Well, it is Sunday evening and Georgia's little pink polka dotted bag is all packed up with jammies and slippers. We stuffed her with as much cheese and peanuts as she would eat and I guess it means that we are as ready as possible for tomorrow morning.
There are some things that I do not want to forget that I am so incrediblly thankful for:
* We are absolutely surrounded by friends who love us and love Georgia (including many of you!). We feel so prayed for, cared for and our bags are loaded with little goodies from friends to help Georgia's time to go as well as possible in the hospital...seriously, Doug talks all the time about feeling like we are surrounded in a big bubble bath and deep friendship, we are so incredibly blessed.
* A dear friend stopped me at church today. She has been praying for Georgia and she said that God had showed her a picture this morning...this makes me cry just typing it. It was of Georgia laying on a bed and His hand was covering her chest right over her heart. It is such a reminder that God loves our daughter and He is the author of her story and no one else. In telling my mom this tonight she said, "He has been in charge all along, otherwise we would never have even gotten her out of China alive." These words are so true and that is where I choose to fix my eyes and my heart tomorrow.
* Georgia is a gift, one of the greatest in my life. Every single day that I get to spend with her is precious. No one numbers her days but God and no one will know how many those are but I cannot even put into words how deeply this gift resonates in my soul. I will pour her full of kisses tomorrow for sure!
* God is the one that has to be strong tomorrow, not me. In my own power I could not do any of tomorrow, not buckle Georgia into her car seat, not kiss her very worried siblings goodbye, not check her in, hand her off or let anyone touch her sweet little body. But it is not my job to be strong enough. It is my job to be real, to surrender my heart, my fears and my daughter to the One who made her perfectly.
I do have specific prayer requests. What they are doing is going in through her artery (in her leg) and then up into her heart to "open up her pulmonary valve" in hopes that creating better blood flow to her lungs that will allow her to grow and run and play better. Oh how I long for her to play unfettered by a struggling heart!
Would you pray for:
* The anesthesia. This sounds strange but the anesthesiologist called us tonight and talked for awhile. Basically, because of her Tetralogy of Fallot (even though it has been repaired) she is at a greater risk for having issues while under anesthesia. She said there will be a special team there and special tools & medications to help "pull her out" if she starts to throw them for a loop.
* Her surgery starts at 11am and is planned to take 3-4 hours, then she has 6-8 hours of recovery.
* For the cath lab tools. These tools must weave inside her artery very delicately all the way up and into her heart, there is very little room for error. Please pray that they go precisely where they are supposed to go. A friend prayed for us today and asked God to use His angels to guide the tools. I had never though that angels can be microscopic but God is God and He could do that!
* That they would be able to perfectly open her pulomnary valve, that the dacron flaps would work perfectly and if there are any other issues going on, that they would see them and be able to fix them.
* For recovery! Oh I cannot wait to get to this point! Because she is a Tet patient and has been struggling, there is a higher risk that her heart will struggle after the surgery. Would you pray for perfect rhythms and pressures?
* Also for recovery...my little pumpkin who does not sit still for more than a minute, who loves to crawl around as a kitty, jump off furniture as a frog and kick her legs in the air as a horsie has to lay flat for 6-8 hours after surgery. She then needs to "lay low" for a few days at home...please pray that she will somehow know that she needs to do this.
* For peace for all of us. I would be lying if I said that we were not battling with fear. We are. There is no getting around the fact that someone is putting tools into and doing things in my daughter's heart tomorrow. Also, Ravenna and Parker are worried about Georgia, Parker especially. He and I talked for a long time in his bed tonight, those big earnest eyes tearing up in fear of his little sister hurting. He wanted to know all of the specifics and what they would do and why. They are going to school as usual with grandma dropping them off and picking them up. Would you pray that they would be sweetly cared for by their friends and teachers?
We are bringin a computer and hopefully will be able to update during the day.
Thank you again for praying for my little girlie...it means the world to all of us!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.