Emma Purk!


This is Emma Clare Purk. Emma is my sister. She was born January 3, 1989. She was diagnosed almost right after she was born because I had it. Emma was always in and out of the hospital all her life. She was the best little sister! In March of 1992, Emma passed away with all her favorite stuffed animals around her.

The Dragonfly Story
(Author Unknown)

Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in awhile one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.

"Look!" said one of the water bugs to another. "one of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you think she is going?" Up, up, up it slowly went....Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends waited and waited but it didn't return...

"That's funny!" said one water bug to another. "Wasn't she happy here?" asked a second... "Where do you suppose she went?" wondered a third.

No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together. "I have an idea". "The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why."

"We promise", they said solemnly.

One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up, he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broke through the surface of the water and fallen onto the broad, green lily pad above.

When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn't believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings...The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly!!

Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by the new dragonfly lighted happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends, the water bugs! There they were scurrying around, just as he had been doing some time before.

The dragonfly remembered the promise: "the next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he or she went and why." Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water...

"I can't return!" he said in dismay. "At least, I tried. But I can't keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I'll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they'll understand what has happened to me, and where I went."

And the dragonfly winged off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air.......

Thank you God, for the story of the water bugs and the dragonflies.

Fly Free Little One!!!

Emma all dressed up in a dress Dad made.


Emma in Ohio right after having chicken pox.


Emma looking up to heaven at the angels.


Emma in Brenda's gloves! We were waiting to go to school.



Emma at 3 weeks old


Just a beautiful angel in waiting


Baby Emma on the couch


Do you see the angels?


Emma with Aunt Claudia at Emma's christening.


Emma and Dad at a church picnic


Emma and Sammy (both age 2)


Emma's first summer at the lake


(Michael, Emma, and MJ) Emma taught Michael how to talk when the Speech Therapists couldn't.


Emma looking sad


Suzette (baby sitter), Emma, MJ, and Mom riding a pony


This picture was taken when my family was at our house for my mom's memorial service. You would think this picture was overexposed  but it isn't. There were only two pictures like this on the entire role of film...both of Emma. I've always said that Mommy had to go to heaven first to prepare God for Emma. This picture proves that!

Emma at Grandma and Pa's house