Ryder Amelia, Uncategorized


Ryder is doing so well, it is just amazing. After so many friends and family helped spread the word about her surgery, we had literally thousands of prayers going up for Ryder. We have been so touched and blessed by all of them.

And today I want to talk about the miracles that have happened because of YOUR prayers.

Weight gain: When we were admitted into the hospital 10 days ago, our goal was to gain as much as possible to make her strong for surgery. Her starting weight was 9 lbs even, and today she weighs just over 10 lbs. AMAZING! We did not expect this sort of weight gain so fast – even the doctors have been impressed. And I say, of course its impressive- God orchestrated this weight gain!

Recovery: It is just crazy how fast Ryder is recovering. Because she was completely healthy other than her heart, she has bounced back SO quickly. Just four days ago she was undergoing open heart surgery, and tomorrow we will be released from the hospital! How insane is that?! Nothing short of a miracle because of YOUR prayers!

Biggest miracle of all- EATING: As some of you recall me saying, it would take Ryder around 2 hours to eat just 2 ounces of milk. It was exhausting, heartbreaking, and such a burden on our own hearts. She was burning more calories eating than she could take in- even with the higher calorie formula. Well, my friends, I have some wonderful news to tell you! Ryder is drinking 3 ounces in 10-15 MINUTES!!! How GREAT is our GOD?! We were told it could take a couple of weeks for her to be strong enough to eat “normally” and literally the first bottle she could have after surgery she sucked down in five minutes. Since then she has done so great every time.

So, once again, I am humbly saying THANK YOU to all of you who prayed. Its because of YOUR prayers and our awesome God she is literally a different baby over night. It gives me chills just thinking about everyone pleading for prayers and asking God to heal our little girl.

Of course, we still have a road of recovery to come with lots of doctors appointments and special instructions (no picking up under the armpits, no leaving her in the nursery for at least 6 wks, avoiding large crowds except from the occasional outing, pulling Rory from MDO so she doesn’t bring anything home, etc) but the worst of this is over and we are just so blessed.

Enjoy some pictures from the past couple of days and see for yourself how much better our baby looks and feels!


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15 thoughts on “miracles

  1. Amazing Grace how sweet the look on this baby’s face! The change is so evident you can literally see the difference. I am overwhelmed each time I see her picture. I am so proud of you for the way you and Andy have endured this extreme challenge. God is so good all the time!!!

  2. God sure is amazing. I am so happy to see Ryder doing so well. Thank you Lord for all of your blessings on us. I was born early 2 months early and my parents were told I would not make it and to plan for the funeral. God had other plans. Everyone starting praying and God healed me and I’m still here 35 years later. I really believe that I’m a Christian today because of all the prayers that everyone prayed for me. Thank you for sharing your story and allowing us to be a part of the miracle that God has done this week in Ryder. :o)

  3. She looks like a different baby! πŸ™‚ We were talking about you guys in Sunday school this morning, and saying how great it is that you’ll be going home tomorrow.

  4. Beautiful smile!! God’ love so amazing and spoken in such a miracle for our little Ryder. 10 years ago today the surgeon was sewing up my heart and people were praying and He worked a miracle in my life. He is so good!! So thankful and so proud of you and Andy and your testimony in faith!!

  5. Praising God for this mighty work in Ryder’s life! God is great and mighty! Thankful for this amazing healing in Ryder’s little life. God has great plans for her. He has given your family a mighty testimony and I know you will continue to use it to encourage and minister to others.

  6. Hi! I am grandma to another “Harris” baby that is scheduled for heart surgery on Thursday. It is a comfort to see how how well Ryder is doing so shortly after surgery.
    Thank you for sharing! God bless you!

  7. I have been praising God for this miracle. God is so good. I hope and pray that Ryder continues to have a great recovery. She is truly a miracle and I know that she will grow up to do great things. We love ya’ll and miss ya’ll so much.

  8. PTL! She looks wonderful…so happy and healthy looking. God has truly been with her throughout this ordeal. What miracle! I will continue to pray for her and all of you.

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