Home! :)

We’re finally all healthy and back under one roof!! Influenzapalooza is officially OVER!!! I was so happy to hear that garage door go up! Gavin and Greta were so surprised to see their Dad when they walked in the door from school moments later.
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And then of course Nornor… It was so so precious to watch the little smile slowly spread across her face as she recognized her Daddy’s face live and in person!
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I took a video of the sweet exchange and would have posted it but for a maniacal dissension over the iPad taking place in the background between a certain two children who had only been home from school for three minutes!!!! “Turns out they’re a bunch of crazies!”

While things are evidently back to normal in that regard, I’m heaving a huge sigh of relief that everyone is well! Nora loves being able to hang out with her brother and sister. She’s just “one of the kids” here!!
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“Arrrr. Me love me sister, matey”
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Here are pictures from the past couple of days.
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How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1 NIV)

* We’re still working on that “unity” part, some of us! Eh hem!

Nora on Being a Baby

Oh, hi! Nornor here. You might think it’s easy being a baby. Yes, it’s true, people wait on me hand and foot. They feed me, love on me, change my clothes and diapers, bathe me, massage me, snuggle me and talk cute to me all day. But I assure you being a baby is no easy task!

There’s a lot of things I need to look at and review.
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I need to assess whether or not I like things. Just constantly.
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I like to run a lot of my findings past my caterpillar friend. Just to get his input. He’s kind of bold and eccentric, but I like him.
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Sometimes I can just hardly take it anymore and I’ll have to schedule a spa session to relieve some stress. It’s all I can do.
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Then maybe I’ll clear my really sweet, fuzzy head with an afternoon siesta.
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I’ve got to have my own personal space to stretch out when I wake up. If you’re in my way, I’m going to have to let you know with some not so subtle hints… Brudder…
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Oh wait!!!!!!! I forgot to tell you about my chair!!!!!
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Look at me, all big in this thing!! Eh??
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I still like to hang out in my bouncy seat from time to time. Gotta bounce!
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But nothing beats hanging out on Mommy for some cuddles and loves. This is what I like.
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My sister is alllll better. One more day then we think it’s safe for her to be around me. Just to be absolutely 100 trillion kazillion percent sure. I think Daddy might be coming home tomorrow too!!!! I just can’t wait to see my Daddy!!

The weather has been sooo nice here. Mommy had the windows open to air this place out. I heard sister yell, “Yay!!!! It’s spring!!!!” Hmmm. I sure wish!!!!
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Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases
(Psalm 103:1-3 NIV)

Staying Strong Amidst the Flu

There is nothing better than awaking to the sound of a squealing baby!! She’s made it through another night protected and safe!!

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Greta is all better, no fever the past 2 nights in a row, but she’s still coughing and a little congested so we’re continuing with the quarantine.
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William is feeling a little better, but is still away. We all miss each other terribly. I’m so thankful for modern technology that allows us to stay in touch with one another!

You should have seen Nora’s little face light up when she initially saw her Daddy on the screen and heard him talking cute to her!! She KNOWS and LOVES her Daddy so very much! You could tell she was so excited to see and hear him!
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“Oh Daddy!!!! You look terrrrrrible!!!!”

Nora and Greta had some FaceTime sessions too. The sisters miss each other so so much! Nora got big-eyed and turned her head to see her sister. It is so sweet to watch them interact – even digitally!
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It’s still a little disconcerting to have a “coughing face” inches away from Nora’s face, even if it is on a digital screen! Even Gavin asked, “Can you get germs through the phone, Mom??”

Greta and William have had their FaceTime sessions too. It’s the next best thing to being together, and I’m so thankful for this little bit of new (to us) technology!

I get the sweetest text messages from Greta which is something new. She even figured out how to attach a picture.
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I love that one of the words to draw on Draw Something was ‘Jesus’. This is what I drew for Greta to guess.
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While I can’t stay downstairs and play a board game with Greta, we can at least play these little games through the phone and iPad, while tending to Nornor.

