I still remember the phone call. July 28th at around 3 in the morning.

“Mrs Phillips? I’m sorry to have to call, but needed to let you know that Annabelle has become severely decompensated. We are doing CPR right now and are calling in the surgeon.”

I still shake a little when I remember being in the sleep room at Vanderbilt Children’s and hearing that phone ring, digesting those terrifying words. I remember screaming, waking my husband who was still asleep, and shaking as I fell on my knees and begged God to save our baby Annabelle.

We’ve come a long way since that point.

And ten months and five days after her birth, we are finally going home today. FOR SURE. Her numbers this morning weren’t perfect, but they were better!

So many people have asked me lately, or said to me, “I don’t know how you’ve done it. You must be SO strong.”

I have a few things to say to that:

1.) 2 Corinithians 12:9 NIV – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  

God’s strength is made perfect in MY weakness. Never, ever, ever, will I boast to be strong enough to handle this. I have not been. I have fallen to the ground so many times when I’ve tried to go it alone, so the strength you see is not me, but is Christ living in me, pure and simple. Krista, without God, would have taken up smoking and been on some powerful drug!

2.) You do what you have to do. One day. At a time. If you are faced with something huge to go through, you can’t conquer it all. You just can’t. And God won’t give you this massive, elephant-sized strength to get through it. He gives you strength each day, each morning, to get through that day. He promises no more, no less. If you’re looking for strength for tomorrow, you’ll be overwhelmed and out of luck.

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)- But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 33:2 (NIV)- LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

Matthew 6:34 (NLT)- So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

We are headed home sometime this afternoon. Unsure of a time, but will post pictures probably tomorrow if I can.

Your continued prayers as we make this transition to home are so very appreciated.

And with that, please join us in dancing at heavens doors with loud praises on Annabelle’s behalf. Because we serve a good and faithful God.

No matter what we go through, even if the outcome isn’t something we would prefer…

God is ALWAYS good. All the time.



  1. I am so happy for you all. This is such an answer to prayers and a beautiful post. I will be praying for you guys.

  2. Celebrating. Praying. Wishing I could hug ALL of you! Woohoo!

  3. Celebrating with and praying for y'all!!

  4. I can't wait for the next blog post from your HOME!

  5. Happy for you and your family as you begin this new phase in your lives together. Praying for all of you as you make the many, many adjustments going forward.

  6. I am so happy for you and your family! I teach in an elementary school in the south and my class really enjoys looking at Annabelle's pics! They will be so excited to hear that she is going home today! I will continue to pray for you and your family as you make this miraculous transition!

  7. crying happy tears for you and your sweet baby!!! heart hugs

  8. Your post is so beautiful.
    Lord, Thank you for sending Annabelle on her way home today. Be with her and her family as they adjust to life at home. Give them strength and patience and be with every day.Amen
    All the best,

  9. You're so right. God is so good, whatever He brings.

    But we're so very excited to know He's bringing Annabelle home!

    What a great day!

  10. So happy for you and Annabelle and the whole family. I will keep praying. God bless you all.

  11. Congratulations! Rejoicing with you in such wonderful news. May God guild you through all that lies ahead. I look forward to pictures and stories of your homecoming! Thanks for sharing you story! SOOOO excited!! WOO HOO!!
    Much love,
    Jessica Scranton

  12. Wow, wow, wow! How exciting! And your words are so wise and true. Why does it seem like we have to go through crazy hardships to learn those lessons sometimes? 🙂 I pray God blesses your family time and your homecoming today.

  13. I am so HAPPY for you all! What a great day. I will definitely pray for a good transition home. I love everything you wrote; you have done an amazing job of being real and transparent through this part of your journey. If anyone has ever shown the error in saying "God never gives you more than you can handle," it's you! You have been a beautiful testament of trusting God to give you just what you need to get through every day.

    Now go home already!

  14. I'm dancing, I'm dancing! God is sooooooooo good! Can't wait to see the pics from home. I will continue to pray as you make the transition and as you adjust to all the changes.

  15. Oh, Krista! I'm celebrating for you and so excited for you all! I will keep praying and I look forward to seeing the pictures 🙂

  16. So excited for you and the gang! Praying for you all.

  17. What amazing news, Krista, and delivered in your normal uplifting and inspirational manner.

    I'm SO happy you're going home today. Prayers and best wishes go with you.

  18. Our family is SO happy for you guys! When I told Graham the other day that Annabelle was scheduled to come home, he jumped up and down with joy! God is SO good! My heart is overflowing with joy for your family!

    -Shannon Stafford, Siler City NC

  19. So overjoyed to read this post. How exciting to be home as a family for the first time! I will continue to lift Annabelle and your family up in prayers as she adjusts to her new environment and you all develop your routines. Praise God for all he has done. Thanks for letting us all go on this journey with you all and for being such a testament of faith. With God, all things are possible.


  21. WOOOHOOO! I pray things go smoothly for you with this. *hugs*

  22. That is wonderful! Praise God! Everything will be wonderful because God is in control!

  23. Squeeeeee!

    I'm happy dancing today for the Annabelle's homecoming and for God's goodness!

    Wish I could be a fly on the wall today!!!!!

  24. Oh, Krista! I love you and don't even "know" you ..other than through this blog! But, I sure pray that someday God will make my dream come true and we can meet each other…love on each other's kids, talk about writing and be amazed together at how God chooses to use, and even CAN use, women like us – so feeble, yet so strong in Him! Praise the Lord! We passed around your family's picture and Annabelle's picture at dinner last night (all 17 kids, plus staff) and danced in our hearts for you! Our continued prayers are with you! And, if we never meet on earth…the kids can play together in heaven! With love from on high, Julie Zaragoza

  25. YAY Annabelle! I was so excited to hear the news of her homecoming today! Your blog was so wonderful written and such an encouragement and reminder to us of God's constant provision and strength. My family will be praying for your transition and that Annabelle remains healthy. I am a registered nurse so I understand the time consuming activities that go along with those who are dependent on your care. Much love,
    Kelli from Nebraska

  26. HOORAY!!!!!!



  27. I have something to bring down from our class for you all. I'll just drop it by, not expecting to visit. I know you all need your adjustment time. Maybe in a few weeks I can meet her! It is so exciting to see the Welcome Home signs and balloons-FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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