After 9 months of treatment, multiple accesses, countless amounts of fluid flowing in and out, and being a constant reminder of the battle she was in, Lizzy’s port has successfully been removed!! She was so excited yesterday as we got ready to go to the hospital – she picked out a special shirt that was made just for her . . .
And that is who she is. She is a Fierce Warrior who is tougher than anyone I know. Yet she has the most kind, caring and loving heart – she is always listening and trying to figure out ways to help others and bring comfort to them. Especially her big sis Treas!
As I reflect back on this journey, I think back to the first picture I took of Lizzy on the way to surgery –
As I look at these two photos, something really strikes me. Do you see Lori in both photos?
In the 2017 photo, Lori is in the bed with Lizzy, holding her and praying over her. And Lizzy is cuddled up in her arms, not wanting to see where she is going.
In the 2019 photo, Lori is walking behind the bed, carrying Lizzy’s stuff. Oh, she is still praying over Lizzy, but something is different.
In 2017, we were scared, bewildered, desperate, clinging to a faith that we hoped was real but in the moment of crisis it was being tested. We needed to be carried. We needed someone to show us the way.
Eighteen months later, we confidently know God is leading the way. Our faith is real and we survived the test. We can now follow because we know God’s got this. And Lizzy can open her eyes and look to the future and eagerly anticipate where God is going to lead her. And know that God loves her and protects her and heals her and guides her.
We can all walk more confidently now. Not in our own strength, but in God – in His strength, in His ways, in His peace, in His love.
And we also know that after a battle, God gives us rest and restores us. Just like our little princess warrior, who rested beautifully after the surgery.
Thank you God! We love you and we are yours!!