OH what a wonderful, much looked forward to day!
My daughter, my heart-healthy, ALIVE daughter… is playing in her jumperoo… in a cute pink dress to match her newly pink skin, playing with one of her older sisters.
It’s an answer to prayer, to put it mildly. We’ve prayed for this day for a LONG TIME.
As most of you know, there have been many many times in the past year when we wondered if she would make it, including the 4 times they did emergency CPR… and the 3 months we waited for a heart, watching her get a little worse everyday, unsure if we would get one in time. 
But while we celebrate today, my thoughts are going to a family out there who is enduring my biggest fear. The lost of their little baby 3 1/2 months ago.
They won’t be celebrating another birthday with their child. I can only imagine their feelings, their questions of “why” this happened and “why” God didn’t interveen on their behalf.
*sigh* I really don’t have an answer to that. I don’t think God allowed their baby to die so mine could live. I think God allowed something wonderful and good to come out of a very sad situation though.
And I know, beyond a doubt, that even though cruddy things happen in this world, God is still BIG, and He is still on his throne, and He still loves us like crazy.
So on Annabelle’s birthday, we ask that in your prayers and praises for our Annabelle, that you include the family that lost someone oh-so-precious in your prayers too. That God would surround them with His love and peace and grace. That the fact that a little girl lived to see her first birthday because of their gift of life (which organ donation basically is!) would help in the healing process, as well as the fact that their little one’s heart beats on in another.
If you haven’t seen her birthday party pictures yet… I posted them in yesterday’s post!
Will post her REAL birthday pictures from today in the next day or so!!!


  1. Happy Birthday, Annabelle! Great news. And yes, I'll absolutely be lifting up and agreeing in prayer with you for the family who lost their baby.

  2. Happy Birthday to a very precious wee gal! You all continue to be in our prayers, as well as those whose loss made Annabelle's recovery possible.

  3. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Annabelleeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! Happy birthday to youuuuuuu!!


  4. Happy Birthday to a beautiful little princess! You have been an inspiration to many over your first year, and I'm sure that God has big plans in store for you. *hugs and kisses*

  5. Happy Birthday Annabelle! Can't wait to see pictures! 😀

  6. Happy Birthday, precious one! And warm prayers for the family of the one whose heart beats for Anabelle now. God bless. =)

  7. Happy Birthday Annabelle!!!

  8. Happy Birthday, Annabelle! So happy that she has reached this milestone. Will definitely pray for the family who gave you such a precious gift as your family also continues to be in my prayers.

  9. Happy Birthday sweet Annabelle!!

  10. Happy Birthday beautiful and ohhhh soooo precious Annabelle!!!!! I was so thrilled today when my teenage son asked me "how is your baby doing?"…I knew immediately he was talking about Annabelle…. I was so excited to get to tell him that TODAY IS HER FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!! Huggggs to you all!!! God is so good!!!

  11. Praise the Lord!!!! And Happy Birthday Annabelle! You look beautiful and we are soooo happy for all of you.


  13. So beautifully put Krista.

    Happy Birthday to your princess and thanks to our amazing God.

    Lifting the donor family in prayer.


  14. Happy birthday Annabelle! I know it was a sweet day for all of you. I am so thankful that I "know" Annabelle and that after all the holidays and family birthdays spent in the hospital that she was HOME for her very first birthday.

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