As all of you ‘regular readers’ know, it wouldn’t be a complete week without a little photo shoot with at least one of the girls! So yesterday I decided to put a big ole bow on Ryder and get a few.

Because let’s face it- I don’t want to have to remember this time, but its going to be a major part of our life from here on out, so she might as well have some cute pics to remember!

This morning we were woken up so early to get blood work, x-rays, scans, etc. Poor Ryder, because her blood doesn’t circulate properly, doesn’t bleed well so its always a huge ordeal to get even a small amount of blood.

Today I will spend the day praying over Ryder. We will rest and snuggle and I will just pray constantly. A lot of time it seems like my prayers are nothing short of just begging God to protect her.

I said this yesterday, but there are times I think that I’m being dramatic about this surgery. I feel like maybe people think its not a big deal or that I’m making it into something its not. But yesterday I talked to the surgeon and I told him that. He said I was not being dramatic that this is a huge surgery for an adult, much less a baby girl. But in saying that, he has been a pediatric heart surgeon for about 20 years and he said that he does this surgery every day and it will be over soon. He was so nice and so reassuring. Ryder seriously couldn’t be in better hands.

The next week or so will be so hard. Seeing her on life support after the surgery, seeing her not able to move, seeing her with tubes running from everywhere… it will simply be hard. I feel like I have already aged about 20 years or more in the past week. MY heart has hurt so much that I’m starting to think I might need a chest xray soon!

But all that being said… I am filled with a wonderful joy. I am filled with a wonderful peace. The ONLY reason I feel these things is because of Jesus and the power of prayer. God promises us so much- He promises to give peace, He promises to give us rest, He promises to never leave us.

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 NLT

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)

Never in my life have I realized and seen what an amazing community I am in as a Christian. We have people praying from all over the US and even other countries. Thanks to the internet (which can sometimes be such a curse) and the sweetest people on earth, I have been FLOODED with cards, emails, calls, texts, comments on here and on facebook. This has been the hardest and yet most amazing experience of my life. It is all just so surreal. My in real life friends, Amber, Emily D, Emily W and Kristen, have all blogged to ask for prayer. Kelly from Kelly’s Korner did the same. I have people on facebook tagging me in posts to get the word out to pray to their many friends on there. Its just incredible what God can do. He is using blogs and facebook as a platform to show HIS work and HIS love. Amazing!

So, for the last time before the surgery- THANK YOU. I appreciate you all so much. The kind words from strangers encouraging me, the people putting their location on her prayer map, and most of all the prayers. The power of prayer is amazing…. the power of Jesus Christ is indescribable. Thank you all for praying.

Ryder’s surgery is scheduled for 7am tomorrow morning. It will be a 4-6 hour surgery. Pray for Dr. Mendeloff’s hands. Pray for peace. Pray for a quick recovery. And most of all, pray that Ryder’s story touches and encourages people to come to Christ- the true Healer.

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13 comments on “power”

  1. Don’t ever feel bad for worrying too much about your baby! I felt like that when Emma just had her tubes put in her ears, but then I thought, this is MY BABY, if I’m not going to stress out about it, who is? Just know that everyone is thinking and praying for y’all! I’m sure Ryder is in good hands, and I’m glad the surgeon helped calm some of your fears!

  2. I will be praying for your sweet girl – she is so cute! 🙂 My son had surgery a few weeks ago so I totally understand your feelings and I know that God can (and will) sustain you through it! 🙂

  3. I found your blog via Kelly’s Korner and I feel compelled to write something. I started praying and thinking of Ryder last night when I first visited your blog. As the mother of an 18 month old daughter and a 7 month old daughter I can’t begin to tell you how my heart aches for you. I see pictures of Ryder and I just want to go through my computer screen and pick her up and love her, instead I’m loving on my babies extra hard for her. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. It’s a reminder as a parent to love your children like there will be no tomorrow to love them and to thank God for giving them to us.

    I will pray for Ryder to have the strength to make it through this surgery like a champ and to excel at her recovery. I will pray for her surgical team to work their medical magic and keep Ryder safe from undo harm. Lastly, I will pray for you and your family to have peace and comfort during her surgery and for you each to have strength to walk through this journey alongside her.

    Go Ryder, Go!!!

  4. It is a big deal! But Ryder is in a wonderful place with wonderful parents and doctors, nurses caring for her and the Great Physcian has her in His Hands. She is so beautiful and happy what a witness all of you are!! God Bless you I pray you all are filled with peace and know we are praying!!!!!!!!!! What a strong little girl she is, watch out Rory it won’t be long til someone will be chasing you!!

  5. Please know I am praying for Ryder and your entire family! I am one of your mom’s bookkeepers in Jackson. Your mom is such a blessing to us. Again, sending up prayers for all of you!…..Carolyn

  6. Hey Tiff–
    We are praying for Ryder tomorrow! And also for you and Andy…can’t imagine how hard this must be. But oh, how the Lord is good and faithful and near. Praying you feel His nearness so deeply.

  7. God Bless you and your family ! May you be at peace while she is in surgery, the lord takes really good care of these babies ,she will be fine .

  8. Praying for all of you tonight, tomorrow, and in the weeks to come! Praying for strength and healing for Ryder and peace and comfort for you and Andy! God is a good and merciful God and I know that His angels will be surrounding Ryder in that OR and guiding her surgeon’s hands.

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