a beautiful beginning: nora rose’s birthstory.

“I’m sorry, but your baby is not compatible with life.” A phrase no mother or father should ever EVER have to hear. These words echoed in the minds of Aleisa and William for 99 days after they were given that devastating news during a ultrasound. Through prayer, reflection and endless amounts of support, Aleisa made the promise to her baby girl, “I will carry you.” Many would have “opted out” of their pregnancy like some doctors often suggest because with the diagnosis of Trisomy 18, if you are even blessed with life outside the womb, the quality is not there. Choosing life was the most admirable, inspirational, selfless and faithfilled act Aleisa and William could have ever done. The emotional roller coaster she describes in her blog was often unbearable for me to even read. She openly discusses her raw emotions and it’s more than evident how her faith is the only reason she’s made it this far. I believe when she accepted this cross to bear, in her true testament of faith, she became a disciple in Christ. She’s exemplified such unconditional love that the pieces of God’s elaborate plan for them and Nora especially, are beginning to fall in place. Her selflessness has brought thousands together in a community of prayer, which is only a small part of the big things happening because of this sweet baby girl. Because she saw this as a blessing and NOT misfortune, look at the reward God gave them yesterday. Amazing. We were in complete awe, as we witnessed a miracle right in front of our eyes. They prayed their way through the pain of the (likelihood) chance of stillbirth and pleaded with God to allow her life here on Earth. With immense fear, Aleisa pushed Nora out.  She was peacefully alert, only having a little struggle in the beginning. As you watch in the slideshow, Aleisa is praying with all her might for God to spare her baby.  A sight that was so heart wrenching, everyone in the room was sobbing. None of us were in control. No one could bear her cross. No one could ease the pain of a mother knowing every.single.breath has the potential to be her baby’s last. After a little oxygen help she let out music to her mama’s ears, a big healthy cry. Through the grace of God, her vitals became and remained stable and Nora continue to fight for her life just as she had the previous 9mths in the womb. Once she was back on mommy’s chest, the family poured in with great anticipation to see the breath taking site of a beautiful breathing Nora Rose. It was like nothing I have ever experienced. Love filled the room to the brim and slowly the panic and anxiety lingering in everyone’s heart was peacefully calmed by the sweet sighs and sounds of a fresh infant. She was passed around, kissed and embraced by all, myself included. After awhile, everyone crowded around as their friend from their church baptized her.  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 at all times. To follow along and watch Nora conquer each day, go to Aleisa’s blog. It seems as though the whole world is rooting for this beautiful baby. How wonderful. This baby is changing lives.

It was such an incredible honor to be part of and witness the power of prayer.  Small miracles happen every day, but BIG ones like these don’t take place often and I was so blessed to document God’s mercy for this family.  Not often does one have the opportunity to know they are fulfilling their purpose in life. On april 17, 2012, I knew for certain, this is EXACTLY what He has intended for me to do. It is such an incredible feeling and I thank you Aleisa and William for allowing me to be a small piece of your puzzle. God be with you every second of this journey.

Much much love, Melanie.

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Tracy Geagan - June 8, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Wow. This was incredibly moving. I watched it 3 times and teared up each and every time. Thank-you so much for sharing this beautiful journey.

Amy Sieber - June 1, 2013 - 4:26 am

This touched my heart during a rough time of my life. What a testimony to love – to family – to life. Welcome Nora!

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Megan - December 18, 2012 - 4:45 am

This is beautiful! You did such a good job photographing this birth … brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations to this sweet family as well! You can tell they are just full of joy and happiness!

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Cassie - August 16, 2012 - 3:34 pm

So beautiful…Wow…God is the author of such amazing miracles. Such emotion was captured, and such beauty is priceless. That mama is such a gem!

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Amy S - June 19, 2012 - 5:27 am

This is why I am a birth photographer. There is nothing like it- you did an incredible job in capturing pure, authentic emotion and love. These images brought tears to my eyes, what an incredible family and beautiful child!

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Susan Eckles - May 12, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Thank you for sharing your testimony and this wonderful video. I sobbed with joy as I watched God’s hand on your beautiful family. I will continue to pray for Nora and your family. God is so GOOD!

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Mary Lou Slonkosky - May 7, 2012 - 2:11 pm

God is good! What a beautiful girl along with her beautiful mother and dad. The angels and all of heaven are smiling down on you for your faithful love and all the courages steps and acts of faith you took while waiting to hold your little girl in your arms.

