While sitting down to write this post, I started texting with Ruby’s former caregiver, Lindsey, about some essential oils she had ordered. I remembered that I hadn’t told her about Ruby’s latest milestone.
Although Lindsey stopped caregiving to attend Occupational Therapy school, she was a significant part of Ruby’s healing. Ruby adores her and Lindsey adores Ruby! She comes to visit when she is able. Whenever I mention Lindsey, Ruby beams and wiggles with joy. If you’ve read Rescuing Ruby, you may remember that I dedicate part of the book to Lindsey.
Ruby just hanging out with her niece Everlly.
Anyway, while texting Lindsey, I started to cry.
We will never, ever take for granted any milestone of Ruby’s, no matter how seemingly ‘tiny’ it may be to some. This girl of ours is a miracle. A true miracle. Listen guys, even medical professionals here in Phoenix said quietly they didn’t know if she would ever be able to hold her head up!! Well they sure did not expect her to do what she did today!!
If you read her book, you will understand. And friends, miracles only come from Jesus. They don’t come because we ‘tried enough’ or ‘invested more’ or ‘fought better’. They come because our God is gracious and kind and loving – He loves each of us more than we could ever begin to imagine. I mean, He sent His only son to die for our very sinful selves. I’m a sinner, you’re a sinner, all of us have sinned. We don’t “deserve” good. We only are blessed because the God who made heaven and earth loves us unconditionally.
God in His mercy, grace and healing has allowed our precious Ruby yet another milestone!
Yup. She got herself into a sitting position without any help! And looky, looky, looking just how pleased she is!!
The rest is history!
She is getting herself into the sitting position on her day chair, in her bed, anywhere we put her down! She does it with lightening speed too!! She is even sitting up on her own in the bathtub…which kinda’ freaked me out, to be perfectly honest. Her head is still heavy…more proportionate then when she first came home, but it hasn’t gotten smaller. Yet, even in the tub, she is able to wiggle and gently lay it down.
This miracle girl continues to astound everyone!!
I texted her neurosurgeon (he gave me his personal number years ago – he adores our girl and knows she is a miracle!) and sent him the picture from the Nile. He said the picture of Ruby made his day!
This is yet another celebration in our Memorial Box stories!! God has been so faithful to us!!