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Not too long ago, I wrote about Ty, and the origin of the name Tyler.  Allow me to do the same with Madeline (aka Minnie).  Madeline sources from Magdala in Aramaic, or Migdal in Hebrew, and means ‘Great‘ or ‘Tower‘.  Rachel was interested in this name, because it is a family name (I believe there is both one of her most favored cousins, and a second namesake that I can’t recall at the moment).  When I had looked up the meaning, I immediately thought of several verses in the bible that speak about God being our strong tower and refuge.

There is something in a name.  At times, I wonder if God has a name for me that I don’t yet know.  I think God spoke ‘Madeline’ into our minds before she was born.  One of my favorite stories in the bible is about Gideon’s army.  Gideon was a bit unsure of himself and God’s direction, and asked for ‘proof’ that he’d win the war God was asking him to wage.  He wasn’t a general, and his army… should not have won.  When Gideon gathered the army, God told him that it was too big, 32,000 men, and through a series of tests, reduced the army to 300 men.  These 300 unlikely victors went on to conquer and do all that God had told them to do.

When the Psalms and Proverbs talk about ‘a strong tower‘, they are talking about the shelter and safety that can be found in God, high above enemies and the dangers of this world.  Like Gideon’s story, this may not make much sense by all worldly accounts and understanding, but God is bigger than any of that.   Gideon’s army needed to be reduced, so that there would be no doubt that God delivered the victory.  God was glorified in the ‘smallness‘ of Gideon’s army.

Madeline is the the very definition of an unlikely victor.  She was born with a tumor, which we learned was malignant.  Removal of the tumor and the surrounding skeletal material left her in a state of severe scoliosis with her organs being crushed to the point that she struggled to breath and could not eat.  On more than one occasion, we have been told that nothing could be done, and that she should be taken home, and enjoy our time together as she is dying.  By all worldly accounts and understanding, she should not be alive today.  But God is bigger than any of that.

God used modern medicine to keep her alive, and to correct her scoliosis more than was ever hoped.  Ultimately, her spine was fused, because no more correction was possible, and there is considerable risk of it getting worse during adolescence.  So, at 10 years of age, Madeline will no longer gain height in the trunk of her body.  She’s little.  “Fun sized” we say.  Even though we joke, she is a little self-conscious about it.  I hope that she sees that God has been greatly glorified, and will continue to be in her small stature.   She is famous in most all grades at her K-12 school, and at church.  She’s known for being kind, loving, loyal, and… safe.  Your fears and your hopes are safely shared with her.  She judges bad grammar and swearing, but even then lets you know that you are forgiven and loved regardless of your bad language or bad grammar (trust me, she’s heard both from me.)  She stands apart like a tower.  She reflects God’s love to any and all that she meets.

She may be small, but it is clear that the love, long suffering, kindness, humility, consideration, selflessness, and purity are big, and from a substantial Source.

An unlikely victor, but a victor nonetheless.  I can help but think “Praise be to God” each time I see her.

Madeline is a good name, not exactly what I had imagined, but better.  I hope that she will learn this truth as well.  Different from the world, not exactly what people expect, but better.

 

 

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

httpv://youtu.be/JA1I6ALAh_A

 

One of the best things about having tween aged kids is the fact that they know that Daddy is Santa. They will still “pretend” for Mommy. I love that they are still young enough to amuse me and sing silly  songs. I really love this age. I am sure you will enjoy their rendition of ‘Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’, and if you don’t enjoy it, then please “pretend” for the  sake of their Mommy!

Merry Christmas….

Life does not get much better than this!

We are so thankful to the Lord, We  know that it is only by his grace that Minnie is healing and where she is today. Jesus is The Great Physician and He had the ultimate intervention that has brought her little body from… Not walking to… walking… from bent to straight… from unable to digest food to being able to digest food… from not able to breath on her own to able to breath. She is a product of the Lord, a miraculous work. He has used many men and women… Thankful men and women that have been skillfully trained. But I believe that the Lord has given each one of those men and women a gift.

By now the word has spread through the grape vine that us girls have made it home! And it was not an April fools day prank… all though it was the best day EVER! And I will never ever forget going home on the first of April. Thinking back in time, to 10 years ago… April first is when my sister in law Casey and I thought it would be best to BOTH brake the news to our mother-in law that we were both expecting the girls. So I am claiming April first to now be a day of happiness and truth! Not of fooling or joking!

So we are home… Now what? Minnie has been to the doctor already! Yes, no rest for the wicked or weary. Our pediatrician feels it would benefit her to do home bound study for the rest of the school year. Why? You wonder? She feels Minnie has not been exposed to the germs in school this year, along with the fact that any infection or temp that she does get will give her a ticket back to the hospital because it is an unknown  …. source. (We wouldn’t know if it was a normal kid fever, or a infected rod fever that requires the hardware in her back to be removed) Really I feel like I am taking something away from her by not sending her back to school, but I feel even stronger that if she got put back in the hospital we might all go crazy so we might as well play it safe.

I can not tell you how good it is to be home. I am sorry it has taken me so long to post. I have so much to say, nothing I write feels adequate to the relief and joy I feel. I feel like I should have words flowing from me to describe how I feel but right now I am so tired. I got home and wrapped myself with Josh and finally just cried and cried, and then I cleaned and cleaned and I have slept and slept. I think I might have to do that over and over. I watched my son play football! And I cooked dinner for my family, but much more than that is making my head spin. I feel like such a drama queen and I hate that. I will sure try and get over myself soon, y’all know how I hate drama.

All in all every one is doing amazing. Minnie is eating… Ty is playing football for his mama! and Josh and I are back to holden’ on to each other! Life just does not get much better than this. I am working on a slide show so if you are waiting to see some pictures it won’t be much longer.

Please keep praying for us… it is going to be a long healing process for Minnie and the chance for infection of her rods is a big concern.

Guess What!!! My son scored hid first touch down on Saturday! I did not miss it!!!! Thank God for the Bigs things!

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