Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Photo by 3peasphotography.com--isn't it amazing?!
This week has been filled with miracles and we have been granted a front row seat to the presentation of these simple acts of God. Miracles are so beyond all that we can imagine from our human perspective and so simple for God. I am so thankful when he reminds us that He is the one in control of everything.. even our every breath...
Maisy no longer is using a ventilator to breath! From the moment she was born, her first breath did not come easy. She struggled to breath just as her heart struggled to beat on its own. She was a mess by human standards. When you consider all that could go wrong when a baby is developing inutero, it is miracle every time a baby is born with everything in it's place working they way we expect it to work. But, God had a different plan for Maisy...one just as miraculous in it's own time. Every time I think of Maisy, my heart races with joy. She is a delight. A delight on life support. Now that is something special!
And now Maisy, for the first time since that first breath, is able to breath on her own with out the aid of a mechanical ventilator that pushed life sustaining air into her lungs. She still has her trach and will need 24 hour care until she is ready to be free from that, but she is making such incredible progress.
And what I think is the most amazing part of this miracle is the incredible personality that Maisy was born with. Absolute joy. She is a bundle of pink joy...so happy and carefree. She surely would have a lot to be worried or sad about. She still has a trach and a feeding tube and she will always need a pacemaker to keep her heart working. She is at least three very major surgeries pending and she still radiates joy and love.
I still have to pinch myself to believe that our family could have been so blessed to have this little one in our lives. She is a walking (okay--so she would be better described as a "climbing", "running" or "twirling" miracle.
And another miracle that is unfolding before our eyes this week involves our baby number 11. His name is officially Isaac Robert Martindale and our homestudy is completed and in our hands We are nearing the end of this paper trail and are so to enter the beginning of our life with him. We have been trusting God to take care of the finances involved with adoption and he has been faithful. The MICAH fund has committed to a $1500 grant and friends (mostly cyber friends--but I hesitate to say that as if it lessons the quality of the friendship. i.e. like saying my "adopted" child) have sent another $2000. We are so thankful that Isaac has so many people out there who love him and care about his future. By the way, Dorothy, thanks for sharing your number 11's name with our number 11! It amazes me how it is most often those with so little that are so generous in giving. They truly exemplify the widow who gave all she had--what a miracle to watch God call His people to support adoption in this way.
Miracle #3--Sitting right beside me as I type is Elijah. He is being silly. very silly. And he took notice of that. He looked at me and said..."funny. sooooo funny" and then laughed and laughed. Elijah is communicating in ways I feared were never going to happen. He will put sentences together when he needs something. This morning he woke up and said very clearly, "Hi Mom. Wearing blue." Yep, I was wearing blue. He said this without any prompting. We are finally getting to know a part of him that had been so elusive.
So, if you want to experience the kinds of miracles I get to see every day, consider adopting 10 or 11 children who have unique needs! I guarantee you will be amazed by all that God will do with your life if you do. For it is in our weaknesses, that God's power is made perfect!
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