Ellie will have MAJOR surgery in 30 days. We will be going to Shriner's Hospital in Tampa where she will have surgery for her hip dysplasis. Following this surgery, she will be in a spica cast, from the waist to the knees or ankles for up to 12 weeks. Doctors will not promise, of course, but we are hopeful that, after the surgery Ellie will be able to walk independently.
I would be honored if you would join our family and church family in praying for Ellie over the next 30 days. If you can commit, perhaps you could do as our pastor suggested and post her name on your refrigerator or dash of your car to keep you in remembrance of her.
Here are my specific prayer requests. (Feel free to add your own. )
**That God would get glory in Ellie's life and the lives of all of our children.
**That, whether God chooses to completely heal Ellie or not, her mama, daddy, brothers, and sisters, and especially Ellie will know that God's grace is sufficent.
**That God would give strength to her family as we "nurse" her following her surgery.
**That God would make the healing time a quick one.
**And, if it could be His will, that Ellie would be able to walk independently, and develop some manageable control of her bladder and bowel.
My prayer and desire is to read, claim, and live 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for directing my path last night to these verses.
And, thank you my friends, who I thank God for, the body of Christ, determined to lift up, support and encourage.
I love you all!
Update! Praise the LORD! Ellie saw the gastroenterologist today, and he is hopeful that she will develop the ability to control her bowels. Keep praying!