His Light Shining Through

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:8


Evangeline is getting better!


Her leg is getting stronger everyday. She is now walking during therapy without the knee immobilizer which really is a remarkable improvement.

She is still in the wheelchair all the time except for when she is in therapy because she is still terribly unsteady, but she is definitely improving.


She is very happy at Children’s Hospital. There are so many fun things going on, and she is usually right in the middle of it all. She has become the belle of the ball, so to speak, on her floor. She is loved by all the nurses and therapists. We are so very thankful that she is happy there.


The part that is difficult is that we are still bonding with Evangeline ourselves, and the over the top attention the nurses are giving her is difficult to take. She told me yesterday she wasn’t coming home. She was staying at the hospital forever.

I know this is temporary, and she will come home. I just kind of feel like all the attention she is getting form the nurses will make it hard for her to transition home again where I could never keep up with all of that.

Then again, it may not even be an issue because being in the hospital isn’t a normal situation, and it won’t go on forever no matter how fun it has become.

At this point, I do not think she will be coming home too soon. She still has a lot of work to do, and the physical therapist mentioned yesterday the possibility of extending her stay until she is closer to where she was before surgery.

As much as that is tough in so many ways, I really do want her to have the opportunity for all the physical therapy she needs.


She has had some wonderful visitors.

This is Teresa Bartlinski who was at CHOP for an appointment and took the time to visit Evangeline.

Teresa is waiting for a new heart, and she was also adopted from China.


We thank you so much for all of your prayers for our little miracle girl.

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  1. Karen says:

    I remember Emily crying as we left the hospital because she didn’t want to leave the sweet nurses ! She’ll get over it. So happy she is progressing !!!!

  2. Claudia Huisman says:

    wow! What a wonderful hospital CHoP is! This is the best place for her to be, for her physical recovery. Never forget that you and only you are her forever family. You are the ones fulfilling her basic needs, you are her basic safety and provide her basic trust. No one else does that. All this may be remote for her for the moment, and maybe she is taking the hospital care for granted as a ‘replacement’, but they can never give her what you all do.
    Happy weekend and warm regards,

  3. Kim Shafer says:

    Continuing to pray for all of you. Esp. for strength for you and your husband. I know it must be so difficult for you maintaining 2 locations. God is in control and though we may not know or understand why this is happening- it is in His control and you and your family are in the best place you could be- the center of His will.
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  4. Karen Haske says:

    I’m sure it broke your heart when Evangeline announced she was not coming home and instead staying at the hospital. When our Lydia had surgery she cried when as we drove home because she didn’t want to leave the hospital and the nice nurses/doctors. I did ask for limited interaction from the nurses because of the confusion their kindness caused. Most were understanding….some weren’t and looked at me like I was a terribly mean old lady! Our daughter had already been home and in our family for over a year at that time, so I can only imagine how hard it is for all of you when Evangeline has been home for such a short period. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Penny says:

    Glad her leg is improving. That’s wonderful news!

    I was wondering, as Karen writes above, if you could explain the situation to the nurses and enlist their help – is there maybe a handout on attachment and newly-adopted kids that you could give them?

    And lthough she is protecting her heart right now, I suspect that once she’s back home and surrounded by the love of you all, she will be able to ease back into opening it.

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