Day 18 {beauty for her to remember}

I can’t believe I am even writing Day 18. My daughter and I have been in the hospital for 18 days. In this hospital room it is like time has stood still, but I know life as normal has gone on outside these walls. Our days here are the same. They have been full of waiting. It makes me think of Dr. Seuss…”Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of guy!” Later today we are escaping all this waiting and staying…later today we are going home!!!

In all this waiting and staying I looked up what the most current Craft Hope project is….bracelets for orphans. There are two things FireCracker has loved the most while we are here: stickers and bracelets. As I thought through this I began dreaming up a fun party to throw when we get home. I’ve collected ideas and brainstormed ways I could make it a cute girly celebration….celebrating being home again and celebrating good friends. I saw this inspiration board on pinterest and thought it would be a perfect jumping off point for my bracelet making party.

First Birthday Inspiration Board

{Source: Visual Vocabulary “First Birthday Inspiration Board” found via pinterest}

My daughter’s middle name means “fair warrior”. One of our prayers for her is that she would be a voice for those that have none…that she would fight for those that can’t. There is no doubt that for years and years to come she’ll hear the story about breaking her leg and ending up in the hospital for a few weeks. Her leg will most likely always bare two little scars reminding her of this time. As I think through that I don’t want the story to end there. In the years to come when she hears the story I want there be something more than a broken bone for her to associate with this time. So in these final days at the hospital I’ve been making bracelets. Instead of throwing a cute party in our field, I’ve invited friends to stop by the hospital and make one too. When I get to leave here with my girl, I am also going to leave with a bag of handmade bracelets for children that may never know the overwhelming love from others that we have felt in this hospital. I hate being here. I hate that my tiny daughter is stuck on her back in traction. However, one day I will get to share with my daughter how even in a horribly tough circumstance God used her as a tiny girl to show His love and grace to those in deep need.

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So I got busy making bracelets and she checked them for size. We had fun in the quiet moments crafting and laughing.
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Others joined in. My grandpa even made one – which was so incredibly special to me. Thank you grandpa for doing that! I cherish this photo. My grandpa’s hands have built so many things for me…it is beautiful to see those same hands making a bracelet for a little one.
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Stuck on her back with a metal rod drilled through her leg my girl giggles when she fills her arms with bracelets. I can’t help but think that maybe a little girl who very deeply knows the pain of life without loving parents might find a few moments of joy when she places a bracelet we made on her little arm. And in this painful time for our family, we’ve discovered beauty.
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Join the fun in making bracelets for the Orphan Project, find out details, deadlines & shipping info here

bracelet pattern by V & Co.

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  • Simply Lanny - good morning… I’m so happy about your day, I don’t like seeing your little one in the bed ! I don’t have time right now to read the whole post I’ll be back later :) but have a wonderful day…
    hugs to you all

  • Barbara Janaina - Hi, I’m from Brasil and I would like to say that your family is a ligth in our lives, you can bet on that! Keep walking, and God will bless you and your family even more!!!
    We love your blog! Thak you for keep fighting!

  • Ana M - Ashley, I don’t know you and sadly maybe I’ll never will :( But I can’t help thinking how AWESOME you are…The way you think and how careful you are about everything…You are a beautiful, unique and special person. I am here very, very far from you (on another continent to be more specific) but certainly hoping and wishing that everything always goes well for you and for your family. The world definitely needs more people like you
    Love

  • Nicole - Beautiful post. Congrats on being able to go home today!!

  • Julie - Congratulations on going home today! And thank you for the information about the bracelet project. I’m going to try to crank some out in between spring and summer semesters.

  • Jen Helbert - your are the best momma, firecracker is so lucky to have you and vice versa :)

  • Alice H - What a beautiful post. I love all the smiles and kisses that you and Firecracker share. I love the bracelets and I’m sure that someone(s) will definitely feel the love when they wear them. Welcome home!

  • Sarah - Congratulations on going home! Thank you for sharing your journey so openly… you have brought tears to my eyes SO many times over the past couple weeks. I know you will have a very fun family reunion back home.

  • Amanda - I am new to your blog…I don’t know all the details of your daughter’s story, however, I do know that this brought tears to my eyes. Your family is very blessed to obviously be filled with so much love. Thank you for sharing this story with us.

  • Catherine - That last picture made me tear up. What a wonderful you’re teaching your daughter and what a wonderful gift you’re giving to other sweet little boys and girls.

