Monday, June 27, 2011

A family again

My girls are home. My family is complete again.

Thank you, thank you, thank you JESUS!

I stood upstairs, gazing at the cute three little-girl faces, looking so much like a smaller version of the 7 dwarfs (aka the 3 non-dwarfs) and I just about cried. My girls are home. I'm home. Scott is home, Annabelle is home.

God is so good. It's been almost a year of praying and hoping and crying and hurting and healing and begging and pleading... and I'm here to tell you that God answers prayers. They may not be in the way we expect, in the timing that we expect, but He makes us whole again.

I know, from my journey this past year, that sometimes that "whole" will be in heaven. But sometimes, He chooses to bless us with a version of whole on earth.

My whole family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued prayers this year! We still have hurdles to over come, with finances and physical therapy and electolytes and oxygen and getting back on schedule and learning to deal with this new family dynamic... but together, with Jesus, we can concur and thrive. I'm confident of that.

Annabelle's visit today went great. No big issues (except still that pesky diaper rash, but it's getting better!) Will see lab results tomorrow.

Going to take Annabelle on her first "outing" tomorrow night!! The doctor approved her limited "going out" in public, i.e. a quiet restaurant with the stipulation that we warn off all strangers to not touch or breath on Annabelle! In celebration of our family home, we're going to use a few giftcards a few people have so sweetly blessed us with and take our family out to dinner for the FIRST time. I'm excited!

My blog's future

Originally, I had planned for Annabelle to hijack my blog for a few months while I was on maternity leave until she got home. I NEVER imagined it being a year long, or for my "viewers" to grow like they did. I appreciate each and every one of you!!! Just as a comparison, this time last year, I'd be really lucky to get 50 hits on my blog a day, and that was a GREAT day. Now, I average between 700 and 1000 per day. Your caring for our family is humbling and I appreciate it more than I could express.

I'll still be giving Annabelle updates often, with plenty of update pictures! However, as she gets better, I hope it will grow into more than just "How is Annabelle doing." I love to write, and this blog is part of it. The goal of my writing has been to share Jesus' truths, to impact lives, to make people laugh, and to entertain... all at the same time! Lofty goal, I know! My hope for this blog is that it will be an extension of my hope for my someday-to-be published books.

OH! And I've also changed it so you can get to my blog by going to just www.kristaphillips.com, so if you have a probably remembering the reflections thing... that might be easier! :-)  (better said, my uber wonderful brother-in-law who is all-knowing about this web issues changed it for me... THANKS Trav!) SOMEDAY I'll have a nice, normal website with my writing stuff on it that links back to hear, but for now, the blog is enough!

Discussion for the day: I think everyone knows my "writing" dream (and if you haven't heard my fun news... read last week's post here!!!!) But I'd love to hear with YOUR dream is!! It can be simple, or it can reach for the moon. Do share if you can!


Sleeping Beauty #1 tonight...


 My other three-almost-sleeping beauties!  LOVE LOVE LOVE having them home and knowing they are asleep in their OWN beds under our OWN roof!


High-chair time!

Hello? This is Annabelle.... playing with the phone. Smilin'. Bye!

14 comments:

Valerie said...

Krista, I'm so glad you have all your girls at home with you. Ya know, I've known for years now how wonderful and strong and amazing you are, but now all kinds of other people know it too. And all those people know The One from whom your strength comes because you're always eager to direct your praise back to our God. You're a wonderful momma, a great friend, and an all-around cool chick. ;)

Now... dreams. I don't know. Mainly I dream of getting to Heaven. Being on Earth is like having to eat a plate of carrots (I despise carrots!) before getting to eat the pan of brownies straight out of the oven with a big glass of milk. (I threw the brownie reference in there for you, you know.) But yeah, I dream of Heaven. I dream of having a farm instead of my little house in the middle of town. Oooh! I dream of being thin! (LOL!)

Lis said...

Oh Krista this report makes my mommy heart leap for joy! I know your's is swelling ten times over! So happy your whole family is under one roof and continued prayers for those little barriers yet to cross.

I'm so excited for you and cannot wait to see where your dreams take you now! I recently deleted all the posts from my blog that I call "the whiny God's brat" days and started over with a new design and new series of writing. My dream was to be an author. Now, I have my little book sitting here on my desk and I know how powerful it is, but I know nothing about how to market. So I suppose my next dream is to actually sell my book and pay off a medical bill that's been haunting me since last May when my daughter was attacked by a pit bull. My main dream and I write about it all the time, is for my family to finally make it back to Florida and never, ever have to leave again. Again, I'm just so happy for you on so many different levels and praying the enemy stays clear of what God is doing in your life! ~Lis~

Sherrinda said...

