This was the first year it happened.
The first year September 14th slipped by unnoticed.
I vowed this would never take place.
I promised we would always remember what the Lord did on that day.
In my defense, it was a Monday.
And I did have an uneasy, nagging feeling that day when I glanced at the date on my iPhone.
I even wondered out loud if I was forgetting the birthday of a special someone.
Then it dawned on me two days later…
September 14, 2015 marked six years of seizure freedom for our sweet Gabrielle.
How could this mama have forgotten?
The same mom that once counted seizure-free days had forgotten to count 6 seizure-free years.
The same mom that stood in the sterile hallway of NYU Langone Medical Center kissing her almost 3-year-old daughter goodbye before she was wheeled into the frigid OR.
The same mom that prayed this prayer while Gabrielle Faith underwent a fifth brain surgery:
Lord God, I ask you to move this mountain from our lives in the name of your son, Jesus. I ask with the faith of a child knowing without doubt that you alone are fully capable of healing our daughter of these debilitating seizures. And Lord, I ask that if this is not your will, that you would provide us with all of the strength and endurance necessary to continue on this journey.
He has given us 6 seizure-free years.
Isn’t that huge?
We don’t live between hospital stays.
We don’t live between adrenaline rushes, fear gripping us.
We don’t live between caring for a child with severe physical disabilities.
We simply live…our hearts filled with gratitude.
And lately, it seems we have been living so well,
that we have forgotten to count the minutes, the hours, the days, and the years,
that our amazing Creator has given us.
Thank you, Lord, for your loving kindness.