{Dear Rowan Able}

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


In the past 9 months your mom has taken you camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Night fished with you on the Davidson River.


Hiked with you through the Redwoods in California.


Danced with you at your first concert.


Camped with you in Yosemite National Park.


Climbed part of Half Dome with you in the rain.



Taken you to the City Light's Poetry Room in San Francisco.


Watched seals with you at Pier 39.


Walked with you through vineyards in Napa.



Filmed a video with you about an Airstream coffee bar.



Fed horses with you at the Ranch.



Held puppies with you in Austin.


Taken you to her pottery classes.
 

Held you close to the chickens.



Walked with you down Frankfort Ave.


Let Ryder take naps on you.
 

Watched waves break with you on the Atlantic Ocean.



Walked past Antebellum homes with you in Charleston.


Watched her body change as you grew.



Prayed for you each day.



Held bunnies with you in the country.


Walked with you by the river.



Painted beehives with you at the Harvest House.


Hiked with you on the trails at Cherokee Park.


Kept you safe in the car.


And fished with you at Floyds Fork.
Although you and your mom have already done many incredible things,
the most amazing thing has been the way you labored together for you to take your first breath.


You were 9 days late and content to hibernate in the womb until Christmas.
After an induction, 10 hours of non medicated labor, 4 hours of pushing and a c-section later
you were finally here.


We think you have the most amazing ears, softest hair, and the cutest nose.



It's been humbling to have been a part of your journey to life these past 72 hours,
to share the same birthday as you, and to watch you take your first breath.
You are, and always be, your mom's greatest adventure.
Love,
Em

43 comments:

sadie said...

that was so amazing. what a sweet and loving post. i teared up. *sigh* i love your blog even MORE now. :) how wonderful for you all!

Your Fairly Godmother ~ said...

Beautifully written, beautifully documented....

Anonymous said...

Em - you quite possibly will be the raddest chick ever in that kid's life (aside from his mom, of course). The Lord has blessed you with a gift of such sweet words - I know he will bless that child with some equally cool gifts. God is SO good!

Anna Gardner said...

that was such an amazing way to tell his story. so much love in your writing!

Robyn said...

Beautiful beautiful. What a journey over the last 9 months and 72 hours. Fabulous!

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Meg said...

your loving support is beautiful!

Kristina said...

Em, your words are wonderful and I can't even try to imagine how blessed Molly must feel to have you in her and her sons life! Happy birthday to you and the little boy and congratulations to Molly for bringing such a sweet little bundle of joy into this world!

Kayla Coons said...

Beautiful! Congratulations to Molly & her sweet little one!

Kathy said...

although I love all your posts this one is quite possibly the sweetest one ever - I even got all teary at the end ... congrats to all!!

Les said...

Lovely, lovely post! I've been following your blog for a little over a year now and I'm coming out of lurkdom to tell you that this post brought tears to my eyes. Someday (sooner than you'd imagine!), that sweet little babe will cherish your words and beautiful photos of his mama. Best wishes to the entire family, from another mama whose babe was 11 days late, and ultimately delivered by c-section after 10 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing. It was worth every second.

Meghan said...

So beautiful! Congratulations to Molly! And Happy Birthday!

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

Nothing in the world compares to the smell of a newborn baby's head. Add in soft baby hair and snuggles....BLISS! Enjoy!

Mary said...

Beautiful! What a great gift for that little baby - they'll get to have this story forever.

Amyisms said...

That is prolly one of the sweetest things ever!!! Luv your posts!

cal+claire said...

This is so beautiful! I had a really similar birth experience (induction, loooong natural labor, loooong pushing, emergency c-section). It's a crazy day, but holding that beautiful baby is so worth it.

Kimbojamma said...

Oh Em, how special that God let your best friend's baby share a birthday with you and your sis. She looks really sweet! There is nothing like a baby to make us all take a few days to be in awe and wonder at the miracle of a new life. So happy for all of you!

Bohemian Cowgirl said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful babe and a beautiful story to welcome him into the world. Em, you have an incredible way with words. Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful baby, beautiful friendship, beautiful story! God is good! Congrats Roberson family!!! Happy Birthday Em!!!

May God Bless,
Shae

Anonymous said...

such a sweet and thoughtful post! congratulations!
Katharina

Emily J. Stivers - Oh Happy Roar said...

SO sweet, Em! Love seeing how you love on Molly and now sweet Rowan! Thankful to God that He blessed Molly with you and your husband :-)

Friendship is so sweet and rarely captured in such beautiful way.

P.S.
Happy belated birthday! :-)

Darby said...

And now every pregnant girl wishes she had Em to document! What an amazing gift this post is.... love every picture and every word! love you both and little rowan in all is awesomeness... boys are a wonder!
xo
D

Anonymous said...

I have also been wondering about Molly's Ben.

May God continue to bless their growing family, no matter the current situation!

What a perfect birthday gift, Em! God has a perfect time for every event under the sun...living OT in the womb, those 10 hours of labor and 4 hours of pushing make perfect sense in hindsight! Rowan's arrival was undoubtedly orchestrated by our Creator!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to both of you!
Blessing from SF Fan xo

Olivia said...

one of my favorite blog posts ever. i only hope that someday i can be such a great mother and such a great friend!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful story, incredibly handsome baby and Happy Birthday wishes all around! Congrats to Molly for all that effort! Thanks for making my hard day much more wonderful. Jill in OR

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Molly, you are such a trouper. whatever else is happening your life, you are one incredible woman and mother! Thank you for letting Em share with us. Em, you are probably the coolest auntie EVER! This baby is blessed.

