Thursday, June 24, 2010

A "step" in the right direction..

God is moving.


Undoubtedly so.

Ansley cruised (walking while holding onto something. Couch, coffee table, wall etc) the entire length of the couch and back today! I really can't help but laugh everytime I see those little legs moving. Step..step..step.. It makes our hearts burst with joy!

Rob took Ansley to physical therapy for the first time yesterday to experience what it's like. Her therapist said she is looking great and at one point, while talking about Ansley learning to walk, said, "Who knows, she might just surprise us and just do it." Rob smiled. One of her favorite things is letting go of what she is holding onto. If you watch her, you can tell by the look on her face she knows she is doing something and she can stand longer and longer. She can stand independently for about five seconds now before she slowly lowers herself to the floor!!!


So proud of herself!


Zachary and Ansley both love playing in the water, and since it has been OUTRAGEOUSLY hot outside, it's the only way to go!

A little water table fun



Zachary is at the age where he could care less that he is in a pink princess pool : )


But, he makes up for it by doing manly things like "washing" the car




Our little fish




One of Ansley's obsessions is playing with Zachary's (toy) cell phone.





She is so giddy and excited when she gets away with it. Until...



Brother comes and takes it back : (




"Sorry gwurl, you can't chew on my phone."



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So many of you have messaged/ e-mailed us your encouraging support. We can't tell you how awesome it is for us to know we have people standing with us, encouraging us, and praying for Ansley's feet to move in the name of Jesus! We knew this would happen, but we would ask for your prayer against spiritual warfare. A lot of people get weirded out by the topic, or like to pretend is doesn't exist, but it is very real. It is not exclusive to preachers or missionaries.

1 Peter 5:8 "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. "

He wants to stop this. He does not want us praying for God to show His power and he will do anything he can to "steal, kill and destroy" (John 10:10) us. You can easily identify spiritual warfare by John 10:10. Does a thought steal, kill or destroy you? Or does it give you life? The good news is we have the power, through Jesus Christ, to make evil flee.

James 4:7 "..resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Literally, since we hit 'publish' on our last post to ask you to join us in praying for Ansley to take her first steps before her next appt, we have been under a lot of warfare. In the past three nights, every night, Ansley has been awake anywhere from 3-4 hours screaming, crying, babbling and just not sleeping. Zachary, Rob and myself have been having nightmares and it has been absolutely exhausting. It is obvious.

Thank you again for your prayers and unbelievable support. It means so SO much to us. Keep praying for our little girl to arise in the name of Jesus and WALK!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Pray the "Impossible" with us...

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matt. 19:26)

This is a post that me and Jordan have heavy on our hearts. There are only 17 more days until we meet with Ansley's neurologist for her next appointment (July 8th). We have been praying nonstop since our last appointment in February for this day and it is quickly arriving. After the crushing blows in June (2009) and October, we came away from the February appt. rejoicing. Her neurologist was AMAZED at what Ansley could do. Part of that journey was you all joining with us and praying very specifically for Ansley's deliverance through God's power.

"I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (Matt. 18:18-19)

We have seen UNBELIEVABLE POWER when the saints come together in Christ's name. We are so blessed and unexplainably grateful that every single thing that we have prayed would happen in Ansley's life by July 8th would happen HAS happened...everything except for: her taking her first steps. We have wrestled with putting a post up asking all of you to pray very specifically that God would be glorified by giving Ansley her first steps. But, be it fear, doubt or spiritual attack, we have been hesitant to do so. Then, a series of events happened today.

1. Ansley met with her developmental specialist who constantly calls her a miracle and jokingly asks, "Now, why am I here again?" Today, we told her that we continue to see little progress with Ansley's "cruising" (walking with hands on coffee table, couch, wall, etc.). After she left we confided in each other that it really was looking like Ansley was not going to take her first steps by July 8th. Then, I set Ansley standing on the coffee table and she cruised from one end to the other--and then back again! She has never come close to doing anything remotely like this before! I called for Jordan who came running down the stairs with the camera... and Ansley did it again!

2. A friend sent us a post about a Doctor in Africa who received miraculous medical supplies at the 11th hour in the middle of the jungle. This doctor had been in Africa for several years without having received anything from home and a package was delivered that had been sent five months prior. A little girl had prayed so specifically that God would deliver the two specific items she asked to be sent that day. She prayed with unwaivering belief that the Lord would deliver the items they needed that day- because tomorrow would be too late. Then, the doctor quoted Isaiah 65:24: "Before they call I will answer." We got teared up reading the story about God's amazing provision...then Jordan said, "Wait a minute--It is five months since our last appointment with the neurologist...five months since we decided to start praying for Ansley to have taken her first steps by July 8th. "Before they call I will answer."

3. Then, just now as I am writing this post and looked up Isaiah 65:24 for an easy cut and paste (I know because it is such a long verse to type out!) My eyes caught the verse just above it:

Isaiah 65:23
They will not toil in vain
or
bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the LORD,
they and their descendants with them.


Wow! My heart stopped. I sit speechless. How awesome is our God?

So, I know it is crazy, impossible and insane (but that is becoming the norm for our beautiful little girl!). Please Pray everyday for the next 17 days...

God would be glorified by Ansley taking her first steps by July 8th.

"In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.' Taking (her) by the right hand, he helped (her) up, and instantly (Ansley's) feet and ankles became strong. (She) jumped to (her) feet and began to walk. Then (she) went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.When all the people saw (her) walking and praising God...they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to (her)." Acts 3:6-10

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Birthday Girl!

One year ago today..

At 9:00 a.m. my doctor induced me..

Three hours and one broken tailbone later...

Our lives were forever changed..





