Posted (Tina) in All Posts on November-3-2008

Ella had a good day.

We think that the extra diuretic might be helping to send her in a good direction. Her baseline is 105-120 beats per minute in a deep sleep. Her heart rate last night in a deep sleep was 140ish. Tonight it is 130ish. At least it is going the right way. Clinically, Kelly said that she had a great day and that it improved as the day went on.

On another note, Kelly is doing a great job of making sure that Ella has her exercises each day and it is already beginning to show. Plus, a dedicated physical therapist is making a huge impact. Can you believe she is sitting on her tummy with no assistance, with weight on her elbows? Just to give perspective, that is huge for Ella!

Also, you cannot see from the photos but Ella has two teeth that have broken through on the bottom (you might be able to tell from the first picture at the top of the post). Her left one came in first and now the right side has joined! We’re hoping we can overcome some of the oral aversions so we can begin to take care of the pearly whites!

In case you were wondering, I had no issues going to work today and leaving Ella with the nanny. My challenge came from the job that I feel God has called me to. It was a rough first day: it is going to take a lot of hours and extra work to do a great job. I am ready for that challenge, but it left me feeling exhausted. Please pray that regardless of the obstacles that are before me, that I can be reminded of truth: God has put me in this place and my job is to honor Him in my work. I need to work as if I am working unto Him.

Some of you commented that maybe I would be posting earlier and going to bed earlier. Not sure that is really going to happen. And that is another concern of mine: I felt like life was crazy and busy in the first place. Now, I am even more concerned about balance with it all. Just pray for me – If nothing else, this reminds me of the past 18 months. I cannot fathom being able to do everything I need to do and be everything I need to be – wife, mother and employee. I literally have to rely on Him. This is the same lesson from all these prior months. Leaning on Him for wisdom, guidance and direction. Above all else, obey and leave the consequences to Him.

This morning, I was reminded by a devotion that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are His crown creation – human beings are the most important of all of God’s creations. He loves and cherishes each of us.

As I wander off to slumber, I’m thankful for all He has provided and continue to praise Him for our baby girl. She is evidence in my life that we are each fearfully and wonderfully made and that there are no accidents with God. He has a plan and purpose for all of it.

Psalm 139:14-16 (NIV)
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.