It’s been 22 years today since my aorta dissected. (read the story here and here) At the time, I just prayed I would be able to live long enough to raise my babies, who were 4yrs old (going on 5) and 10 months old at that time. 8 days ago my 2nd grandson was born and as I held him I reflected on that desire and felt such gratitude for these past 22 years. I also once again prayed for more years--for the chance to grow old and experience more adventures with my husband, more moments of connection with those I love, more opportunities to serve, learn, grow, laugh, and even cry...just to live. Each year is a gift, each day is a gift (even the really hard, sucky days).
My daughter, Kayla, and grandson, Kayden, painted this for my Christmas gift. Kayla wasn't aware that Isaiah 46:4 is one of my favorite Bible verses. It's actually the verse that comes to mind through every health challenge, every time I feel like "I can't" do this anymore, that navigating all of this is too hard. The full verse says "Even to your old age and gray hairs
No matter what is happening, no matter how bleak or hopeless things seem, my goal (and I really hope you'll join me in this when it comes to challenges in your own life) is to keep myself aware of the presence of the one who says, "I am he who will...."