Ryman is growing so fast. Sometimes I stop and think, did she really have two liver transplants. In two days she will be 4 months post her second transplant. Four months isn’t that long ago so how does it already feel like a different life. I think God designed us in a way that we can go through something tramatic and just a few days, weeks, months later we are back to living life.
We grow, we change and we continue living. I remember thinking about it while a few of my friends were going through loosing their houses in the flood. I would get on twitter and facebook and everyone one was still living thier lives, I felt that way during Ryman’s journey too. It made me feel wierd to know that the world doesn’t stop just because you are going through something life changing. But our family, friends and so many more did stop and think of us.
Life changing moments happen everyday for everyone, it’s every decision we make. Not only can your decisions change your life but they change those you encounter. Who would have thought that a decision a doctor made a decade ago to go to Vanderbilt for his training gave him the skills to know what Ryman’s symptoms were.
Or that friends simply saying, stay another night at the hospital if you can and get some sleep would mean that we ask to stay and because of that Ryman got the nurse and doctor she did.
I am sure I am not the only one to think about things like this. The decision to change my major to Geology at almost the end of my 4th year in college lead me to meet a friend who later got me the job in Nashville where I decided to go hang out after work and met Jeremy.
It gives me chills sometimes to think about the smallest decision to go back to Red Door that night because my clothes fit the atmosphere better lead me to meet Jeremy.
God has definitly been more visable to me in the past 8 1/2 months but he has been in those smallest decisions guiding me. What feels like small decisions can be life changing, that’s almost scary to think.
Even though the worrld doesn’t stop, there have been so many of you who have stopped and prayed, called, text, visited, and just plain loved us.
Over the next few weeks I want to try to share some of those decisions that people made, that played such an important part in helping us continue living life.
I’ll start with a letter from a mom who is from my hometown in Morgantown, KY. Her letter said:
Brandy – Jeremy –
This is Jenel Brooks. I live in Morgantown, KY. I was asked to help in the benefit car show for Miss Ryman! My shop – New Life Taxidermy – donated a basket & gift certificate for the auction. My four year old daugter – Jenna – kept asking questions about the basket and the benefit. I tried to explain to her as best I could that the benifit was where people get together and give $ to people who need help. She was very concerned about Miss Ryman, but she was so puzzled about how a basket of stuff was going to help your baby girl get better. So, I told her that people were going to buy the baskets, and whoever was willing to give the most money would take the basket and the money would go to help you guys with whatever needs – she said she understood— Long story short, Jenna went to her room on her own and drew these pictures – Then, she opened her piggy bank and took out 2 one dollar bills. She asked me if it would be ok for her to send $2.00 to Baby Ryman to help her feel better. Tears in my eyes. So, I know $2.00 is nothing, but to my 4 year old Jenna, it’s a lot. I had to send this so you guys would know even the smallest of kids wants to help your baby girl! She prays (we pray) for Ryman to get well each day. God be with you!
Thank you Jennel and Jenna! We are so grateful and we hope that someday Ryman might be able to take $2 from her piggy bank and help a child feel better. Hers has definitely worked!
Love, The Little’s