Dear friends and family,
Please keep our baby girl in your
prayers. Tomorrow, May 24th at Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn,
Gracie will have her first of two open heart surgeries. This first
surgery is considered the "bigger" of the two as Dr. Ilbawi will repair
much of her defect. At one point of the five hour surgery, Gracie will
be put on a heart/lung machine as he repairs her leaky valve. Being on
the heart machine means Gracie heart and lungs will be stopped for about
an hour. I'm going to be truthful, those words make me shutter. This
is much harder than I ever thought it could be. We knew before we
brought her home, this day would come. Now that she is here, in our
arms and home, I cannot imagine our lives without her. For 10 months,
she was a picture on our mantel but now she is flesh and blood here with
us which makes this even more difficult as my heart now belongs to her
as if she was always mine. So you can imagine, we are not holding on to
Jesus, we are CLINGING to Him for dear life and trust without a doubt
that He is in total control.
As I ran to my bible this
morning, this sweet message spoke right to my heart and brought peace to
my mind. I would like to share this and I pray that it brings you
peace as well.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such
a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us RUN with perseverance
the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on JESUS, the pioneer and
perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross,
scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of
God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you
will not grow weary and lose heart.
~Hebrews 12 1-3
Thank you for praying, we can surely feel it.
CJ and Amy