We are less than a week away from surgery! As we prepare mentally and physically this verse continues to minister to our souls. Joshua 1:9 " have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous; do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." This verse will be taped on Parker's bed in the CICU as a visual reminder for all of us! Courage is facing difficulties and obstacles, knowing God has promised to be with you. Joshua could move into the land with strength and courage, focusing not on the obstacles, but on God, who is completely trustworthy. We are moving into surgery peaceful, not focusing on the obstacles, but on God who is completely trustworthy!
Many have asked how are kids are managing...we are filled with thanksgiving and praise, they are all confident and not afraid. So many of you reminded us that kids don't have the same "hangups" as adults, boy, were you all correct...so far the biggest questions we received are "can I borrow Parker's fan from his room when he is in the hospital?" Uncle Matt and Aunt Dorothy are coming too, so the excitement of their arrival outweighs anything else. Love how God gives even the smallest gifts!
A few pictures of Mallory's favorite playtime activity with Parker...giving him a "haircut" before bed...
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 Our unexpected journey with Down syndrome, babies with heart conditions, T21, and AVSD.
Lara, 40 year old wife to Michael (married 17 years, best years of my life)! Mom to 4 wonderful kids! Taylor, 11, Mallory, 8, Madeline, 6, and Parker born 5/23/09. We found out after delivery Parker has Down syndrome and a complete AVSD. He was scheduled to have open heart surgery at 4-6months, but God intervened! His surgery was postponed until July 2010 and God healed his VSD hole in the process. So, on July 20, 2010, Parker had open heart surgery to repair his transitional AV canal defect. He was in ICU for less than 24hours and home in 72 hours. We never looked back! I own an Executive Search Firm focused on Accounting/Financial placement (used to work in Big 4). Actively involved in my kids activites and school; all are competitive swimmers and son Taylor plays tournament baseball. Girls do tumbling as well. Avid runner and boot camp fanatic. Used to be a competitive figure skater growing up. LOVE to shop, ebay/etsy crazed, addicted to Starbucks non-fat lattes, a child of the KING, thankful that we are saved by faith and grace!