Merry Christmas! 

“Hannah’s heart looks perfect! … Well, not as perfect as if she had 2 functioning ventricles … But perfect for her!” I do enjoy Hannah’s cardiology appointments – especially when they’re as positive as our most recent one!

Hannah’s cardiologist is a gentle, kind man who also happens to have a daughter named Hannah. He is able to explain things in a way that we can easily understand, and as we found out last time, knows all the words to Peppa Pig: Grampy’s Dinosaur Park (though he said he’s never actually watched it, just listened as parents played it to distract their kids during their scans!).

But do you know what I like even better than her cardiology appointments? Not having them for 6 months! As Hannah’s recovery has gone so smoothly and the shunt is doing its job well, we don’t have to see him again before the middle of next year. And between now and then we’ll only have one hospital check up to track her growth and development. Music to our ears!

So Hannah is able to get on with the job of being a baby. She’s got a few more teeth poking through, is making lots of comical noises, and can pretty much roll over consistently. She’s been trying to pull herself up on things too and enjoys standing, with only minimal support from us. Very soon she’ll be on the move I think. It’s such a joy to see her really interacting with us and our world.

Hannah’s first Christmas tree (you can tell she’s not crawling yet by how low some of the ornaments are!)

Preparing for Hannah’s first Christmas has also helped me reflect on God’s faithfulness to us this year. He has indeed been so faithful, in so many graciously answered prayers.

But what if Hannah’s surgeries, recoveries and medical stuff hadn’t gone so well? What if we didn’t have our little one around to celebrate more of her milestones? Would God have still been faithful to us and to Hannah then?

Christmas reminds me that yes, God is with us, he has been faithful, so wonderfully faithful. Our saviour Christ Jesus came as baby, he walked on earth as a man, and he died and rose to give us life with God.

We thank God for how we are finishing the year with Hannah, happy, smiley and healthy. But more than that we thank him for sending Jesus.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Love from us xx  
Please give thanks for…

  • Hannah’s continued good health and development
  • Time to celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas with our friends and family
  • God’s many answered prayers this year

Please pray for…

  • Our trust to continue to be in Jesus and not ourselves
  • A safe and enjoyable holiday season
  • Those children and families at Westmead Kids who won’t be home for Christmas

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11