Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on November-19-2008

Tina is at a trade show for the next couple days so it’s just me, Kelly, and the Bun.

Overall Ella seems to be doing well, but she still is retching on a regular basis. It’s so hard to watch her go through these episodes. I hope with time they reduce in frequency, but we’ll just have to see.

The progress she’s making with physical therapy is encouraging. The Bun is definitely getting stronger…and man she’s getting bigger!!! I’m so glad to see her putting on true weight.

Ella reminds me every day of God’s amazing grace, his unconditional love, and his desire to have an intimate relationship with us. In reading through the book of Matthew, specifically Chapter 24, Christ speaks of his return and how we need to be ready:

Matthew 24:42-44 (NIV)
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Our Lord will use whatever circumstances it takes to draw us close to him, even painful ones, so that we may be ready for his return.

Father God, we praise you for Ella’s story. She is perfectly made in your image, and we trust in your plan daily. Continue to strengthen and heal her body, and may her entire life be glorifying to you.

Thank you Jesus for not being standoffish, but instead, one who pursues a personal relationship with each of us. Draw us close to you during these days as we bare witness to so many signs that point to your return. Our peace comes from seeking you. You are the Almighty. Amen.

Laura Blackwell on November 19th, 2008 at 10:19 pm #

Beautiful post with a terrific reminder.

megan on November 19th, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

Hi Doodlebug sorry I haven’t written in awhile I have been sick.. Your pics are so cute. Tina have a safe trip. Josh and Kelly hope things are well hugs to the doodlebug…

kristin on November 19th, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

Hellow Sweet Ella! You are getting so big!!! I love your hair and your eyes and smile just blow me away 🙂
Tina good luck at Brainstorming—go get a gob of new customers. Josh and Kelly hang in there and enjoy the time with Ella.


Laura Marold on November 20th, 2008 at 6:53 am #

She’s so adorable! Love, Laura M.

Marge (Indiana friend) on November 20th, 2008 at 6:56 am #

Sweet Baby Ella……beautiful and that smile is priceless; what a wonderful gift she is to all of us.

Chambers Family on November 20th, 2008 at 7:18 am #

As hard as it is to go away – Tina will come back refreshed even though she was at a trade show. Which we know is tons of work!

Terri Trainer on November 20th, 2008 at 8:56 am #

Ok, she is too darn cute! Growing into such a little lady, with teeth and everything!
Tina, looking forward to your stories of BS…as we know, there are always stories…;) Love you guys and miss you much!

Jennifer Harris on November 20th, 2008 at 9:01 am #

Again, thank you for sharing and know that our prayers our with your family.

Fran Jarrett on November 20th, 2008 at 9:26 am #

As always, love to start the day with Ella’s beautiful smiles! Looks like the Bun enjoys having Kelly read stories to her.
Tina and Terri, it has been a while but you both made Brainstorming an experience to remember!

Joel Snyder on November 21st, 2008 at 8:31 am #

Ella, I am so pleased that you are doing well while Mom is out of town. Josh and Kelly you two are terrific and she looks great. I will check on you guys later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!

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