It was honestly the best birthday present this momma could have hoped for. We don't know how on earth we can thank all of our friends, the family members, and the many strangers who showed love and support for our family.
When we broke the news to Renn that Daddy and Eli were going to be able to stay close to the hospital and not have to go home, his eyes said it all. They welled up with tears as he said, "But, how?!" God bless each and every one of you. Seriously... We can't thank you enough.
I'd also like to take this time to give a special thank you to a very sweet, generous person. Her name is Janelle Dill. She, too, has Epilepsy and has been the most selfless supporter of Renn's, from the very beginning. We have never met in person, but she has hand-crafted some incredible Star Wars themed stuff all for Renn to enjoy. She made him a calendar, and most recently sent him a lightsaber, along with some glow sticks, fun markers, and the COOLEST scroll that officially promoted our Jedi from Padawan to Master. Somehow, she even managed to have Master Yoda and Master Kenobi sign the certificate, themselves! ;) And then, she did something that touched me even more... She made me a beautiful flower pin, and gave me a small bottle of Frankincense and Myrrh scented bath crystals. What a darling she is. She has also put Renn on a prayer list at her church, and some time ago, they sent Renn a box of Sunshine. They gave him crayons, TONS of goodies, coloring books... the list goes on! And they sent him cards and cards and cards. My goodness... Let me say, she has made our family smile SO much!!
Janelle has a documentary on YouTube, and I would like to share Part 1. Yes, it is a bit long, BUT she gives great insight to what Epilepsy means and how it affects each person it touches. She even goes into the history of where the word Epilepsy came from, and when it was discovered. Genius! Janelle can't have certain foods or be around flashing lights, where as Renn has zero triggers. Epilepsy is very different for everyone.
Janelle, you are SUCH a sweetheart! (We even have the same necklace!) Thank you for your love, kindness, and support. You truly brighten our day. Your song choice by one of my most favorite groups, Plumb, spoke to me so strongly. Thank you for being a great advocate, for teaching others, and for inspiring so many who are struggling with Epilepsy.
So... Shock. We are still in it. But we are also feeling the love. So, so much love. Thank you all for your donations, for your cards, for your calls and messages. The countdown is definitely on. As we prepare, please know how much we feel your love and how thankful we are for it.
May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.
2 Samuel 2:6