It's hard to believe that 4 weeks ago Scott, Wyatt and a very pregnant me were packing up and on our way to Charleston to add Annabelle to our family. I had no idea just how much my life would change in such a short period of time. We were fortunate enough to know about Annabelle's fragile little heart and to prepare ourselves and our family the best that we could. We knew that she would be born and wisked away to be stablized. We knew she would have to have a very delicate open heart surgery within her first week of life. We knew that there would be a long recovery and many other hurdles to endure. We know that she still has at least two more surgeries that will continue to fix her heart to a somewhat normal function. We have been changed even more through enduring all of this and much more with her. What we didn't know is just how much God would allow all of this to glorify Him. We have been blessed by knowing that our daughter is touching your lives and strengthening your relationship with Christ. She has done that for us since August 23, 2007 when we first learned that she would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. I sobbed for months over knowing what she would face. It just isn't fair for an infant to come into this world having to fight as hard as she has. These first weeks of her life should have been spent rejoicing over her birth and celebrating with friends and family. She should have been at home within days and I should have had every moment since her birth to bond and love her. Her skin should be without a blemish and without scars that display the battles she has fought. God has different plans for her. He has used all of her pain, hurt and fear for His purpose. Eventually, we will be home and we will bond as a family. She will know that she is loved immensely. Her scars will tell others of her strength and of God's Plan for her life. I wish I understood His Plan and why He has allowed our daughter to go through so much. What I have to remind myself is that even if I did know, I would still not understand it all. God refines all of us daily in many different ways. This is His way of refining our family once again so that others see Him. That is all that we have to know or understand. To God be the Glory, Great things He has done!