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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Big Day

Hello Everyone, Ann here, Amy's twin sister. I will be keeping you posted through the day tomorrow until things calm down and Amy can resume with her hilarious blogs and Ella updates that we have all come to love. Amy and Rick checked in to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children today at noon. They have been busy all afternoon with pre-op things. The surgery is scheduled for 8:30 tomorrow morning, August 19th. I will keep you posted as I receive updates (assuming that I will have wireless at the hospital). Thank you all for being such great supporters of Amy and Rick and Eva and Ella. Your prayers are needed more than ever to cover these next few days, especially tomorrow.

Amy and Rick, we love you so much. There are so many of us lifting up your sweet Ella in prayer to our Heavenly Father, who walks with us through difficult times, who is going before us, and who, above all, is faithful. God bless you with peace and comfort tonight and strength for tomorrow. We all love you very much.

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Amy here. It's about 9:45 pm and I'm sitting here in our hospital room watching sweet Ella sleep. It's been a long day meeting with different doctors and taking care of so many things to prepare for surgery tomorrow. I can't believe this day is finally here. I'm thankful but at the same time I don't know if I'm ready for this. I cried most of the way to the hospital, cried walking into the hospital, cried in the waiting room during the admission process and so on. It's cool though. Been very emotional this week and had some hard moments in getting ready for all of this that have brought me to my knees in tears. I think this is just the human side of things because at the same time in my heart I hear the Lord speaking loud and clear, "Amy, I know you don't want to do this, but it's ok. I'm taking care of Ella and she is going to be fine." He is so faithful.

Thank you all SO much for all of your sweet cards this week and for the phone calls and texts. We have the best support system and could not do this without such amazing family and friends. Thank you for committing to praying for Ella. We have been so encouraged by your words and how you are helping carry this burden for us. Thank you! Keep the prayers coming! Tomorrow will be a long, hard day. They are expecting surgery to last 6+ hours possibly. Yeah, I already asked...they don't give sedatives to the parents. Son of a gun. Check in tomorrow for updates. Sorry I don't have any pictures to post but it's dark in here and am too tired to try to dig out my computer cord to upload pics. I'll do better later. Love to all! Pray hard!!!

21 comments:

Brooks Inc. said...

Amy and Rick...Tony and I are on our knees together often praying for each of you. We are praying for each surgeon, each nurse as they prepare for tomorrow...We are praying over detail that comes to mind! We love you so...May you feel the Lord's Presence at every turn. We will not cease in our prayers!

Love you

Becky

(thanks sweet Ann for the updates, praying for you as well!

Kedra said...

we are praying for a successful day tomorrow! I know the Lord is with you- He is hearing all of our prayers and He will give you strength! Love you!

Jennifer K said...

We will join others in praying for everyone involved in this Big Day. Thanks for the updates, Ann!

Randi Freeby said...

You guys have been on my heart heavily lately. Freeby and I, too, are praying for each person involved and for a peace for your sweet family. I will be checking for updates and praying constantly tomorrow. We can't go through this for you but, know that we are walking with you.

Kacy said...

Lots of love and prayers being sent your way from Tucson. I don't think I could say it better than Ann did: "lifting up your sweet Ella in prayer to our Heavenly Father, who walks with us through difficult times, who is going before us, and who, above all, is faithful. God bless you with peace and comfort tonight and strength for tomorrow."

Jennifer said...

Carder Family --

We're praying for you guys and for each surgeon and person involved tomorrow. We pray for God's peace and His Spirit on your family tomorrow and in the days to come.

Kendra said...

The Lord put your family on my heart HARD this afternoon...now I know why. I didn't have the date marked down (should have, but didn't) but know that I'm praying HARD tonight and tomorrow..and in the days to come. God is good - I pray you can feel His presence and His peace over you tomorrow. Love you both.

LYN said...

Yes, we're in prayer....constantly.

Courtney said...

Praying tonight for all of you! Love you, Carders!

Jodi said...

Thank you Ann!!!!! ;)

Carders, praying like a madwoman tonight and tomorrow... and the days after. I am SO thankful for a wonderful Father who already knows your tomorrow and has taken care of it!!! I just love that little Ella to PIECES.... and I am honored to pray for her and for you. May He grant her strength and comfort physically, grant you both strength and comfort emotionally, and may peace just overcome you in ways beyond all understanding. LOVE y'all! PRAYING!

Ashley said...

Love you guys and praying!

Summer said...

Thanks for the update, Ann. We are praying tonight for peace and rest, and for all of the details of tomorrow. Love you guys.

Alicia said...

We are praying for a successful surgery tomorrow and for peace and strength for you and your husband.

Kacy said...

As I pray for all of you tonight, I am repeatedly drawn to concentrate on your sweet baby girl's name - Ella Hope. "May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you." Psalm 33:22

Nancy Giurlanda said...

You are all in my thoughts and in my heart especially sweet Ella. I love you all very, very much and I am praying very hard today for all of you.

Thank you Ann for keeping us updated, I will be checking constantly and praying every minute today.

I love you all.

Derek said...

So i get to work, check the emails and check my Google reader to see an updated blog from you guys. Look down at the clock and its 8:30. Coincidence, i think not. Praying for you guys!

Derek

Specks said...

I just can't stop thinking about you guys and praying for total peace, a flawless surgery, and a quick recovery with NO complications. We love you so dearly and love that beautiful little girl so very much! I'll be checking in all day....what a bummer that they don't give the parents sedatives as well (we asked several times too :)). Love you!

Anonymous said...

Love you love you love you.
Prayers and love to you.
Christiana and Neva

Anonymous said...

You know we're praying.

Jess and girls

Susan @ Blessed Assurances said...

Rick and Amy,

I came across a story from Ruth Bell Graham that is worth sharing with you now. As a child, her family was missionaries in China during a time of major political upheaval. You can imagine the danger they faced during this time and how scared they must have been. One night as they lay in a dugout, not sure if they would see the light of day, they started to count the truths of God in times of trouble.

"We were counting over our defenses...overhead are the oversadowing wings (Psalms 91:4) underneath are the everlasting arms (Deut 33:27) all around "the angel of the Lord encamps around them that fear Him and delivers them (Psalms 34:7) inside, there is peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7) They will keep in perfect peace, whose mind is steadfast because he trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3)

I thought of this story as I prayed for your family and hope it is a comfort to you guys as you wait for the surgery to finish and the weeks ahead
Praying without ceasing--

Susan (Johnson) Young

Sweets said...

On our knees for you guys! It's good to know God loves Ella even more than we do! We trust her to Him. We trust you to Him. You are our friends & we love you!
Blessings dear ones!
Sharon