Monday, December 19, 2011

appreciation and tidings

A few weeks ago I posted about a little girl from an urban homesteading family in my hometown that needed your support. Thanks to your generosity, kind words, emails and calls...this family pulled through. Shellee wrote this to me to post on the blog so that all of you who donated and offered prayers and assistance can get an update. I am amazed at this community. It heals.

My husband and I would like to thank all of you for the prayers and generous donations that came our way through this difficult time. I had been waiting to hear from the doctor and finally have an update. Madeline will go into surgery on December 27 at 7:30am. This will be her 4th surgery (She will have one more and hopefully that will be all). She had a KUB xray (kidney, urinary, bladder) in Nov and her Dr said that the stones have moved down right at the base of the ureter!! This is fantastic news because they may not have to make an incision. He had said he is really trying to avoid that because her condition is lifelong and will more than likely have stones in the future. If they go in and surgically remove through incision, it may make it difficult in the future if they ever have to put another stint in ( her last surgery will remove the one that's in right now). So he is going to try to break them down by laser as best as he can and hopefully pull them out which means less hospital time after.

This has been a lot for our family but through our faith and the smile on a little girl who has been through so much, makes you realize what really matters especially this time of year. She is an active, fun-loving, kindhearted child, and I never want to break that sprirt. She prays for the children in St. Chris's every night that they get to be free (I think she means from the hospital...I never asked because that is between her and God and he knows her heart). Christmas is her favorite time of year so I was worried about how she would react having to go down again. As much as she doesn't want to get another "nap" (as we call it), she is ready for this to be all over. I pray this will be the last time she has to deal with stones.

We teach our children to be humble and accept the things God gives you. You may not always understand why things happen, but she knows that God makes everyone special. She believes God gave her stones to help other children with something they may be going through. And in her prayers at night she always puts herself last.....she's 4. I'm so proud to have her as my daughter. She teaches me to see what life is really all about. God has good things in store for this one!!! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for everything. You will always be a blessing to our family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Love Shellee Snyder


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad things are getting better! I'm going to keep on praying for y'all!


December 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a special little girl. Will continue to pray for that family. Thanks for sharing.

December 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger sash said...

So sweet - I have goosebumps!

December 19, 2011 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I'm so glad to know she's getting better! I'll continue to pray and send Reiki to her, and her family.

December 19, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

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December 19, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Oh, how wonderful! She will continue to be in my prayers. What a blessing to have a child with a heart for God!

Jenna - came across this blog post today, and thought you would enjoy it:

December 19, 2011 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Wow! What an amazing little girl. We will continue to keep her in our prayers.

Grace and Peace,


December 19, 2011 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thank you for the follow up - So, so happy that things are going well!!

December 19, 2011 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Annalisa said...

Could you pls post information regarding donations again? I missed it the first time.Thx

December 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

Happy to hear the update. Madeline sounds like such a sweet girl.

December 20, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

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