We have tried to put Ansley's story into one entry to explain her situation. We pieced together all previous emails, etc, to try to create a "short" version of the journey we have been on for the past few months. [If you haven't read it, click here to read it.] Reading over all our previous emails caused us to rejoice in how many prayers have been answered:
1. Ansley has NEVER had a seizure.
2. Ansley HAS YET TO MISS A DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONE! After meeting with specialist after specialists, to date Ansley still tests as "age appriopriate." THIS IS THE POWER OF PRAYER OFFERED IN FAITH!
3. After a couple months of not feeding well, Ansley has eaten very well the last couple months.
4. Zachary has adjusted very well to having a baby sister around. He is very caring, nuturing, and protective of her. It is sweet to watch.
5. God has challenged and refined me and Jordan's faith through this process.
Many have wanted to have an update on Ansley's situation. We are going to begin using the blog to keep everyone posted (our email list was getting so long!--which is a huge blessing--) So check the blog (or subscribe to it) to keep informed. But, please don't neglect to email us your encouraging words and prayers, or add encouraging comments to the site.
“We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.” (James 5:11) Right now, Ansley is holding her head up much better, rolled over a few times, standing on her legs relatively well(with us holding her hands/hips), eating well, smiling, giggling, babbling, reaching for items, putting items in her mouth, and many other things. She is looking great and we are so thankful that God has shown show much mercy to her and us. What we need prayer for currently:
1. God would continue to keep Ansley from having any seizures.
2. God would astound amaze the world by the way Ansley develops- showing His kindness and faithfulness with each milestone reached by His good grace.
3. A test showed Ansley might have milk allergies. Jordan has had to go off of dairy and we have been restricted from introducing solid food. The new test results come back soon and, as weird as it sounds, we pray that Ansley is allergic to dairy. The reason we pray for this is because her symptoms could be a sign of something much more serious. We just pray it is nothing more than allergies. (The doctors have said is looks like "textbook" milk allergy, but we have lived in the world of hard to swallow diagnosises for the past five months.)
4. Ansley's legs and arms are a little stiff. Her range of motion is a little restricted (more on her legs than arms) without stretching first. We pray that God would loosen her stiffness and free her legs to run, jump, skip, and play.
5. Pray for protection, peace, and patience for me and Jordan. This has become such a journey of persistence and endurance. It has changed our hearts and lives forever. We need encouragement and support from God's people. Pray that our hope would not waiver, our faith would remain strong, and our mouths bold to speak of "Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us." (Eph. 3:20)
Rob, Jordan, Zachary, and Ansley
"When your faith endures many conflicts and your spirit sinks low, do not condemn yourself. There is a reason for your season of heaviness. Great soldiers are not made without war. Skillful sailors are not trained on the shore. It appears that if you are to become a great believer you will be greatly tested. If you are to be a great helper to others, you must pass through their trials. The uncut diamond has little brilliance, the unthreshed corn feeds no one, and the untried believer is of little use or beauty.”- Charles Spurgeon.