Loving Amalya

posted in: Amalya, DD#2, Family, Surrender | 22

Our sweet little Amalya arrived this morning, September 10, via cesarean section at 7:51 AM. He was 4 lbs 9 oz and measured 16-1/8″ long. We were thrilled that Mommy and Daddy had some special time with him, and then the three sets of grandparents and three great-grandmothers all had a chance to snuggle him. He lived about one hour and twenty minutes before he slipped peacefully into the loving hands of Jesus.

Other family members were also present and had a chance to admire him and hold him.

We feel so blessed that he was born alive and we were able to shower him with love for the time he was on this earth. It has not been an easy road. It’s never easy to watch your child face extremely difficult circumstances. But our daughter and her husband showed amazing strength and loved their son every minute he was within their care. What an amazing testimony.

You can read more about their story by following the “Amalya” category.

You can read more about the quilt dedicated to Amalya by following the “Surrender” category.

Surrender by Maria Elkins

22 Responses

  1. Trish

    What a moving photo remembrance of Amalya. My thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and your family during this time.

  2. Kathy Land

    Praying for you all and what a testimony all of you have been.

  3. Lisa Quintana

    Your testimony through all of this has been amazing. Here are my hugs and prayers for your family and great thankfulness that you and yours are in this world…even if but for little more than an hour.


  4. Carol Ann

    I know God is holding you all in His mighty arms. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Queenie Believe

    My toughts and prayers are with your daughter, her husband, and your family. The strength and courage of your daughter’s and her husband’s unconditional love and saying yes to life however short is a beautiful example of God’s grace. Thier selfless love is a testimony of shining light in a world so often cloaked in selfish darkness.
    Blessing to you and your family.
    Always, Queenie

  6. Kim Hinkle

    Just wanted to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Vickie Paullus

    Maria, blessings to your family during a difficult time. All the best for the future from your friends at Ohio Valley Quilters Guild. Love and prayers to you and yours. God bless!

  8. BJ

    What a precious gift God gave you all… 80 minutes to hold, cuddle, and love that very special baby. I know God is going to use your family in amazing ways because of this journey and your example of faith shown. I know God is smiling as he holds that precious one in his hands.

  9. marliyn smith

    What strength and love your family has shown. There is nothing better than living within the will of God.

  10. jane kelly

    Maria, you and your family are true testimonies to our wonderful God. My prayers are with your family.

  11. Katha Dill

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. A beautiful tribute…

  12. Pam Geisel

    Words can not express what I want to say, yet even in your grief, your words (and your art) are able to express some of what you are feeling. Thanks for sharing with us and God bless you and your family.

  13. susan schaller

    God bless you all and sustain you all Maria ! Glad you all had those precious moments with him !

  14. Jan Kloo

    May the Lord comfort you all. So glad he was alive when born and able to hold his mother’s finger if just for a short time. May God bless you and surround you with His love.

  15. Jean B

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. So touching.

  16. Brenda Johnson

    I look forward to meeting Amalya in heaven someday. Thank you for so lovingly sharing his story as well as his beautiful family’s story. Thank God for those precious moments of love you were able to shower his with on his journey.