Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Love, Grace, and Mercy

Whit did a marvelous job updating you all yesterday, but I didn't have the camera with me to take anymore pictures.

Both Ellie and I slept better last night. While I remained in her bed, I slept for several hours, with only a slight stirring when the nurse came in. We were able to keep her foot elevated all nigth, but this morning, the swelling was worse. Her foot was so tight, I thought the skin might break. So, we are not yet home.

We went, however, to the "cast techinician." We were told that we wanted to disturb the cast as little as possible, so as not to disturb the hip. He did, however, snip the cast a little around her ankle, to try to give some more ciruclation. Then he wrapped the foot some to try and force the fluid back into her body. Praise the LORD, that has begun to help.

The challenge of the day was keeping Ellie on her back ALL day while we kept her foot above her heart. If you know Ellie, you know we were up against a mighty will.
We tried the wagon again, but she only wanted me to hold her. Finally, we went to the cafeteria/activity room, known as the fish ball, but called the living room by Ellie. There were used 3 chairs side by and side and two in front. I sat in one, with Ellie's head in my lap. We used pillows to prop up her middle and her legs. She sat there and played for almost 2 hours. Whitney brought Chic Filet icedream and sweet tea. Ellie ate the most she's eaten since surgery. Then, I finally had to ummmmmm, tinkle.

After meeting with the doctor in said position, we went for an x-ray to see if the hip was remaining where he wanted it. As we talked a played a little more, Ellie went to sleep.

When she awoke we had a "bath" and got her new wheel chair. I will do my best to post a picture tomorrow. She looks so grown up in her chair and wants to push it herself. She actually is learning how from the most precious little 8 year old, named Fatima, who is from Mexico, but lives in Brunswick and is our roommate.

The fever has been gone all day! I'm not sure about the blood sugar, but if the swelling stays down tonight, we can go home tomorrow.

I am overwhelmed by the messages you have sent to me and to the Father. I don't have much time to reply, but know that I read every one. I keep reminding myself that we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.

His love is shown through each of you. His grace and mercy are carring us through.

God Bless,


Kim Kenward said...

My thoughts continue to be with you, Robbie. I hope the swelling and fever continue to go down. It must be so frustrating for Ellie to be so still. I pray that you both get some much needed rest tonight.

Sabrina said...

Know that you have been on my heart and mind much of the day. Sabra is still labor, and probably will be most of the night. I am home because we have Jackson. Talk to you soon. Love ya!

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