  • Barbara - Im making the bracelets as well!!! what a great way to put something + on a – time for you. You will be so happy you have all the photos you have taken. I took some of my son in the hospital and shows me how strong both of us were.

  • Kimberly - LOVE IT! Love the photo of your Grandfather too!! Can’t wait to see WE ARE HOME photos=) Praying for you & your family this morning!!

  • Natalie Anthony - WE ARE GOING HOME TODAY TOO! Our baby girl has only been in the NICU for a week, but it has been an EXTREMELY LONG WEEK. I can’t wait to take care of her in the comfort of our own home. I hate this hospital too- and cancer definitely sucks- lost my mom and grandma to it during my teenage years. That’s why they make cancer floors of hospitals so nice- because the disease stinks so bad.

    Praising God for both our daughters’ prison breaks, and more and more mindful of the sacrifice God the Father made in sending his Son, and for the TRUE freedom & joy we have in Him no matter our earthly circumstances.

  • Melissa - Thank you for being such an inspiration! Every time I read your blog, I come away with so much to think about.

  • Corey Moortgat - What a wonderful, wonderful way to pass your time! I would hope that my own heart would be as generous in similar circumstances- you really are a beautiful inspiration!

  • Emily Morrice - oh I love these bracelets and even more so on your little girl’s arm as she patiently lays, waiting for home. What a brilliant and loving idea! h and how perfect was the picture of your grandad’s hands? they look like my grandad’s used to :)

  • Abby - Yay! You are going home! I think you will fall more in love with your home than ever before. You and your sweet Firecracker have inspired me more than you’ll know. I love reading your blog every morning!

  • Kellie - I am really fighting back tears here…You write so beautifully and you’ve really inspired me to do so much more with what I have. Today my kids and I will make bracelets and other special things to give to someone else in need. Thank you so much for posting everyday in the hospital, that was really awesome that you did that!! Have a WONDERFUL first day back home!!! Get Well FireCracker!!! :)

  • amy cornwell - This is so beautiful! What a giving heart you have. I love seeing all of the bracelets and my favorite pic is of your grandfather. What a legacy I’m sure he’s left for your family. Congratulations on being released today…I hope Firecracker does well once she’s back at home!

  • karen - :)

  • Amy R - Happy, Happy Day! But, where’s firecrackers t-shirt? Wonderwoman? Soooo happy for your family to be together under one roof!

  • Rachel - Yay! Happy Day! God Bless You All :-)
    p.s.-love, love, love the bracelets! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • C.R.A.F.T. - Your blog makes my mornings happy :) thank you for finding the joy in the little things! yay for home :)

  • amber - So happy for you & your family & that sweet firecrackin’ girl:)! Sorry for bittersweetness around you, but, glad that the Lord is still so ever present in your heart & mind. He’s good, even if seeing others heartache makes ours ache back. It’s good. Praying for a very sweet, sweet day & that home feels amazing. Yay!!

  • Rachel C - Love! Love! Love!

  • Jill R - You never cease to amaze me! So excited for you, Firecracker and those boys at home anxiously awaiting your arrival!

  • Regina - So glad your going home. Wishing you all the best. I love your blog and your spirit. Thank You for sharing.

  • Nora Anne - So happy you will all be home together soon! Your bracelet project is amazing!

  • Jen - My goodness you are just amazing. Somehow you’re able to turn any situation into one that is full of learning and love. I want to be like you when I grow up! :)

  • Celia - How sweet to think of those other children and do something special for them! Ya’ll will bring so much joy to others!!

  • Katie - What a wonderful amalgamation of ideas. There wouldn’t be a problem with using strips of old t-shirts, right?

  • Rebecca - Hip Hip Hooray! Looking forward to seeing tomorrow’s post. This is wonderful news.

  • amanda torres - Awesome and THANKS!

  • Ruth - It takes a lot to make me cry but you got me. Love this. Happy homecoming day!

  • Gina - How very touching, Ashley. Thank you for finding and making beauty during this hard time…for thinking of others and resourcefully “making” for them. Your posts have brought tears to my eyes and thankfulness to my heart many times over the last 18 days.

  • tiffani - This is a beautiful post Ashley:) Hip hip hooray for going home today!!!! Praise the Lord!

  • Candice Forte - Ashley,
    What kind of fabric did you use to make those and can tell me how you made them? Just braiding? I have LOADS of fabric I just acquired and I would love to have a bracelet party for craft hope in which none of the attendees will have to bring anything. I don’t know exactly what material to use, though, or if I have the right stuff. Thanks in advance!

