Saturday, September 5, 2015

Two Years

Two years ago today Daniel began having seizures and was rushed by the orphanage staff to the hospital. After he arrived, he developed a high fever and slipped into a 6 day coma. The diagnosis that the doctors eventually wrote in his chart was viral encephalitis. Our apartment was just a 20 minute bus ride away from the hospital, but we didn't find out about his sickness until after he came out of the coma. This difficult news reached us just two days after we had gotten the exciting news that we were finally matched with David and Daniel, and we were rejoicing that the two month battle to bring them into our family was over. 

A different kind of battle had begun.


I came across this picture of Daniel as we were unpacking last month. It was taken on David and Daniel's first full day with our family, when we took them to get their Chinese passports, on October 15. What a different little boy he was then. He couldn't talk, he couldn't walk, he didn't smile, his eyes were vacant, he was in diapers, he had to be spoon-fed, and he had a movement disorder so that he was always in motion...

I posted some video clips of Daniel's Two Months of Change that show the remarkable ways that God brought him back to life again and miraculously healed him of his movement disorder..

The physical abilities that Daniel lost as a result of his brain infection have mostly come back, but his developmental delays remain. We are so thankful to be in a place now where he is getting lots of individualized help for his special needs, through some wonderful teachers in the public school system. 


And on this two year anniversary when Daniel's life (and our lives) took a radical change, I am reminded of God's goodness in His sovereignty. Daniel's ongoing special needs are a part of God's unique plan not only for him, but for each one in our family and for all of the lives he touches outside of our home (and because he is such a friendly little guy he is touching lots of people's lives!) He helps us to see and to experience life in a different way than we would have if he hadn't gotten sick. And that's good. Even when it can still be hard to deal with some of his issues.

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My Mom recorded Daniel singing Jesus Loves Me this summer

He gives strength to those who are tired and more power to those who are weak. The people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired.” (Isaiah 40:29,31)

God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. The Lord All-Powerful is with us; the God of Jacob is our defender.” (Psalm 46:1,11)

The Lord will always lead you. He will satisfy your needs in dry lands and give strength to your bones. You will be like a garden that has much water, like a spring that never runs dry.” (Isaiah 58:11)

Yesterday I went to school with the boys for Morning with Mom. Daniel made this for me, and while I know he must have had lots of help to make it, I see it as such a special gift from my special little boy. 

He is a special gift.

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