Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Hi dear friends and family!
Well, it's been way too long since I've updated the blog, so I thought I'd start it out on a happy note with a video we took of Lilee yesterday eating a pickle. It's so cute!
October is quickly approaching and so is Lilee's next cardiologist appointment. Amazing to think how an appt in October seemed so far away in July and yet, here it is looming up before us! We also have some wonderful news to update.
Some time in mid April, we will be having another baby! We are ecstatic and thrilled to be able to provide Lilee with a brother or sister! Thank you, Lord!
Just a quick update! Please comment or email us to keep in touch!
All our love,
The Pickle Face Finches
Friday, July 11, 2008
Here we are, another cardiologist appointment under our belts and another opportunity to show God's faithfulness! Yesterday, July 10th, we took Lilee to Sacramento to see her cardiologist and do another ultrasound of her heart. If you read the last post, our last visit left us with the impression that since her new graft was constricting, she could possibly have another surgery before her first birthday in October.
When I woke up yesterday, I really felt the Lord calling me to be in the Word and in prayer. So, as I read my devotion, the central theme was peace; peace and joy that are from the Holy Spirit and not from circumstances.
"For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isa. 55:12
Starting the day off with this tremendous grounding and reaffirmation, I was completely peaceful throughout the appt. So.... after reviewing the ultrasound, Dr. Juris said that there was no change in the graft since our last appt. 2 months ago. He seemed pleased and said we wouldn't need to come see him again for another 3 months!!! Praise the Lord! Compared to the thought that Lilee would have surgery before October, we are THRILLED!
Our God continues to prove Himself faithful and ABLE! Wow! So, in light of this great news, I've put another video update together for you, just so you can see our girl in action! Hope you enjoy it... what a doll she is!
All our love to you!
Erin, Chris and healthy-and-cleared-for-another-3-months-bean
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Ok, everyone, here's the news. Yesterday, we had Lilee's first cardiologist appointment in 3 months. After doing an ultrasound on our wiggly little girl, it looks like the grafted hose attached to her heart is narrowing. The doctor wants to see her again in 2 months to check the rate of the narrowing to determine when her next surgery with be. He believes it will most likely happen before she turns 1 in October.
As you can imagine, this news isn't the greatest, but like Chris has reminded me, we knew this would be happening but didn't know the timing. Frankly, the thought of going through all this again is completely TERRIFYING! However, it's amazing how God is using this to remind us of His faithfulness! The funny thing is that I don't necessarily feel scared, but sad. Everyday, I get to see this beautiful baby transform into a sweet little girl. Picturing her back in the hospital gives me the chills.
As always, we are completely dependant on your prayers. PLEASE, agree with us in prayer and ask our gracious God for complete healing and wholeness. I am not above asking for a miracle!!! Friends and family, we are continuing to count on your support! God is so good and I know He is able, whether reoccuring surgeries or financial hurdles. We love you!
The dependant Finches :o)
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
It's been several weeks since I last posted, so I wanted to catch everyone up and ask for prayer! May 7th is Lilee's next cardiologist appointment and we're praying for a continued good report! You kn0w, it is a funny thing to see God's hand at work so miraculously and then return to the ever familiar fear that we constantly battle. I pray for peace almost daily. Peace that will keep me from having nightmares and give rest instead.
Friends and family, you have been a consistant foundation. A source of much comfort and dependability. It's because of this, we continue to keep this blog updated. Again, please join us in prayer that Lilee's dr. appt. reveals the continued health we've been enjoying so far. Again her appt is May 7th and I will update as soon as I get more information.
On a fun note, Lilee is growing up so quickly. She sings in the car, interrupted by her hiccups and blows "raspberries" often. She rolls over and is almost sitting on her own. Here is a video I shot a few weeks ago... trying NOT to laugh while I got it.
All our love to you, dearest friends! Please write us or comment!!! We LOVE hearing from you and knowing you are still interested in what's going on!
Monday, March 17, 2008
"Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anythingI've been reminded this morning of how important it is to remember to praise Him for who He is, not just what He's done! It's easy to praise the Lord when we see what He's doing, but how about praising Him for being GOD!?! Sigh! How precious we are to Him and how much He desires our PRAISE! I praise Him for His faithfulness, His compassion, His goodness and His consistency! There is NOTHING too hard for Him!
too hard for Me?" (NKJV)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This picture is taken from the video when Lilee clasped her hands when the Pastor was ready to pray over her. Precious!
