June 2015 – This year, as we celebrate “Healthy Hips Awareness Month”, I reflect on how far we’ve come since the day our sweet boy was born. For those of you just starting your hip journey, as unimaginable as it seems, you’ll reach a point when you look back in awe at the obstacles you and your entire family overcame. You’ll wonder how in the world you made it through without a nervous breakdown, or be surprised you didn’t experience more than one. You’ll watch your little one run for the first time certain you are the witness of a miracle. You’ll look at your husband, (or wife), and know that you are stronger in your marriage now than ever before. You might even look at an ultrasound of your hip warrior’s little brother or sister with a sense of peace in knowing God will get you through should the odds win again.
Last month, Mason’s X-ray showed proof both femurs are developing and his doctor’s exam confirmed his sweet legs are the same length. We’ll go back in six months for a check-up, and then, God willing, one year.
The end of our hip journey is still years ahead. However, Part I, the soul wrenching, faith finding, suck it up and deal part, has ended. Part II begins with a toddler full of spirit, hard to catch and smart as a whip. It also begins with a new miracle arriving January 2016. Regardless of which chapter or book we’re in, we will always remember the trials that got us where we are. My hope for you is that when you’ve made it to your own Part II, or know someone struggling to make it there, you share your story. God allows us to experience storms so that we can be inspiration for others to see the rainbow.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ”
– James 1:2-4
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”
– Hebrew 6:19