"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

June 11

The countdown has begun.

I was just about to wake Marissa up from her nap when I got the call. After I hung up the phone, I went into her room, sat in the rocking chair and just sobbed as I watched her sleep.

We have exactly three months to prepare for Marissa's airway reconstruction surgery which will set so many changes in motion.

I don't know if I am ever going to be fully prepared.


Anonymous said...

Alicia...the cool thing is that you don't have to be prepared, because you know the One who is holding her hand and yours through every situation, every surgery, every challenge, every milestone. He is there and He will not go away. He already knows the results and the needs. Now is the time to rest in Him, Praise HIM in this storm and allow Him to hold Rissa through it all!

We are praying for you and little Rissa Roo! Trust in Him, He is able!

Love you!

Kendra said...

Wow! I know it scares the you-know-what out of you, but that is wonderful news! Will be praying for your heart prep and for your sweetie. (The little one--and I guess your big sweetie, too!)

Momof5 said...

Oh Darlin'. Sending hugs and kisses your way. Praying for the peace of the Almighty Father to ease your worries. Praying for little Riss and her new journey ahead. What a beautiful, but scary blessing. We love ya!

The VW's said...

I couldn't have said it better than 'Arrington Family News'....my thoughts exactly! Of course, being a Momma, I also know the ache that goes along with having to watch your child go through surgery, pain and uncertainty! Plus, add the worry that comes with being a Momma! So, even though we know WHO holds the future, it sure is difficult when you love a little one so much!

I'll be thinking of you and praying! Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Having that date set sure makes it more concrete. I know that it's nerve wracking and scary. I wish I had words of comfort. ((hugs))

Hope said...

I'm praying always! I have to believe this is a good thing, though!!


Gretch said...

(((((HUGS))))) I can understand your angst and need to prepare, but honestly it is in Gods hands. Sending lots of prayers and love!!

Michelle said...

praying, just know I'm praying!

Lacey said...

This is a good thing right? Won't she be trach free? I know its a huge surgery because they said Jax will have to have it before he is decanulated.

Mandi said...


My thoughts and prayers are with yall every step of the way..Know that Rissa will be in the hands of the Lord and that he will continue to work miracles with her and this too will be another great step in her life..let me know if I can help in any way...Im always here if you need someone to talk to.


Shauna Quintero said...

I know it's a huge step! And it will be hard to face. But with God you will be able to walk through this fire. Don't be afraid.

Just like when Marissa was born...you didn't know and I'm sure you were afraid. But God carried you through. And, surely, He will carry your family, and especially little Marissa, through this vally and over this mountain.

Can you imagine her without her trach? Can you imagine that little neck?

Another bright side point - It's in June!!! So after the surgery, she won't have fight that bitter cold air. She'll be able to recover easier, right?

Marissa will do great! From what I've seen, Marissa is just too sassy and just too feisty for some surgery. She'll be telling you what's what in no time. I'm sure of it. Whether it's in the voice she has now or something a little different, she'll still be yours to love and hug and kiss good night.