It’s my honor to say, “happy birthday!” to this sweet, sweet baby girl…she truly is a miracle.

 Nora is doing amazing and I can’t wait to show you more. With so much love in my heart, Melanie.

[…] They wanted me to photograph her with all the wonderful gifts they received, including a beyond precious dress and headband aunt Sarah made for her. She modeled so gracefully and didn’t mind the paparazzi in her face […]

Colleen - April 30, 2012 - 9:31 pm

I came by your post on FB and it at first just was a nice surprise to share the same birthday as your daughter. After reading your story, I now feel truly blessed to share this splendid day with such a gift of love from G-d above. As a special education teacher, I often find people don’t understand the little miracles that are achieved by people who have intellectual disabilities, but I am grateful that I do. This brave little girl has my thoughts and prayers (as well as her family). Take care and may all G-d’s blessings be with you.

Beckie - April 23, 2012 - 4:51 am

I am a nursing student and saw the blog post and photos shared through a link on FB. I am continually struck by the depth and breadth of the strength people find within themselves when confronted with crisis but your story has etched an indelible mark. I haven’t yet gone through my maternal/baby rotation but I promise you that your family will be in my heart every step of the way. Thank you for sharing your blessing.

Shannnon - April 20, 2012 - 5:29 am

I came into your room just to help move a chair for Dad. The peace and love in the room was so strong that I didn’t want to leave. God has a plan for all of us. She may be tiny but she is one of God’s biggest warriors. Lives are being touched through this little miracle. Your family is amazing. Little Nora is making an impact on this world in a way that some of us spend a lifetime trying to achieve. You are blessed. Thank you.

Julie Mercer - April 18, 2012 - 10:53 pm

Dear Alicia and William,

We are Steve Mercer’s parents in Menlo Park, CA. We were in prayer for you yesterday as you prepared for Nora’s birth day…..April 17th. We received a call in the early evening of her arrival.

We give thanks to God for bringing this precious baby into your family. Hearing her cry must have had many others shedding “liquid tears” too. We give God all the praise.


Julie and Lauren Mercer

Shauna Elbisser - April 18, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Oh my goodness, I’m crying tears of joy, thankfulness, praise, and I don’t even know what else. This is such an amazing moment, that I’m blessed to have been able to follow through blogs and photos. Nora is the strongest fighter with a very faithful, God loving, mommy, the very best kind to have. My love and prayers go out to you all.

Nora – 1 Day Old | iwillcarryyou - April 18, 2012 - 8:14 pm

[…] Melanie was in the room with us during the delivery — another amazing photographer. She managed to capture each moment of Nora’s delivery in absolute perfection. Here are a few photos on Melanie’s blog. […]

Stella - April 18, 2012 - 7:54 pm

I just can’t stop crying. Beautiful. Just beautiful. More than words.

Elizabeth H - April 18, 2012 - 5:02 pm

These pictures really capture the moment! Mel-you did a fantastic blog! I know from briefly reading Ali’s blog that you are an amazing woman! God bless you!

April Sisari - April 18, 2012 - 4:47 pm

Oh Marian….She’s finally here. She is so beautiful! A treasure to be celebratd. I am so happy for you and your Family. Blessing are upon you from people you don’t even know…Miracle’s do happen…everyday!
Love you!

Kelly - April 18, 2012 - 3:54 pm

WOW these shots are PRICELESS!!! God is soooo good!!

Karianne - April 18, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Precious! What a wonderful little miracle!

Lyn M. - April 18, 2012 - 2:19 pm

I am a friend, of a friend, of a friend: your beautiful baby girl and your pure joy in her arrival, puts a lump in my throat & tears in my eyes. Absolutely perfect!

Jen Lagergren - April 18, 2012 - 2:13 pm

So beautiful and precious. Thank you.

Rhonda - April 18, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Breathtaking photos! Nora is truly a miracle and her mother is an amazing woman of God!!

Lauren - April 18, 2012 - 2:07 pm

I can’t stop crying…pure joy!

Jen - April 18, 2012 - 2:04 pm

I have also been following her story on Aleisa’s blog and oh my… These pictures are amazing. Simply amazing. The first two photos have me in tears. Breathtaking and beautiful…

Jennifer Hacker - April 18, 2012 - 2:03 pm

These are amazing! Love you and your family Nora!!!

Jen O. - April 18, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Melanie, these are so beautiful. I have tears of joy and am in awe of sweet Nora and her wonderful family. What a precious little girl.

Jessica - April 18, 2012 - 1:52 pm

I’ve been following this story on her blog. What an amazing blessing from God! She’s beautiful!

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