Anonymous said...

I'm in no way related or have any knowledge of the "going ons" in the Loerkes/Robersons lives other than what is posted. I see some post stating concerns about Ben and what happened to him?! I'm not trying to be rude but frankly, that's really none of anyone's business if something did or didn't happen. Possibly this was a documentation of a mommy and baby's journey. If you have concerns then pray about them and for them whatever the circumstance but out of courtesy and respect, please don't ask in a comment what happened. I imagine that puts everyone in an awkward position.
I know that Ben and Molly have a blog http://www.wander--lost.blogspot.com



Dana said...

Tears flowing. This. is. poetry. Molly and Rowan will be able to look back on this beautiful remembrance forever! Friendships like yours are to be treasured...as I commented to @awelltraveledwoman this weekend, your lives entwine beautifully. God Bless all of you! Rowan is a lucky little guy.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully written... I'm sure this will be forever cherished. Little Rowan is a lucky man to be surrounded by such love at the Harvest House.

To the anonymous comment above--I'm sure the people who asked about Ben were not trying to be rude or invasive. When bloggers open up their lives to readers it is natural to be curious when stories once very open become unusually quiet. Em and Tim-the reason I am drawn to your blog (and the Natos blog) is the honesty and encouragement it brings--a refreshing change.

Joy said...

Will all of you, including baby Rowan, be living together at the Harvest House? I'd love to hear more about your experiences with community living, as my husband and I are interested in exploring that route... And beautiful post, by the way!

Anonymous said...

Um, pretty sure both families live in their own home...from my understanding they down the street from each other. Can someone clarify this? I think they come over and have breakfast in their Jammie's and from that post everyone assumes they all live together maybe? Lol

rosecoloredlenses said...

Emily, this is the most beautiful post ever. It encompasses what it really means to have a "bestfriend" and "soulsister". I've been a fan of Molly's blog and this blog and it truely is touching to read how kind and caring you guys are together. I know baby Rowan's birth has been much anticipated and he is absolutely perfect in every way. Im sure he will bring much joy and love to everyone's lives. It will be very busy 'round the Harvest with many people and fury pups to dote on him. Congratulations and warm wishes from this Florida reader!

Venessa said...

What an amazingly beautiful post! This new little angel is so blessed to have you part of his life and his mother is equally blessed to have such an adoring friend. Happy birthday Rowan!

Laine L. said...

I am SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY for Molly and for you and Tim - because I know how thrilled I will be when my best friends have littles. Your friendship with Molly is inspirational and a great encouragement to me, having had a lot of struggles with finding quality Christ-like friendships recently. I would love a post on how you two became so close...simply because it'd probably make my heart super happy. Happy birdie and WELCOME, Rowan! :)

Kelly said...

Hi Emily! I look forward to reading your blog weekly and I can't help but feel moved after reading a post like this. I, too, have been drawn to your blog because of the sense of "realness" behind the text, . . . no matter how perfectly captured your images may be. Molly [and you] are so fortunate to have found friendship in one another. Congrats to all on the new life!

Timothy Loerke said...

First off, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for journeying with Em and I throughout these last 3 years of marriage and life. It is a delight to tangibly reflect on the joys and milestones of life through the blog. We know that maintaining a blog requires vulnerability on many levels but there are certain things that we hold back simply to share within the context of our close community. With that said, I have observed the confusion that has ensued over the last several months within the readership. Em and I have a desire to celebrate the amazing things in this life because the Lord has done so much. I ask that you pray for us and pray for the Roberson's rather than seek out details. If you feel it necessary to make certain comments that foster further confusion or negativity, please email me (timothyloerke@gmail.com) rather than taking the liberty to make anonymous comments. We are grateful that people make comments but please do so with wisdom and maturity. If you are close to this situation, please refrain from using Today's Letters as an outlet for communicating your thoughts and opinions. Email me instead. Thank you again to all of you who read Today's Letters!

Lauren said...

What a special friendship you and Molly have. Congrats to the new mama! There's nothing like having a new baby in the house.

Annette said...

Well said, Tim! Congratulations, Molly. Welcome to the world, little Rowan! Em and Tim, you're a blessing and such amazing people! Thank you for opening up your lives to us and sharing what The Lord has blessed you with. Thank you for always making me smile and for inspiring me daily.

amanda* said...

Welcome Rowan! We love adventurous moms and beautiful pictures of community. Keep up the good work!

Papa said...

Timothy James: Yet another reason why I respect and love you!

Molly Roberson said...

Sweet Em! I still can't believe The Lord put you in my life. What an incredible gift you are. I don't deserve your amazing words, faithful companionship, or your daily patience in the midst of baby craziness.
We've already shared so many adventures but i can't wait to see what's in store for the future. I'm reminded of The Lord's faithfulness through your constant selfless life. Mornings shared around the breakfast table with conversations that always point to hope & peace, you are truly the most amazing friend I've ever know. Thank you for being born. Thank you for being you.
More than st. Mary of the pickle & getting stung twice while extracting th best honey goodness of our freaking lives.
I. Love. You.

Kim Dorner said...

This is absolutely lovely. thank you for sharing

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