August 15, 2010

Dani Visits Abby

A few months ago Dani met Abby at a festival here in town. Abby's mother is a co-worker of mine, so we were sad this week to hear Abby was in the hospital. She's been sick with an unknown intestinal disorder and her mother thought it would cheer Abby to see Dani. Since the children's hospital is familiar stomping grounds for us, Dani happily went bearing gifts and was quite ready to share a little love.

We had sent three Hawaiian leis to Abby a couple of days before our visit, so Dani wore her favorite pink flower lei to the hospital. She loaded her wrists with seven colorful bracelets and I encouraged her to think about giving Abby a few when we arrived. Dani had also picked out a girly gift pack of pink nail polish with two lip glosses and proudly carried her gift bag on her arm through the hospital.

Upon arrival we were greeted by
Abby's wonderful grandmother, Mary.

Dani gave Abby her present
and Abby picked five of her favorite bracelets.
Dani cried when the camera came out,
which is normal for her,
but she was also concerned that Abby had an IV.
She thought it hurt.
Abby was being silly with her favorite doll.
Time to slow down and rest.

The girls said their good byes and
we prayed with Abby and her grandma before leaving.

Please pray for Abby as the doctors attempt to diagnose her rare disorder. Jimmy and I have been where this family is and it's a difficult road. The days are long and the nights even longer. There is nothing like watching your child battle an illness that puzzles the experts as it steals your child. It is an indescribable grief that seems to suspend time.

In the midst of it all, however, we cling to the knowledge that God is good. He never forgets even one of His children. He loves, protects, teaches, and guides us every inch of the way. He has not forgotten Abby or her family and has a special plan for them. Jimmy, Dani, and I feel privileged to lift them up to God during this time and encourage them to the best of our ability. Bringing Dani in for a visit was the least we could do.

"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God."
Isaiah 40:1


Amy E. said...

what a sweet time! the girls are so precious. I will keep Abby and her family in my prayers.

katiegfromtennessee said...

Wow, that is great that Dani could encourage Abby! God used her to show love, that which will last (1 Cor 13:)



Anonymous said...

Abby's family is blessed by yours, Nancy. Bring her back to health, dear Lord.


Cheryl Barker said...

So glad you guys were able to minister to Abby and her family, Nancy. Such a comfort for them to have folks who really understand what they're going through. Praying for them now...

Abba's Girl said...

What a blessing you and Dani are to Abby and her family as well as the Kingdom!