  • Lindsey G - I’ve been a follower of your blog FOREVER but have never posted a comment. I absolutely adore your little girl (and those boys too!) and her strength is amazing, as is yours! I pray for her often. These bracelets are adorable and I think it’s so great what you’re doing. Do you think you can maybe do a tutorial post sometime about how you made them? I’d love to do something crafty and fun with a meaningful purpose :)

    Again, praying for your little one and the rest of your family!

  • Ruth Abel - So beautiful. Wonderful that you both get to come home today!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Hooray!!! Today is the day!!!
    Firecracker has been such a trooper. I can’t imagine how hard it’s been for you to see her like that everyday. But you guys have persevered and today is the day!
    I love this bracelet making project. I love that you guys found a way to make beauty in the hard places.

  • Stacey - I just wanted to say that I have been following and reading for almost two years now and your blog is the one I have to stop by daily. You are so inspiring and you really make mexwant to be a better mom and a better person. I’m going to plan a bracelet making party for my daughters second birthday in June.

    Congrats on finally being able to go home!
    Stacey

  • Candice @ ChiaSeedMe - Ashley –
    What a beautiful post this is…it brought tears to my eyes. Like you I am going through a very difficult time right now, but unlike you I haven’t been handling it too well. Your selflessness and ability to rise above your circumstances and bring good out of a bad situation has made me realize how inwardly focused I’ve been throughout this time. Thank you for the encouragement and perspective you’ve offered this morning.

    So happy that Firecracker is able to go home! Hope you enjoy and cherish the next hours and days:)

  • kristi - I’ve been watching and praying daily for all of you. Our daughter had brain surgery in 2009 and we stayed in the hospital for only a few day….can’t begin to imagine 18 days. Somehow in all of it God was glorified and we met people we never would have known had she not had to go through all of this. Greater glory was at stake and we marvelled at how God worked.

    I am marvelling at how God has worked in your circumstances too. You are an incredible mommy and surrounded by wonderful friends and family….a true reflection of who you are I’m sure. The picture of your Grandpa’s precious hands filled my eyes with tears…so precious! Happy homecoming to all of you. Rejoicing with you!!!

  • allison - I am glad you get to head home today! This post and your giving spirit are so absolutely beautiful. You continue to inspire me every day :)

  • LeAnne W - So glad you get to go home today. Even your happy entries bring me tears. Seeing little ones hurt so much more now that I have children. Growing up, when we were 8 years old, my best-friend cousin was one of those children that didn’t get to leave the hospital. I really hate the smell of hospitals to this day. I’m so glad you’re experience is one of leaving happy and healthy! It’s so funny, I have this bracelet tutorial pinned to my “to make” pinterest board. I will now make some for myself, but while in the mode, make some for sweet little wrists. Thank you so much for the inspiration. You make me want to be a better mom, Christian, giver, volunteer, etc. You are amazing. Plain and Simple. Thank you for taking us on your journey for the last 18 days!

  • Katie - Such a sweet way to remember her time in the hospital! The picture of your granpa’s hands reminded me of a photography project one of my dear friends did…she spent time with several elderly individuals, learning their story and photography their hands. You should check it out…it was beautiful {I did a poor job explaining it…here’s the link!
    http://christinelawrie.com/index2.php >galleries>tell me a story

  • Kenna S - What an inspiring story! Thanks so much for sharing your 18 days with us. I can’t imagine the emotional roller coaster you must have been on. God is good and he has brought you both through this difficult season. Hope your first night at home is a blessed one!

    I love your bracelet craft idea and might have to have a party of my own!

  • Ashley A - You are so thoughtful!! You, your little firecracker, and your family have been so strong throughout this! So happy for your family it’s nearing the end of your loooong stay.

  • Brittaney - I must ask- where did you get the fabric for your bracelets. I’ve been wanting to makes them as an art activity with my class, but can’t find the right fabric anywhere!

  • V and Co. - Someone directed me to your post. I like to make things, I do, but it’s posts like these that make me know who I really WANT to be. All I did was Make a bracelet, you are taking my idea and doing something MUCH better and changing lives,so thank you for the inspiration of “being amazing” and making others lives that much brighter. Thank you for this post, if you don’t mind I’d love to link to you and to post some pictures as well, next week if possible. Take care. I hope your daughter heals quickly, but just know that those scars won’t be just scars they will be “that time I broke my leg and my mommy was awesome!” ;) much love, Vanessa Christenson

  • sonal - you are so lovely. wish more people were like you.