Jacalyn Mains - May 5, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Wow. Wow. Wow. Incredible. Glorious. Gorgeous. Courageous.

Cindy Yunke - May 4, 2012 - 6:42 pm

God is GOOD!

Janelle Russell - May 4, 2012 - 4:03 am

What an amazing story! I do not know the family but I cried with each picture! Thank you so much for sharing. I wish you the best. Keep me posted on God’s little miracle. What a blessing!

Carrie Robinson - May 3, 2012 - 5:56 pm

What an amazing story. I don’t know this family, but through the story and the expression on people’s faces in the pictures, I was crying through happiness. Please keep us updated on her growth. God is so faithful.

Louise Dixon - May 3, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Even though I dont know this family, these pictures and their story bought me to tears. Blessings to you all. Nora is just beautiful.

Mary R.Reisert - May 2, 2012 - 6:53 pm

What a beautiful miracle for this family. Little Nora is so precious. So happy for the entire family.

Joan - May 2, 2012 - 2:07 pm

To look at Nora’s face is to see the face of God. How lucky is this family that God would have chosen one of his very own angels to send to bless them. None of us knows the time or the hour; Nora is just like us. More blessings to all!

Reatha - May 1, 2012 - 6:16 pm

My son Jacob was born with trisomy 19 03/30/89 and several other disabilities. Jacob passed 12/27/04. He was our world! We were also told to enjoy him while we could, he wouldn’t live a month. Jacob live 15 1/2 yrs! They were the most wonderful years! He will always be in our hearts!!

Wendy Gruber - May 1, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Aleisa you are a true inspiration as is your family. Everyday we have with our loved ones is a gift, and with our children..extra-special gifts. I wish that you have many, many days with this precious angel. She has already accomplished so much in such a short time!! God bless you all!!

Anonymous - May 1, 2012 - 3:44 pm

I loved it. I myself didnt think I would be able to have a child because of the personal things I was put through but I did have him. He is 2 years old now with a little sister that’s 8 months old now. They both are my miracle children and I love every minute and everyday with them both. Congrats to both parents and god bless! I also for got to share I gave all natural birth to both children. I didn’t have the epidural on either one.

Catherine Melton - May 1, 2012 - 11:21 am

You have blessed others beyond measurement in sharing your intimate journey and your gifts in this stormy trial. The skill and art of the photographs, the writing and the music are all deeply appreciated. I am praying. God has wrought and continues to work to teach, minister to, and bless others through your family.

Julie Davis-Clark - May 1, 2012 - 10:12 am

ALL children are worth the pain and tear’s, weather they have disabilties or not. My oldest son, has learning differculties and behavoural problems and there are day’s i could just walk away.BUT he is MY son and with ALL his problems I LOVE HIM. No one should tell you that your child is not compatible with this life.My heart and love will go out to you and your child. God bless.xxx

Irene Trapp - May 1, 2012 - 7:24 am

I run a Respite at my church and one of my favorite little boys is Max who also has Trisomy 18. He has a bright smile and big hugs. The workers love playing with him. It breaks my heart that he may not live a full healthy life, but for now, he is touching lives and bringing smiles to all those who get to meet him. Prayers for you and your precious little one. Thanks for bearing your souls to us.

Cheryl Poulin - April 30, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Beautiful!!!

Lauren Nijsen - April 30, 2012 - 7:48 pm

Please, firstly let me say that you are an incredible woman, and an inspiration and hope for many others. the photographs capture each and every moment; the raw emotions of everyone who was there.

I m not yet a mother myself. but i work with special needs children, young adults and adults. I shouldnt call it work, as i see them as friends and love them all dearly. I would like to hope that if a choice arose in my life for me to make a similar decision, then i would choose to keep life alive with the Lord’s help and love.

thank you for sharing this life journey of yours.
Lauren

Kara Ferris - April 30, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Melanie- you truly have an incredible gift. These photos are absolutely beautiful and bring us right into the presence of this beautiful family and their celebration of Nora Rose. I thank you for presenting this story in such a way. We immediately see the value and worth of this tiny babies life and her families expectant celebration. I thank God for people like you! We need to show the world that each and every life is a viable life!

Jeff - April 30, 2012 - 3:59 pm

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Nearly 7 years ago, God blessed our family with the gift of Isaac. Our lives have been richer and fuller than we could have ever possibly dreamed or imagined because of him.

Revel in the glory of God through your daughter, Nora!

