This is life, lately.

  1. Ah, that hair! The love! I don't know you but I think of you often. Truly enjoyed your post, always love getting the back-story, even though it doesn't matter. You have such perspective and peace! xoxo

  2. Praying for you and your family! If you ever need a sitter for Beckham, let me know! 🙂

  3. Cara Carroll says:

    You, my friend, are inspiring in so many ways. Your vulnerability, your open heart, and the way you love your family are just a few of the things I love about you the most 🙂 Praying for your sweet girl and for some sense of normalcy to return to your family, soon! Love you!

  4. Lauren Shirk says:

    I am praying for you and your family. Thank you for being so transparent and sharing your stories and your life with us. Christ shines through every single post!

    A Teachable Teacher

  5. Sam Kelly says:

    Hi Abby. Chalk me up as another teacher blogger with a medically complex and fragile child. My baby was born 8 months ago and she is absolutely perfect. Buuuttt she only has half a heart. We've spent 7 of her 8 months in the hospital. She has had 2 open heart surgeries… 4 cardiac arrests… 2 runs of ECMO (complete life support) and 3 months on a ventilator. In our time in the ICU, we have seen several babies develop NEC. Sawyer had medical NEC for a short time, treated with antibiotics. Our neighbor, who we grew very close to, passed VERY quickly from NEC. It seemed to have developed overnight! He was "critically stable" one second, then the next morning, his bowel perforated, and within hours, he was gone. I understand what you mean when you discuss the confines of a hospital room. Sawyer is my first child, and this is all I know of motherhood.. tubes, wires, central lines, and the oh so careful balance of electrolytes! I'm so glad Faith will be returning home with you soon, but also understand that at a moment's notice, you could be right back at the hospital. Being a mother to a medically complex child comes with its own set of fears and anxieties, but it also comes with MANY celebrations and a true and deep appreciation for every breath.

  6. Abby, the Lord shines so brightly through your heart! Thank you for being so honest and transparent-life can be hard and messy. So thankful for a God who is faithful and unchanging! Praying He continues to sustain, bring fresh hope and strength, healing for Faith, and a return home soon!

    Sending big hugs and lots of prayers your way!

  7. Poor Faith – it does not look like she feels well. What a blessing for her to have two loving parents by her side supporting her and a big brother who clearly adores her! The best part is God already has plans written for Faith and we just have to walk in that trust. Please know I am praying for your precious family.

  8. Not even sure what to write, except that the path will be bumpy and full of detours…but it looks like you are following God's path so you will never be alone. I believe God knew Faith needed you for her parents and that Becks could totally handle being the caring big brother. I'll never forget the post where you accidentally pulled out Faith's line and Becks was the one with the comforting words. Although your normal would break most of us, it looks like God chose you all because of your love and faith in him. I can't wait to see what beautiful plans he has in store for your sweet family…it will be a good good life!

  9. Oh Abby! How did I miss this?! You are one strong mama and I pray I can be half as strong as you as we prepare for our hospital stay with Rae next month. Praying you can go home soon and try to get as back to normal as possible!!

  10. Tiffany says:

    Sooooooooo many (((((( HUGS ))))))) and prayers your way for you and your family.

  11. Wendy says:

    Abby and Brendan,

    I admire your strength as parents and a couple. To be thoroughly devoted to a child with ongoing medical needs as a little one ( like me with colds/ER runs)is a daunting task. I pray for B and wish him to find extra joy in play dates with others, and consistency at school. Perhaps visiting with Faith on Facetime or Skype or reading her a story on it would give him comfort as well.

    Many prayers,

    Ms. D's Literacy Lab

  12. Abby-

    You may think you've given up on teaching but your blog and your products continue to inspire me every day! Also, if it's any consolation-my boyfriend was born three months premature with the similar issues to Faith's (removing larges portions of his intestine through surgery after surgery, living in the hospital, short gut syndrome, iv's at home-you name it!) and he has completely recovered and is living a happy and healthy life every day! I hope this provides a little light in your life and just know we are all thinking about you and your little one!!!!

    Jenna Stuckert, Stuck On Teaching

  13. Sarah Paul says:

    Sending prayers and hugs Abby!

  14. You were chosen by God for this wonderful little girl. My grandson was born with special needs I see the extra work it puts on moms and their families but God knew what He was doing when you and my daughter were given your special little ones. You were chosen because of the love you could give them. They are blessed to have you as parents and you are blessed to have them as children. Follow my daughter on her blog.

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  16. Jeanne says:

    Prayers for Faith, you, Brandon, and Becks! I know that your "faith" has sustained you through all the trials this past year. Your story has touched so many and I believe that by sharing the prayers for you have been a million times improved! Thanks for sharing your innermost thoughts. It is a new day and we will continue to pray!

  17. I'm from Cincinnati and the Children's Hospital can't be beat! Best wishes to you and your family. Faith is one lucky baby to have you for a mommy!

  18. Bridget S says:

    Faith is so lucky to have you as parents! The title of your blog, "Inspired Apple" is true in so many ways…parenting, family, and teaching!

  19. Jodi says:

    You are truly an inspiration! You and your husband were chosen to be the best parent's possible for Faith. I cannot even imagine the amount of stress that you have faced in the past couple of years. You are always in my thoughts and prayer! Love ya!

  20. I love this post. It takes special mommas to take care of special needs children. I pinch myself everyday to see if God really did pick me. What trust he has in us! Praying for you sweet friend.

  21. tammy590 says:

    I so appreciate your honesty and that you shared your story with us. You are a beautiful family and I admire your faith. Prayers for you all that your lives will always be happy, healthy and "as normal as normal can be!"

  22. Michelle says:

    Just now seeing this. You are such a strong mama. Love and prayers!

  23. Mrs. Lewis says:

    I just wanted to let you know that we will be praying for your family! Although our situations are different, I too know the medically mommy life as our son was born with half a heart. We've don't whe surgeries, ECMO, tpn, feeding tubes, hospital says, etc etc! It's a tough tough life, but looking back now someone we did it! We found the power of prayer to be incredible!!! God gave us strength and comfort in times we didn't know which end was up! We will continue to pray for your family has your little princess as she recovers. Thank you for sharing your story! Sending you prayers and hugs!

  24. Mrs. Mack says:

    I have always been so impressed and in awe by your strength and grace. Love to you all.

  25. Hi Abby, this is such an amazing and heartfelt post. I feel terrible because I emailed you the other day and didn't realize all of this was going on- I am sorry for bothering you! So, so many prayers going out to Faith and your family. You are an inspiration to so many both in the teaching field and to parents everywhere. Love and prayers!

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