Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Birthday to my little Ari Joy!

I woke up this morning with a precious little hispanic girl on my mind. Many of you remember our first and only foster placement. She was a spunky little girl with a killer personality that lured you in within seconds of meeting her. She defined the expression "You had me at hello."
My First Night with Ari
When Arianna was delivered to our front door, little did we know the life change we were about to experience. We celebrated 18 JOY filled months with her, before the Lord lifted her from our home. The last time I spoke with her on the phone was her 3rd birthday, 4 years ago. We sang happy birthday together and she said "I love you, mommy Amy". Our journey ended with much heartache, yet the heartache was necessary for what the Lord wanted to deliver next.

 Our Sweet walk of FAITH
 Our Glorious Gift of SUNSHINE

and of course, soon to be in our home and arms...

Our Precious Gift of Grace!

The loss of Ari Joy was, and still is, the most painful thing I have ever walked through. The grief is beyond anything I have ever experienced. I continue to learn that it is in the things that are most difficult, and at times painful, where we find the greatest joys and blessings of life in Christ. I have come to know the heart of my Father in more profound ways than I could have ever known. For that I am forever grateful!

I had no idea, but this was my last day with her...

Happy 7th birthday Arianna Joy! 
We love you very much and will forever carry you in our hearts!

Monday, June 18, 2012

LOA Baby!!!

Exactly one year ago today I saw this:
I never imagined it would be an entire year before we would see this:

What does this mean?
Letter Of Acceptance

Basically, China has said, yes we accept you. Now we can file the last documents necessary to travel. This will take 3 more months AT THE MOST! Please join us in praying Maggie Grace Qing home! If you need a better visual when you pray, here are some new pics we received!!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Finding the words on the other side of a MIRACLE

Do not even try to tell me that miracles do not happen. Especially don't try to tell me that God does not perform them. I believe we see miracles every day. From the beauty of the sunrise to the glory of a sunset, we behold the miraculous in so many moments of each day. Yesterday just happened to deliver such a miracle moment.

Libi had been battling a mysterious rash this week. It is not out of the ordinary for her to present with symptoms that can cause a doctor to scratch his head in wonder. Most of the time Libi can press through illness without seizure activity, unless the illness is respiratory.

Well, this was one of those rare times when the illness got the best of her and a seizure hit hard. A typical seizure for Libi will last anywhere from 10-15 minutes. This one came on and lasted about an hour and a half. Now, I can fare through the 10-15 minuters pretty well, but when she begins to hit the 45 minute mark I am crying out to my God with a whole new level of desperation.

After 45 minutes of Libi seizing conversations of sending her to a local children's hospital began. The clock ticked away the minutes as I stood by my daughters side helpless and powerless, yet knowing the One who was her help and held ALL power was holding us both. Another 30 minutes passed and it seemed that her body was trying to pull out of the seizure. We patiently waited and another 15 minutes passed by, she began to cough and her body was finally at rest.

All was well.

Libi was groggy, but engaging a bit. The nurse took blood and started an IV, all with just one stick! That had NEVER happened before. The feeling of peace in those minutes was wonderful!

Libi began to snooze and Brad left to go get her a much desired hamburger. Our greatest fear after a seizure of that length, is that she will begin to seize again. Well, thankfully another seizure did not occur, but what did was extremely frightening! Libi's heart rate began to plummet. She was holding in the low 90's, and next thing we knew her pulse would not rise above 50. The nurse and I tried everything we could, and I noticed my baby girl was very pale. The doctor was called in and he looked at me and said, "Mom, she doesn't look good. We need to get her to Children's hospital." Fear gripped my gut, I prayed to my Father, and I quickly sent a text to our small group to specifically pray for Libi's heart rate.

Within 2 minutes this is what happened...

She opened her eyes, and a smile flooded across her face!

She SAT UP!!!!

Within 10 minutes she was eating a hamburger!!!!

 After a seizure, Libi will sleep for HOURS! It takes her a long time to become very responisive. The nurse and doctor were dumb founded!

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
    miracles that cannot be counted. 
Job 5:9

They placed this bracelet on Libi that cautioned she was a "fall risk". I found it very funny that it was necessary to drape my daughter in caution tape, so she had it on today and she was sitting at a little toddler table playing while Haddie was in gymnastics class. Well she had enough of the sitting and playing and literally just STOOD TO HER FEET and decided to play STANDING! So, you say "fall risk", we say, NOT FOR LONG!!!