  • Jenny B. - Ashley, your posts always move me. My husband is going on his second mission trip to Russia this summer, and they usually visit an orphanage and a homeless shelter in their city. I’m going to see if they would like to take some bracelets to the kids there. Thank you for sharing a great idea!

  • Jenny B. - P.S. SOOOOO happy that you’re going home today!!! :)

  • Vicki - Yahoo! I am thrilled to hear your good news–I know being home again will bring you, FireCracker, and your whole family big bunches of joy. I’ve got to tell you, Ashley, the way you’ve come through this difficult time with grace and unwavering love has truly moved me. You are definitely one of life’s GOOD PEOPLE. XO (PS I love the story behind the bracelets and that picture of your Dad’s hands is beautiful.)

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Oh this is so wonderful! Thank you for thinking of others in your time of hardship! We just faced some hospital time the past two days and I cant imagine having to be there for 18! God bless you girl!
    XO,
    Sarah
    Last Blog Post: What I Wore & the hospital

  • lindsey - Hey ashley! I wrote you an email a few weeks ago about how much I love your blog right before this happened to your sweet girl. I have been following every day to see how FireCracker is progressing. My prayers have been with your family, and I am SO excited to read that you are going home today! Sweet girl will need a celebration when she arrives home!

  • Aubrey - Wow! I pinned a braclet like those to make for myself. I had no idea they were a craft hope project. Thanks for sharing.

    I have got to say that the picture of your grandpa is Sooo very beautiful. My “Papa” died almost 3 years ago just shy of his 97th birthday and my husband’s grandpa passed to be with Jesus just last year. We continually remember the joy and wisdom they brought to us. Your picture captures so much. Than you!

  • Jennifer B - What an inspiration! And what good news! So glad to hear you all are leaving the hospital.

  • dinny - Glad to hear you are heading home soon :) LOVE the bracelets! PLUS those could be done with old (cleaned) t-shirts SO easy! {Make sure you use t-shirts without seams on the sides and spiral cut a 1″ wide strip starting at the bottom}.

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - What a beautiful way to close this chapter, Ashley. I love that you wanted to create something positive for Firecracker to remember, and in doing so you created something positive for yourself and many orphans. And to get spend time with your grandfather and other friends too – that is just the best way to spend time in a hospital!

    You’ll be home soon. Hooray!!

  • Ranee - LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. and so happy you get to go home today!

  • siobhan - i am so happy you guys get to go home soon,and i am so in awe that you have been able to keep such a refreshing prespective many times we can get so wrapped up in ourselves it is so imprtant that we can step back.Thankyou for the info on the bracelets i have already signed up:)

  • Tammy - What a lovely, heartfelt post. I admire your perspective. I adore the bracelets… And I love you that two are able to go home today!

  • Corinne - Ashley, you are truly inspirational! Creating a great memory for FireCracker and a gift of hope and love for those that need it. I love the fact that the bracelets are the colors of FireCrackers Wonder Woman shirt…so the little children that receive the bracelets can be ‘wonders’ themselves.
    Thank you for an amazing post (I truly enjoy reading your posts.)

  • Corinne - Also (how could I forget) CONGRATULATIONS on the homecoming!!

  • SusannaN - What a beautiful thing to do for others while your family is in the midst of your own suffering. I have to say that I love the photo of your grandfather’s hands making the bracelet. My grandfather died when I was only 10 and the one of the things that I remember vividly about him more than 20 years later are his hands. I wish I had a photo of them! Very touching to me!

  • cailan - wow. trying to pull it together and not cry yet again after reading one of these posts. So sweet – bless your heart. Love your grandpa’s hands. And I do rejoice with you – you are going home.

  • Kelli - Beautiful

  • Moriah - You don’t know me, and all I know of you is from this blog, but I want to tell you that I am in awe of you. To find the silver lining is not always the easiest thing to do. Thank you for the perspective throughout all of these posts. I hope you know that as a mother, I have cried along with you in these posts, feel the same heartbreak for your sweet girl and also feel the same way…I wish there were no need for children’s hospitals. It is wrong in so many ways. Thank you and enjoy being back at home very soon!

  • Susanne - So glad you are going home!!! Need to remember to not read your site at work as you always make me cry. You are such an inspiration!

  • Lisa Pummel - I’m so glad you’re going home!! Thanks for keeping us updated with your time in the hospital. The bracelets are a beautiful gift of God’s love. Inspirational indeed.

