We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Disney Moment for…well, LIFE!

JK Collage2All of you know by now that I consider all things Disney as some of the most special blessings in my life. Being able to visit Walt Disney World and Disneyland with my family has given me some of the most precious memories of my life. I am so thankful. But I also know from where the blessings flow in my life, and that is from God. This post is about my life. And, most specifically, about the latest miracle therein.

I must first admit that lately my life has been somewhat of a mess. I got off track and could not find my joy. There were so many factors involved. You see, we were overjoyed to find out that my son, Johnnie, and daughter-in-law, Kay-Cee, would be having twins. Our precious granddaughter, Aleyah, at only 1 1/2 years old would talk all the time about how mommy had two babies in her belly.

On September 20, we found out that they were going to have one of each: a boy and a girl. My son was overjoyed at the thought of having a son, as well as another daughter, to love. Names were announced: Gunner Lawrence and McKinley Grace.

On October 18, our dreams were shattered when the doctors discovered that our precious Gunner would never be held by his parents and would never know how much he was wanted. He had gone to be with the Father early. Aside from breaking our hearts, this put Kay-Cee and yet-to-be-born McKinley Grace at greater risk.

On October 27, one day after we celebrated our Aleyah’s second birthday, Kay-Cee was admitted to the hospital and was told that she would have to live there until McKinley was born. They were hoping for her to make it to at least 28 weeks and hopefully longer. Kay-Cee was only 24 weeks. This meant that she would not get to see her little daughter every day like she always had before, and that Johnnie would have to work all day then drive to the hospital to be with his wife, while still trying to have as much time as possible with Aleyah, who really didn’t understand what was happening. Everyone was doing their best as we all knew that this was going to be a labor of love for McKinley. It was already known that this would be a long haul.

As the first week went on, the doctors had eluded to a faint possibility that if Kay-Cee was able to stay healthy, and McKinley was able to stay strong, that she might be able to go home after the 28-week mark. This was a possibility but nothing to count on. Of course, we could all hope as that would put Kay-Cee home on bed rest for Thanksgiving which would still be great. Still, the staff stressed how she would likely be there until the farthest term she could accomplish.

Unfortunately, Kay-Cee missed Aleyah’s first time to trick-or-treat. We were also unsure what Thanksgiving, and even Christmas would hold.

The loss of Gunner, coupled with seeing my son and his family struggle kept me unable to rest and crying all the time. It seemed that the harder I tried to be strong, the weaker I got. Still, in the midst of the storm we all kept strong in our faith. Faith is what our family is built on. We prayed and all our family and friends, both locally and around the country, joined in. What a blessing to us. Johnnie and Kay-Cee kept right on praising God while facing these giants.

In the midst of all this, we found out on Friday (Nov. 1) that my husband would have to have arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday (Nov. 6) because of a large tear in his meniscus. I was having a hard time trying to cope, I admit that. I prayed and prayed and then I discovered comfort in a song. There was something about it.  “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong became my comfort in the last week.

On Wednesday, November 6, I took my husband in to the Surgery Center at 6:00 a.m. The surgery was successful and thankfully we were home by 9:30 a.m. In her efforts to help out my son, my mother was taking care of Aleyah for the day. She brought her over so we could visit with her too and my hubby and I were both so glad to see her. She truly brightens everyone’s day. What a gift!

Aleyah ended up staying with us for a few hours and then my mom came back to get her so she would have her at home when my son got off of work. He would be picking her up and heading for another trek to the hospital so they could visit Kay-Cee. Instead, he called and said he was going to just pick her up from my house. He would be there in about 20-25 minutes.

Ten minutes later, Johnnie called me and told me he wasn’t going to be coming for Aleyah after all. Elated to share the news, Kay-Cee was being released from the hospital. She not only was being released but she was being taken off of bed rest restrictions to be able to resume a normal life, albeit a pregant normal life. I could not stop cheering and praising God at this point. I called everyone and I can tell you that calling people with good news for a change was the most awesome feeling ever.

We told Aleyah that daddy and mommy were going to be picking her up later.  I knew it would take a couple of hours at least for her to be released and for them to load up the car with everything from the room and get to my house. I gave Aleyah her bath and fixed her up really pretty. I told her I wanted her to be smelling beautiful when mommy and daddy would get there. She agreed but didn’t seem to understand all the excitement.

About an hour later, our door opened. I peeped out from the kitchen to see that it was Johnnie and Kay-Cee. I could see Aleyah playing in the living room and she didn’t know anything. Then, at that very moment, I receive the most pure and precious gift. I got to witness the joy of seeing her face light up at the sight of her mother. In sheer delight and joy she yelled, “MOMMY!” and ran to Kay-Cee’s arms. Suddenly, all the tears of sadness that had plagued me turned into tears of pure joy. All in God’s perfect timing.

God’s perfect timing is paramount here. You see, if Butch had not been scheduled for surgery the very same day that Kay-Cee was released, then I would not have been present to witness that overflowing joy. I would have been at work just like every other day, and this whole scenario would have played out very differently. But God knows my heart. He knew I needed something big to push me from sorrow to joy and He gave me this wonderful gift. I am so thankful for that.

Here is the song that sustained me in the last several days. It gave me hope…hope for today, and hope for tomorrow. I hope it will do the same for you in your life.

Hillsong “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep

My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name

Keep my eyes above the waves

My soul will rest in Your embrace

I am Yours and You are mine!!!

 

ABSOLUTELY! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!

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Kimberly Ann Kenworthy Knight
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Kimberly Ann Kenworthy Knight
4 years 11 months ago
O Brenda, What are very beautiful story, I am balling my eye’s out and can not even see the keys to type this. This page is such a very touching page. You have been the most amazing, Sister in law, Mother, Wife, Aunt , Cousin and G Ma in the world. I love you!!!! and I am so glad to see the God has blessed you with so so many Blessing and God will never stop that just to let you know 😉 He is just AWESOME like that! We are a very loving Family and we will always be.… Read more »
Dawn
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Dawn
4 years 11 months ago

I love that you completely understand all of His timing in this 🙂 Miss seeing you!! I will be praying for you all.

Mickey
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4 years 11 months ago
Oh Brenda, thank you for sharing this with all of us! This world is so rife with turmoil, and the devil is working constantly to make it worse, so when we see pure evidence of the Power of God and how much He Loves us, it truly does remind us of what is really important in life. Thank you for being such a strong Witness for the Lord! When all is said and done — many many years down the road — the Lord will welcome you Home and say “Welcome, my good and faithful servant.” God Bless You, Butch,… Read more »
Beth Green
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4 years 11 months ago

What a beautiful story! I’ll be keeping all of you in my prayers! God is GOOD!

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