"I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. . . . How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. . . . Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me. . . . Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD". Selections from Psalm 31
Today was a good day for all of us, we didn't even see a drop of rain on our long drive to Houston and back. We think that Andrew did well on his sleep study but we won't know anything until Monday after they've processed the data. But the downloaded data from his and Adam's apnea monitors all looked very good. Praying that he can come off the oxygen!!
The neurology appointment was so encouraging. Of course he can't give us any guarantees but he said Andrew looked fantastic! He agreed with everything the occupational therapist had said and felt that he is developing normally so far. This is not to say that his life may be free of all obstacles but this is light years from what we were originally told. The neurologist said he was extremely encouraged by everything he saw. To hear that coming from such a respected and wise pediatric neurologist was pure joy to our ears.
Andrew's brain hemorrhage was something equivalent to a massive stroke in an adult and we were given such a discouraging outlook for his future, so to hear that he could possibly lead a relatively normal life is nothing short of miraculous to us and can only be attributed to our good and faithful God who is so much bigger than all we could ever ask or imagine.
We are forever indebted to every individual who has prayed so faithfully and specifically for our children and without whom I'm not sure where we would be right now. We know that there will likely still be bumps in the road ahead but we will continue to face them head on, only by the grace and mercy of a loving God.
The day that I learned the news of Andrew's brain hemorrhage, I spent several minutes alone by his bedside praying and I told him how proud I was to be his mama and that God had selected him just for me. I told him that no matter what his gifts or limitations, the Lord would use him to do amazing things in this world. I have experienced this already as my faith, my priorities, and my over all outlook on life have been transformed over the last four months.
I have been so blessed by this journey, however difficult or painful it has been at times, because I have seen the powerful hand of God reaching down to touch our lives. I'm not simply saying this because our prayers have been heard but because we have continuously felt the presence of the Lord, never leaving us for a moment. I have learned that you cannot truly see joy and hope and goodness until you have experienced loss and anguish and affliction upon your soul. My friends, it is worth it!
May God be glorified by the lives of these precious children and may He continue to pour out His grace and love upon us all.