Miss Abby: Day 7

Officially we are into day seven. In a little less than 24 hrs (current time 8:50am) we will be celebrating Abby’s one week birthday. What a testament to faith and trust in God to do what only God can do. Truthfully, we don’t even know what that is!:)If you think about it–from day one this was supposed to be a sad story. Instead it has turned into a story of hope, faith, love, trust, and family. I feel like I am in the midst of a Hallmark made for TV drama. Except in real life there are real struggles and real tears and real emotions. I cannot even begin to figure out what might be going through the minds of Melinda and Clyde, but what a great story they will have unto eternity to tell. I cannot imagine the questions they may have for God, but even in the cyclone of wonder they are trusting that He is God and they are not. I know a few of you are wondering what to pray for: rest. Clyde and Melinda are trying to figure out a schedule with this sweet delicate little girl. She is still in need of being watched over and cared for 24 hrs a day. (I could sit and watch her for hours! But that’s just me.) So pray for Clyde and Melinda to get into a rhythm that allows for plenty of rest. When I arrived today Melinda was just watching over sweet Abby as she snoozed a bit after a belly full of food. The house was still (except for Sally-the tiny poodle hybrid), and walking in was just like taking a breath of fresh air. There is something about being around Abby that is life giving. I hope you can feel that a bit from the images. Now that Melinda is back home she has started back up with her blog. I know that many of you have been enjoying the words that I bring to you but how much sweeter will the words from a mothers heart be. So please follow her as well if you aren’t already. You can find her blog by clicking here.

I am very excited about today because I get to do something that I really love: speak to a bunch of teenagers. Ellen and I were able to do youth ministry together for years before starting the venture into photography. Well, every once in a while I will get the opportunity to speak. Tonight I will get to share part of Abby’s story with these students. I am very excited (as already stated) to get that chance to continue to bring her story out into the public and see lives changed because of it. Ellen (my amazingly talented wife) will be leading worship tonight for these students as well. We will be at Champion Forest Baptist church–so please pray for us as we get to share with these students.

You know my mind has been consumed by God’s love for a while now. I was asked to speak about a month ago. Since then I really feel like the topic of love is what I was to speak to these students about–I had no idea that God would give me such an awesome picture of it. When we talk about God’s love we often want to spend time with the “nice feeling” part of it. But if we had the moment to be true to ourselves about God’s love: a lot of times it doesn’t make sense. How can a God who is defined as love allow so many things to happen (good and bad)? I don’t know the answer to that question. But what I have seen with Abby (and I am sure there many questions of why a loving God would allow this child to be born the way she is) is that now matter what God is still love. Which is a sucky answer I know. But trying to explain God’s love is like trying to explain to a man without a sense of smell what apple pie smells like. You can never do it justice–you can get close sometimes–but our tiny explanation about a big God’s love is really hard. However, there is something about His embrace that just makes sense when He says He loves us especially when we don’t understand the “why’s”? Abby has been an answer to me lately about how God loves us. Thanks Abby.

And here is our princess:

I hear I am getting pretty famous so I had to put on my fancy hat. (Just in case a future boyfriend is out there looking…)My cousin came by to say hello!These are my friends that help keep me warm, help me when I am eating, and keep me comfy cozy!I am Sally–the poodle hybrid.:)I almost got airmailed to the moon today. (I couldn’t stop talking: I could hear everyone and was excited to say hello.)


Jeanne Walker - September 29, 2010 - 1:24 pm

Reading your words and viewing these pictures, I sit her with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face! I love this little girl and pray that she feels the love of her family, friends and strangers. She already knows the love of her Father in heaven…she brought it down with her! God bless Abby, her family and friends, and God bless you Randy and Ellen for bringing this love into my home.

Sharon Johnston - September 29, 2010 - 4:49 pm

i just get a tear in my eyes when i see precious little abby, she is truely a special gift from god, her love as taught me so much and i am so thankful to be part of a very special family

love always

Kristy Deslatte - September 29, 2010 - 6:59 pm

I’m with Jeanne! I am madly in love with this little girl also. Wow! You are so right Randy. What an AWESOME display of God’s love for ALL of us that he brought this little package of joy and has allowed us to share in her life! I am standing with the Gordons and all of the people that love little Abby in claiming this miracle! Praise God and THANK YOU LORD!!!!!

Heather Gordon - September 30, 2010 - 7:48 am

Thank you Randy for keeping us all up to date and in the loop. I love looking at the pictures and reading about my precious little niece. Love you Clyde, Melinda, Ashlin and Baby Abby. XOXOXO

Kevin Dickson - September 30, 2010 - 4:23 pm

She is beautiful! God is great! You are in our prayers.

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