Just a little note this morning to share the joy we were able to enjoy in dedicating this precious life to our Savior! This is just so sweet!
All our love to you, the Finches
Friday, February 15, 2008
It seems as though February is flying by and we're all looking forward to Easter and the arrival of Spring. Time goes fast enough, but having the privledge of staying home with "sissy", I start to notice her change right before my eyes. As you can see by this picture, she's growing like a weed! Don't you just love her chubby cheeks?
It has now been just over 2 months since Lilee's surgery and we couldn't be MORE pleased with the results. It's hard to believe that 2 months ago, our lives were saturated with the effects of the news that she had to have open heart surgery. Looking at her today, she's a (not walking, I guess) almost crawling example of our Heavenly Father's faithfulness. Not too many times to we actually experience such drama and get to witness the fruit! PRECIOUS!
Last Sunday, Feb. 10th, Lilee was dedicated at our home church, Century Assembly (http://www.centuryassembly.com/). We were able to have almost all our family with us for the official public announcement that our daughter, Lilee Jane Finch, is dedicated to the MOST HIGH GOD!!! Hallelujah! I will try to post a snip-it of footage we recorded.
Nothing really new to report. No doctor visits, so warning signs and no alerts. It is a wonderful thing and happily makes this blog update uneventful. For now, we just continue to bask in the glow of our healed daughter and enjoy every nuance that is unfolding before our eyes.
Hope you enjoy seeing her pictures as much as we enjoy posting them.
All our love to you and your sweet hearts, this Valentine's Day!
The happy-lovey-dovey Finches
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Bon jour, everyone! It's Erin and I'm finally writing my first blog entry... I'm so proud of myself! :o) So, I thought I'd start out with a cute video I filmed this morning with Lilee. It's been a real priviledge to get to see her personality form and emerge with every new day, especially when it involves big smiles and joyful giggles.
Yesterday, January 30th, we had a cardiologist appointment. It's been a month since her last one, so we were praying for a good report. After a brief check up with the doctor and an ultrasound of her heart, he said she sounded and looked good. Chris asked him if Lilee was "on par" with her weight, since we were set back a bit from being in the hospital. After Lilee's weigh in at over 11 lbs, his response was, "You don't have anything to worry about. She's made up for lost time". Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! We've laughed because she's "fattening up" and getting those cute little folds in her thighs. Cute on babies, not on mommies. :o)
So, that's the latest update. Thought you'd enjoy seeing our happy little girl in action here at home. We continue to appreciate your fervent prayers and love we've received through this whole ordeal! Hope you keep checking this blog, as I'll keep it updated with fun tidbits often.
Love to you all!
Erin, Chris and "the bean"
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I think that she will be taking over the blog soon since she is with Lilee 24/7 now and I'm at school. Mom has all the fun stories of "Lilee did this today" and "She's doing this now." We were thinking that she could post some entries now and keep you updated on our post-hospital life! Thanks to all of you who still check in every now and then to see how the bean is doing. We hope and pray that all is well with you and yours! Until next time,
Chris, Erin and the 1/4 year old baby Lilee! :o)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Lilee has had an appointment with her cardiologist for a follow up check up. All seems to be going very well with her recovery. We're supposed to see him again at the end of this month and if things are still looking as they should it may be 6 more months for her next appointment.
She's slowly catching up with her weight gain although she's still pretty tiny for an almost 3 month old. I don't mind, as long as she's healthy then I think her small is cute! :o) Erin is enjoying and adapting to her new life of being an at home mom. She does such a good job with the bean, it's fun to watch them together!
Lilee smiles up a storm and we got her first laugh out of her last Saturday. Although that was the only time so far we've heard her laugh, we've got the video camera poised and ready to catch her next one! :o)
Over the past month, since we've been back from the hospital, it's been amazing to talk with dozens of people who have been impacted by the blog and Lilee's story. She truly is a tiny witness to His power and faithfulness. She's practically famous at church and so many of my students at school ask about her all the time... her own little fan club. She can't help it, she's just so cute!
We hope and pray that your 2008 has been happy and healthy so far. Looking forward to catching up with all of you in the near future. If you've got a chance, drop Erin a line, she'd love the "e-company" while she's at home with the baby! Lots of love,
Chris, Erin & Lilee Bean! :o)