Matt and I returned to Nashville on the evening of December 29th. Jacklyn was past due and the doctor's told her and Stephen to come in the next morning and they would assess the situation. Flash to 8am the next day. I get a call from my brother Brian saying we are all to get to the hospital, that the c-section is scheduled for 10am! WE'RE HAVING A BABY PEOPLE! EVERYONE IN THE CAR! YOU CAN DO YOUR MAKE UP ON THE WAY THERE!
What followed was a great experience. Four generations of family awaiting the birth of a new blessing. In a time of trial, pain and uncertainty we were all given hope, possibility and more life. The final part of this blog series is not the final installment of HATS FOR ZOE. It is not the last trial for Zoe or other kid's with cancer. But for our family this day was a great breath and slow exhale.
I have said this before and I will repeat it now...Sometimes I think that the reason for incredible hardship is to see the immense good that comes in response. All of you in your support of HATS FOR ZOE have shown that to be true again and again. I am more grateful than you will ever know.
Below are pictures of the joy of the day. Enjoy. Bless you.
Zoe on PaPa Toney's knee arriving at Vanderbilt in Nashville
Isabella Victoria Shires born December 30, 2011 9 lbs 5 onces
AnnaBelle says hello to her new cousin
PaPa waits to see her again
Zoe and Gram
Uncle Matt and Aunt Lesley
Uncle Brian and Aunt Keri
Zoe and Pop
Bev bought cigars! Great idea!
I love the men in my family!
Gram, Zoe and Izzy
As I was writing this blog post I received some amazing news that could not wait to be shared! ZOE IS IN REMISSION! HALLELUJAH! PRAISE GOD! THANK YOU! YES!
More to come...