Priscilla - April 29, 2012 - 7:02 pm

What an incredible example of God still blessing the lives of all of His faithful, prayerful, worshiping children. God is always good and right and watching over His flock.  (Now I have to restock the box of Puffs I went throught watching the slideshow.)

Judith A. Kelch - April 28, 2012 - 3:57 pm

So inspirational.

Anne Taylor - April 27, 2012 - 4:09 am

You and your family give such great hope to all those who struggle. God bless, you’re entire family for staying strong.

paula holden - April 27, 2012 - 3:02 am

May the lord bless you always,AMEN

bridgette davis - April 27, 2012 - 3:02 am

i don’t think photography has ever been more beautiful or more important that right here in these images. WOW Melanie.

Aleisa, i can’t decide what is more gorgeous- your incredible smile or Nora’s perfectly imperfect feet. following your story. thank you x1000 for your love, bravery and willingness to share it all with us. may GOD continue to BLESS YOU!!

Tina - April 27, 2012 - 1:56 am

I don’t even know what to say after watching this amazing story. All I want to say is that I went through this with our first baby/pregnancy. I was told our baby boy, Carter, had a chance of having Trisomy 18 and I was encouraged and felt pressured to have an abortion by so many in the medical field. We were offered numerous times. We met with a genetics counselor, specialists, monthly and then weekly ultrasounds, etc, etc… it was emotional and heart-wrenching thinking about your baby and what may be, but there was no way we were even considering “terminating” (I hate that term)the pregnancy. They had special medical staff on call at my delivery and long story short. He was born healthy, beautiful and no signs of Trisomy 18. My family and friends told me I was very calm throughout the pregnancy and I remember feeling calm and at peace. Its the only way I can describe how I felt. We prayed and prayed and God granted us a beautiful, smart, handsome little boy.. He is now 2 and a half and I feel like I almost lost sight of what we went through with him. This story reminded me, so thank you. May God continue to bless your family.

Kate - April 26, 2012 - 10:19 pm

This is so incredibly beautiful. From one photographer to another, AMAZING job. I just cried and cried as I watched. God is so amazing and it was so special to see their beautiful miracle baby. My prayers go out to them! Very powerful photos.

Rita Glavin - April 26, 2012 - 8:19 pm

You folks are truly beautiful. Your love for this little sweetheart will heal many wounds for people like myself who were never wanted.
May God continure to richly bless you and keep you in His abundant love!!

Rachel Green - April 26, 2012 - 6:44 pm

If you don’t mind me asking, what time did she give birth? This is the same day that I gave birth to our sweet little Benjamin Samuel, who was still born. Just thought God might be telling me something.

Sara - April 26, 2012 - 6:41 pm

What an incredible story!! Im speechless…God is amazing :)

Stephanie - April 26, 2012 - 6:40 pm

God is so good!!! Praying for you all! This spoke to me so much and it really put things in perspective for me…life is precious and a gift….

Lyndsey - April 26, 2012 - 2:56 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful baby girl. What a blessing, and an honor to hear your story. Another reminder to hold those you love so close and dear! Will be thinking about you all!

sherri anderson - April 26, 2012 - 4:19 am

My son’s first breath took mine away. This story and these photos did the very same thing.

I am overjoyed for you. I honestly have no words to describe the emotions I am feeling right now…Nora is a blessing like no other.

All my best to you and your family,
Sherri

Gail Dooley - April 25, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Will you print these photos into a book? I would love and cherish it!

Christine N - April 25, 2012 - 3:32 am

Just wow … May God be with you all the days of your life … thanks for sharing!

teri - April 25, 2012 - 12:39 am

Ok so after reading this and just posting something, as I went into my daughters room I looked up and saw the poem that someone gave to me when I was expecting my first child, and I thought it would be perfect to share. It has touched my heart, and I hope it does yours.

To My Mommy

Once upon a time, there was a child to be born
The day before leaving Heaven, the child asked God,
“They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow,
But how will I live there when I am so small and helpless?”

God answered, “Among the many angels I chose for you,
She is waiting for you, she will love and care for you.”
The child said, “But God, here in Heaven, I don’t do anything but sing and smile, That’s enough for me to be happy.”
The child asked, “How will I understand when people talk to me if I don’t know their language?”

God said, “Your angel will say the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, Your angel will teach you how to speak.”
The child asked, “What will I do when I want to talk to you?”

God said, “Your angel will place your hands together, and teach you how to pray.”
The child said, “I heard on earth there are bad people, who will protect me?”

God said, “Your angel will defend you, even if it means risking her life.”
The child said, “But I will not see you.”

