You are a special girl and so loved by your family! I too love watching you grow and surprise your parents with your accomplishments!

Linda on August 2nd, 2013 at 11:34 am #

Ella has been an inspiration to so many. Hope she had a wonderful birthday and many more.

Linda on August 6th, 2013 at 8:03 am #

I loved looking at the WestFamGram and enjoyed seeing how much Isaiah has grown. You have such a lovely family and you are truly blessed. I am so happy for both of you and I am sure as he grows Ella will learn a lot from him.

Kelly on August 11th, 2013 at 9:22 am #

Glad she had a great day! Happy birthday Ella

Devon Roell on August 22nd, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

Ella came to my mind today <3 Cant believe she is 6?! Hugs and prayers…

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