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I warned Rob last night that I would probably spend the entire day crying, but I only cried once! Why do I attempt to do things like make a toast to my girl on her special day and think I won't cry? I would never miss out on making that toast though ; )


Ansley's celebration was amazing. We had a lot of great family and friends join us to celebrate and it was such a special day. We spent so much time in those early weeks and months wondering what it would be like at Ansley's first birthday. Wondering where we would be.. where she would be. It is the undeniable power and mercy of our Lord that has given her the precious gifts of life that she has. So celebrate we did!!

We planned a (sparkling grape juice) toast to proclaim that where we are today is ONLY by God's grace and mercy. He has shown His healing power in our baby girl. And yes, this was said speech I mumbly cried my way through.

The festive stuff. Thank you again to Lee Wayne and Shirley for the BEAUTIFUL roses!

The front door with Isaiah 35 welcoming everyone



Opening Papa and Grandma's gift


Smiling up at Daddy while singing Happy Birthday!



Cake time!!

Cousins - Zachary and Tyson


The four us

We pray that this time next year, we will again be celebrating the limitless power of our God on Ansley's birthday. Next up.. Zachary's Mickey Mouse Birthday!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sweet Summer

We have been looking forward to summer for months. Rob is off work and we just get to spend all of our time together doing fun things! We have been playing..


splashing..



and napping. Oh.. lovely napping : )




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We recently took a fun little trip to a special place for us and had a BLAST! This is where Rob and I met, went to school and lived when we first got married. Seriously, such a fun place with so much fun kiddo stuff!




They have the BEST kids museum. We literally spent the entire day there and it was so. much. fun!

I mean what kid doesn't love shooting water guns???






Ansley was enthralled with the little baby section. So much fun texture, color and climby stuff. The girl was in heaven : ) She has started sniffing when she sees flowers because she knows what they are. Amazing. Thank you, Jesus!




One cool little man. Haha!






Ansley Ansley everywhere!






Don't worry Mom, this is not nearly as much of a death hazard as it may seem.. haha! This is the awesomely (not a word, Im aware) amazing waterfront area. Zachary was all about the "waterfall stairs". Zachary loved it!





The one still moment of the trip.



Zachary thought out hotel room was pretty much equivalent to Disneyland apparently. We had so much fun in there! We may, or may not, have climbed up on the back of the chair, pretended to be trees, cut ourselves down with chain saws and yelled "TIMBEEEEEER" as we crashed onto the bed.
I wouldn't be able to confirm...


whether or not...





this actually happened.



Thank you Dan and Jan!
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Ansley's Celebration is on Thursday from 5-7. We would love to see you there!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

You're Invited!

This is our official announcement/invitation for Ansley's celebration. We welcome any of ya'll who have been such faithful support for our family over the last year. And again, because this is a public blog, we aren't going to put any personal information on here, but if you know us well enough to figure out how to get iBoldn contact with us, we will give you our address and would love to have you drop by from 5-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17th. We are going to be celebrating God's amazing mercy and power he has showered on Ansley and just enjoy the day. No presents please, your prayers and unending support have been gifts enough!!



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Here is a little bit of what we have been up to lately..


Rob is off for summer break, and we are LO-OVING having him home. We just get to play and have fun (and take naps) all day! It's great!
Zachary was running around in his construction goggles and slipped and fell. He just had a little red spot on his face (and was fine after 15 seconds), but insisted he needed a band-aid. He said his regular Lightning McQueen band-aids weren't going to help, so this is what Daddy fashioned..
He loved it!


A few outtakes from a recent photo op! The faces that child makes.. phew! No wonder I have to take 100 to get one good one.









We have been enjoying going downtown to the water and all of the fun fountains. Zachary is getting a lot more brave with the shooting fountains and hopefully he will be fearless by the end of the summer : )




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There has been a lot weighing very heavily on our hearts lately in regards to Ansley's future. We know the Lord has gone before us, we know He will not let the waters sweep over us and we know, we know, that He is faithful and good.. always. But, there is still a huge mountain of unknown in front of us and many many climbs to conquer. We plead for you to continue in prayer for our precious girl. There are many "facts" that assail our thoughts, but we know that our God is not limited or bound in power.
Jeremiah 32:27 "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
He has certainly shown that power in Ansley's life!
Our hearts were hurting one day recently and the Lord so swiftly and faithfully wiped away pain and replaced it with joy in an instance. I was taking Ansley up for her nap, and I turned and said, "Say night night to Daddy and Brother" like I always do.. and she said, "Ni Ni". Rob and I gasped and looked at each other like.. did she really? So I asked her again.. and she said, "ni ni". It was so amazingly wonderful I cannot even describe it. God gave an amazing gift, A WORD, in a moment when we desperately needed deliverance.
We are just about one month out from our next appointment with Ansley's neurologist. We talk about this appointment at least once a day. We have a lot of scary things to talk about and questions to ask, but we know he is going to be blown away by her. We are going to tell him about the journey we have been on and the power of Jesus in her. We seriously cannot wait!
Prayer Requests for Ansley:
- To be able to drink from a cup/continued progress in self feeding
- To begin to cruise and eventually run, skip, walk.. etc (She has begun taking a couple of steps at a time holding onto the couch, coffee table, etc)
- To have the gift of speaking
- For her precious brain to grow. (This is a huge area of hurt for us to watch her body grow but not her head. This is definately a big area of fear in terms of fearing disfigurement of her face as she grows older.)
- Our hearts are desperately in need of strength and protection from spiritual warfare. This journey is long and weary at times. We ask for your continued support.


Romans 8:31 "What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Our God by Chris Tomlin

Water You turned into wine
Open the eyes of the blind
There’s no one like You
None like You
Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You
None like You


Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome and power

Our God, Our God…


And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?