The 4th of July

Everybody always likes the 4th of July holiday.  After all, we are celebrating the Independence of our country…right? Some people have birthdays on this day so that gives them something extra special to celebrate.  By the way, happy birthday Nancy!  I love you!

The 4th of July holiday holds something different for me.  Fifteen years ago today, John and I were at Pitt Memorial Hospital with Nicholas.  We had been agonizing for months; wondering what was wrong with our precious little baby.  Due to my suspicions as a mother of what he may have, we had been through several doctors and were feeling helplessly at the end of our ropes.  We could see that Nicholas was getting worse and no one would listen to us.  We were not in a relationship with Jesus Christ at the time so we had no peace…no comfort. 

After 6 months of trying to get a doctor that would test Nicholas for cystic fibrosis (cf), Dr. Taylor came in the room at 1pm on July 4th, 1994 and told us what I knew all along.  Nicholas had cystic fibrosis.  See what I didn’t realize was that even though we were not acknowledging that God was in our lives, He was there all along.  He had been with me my whole life preparing me for what we were about to go through as a family. 

Most of you know that my mama and daddy had been foster parents while I was growing up and we had Amie with us for a while.  She had cf and we learned all about the disease, medications, and physical therapy with her.  You can read more here (You should start at the bottom and work your way up.  Later, as an adult, one of my first jobs was with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  God had been preparing me for this day.  He had been with me through all of it and He is still with me today. 

As I look back and see the steps along the roads of my life so far, I feel blessed to be able to see the proof of what my mama and my grandmother had always told me – “everything happens for a reason.”  For whatever reason, God has chosen me and my family to fulfill a task for him.  We may never know what it is.  We may never know who it is for.  We may be doing it now.  It may take years, months, a day, an hour, a moment…All I know is that where ever we go He is with us.  Whatever we go through, He is carrying us.  Whatever is in store for us tomorrow, He has it under control.

As you celebrate this 4th of July, be thankful that we have an independent country.  Pray that our country can stay this way and recover from its burdens.  Be thankful for your family.  Be thankful for your health.  Celebrate your life.  I thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon our family.  Things could always be worse than what it is.  We are thankful for the time we have been given.  Tell your family you love them today.  Reach out to the ones you don’t see everyday and tell them you love them too.  Celebrate every moment.

Happy 4th of July everybody.  Thanks for checking in today.

Love in Christ…Robin

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Update on Amie

Mama posted this on my other blog so I thought I would share since so many of you have responded to Amie’s story and have been asking how she is doing!  Thank you all so much for your prayers for her.  This is truly an amazing miracle..

AMIE CALLED ME TONIGHT. SHE SOUNDED FANTASTIC.THEY ARE STILL AMAZED AT THE MIRACLE GOD PERFORMED ON HER. THE DOCTORS JUST STARE AT HER AND SHAKE THEIR HEADS IN AWE. HER DR. SAID IT WAS A MIRACLE FOR HER TO BE ALIVE. HE PERSONALLY CARRIES HER BREAKFAST TO HER EACH MORNING. SHE WILL BE MOVED TO A REGULAR ROOM ON MONDAY, IF SHE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE.THEN NEXT WEEK, IF SHE STILL IMPROVES, THEY ARE GOING TO TRANSFER HER TO CASWELLS IN KINSTON WHERE SHE LIVES. AINT GOD GOOD.

Our God is an Awesome God!

I just received a phone call from mama – I didn’t want to answer the phone. 

All I can say is that God is an almighty powerful God and He is merciful and I am so in awe of His greatness.  They went in and took Amie off the respirator this morning and she is sitting up in the bed, breathing on her own and complaining because she is hungry!  The doctor says that he has never seen anything like it and that he cannot believe that this is the same girl he was in the room with yesterday. 

So many people were praying for God to work a miracle and He did.  The family is so elated with joy.  Phil went straight out and called mama!  Thank you God!  Thank you God!  I am so filled with joy, and thankfulness, and I have been humbled by the works of God.  I cannot believe that yesterday I was writing about today being the last day of Amie’s life.  What a “Doubting Thomas” I was.  Never again. 

Thank you all for your prayers for our family and for Amie.  God was listening of course.  We are so blessed to be a witness to His works.  Continue to remember her as she improves and strengthens.  We have been given a gift of more time with her.  We are so thankful.  WOW!!!

Update on Amie

Mama called me a little while ago.  We are not going to Duke tomorrow.  They are going to take Amie off the respirator.  The doctor is not sure how long she will be able to last after they remove it, but he is sure she cannot breathe on her own.  Amie has fought a long hard fight and tomorrow may be the last day of her life.  If it is, we all will be at peace knowing that she lived life to the fullest of her abilities that she embraced her life in every way she possibly could.  She knows we all love her and we know she loves us.  This is so hard for me because not only am I losing someone I love, I am losing her to cystic fibrosis…  UGH!!  I have to take refuge in the fact when she does take her last breath, that she will not be in anymore pain, she will not have to take any more medicine, she will not have to have someone pound on her anymore.  She will be in God’s safe arms, in His presence.  I pray to God for peace for her and all of the family.

Robin