Thursday, December 20, 2012


We have had quite the December, traveling so far!

Earlier this month, we boarded the "Polar Express" with some of our dearest friends for a trip to the North Pole.  The train ride was complete with cookies, hot chocolate and of course, the big guy...Santa!  Laney enjoyed the ride and we had fun watching the other kids get so excited to see Santa and sing Christmas Carols.

Since our trip to the North Pole was soooo cold, we decided the next weekend we would head south to Florida!  We had a great visit with Nana and Chad's Grandparents.  Laney showed off some of her new tricks and we enjoyed Nana and Great-Grandma's cooking.

We're looking forward to all our Christmas festivities next week!  I have a feeling Elena is going to find plenty of goodies under the tree this year :)  Merry Christmas to all!

 All Aboard!
 Laney with her best girls
 Far from the North Pole!

Friday, December 7, 2012


Laney has been on a roll (quite literally) lately!  We've had a great couple weeks of improvement and we hope to keep up the good trend.

The last week or so Chad and I have been so excited because it seemed as though Elena had rounded a corner on her eating.  It was confirmed during her last speech therapy appointment when she gobbled down 2.5oz of food!  This is the most she's EVER eaten!  

It's like all of sudden she figured it out.  She's even opening her mouth for the spoon.  It's not quite the most coordinated but she's doing it.  

You have no idea how exciting this is for us.  Her eating has been some of the most tedious, frustrating, painstaking parts of her therapy.  There have been many days where we both end her feeding in tears.  A year ago she was literally being fed 6-8 drops via an eyedropper.  But all that perseverance and hard work is paying off.  To see her opening her mouth for the spoon and actually seeming to enjoy eating makes my heart burst!  

She still has a VERY long way to go before we can even whisper the word "weaning" (from the G-tube) but a Mommy can dream, right?!  It's certainly a step in the right direction.  Keep up the prayers, because this most definitely is an answer to them!

She eats!

Covered in pears after her therapy session!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

This Little Light of Mine

Since the moment I received that call on the day of Elena's injury, she has been covered entirely in prayer each and every day.  That is so incredible.  Lately, I have been reflecting on what a comfort all of you have been.  I start to tear up every time I try to comprehend just how much my little girl is loved and prayed for.  It's overwhelming to Chad and me to think about all the prayers that have been said over the last 13 months.  Elena is living proof that there IS power in prayer.

This past week we were at a gathering with all my extended family and several friends from the community my Mom grew up in.  The minute Elena and I walked in my cousin's young son ran up to us saying, "It's Baby Elena!  She's so cute!  I pray for her every night!".  It was all I could do to keep it together to say thank you.

We walked in a little further and I ran into my Great Aunt who stopped to see Elena and tell me that she prays for her every day.  Later, my Mom ran into her minister (who she didn't know) who asked her if she was Elena's Grandma.  He told my Mom that my Great Aunt prints out my blog entries, takes them to church and the church posts them in their bulletin to update everyone who is praying for our girl.  Wow.

We were able to see my cousin whose family is soon moving to Chile to be missionaries.  Though this was the first time they were able to meet Elena, they have been such a support to us.  While in the hospital, we received messages from people whom we did not know, telling us they were praying for Elena.  My cousin and his wife had activated their network of prayer warriors across the globe.  His wife told me their youngest, who is five, still prays for Elena every night.  He prays that she would "be able to eat food...because it tastes so good" and "be able to walk because it is sooo much better than crawling".  From the mouths of babes!  They have been such an encouragement to us, even though they live thousands of miles away!

Another of my cousins has a young daughter who adores Elena.  When we were in the hospital she would come bringing homemade cards and presents.  Now every time we see her, she wants to hold Baby Elena.  She rubs Elena's hands, kisses her and sings to her.  The sincerity of her sweet gestures breaks my heart every time!

We were introduced to several other people who we did not know, but knew us.  They have been following our story, praying for Elena continuously.  What a blessing it is to know that people who don't even know us faithfully pray for our little girl!

It seems like Chad comes home every day telling me about something kind a client did for HIM!  Whether it's a text saying they prayed for our family that morning or how their daughter was so excited to see Elena roll over, every gesture gives us a dose of comfort.  Knowing that all of you STILL pray for our daughter means more to us than words could ever explain.  We are so touched to know that your children, who have much more exciting things to think about like Barbies, Trains and birthday parties, STILL remember Baby Elena and pray for her each night.

All of this serves as a reminder to both Chad and me that our situation is big, bigger than we could ever imagine.  God is doing incredible things in our lives and in those whom Elena has touched.  We are continually humbled at the love God has poured out in our lives through you all.  Your prayers and encouragement really do lift our spirits.  It helps us to realize what an opportunity we have to share our story and the work that God is doing in all of us.  Thank you to each and every one of you who support us every step of the way.  We know Elena continues to be a shining light, not only in our lives, but out there in this world.

"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl.  Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light."
Luke 11:33