Why I “Count it all Joy” Wednesday

Welcome to Why I Count It All Joy Wednesday!! To join in on all the JOY, grab my button, make your own JOY list, it doesn’t have to be long, one thing, one hundred things, it doesn’t matter, just find your JOY and come back and link up so you can share it with us.  Remember JOY is contagious!!  

I usually try to keep my JOY posts short and light, but I posted this late in the day Tuesday and then decided to repost it for my JOY post!!!  I can't think of too many things more joyful than miracles!!

Four years ago today, my life changed!!  The Lord blessed me with a precious granddaughter!!  I had no idea what I was in for, but I was so excited!!  I had no idea  she would steal my heart like she has!!  I had no idea she would love me like she does!!  
It all started out rough!!  She was sick when she was born and had way too many machines hooked up to her!!  It just broke my heart.  I remember standing at that nursery window, praying and crying like never before!!  Begging Jesus for a miracle, her little body needed healing and I knew the man for the job!!  In no time, she was well and able to go home.

Lindsey could only touch her feet!!  Talk about breaking your heart!!

We finally got to cuddle her!!

Finally going home!!

Little did we know that two months later, we would be taking an ambulance ride back to the hospital.  The diagnosis - seizures.  What caused them, no one knew!!  The doctors couldn’t explain it.  The ran every test imaginable, poked her over and over, and in a Nanny’s mind just plain tortured her.  We spent her first Christmas in the hospital, but that didn’t stop us from having fun, loving each other, and praying and believing for another miracle.  Eventually we got to take her home again, but she continued to have unexplained seizures.  Month after month, doctor appointment after doctor appointment, test after test, specialist after specialist, and still seizures with no answers.  

Her entire head was covered with wires!!

Too many tubes, wires, and machines!!

Ella’s first Christmas!!

After a year of this, we took her to a specialist in Dallas at the Children’s Hospital and he finally gave us a diagnosis.  Not what we wanted to hear, but it sure could have been worse.  He said there was no cure for what she had and that she would probably get progressively get worse as she aged.  But that it could be treated and maintained, so to speak.  They wanted to do more testing, but the doctor was sure the diagnosis was correct.  We all agreed we would wait on another seizure episode to start the new testing, which wasn’t going to be fun.  

Ella’s 1!!

We came home and prayed for another miracle.  We loved on her, played with her, cuddled her every chance we got!!  And we continued to pray for a miracle.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5

What JOY!!

Today Ella turned 4 years old, and she is healed!!  She has been seizure free for 2 years.  She never had those horrible tests because after we left Dallas, she never had another seizure episode!!  You would never be able to tell she was ever sick!!  Just like I said in the beginning, we knew the Man for the job and boy did He show up in a big way for Ella!!  
Thank you Jesus for her precious life!!
Happy Birthday to my beautiful grandbaby girl!!  Nanny loves you tons!!

Counting it all JOY!!


Carolyn said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful story! I have goosebumps onto of goosebumps and tears brimming! God is so so so amazing and wonderful! Your little granddaughter is beautiful and I have two of my own that I cannot get enough of....so I so feel your love and the pain you went through! God bless you and your little girls (daughter and granddaughter)!

Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

Sandy said...

Your little Ella is just
beautiful-the face of an
angel. What a wonderful
testimony to God's love,
mercy and power.

The Real Me! said...

Praise the Lord my friend. Love a happy ending. He still works miracles!!
You are blessed.
Big Hugs to you my friend.

Mari said...

What a wonderful testimony! I've smiling ear to ear after reading that happy ending. Happy birthday to Ella!

Beth E. said...

That is awesome! Praising God for healing your precious granddaughter. Happy birthday, Ella!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

How awesome! Praise GOd! Happy birthday to your granddaughter! :)

Saleslady371 said...

I love this story of healing, Angel. Ella is a beautiful little girl and I wish her a happy birthday with God's continued blessing on your life.

Loren said...

Even though I knew this story it is still just one that causes for shouts of JOY and Praise to the Lord! Ella is such a precious little girl and I know you have spoiled her rotten today!

Happy 4th Birthday sweet Ella!

Love you!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Aww... what a precious and beautiful child your family is blessed with. How JOYFUL that she has seizure free now! What a wonderful gift. Happy Birthday to Ella! :)

♥ Jennifer

Sandy said...

Angel, Thank you SO VERY MUCH for sharing this story and all of your JOY with all of us! I am praising God with you for your precious Ella!

BARBIE said...

She is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful God we have! So thankful she's been healed.

He & Me + 3 said...

That is beautiful my friend. God is so good and faithful. What a gorgeous little blessing from above. PTL for miracles.

Connie said...

A happy birthday wish for your beautiful Ella!!! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful, heartwarming story. Love, Connie