This experience has given me a whole new appreciation for being together as a family. It has also been an indisputable illustration of God’s attentiveness to our prayers. He surely makes all things work together for our good, even though it might not seem possible at times.

This is a very appropriate song today:

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

Chorus:
You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning

And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails

Verse 2:
The wind is strong and the water’s deep
But I’m not alone here in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide
I never thought I’d reach the other side
But Your love never fails

Bridge:
You make all things work together for my good

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I know many of you are battling the flu in your families or are fearful of falling prey to it. In my moments of hysteria I was reminded that the number of flu cases being reported is not an indication of its severity. Yes, it’s a huge inconvenience, but it is not a particularly deadly strain. Yes, there are reported deaths, but that is not typical. I just read a story online about a flu related death, but upon further investigation the individual acquired a staph infection while in the hospital which lead to his death. Key word: “related”. If you catch the flu symptoms early you can get a prescription for tamaflu which halts the reproduction of the virus. This lessens the duration and severity of the virus (which supposedly the vaccination will also do if you get it prior to infection). Early symptoms for Greta and William were bad headache, chills and fatigue. We weren’t in a hurry to get to the doctor because we didn’t realize it was the flu. We all got our vaccinations back in November and assumed we were protected!! In reading on the CDC’s website I learned that the virus is more likely to be spread from an errant cough or sneeze, even up to 6 feet away, as opposed to surfaces. The flu virus only lives for a very short while on surfaces, but sometimes that’s all it takes. Up and down fevers have been very common, sometimes getting as high as 103.3° for Greta during the first few days. When it would go back down I assumed she was getting better. Before I realized it was the flu I was thinking about getting her back to school! This may be one of the reasons it is getting spread around so badly–you think you’re getting better and return to work/school, not realizing what you’ve got or that your symptoms are about to return! On CDC’s website it says the incubation period is about 3 days after your initial exposure. You are contagious for that time without even knowing you have the flu. After the onset of symptoms you are contagious for 5 – 7 days, sometimes longer for children. Greta has been fever free for the past 2 nights with only a sporadic lingering cough. Ordinarily I’d have sent her back to school with having been fever free for over 24 hours, but it’s not worth the risk of spreading it further. Today is officially the 7th day of her illness, but I plan on keeping her quarantined over the weekend just to make sure we’re doing everything we can to protect Nora. I wear a surgical mask around Greta as well as Nora. If I HAVE to go out, I will be the “Crazy Lady” wearing the surgical mask in the grocery store (maybe I’ll get out my leopard coat and try to land a spot on “People of Wal-Mart”. Wait. Is there a “People of Remke-Biggs”?) I also wash my hands and arms before and after spending time with each of the daughters. Clorox wipes, Lysol and waterless hand sanitizers are always within reach, and let’s not forget about the amazing, powerful effect of protective prayer!!

A huge thank you to everyone who has been taking care of my hubzbind and the rest of the family through this bump in the road!

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. (Psalm 91:3-7 NIV)

1 Year Later

About this time last year I was indulging in a mid afternoon bath watching back to back episodes of Portlandia on Netflix. I was desperately trying to keep my focus off of the phone call I was expecting — the phone call from our geneticist. The results of the amino would be in. The phone finally rang and from that point on my life was forever changed. I vaguely remember collapsing on the bathroom floor in a heap of abject misery. It went from “what if” to “what now”. I imagined all sorts of horrors before me. There is no way I could have foreseen THIS:

Further proof that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

It’s hard for me to go back and read the posts from the early days of this blog. It was such a scary time, drowning in the metaphoric ocean of uncertainty. We didn’t drown. We were instead washed up on the most beautiful beach with this smiling, squealy baby that has stolen the hearts of thousands! Through her we were given an entirely different perspective on living. We were given an entirely different perspective on dying, in that there is no such thing, only new life in Christ.

