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Friday, August 8, 2014

His Grace is sufficient

Pin It                                     One Year Celebration!
                                 One year of HEALTH!! 

                            IVY JOY you are amazing! 

    Courageous, Joyful, Loving, Charismatic, Funny, Adorable, Beautiful. Strong, Kind, Thankful, Extrovert, Proud, Drama Queen, Talkative, Intuitive, Confident, Empathetic, Amazing child of God!

                                                                          Last Year

Our rejoicing of the news of Ivy no longer needing to be listed for a heart transplant was cut short. 

We lost focus of the precious miracle God had provided when Ivy began having seizure like activity and lost use of her left side. 

I remember my prayers so vividly. 

I was overwhelmed with sorrow as to why our baby had to endure yet another near death experience. 

I was having trouble sticking to my promise of finding joy in every circumstance. 

I was breathless 

I was weak 

I was tired 

I was terrified

Ivy had a horrific bleed that required the removal of her scull. The neurosurgeon was preparing us for complete paralysis of one side and severe developmental disabilities. 

In those weak moments, no matter how weak we are, remember that the Lord's treasure is manifested in it.

Less than 24 hours later our little miracle sat up and asked for food, water and Little Einstein's. She had the neurosurgeon and the nurses weeping in her room. Grown men and women, shocked by the outcome, and weeping with joy!

Today we celebrated this miracle. We celebrated the hard things and the great things. ONE YEAR!!! WOW!

A huge thank you to ~Always With Cake~ for making this amazing Warrior Princess Cake for Ivy!
And a huge thank you to all of Ivy's prayer warriors for never ceasing prayers for our girl! 
We love you all!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wedding day recap

Pin It one year ago today. We had no idea what was ahead. 

We were as prepared as one could be, for the road to heart transplant. God had another plan. And then there was the bleed..... for that, I could not have been more unprepared. Today we celebrate with our cousins, one year of marriage. Love Big!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

looking back

Pin It The best thing about doing these~ one year ago ~ posts.... Is that I can hardly believe myself, just how much the girls have grown and how healthy Ivy has gotten with her very own God given heart that was so broken and so hopeless in the eyes of so many doctors not so long ago. 


And here we are now, below

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Friday, July 18, 2014

While mommy's away, Daddy and the girls play!

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As I type this, Mr Best Daddy in the whole world is home in Arizona spending 3 amazing days just loving on his little girls. I am away in Fort Wayne Indiana at the Matilda Jane convention, training for my new job as trunk keeper. Something I will easily be able to do while I continue my main role as care taker of our precious family. I have never been away from Ivy and I have to tell you, our little super hero is doing amazing. She had a pretty bad nose bleed last night but her big sister got it all handled and then treated her to a sleepover in her bed! What a treat for Ivy! We are so blessed with the most awesome teenagers in the world! I can't tell you how amazing these bigs of ours are. 

Im going to do a series of one year ago posts as we finish out the Summer. Our God has been so gracious in giving us this amazingly calm and priceless time with our family. I don't want to take a second of it for granted. So as I look back at one year ago, I thank Him for today. 

 Lexi has come such a long way! I remember right after our series of very long hospital stays, I could not leave the room without telling her or she would panic, screaming if she could not see me.

 Click on the link below to see where we were one year ago.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Too busy to post. Picture heavy!

Pin It What a blessing it is to be busy just having fun!
We have had a CRAZY 6 weeks here in the desert!
We've had 3 birthdays. The big 18 followed by the big 4, followed by the big 21! Lexi graduated from Pre School, Cassidy graduated from High School. Dance competitions and recitals, a mothers day staycation, and so much more. Oh the beauty of LIVING! So many parties and way too much CAKE! So blessed to wake up each day and call this beautiful family mine!

 Ivy's 4th Birthday party

She is loving the pool this year!

 Our graduating senior in the pink.

Little maybe, but every time the camera comes out she must remind me that she is 4 now!!!

                         3 of the 5 sisters

This is how big your muscles get when you are 4

         Finding her joy not a problem

She spends lots of time swinging on a new swing set one of her buddies got her for her birthday. 

And a little time crying when mommy says its too hot to swing (like today when it was 106 outside!) 

 She loves to play anything that has a dungeon and a big bad wolf or some kind of a villain  I have no idea why... But she begs everyone older than 5 to please play with her and be the bad guy. She loves to run and scream and hide and by golly she is the most amazing little untrained actress I have ever lived with!

                      Moving on to Lexi
 Our sweet Lexi is starting kindergarten in the fall!            Sniff sniff indeed! 

                  She is excited about this new chapter.

             But wishes her Ivy Girl could come too!

And if she could bring her daddy, that would be even better!

 And a big sister would just seal the deal!

She finally has enough hair to wear pigtails with no hair hanging in the back! She's so proud of that!

Getting her praise on during worship at pre-school graduation!

This girl loves to sing! And thank the good Lord she is getting better and better at carrying a tune... slowly but surely! Yes, thank the good Lord...

Swimming remains her favorite activity.

Happy Summer! Celebrate every second!!!! Pin It
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