Our Great God!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

24 hours ago, I wouldn’t believe where we’d be just a short time later!!

Who is like our God?
“Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor and comfort me once again
Psalm 71:20

We have felt the comfort of the Lord in such tangible ways!!  He has acted mightily on Evie’s behalf yet again, and the prayers of so many have carried and encouraged us!
Are you ready for this….?

Since my last post, we have seen nothing short of a miraculous turn around!  Evie had a restful night (after such a crappy and painful day!) and woke the next morning with a little sparkle in her eyes that we haven’t seen in a long time.
Anyone who has seen “Frozen” will get a giggle from this…we got her propped up in bed sipping on some juice and in a little raspy voice, she started trying to sing:
For the first time in forever, I don’t feel any pain!”
Music to our ears for sure!

Doctor approved a liquid diet which she tolerated fine all day with no bouts of vomiting and nausea.  We got her up, pushing her IV pole around, (amazing when she couldn’t even sit the day before!) and even left the ward for a slow loop around the hospital.  As she was taking huge strides and improving, the doctors began talking about perhaps switching all her meds to oral instead of IV and releasing her the next day if the trend continued.  But then, when she blew her IV mid afternoon, we took that as a little prompt that she was ready!  Rather than inserting a new line, the doctors OK’d her discharge!!

We didn’t tell the kids back home, but we rolled up in a taxi and got to surprise Izzy just in time for her birthday dinner!  My sweet friend Cecilia got a cake for our girl, a weight off my guilt-ridden mommy shoulders!!  Thank you friend!

Evie is moving a little slow, is on a soft diet, we are administering 14 doses of medicine round-the-clock, and doctors expect it to take a full 2 weeks to completely heal, but we are so grateful to be home where she is surrounded by those who love her and can continue healing and get the rest she needs.  Man, hospitals are not the place to rest!!

Can we ask you to keep the prayers coming just a little longer?…
We returned to the hospital 16 hours after being discharged to have Eden checked by our pediatrician after a fitful, sleepless first night back at home.  We found out he has bronchitis and possibly RSV.  Figures I guess, after a week in the hospital.  There is no way to “baby proof” a hospital room and there were so many germs he came in contact with!  The flu is also running through our family with crummy tummies and fevers going round.  We are all pretty exhausted and run down and need to heal and recover!  Thank you for continuing to lift us up and pray for full recoveries and for sleep!  We have precious friends who have brought in some meals which we are incredibly grateful for!  And the emails and prayers from so many have blessed us immensely!

Gigi was singing “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do” yesterday at the dinner table.
Amen to that!!

“My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever”
Psalm 73:26


  • Cassidy scherba says:

    Praise God!!! Will continue to pray for complete healing and restoration for your family.

  • James and Julie Gould says:

    Truly wonderful to hear all this! So so glad for you all. Praise God for this amazing recovery! We’ll continue to pray…

  • Carolyn Compton says:

    Gigi is so right about our big, strong, mighty God! (I love that song!)
    So many people love you and your precious children — prayers have been abundant! Praising Him with you and continuing to pray for perfect health for all the Smith family!

  • Patty Rigdon says:

    Praying for your beautiful family, Mandy.

  • Belinda Cress says:

    Was praying in the wee hours of last night. To God be the glory
    for great things He has done.

  • Carol Shaddix says:

    What a miracle! So grateful for answered prayers!

  • Anette Mills Lindsey says:

    Still praying for your precious family. You are loved.

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