So here we are a year later and I find myself asking the same question, “What now??” in regard to the realization that Greta and William have been formally diagnosed with the flu!!! We’ve been so careful by getting flu shots, diligently washing our hands, limiting visitors, keeping Nora inside. There’s only so much we can do when the virus is airborne and this particular strain is seemingly excluded from this year’s vaccination’s recipe. Once again the situation is out of our hands. I can only sit here and make myself miserable with my own imagined answers to, “What now?” OR I can only put my hope and trust in God and rely solely on the power of prayer, the power of God.

I went outside to get Greta’s overnight bag out of the car last night. It was dark out and I paused to look up at the starry sky. Out of the corner of my eye I could see a barely discernible steam trail streaked from one edge of the sky to the other. Usually I only see these during daylight hours or if the moon is directly behind one. As I let my eyes further adjust to the dark I saw that it was in the shape of a cross — directly over our house. I gasped a cold breath of air and thanked God for His obvious presence here, His grace and His protection literally right over us. We are faced with another trial, on a much lesser scale than we were given last year, but God is no less present. He is the same now as He was then, able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine.

Greta is feeling better, but her fever keeps intermittently showing up. At least she is in good spirits and eating again. She also has a lingering cough, but that too seems to come and go.
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Legos, cartoons, a sick nest and a smile!
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William, on the other hand, has been feeling terrible. He said he can’t remember ever feeling this bad in his life. He has been staying in one of the upstairs rooms of his office. Fortunately he just had those rooms renovated a couple months ago, and fortunately Greta’s old mattress was relocated down there just a few days ago. I sent some bedding for his own “sick nest”, some soup and vitamins down to him yesterday and he’s been there since. I’m so appreciative of everyone who has been taking care of him for me. I miss him terribly and wish I could be there. Get better, my sweet!!!!!!!

Gavin feels fine, although he’s been extraordinarily quiet without anyone to tease around here! Strange having an extra 20 minutes before catching the school bus when you remove all the shenanigans from the getting ready equation!
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Nora woke up yesterday and this morning happy, pink and squealy. I couldn’t ask for anything more!!

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That’s eye patch remnant on her cheek. Things stick like glue to the tegaderm!!!
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Oh yeah – me. I’m feeling fine but for my stomach being in knots. I’ve been wearing a surgical mask around here on the off chance I have the flu but just not symptomatic yet. Nora looks at me funny.
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Thank you so very, very much for your continued prayers!! Also wondering if anyone knows the whereabouts of Ethel? She hasn’t commented in a few days and I’m worried about her! I know her only through this blog and don’t know how to contact her. Praying that everything is okay!!

Seeing

William is sick and is staying at a hotel with Greta. Gavin and I had dinner here by ourselves. He got to be the Man of the House and sit at the head of the table!
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Everything is dripping in Lysol, hands are raw from incessant washing, and I’ve started wearing a surgical mask when caring for Nora tonight. I am hoping and praying that this headache of mine is only a result of stress and sleep deprivation! Which I’m sure aren’t revving up my immune system any? :/

I’m choosing to focus tonight on the incredible appointment at the eye doctor this morning! The unexpected news that Nora’s vision is not impinged by her genetic makeup is nothing short of miraculous! I was all but certain she would at least need glasses and was even picking out frame colors in my mind. Nora sees things well, but because of her low muscle tone her eyes aren’t always aligned as they should be. This is correctable by surgery, but it’s too risky to put Nora under anesthesia right now. Instead we’re going to try using an eye patch alterrrrrnating each eye for an hourrrrrr a day, matey.
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She did soooo good with the first run and squealed the whole way home! I wonder if it enabled her to focus better with the one eye?

A good morning at the eye doctor deserved an afternoon baff. Nora got all cozy on Mommy and fell asleep again. Soooooo stinking sweet, she is!!
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Nora doesn’t seem interested in going to sleep now that it’s night time. If you happen to read this late tonight, please pray for a restful night for all of us, William and Greta included. I hate having them away and not being able to cuddle my big girl, even if she were here. 😦 And I miss my hubz. Please also pray that I’m not getting sick! Despite all of this – at least my baby girl can see! She knows our faces and SEES how we love her! That is awesome and miraculous!!!

