I hope this smile is a glimps of our gratitude! THANK YOU!!!
I also stand in awe when I think through how God has knit our lives together in preparation for "such a time as this." I remember sitting on the balcony of a beach house in Galveston with Suzan Parle in October or November of 2011 as we were reflecting on what God was up to in our lives. I remember saying that I was confident that God had David and I in the roles we were in (myself working full time and David in Seminary and being home with the kids) for a reason, He just hasn't revealed the specific reason yet. I would have NEVER dreamed that just a month and a half later we would be pregnant with Grace (we weren't even considering a third child at that time). Now I know! God was preparing us all that time for such a time as this! The fact that David has had the time and energy to lead our family through this journey (as I've mentioned before, in God's strength, he is the backbone of our family) and is able to stay in Boston with Grace as long as needed (of course I pray that it will be shorter, not longer :-) is a blessing that can't be described in words. I have always loved my job, but I have never been more grateful for the medical benefits that my company generously provides and the incredible support I have received from my manager, counterparts, and upper management. There are so many other details that I know are no coincidence, but instead are a divinely orchestrated plan that has been devised for such a time as this.
Once we arrive in Boston, we are suppose to have a very full day of pre-op "stuff" to take place on Monday, March 4th, a sedated MRI and 3D echo on Tuesday and surgery on March 6th. We sure could use your prayers that the additional images provided by the MRI and 3D echo only confirm that she is a candidate for the biventricular repair and that surgery is a huge success with no complications. You know the saying that it takes a village to raise a child? That saying has never been more true than right now in our lives, so thank you all for being our village!
"Did someone say surgery?!?!" - this is one of our favorite new faces that Grace makes... We call it her Grandma without dentures face :-)
Here is a little extra sibling love...