Two years ago today, we walked into a hospital kissing and hugging our little 15 month old daughter closely. It would be 8 more long months before we could feel her cheek against our lips or her head resting on our shoulders. After this day, two years ago, six of the longest and hardest days of our lives followed followed. We watched our daughter, lay in a bed weighed down trying to stretch her neck out to gain her just a little more time before spinal fusion surgery. Mark and I were on the road twice a day swapping up our time between her and the rest of the kiddos and seeing each other only briefly between tag teaming.
I praise God for his protection and provision over those six days, those eight months, and these past two years. We have seen His hand move over and over and over.
And Emmie, well, this was her two years ago:
She sat with me in church humming the hymns, trying to do the Scripture memory and cuddling sweetly as she slept. She ran down the steps from Sunday school and placed her head on my shoulder when she was tired. Have we kissed those precious cheeks that we missed two years ago? You bet we did! She laughs. She plays. She fights with her siblings and has normal three year old demands.
Our unstable 15 month old old has turned in to a very confident, often silly, and fully loving three year old. We praise God for all He has done!
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