Considering Pure Joy

Greta seemed to be feeling better this morning. Her fever was down to 99° and she ate a little. However, as the day progressed she took a turn for the worse. Her temperature went up to 103.3 and she felt miserable. The acetaminophen made her feel better.
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Daddy set up a cozy little nest for her in the basement in front of the TV. Even Piggy came down to spend some time with her. It’s been very hard keeping her away from Nora and very hard to distribute my time evenly between the kids. We gave Greta the option of staying downstairs or going up to her room last night, and she did want to sleep upstairs. She has had some trouble getting used to sleeping in her loft bed so we put another bed underneath and she opted to sleep there.
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She started up with a cough and some congestion in the night, but it wasn’t so bad this morning, which is another reason I thought she was getting better.

A dear friend of mine enlightened me to the benefits of coconut oil, specifically its immunity boosting properties, even for infants! There seems to be a lengthy list of benefits, but I was sold on the antibacterial, antiviral aspect alone! William was promptly dispatched on a coconut oil mission.
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We’ve all been “wallowing” in coconut oil all day yesterday and today too.

Nora is very used to taking her 3 regular medicines and has become quite the little pro at it! We figured out her dosage and gave her a taste of the coconut oil.
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“Bllllleeeeccccckkkk!!!!!!”
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She took today’s serving without any winces and already we’ve figured out that we no longer need to supplement her high calorie recipe of milkies with Miralax!! The coconut oil will do just fine on its own. Now hopefully it will protect her against the germs in this place as well!

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My parents came over for a visit this evening and we ordered pizza. We’d planned on having them over Saturday to watch the Bengal’s playoff game, but that ended up not working out after Greta got sick. I remembered that Nora has an eye appointment tomorrow, Monday (that we’ve waited 3 months to get!!!). So it was arranged for Greta to head home with Nana and Papa tonight. Obviously she won’t be able to go back to school tomorrow. They will be able to see to her while we are at Nora’s appointment, and she won’t seem so ostracized down in the basement*. (*”basement” sounds so bare and dank – but it’s actually very nice down there. Maybe we should call it the “lower level” so as not to conjure up images of my poor sick little girl locked down in a musty cellar!!)

It’s discouraging to sometimes feel like your prayers are not getting answered in the way(s) you had hoped. Things seem to go from bad to worse, and you might wonder why you even bothered to pray at all. These troubles are so temporary even though they might disguise themselves as never ending. In this era of instant gratification we are so programmed to expect instant results and instant fixes for every little (and especially every great big) problem that arises. “Tired of the old way? Well, try (fill in the blank)!!” Instant answers to factual questions are only a few keystrokes away on the smartphones in our pockets, the virtual extensions of our brains. So when something comes along that we don’t have an answer for and we can’t fix, life can become very, very difficult. It is at this point that we have 2 choices. We can keep worrying about it and wrecking our head into the wall over and over again trying to fix things on our own, or we can give it up to God, trusting that He will do something with it. God has something to teach us with each and every trial that comes our way. There are certainly times that I am a very slow learner, which is why God will take His time in answering my prayers. He’s patient with me, and wants to make sure I get it. He WILL answer our prayers, but it won’t always be in the way that we expected. It will always be better, even though it might not seem like it in the moment. Before Nora was even conceived I felt like I was in a spiritual funk. I felt very distant and removed from God, just kind of busy doing my own thing. One of my prayers was to become closer to God. Um… Prayer answered!!! But NOT in the way that I expected. Way better. I just didn’t realize it at first. How could I possibly have expected God to just wave some sort of holy wand over me and make everything better. That would be boring, and how would I learn anything from just THAT? Instead, God gave me (all of us, really!) Nora. My point is, we don’t go through any astounding periods of growth or spiritual maturity when things are “all good”. Rejoice in our sufferings and trials simply at the realization that whatever we are experiencing is making us stronger and preparing us, and maybe even others for something mighty! I feel like I am writing this to myself right now as I’ve been down and discouraged with Greta being sick. I expect and want God to wave His “holy wand” and cure her immediately, even though a fever is so petty compared to what some other families are faced with. But as I step back and read what I just wrote, I realize I’m learning what it means to be patient, and fully reliant on God. I’m reminded of the futility of worry, and what it means to be joyful amidst trials. It’s a conscious choice, but feels so much better than banging my head against the wall trying to fix it on my own.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
(James 1:2-4 NIV)

