Friday, February 5, 2010

Time flies . . .

Wow, it's already the 5th of Feb!  I find it interesting that it seems we spend the first 20 years of our lives wishing for time to go faster, the next 20 years just trying to survive, and then the rest of our lives praying that time will slow down so we can savor every moment. My family has had several milestones over the last year. Our youngest child started college, one daughter got married and turned 21, one son turned 26, one son turned 28, and one daughter turned 30. Also, our grandson turned 4 and I missed his party because of a migraine. Sometimes life circumstances just don't happen at a convenient time!

Yesterday marked another milestone for our little grand-daughter, Jolie, who celebrated her 2nd birthday in December. Jolie was born with a lateral cleft. For those of you who don't know, that is a cleft on the side of the lip, not the center. Fortunately, her palette was in tact, so as clefts go, it was mild. It has been quite an enlightening experience for our family. She had her first surgery at 5 months old, barely 10 pounds, to repair the cleft. Then a few months later had tubes put in her ears and the ear canal enlarged a little on the side where the cleft was. Yesterday she had her annual visit with the cranio-facial team at University Medical Center. (They are an awesome group of people!) All went well and all reports were good! God is so much better to us than we deserve! She still has a follow up with the pediatrician for a scoliosis check, the eye doctor, and with the ENT for her hearing but we are confident that these reports will be good as well.

At any rate, for those of you who read this, I just wanted to say that I'm so thankful for how gracious our heavenly father is! When Jolie was born, they told us that lateral clefts can affect the entire side of the body that the cleft is on. Some of these children are born with no hearing on that side. It can affect their vital organs as well. We know that God works in mysterious ways. Jolie was a preemie weighing only 4 lbs, 9 oz. Her cord was wrapped around her neck 3 times. She was blue when she came out. The labor nurse who was with us said she had never been so nervous in a delivery as she was during Jolie's delivery. I don't know why I felt I needed to share this tonight. But maybe someone just needed to know that even when things seem the bleakest, God is still there. He is faithful. He loves you!  God bless!

This is a picture of Jolie and Brittney New Year's Eve. She really is a doll! (Her mom is pretty cute, too!)

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