Friday, February 24, 2012

Today is a New Day!

Today I woke feeling the power of all of your prayers. It was refreshing and a "full of hope feeling"- 
it. was. good!

Thank you, thank you for your prayers! 
They mean so much to us!

Somehow every thing always looks better in the morning! I know it's God! He is so all over this- HE is way ahead of me, way ahead of us, HE has her covered and we are so grateful to HIM!

Thank you for sharing our prayer requests. I completely believe that our Lord hears your pleas and petitions and that when many pray- HE hears us! 
HE is a mighty God and He can heal our sweet girl!

We are so thankful she is home with her forever family!

Yesterday was a tough day. I could barely speak and Abby would often look over at me wondering what was wrong with her Momma. 
She watched way to much TV as I processed all the new information.

But today was a NEW DAY and was full of HOPE!

She is tolerating the Chelation medication. Her urine is bright red from the iron leaving her body- Yay God!!

She will most likely feel pretty good up until we begin the bone marrow transplant and that is not for awhile.

She may have periods of extreme fatigue depending upon how frequently she has her transfusions. If my hemoglobin got as low as hers does I'd be lucky to get outta bed!

She is such a trooper and still seems to keep up with the other children.

She has a new puppy dog friend and we've worked on puzzles, play doh, baby einstein movies (to try to get her to start speaking english), taken many walks, played in the playroom, painted and even-

riden a tricycle down the hallways of the hospital!
It is currently parked in our room- I think she's laying claim to it while she's here!

Abby and Luke will be anointed after church on Sunday!

We also found out that Abby's MDS is not linked to a chromosomal abnormality. I don't really know the significance of this information and the Dr seemed as if it didn't really matter.

She did say that it is important to get as close a match as possible for the bone marrow transplant to take. This means that her donor has to be of the same ethnicity(Chinese) and have 7 other markers that match. Thank you to those that have offered to be a donor. You are so kind and your generosity is noticed and appreciated.

Hubby and I have switched places tonight- he has hospital duty and then they will come home tomorrow- Saturday! YAY!

It was hard to leave her but once all the other children cheered and told me how much they missed me I knew we did the right thing!
Abby was very excited to spend some time with Daddy and show him how she can pedal!

It is so good to see the children and hug them!
I sometimes don't feel worthy of so much love! These dear children are such a blessing!

We are looking forward to all being together on Saturday!!

Once again we are so thankful for your prayers and so grateful to our GOD!!! 


Sue said...

Will keep praying for everyone in your family.

Shawshee said...

I'm glad you are filled with new hope! I've been thinking on your family since my mom told me the news about Abby. Tonight as I have been in prayer the Lord spoke to my heart with His truth and I wanted to share it with you.
The enemy has tried to surround this precious life with death. In hopes that fear would keep everyone away from her… he’s already lost.
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” 37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. 38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. 41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
Mark 5
Strong’s definition of “Arise” 1453: to waken; rouse from disease; rouse from death; rouse from obscurity; rouse from ruins; rouse from nonexistence.
You have gone into the mine (Job 28:1-11) And you have “searched for ore in every recess and in darkness and in the shadow of death,” Because of your willingness “what was hidden has been brought forth to light.” So “Do not be afraid; only believe,” The Lord’s hand is upon Abby’s life, and He’s not done with her yet.

Sarah said...

I will keep praying for your precious girl...and for you!

Tina said...

Praying for sweet Abby. And for your family to feel the Lord's arms around you giving you strength and peace. He does have a plan! Newsong has an old song I love called "Trust His Heart". The chorus says, "When you don't understand, When you don't see His plan, When you can't trace His hand, Trust His heart".

Lori said...

Oh I love God's new mercies each morning! So glad you're feeling encouraged.

I will be praying in the many days to come as you go through this difficult time with darling little Abby.

God is good!

Rebecca said...

We're still hear praying for complete healing for miss Abby and for the perfect donor to be found quickly.

connie said...

Jean, I sent you an email a minute ago...and I'm only letting you know here because sometimes my server goes into spam. So glad today is a new day!!!!

Beth said...

We will try to get a doner drive started around here when you need it. We have a contact with our local Chinese community center. HUGS!!!


Sally-Girl! said...

Joy does come in the morning!!!

When the time comes, we can all contact our local Chinese communities and get donor drives started!!

The Heald Family said...

OH Dear Family,
My heart is hurting as I read these last few blogs:(( I am thankful too that Abby has a wonderful family who loves her and is able to give her the best of care from man and teach her of the Great Healer - the Lord Jesus!
I will be lifting Abby and the family up in prayer as you go down this path together.
Love you all.......Cathy

quilt'n-mama said...

Praying for you and your family friend...

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us... Ephesians 3:20

We are praying for Him to do what only He can...

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

Tears are flowing.......I soo wish cancer didn't exist. I sooo wish I could give you the peace and strength, but I can't, BUT THANK GOD HE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As a former childhood caner survivor I will be praying NON STOP!!!!!!!!!!! Please know I AM PRAYING and if you need any specific prayers- EVER let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mom to my China Posse said...

I am praying for your sweet Abby. I have been kinda missing in Action since Andrew's girl friend was killed and just now catchign up. Abby will remain close in my prayers! Kathy

Janet and Kevin said...

Oh sweet friend, you are such a dear person. We will continue to pray for your precious daughter. Her smile just melts my heart.

janet and gang

David and Janet Hurley said...

Jean, You are amazing. Your whole family is amazing! You've been such an inspiration to me the 3 years I've "known" you. I know God will you give you grace and strength at all the right times. We are praying for you all.

Vicky said...

Praying and spreading the word for others to pray!

James, Dawn and Family said...

We r the Newsome's. We saw your post through another blogger we follow who has a daughter from the same orphanage in China. If you don't find a bone marrow match we r willing to try / test our 2 girls. Prayers and blessings

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh my friend....I missed this news, I am so sorry. Well...I am on it my friend! Praying with all of my might for your sweet girl and for all of you. Praying for a miracle!

Annie said...

Continued prayers my sweet friend!!!!

thesleepyknitter said...

So thankful to hear that God has given you hope and courage for the road ahead. May He continue to strengthen all of you and to bring joy to your little girl.

Chris said...

prayers for peace, perfect healing, and strength to keep on keepin' on!!!
He certainly has a way of keeping us on our knees for others in our adoption world-may sweet Abby feel His hand upon her life!
Much Love

joeks said...

Indeed, Abby and all of you remain in my prayers.