I am a 30ish year old mom of five precious boys and one sweet girl. Four of our children are here with us and two are in the arms of Jesus. Our sweet baby girl Hope was diagnosed with Dystrophic Epdermolysis Bullosa and our youngest son came to us through adoption, the Lord has shown us just how Faithful He is. We will continue to Journey and follow Him where ever He leads. We feel very blessed that God chose us to be the parents of each of our kids, and we look forward to what He has in store for us in foster care!
(This happens to be one of my favorite pictures of Hope. She is practicing her Karate moves to keep up with her brothers I am certain.It always makes me smile.)
Quick Update Here:
I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the number of you who have reached out to me. I have been having such a tough time battling fear and doubt and it is so uplifting to know that so many of you are storming the gates for us. We are trying hard to live in the moment. Our days with Hope are so filled with love and joy! The boys are the best big brothers, and she is such a happy little girl. The only part of the day that I truly dread is still the time in the evening when we care for Hope's wounds. Bandage changes have been better though. We are learning more about wound care and supplies ad she is healing well. No new blisters have developed, but a couple of sore spots have appeared on her leg from scratching herself. We basically have to for now keep her in sleepers with hand mitts so she can't scratch herself and they aren't so easy to find.
We have another appointment in Pittsburgh tomorrow to get her stitch out. They may have preliminary reports or may not for another week or 2. Please pray for all of us as we will be spending another day away from the boys, much time in the car, which Hope despises, and is still uncomfortable for me. Please also pray for our hearts and for the doctors as well as for Hope. She is so tiny and helpless and it breaks my heart to see her hurt.
Go ahead and mention my child, The one that died, you know. Don't worry about hurting me further. The depth of my pain doesn't show. Don't worry about making me cry. I'm already crying inside. Help me to heal by releasing The tears that I try to hide. I'm hurt when you just keep silent, Pretending she didn't exist. I'd rather you mention my child, Knowing that she has been missed. You asked me how I was doing. I say "pretty good" or "fine". But healing is something ongoing I feel it will take a lifetime. ~ Elizabeth Dent ~
"When I Lay My Isaac Down" - Carol Kent "The One Year Book of Hope" - Nancy Guthrie "Holding on to Hope" - Nancy Guthrie "Empty Cradle Broken Heart" - Deborah Davis "Waiting With Gabriel" - Amy Kuebelbeck "Streams in the Desert" - LB Cowman "It Takes a Parent" - Betsy Hart "I'll Hold You in Heaven" - Jack Hayford "Crazy Love" Francis Chan "Radical" David Platt