Coming Through the Wilderness

September 25, 2012

I’ve been meaning to sit down and write an update now for a couple weeks, but somehow this month time has continued to escape me!  It’s officially the last week of September, and the beginning of fall.  A new season.  

This month we have been consumed with therapy.  Literally, not a day has gone by where we haven’t had a doctor appointment, therapy, or commitment on the calendar.  It can all be exhausting but it really is paying off.  We’ve been so happy with Elena’s physical progress this month.  She has been working SO hard.  She is gaining new strength each day and changing right before our eyes.  No longer is she a little baby.  Our Laney is getting so big, so fast!  She is making strides with each of her therapies.  Everyone has been pleased!  

God has been SO good to us this month.  We have experienced some real answers to prayer.  The first being that one of Elena’s doctors (who follows her most closely) called me to discuss the results of her swallow study.  She wanted to know what I thought of the test, how I thought Elena had been eating and what my goals were.  ?!?!???!?  I had NO idea what they were trying to get me to say, so I was completely honest, gave my thoughts and said that I trusted her recommendations.  We chatted back and forth for about 10 minutes, when she said, “Well, here’s what I was thinking….”. 

“I know your speech therapist and I have the utmost respect and trust in her to do her job.  If she thinks Elena is ready to move forward, then I’ll take her word for it.  We trust her judgement.”

This was not expected, but absolutely the best case scenario we could have imagined.  She didn’t cut us off.  She didn’t hold us back.  She gave the power to our wonderful therapist who is in the trenches with us every week, working towards Elena’s recovery.  YES!

We had another PT start a couple weeks ago, giving Elena therapy an extra two days a week.  From the first five minutes she was here, I knew she was going to be awesome!  She came right in, stretched the crap out of Elena and put her to work.  She was like the missing piece to Elena’s “Dream Team”.  She has been so helpful in showing me what to do, what to work on and why.  She is a true answer to prayer.  

Looking back at what we have experienced this month, it’s obvious to see that God has continued to work in our lives.  We’ve had so much encouragement this month, little assurances that He’s still there holding the reigns.  

My Bible study group just started a new series and our latest lesson was on God leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt through the wilderness to new lives in a promised land.  I can so relate to being in a “wilderness”.  I’ve spent almost a year in this wilderness, my faith depleted, my faith renewed, but never abandoned.  I am learning every step of the way, to give thanks, to enjoy, to reflect, to seize every moment, to rely on God.  He continues to give me strength when I need it and most definitely encouragement along the way.  Because my hope lies in God, not in science, nor doctors, ANYTHING is possible.  I know that we will come through this stronger, happier, more loving, compassionate people with a purpose straight from Him.

We are praying for more victories and more YAYs! this next month.  And definitely more kisses for this awesome girl!

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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