audrey & emma

My heart is especially burdened for Joanne’s little girls tonight. Toben wrote a wonderfully long and informative blog post just a little bit ago, and at the end, he asked for prayer for Audrey and Emma. After a year-and-a-half of being home-schooled by their amazing mama, they’re going back to school on Wednesday.

I can’t even imagine. Tears sprang to my eyes when I read that the first time. Then again when I read it the second time. And now again.

Can you imagine being 9 or 12 and your mommy is lying unresponsive in a hospital bed (and has been for almost a week), and now you have to gather up all the courage and strength you can muster and go back to school where you haven’t been for 18 months?

The good thing is that this is a Christian school, and it’s filled with old friends. Everyone will have heard about Joanne and will love on her girls in amazing ways. Thank you, God, that their teachers and classmates know you and can encourage these beautiful young women with your truth and comfort. And I think it might be just what they need instead of sitting at home with nothing to do but miss their mommy.

But it will still be hard. Friends, please pray for God’s peace and strength to just envelop these little girls as they go back to school. They are so precious.

Joanne’s blog has been updated (I’m so thankful for you, Gabe) with tangible ways you can help her sweet family during this hard time.

(These pics are from the Phoenix Zoo, July 2009. Toben and Joanne had an appointment that morning, so we took Audrey and Emma with us. 115 degrees before noon. Wowzers.)

^Audrey, Ava, Nina, Livi, Emma. (and some sweaty lady pushing the stroller)

^Audrey and Ava.

^Emma and Livi.

^I love these people.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, friends, for praying for Joanne and her family. You are AMAZING. See you here tomorrow for our discussion of Chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Your Secret Name.

19 thoughts on “audrey & emma

  1. erin

    Oh, Marla, that makes me want to cry for those poor girls!! How are they handling school? I can’t imagine. You and your family and JoAnne’s family are in my prayers. Thank you for keeping us updated.

  2. Rachel

    They have been very heavy on my heart, as well. Especially Emma, as she is the one who found her mother and the one who’s birthday is so very soon. May they both find comfort in the arms of their heavenly father.

  3. Sara

    Hey girl! Thanks for getting back to me. We sent out a blast to about 200 women around denver, so I’m hoping we beat the doors of Heaven down…maybe He will just come get us all.

  4. Nina

    Those girls have been heavy on my heart as well. I was Audrey’s age when my beloved grandfather had a stroke and was in a coma for several weeks before the family decided that nothing more could be done. Twelve is a hard enough age as it is. Seeing my grandfather in a coma–feeling so darned HELPLESS–made it so much worse. It made me grow up much faster than I probably should have. I cannot imagine what it’s like for Audrey (and Emma) … or perhaps it’s too unbearable to try.

    I’m certain that the school they’ll be attending will be God’s way of holding them in His comforting arms. He always, always takes care of us, and I have no doubt that those girls will be surrounded by His angels in the form of teachers, students, and friends.

    Thanks for all you are doing for Joanne and her family, in the form of making the rest of us aware of what’s going on, and letting us know about ways (besides praying) that we can help these sweet people.

  5. Jen Hanson

    I still can’t believe guys came to Phoenix in the dead of summer and then walked around OUTSIDE all day. I can’t wait to read that portion in your book. It’s a beautiful here Jan – March, you’ll have to give AZ another try some day.

    1. Marla Taviano

      I know. We’re ridiculous. Don’t hold your breath about that part of the book. It’s been tweaked so hard that there’s very little left about the actual zoos. You’re in it though. 🙂

      1. Jen Hanson

        Whhhaaaaatttt?? How did I manage to snag the honor of making it into one of you books? Ha – I wasn’t even there! You’re just going to leave me hanging though aren’t you? 😉

  6. Denise

    My heart is heavy for them too. I have a card i bought yesterday and am wanting to write some scriptures on note cards to put in them. I am praying and praying for this family and this lovely woman’s healing

  7. Janna

    You’re not sweating, you are “glistening.” I know we’ve just met this week, but I consider you a kindred spirit. Love you and thank you and Gabe for all your help.

  8. joyce

    It is the girls who weigh heaviest on my heart too. I have two daughters myself and its all just so hard to think about. Girls need their mama and I have to continually remind myself that God knows our every need and is in charge of life’s grand scheme.

  9. kendal

    i will be praying. i know from being a teacher how hard this can be for kids. thanks for the update. i woke up praying for this woman today. and i don’t even know her. it’s because of your posts that she is on my heart.

    1. Rachelle

      I share these sentinments. I don’t know Joanne either, but she has been on my heart because of Marla’s posts.
      God hears our prayers and he knows our grief.

      Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me. Jeremiah 8:21

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