A List Maker's Life: Stronger

Monday, June 14, 2010


Some days we see people who aren't sure how to react to our news.
Other days we are surrounded by those who act as if things are the same as always.
Some days I am hopeful and confident.
Many days bring moments of fear and insecurities about what is to come.
Some days we try to prepare our minds by reading material on parenting a child with a serious life long medical condition.
Most days I hold my belly and pray for complete healing of Gabe's little body.

Today's mail brought a heavy packet of papers to be filled out before meeting with our neurosurgeon.  I didn't tear up as I opened it, as I faced the reality of needing his service, or even as I wrote note after note about our family's health history. As I worked on the papers Kevin and I mentioned how we feel as if we are adjusting to what may be, even with all of the "what ifs."

Day after day we are being encouraged by conversations with parents who are waiting for their miracle baby, parents who are living and loving through the ups and downs of caring for their child, parents who have answered our questions without making us feel as if our emotions are unique or out of bounds, parents who have recommended specialists & resources, and parents who are willing to help us network - when we are ready - within our own community. 

We have been lifted up by unexpected conversations, generous offers for help, notes, emails, text messages, and simple blessings that mean so very much as the days continue and we process more quietly.

Everyday we are getting stronger.

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  1. Praise Him for all of the encouragement and help! Praying for you my sister!

  2. I continue to pray for you day in and day out. I can't imagine what it is like for you every day, but know that I love you and I am praying.

  3. That is awesome. God is holding you guys through this and you will become stronger because you are not doing this alone. I am here for you and praying as always and if you ever need to vent or praise you can always email me. mommy2blaze (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. I really like what you say in the fist paragraph, and it is written so well. I can't relate literally with your situation but I can relate with the insecurities about the future. Thanks for keeping this blog. I always enjoy reading what you have to say, and honestly care.

    (work with Kevin)

  5. *Hug*

    I've always heard that God will only give you as much as you can handle. From what I know of you and your family if anyone can be entrusted to take care of such a special person it is you all.

    Praying for you and that precious baby!!

  6. I'm praying for your little Gabe. I have a Gabe, too. Kind of makes me feel a little closer to your beautiful baby. I'll have to enlist my Gabe to pray for yours, too.

  7. You are truly beautiful. These are the words I think when I come and read your blog. You are truly beautiful. Your open-ness, your faith, your vulnerability, your strength...these are all things that I know you get from God...and THAT is truly beautiful! I am praying for strength and a sense of hope for you. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with us. Even though many of us may never actually go through this ourselves...it may help us to help a friend some day who might go through it.


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