From the Heart

When he was 8 weeks old, my grandson Alan was diagnosed with liver disease. For the past 22 months our family, supported by God's grace and the prayers of a multitude, has stared down a beast known as biliary atresia. There have been many dark valleys, many hospital stays, too many emergency room visits, ambulance/careflight rides, ICU days, and countless procedures.

On Dec 30, we will celebrate Alan's 1 year liver transplant anniversary. We are on the mountain today, but we know there will be more valleys ahead, hopefully none as dark as we have seen.

Make no mistake, our entire family has been held in the grip of this beast, but standing on the front line 24/7 was my daughter.

Today is her birthday. This card is a tribute to her from my heart.

The text you see peeking out is the lyrics to a song that she sings, a song that she learned before Alan was born. She doesn't need to see them--she knows them by heart because she believes them, she lives them.

Happy Birthday, Amy.

The pathway is broken

And the signs are unclear

And I don't know the reason why You brought me here

But just because You love me the way that You do

I'm gonna walk through the valley

If You want me to


Cause I'm not who I was when I took my first step

And I'm clinging to the promise You're not through with me yet

So if all of these trials bring me closer to you

Then I will walk through the fire

If You want me to

It may not be the way I would have chosen

When you lead me through a world that's not my home

But You never said it would be easy

You only said I'd never go alone

So when the whole world turns against me

And I'm all by myself

And I can't hear You answer my cries for help

And I'll remember the suffering that Your love put You through

I walk through the darkness If You want me to

If you want to hear it, click here.

Thanks, Barbara for inviting me to This Thurday Its All About. This week's theme is "Art from Your Heart".


Anonymous said...

its gorgeous, love the tag!

Michelle said...

Aunt Lisa, you made me cry!! You are right though--Amy is an inspiration to all mommies everywhere. She is a shining example of leaning on God, through good and bad. And the page you made is gorgeous!

Linda Jacobs said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your daughter! And, Happy Mother's Day to you, (the first time you became a mother!)

Barbara said...

Such a gorgeous piece and what a story. Happy Birthday to the little one in your family's heart.

Nigel's Mom said...

Delicate and bonny; so lovely. The song is beautiful. This brought a tear to my eyes. That is the test of art, it it emotive?

Barbara Hagerty said...

You know, it's really hard to post a comment through tears! I have now words for how touching, and beautiful this is! Thank YOU Lisa, for inspiring us all! And happy birthday to your daughter! I have an Amy, too!! Blessings to you all!! XOXO

Tammy said...

I cried too. What a wonderful mother you are. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Our God is an Awesome! God!! May his Grace continue to grace your lives.

Gabrielle Madsen said...

Happy Birthday you blessed daughter!

Cazzy said...

Wow what a moving story, I hope that the mountains are more often than the valleys for you all.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

So touching and beautiful! Brightest of Blessings to you and yours! oxo

Anonymous said...

As Michelle said, Amy is an inspiration to all mommies, and I am so pleased with her. Lisa is amazing too, she has been right beside her through this, and I am happy to be Mama to Lisa, and Nana to Amy.

Maresa said...

May God bless your family in the future as He has in the past and present with many more faithful men and women of courage and character who will continue to bring Him honor and glory.

carolann said...

This is awesome hun I have two grandchildren with cancer my grandson has a tumour that cannot be operated on till he is 12 and undergoes chemo for 12 mnth at a time and my grandaughter has leukimia so I know how hard your journey has been and this is a fitting tribute hun xoxoxoxoxo

rattytatty@fsmail.net said...

Wonderful card, for your daughter. I hope that there are no more valleys in your future.

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

So beautiful!! I know I have browsed your blog before, but just now I realized that you use a book for your ARt journal. So each time you paint, make collages and draw it's on the same book? Love your art...very profound! :)


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