Yesterday was a tough day for Jacob and me. We took Jayla to get her blood drawn at the hospital. And, she had more than a heal prick this time. The nurses had to draw blood from a vein in her arm. Jacob hid his head in his lap. He ended up leaving the room because he couldn’t stand to watch the nurse stick his baby sister’s arm. He got to watch a western in the lobby. He was happy about that. He wishes he could have been one of the cowboys who won the west. 😉 He only watches the “kid” friendly westerns, and he actually saved his own life using a trick he learned from one of them (but that is a whole different post)!
Jayla was a trooper. I snuggled her oh so close while one nurse held her arm and another drew the blood. It wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated! I stared into her eyes and talked to her. I lost count of the number of viles that they took. I hope it was enough! When the nurse asked if I would like a band-aid, I told her that I had brought her a special one. She was more than happy to use the one that I had brought.
I started using these special band-aids on her after her third newborn screening. I picked them up at a Christian bookstore for our three older children the day we brought Jayla home from the hospital after her NICU stay. It was Good Friday, and I needed a few things for the kids’ Easter baskets. I wanted to go to the Christian bookstore, so I could pick up things centered around Christ! These special bandages are called Band Angels. And, they are so adorable. Each one has a scripture printed on them about healing.
The one that she wore yesterday had Jerimiah 30:17 printed on it: For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds. What a great reminder that the Lord is the ultimate healer and physician! I love Him. I am clinging to His word. He is my comforter. This may seem small to so many, but this is big to me. He has placed Jayla in my care, and I love her so much. If it’s the Lord’s will, I want her to be healthy. No matter the outcome, my wish is for her to live a life that will glorify the Lord. That is our purpose! A lot of times, I fail miserably at letting my light shine, but thank goodness He hasn’t thrown away the clay. Please pray that her test results come back quickly and that the results will be good ones. Either way, He is our stronghold. I feel peaceful knowing that He is in control of our precious baby’s test results!
She loves the elephant Jacob and I got her after her blood work. Our other kids got some M&M’s out of the deal. 🙂 I am such a softy.
Last night, she slept peacefully with her new giraffe blankie that we picked out for her. It was such a tough decision because we were trying to bargain shop. Bargain shopping is so hard when there is no price tag on the amount of love each of us holds for her.
John 14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
(I read this verse to Jacob today as I was helping him with his work. I didn’t realize at the time that the Lord would bring me back to it tonight. He knows exactly what we need — exactly when we need it. His love amazes me!) Thank you for praying.