Happy Birthday Evie!

Evie after 1 year...God is so good!
Evie after 1 year…God is so good!

Today is Evie’s first birthday! When I think of how far she’s come and the milestones she’s had it amazes me. God has truly provided many miracles already in her short life.

Last Sunday our pastor was speaking about prayer and asked to video Mom & Dad giving their testimony of Evie. You can watch the video here.

I also put together a slideshow of pictures that you can view here.

Eating Birthday Cake
Eating Birthday Cake

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

-Jeremiah 29:11

-The Farming Daughter

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8 Months!

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Today is exactly 8 months since my miracle little sister came into the world. Ever since then has been a blessing from God as I’ve watched her grow healthier and stronger day by day. We never expected all the scary conditions Evie would have when she was born, but neither did we realize the deep impact she would have on others as an incredible witness of God’s love and faithfulness.

My aunt put together a beautiful little video I thought you might all like to see. Click here to watch it.

Today I pray that no matter the circumstances or trials you’re in that you’ll remember He is always with you.

If you don’t know Evie’s story yet you can read it here

 

-The Farming Daughter

Finally Home!

 

“But Jesus said, ‘No, go home to your friends, and tell them what wonderful things the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.’ “

-Mark 5:19

During the beginning it sometimes felt like this day would never come, but during the past 6 weeks God’s faithfulness has never failed. Today I am happy to announce that Evie is finally home!

Evie in her carseat, ready for the ride home
Evie in her carseat, ready for the ride home
Obviously the carseat doesn't faze her very much...
Obviously the carseat doesn’t faze her very much…

the wonderful people who cared for Evie in the hospital
the wonderful people who cared for Evie in the hospital
Nurse Judy wheeling Evie down to the car
Judy wheeling Evie down to the car
She's home!
She’s home!

Evie Update

Just wanted to let you all know that Evie is doing really good today. She definitely is a strong fighter! My dad says she has “Evie-tude”! 🙂 Last night she was a naughty girl and pulled her feeding tube out. As long as she keeps eating this can actually be a good thing because that means she’s eating totally from a bottle or Mom! Here’s a couple pictures of Evie, completely “tube free” (no ventilator, cannula, IVs or feeding tube!!), and a picture collage that my aunt put together. If you would like to visit Evie’s Facebook page, just click on the link here.

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Evie tube free!
Evie tube free!
Isn't she precious?! photo courtesy Aunt Bec
Isn’t she precious?!
photo courtesy Aunt Bec

picture courtesy of Aunt Abby
picture courtesy of Aunt Abby

Evangelene

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Hello dear readers! Most of you know about the crazy journey my family has been on since February 25th. The last time I posted here feels like a lifetime ago! Since things are finally slowing down a little, I finally have some time to write about what’s going on.

For those of you who don’t know, my sweet sister Evangelene is a very special baby. She was born with a right sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. CDH is a birth defect that occurs in about 1 in every 2,500 babies. It pretty much means the baby has a hole in its diaphragm. Your diaphragm is a special membrane that separates your organs and chest cavity. Since Evie was born with a hole in her diaphragm some of her organs  were up pressing on her lungs.

When she was first born the doctors realized something was wrong when she wouldn’t start breathing. She had to be intubated (put on a ventilator) and rushed to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. What followed was a very scary time to say the least!

On Friday, March 1st Evie had surgery to try and correct the CDH. The doctors hoped to put her intestines back down where they belonged and sew up the hole in her diaphragm. What they discovered was that Evie was more unique then they thought. Not only did she have CDH, but she also had Hepatic Pulmonary Fusion, making her  1 of only 8 babies in the world! Hepatic Pulmonary Fusion means that Evie’s liver was also up in her chest cavity and was joined to her lung.

Although Evie may be classified as having a “defect” it is obvious that she is a perfect baby girl and God is holding her right in the palm of His hand. It’s weird, even though I would never wish for the road my family has been on, I am also grateful for the many blessings God has given us in this hard time. The love and prayers of our family, church and friends has been incredible! The flow of meals and offers of service has been amazing. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for and been there for us!

Through this difficult time God has been so good! Evie’s liver is still joined to her lung, but it was discovered that each organ has its own separate blood vessels. This means they may be able to be separated at some point. Evie is no longer getting help from the ventilator or nasal canula, and is completely breathing on her own. Her feeding tube is only being used at night, during the day my mom is able to feed her. She no longer has any needles, IV’s or PICC lines poking her! All my family can say is glory and thanks be to God for His faithfulness and protection!

Evie during the first week
Evie during the first week

Evie awake 3-8-13

March 10th, a joyful day, Mom holding Evie for the 1st time!
March 10th, a joyful day, Mom holding Evie for the 1st time!

Evie swaddled

Evie with only the nasal canula for breathing!
Evie with only the nasal canula for breathing!
On April 1st I got to hold her for the 1st time!
On April 1st I got to hold her for the 1st time!
Visiting Evie
Proud Momma, Granny, and Big Brother
Bottle feeding yesterday
Bottle feeding yesterday
my precious wide eyed miracle
my precious wide eyed miracle

 

Evie continues to wow everyone who comes in contact with her. Thank you for your continued support and prayers! If you would like more timely updates about her progress you can check out her Facebook page: For the Love of Evie.