Monday, January 7, 2013

Today We Begin The Journey To Fix Ellie's Heart

The day has come to begin our journey to fix our little Ellie's heart.  We stand in awe of God's timing of moving our paperwork so quickly so we could get our her home for this surgery her little body needs. Our little girl has endured a lot her first year of life.  One thing we know is she is a little fighter.  She came to us not able to hold her head up, sit up, roll over, had no idea she had legs, couldn't use her hands or pick up a toy, was skin and bones and would cry and pull away when we would touch her.  She has shown us how resilient her little spirit is, she has shown us that love can heal. She is a little fighter. 

Today this little girl ....


 sits up like a pro ...


 loves to roll around on the floor ...


does a nose dive from sitting to get on her tummy ...


started to army crawl ...


can pick toys up and even hold them for awhile.  Sometimes her feet even get in there to help...


found her legs for the first time this week without us helping her ...


has been exploring the house this week and made it to the tile for the first time and found a wall to touch ... so many new things to experience and feel when you become mobile ...



has turned the corner in her security and loves to be by her siblings now ... 


Max can still be a bit much for her but she sure does watch him ...


is content on the floor even if we walk away from her ...


watches everything we do ....



loves to be held and has us all wrapped around her little finger. 

  She has a big week coming up, one we wish she didn't have to endure and yet we have no doubt that God has her in the palm of his hands.  She is our little fighter and we know she will fight through this too! 

As I was sharing with a friend yesterday about how overwhelmed I was with people messaging and emailing that they were praying for Ellie,  people that I didn't even know, she said, "what a privilege that God would choose you to be Ellie's mommy. That you get to sit beside her, comfort her and love on her in the days ahead." Amen, we feel so blessed that God would entrust this sweet little girl to us, that we get a front row to seat to all that God has for her. 


We have a peace knowing the same God that parted the Red Sea, parted the waters to our little girl.  That same God and all his power will be with our little Ellie in the days to come.  He will be in the operating room and will be by our side as our little girl's body recovers from surgery. 

Thank you for joining us on this journey.  Thank you for standing in the gap for our little girl! We begin her pre op appointments today at 11:10 and we will find out the exact time of surgery.  We will try to update tomorrow. 

For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11






12 comments:

TrishV. said...

Our entire family has been touched by your journey to Ellie and stand in awe with you at God's perfect timing. We will be praying for the surgeon's wisdom & steady hand, for strength, healing & recovery for sweet Ellie, and for God's peace which surpasses all understanding for both you & Eric as you entrust Ellie into the Dr.s' hands.

Anonymous said...

praying for Ellie as I have been since you became family!! God Bless Her and the doctors and your family!! Cathy in Illinois!!

Jen said...

Praying for Ellie, your family and her doctors. Through God all is possible!

Blessings!

Paige said...

We prayed for Ellie and Ivy Joy on the way to school today. Madeline said afterwards that now she will have to ask me how Ellie is doing too and hopes she can remember haha!! I'll remember for her:). Praying for you all as you go through the pre surgery day Nd of course all day tomorrow. Oh my she is so very precious!!

Drea said...

Hello! We are with the same agency, and if my hunch is correct, I think that you are the family that Beth asked if we would be willing to talk to re:CHD. I told her to pass my information on to you, which I hope she did. I believe that I traveled with a family that you are friends with (we traveled with the Oct. 2 group). Anyway, I am glad to see that you found a cardiologist and surgeon that you are comfortable with! We have five children, four from China and three with CHD (two of them complex). Blessings to your daughter and to you as she undergoes her surgery. The first time through can be frightening, but hold fast to the knowledge that the surgeons and nurses have been through it hundreds if not thousands of times and your sweet girl will be in excellent hands!

Fannie said...

We are praying for two previous heart babies today!! God truly did call you guys to be Ellie's family and it is a blessing to watch it unfold. We will continue our prayers for Ellie, for the surgeons & staff, and for her loving family! Keep us updated when u can! ;) What amazing progress that beautiful girl is making!!!

jennifer said...

WHat an amazing little cutie you have!!! I will be praying for you all as you take this journey. God is going to do amazing things!!

Ciara Molloy said...

Praying for your precious daughter!! And for strength for you and your family!

Blessings from Ireland
Ciara
https://yougivemehope1.blogspot.com/

Lori said...

What a beautiful blog! I've read every single word and fallen in love with your precious girl! Know that I will be standing with you as you begin this journey toward healing. Praying you will sense God especially near tomorrow!...

Lori McCary
www.LoriMcCary.com

Wendy said...

Thank you for sharing your story. :) I've followed your blog with great interest as we are in the process of adopting a Special Focus girl from China. We were matched with our Selah before our home study/dossier were complete, so we are in "fast forward" mode to get to her!

We have friends who have a bio son who has had 3 open heart surgeries at Mayo, and his care has been excellent and he is doing well now!

We will certainly remember your Ellie and your family often in prayer tomorrow.

This verse comes to mind:
"Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for Me?" Jeremiah 32:27

In Christian love,

Wendy in Bismarck, ND

Kristi said...

Will say a prayer for sweet little Ellie for tomorrow's surgery. :-)

Teri said...

You are very much in my prayers and heart! Love that smile she has! Love Teri

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