How do you do it?

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalms 147:3

As friends and family confront us about Reiss and her latest status, we seem to get one question over and over again – “How do you do it? I couldn’t even imagine.” My response is always the same. You just do it. You make it through the day and wake up in the morning ready for the next.

This is our new normal – tetralogy of fallot, VSD, PDA, stent, cath procedures, open heart surgeries, echos, EKGs, X-rays, blood thinners, RSV shots, cardiologists, infarcts, neurologists, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, pulse ox machines, a more extensive medical vocabulary, and an increased knowledge of the anatomy of the heart. It is stressful and scary, but we trust the Lord will guide the doctors to successfully diagnose, operate and perform tests on baby Reiss. We are fortunate and thankful for a treatable condition. It could be worse, as there are many other cases filling up my Facebook news feed of other children with much worse diagnoses.

This little lady makes it all worth it. How could you not stay positive around this face?

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I wouldn’t change it for the world. She has helped shape us into who we are supposed to be – and she will continue to do so for years to come.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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