  • christina larsen - Beauty from ashes. So glad you get to go home. :)

  • Angie Webb - That last picture chokes me up.. the way she’s holding your face as you kiss. Congrats on your good news. So glad you will all be together as a family under one roof once again.

  • Amy - That’s awesome! I love the project and am so happy that it’s time to go home! yaaaay!!!

  • dawn - yeeehaw for going home finally!

    hope you have a cozy night at home on a real couch and not on the side of the bed!

  • Ali Harris - I never comment, but wow! I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 or 7 months and it always provides me with some sort of inspiration, whether it is spiritual or something more tangible like diy crafts. My daughter is your daughter’s age and this made me cry. What a sweet family…and I love the pic of you Grandfather’s hands. Thank you for sharing and helping others to see that God is with us during all of life’s circumstances.

  • Michelle - Keeping my fingers crossed that you are getting discharged today!!:) From spending our own fair (or not so fair) share of time in the hospital, sometimes that last afternoon of “hurry up and wait” for all the discharge orders can feel like the longest. Prayers for everyone getting a good night’s sleep in their cozy “at home” beds tonight!

  • Emily - I don’t know how you keep up with all these comments-just reading them must take for ever! Two things I wanted to tell you- {if you make it this far!}
    I am super inspired by your bracelets-we’re teaching children’s church right now and I’ll be having the kids make these to send. Thank you for passing on this wonderful opportunity!
    Secondly: about the others in the hospital. I am an RN, and while I don’t work in a Children’s hospital, I’ve seen my fair share of kids with raw deals. There are two things I remind myself to help cope with these kids:
    1. God performs miracles everyday in that hospital. Some of those children will get better.
    2. I picture the family’s guardian angles with the children and their families-how full those rooms must be!-and in picturing their angels I can feel God’s love and comfort for them. {it sounds corny, but if you ask God to show you, you’ll see what I mean}

    And then I pray and sometimes cry and always hold my children a little tighter.
    We are so happy you are going home.

  • Julie - Yay for going home! Your positive attitude is inspiring. And thank you for the bracelet link. I saw the pattern for the bracelets and had been thinking about making them. Now I have a place to send them to when I’m finished.

  • tara pollard pakosta - that is so special.
    and very kind of you to think of others during this time.
    I loved hearing how you are so thoughtful and heartfelt and showing your little girl to do the same. you are a special lady!
    tara

    p.s. the photo of grandpa making a bracelet, priceless! I think I would want to keep that one!!!

  • Leanne - you are a beautiful person. I am so happy that you get to take your little one home today. I bet your boys will be SO SO happy to have you both there. much love your way!

  • Sylvia - You made me cry! I hope your little one gets well soon. It is so sad to see them suffer. It is sometimes in the most difficult moments that we find something we need to move forward, to help others, to build something positive out of our own pain. This is just beautiful!

  • Marykay - Tears of joy for you and your family and all the people who will be blessed by the bracelets. Thanks for being such an inspiration… Can’t wait to get braiding!

  • rita - ashley – I found your post through the craft hope facebook group. thank you for your example and desire to use this time to spread God’s love to those in need. my son was recently in the hospital as well for spinal cord surgery – it was a harrowing and exhausting experience (and has only there for 5 days!) – and I was praying about how God can possibly use these times for His glory. he has many more surgeries coming up in the next few years, and I hope we can think outside the box about how we can use that time to serve others as well!

  • tammy - I too found your post through the craft hope facebook group. I think it’s wonderful how you’ve turned something unfortunate, into a time to create something special for beautiful children. And it will be a wonderful story to tell your daughter when she’s older! It is so great that you are setting such a wonderful example for your children and all the people around you. Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven. Matthew 5:16 Be blessed!

  • CharlaL - Catching up on yesterday and todays post….Tears in my eyes..So happy that you are headed home! :) Sad for those who will stay. Feeling guilty for not being grateful enough. THANK YOU, for sharing your journey, thank you for reminding us to be grateful!

  • Laurie J - YAY for home!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  • Harriet - You are inspiring. I have been checking your blog too many times today, hoping that I would see a “WE ARE HOME” post. Praying for your sweet girl, and that you will both be home soon.
    p.s. I didn’t realise that metal rod was drilled through her leg! I got teary reading that. What a brave little wonderwoman you have there! x

  • Jennifer - My heart aches for you and your whole family. There is nothing worse than having a sick baby. This too shall pass. Peace be with you!