God said, “Your angel will talk to you about Me, I will always be in your heart and by your side.” The child smiled and waited for the moment of departure. At that point, there was great peace in Heaven, and voices from afar on earth could already be heard.

The child in a hurry, turned to God and asked softly,
“I’m about to leave, what is my angel’s name?”

God answered. “Her name is not important, you will call her Mommy.”

May God bless you. I know its long but I just had to share, it’s a beautiful poem and I just thought it would fit perfect.

teri - April 24, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Breath taking…..BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you for sharing such a personal experience. May God Bless you and your family.

Darryn - April 24, 2012 - 6:30 pm

These are the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen!! Thanks for sharing! =]

Vanessa Shaw_Potter - April 24, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Praise be to God. What a true blessing little Nora is. What an amazing act of faith. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Our God is the true creator and it is up to Him at what life should bring. Many prayers for Nora and all of her family.

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Colleen - April 24, 2012 - 3:46 pm

God bless each of you. I promise to remember Nora Rose at Holy Mass each morning. She is your beautiful Angel!

Devera Sanders - April 24, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story of your precious little baby girl. She is indeed a Miracle and I will look forward to the inspiration of your blog each day. What a journey that you have had. God doesn’t give us anything that we can’t handle and he has chosen special parents for Nora Rose.

1 Samuel 1:27 “For this child I prayed and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him”

Kristy - April 24, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Thank you for sharing your both story. I know that God has great plans for Nora Rose and for your family. My prayers are with you all. Melanie, you have a gift – one that only the Lord can give!

Kishawna - April 24, 2012 - 4:33 am

I just wanted to say, congratulations, for starters by trusting in your faith to carrying you through this beautiful journey, and not giving up. I gave birth to a beautiful little girl April 3 2012 and she was diagnosed with trisomy 21. Nora is beautiful and is surrounded by so many people that will shower her with love and hope. Thank you for sharing, this beautiful, heart warming experience, it has truly touched me. Megan you captured every moment so perfectly, you have a god given talent!!

Megan - April 24, 2012 - 1:23 am

What an amazing story and you captured everything so beautifully!!! Megan

Sue Clark - April 24, 2012 - 1:12 am

This is one of the most beautiful, emotional things I have ever seen. 11yrs ago my husband and I were told the same thing, and were encouraged to have an abortion on three different occasions. We chose life, and today our 10yr old Josie Rae (Trisomy 21) is our beautiful little saint.
Thank you for sharing your ministry Melanie, you have an extraordinary gift from the Lord. And thank you to Aleisa and William for your faith. Especially for choosing life, you won’t ever regret it!!

bonnieodonnell@yahoo.com - April 23, 2012 - 7:36 pm

What a beautiful baby girl sweet Nora is. This story is truly a testament of the miracle of God and the unconditional love of not just a mother, but a whole family.I don’t think that I would have the strength. These pictures are gorgeous-the one of Nora snuggling her little lamb is one I’ll never forget. God Bless you and your sweet little miracle!

Carrie - April 23, 2012 - 6:57 pm

Praise God for EVERY life is a gift! Welcome, sweet Nora!
Melanie – This IS your calling. Truly beautiful work. Tasteful, soulful. Thank you for sharing this miracle with the world.

LIbbie - April 23, 2012 - 3:59 pm

“Beautiful” doesn’t even begin to describe this. What a precious, precious miracle. May the Lord hold this family so tightly in his arms as they journey with sweet Nora. Wow…

Tami Tripp - April 23, 2012 - 2:53 am

WOW! What an amazing job you did capturing this amazing moment for this family. Your work is beautiful!

Jessica - April 23, 2012 - 2:11 am

Simply beautiful in everyway!

Dawn - April 23, 2012 - 1:20 am

What a beautiful daughter! Thank you for sharing your story of courage and faith. It is such an inspiration to all. I will keep Nora and your family in my prayers! God Bless!

Gail Childers - April 22, 2012 - 10:20 pm

Oh, I don’t know where to start. My heart was filled with joy while experiencing alot of emotions. My daughter was put into laor Monday the 16th after being told her baby was no longer alive. Her baby Ezekiel did not survive but God gave that breath to another baby who needed it and whose family needed it. So as I mourn for the loss of our little Ezekiel, I rejoice for the birth of your precious miracle.

patricia wick - April 22, 2012 - 5:36 am

So beautiful, and a little similar to the birth of our child who couldn’t survive due to a syndrome. Although extremely heartbreaking, I never doubted Gods plan for us and our baby.Nora and het parents are living examples of strength, love and the value of every single human life.

rachel - April 22, 2012 - 2:02 am

Oh my Melanie! Your pictures make me want to have another baby, and if we do–we are calling you. This is the second little miracle that we know personally (sweet Lyla, too) that you have captured entering the world. What a sweet gift you have for capturing the feelings of witnessing a miracle.

