Thursday, April 29, 2010

God can beat any statistic!

We've been reminiscing with pictures of Ella from almost 4 years ago so I thought I would share some.

Chad and I really liked this phrase (the title) that someone in our church used this past Sunday. It was a good reminder to us, as well as what I have been reading in a book that was given to us. April 20 was the date of our last doctor's appointment, and later that day I flipped to the devotion for that day in a book I have been reading and was glad I did. The thoughts for that day were what I needed at the moment. I am thankful for the way God gives us just what we need for each day, and is willing to shower us with grace and strength if we are humble enough to ask for it

"Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Hear Me saying Peace, be still to your restless heart. No matter what happens, I will never leave you or forsake you. Let this assurance soak into your mind and heart, until you overflow with Joy. Though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, you need not fear!" -Jesus Calling

We are so thankful for the prayers that are being poured out for us, and it is evident especially on those days when our faith is small. But like we heard last night in Bible Study, it really is a sweet thing to look back on the times of testing because those are the times when we see the Lord the most. I hope my trust in the Lord will give me that sweetness when I look back on these short few months, that right now seem like an eternity!
Our next appointment is on May 11, 2010 for an ultrasound at Stonecrest Medical Center. On May 18, 2010, we will go to Vanderbilt for a fetal echocardiogram, and on June 2, 2010 for an ultrasound and genetics consult. We are thankful for the number of people that remember us on these days.

Standing on the Promises:
Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

28 weeks

Another long morning at the doctor’s office today, but we are thankful that they are keeping a close watch on Audrey’s development and preparing to do whatever they need to do for her when she is born. We were pleasantly surprised to get to see her in 3D today! It was unreal.

She is still growing, up to 1 pound, 10 ounces today. Her head is measuring correctly at 28 weeks and that is excellent. Her humerus, femur, and belly are still measuring 3-4 weeks behind, but still consistent with previous measurements. She is growing, that is the important part. Chad was a little concerned that we were going to have a midget with a huge head, but the doctor assured us it would not be like that. Ha ha.

She is down to one small cyst on the brain, and that is great. But even if the cysts completely go away it does not change any of the possible outcomes. And just to clarify, these are all just possibilities, we do not know for sure what we will be facing when she is born because we have had no diagnostic testing due to the risks involved with those tests. The things we are concerned that she could have are all because of things the doctor saw in ultrasound or blood work, and neither of those are always completely accurate.

What the doctor is certain about is there are complications with her heart, and that bit of news was not news that was better today. She still has the VSD, and now they see an overriding aorta. I cannot even try to explain what that means, so I won’t. The doctor did say he does not see any signs of heart failure so we are thankful for that. We will be sent to the Pediatric Cardiologist group at Vanderbilt in about a month where they will assess her heart condition and make the determination about what will need to be done.

We continue to covet your prayers and are thankful for the love and support from our family and friends. It is hard to know what God has in mind, especially when our answer right now is to wait! But like someone said to me today, God is still sovereign and He is still on the throne.