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Does anyone else get butterflies at the sight of a package on your doorstep???
You pull into your driveway and there, perched on top of the doormat is a brown box – a container full of mysterious items from a precious sender.
The perfect recipe to cheer a weary soul.
That is precisely what I found yesterday on our doorstep on Day 23 of our NICU journey.
Day 23 where they discovered the Happy Baby had developed some bizarre virus and would need immediate treatment.
Treatment that is pretty much like chemotherapy and will take a period of 42 days to administer to our tiny baby.
Coming home after such a mind-blowing diagnosis (and the doctors aren’t even sure that the virus is related to his still rapid breathing – ugh), seeing that package was like seeing a giant pool of water in the middle of the blazing hot desert.
A sweet friend had taken the time to send us some goodies and the Lord made sure it arrived at just the right moment.
Want to know what was inside the box (complete with handwritten notes personalizing each happy thing)??(There were actually a few more items – bubbles and crayons, etc. – but the Happy Buddy was so excited about his ‘entertainment’ that items kept disappearing off of the table before I could snap a picture!) This was one of my favorite items in the box as I seem to be (aside from turning to the Lord) turning to chocolate for therapy as we try to get through each day.
If you’re wondering why I haven’t posted in awhile it’s because we are either at the hospital or I am in a chocolate-induced coma.
A friend of ours advised us to find something small everyday that make us happy in order to help us cope – he said even if it meant gaining ten pounds.
So while I am trying to lose the baby weight, my emotions are trumping the desire to get back in my skinny jeans.
So I thank you, sweet friend-who-sent-us-the-box, for including chocolate.
Like I have said before, I cannot thank you all enough for the comments you have left on this blog, on my Facebook page, or in my email inbox. I wish to the starry hosts that I had the time to write each of you back and tell you how much the story you shared, or the Bible verse you typed, or just your thoughtful word to let me know you are praying has encouraged my heart.
Seriously. They have been my lifeline!
I am desperately looking forward to the day when I can post the Happy Baby’s biggest, baddest WELCOME HOME party!
But for now, I am going to be like Noah from the Bible… Climb on the ark and endure the next 42 days of storm because I know there will be a rainbow on the other side.
Please say a prayer that the Happy Baby won’t have any scary side effects from the treatment and that miraculously this drug will work to heal his breathing issues as well.
And while you’re praying, ask Him if there is anyone you could send an Unexpected Blessing Package to today.
“To send a letter (package) is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.” Phyllis Theroux