Friday, April 30, 2010

This is GLORY!

Deuteronomy 32:4
"He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he."

Psalm 71:20-21
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

There are so many things we will never understand this side of Heaven, but that is part of this life. Part of believing in the hope that Christ works everything out for the good of those who love Him.. believing that His plans for us are for our good.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11 "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."

For a looong time in the early days and months of Ansley's life, it was clear that her brain was not alive as it should be. My mind still cannot quite grasp that in those days, and in every excruciating moment, the Lord foreknew the GLORY awaiting us. We sat at dinner tonight reflecting on the prayer we have prayed so many times.. that the Lord would call Ansley's brain to life one. milestone. at. a. time. And He has!

Romans 4:17 "..The God who gives life to the dead and call things that are not as though they were."

My posts can have a tendency to be a little, um.. long winded, so I'm just going to dish out the facts because the Lord has been chipping away at this mountain and casting it into the sea in the name of Jesus Christ! So, here we go...

This past Monday, we had a meeting with Ansley's developmental specialist and the coordinator of the early intervention program. We set new goals for Ansley's development, as is standard for the program, and her specialist (that sees her weekly) joked that we would probably have to make new goals the very next week because she always shatters them. I mentioned it was because the Lord has chosen her to show His power through... and she said, "YES, HE DID." This is the same person, who in the beginning, was visibly uncomfortable and would quickly try to change the subject when I mentioned anything about the Lord, much less our prayers for Him for heal her. It was probably a subconscious moment for her, but for me.. it spoke volumes. She acknowledged the power and presence of God in Ansley's life, and most likely without realizing it. The Lord touched Ansley's arms and legs that very night (are you starting to see a trend here?) and the next morning... she took off!! Crawling across the room, pulling up and standing up on any and everything she wanted to. Literally, overnight--Ansley started crawling. God is blowing us and her specialists away.

Ephesians 3:20 now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ansley's next neurology appointment is July 8th. We had been praying she would be standing and saying mama and dada by then. At the time, we prayed this knowing it would take a complete act of God--a HUGE miracle. In the past few weeks, God has already! pushed her so far beyond this.

Ansley at 10 months old, is a perfectly healthy, perfectly normal 10 month old baby girl. This is mind boggling to every specialist that works with her.

Things the Lord has called to be in the past few of weeks:

- she is crawling all over, pulling up to stand, and fully mobile
- she signed "all done"
- she is calling Zachary baba (brother), me momma and Rob dada. (she is talking already! And to think that 6 months ago we were told to prepare for the possibility that she may never talk)
-she says uh-oh appropriately and says "baba" when she waves bye bye
- she is appropriately shaking her head no when she doesn't want something
- when we ask her to turn the page in storytime, she does it
-when we ask, "What does a dog say?" She smiles and then pants like a dog
- responds to "give daddy/mommy etc a kiss"

By God's power and God's grace, our daughter is crawling, talking and showing every age appropriate sign of mental development! All of these things have just been poured out in her life the past few weeks. We kept wanting to write a post, then she would do something new, then something else... There was so much to say, we decided to save it all for one post in hopes that the magnitude of God's hand in her life would be undeniable. Praise the Lord for the great things He has done!

Isaiah 63:7
I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,
the praises of the Lord,
according to all the Lord has granted us.

It's been awhile, so here are some recent pictures : )

We recently went to an awesome nature center a short drive from our house and had such a great time.

Such a joyful girl : )

This cute little kid cabin had a "Z" on the little window, so Zachary thought the house was made for him.. and loved it!

Stopping for a little snack. Those boys need their fuel!!

We went to Panera afterwards for dinner. As soon as Zachary swallowed his last bite.. he was at Ansley's side.

Such love

On a recent Target excursion, Zachary desperately wanted to wear his "racing goggles". He has created a new game where we must wear his construction goggles (he has 3) and race around the downstairs. Oh, the games kids come up with!

THE DAY the Lord showed, once again, that through Him ALL THINGS (Matthew 19:26) ARE POSSIBLE. What You have done in our girl... thank you, Jesus!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Well, okay, maybe just a few words.. : )
This would be Ansley STANDING in her crib. STANDING up in her crib!!!!!!!!! Mountains are moving... Thank you, Jesus.. Thank you!!! The past week has been full of pieces of this mountain being cast into the sea! More details to come later, we have to run to physical therapy.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

He is Risen!!

He is risen, indeed!

We had an awesome Easter celebration. We were looking so forward to celebrating Christ's ressurection. It was very different for both Rob and myself than it had ever been before. We have experienced Christ's power in such an unbelievable way that we just could not wait to celebrate. Christ showed His power to be above all the earth on the day He rose from the grave. If you believe that Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the grave is nothing more than a historical story, let me just prove otherwise. No words are needed to show that Jesus Christ is alive and living as an intercessor for us to go before the throne of God. No words are needed to show that His power is able to conquer anything, even death on a cross. No words are needed to show that, even today, He is the God of the impossible...

Just a picture of a little girl whom He has chosen to show His power through. There is no way to explain how she is able to do things her brain is not capable of doing. I saw the scans of her brain with my own eyes and I heard from her neurologists lips what she would most likely be capable of at some point, but to be sitting at lunch with my mom today and have her shout, "Dada!" as a nine and half month old baby.......please try to explain how that is possible aside from the precious blood of Christ, spilled out that tragic day as a sacrifice for His people. Because, if you try, you will find Him, our precious Lord and Savior, and nothing else.

Luke 11:9 "So I say to you, ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

After church, we went to lunch with Rob's family. Zachary insisted on eating while holding Ansley' s hand..

She, of course, was much obliged..

Rob's brother and his family

Rob and the kids

I was not able to get a good picture of Zachary and Ansley together, but I will try again in their little matching outfits (Thanks, Mom!!!). This about sums up their excitement for all the photo taking..

We attempted a cousin picture, but again.... not so much

Oh, well!

We went to my parent's house after lunch with Rob's family and all of the men unknowingly matched! Unless they secretly called and coordinated with each other ; ) Haha! Who says pastels can't be manly??

Ansley and sweet Aunt Claire

Later, when we got home, we finally got to the Easter Basket goods. Zachary was extremely excited to hear rattling in his eggs : )

Ansley enjoying her new books. The girl cannot get enough of storytime.. I love it!!!!

As far as Ansley's health and development goes... she continues to amaze by the grace of God! Just a short while ago, Rob and I cried together on our bedroom floor knowing there was no way we were going to avoid a feeding tube for her, and the Lord has so graciously blown that out of the water! Her eating is a non issue now! She eats wonderfully! We posted scripture above Ansley's highchair when the feeding tube first came up, and the result speaks for itself.

God is incapable of breaking His word, so when you pray and CLAIM His promises, you can believe and expect Him to deliver on them. Persist on in hope and belief that He is who He says He is and rest and rely on His truth.

The evidence in our little eater speaks for itself. I mean, did I really just call Ansley "our little eater"?????

Ansley has also recently started pulling up (right on time).

AMAZING! She grasps and claws at any and everything in her reach to try to stand up. She is such a wiggle worm and wants to move so bad. She is so close. We would love for your continued prayers for strength and coordination for her body to crawl, stand and eventually walk.

Her babbling is absolutely the sweetest music to our ears. Please continue to pray for God to give her the gift of speaking. We also want to Praise God (!!!!!!!!!!!) that Ansley is almost ten months old and has NEVER had a seizure. We pray everyday that the precious blood of Christ would be washed over her sweet little brain in protection against seizures and we are so thankful for this gift. Thank you so much for your prayers and unending support.

We will continue to tell her story...