Friday

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

Greta came down with a fever this evening. Please pray that whatever this is is fleeting and that it does not spread to anyone else especially Nora. 😦

Sweet Kids

Several years ago when Greta was a baby I was playing around on the computer and came up with this little series of designs for her to look at. We taped it above her changing table and somehow the little face became known as her “boyfriend”.
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As time passed Greta lost interest in him and their relationship dwindled. Everything was just so black and white with him, she argued.

I found the file archived on my computer and printed a copy for Nora to look at. Nora finds this guy very, very interesting.

The other day Gavin shared this with me out of the blue. I couldn’t stop laughing!
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While one kid keeps me laughing, the other one soothes my soul with these sweet spontaneous drawings that I find placed on my pillow or next to my bathroom sink.
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Such sweet reminders that God is right here with me every step of the way!

Here are pictures of Nornor today. She was such a good, good baby today, SO happy and squealy!
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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

Happy New Year

Jan 1

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“Happy New Year’s Day!! I brought in the new year with one of my crazy fun pink toga hot tub parties!”
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“After that we packed up and headed over the river and through the woods to Nana and Papa’s house for some pork and sauerkraut! They say it’s good luck to eat sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. I hope milkies counts!!”
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“We love being at Nana and Papa’s!”
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“I just hung out being cute, as usual.”
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“Everyone seems to love me! Nana and Papa sure love me!”
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“And Meemee and Oma love me too!”
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We love because he first loved us.
(1 John 4:19 NIV)

Jan 2

When I look back through the years I marvel at how certain times and events of life are so purposeful for growth. Often times they are interconnected, mysteriously preparing for the future. There are so many little things in my own life, but the big things that come to mind are my experience with adoption, the almost 10 years I spent with a house sparrow, and now Nora.

Starting with adoption — The experience of making an adoption plan for my birth daughter almost 20 years ago gave me the perspective that children are not property. At that time I never bothered to look at it from a faith perspective, but I still hold strong to that belief. Children are not property because they are a gift. They are on loan to us from God. Parting with my birth daughter enabled me to loosen my grip on many things in my life that I would otherwise regard as “MINE”. With my hands open to release, they are also open to receive. I could never have collected this vast array of blessings with “tightly clenched fists”.

One of those many blessings was a tiny naked little bird that ended up in my life. She was rescued from certain death on a hot summer sidewalk by two young boys who brought her to the vet’s office where my sister worked. I lovingly took over the care of this feeble little creature, mixing up a recipe of baby bird food and feeding it to her through a syringe every 20 minutes for 16 hours a day. As a sort of over abundant thank-you, she enormously enriched my life and everyone who knew her over the next 9 years and 7 months.

Given the choice, most people interested in acquiring a pet bird would opt for something colorful or something that sang a beautiful song. Ava was a common house sparrow, regarded by many as a pest, certainly not anything fancy. Despite her dismal reputation, Ava proved herself over and over again that she was anything BUT common. I have cassette recordings around here somewhere of her amazing trills and arias that she would do when she thought no one was listening. I have yet to ever hear a house sparrow in the wild immitate those sounds! Through this experience with Ava I gained an even greater appreciation for all life, especially “the least of these”.

It was 5 years ago today that that sweet, beautiful, treasured little bird traded her drab little house sparrow wings for a set of magnificent angel wings. Minutes before she left for the heavenly realms she chirped to me THREE times. I vowed never to forget those precious “last words” to me. She went so quickly after that, I was amazed that she had been able to muster the energy.

PICTURES OF AVA

I saw this bird “snow angel” the other day. I stopped to consider that it is much like my heart, in that there is evidence that a bird landed there.
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I still miss that little bird terribly, but wouldn’t trade that experience for all the riches in the world!

