Sparrows

It was a good day today, despite the fact that we’re in a hospital. Nora is still continuing to tolerate the sildenafil without any complications. I realized today after a handful of e-mails and texts from friends / family that I wasn’t very clear on WHY we are here at the hospital. I mentioned this next step way back in Day 94 but I suppose that was a while ago. The days fly by so fast, I can hardly keep track of them. The sildenafil is being administered to her in increments with the hopes of bringing about symptoms of congestive heart failure — as awful as that sounds. If she is able to exhibit symptoms, it will prove that her hypertension is reversible and she will be a better canditate for heart surgery. I hope I explained that correctly. The sildenafil does not bring about permanent congestive heart failure. Symptoms will only show while she is on this medication. We’re hoping to be discharged tomorrow morning!

This afternoon I had my lunch outside and enjoyed the warm breeze, the heat of the sun on my skin and the antics of the little sparrows all over the place. They were like little wind-up toys hopping around to inspect every little bit of substance that might be a bite to eat. A juvenile fluttered her wings begging for food from her mother as a tasty morsel was tenderly dispersed into her beak. Another robust little male buried his feathered belly in a pit of dirt, vivaciously fluttered his wings, partaking in a lavish dust bath. Yesterday there were about 10 – 15 of the little “rat birds” enraptured in these amusing little dust baths. William suggested that the section of mulch was a sparrow bath house. I find such pleasure in watching these “common”, “diminutive” little birds because they remind me of Ava. Ava was far from common or diminutive; she had an incredibly unique and beautiful personality. I knew that because she lived with me for 9 years. The longer I watched and studied these sparrows in nature I began to observe distinct differences in their personalities as well. Some were bold and audacious, while others were cautious and wary of my every move. All different, all unique, each an individual piece of God’s creation. Easy to assume they were mass produced with a standard mold, void of any individuality, one-size-fits-all. Look closely and you will discover otherwise. Every little sparrow is different and known by the same God that also created the universe! Amazing to think about. “God sees the little sparrow fall, it meets his tender view, If God so loves the little birds, I know He loves me too.” (thanks for that samm!)

I left this afternoon to take Gavin and Greta to their dentist appointments. No cavities, but the crystal ball reveals lots of orthodontist visits for both. I’ll let you know when the orthodontia fund raisers will be.  (kidding!… kind of… 😉 ) While I was gone, Miss Nora Stinky Pants loaded up THREEEEEEE diapers! We talked about this while Daddy was at work and she agreed that she’d wait until I’d left to stink the town up. Way to go, NorNor! (no pun intended)

Here are pictures from today:

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Nora, you have stinky hands!


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WHAP!!


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Sleepies


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Arrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!


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Yo ho ho and a bottle of milkies!


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Nakey cakes

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
( Matthew 6:26-27 NIV)

10 thoughts on “Sparrows

  1. I LOVE THE WAY YOU EXPRESS YOURSELF. I KNOW IF YOUR WOULD WRITE A BOOK, IT WOULD BE A BEST SELLER. LOVING THE PICTURES TODAY. THE ONE OF WILLIAM AND NORA IS WONDERFUL. THE WAY HE IS LOOKING AT HIS LITTLE GIRL, WITH LOVE WRITTEN ALL OVER HIS FACE. AND THE ONE OF YOU IS GRRRREAT!!! I LOVE THE WAY NORA LOOKS AT HER FAMILY, IT SEEMS SHE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOU ALL. I AM GLAD SHE IS TAKING ALL THIS SO WELL. SHE IS A LITTLE TROOPER. I BET YOU CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK HOME. THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME. HOPEFULLY THE TIME WENT FAST, AND THAT YOU DID GET TO REST SOME. I AGREE WITH YOU, BIRDS HAVE SUCH DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES. I LOVE WATCHING THEM, AS YOU SAY THEY ARE ALL SO DIFFERENT, JUST LIKE PEOPLE. I WILL BE PRAYING THAT YOU GET TO GO HOME TOMORROW, AND FOR A SAFE TRIP BACK HOME. LOVE YOU ALL, GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.

  2. Have you tried having Nora sleep in a Boppy? My baby Eli has slept in one since He was born! He love it, cuddles him, and elevates at the same time! Glad to hear she is doing so well! Go Nora!

  3. Lol, I’m cracking up. Nora is Daddy’s girl, that’s why she left the stinky diapers for Daddy !!. Poor William 😉
    Are Dr. Brown’s bottles doing the trick?.
    Aleisaaaa, I’m leaving for your wonderful country on Monday for a 2 week vacation in FL. Please, email me William’s office address. A small gift for sweet little Nora will be making all the way up to America!!.
    Muac 🙂

  4. Hello to a beautiful family!
    Like many people that have posted comments before me, you have no idea who I am. Linda Morris, your beloved nurse at CCHMC, is the mom to one of my best friends in the entire world. Libby showed me your blog last night and I read every update into the wee hours of the morning. What an inspiration! Your family and your little Nora are beacons of this world’s beauty and God is doing such wonderful things through you & her. I was a patient at Children’s on the oncology floor during my chemotherapy treatments 6 years ago, so I know just how amazing, wonderful, and fabulous the staff is there (and how uncomfortable those pullout couches are!!) You are in the best hands there and I hope that this stay has given you guys some answers. I pray for Nora’s health and peace for you guys as her caretakers. How lucky and blessed are you to have her grace your lives. I know that just by reading about her and seeing pictures, she has humbled and touched my own heart.
    My own momma had a saying when I was sick, that she told me whenever times were hard and when I thought I just couldn’t do it any longer. Over and over, our mantra was “Keep on keepin’ on” and I’ll leave you with those words that are so special to me and my family. Keep on keepin’ on because you have no idea remarkable your little gal is to so many people.
    Much love and many prayers headed your way,
    Samantha

  5. Hi! This is my first time commenting, but I have been following your blog for a little over a month now and I must say, reading your story has truly impacted my life! God has given you such a gift regarding the written word and has blessed you with such a wonderful family and precious little Nora!

    My brother and his wife are expecting a baby boy in November and just over a month ago, they were told he had Trisomy 18. We are praying for a miracle and believing in total healing. She has a follow up sonogram today and we are all hoping for good news. Regardless of the outcome, reading your blog has reassured my faith in knowing that God has a plan and purpose for everything and everyone!

    God bless you, your family, and sweet baby Nora! I look forward to continuing to read about your journey. Thank you for having the courage to share it with the world. My prayers are with you daily.

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