Andrea - April 22, 2012 - 1:43 am

I am absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty seen here. God is so good.

Akrivi Watson - April 21, 2012 - 9:32 pm

I am filled with so many emotions after watching your video. Your video was beautiful. God Bless Nora Rose and your family. Much love and hugs coming your way. I am thinking and praying for you everyday.

Jo Ann - April 21, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Beautiful!

Susan Fielding - April 21, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Oh Melanie. I just burned my french toast because I could not pull away from this. Absolutely beautiful!

Erin - April 21, 2012 - 12:59 pm

What a beautiful story & a great reminder to keep the faith. Prayer is a powerful thing. Good luck to this amazing family.

Sherri Hoffman - April 21, 2012 - 12:03 pm

I can’t think of a more beautiful thing to wake up to. God Bless you all! Melanie did an amazing job-what a gift!

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PATRICIA - April 21, 2012 - 2:20 am

My daughter gave birth to a beautiful 6lb 3 oz baby boy names
Charles Lee robert Hollowell..7:18 AM on November 20,2011.
No one knew that after Charlie was born My daughter almost died.
She had HELLP SYNDROME, the only cure is to deliver the baby.
Her liver and Kidney’s were shutting down. lost lots of blood.
With alot of family prayers and God in our lives.Charlie has his mother..It will be a great mothers day for us this year…And thank you God..don’t every think God dont do miracles..
Charlie is a beautiful blue eye baby boy with lots of hair and aways smiling…Thats Gods Blessing.

Jackie - April 21, 2012 - 1:34 am

Priceless! God is good and you captured it…this is the definition of LOVE!

Maggie Eisenacher - April 20, 2012 - 10:21 pm

Melanie,
You captured the day as I remember it. Simply beautiful. Prayers were answered when Nora was born alive. After giving witness to such an incredible miracle, I feel compelled to remind people to continue to pray for Nora. God’s generosity has no limits. My hope and prayer is that Nora stays with us awhile. Thank you again for sharing your gift with the Yuskos on the most memorable day of their lives!

Jessica Grote - April 20, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Truly inspiring story. Amazing pictures.

Sandy - April 20, 2012 - 8:15 pm

God is always in control! God Bless you and family. Thank you so much for sharing this and showing people that God still performs Miracles.

Julie Dinkins - April 20, 2012 - 7:33 pm

I cannot get it to play correctly. I wish I could see it. Possibly because I am on a mac. It seems beautiful. Oh well.

Jenni - April 20, 2012 - 6:32 pm

I can’t control these years rolling down my face right now!!! Your story has changed so many lives, and you and your family are an incredible testimony. God Bless you and thank you for sharing your story!!!!!

Star - April 20, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Being a mommy-to-be of a babygirl in June, this story fills my heart with such emotion and Pray for a healthy life for your miracle baby and family. I aplaud the risk you took and it just shows that god has big plans for your babygirl!! Thank you for sharing your story. Godbless you all! :)<3

Sara Schomaker - April 20, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Thank you……………………………….

Cheryl vitucci - April 20, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Beautiful story, beautiful baby. Thanks for sharing.

Gail - April 20, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Wow. What an INCREDIBLE story, Mel. So grateful you were there to be a part of this.

Heather - April 20, 2012 - 12:17 pm

What a powerful testimony to the power of prayer and love! Your photography is amazing; I felt like I was right there. Thank you for sharing this story!

Anonymous - April 20, 2012 - 12:17 pm

You have touched so many of us at Bethesda! Everyone thinks that you become a labor and delivery nurse for all the “happy” deliveries when it’s actually to have the opportunity to be a part of just one life changing, special moment like yours! Thank you so much for sharing your story, pictures and most of all the true meaning of a parent’s endless love. Beautiful!

Teri - April 20, 2012 - 10:05 am

What a beautiful blessing! Praying for your family. Thank you for showing others so much courage & faith. You are all truly inspiring.

Cindy Kessler - April 20, 2012 - 3:17 am

What a beautiful blessing you have with little Nora. She is perfect :) May God be with your little one and keep your family in his care always.