  • Amanda - Thank you so much for sharing this story. You are truly an inspiration to this fellow mother. I am so happy to hear you got to go home today! I pray that your little one will heal quickly. And I am just picturing how much joy it is bringing you to be back at home today with your whole family together! Take care

  • Michelle W - Yay!!! We are so happy to know that you will be leaving the hospital today and to be able to have your entire family under one roof. Family is such an awesome blessing…you are such an inspiration. Thank you!

  • LuAnn - What happy news! I have been following your bittersweet journey with your little daughter and wanted to say thank you for sharing your beautiful writing and gorgeous photography. You have inspired me many many times these past few weeks to count my blessings, to remember what’s truly important–to keep my priorities in check and, in doing so, pick up my 18-month-old baby Beans every chance I get and hold him close.

    I hope you have a most wonderful homecoming!!

  • Lilly - I have never cried reading a blog – your or any others – and I read a lot. But that picture of you and your daughter kissing with all those bracelets on, drew tears from my eyes, down my cheeks and into my tomato soup lunch. God bless you for comforting others as you have been comforted. And praise God you are going home today, bliss!

  • ~abi~ - your posts always touch my heart. thank you. this is beautiful.

  • pattilouwho - I’m headed to the fabric store today to get bracelet materials. Thank you Ashley for helping me see the good right now. Sometimes the bad gets the best of us. :)

  • Gabriela - You made me cry. For real. I’m on holidays, my hard earned holidays with my 16 month old -who reminds me of Firecracker in her expressions and they share a very similar smile- and she’s having a nap. I can see her toes poking through the sheet. I spent the last 45 minutes reading your stay in the hospital, and just now, when I read that you’re home, now I cry. You are so beautiful, and I’m not talking of external beauty. Your children have such a brave mum. I hope the princess warrior is having a great time. Lots of kisses and hughes from Spain.

  • Sarah - That one of your grandpa’s hands brought tears to my eyes. Beautiful.
    I so want to make a billion of these bracelets to send.

  • Kelly J. R. - Thanks for the info on this Craft Hope project. I spent 3 weeks in the Russian Far East the summer of 2002. While there, I visited an orphanage for 2 days so I know firsthand the incredible need for hope and love that those children need. I look forward to participating in the project.

  • Becky - goodness, this post brought tears to my eyes, what a gift you are giving to your daughter!!

    my hair stylist Loren sent me to your blog several months ago and I have so enjoyed reading it and have been following along and praying for you and your family while you have been in the hospital. SO thankful you are home now and many prayers for a full recovery!

  • Ryan G - Last week I started to catch up on this journey that your family is on with Firecracker. “Hospital stays are always tough.” I thought. Little did I know that Easter weekend I too would be starting on one of these epic humbling experiences at a hospital as well. My Dad who has never been in the hospital had a heart attack on Sunday. We’ve been holding vigil ever since at an amazing hospital in NC. I was happy that when I finally got to recheck your blog this evening to see that your stay was complete. Your Doctor Seuss quote really struck a chord with me. I’m going to make a sign for my Dad that has it on there. Being a big Dr. Seuss fan I think when he finally wakes up he will relate to it. Thanks for posting and unknowingly helping me through our hospital stay.

    -Ryan

  • Vanessa - I’ve never cried reading a blog but this post just made me cry! So beautifully written and well said. Thank you and congratulations on your homecoming!

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  • Jessie - Beautiful! What an inspiring story.
    My little ones who are almost 4 looked at your photos and announced “Aww…cute baby!”

  • Marykay - Thanks again for posting this… I just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to do this as our craft this month with my MOPS group. I haven’t counted how many we made yet but it is at least a few hundred!

  • melany - I just flipped through the “Craft Hope” book in the bookstore the other day and just about cried at the wonderfulness of it. I did not know it was a regular ongoing updated thing – I guess I probably would have figured that out if I actually read the book :-) I actually even blogged about the book as well … so now I foresee a blog update with even more exciting stuff.

  • Melissa Madden Truncale - Hi,

    My name is Melissa. I honestly just came upon your blog today. Yesterday we found out that our daughter has a condition that requires surgery and a Spica Cast to follow. My husband and I have a sense of peace already about this. We are so blessed. This is completely fixable thing.

    Yesterday I was a basket case. Today, I am done with crying (until I came across your blog), and now I am in a “do” mode. We just need to do what we have to do.

    SO, I googled “Life with a Spica cast”. Your post was the very first one that popped up. What helpful and useful and practical information. By far the best I have seen.

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