Monday, November 22, 2010

Please Pray With Us

I read this passage this morning and was really humbled thinking about how it applies to our life:

"Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?...For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant. How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you...your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer. O Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant...with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever." (2 Sam. 7:18-29)

I found myself humbled by how much God has done in Ansley's life. It is amazing how many times He has shown up and shown Himself strong and mighty. We are so thankful that Ansley is doing so well. We are starting to get into uncharted territory as far as Ansley's diagnosis goes--meaning Ansley's progress is becoming more and more unheard of for her condition. The "best case scenario" was to make it a year before big delays and signs started showing up. At 17 months and still age appropriate, we are more and more able to say with full confidence that Ansley is what we have always known her to be--a miracle. But, her progress has not been accomplished without the power of prayer. Therefore, we have decided to place Ansley's official 6 month goals out for all of you to pray specifically for her (plus some ones we added at the end ;) While the following list may seem completely random, they are a combination of gross motor, fine motor, balance, coordination, cognitive, social, linguisitc, and mental development. They represent an array of developmental progress. These are her developmental goals to be accomplished by April of 2011:

1. Learn how to go down stairs (safely that is!)

2. Kick a ball consistently without falling down

3. Gain better balance (She is getting better everyday)

4.Increase vocabulary to more than 50 words (She is at about 20 right now! Praise God. Pray for more clarity, articulation, and consistency).

5. Follow two and three step commands. (emerging skill.. meaning she is beginning to do it)

6. Use a neat pincer grasp to pick up small objects. (emerging and improving leaps and bounds)

7. Stack items during play. (emerging)

8. Drink from on open cup. (We aren't too worried about this one. Jordan and I laugh that we will wait until the TEIS cleaning specialists offers assistance to meet this goal!)

9. Begin sitting at the table in her own chair

10. Increase problem solving skills.

11. Increase ability to feed herself with a spoon.

12. Begin feeding herself with a fork.

13. Imitate household chores (She has starting swiffering as of recent! Very cool development and very cute!)

14. Begin showing ownership of her toys (begin saying "mine")

15. Taking and sustaining a bite on her own. (emerging)

16. Begin putting on shoes. (emerging)

17. Begin taking off shoes. (emerging)


As for our list: Continue to pray that God would prevent Ansley from having seizures, her language would explode before our next meeting with her neurologist, God would give us courage and endurance, spiritual protection, keep our hope strong, and continue to use Ansley's story to tell His story of redemption and restoration in what feel like hopeless situations.

Thanks so much for joining us on this journey! We have been able to go into Ansley's last two six month evalutions with everything checked off the list. We pray the same for her next one in April.

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