It's been almost 19 months since the first Annabelle Baskets were delivered to the PCICU at MUSC...exactly one month after the Lord called our daughter Home.
19 months ago, I had no clue just what the Lord was doing in our lives. I just knew that we had to follow His plan. It took the focus off of our grief and blessed others. In my pain, I put together some cute little baskets for other heart babies and immediately felt relief from the heartache I was suffering. God gave this ministry to our family for others...and also gave me a way to still mother my daughter and for our family to still care for Annabelle by loving other precious children who would be facing situations similiar.
A very dear friend and fellow heart mom came to visit when we were just beginning to collect items from close friends and my MOPS group. I hadn't even put together the first Annabelle Basket and our dining room floor was already lined with boxes. My friend saw the work that the Lord was doing in our grief. She warned me that this was going to be big...much bigger than I knew. She was right.
Last week, we completed the 400th Annabelle Basket.
In 19 months, 400 heart babies and their families have been blessed across our country by God working through our loss. I didn't see it 19 months ago and I can't see where we are going from here. I just know and trust the One Who does.
And I am honored to be doing His work!
"Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58b