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Here is a sweet post by her mother Aly. It truly has taken a village to raise this sweet little girl. And yes, we still have more Emerson wine for sale in the Tasting Room!
-Dr. Farley and everyone at the Advanced Maternal and Newborn Institute at Medical City Dallas for walking me through the rest of my pregnancy with a heart baby and delivering her safely
- Dr. Day for all of my prenatal sonograms figuring out down to the millimeter our sweet girls anatomy.
- Dr. Schwenderman and his NICU team for reacting when Emerson coded and removing the fluid around her heart to save her life.
- Father Brian for praying with us when we thought we were losing her and for showing up every time things were overwhelmingly hard as if sent from God directly.
- Every single CHSU nurse in the incredible unit at Medical City Children's Hospital that took care of her in a way i never could and making sure I never questioned her care along the way.
- Pediatric Heart Specialists for creating the plan to get us here today. Countless medications, procedures, and planning. Everyone including Dr. Alan Sing, Holly (and her tolerance of my countless questions in the midst of her being a superwoman in her own life), and Ashley (caring for my daughter while carrying two of her own!)
- Dr. Renard for repairing her malrotated intestine and placing her G-tube - the tool that would sustain her to this point and past.
- Dr. Eric Mendeloff for holding my daughters heart in his hand and giving her a chance at life - the gratitude I have for that is so great it is intensely overwhelming.
- Dr. Delia Wright in Grandbury for taking on our case and being an amazing pediatrician
- Our incredible gastrointerologist Dr. Lillienne Chan walking us through how to feed Emerson.
- Our Nutritionist Maria-Paula Carillo with Life Cycle Nutrition for working so closely with Dr. Chan to come up with creative ways to make sure her nutritional needs are being met.
- Dr. Ha for helping us get her helmet to correct her Plagiocephaly.
- Katie and everyone at ECI for woking with her on physical therapy and speech therapy
- Lost Oak Winery and 4.0 cellars owners, staff, and patrons for creating Emerson wine- proceeds of which made it possible to get emerson every medication she needs and all the transportation to the countless appointments. This was crucial and incredibly kind.
- Everyone who has donated to our GOFUNDME page - these funds helped more than you could know.
- The staff at Grace Preschool, LLC for understanding along the way and teaching my sweet Harper and showing her God's grace in a time of great confusion for her.
- Yuridiana Santos for being the BEST home nurse and mom or baby could ask for and an incredible mom to her own children.
- Constant Family support
- Everyones prayers and thoughts - I firmly believe they are the foundation for the success of all of those listed above.
Holiday food preparations can be daunting even to the most seasoned of home chefs.
Should I put cranberries in the stuffing this year? Would anyone notice if I made box mashed potatoes? Is macaroni and cheese an acceptable side dish? I think aunt Carol is gluten free now, how do I even make a gluten free pie?
Once you get all that settled you are STILL NOT FINISHED, you have drinks to think about!
And, if your family is anything like ours, wine will be involved.
A good hostess always has the perfect wine parings to complement their lovingly crafted food. After all, you didn’t just spend the week leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas fretting over which gravy is the best to serve to simply ignore wine parings, right?
Worry not, the Lost Oak Family is here to help! Here are some tips from our little family:
From Gene: Stock up on Lost Oak Wine and have a lot of verity, your friends and family will find the pairing that they like the most.
From Judy: It’s about the presentation! Bring out fancy glasses and serve red and white Lost Oak Wine to make the place settings pop.
From Roxanne: If you are going to someone else’s house, be sure to bring a bottle or two of your favorite Lost Oak Wine. It makes a great hostess gift and you are guaranteed to have something you like to drink.
From Angela: A lighter red, like our Montepulciano, is a great compliment to both turkey and ham, but you can never go wrong with our Sauvignon Blanc either. The subtle flavor won’t overpower the turkey and the citrus notes can stands up to the fats in the ham. For those with a little bit more of a sweet tooth, go for the Orange Muscat. The slight orange zest flavor will complement everything form the Turkey to that strange Jell-O thing with the fruit that Aunt Carol always insists on bringing.
From Mariam: I’m serving a bottle of everything Lost Oak – red, white, sweet, dry, bubbly. But back off that extra bottle of Cabernet… is mine. I need it to make it through the day!
From Jim: Get two bottles of every Lost Oak red! Drink one now, then drink one a year from now to compare how the flavors evolved. You won't be sorry!
From Our table to yours, Cheers!
Mariam & Angela were entrusted to take the award home, and took it on a tour of Las Colinas, Texas!
On January 6, 2018 Lost Oak Winery was featured as a wedding venue on
We could not be more thrilled to report we scored a 9 out of 10 for venue!
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award
By Mariam Copeland
For those of you who have purchased Sweet Emerson wine, we THANK YOU!
Here is an update on baby Emerson, the daughter of Aly Lockhart and niece of our Winemaker Jim Evans. She is eight months old and doing so well! She has a very long road of hospital stays behind her, and a long road ahead of her, but we could not be more overjoyed to tell you news is good!
Emerson is now five months post-heart surgery. She has routine checks at her cardiologist, gastroenterologist, and nutritionist in Dallas and they are all very happy with her progress. She has one of the best post-surgical outcomes with her type of heart defect and is right on track to have her next heart surgery between the ages of 2 and 3. One in one hundred children are born with some form of heart defect or malformation, and her particular defects required her to have both a heart surgery and stomach surgery at the age of three months.
Having spent so much time in the hospital at such an early age, her oral development has been very slow. She receives most of her nutrition and medications from a feeding tube connected to her stomach. However, she continues to reach milestones and is working very hard at becoming more independent of the feeding tube, relying more on eating solid food and receiving some medicines by mouth. She has spent the last three months wearing a helmet to correct plagiocephaly, flat head syndrome, as a direct result of her lying on her back in the hospital. As much as she hates to wear it, the helmet is easily decorated with bows and has been the perfect accessory to every outfit she wears.
Her personality flourishes and she is such a bright light in this world.
For every bottle of Emerson wine purchased, Lost Oak will donate $5 to the GoFundMe account for Emerson's ever-growing medical expenses.
Please help give little Emerson the start in life she needs.
Thank you for your generosity.
- The Lost Oak Family