Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How Good God Is

First off, I forgot to share about another moment of Providence.

Monday morning, as Angelique opened the blinds to the back patio, we noticed our rose bushes were in some serious need of clipping. Normally, that falls under a mildly annoying, but necessary chore, but when we looked out at the just seemed like a jungle. We are regaining our functionality around the house - albeit slowly - but this one still eluded us. She said, "The roses really need trimming. [sigh]." To which I said, "Maybe we can have someone trim them for us!" I was thinking of all the wonderful people that live near us that have been looking for ways to help out. However, there was also this small feeling of shame - like I should be able to handle such a basic task. Angelique replied with, "Okay, WHO?" My first thought went to my minister Dennis, who helped me with my roses before Ali was born; showing me how to trim them and how to put manure on the soil in the winter. Then I thought, "How am I gonna get Dennis to come up here to do that?" He lives and works 30 minutes away and again, I felt ashamed to call and ask. My shoulders slumped, and I answered back to Ang, "I dunno." and that was that.

Or so I thought.

Later that morning, who calls? Dennis.

He says he's bringing food to the house from folks from church. Later that afternoon, he arrives with his wife Linda, and Linda immediately tends to Angelique and Bella as Dennis walks straight to the patio door. He says, "Those roses need trimming. Want me to trim them for you?" Then he says, "I already trimmed mine and my neighbor's this morning!"

As I get Bella's wound care supplies ready for her dressing change, Dennis goes to work on the roses. Linda remarked to Angelique while watching him out there," Oh, he's in his element now!"

God doesn't just send someone over who knows roses, but DELIGHTS in caring for them...and not just his own, but those around him he cares for.

That's how good God is! All the time!

Thank you God. Thank you Dennis.

Okay, onto today...

Our home health nurse, Kelly, visited today during dressing change for Bella's first weekly check-up. It is really great having someone come to the house every week to assess her condition. We know that NOTHING will EVER get out of hand with such vigilant care and oversight.

Anyhow, it's been a week since Kelly has seen Bella. She couldn't believe her eyes. She said she thought she was looking at a different baby; Bella had improved that much since she last saw her. She couldn't believe how good her skin looked and how fast her wounds had healed. She was also thrilled to hear that Bella was a big fat 9 pounds at the Doctor's office yesterday!

It was so great to hear, because while we know she's getting a little better every day, we see her every day, so to have that someone who has tracked her progress step away and come back...well it's like when your aunt or uncle says, "I can't believe how much you've grown!" Remember that?

So, 3 for 3 with recent medical assessments. There are NO blisters in Bella's mouth anymore, and only one small one on her lip yesterday which mostly cleared up today. Every wound on her body is now healing well, and that left foot...the tough almost closed! God willing, by this time next week, there will be NO OPEN WOUNDS ON OUR DAUGHTER!!! That will be a first since she was born exactly 4 weeks ago today. What a journey those 4 weeks have been. They feel like 4 months to me. Bella just keeps getting better, and better, and better. You know what? One day, Bella's gonna look back and say, "Yeah, I was born with this rare skin condition, but when they brought me home from the hospital, it went away."


You know what else? You were there. You were there through it all. You saw it all unfold, and you willed/prayed/CAUSED it all to go this way. Our communion of intent has been seen and heard by God and the Universe, and they have listened! I use that language to honor all the belief systems at work here. No matter what language we use, I believe that we have summoned a power greater than our own to our aid in this time of crisis. Call it what you want, but make sure you THANK IT because IT WORKED.

Love and Gratitude.

The two most beautiful states to be in. Our love and gratitude extends to you all for your inspirational support of our family. You are noticed, you are loved, and you are appreciated.

Blessings to all of you and good night.

1 comment:

  1. Comments from Care Pages Site:

    Posted Jun 29, 2009 12:33pm
    by wendy burkhard

    God conquers all. God Bless you.
    Posted Jun 29, 2009 10:24am
    by Judith Green

    Good morning, Tim,

    Thank you for your response. Your girls are beautiful..all three of them. I will hold healing thoughts for you all. Judy Green
    Posted Jun 26, 2009 5:53pm
    by Martha Kuveikis

    You are awesome parents! I am so happy for Bella's progress.
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 4:23pm
    by Jose Alfredo Martinez

    Wow! I am excited about Bella's progress. Thank you for letting us be part of her recovery.
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 4:20pm
    by Judy Boyer

    Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow! AMEN
    Judy Boyer
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 2:02pm
    by Kristine Gorman

    I am so happy to hear this good news. Go Bella!!

    Posted Jun 25, 2009 11:44am
    by Cisa Payuyo

    There are tears of joy in my eyes. God is good and prayers are powerful, all the time. Love you all!
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 10:37am
    by lauren hicks

    this news brightens my day...SO GREAT TO HEAR!!
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 10:23am
    by Lynne Boschee

    Yay!!!!!! You go Bella! Continuing to send healing prayers and energy and love.
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 9:34am
    by terri wiener

    I was overjoyed to read this message!
    Such wonderful news!
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 9:28am
    by Sheila Marchetta

    Like Judith and Sara, I am shedding tears of joy as I read this good news!
    Keep on, keeping on.
    Love to all,
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 8:07am
    by Trazona Montague

    I am so excited about the progress that not only little Bella is making, but you and Ang as well. I said it before and I will say it again. You guys are so strong and brave and your faith and love just transcends and flows right through Bella. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

    Posted Jun 25, 2009 7:55am
    by Robin Setto

    Dear Tim, Angelique, Ali and Bella,
    Smiles to all of you, with all of the wonderful blessings surrounding your family. "Yeah, I was born with this rare skin condition, but when they brought me home from the hospital, it went away." Our intense prayers continue.
    -Michael and Robin Setto
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 7:06am
    by Marie Bresnahan

    I too am visualizing those sores healed by next week.

    I'm also inspired by your story and am reminded that the power or prayer works! Yeah!

    Posted Jun 25, 2009 5:18am
    by Judith Pinkerton

    I'm crying tears of joy for you!
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 5:00am
    by Lauren Teger

    Your belief in God is inspiring. Continue to set your intent of good health and wellness and it will be so. Banish the doubt and we'll all stand by and support you with whatever else you need. I am grateful, too. Your strength is hope. There is hope and keep sharing. We believe in you all! (BTW, I'm visualizing those sores healed by next week just like you are. Enough of us do it it will be so!) Bella is whole, perfect and complete. LT :-)
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 1:25am
    by Conde Rogers

    Love the miracles you're creating. You are all my heroes. Thank you for continuing to include me in your life. I am creating miracles and healing with you every day. Love, Conde
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 12:40am
    by Barbara Reuer

    Great news. Love ya all. blr
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 12:35am
    by Sara Cooper

    I am literally crying as I read this...
    What great news!
    You guys are an amazing family...and I admire your strength...
    We are still praying for Bella...what a strong little girl!
    Posted Jun 25, 2009 12:30am
    by Russ Baldwin

    Great news. The prayers will continue.
    Love & Prayers
    Russ & Jen