I always try to be thankful for the things God has given me but it's this time of the year, I tend to remember a little more. Thanksgiving to me sometimes gets over powered by Christmas but in fact, it is one of my favorite holidays. Everyone is in good spirit, no one is super stressed, the atmosphere is more calm and friendly. It's a time of being together and eating. It's a time to remember to be thankful for all the joys in your life. So on this day before Thanksgiving (and because I won't post till next Monday) I thought I would tell you all what I am thankful for!
My fun, loving, handsome, made for me husband
My wonderful example of love parents
My crazy, wild, fun siblings
My sweet children in my life...my nieces and nephews
My perfect dogs
My excepting, wonderful in-laws
My there for me through anything friends
My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and my almighty father in heaven, God
Without these things in my life, I would have nothing. They make me who I am. They keep me going. I am so blessed to have each of these people in my life.
So you might have noticed that in the children section of this post, I did not mention someone. I have been debating on telling this story and I felt like today was a good time to say something. A few weeks ago I mentioned that Angie was supposed to find out what she was having but the baby was not cooperating so she had to wait a few weeks. Well she did and when she went back, she found out she was having a girl. But there were complications. They already had picked a name out for her before they found out, Aubrey Claire Talbert was going to be her name. Aubrey's heart, lungs and intestines were forming on the outside of her body. So they scheduled another appointment with a specialist to see how they would go about either treating it or not. I can't even being to tell you how many prayers were sent up those next days. And the waiting game is so long. So when they got into the specialist, the news was not good. Her chest cavity was 4 weeks behind and she just wasn't growing the way she needed to be. There was no fixing Aubrey. So they schedule to have Angie induced and 55-hours later, Angie delivered Aubrey. And Aubrey went to be with God. As hard as this is for me to write because I won't get to know Aubrey till I myself get to heaven, the amount of strength both Matt and Angie have shown is something for the books. I would like to share you what both Matt and Angie wrote on Facebook....
Angie on November 12th- Our hearts are heavy as I write this. Yesterday we found out that little Aubrey's condition is fatal and she won't be able to make it to term, yet alone survive outside the womb. We discovered every single one of her organs formed outside, her heart did not form right, and her chest was 4 weeks behind the rest of her body developmentally. This happens 8 in a million pregnancies. Matt and I have decided this must mean God knows we are 8 of the strongest people out of a million... and we will be able to handle this. Tests have shown this is not chromosomal and we will be able to have a healthy baby in the future. It has never happened twice to a mother. In the next few days I will be admitted to the hospital and induced. We will get to say goodbye to our sweet angel and she will begin her amazing life in heaven. Please pray for us during this difficult time. We have no doubt God will help us through this and we will be stronger than ever. We have the best family and friend support in the world and are so thankful for that.
Matt on November 15th- After 55 hours of labor Angie Talbert finally delivered our baby. We are both at peace knowing that Aubrey is in Heaven with God and we will see her again. We are incredibly thankful for all the support and prayers we received. This experience has strengthened our faith, our bond with each other, and our love for Colton. Immediately after the birth Angie went to the OR for an additional procedure and is in pain but otherwise doing well. Please pray for her continued recovery. Thank you all.
Not once through this whole ordeal did they once bash God or blame God. They both kept their faith and in return, God made it stronger. He never gives up on us. He is always with us. And this ordeal has only proven it.
Aubrey- I may never know why God decided he needed you by his side instead of allowing me to hold you until you got to big but it is something beyond my knowledge. I can't even being to tell you how loved you already were/are and how so many people prayed for you to live on this earth. I know in Heaven you have the most perfect heart and your little body is perfectly healed. Say hi to my sister's 2 babies up there for me and I will see you again sweet angel. I love you- Love, Aunt Dani
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hold on to the ones you love very tight because you just never know what this world will bring. Take the time to tell everyone you love how special they are to you. I thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog. I am very thankful for you, my friends, my readers. I love you all!