So much has happened in the last few weeks that I have felt like a hamster on a spinning wheel that continues to move faster and faster with no break in the momentum whatsoever. Noelle seems to be changing hourly at times, and the early indications of warmer weather have allowed us to begin easing out of our six month lock down period. But I will save all those details for a post in the near future since today marks yet another one year anniversary for our little family. We seem to have a lot of these, but they are significant to us and some more than others. Today is one of those more significant days, since April 2nd marks the anniversary of the day on which we brought Noelle home from the NICU after 117 days of a roller coaster journey unlike anything else I have ever experienced. Milestones like this are important to our family, not just because of how far we have come, but because we want to remember how far God has brought us and from where He brought us. I can remember that day as if it were today. It was an emotional, bittersweet time as we packed up our little space in the NICU…a space which had really become our home for many weeks. We said many “see-you-laters” (I don’t do goodbyes) to our NICU family and passed through the double doors for the last time as “residents.” For the first time, we took our nearly four month old baby on a car ride to the place we called our home. At this time last year, we were settling in with a 3lb. 8oz. baby on full time oxygen and monitors; and for a few hours, we were oblivious to the stress of what we had just undertaken , simply basking in the reality that we were indeed home. Home, with our precious girl in our arms. I will never forget that day. Today, our family looks a little different. The tiny, 3lb. 8oz. baby has gained nearly 10lbs, now weighing 13lbs. 6oz. She has continued in her endeavor to add gray hairs to our heads throughout this past year, but she also is persistent in making our smiles and laughter grow each day. We still have challenges to overcome in this journey; but God has been so faithful to sustain us, and we know He will continue to provide the grace and strength we need for the task ahead. So today, we look back with grateful hearts and give thanks to God for another precious milestone reached. This one is pure joy.
The Day We Came Home….
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