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Full of Peace and Thankfulness

on January 22, 2015

Our hearts are filled with thankfulness and peace tonight for so many reasons. First and most important is that Audrey’s trip to the OR today was successful! Praise Him for that! Second for the thousands of people who stood in the gap, praying for our sweet baby girl. It is such an overwhelming and humbling experience to know and feel all of those prayers. Thank you for that. I’m imagining the “wrap up” music from the Hollywood award shows starting and know this could get long so I will quickly run through some things we appreciate through this process and ask that you stay tuned for the final one. It is special!
We are thankful for:
Surgeons who love our daughter and family beyond the OR. They paint toes to make Mommy’s heart happy and maybe their own as well. They think about Audrey continuously attempting to determine the best medical interventions to maximize her life opportunities. They talk with Mommy and Daddy late at night about test results, inability to sleep because of worry, local food recommendations and so much more. They proudly show the Christmas card with our children to their loved ones. They are our family.
Surgeons who have never met our family or daughter but extend their time, expertise and contact information to help guide us through difficult decisions regarding her care.
Social And Care Workers who ensure we have a bed, pillow, shower, food, time, medical records and anything else that can ease the difficulty of our situation.
Julie our hospital chaplain who comes to pray with Mommy, Daddy and Audrey. She comforts and confirms our hearts in this time.
Nurses and ECMO technicians who may not get to sit during a 12 hour shift, stay late, clean our baby, dress her wounds, assess her vitals, wrap her in her favorite blankie and surround her with all of her toys and pictures.
XRay technicians who tug at our heart strings (you know who you are!)
Friends who send food, books, toys and soda.
Family who come to sit, visit and hug through our hurt.
Supporters who pray.
And a God who hears and answers prayer. I’m sure that I have left out someone or thing so important. But as I said the music is playing faster as I wrap this post up. So, I need to tell you about God’s gift to us today (aside from the obvious answer to prayer). Just before the doctors wheeled Audrey’s bed and machines to the OR, Daddy was giving her a pep talk. He excitedly called me over and asked that I watch Audrey’s eye. For the first time in one full week I witnessed our Cricket force her little eyes open with purpose. She heard Daddy tell her to fight and she listened. She pried those beautiful eyes open and attempted to focus on her parents for just a moment. And that moment was enough.
Psalm 138 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 138
Of David.

1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
3 When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.

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