This past Sunday Scott and I attended church for the second time. He has been an instrumental force in getting me back into worship...the thing that seems the hardest, especially around others. I can belt it out at home and have gotten hooked on a wonderful CD collection that Scott's Uncle Joe and Aunt Denise sent us. Thankfully, Scott knows my heart and knows how to gently nudge me back to where I need to be.
The first sermon from the service that we attended a few weeks ago was about God blessing each of us, specifically the graduates on this day, with a burden. Dr. Carney emphasized at how having a burden gives you a purpose. Scott and I spoke about the sermon that afternoon knowing that God has given us a burden for these precious heart babies and their families. Our purpose is, to carry on in our daughter's name, the Annabelle Baskets...bringing hope, joy and sunshine to a very difficult situation.
We all know that God doesn't do anything by accident. The sermon that we heard this past Sunday spoke to us even further. It was about being "pointer outers"...pointing others to Christ and allowing Him to work in their lives. As we were sitting in church, I realized just how BIG God has been through the Annabelle Basket ministry. I put a brief paragraph on the back of the card that is enclosed in every basket just letting the families know that it is our prayer that the basket will bless their life as Annabelle has blessed us. I mention in the card that the baskets are made possible by generous contributions by family and friends to continue God's plan for Annabelle's life and legacy. What I failed to realize at the time is that those simple words carry so much weight in pointing others to Christ when watching your own child face open heart surgery and the extremely critical recovery time. We were fortunate to have that hope going into Annabelle's surgeries and knew, regardless of the outcome, that our loving and merciful God will take care of all of us. Many do not have that hope and search intensely for something or someone to help them as they all know that the situation is much bigger than they are. Please pray specifically that far beyond the smiles and temporary joy that the baskets bring to the heart families that Christ will be pointed out to them in their desperation and they will find hope and eternal joy in the only true Joy Giver.
I have posted some fun pictures...a very special Saturday for some fellow Heart Moms a few weeks ago (Shirley (Angel Kierra's mom), Erica (Emerson's mom), Me & Kerri (Mary Clare's mom)). All of us have baby girls born with HLHS. We have communicated for so long but I've never met any of them in person until that day...it was priceless and such a blessing!
The other three pictures are of a Boy Baskets, Wyatt delivering some baskets at MUSC (he was right at home when we went back for that delivery trip & the staff still adore him), & a picture of the first boy basket delivery to Harper and his mom, Michelle. Harper had a VSD repair at 5 months of age. Isn't he a cutie?!?!
I received a call from one of Annabelle's nurses letting me know that they are just about out of boy baskets (down to one left as of last week). So, I put together a few over the weekend to give her tomorrow. So far we have delivered 17 the first visit, 21 the second visit and 20 more tomorrow!!! God is so good!!! It is evident that His hand is upon this ministry and everyone's lives who have been a part of it.