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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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Just Like Gilligan

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip---
The cast is a cast-away!
In the above picture Ellie's wearing her new brace, but before she put it on, her mama got one of the best birthday presents ever. I got to hold my baby up close and tight.

Ellie's hip is healing well. She will wear her brace 24 hours a day, except to take baths and change diapers. Our challenge will be to keep her from trying to walk until we see the doctor again in 4 weeks.

Thank you for your prayer. Please pray for continued healling.

So, with all that dead skin not being scrubbed for 7 weeks, Ellie has flaked everywhere she went today. I tried to clean her up some after the cast came off, but without a good soaking, it was almost a waste of time. She's left skin behind like Hansel and Gretel dropped their bread crumbs.

A "Real" Bath
So, with all that dead, dry skin, and having missed a bath for exactly 7 weeks, our Ellie was one happy girl in the bathtub tonight! We can't leave her for a second, though, because she wants to pull up to get toys from the side.

What a Difference a Year Makes
This day last year, my birthday, was the last day we would ever spend without Ellie in our family. She had lived in our hearts for almost a year.

We flew from Beijing to Taiyuan, where we found another world--Chinese citizens who were not accustomed to seeing Americans walk down the street. We visited Wal-Mart wehre so much was the same and so much was different...especially in the meat department.
And, that night I had to take a sleeping pill to fall asleep because I couldn't stop thinking about my baby!


A Momma in Waiting... said...

Congrats on the Castaway! And Happy Birthday! Oh the memories just keep flowing! Happy Gotcha day coming up! Love you guys! God is so faithful as we journey through it all, isn't He...As we continue to grow :-)Terry

Team Houston said...

I could not wait to come home and check your blog today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yippy!! What a blessing and seeing the photos of you holding her while she was getting her cast off!!!

Happy Birthday :O)

We will have to sign her cast before she goes in :O)

I am so happy for you all!!!

Eleven days for us left. Not too far behind you....

xoxo Michele

Nate and Brenda said...

Yeah!!!!!! The cast is off!! So many good things happening!!!

Anita said...

Wow...so many things to be thankful for....first off...the CAST!! WOOHOO!! Happy Birthday and soon Happy Gotcha Day too. The pics are wonderful showing your beautiful girls and the joy and love they feel in THEIR family! Love and Hugs! Anita

Kim Kenward said...

I have tears in my eyes looking through your pictures. I'm so happy about the cast removal. I imagine it's going to be soooo hard to contain her now.

You ALL continue to be in my prayers. Lots of love.

samuelsadoption said...

Watch out Mattox family because Ellie has yet to show you what she can do! So glad to hear the cast is off and can't wait to hear the brace is gone. Happy Birthday! I was only off by one day=)

Anita said...

Hey...it's me again. It's time now to PLAY after all the fun in Tampa!! Come on over as I've TAGGED YOU!!

Sabrina said...

I am so glad she is cast-free!! I am sure it is a great feeling for her.

Happy late birthday. I thought several times about sending an e-card, but never when I was at my computer. I love you all!

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