Tuesday, September 6, 2011


This picture gets me every time
September 4th was the anniversary of the day we got Elijah home from the hospital.

The day of his homecoming was one of the happiest of my life. It'd been a rough three weeks in the hospital, uncertain if our son would live, uncertain of what kind of future he would have. We knew a few things on this day four years ago...our precious son's brain was severely and globally hurt - but he was breathing on his own, he was eating orally, and he was the cutest thing we'd ever seen. So much was still uncertain...would he ever walk, talk, drive a car, get married? Four years later and we have some more answers, but certainly not all.

I'm a couple of days late, but every year I like to look back on that day we got our son home. I remember walking in the door, plopping myself down on the couch with our son, and crying tears of joy. I like to look at this picture and remember the relief, the feeling that everything was going to be okay. We had our son and that's all that mattered. He was finally ours and ours alone.

Home, finally. In our arms for good.


sugarmagnolia70 said...

Beautiful.You've both come so far!

Kathy said...

A beautiful day! Elijah is a wonderful part of our lives. He shows his personality, his love, his joy in so many ways. You and Andy have done so much for him. God has blessed you all. Love, MomNanaKat

Janet said...

So beautiful. I have a picture of myself and my son exactly like this. It holds the same feelings and emotions. Such joy. :)

rc45 said...

I admire your courage in moving forward and the things you have shared in your thoughts in these past 4 years.
Reggie Warren

Mo said...

I think you posted this pic, or one like it, last year. It gets me every time too. I just stare at it. It's the definition of so many things and I tear up thinking about your moment, your utter relief. Pictures are worth a thousand words... this one seems to be worth more than that. Love you and Elijah.

Gayle said...

I saw this video clip and I wanted to share it with you as I think these people went through some of the same things that you have.


I hope it is not too painful, but I thought you could relate.

MamaBear said...

Lisa, this picture makes me remember to breathe deeply. It's beautiful.
Wish we could have talked more at the wedding, I was looking forward to seeing you guys.
We had a packed weekend. I feel like I need a day off to recover, instead of launching into the next week.
Libby Jane
ps. I get other mom's phone numbers all the time. If I feel like we've had a connection and want to talk again, I offer my contact info. Then I don't feel weirdo about it, because the ball's in their court, but I've made an invitation for continuing friendship.
Finding time to follow through when we do connect again is another thing!

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