‘Home’ is…wow. Exciting, busy, stressful, overwhelming, tears and meltdowns, smiles and laughter, but mostly beaming, gleaming, humbled full hearts… God is so good. Among taking the vitals, drawing up meds, preparing feeds, administering meds, and clinic appointments, we get to be a family!! I must say though, that it has honestly been a challenge to make time for just ‘being’ as we are still trying to find our way with everything-Poppy has specific needs that take extra time, which I’m in no way complaining about because it’s so awesome I even get to take care of her…that we even get to have her and get to know her well is such a tremendous blessing, but because of this extra time needed for her medical needs, I’m finding it challenging to fit in the ‘normal’ baby stuff-the just ‘being’- we will get there- we are getting better at it every day.

When we do get to just sit and enjoy each other-it is unbelievable. Brad and I get to soak in the joys of having everyone under one roof..of Crosby embracing Poppy and totally doting over her- it IS the sweetest thing…soo incredible. I know it may not always be this way, but we’ll gladly take it for now πŸ˜‰ Soo special.

Our family together under one roof is surreal- truly a dream come true. Something so special and still I pray I never take it for granted- any of it. This whole finely orchestrated journey has brought me closer than ever to my Savior Jesus, and that is an overwhelming blessing in itself. It is relying on God in a whole new way and I believe nothing short of some life changing event such as this would have gotten me (personally) there… And I thought I relied on God before…And I did, and for that I am so grateful…it’s just different now…and it’s good.

Many times a day, I am humbled at how God is constantly teaching me patience and how being in control is really not everything…because I fail at it….every single time…like that it’s ok to have a house that’s in shambles….it literally makes my skin crawl right now but He’s got me right where He wants me- He’s working on me, that’s for sure…and it’s good…because He’s in control and He does everything best.

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You














15 thoughts on “‘Home’

  1. Poppy!!! You look wonderful! I too have a VP Shunt so we have a little in common πŸ™‚ so proud of how strong you are! Mommy and daddy sure are lucky..blessed parents to have you…..WELCOME HOME POPPY!!

  2. It is ALWAYS so good to find a post of yours! It makes my day as I’m sure it makes many others’ days! How good to hear such wonderful news! Clutter vs, Cuddles – take the cuddles! I’m sure your lives are more than hectic. Take a deep breath and do the important things, like meds, and the rest will take care of itself eventually. Hugs and prayers from the Montana grandma!

  3. So beautiful….all of it…your pictures…your story…your faith in God. Thank you for encouraging me and reminding me what a mighty God I serve….EVERYDAY!!! πŸ™‚

  4. We have all been rooting for Poppy! It is a story that is immense and wonderful! We love to see pictures of Poppy, Crosby and all! It’s so good you can be a family together finally.

  5. This post brightens my day in a way that I really needed. Thank you for reminding me, too, that I don’t always have control.

    My favorite photo is of Crosby snuggling with Poppy. What a wonderful moment to capture.

  6. I feel so honored to have met you yesterday, Poppy! (and Crosby & Christie!) What a precious miracle you are!

  7. I so admire you and your strength…..God bless you both..what is so wonderful about all of this is that you are so aware of God workings in your lives…..and thanking him as everyday approaches…for 2 young people you have been given alot to bear. I always will remember a alittle sentence I read and it applies here…’Life is full of Losses,Cross’s and Crowns….” in this little girl I see a Crown……..everytime I look at her I see a beautiful crown from our Lord jesus resting on that beautiful head of dark hair……God’s love is SO apparent……God’s blessings to all of you….. xoxoxo melodee and max

  8. Wow! So exciting and amazing! Your family looks so happy and your kids are ADORABLE! I love how God shows Himself so brightly already in Poppy’s life. Poppy, you are a trooper! Love from the Wolds in Belgrade, MT! πŸ™‚

  9. I think about you, and pray for you, daily. I have come closer to our Lord through your story. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Poppy and Crosby are both such beautiful children! I can not even come close to comprehending what you have been through, and I pray for strength for you all, of course for poppy, and of course for your husband and your son, but from one mommy to another, I pray for you, Christie. May God bless you all. On the mountain, He will provide. Love and prayers from the Darby family.

  10. I am so Happy and excited for you Brad and Christie! I am so excited that Crosby has his little sister at home! You are all a blessed family! Love Paul and Jodi Schuelke from Belgrade (church hill) Montana!

  11. Sweet baby Poppy. You are a blessing to us all. All that you have gone through in the past few months and still you thrive in spite of it all. May each of us develop your bravery. Praying for strength and guidance for your whole family. Thank you for keeping us updated.

  12. Wow Christi – how glorious to be home – to be altogether – to have this time you weren’t sure would ever come. I thank our Father in heaven for this tremendous gift. And how I pray that He would continue to show you how to rest in Him. I pray He will help us to be like the Israelites who He called to remember – to look back at what He did, how He provided for them in the past and to in turn look to Him for our present and our future. So unbelievably hard to do. But I yearn for it for myself and for you sister. Much love to you beautiful four!

  13. Oh, she looks so good! She’s getting so chubby! πŸ™‚ Love hearing your heart, Christi, and rejoicing with you and your family as you find yourselves under one roof and with the task of learning to just be…what a blessing in disguise! πŸ™‚

  14. I am so happy to hear this and Poppy looks ” AWESOME ” Gods SPEED to heal her. The Lord is so ” AWESOME ” My Prayers are with your whole family i am real emotional rite now, ” GOD IS GOOD ” God Bless You All.

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