Monday, March 13, 2017

Update On Sweet Angel

Well, here we are in Cincinnati at the Childrens Hospital
wearing our "Prayers for Alyssa" T shirts,
getting to see Alyssa for the first time in
a couple of weeks.

She looked so good!
Between the feeding tube, the pic line, and all the prayers........
they saved her life!
We cannot say enough about this hospital!

Here she is with her baby cousin....Huddy!
She didn't think he was coming but we surprised her!

Here she is reading a card from one
of "Big Sis's" friends that had cancer
and is now a Miracle! 
The card was precious because after all this lady had been
through, she was encouraging Alyssa!

I think I told you last time that
when Alyssa was in Chattanooga,
I really lost my hope.
I knew the Lord was there.
I just couldn't see him or feel him.
But looking back there were lots of miracles everywhere.

She was so surprised to see all of her family!
It was good to see her smile.
Look at the beautiful gowns my Mom found her
online! She had to wear hospital gowns but wanted
them to be pretty.
I think Mom did good!

Every day my daughter had a different word or phrase.
I remember the saddest day was when she said she
asked God....WHY?
I tried hard to encourage her without letting her know
I was asking the same question.

People are amazing. This is a gift from someone that
doesn't even know Alyssa. I know them.
Matt & Latisha Winters gave her this gift and
I can't tell you how much this meant to Alyssa
and me. Latisha's Mom was a friend of mine and
she is in Heaven now so this was very special to me.
They gave her a tablet and spent
30.00 just to overnight it to her!
Other friends sent money. Lots sent cards.
I hate to even name names because I would forget someone.
Even blogging friends sent gifts of love.
Another friend sent her a huge box
of so many things I can't even name.
The special thing about this gift is my friend, Nancy Howell had
an aneurysm and was having surgery the next day after shipping this box to
This is the kind of person she is.
She always thinks of others.

She even sent my daughter and son in love special goodies
in the box.
She also gave them stamps and thank you cards.
So selfless.
Nancy came out of her surgery good.
I haven't got to see her yet.
But I hope to soon.

I cannot say enough about these two.
They never left her side.
They fought for her.
They went against doctors in Chattanooga
when they knew something was wrong.
Mom & Dad.
There is nobody like them.
I am so proud of them.
They are tired and worn out.
Please pray for them.
This one right here is also a fighter.
They got to bring her home last Thursday.
She was in two hospitals for almost a month.
She's been sick for 3 years but was able to tolerate it
until Christmas night.
She stopped eating.
After getting nutrition and pic line she looks like our
Alyssa is still not eating but is trying and
still has the feeding tube.
She wants to get better so bad and get back to life.
But for now we are so thankful just to have her here.
We are waiting on her next miracle
and we know it's coming.
Thank you all for your prayers.
Please don't stop.
She has a long road ahead of her but as one of my friends said,
"at least she's on the road!"

Albert Einstein once said......
There are only two ways to live your life:
As though nothing is a miracle,
or as though everything is a miracle!

If you would like to read her story you can go HERE!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Update On Our Granddaughter

On February 13th Alyssa was admitted
to the hospital in Chattanooga Tenn.
She was so sick. We were there 8 days.
They tried to force her body to accept
pedialyte through the feeding tube but she couldn't do it.
There was pain that I cannot describe.
Bless her heart.
The closest thing to Brother telling his sister goodbye.
He doesn't understand but tries to act cool.

You are seeing pictures after her Mom had them take her off
all the drugs that were keeping her drugged up.
Although her Mom didn't want her to be in pain,
she wanted her to be aware of what was going on
to help us understand what all needed to be done.

This was the worst night to me.
They called me to come up there about midnight.
I hadn't been gone long.
By the time I got there, things had calmed down.
But it was a hard hard night.
I cannot describe with words what I walked in to see.
You probably remember Maranda, (Big Sis).
She's actually her aunt but Alyssa loves her like a Mom.
They are so close.

Long story short, her Mom and dad insisted on transferring
Alyssa to another hospital.
They had done their research and
determined that Cincinnati Children's Hospital
would be the best for Alyssa.
This is Alyssa's dad hugging me bye that night.
I was so sad to see them go but it's been the best thing for Alyssa.
We had been through a hard 8 days together.
There's honestly too much to tell.
It was indescribable.
This is "Sweet Teen" telling her sissy goodbye.
Aren't they sweet?
And here I am getting some love before she goes to Cincinatti.

So after being up night and day we knew that her Mom & Dad
could not drive. It was a 5 1/2 hour drive.
My "Sister In love" called and said
she was praying and she heard the
word flight. We had not thought of that,
so my daughter said she would
call and check flights.
Our Sister in Love said, "Let me make a couple of phone calls."
Next thing we knew there was a
private jet waiting to take them
to Cincinnati.

I will be honest. I looked for God that week in Chattanooga hospital.
I couldn't see HIM. I couldn't feel him.
Our daughter was asking...."Why?"
We all were.
But when this answer to prayer when the jet came through,
I saw God in a big way!
HE let me know everything was going to work out.
I knew HE had been there the whole time.
I have often heard it preached
about feeling like HE was not there
but I have never experienced it.
Now I know how that feels.
Right now, Alyssa is still in Cincinnati
but things are really looking up as
of today.
So far, we cannot say enough
about Cincinnati Childrens Hospital.
We are waiting on our miracle.
Keep praying.
If you would like to read her story....
click HERE!