A decade, 10 years, it’s alot of time. September 11th, 2001 marked a day in history we will never forget. That day will forever be etched in my mind and heart but another day is forever ingrained in my memory and heart that changed my life. September 16, 2001. Five days after our hearts broke for all those families affected by the World Trade Center attacks, my family was personally attacked. That day, our very “normal” toddler had a life altering event that rocked our family. Our daughter Natalie was 18 months old and pure joy, fun and love. She had such a sweet personality.
As you can see from the photo’s, life was good. Well life went bad very quickly. Natalie suffered a brain injury that has left her severly disabled. Her disability is similar to CP. She is in a wheelchair, can’t talk, eat by mouth, sit by herself, she is full care. I don’t want to dwell on the past, but I can say that it has taken a long time, and I mean a long time to mend the brokeness in my heart. I have processed the incident, trying to figure out how I could have changed the outcome, we tried to heal her by our own doings and research, fought with God, pleaded with God and tried to make deals with God. I asked why, which is a loaded question. One that if you really new why you might not have wanted to ask it.
I started this journey with my backpack packed wrong. It was full of bitterness, fear, anger, pride, doing things in my own strength and many, many masks. It was not one that I wanted to carry for a long time and it really didn’t help me anyways. So I asked God to come, change me, help me and he did! He came and dumped out my backpack, refilling it so I could walk this journey with Jesus as my guide down the path. Don’t get me wrong, life is tough, full of steep ledges and pits, but I am confident that there is a plan. I am confident that God has employed Natalie for HIS kingdom. There is something about Natalie. Everyone that meets her falls in love with her. It’s the twinkle in her eye, that side smile she does, her sweet spirit. God is using her and has a purpose for her life. I claim and hold onto His promises. We might not know who her life is impacting or how her life is making an impact, but we do know that our God is faithful to complete a work in us.
Phillipians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Psalm 105:4 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose
I could write so much more. Our zany life has encountered so many blessings and trials. God has been so faithful, teaching, loving and guiding. Natalie has endured her fair share of illness and pain, bouncing back with a power that is only of God. She is a trooper and God’s hand has been all over her. We are grateful for all the people we have met, friends we have made, prayer warriors who have lifted our family up and those who have stood in the gap for us when life get’s hard. We are thankful for Natalie’s school, her assistants at school, her doctors, her therapists, and all the help that has come into our home to help with her.
Today I honor Natalie. I am confident that God has a plan for her..his word says so! (Jerimiah 29:11) She is an heiress with Christ, (Galations 3:28). I love her, she is a blessing and she is my hero!! One day sweet girl you will dance on the streets of gold, you will sing with all your might, you will praise Jesus with a beautiful voice and we will feast together. I cannot wait for that day. To see you whole, healed and with the KING. May God be glorified in her life and we give Jesus all praises!! Natalie I am proud to be your Mom!!!!