In this world where a child/person with special needs might be regarded as “less than” or “insignificant”. I have learned that each and every creature, each and every person has a place in the purpose of our Creator. Let go of those assumptions and stereotypes and you just might end up with a beautiful surprise!!

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Nora fell asleep toward the end of her physical therapy session!! It’s exhausting trying to grab at mylar streamers!!
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Sometimes when Nora is in the baffs, she gets a hankering for some milkies. She will then use Mommy’s phone to call downstairs to place a delivery order from the Milkies Cafe. A few minutes later a waitress or delivery man will bring her what she ordered. They’re usually very accommodating!
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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. (Matthew 10:29 NIV)

2012 in Review

I think I say it every year, but it’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. 2012 definitely goes down as the most tumultuous year of my life. Not a day went by that I didn’t cry either tears of despair and sorrow or tears of outright joy.

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I am so thankful to be in the place we are in right now and so thankful for each and every one of you who interceded on our behalf. I’m so thankful for my husband who has been my steady rock throughout all of this, my knight in shining armor who rides in to rescue me from what ever pit I happen to fall into. His infallible sense of humor liberates me from the mundanest of days, cheers me on the saddest of days. I’m thankful for my parents and my siblings and my friends who dropped everything and came running the day we got the terrifying amnio results. You’ve all been at my beck and call when ever I’ve needed you. I wonder how I got so lucky? I’m thankful for my sweet big kids who mean the world to me. I’m thankful for the amazing group of women in my Bible study, friends from our small group(s) and beyond who prayed us through all of those early days of uncertainty. You are the backbone of the thousands of prayer warriors who have fallen in love with Nora and prayed her here to this day. I’m thankful for Dr. S. who never encouraged us to terminate my pregnancy and never made us feel ridiculous for choosing to take a huge leap of faith. If we were willing to entertain the idea that God just might have better plans – then so was he!! I’m thankful for all of the individuals who were willing to talk with William and I about their own often painful but BEAUTIFUL experiences as the parents of a baby with trisomy 18. Suddenly we didn’t feel so alone even if the road ahead was dark and uncertain. They lit the way for us and gave us the courage to put one foot in front of the other into the unknown. I’m so thankful for all of the people who brought us meals, watched our kids, cleaned our house, sent us notes of encouragement, and reminded us that they were praying! Many of you were complete strangers, stepping out of your comfort zone to allow God to minister to us through you. I’m so thankful for my sister Emily’s high school friend Melanie who graciously stepped forward to offer her services to document Nora’s birth in photography. Never has there been a more beautiful story told through photographs, as is evidenced by the huge following I gained on this blog through her incredible talent. I’m so thankful for my labor and delivery nurses, specifically Amy, and Kate C. and also Ginger who have become dear friends through all of this – and Kate R. who has become an even dearer friend. The countless nights they came to stay with Nora, even enlisting their friends and others to give us the luxury of SLEEP! You have no idea what a blessing that has been! I’m so thankful for the compassion and love shown to Nora by the second pediatrician, Dr. R. who went out of his way to come and assess her after she was born — as a BABY not as trisomy 18. I’m so thankful for our pediatrician Dr. B. who has made himself ever available to us, treating us as if though we were close family. I’m so thankful for our team of specialists, therapists, and palliative care group who ensure that we are doing all we can for Nora. I’m so thankful for all of the amazing friends I have met along this journey that I otherwise would not have known, and all of the old friends who are more valuable than gold. Most importantly I am thankful that God chose us to be Nora’s parents. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit who dwells within me, giving me supernatural strength and power to do things and see things in ways I could NEVER EVER do on my own.

I received a Year in Review from WordPress who host this blog. This is a cherished summary of how you have interacted with Nora’s story over this past year. I am incredibly thankful for each and every one of you who follow along with us on our journey, for your prayers and your encouragement. You mean SO much to us! Here’s to an awesome 2013 and many, many more! Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Check out the Year in Review from WordPress!

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 1,400,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 25 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.