I know it has been a little while since we have updated you on Ansley. The last month has been so hard. Obviously, we are processing and dealing with the loss of dad (Dan), which in and of itself is emotionally taxing. On top of that, Ansley has been on a plateau for the last month. She has more or less stayed the same over the last several weeks and we feel ourselves craving the next milestone to bring some joy to what has been an extremely difficult month.
First off, we do want to thank the Lord that Ansley has been her normal, bubbling over with joy self (which always makes everything better!) And she has accomplished a few new things (pushing buttons, increased social awareness, more appriopriate language usage). So, we praise God for these things and recognize that "every good and perfect gift comes from above." (James 1:17)
Secondly, we really need you to focus your prayer on a few milestones that have been slowly creeping along. We are seeing improvements, but they are vvvery slow. Pray that God would burst through these barriers in a way where only He can get the credit.
The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy...
they will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God. (Is. 35:1-2)
1. WALKING. Ansley took her first step yesterday without losing her balance. She was so proud of herself standing there after taking a step forward. She is cruising more and standing constantly. But in a weird way, walking seems so very close yet also so very far away at the same time. For Ansley, pray: "in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, WALK." (Acts 3:6)
2. DRINKING. Learning how to drink out of a sippy cup has been a long process for Ansley. We have been working on it for months and she has gotten better, but she is only drinking a few ounces of milk per day. Please pray she would start "chugging"!
3. SELF-FEEDING. Ansley is eating more and more things beyond puree, but often seems pretty uninterested in feeding herself. Her portions are hit or miss. Sometimes she eats well and sometimes she doesn't. This, combined with her struggles drinking, cause us to ask for your prayers for her nutritional needs. Pray she would have an increase in desire to self-feed, ability to self-feed, and appetite.
4. EVERYTHING ELSE! Keep praying for her language, cognitive growth, social development, physical growth, etc. AND - please keep praying for her mom, dad, and brother. This takes a toll on all of us and we need more of Christ to endure this journey.