Sarah Hayden - April 20, 2012 - 1:49 am

Thank you for sharing Nora’s birthday!!! Precious and beautiful is she!!!

Jacque - April 20, 2012 - 1:47 am

Oh Melanie- YOU are a gift from heaven. I’ve been crying all day thinking about God’s love. He is so good to us. Nora is perfect and I just want to hug her mamma! You know this brings back so many emotions for our family. Thank you for all you do.

Sarah Ward - April 20, 2012 - 1:30 am

Melanie, the story, the photographs, the song. You are so unbelievably talented. Thank you so much for being who you are, and for sharing the gift that God has given you. So much raw emotion was triggered when watching all of the moments of sweet baby Nora’s birthday. You captured it so amazingly and with so much love. I was of course honored to make the little dress for Nora, I think it was the little model who made it look so good! ;)

Sandy rogers - April 20, 2012 - 1:10 am

Praying. My heart goes out to you and the family. God bless you and yours. She is a gift from God

Nick Corey - April 19, 2012 - 10:25 pm

Nora Rose is only 2 days old, and she’s already on Cincinnati Right to Life’s Facebook page. Why? Because she is evidence that life is a gift, and that the love of a mom and dad–with all the inherent heartache–is one of the most enduring, best things on Earth. Welcome to the world, Baby Nora. You are clueless how many people you have affected, and how much good you have brought us!

Angie Wood - April 19, 2012 - 10:10 pm

Beautiful story Melanie! I’m so glad you were there to capture it! Great job!

kate - April 19, 2012 - 9:02 pm

Just beautiful :) Cried all the way through!

Happy Birthday Nora!

Mary Shannon Brady - April 19, 2012 - 8:08 pm

This is by far, the most glorious thing I have ever seen. I am sobbing, unable to speak, smiling and laughing, all at the same time.

Molly - April 19, 2012 - 6:59 pm

I am speechless watching this beautiful tribute to this amazing family and their unconditional love for their precious daughter. Baby Nora is truly a miracle. I will keep Nora Rose and this family in my prayers. God Bless.

Stefanie - April 19, 2012 - 5:55 pm

I am a sobbing mess. This is so beautiful and touching. Little Nora is a beautiful work of Gods love<3

Anonymous - April 19, 2012 - 5:38 pm

Melanie -

This is the most touching slideshow I have ever seen. The raw emotion that you caught is beautiful. I’ve been following this journey as my sister works with Aleisia’s dad. Her own daughter is going through the same experience and is due in about 6 weeks. Unbelievabley enough, she is also naming our little angel Nora Rose. I hope we are as strong as this family and are blessed with this same outcome, as well as capture the unconditional love we have for her through pictures such as these. Thank you.

Lynda Noel - April 19, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Nora is a blessing! Thanks for sharing her!

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on……”

Thank you,God!

Kelly - April 19, 2012 - 4:35 pm

There are just no words that can fully encompass the magnitude of this miracle. I am beside myself with joy for you, Aleisa & your family. You are an amazing woman & mother to say the least.

Theresa Kappa - April 19, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Well thanks Melanie for cleaning out my tear ducts… What an amazing story. This one will never be forgotten…

Caroline Kistler - April 19, 2012 - 3:22 pm

I have been following Baby Nora’s story through my friend Kate. What a beautiful photo experience for such an amazing family. Thanks for allowing me the privilege to view this. Welcome Baby Nora!

Lindsey Howard - April 19, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Wow….God is incredible, so is this family…and so are you. I’m truly speechless. That was beautiful beyond words.

luci - April 19, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Mel, i felt like i was watching a miracle before my eyes while watching the pictures unravel little Nora’s birth. of course, i could hardly breath seeing their faces when they got to hold her and kiss her. takes me back to the best moments of my life and why we love such beautiful children and fight for their life! This family is more than incredible! When I met them I felt so touched by their love for little Nora and I can only imagine the love they are feeling in these moments with her. I will continue to pray for them and for Nora. She is so special. She is such a gift from heaven!!!!!!!!

Lisa King - April 19, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Melanie – I am speechless, this was just beautiful. Thank you and the Yusko family for sharing this experience with us. You are right, we did see the work of God and what prayer can do. Again, thank you!

Shauna Elbisser - April 19, 2012 - 8:35 am

Absolutely beautiful. I uncontrollably sobbed throughout this slideshow. I have so many emotions when I watch this… unmeasurable joy for the whole Yusko family. Much love to you all!

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