I love the picture of your girls with their beds all pushed together. It really does look like the scene in Snow White. ;)

Dreams...let's see. I have an ever present dream of my children being mighty warriors for God, passionate about following Jesus and sharing His love. Personally, I'd love to become an author someday. Yeah, I'm a writer, but to be an author...now that would be cool.

Julia M. Reffner said...

I love these pictures and I'm so glad you are all together at home. I hope you enjoy that dinner (tonight?). I'll bet that will be so special to be able to go out with ALL your family!!

I love Sherrinda's dream about her children.

Riete said...

I just can't begin to tell you how happy I am, reading this blog. What a blessing to have your girls all at home now!
I so love the photos! What a beautiful family you have :))

Now about my dreams. Actually, I am living my dream. From the age of four I've known what I wanted and I've been dreaming about it all through my teenage years. And now I'm living that dream for over thrirty years already.
What is it? Teaching! I just love, love, love to teach!
I'm teaching at a school for kids with minor special needs (mostly behavioral problems and learning difficulties) and that's even better.
I feel so blessed that God allowed me to do this.
So my dream now is to be able to continue to do that for many years to come :)

And I'm looking forward to reading your "non-Annabelle" blogs too! As long as you keep us updated on her, though! *smile*

Angela Bell said...

Praising God that you're all together again!!! :-)

My family and I will keep you in our prayers.

Tammi T. said...

Krista,
So glad to hear that your family is altogether and I hope you have the most wonderful celebration together at whatever restaurant you choose.

My dream is much like your dream (and the dream of others who have commented here). I love to write and I'd love to make a difference in people's lives with what I write. I'm not much of a fiction writer but am more inspired by lessons I learn from the circumstances God has allowed in my life or the lives of others.

I also dream, like Sherrinda, about the future of my children. I hope and pray that there lives are a reflection of God's love, strength and grace. I pray that they will seek Him and follow Him in all their ways. I guess I also dream that any writing I'd accomplish would leave a legacy for them, as well as, bring glory to our God.

We will continue to pray for you and all your family. I look forward to continuing to read your blog and please include updates of Annabelle (and the rest of your family).

Tammi T. said...

Oops .... when talking about my dream for my children, I meant to say "their lives" not "there lives". I guess, I'll be in need of a good editor, too. ;)

Sarah Forgrave said...

Oh, I'm so, so, so happy you're all together again!!! Your girls' beds look so comfy. I bet they slept good. :)

And I hope you have fun on your dinner out! Find a place with high-backed booths and you've got a built-in germ protector. That's what we did with my sister anyway. :) Eat some chocolate for me! :)

Beverley said...

Love it!!

My dream is to see Leyda as the flower girl at my niece's wedding next June...in England!

Wendy C said...

Krista,
I am so glad God brought me across your blog. You always bring a smile to my face when I read here. I am so glad you are getting to live your dream and so pleased that you share it here.
I'm not sure what my dream is. I have hopes like that my son will get his heart and that we will live in such a way as to be a light to all who are watching, no matter what. I use to dream of writing but I see that I am just not disciplined enough to do that. I do still love to read though!
I dream of entering heaven and seeing people that are there that I had an influence in their accepting our wonderful LORD. I dream of facing Christ unashamed.

Jessica Nelson said...

Wooohoooooo!!!!!!! This is wonderful! Congrats, Krista! Your family is beautiful and maybe next year I'll be seeing you again at ACFW. :-)

Amanda Stephan said...

It's wonderful to have your children and family back together again. Congrats - as well as prayers coming your way.

MisMisWilson said...

Dear Krista,

I am so excited for you to have your family all together again. I admire your stregneth and pray that I am as faithful servant to our wonderful God above as you.

My dream... to adopt a little girl from China, when I was younger. After I got married (@18) and had two boys(both premature and one with a heart problem) within the first three years. I realized there was so many children in the United States that needed a home. So we set up to adopt a little girl in the states. They called after a few months and asked us to keep a little boy for a week. He was in between the age of our other two boys. We kind of knew after that first week, he was meant to be ours. A couple of months later he moved in as a foster child. Three years later after his TPR we adopted him. My husband and I have been married for 18 years (it has not been all roses but we love each other so much)and have had a total of 14 children (2 biological, 1 adopted, and 11 foster or other children that have stayed with us for some time). My dream to have a little girl has not come true, but there is nothing like a momma's boy! Our boys are 15, 16 and 16, all within 15 months of each other. One of my favorite family values of life is...."a family that sits and eats together, and prays together, stay together"

Good luck to your family and may God bless all of you!