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Yesterday, Miss Ella & I had the opportunity to visit Ava in the hospital while we were in Minneapolis. We had contemplated if it would be the right thing for the girls at this point. Maybe it would scare Ella or perhaps Ava wouldn't be up for it. In the end, we decided it was worth a try. I'm so glad we did. And I'm thankful that Ella's daddy works in a hospital, so she's very comfortable in the environment.
|Ella & Ava (taken in Oct 2011)|
After Ava was unhooked from all of her tubes and such, the girls got to go on a couple of long wagon rides through the unit halls. Ella blew bubbles and giggled when they popped on Ava's cheeks. Ava gave a sweet little smile each time. Then Ella held up the bubble wand so Ava could blow a few bubbles. I could tell it was hard for Ava to blow hard enough to create more than one bubble, but it was also clear that it made her happy to try. After a few laps in the wagon, we returned to Ava's room for games with the physical therapist. Ella got to participate, which I think was a fun change for Ava. Then Ava cuddled up on her mama's lap to rest. What a sweet, sweet girl Miss Ava is. Jesus made her incredibly special. I'm so glad that Ella has such a friend.
Honestly, it's not at all easy to write this. All of the changes that have come to Ava and her family in the last 4-5 weeks are heartbreaking. I hate thinking of the many questions they have while still needing to make countless decisions. Big decisions. I usually hold the tears for Ella's sake or when I'm playing with the girls. I want them to enjoy their time together and not be worried about sadness or hurt. But each time we leave Ava, I can't help but cry. No one, especially a little girl who is about to turn three, should be put through such things. I hate seeing the hurt and sadness in Ava's mama's eyes. I want to sit and weep alongside her. I so dearly want God to come in and do a miracle in completely healing Ava of this tumor. That's what I pray for. I also pray for peace and comfort for Ava's family, but always for a miracle, too.
Please keep praying for Ava and her family. A few big decisions have to be made in the next few days. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Ava's Caring Bridge page can be found by clicking here.