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Thursday, March 11, 2010
I have heard from quite a few of you that you love to hear "Josie stories" so I thought I'd try to describe our trip to Vanderbilt for her MRI. Although, I will NEVER be able to do it justice....
First, I have to tell you that every black man she sees, she hollers "UNCLE!" Strange men turn and look our way continuously. When our pastor makes his way to the pulpit she screams "UNCLE!", when our infectious disease doctor comes into our room "UNCLE!" In the beginning Mike and I looked at each other in dismay and now we both belly laugh, OUT LOUD every time!
We went last week to have the procedure done. Now that she is walking, she wants to walk everywhere ALL OF THE TIME (i don't blame her, she waited for 4 years to take the first step) I dressed her in her cute little Poppy Dips skirt (thanks Sallee!) and we headed to the hospital. While waiting, she touched every persons knees, checked out every gameboy that was being played, and talked jibberish, giggled, pointed her finger in faces, and talked jibberish some more...all the while her eyes NEVER opened. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how the child sees to get around. The women at the front desk were calling her by name after the first few minutes of our arrival. A man came to the door and called "JOSEPHINE" and off she went! Mike and I were gathering bags, coats, etc...and girlfriend was outta there! While walking to our room, she stopped at each door, spoke to every nurse, every doctor..... hand in the air "HIII" she hollered all the way down the hall. Once in our room, she pulled my ipod out and listened to music. At one point, I realized that there were about 6 nurses gathered around her bed just talking to her and laughing....much to the other patients dismay that had been left behind for a few moments. They ended up sending us home because her tonsils were too enlarged to put her on anesthesia without a specialist there to administer a breathing tube if needed. So, on our way out, once again, she stopped at every door...but this time to give each and every nurse a hug goodbye. Mike and I stood at the end of the hall laughing. She cracks us up EACH and EVERY day.
Fast forward 1 week.
We went back to Vanderbilt yesterday to hopefully have her MRI done (with an anesthesia specialist on hand) and the women at the front desk said "well good morning Josephine!" Once back in or room, the nurses from last week came by to say "hi" and on our way back down the long hall the nurses called her by name..."goodbye Josie!"
I am waiting to hear what the doctors have to say about her MRI results. They checked the puffiness over her eyes, sinuses, and tonsils and adnoids. Step by step we are getting healing for her little body. I had two different nurses tell me yesterday after reading her chart..."you have a little miracle child..do you know that?" and I smiled and said "I serve a mighty God!"
I believed without doubt, that she was going to run through my yard and call us all by name. I am watching it happen right before my eyes! If I am honest, there are days when my alarm goes off and I think "do I HAVE to get out of bed and chase these little ones AGAIN today? Mama is so tired! But once I lift my head and feel their little warm bodies up against mine...I'll do it everyday of my life if I need to! I will admit that I haven't mastered taking my four youngest to target alone yet. MillerAnne tries to help, but Caleb and Josie are CRAZY QUICK and what one doesn't think of ...the other does!
This is what the Lord promised me this morning.
Walk by faith, not by sight. As you take stepsof faith, depending on Me, I will show you how much I can do for you. If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me work through you. When I gave you My spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your natural ability and strength. that's why it is so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength but Mine, which is limitless. By walking close to Me, you can accomplish My purposes in My strength.
Those very words are what I live on day by day. I KNOW that it is NOT in My strength that I am able to get out of bed each morning but HIS!
- I am a lover of Jesus. I have the most fabulous husband that anyone woman could ask for. The Lord has blessed us with 7 beautiful children. I started this blog so that friends and family could follow our trip to Uganda to visit Katie Davis. I have decided to keep blogging to help bring orphan awareness to the world around me.