Heading Home

Minutes before boarding our flight. 
The morning began early with a 9:00 departure from Ellensburg, WA, a town I had heard of LOTS for the past 10 years or so, but never thought I'd visit. With a dear friend recently moving there from WI, we found the four-hour drive quite doable, especially with the vehicle Joel's cousin had lent us. 

We're now sitting in the airport, waiting for our flight home, and finding it hard to believe all that has transpired in the last two weeks. From the emotional roller-coaster of the 6 weeks prior the surgery, to the operation going SO much better than expected, to the near week of Holiday dropped in our laps afterward, we are feeling incredibly blessed. 

Though this journey has been different in many ways than I anticipated, I wouldn't trade what God has taught me through it for anything. Isn't that life, though? It usually isn't until looking back on the other side of a trial that we appreciate it as something from the Lord's hands. It reminds me a bit of a song that I've come to appreciate over the years...

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise
-Laura Story

Mercies in disguise... From point A to Z on this journey, that's exactly what it's been. From the shock, the tears, the disbelief, to the paralyzing fear, what-if's, and heartrending surrender of our most precious treasure, all the way to seeing God's merciful hand so wonderfully intervene in our behalf, it's been a noteworthy journey. Beyond anything, God has impressed upon my heart that He Is Good. All the time. 

We're going home to Manitoba's welcoming, yet frigid embrace, with a perfectly healthy, completely normal little girl. Without showing them the little pink scar on her chest, people hardly believe she had open heart surgery 8 days ago. When we tell people our story, they look at Leana, shake their heads, and say they could never tell. Thank you, Lord! 


  1. With a sweet 8 month old baby of our own, I couldn't help but put myself in your shoes... thank-you for keeping such a positive attitude! My thoughts are with you! Keep looking to Jesus, what a blessing to know that He is in control! BTW, I LOVE this song!! =)


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