I know all parents think their children are special, and they are. But as we tell Lydia often, God created her unique, with a special heart, designed just for her, in order to bring Him much glory. Her heart defects are not a mistake, not a “fluke” as the doctors say, but God’s perfect plan for her. (I love Psalm 139!)
I never thought when I gave birth to her on September 19th, 2003, that things would turn out as they have. Her future and prognosis were fair, yet the immediate plan of care was terrifying, along with more years of waiting and watching. And now, the Lord has brought her through so much….three open heart surgeries and three heart cath surgeries, along with many other physical issues and other hospitalizations along the way.
Each day is a sweet gift and every year an amazing milestone. There is a lot yet unknown for her and her future. But today she is healthy, energetic, a bit sassy, and bubbling with joy!
It was such a pleasure to be able to celebrate her birthday while on vacation! Especially to have birthday cake down by the lake…seriously, how fun is that??
A lemon “8” cake with light green icing was the birthday girl’s wish! (I forgot a pretty platter though so it was a cookie sheet to the rescue!) Daddy bought trick candles and it was hilarious! So fun!
Present time! I had a blast sewing matching dresses for her and her favorite doll last week. She was so surprised and delighted when she saw them! She loves to wear dresses and has wanted to wear nothing else all week. (Tutorial for these dresses coming next week!)
So thankful for this little girl who the Lord has used to change me, teach me and stretch me in so many ways. She’s simply amazing.
We love you, Lydia….Happy 8th Birthday!!!