Isn’t hope an unusual thing? I find it peculiar in so many ways and also absolutely necessary to survive. Life is just bumpy and wild and sometimes completely unpredictable. And when you think life is hard, sometimes something comes along and you think…maybe life wasn’t that hard before. Loosing my mom was crazy hard…still is. It’s a constant battle and I know everyone heals and deals in their own way, but for me it’s been a battle. I choose to fight daily on behalf of myself and my joy and my family. I tell myself a lot…be brave Laura…just be brave.
I have a new obsession with boats and ships and vessels…or whatever you would like to call them…and hearts. Two weeks from today our family will venture out into more uncharted waters. Amon will be having open heart surgery to try and repair a rare heart defect he has. The surgery is estimated at 6 hours long and he’ll be in the hospital around 2 weeks for recovery. I hope you’re ready for some blog posts about hospital food. At this point the doctors have no clue if this will be the only surgery or if there will be more to come…like I said, uncharted waters.
A while back The Reinard Family emailed me and asked if they could send me one of their adoption tees. I do love a good t-shirt, so I was super thrilled about the offer. I had completely forgotten about it until Friday when a package showed up in our mailbox. I was actually pulling out of our driveway and I jumped out to check the mail. I got back in the van and opened the package immediately…I love mail and am pretty impatient when it comes to mail with my name on it I sat right there in our van and had a good hard cry. I love this shirt. I love the verse and the hope that is embedded in the words and I love the little heart balloon. He IS doing a new thing…He IS making a way.
So I am a bit on the nervous side, but I know God went before us throughout our entire process to Amon and I am holding onto BIG hope that He’s just not quite done yet. Sometimes I do want to curl up in the fetal position and cry and rock myself back & forth, but I quickly realize…what good will that do myself, Amon or anyone. So instead we’re taking great joy in the fact that Amon is home and that we have access to amazingly amazing doctors who are going to do their best for our boy. That is truly something to celebrate. And we’re holding onto hope…big, big hope. And if you wouldn’t mind praying just a bit more for Amon, oh how we would so appreciate it.
So two weeks from today we will be starting a new journey…heading out into some new unknowns and braving the high seas, but I feel like our boat is pretty darn strong…and our captain, well, He commands the waves.
Today is definitely a hopeful heart kind of giveaway and up for grabs is this 11×14 Hold Onto Hope canvas and one of the Reinard family tees…winner can choose their shirt size and the canvas and tee will be mailed directly to you.
Here’s how you enter:
Please leave a separate comment on this post for each entry.
Entry #2 Leave a comment…any ole’ hopeful comment will do. Maybe something you are holding onto hope for or a time when you were…or even a hopeful scripture. Surprise me…I love to hear your stories.
Entry #3 Subscribe to PPA to receive posts by email. Check out the right side bar and enter your email address under Email Subscription
Entry #4 Share the giveaway on your personal Facebook status or become a fan of PPA on Facebook HERE
Again, please leave a separate comment on this post for each entry.
Giveaway will end this Friday, August 31st at midnight and I will announce the winner on Saturday. Goodies will be mailed directly to the winner.
Thank you again for all your love and encouragement you have showed our little family. And even more, thank you for the prayers you have prayed on behalf of Amon…”Thank You” really just seems so inadequate.