Sunday, March 13, 2011

Jumping Bella Bean

(Bella at birth...15 oz. and 10 " long)

Yesterday was Bella's second birthday.  For those of you unfamiliar with her story I did a post here sharing her miraculous birth and the road from her glass castle at Baylor's NICU to home 5 months later.  I invite you, if you haven't read it, to please do.  Not because my words are awesome, but because our God is.  It is my testimony to witnessing the power of prayer and the faith of a mustard seed.

~Pray without ceasing~1 Thessalonians 5:17

~He replied, "Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you".~Matthew 17:20

I am humbled by God's mercies and to witness her going from an isolette to shopping for a big girl's bed at IKEA is just one of her many milestones that renders me speechless.  God is awesome in His majesty and His wonders are displayed every single day in her face.

When she took Jenn's hand in the hospital, she grabbed each of us by the heart, never to let go and continues to hold court on our lives.

God continues to pour His blessings on Jenn and Roby.  Bella's party had to be rescheduled due to Brandon requiring emergency surgery.  Roby was "listening" when Brandon awoke with severe pain and thanks to Roby and Susan's quick reactions and keen parental skills, what could have been a life changing situation, resulted in an hour surgery with Brandon going home the same day.  Roby keeps asking himself "what if", but there is no "what if".  He instinctively acted, listening to his son and the voice inside himself (and we all know Who that voice was...right?) and made all the right moves.  In other words...you did good Roby!  

Bella is continuing to grow as big as that flower on her dress...which btw...she can still wear! (Thanks Sue...she's definitely getting your money's worth outta it!)

As she continues to blossom, I will continue to praise God and thank Him for her.  Two years...it doesn't seem possible, but through God Almighty...The Great I Am...all things are possible!

~Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."~Matthew 19:26

(Two years and twenty pounds later!)

Today and every day, Bella is standing on God's promises.  She and I are also standing up for Jesus for all the days to come.  If you care to join us...just push your chair back...stand up and say thank you for His blessings on your life.

To our beautiful baby, Bella Bean...

Happy Second Birthday, my darling girl.  Nana loves you very much, but more importantly...

Thank you God for our birthday girl.



42 comments:

One Shabby Old House said...

God is so very good. Saying a hallelujah with you my friend.
She is a precious gift to us all.
Hugs
Becky

Maison Douce said...

Deb, this post is giving me the biggest goosebumps ever....!!! It is so unbelievable to see her, so big and beautiful, what a true blessing!!! Congrats to Bella, the miracle baby!!!
Isabel

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

She is truly a miracle baby!! I've shouted with you all from the beginning for her and continue to shout, especially at each birthday date! Hope she had the best birthday ever!

Debra@Common Ground said...

I'm standing with you and saying AMEN.
God is so good!!!
hugs and lots of love to all your sweet family!
Debra

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Bella Bean is truly a most beautiful miracle. It is really unbelievable how far she has come - she is just adorable, Deb!!! You have all been so very, very blessed, indeed. Wishing sweet Bella a most wonderful birthday! p.s. love her new toddler bed :)

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

You are a blessing in my life! Happiest of 2nd birthdays to your little miracle!! Hugs all around!! :)

The Texas Woman said...

Happy birthday, darling child of prayer!

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday sweet lil girl!....God is good :)

smiles and blessings,
Sheila

Hayley said...

Happy Birthday, Bella! What a darling girl...I bet she's as crazy about you as you are for her. Enjoy this special day...

Nancy's Notes said...

Happy Birthday to your precious angel Bella~ God is Good, Good is Great~

Blessings sweet lady on this very special day.

Nancy

Malisa said...

I didn't think anything could make me stand up today, but I was wrong! I'm standing with you and Bella praising God for all of life's blessings!

Happy Happy Birthday, Beautiful Bella! I hope you grow up to realize that your entire life has been filled with prayer, miracles and the touch of angels' wings!

BIG, BIG HUG!

Aunt MAL

Sassy Marsha said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Bella!!!

Hugs and kisses,
Sassy Marsha

one gal's trash said...

Bella!
Happy Birthday!
I hope to meet you someday. You are so lucky to have such a proud and loving and feisty grandma!
xoxox from Portland, Oregon
Pam

Vicki said...

God is good! Happy Birthday Bella!

Hayley said...

This is such a sweet post and such sweet baby girl. It is great that you recognize your blessings. Also, great that you share them with others. I've been singing all morning, "Our God is an awesome God, He reigns on heaven and earth, in wisdom power and love our God is an awesome God." Your post makes me want to sing it again.

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

That's amazing! So cute! Glad all is well now. judy

The Green Pea said...

Bella is a special blessing, Happy Birthday little angel.

I hope Brandon is doing well also. Prayers for your family. Hugs, sandi

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Amazing! God is Great~Blessings Kim

Dixie said...

She is... and always will be... the "Bella of the Ball"... Happy Birthday to our little blessing... hugs. Dixie

Vintage Home said...

Oh what a sweet story & Brandon's too!
God always has a plan and they are amazing! What a Blessing.!
My Grandmothers name was Isabella...they called her Bella!
Thanks for sharing!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

And all of us that have followed Bella's story will continue to smile as Bella continues to blow out her birthday candles for years to come...Happy Birthday Precious Bella, GOD IS GOOD ALL OF THE TIME!

sweetpea said...

amen. and happy birthday sweet boobala bella! be huggin ya soon, can you believe it!

wuv ya,

shelley

A Cottage Muse said...

This post just made my day!

Happy, Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!! (And you know how to rock an outfit!!)

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Happy Birthday, beautiful Bella!
Hope to meet you soon, little one!

XO,
Anne

P.S.
Love your Nana!

Gracie's Cottage said...

What a beautiful post and pics...you are blessed indeed, (and so is Bella to be surrounded by such love!)

{marie} said...

Have LOVED watching Bella grow the last TWO years!!
Happy Birthday Sweet Bella!!

Graycie york said...

Happy birthday Bella beam love u so much

junkermidge said...

What a beautiful post. God is good! Happy Birthday Bella!
Midge

David said...

Yea, God! Happy birthday, Bella!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Bella... beautiful post and beautiful pictures!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

KarenSue said...

Happy Birthday Bella, I had just started blogging when I read your story and I can't believe Bella is 2! What a joy!

Laura said...

To my future granddaughter-in-law:

Happy Birthday Bella!

Hugs to you Nana and my chair is pushed back!

LB

red.neck chic said...

She is such a little BEAUTIFUL miracle!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

xoxoxo
robelyn

Kathie Truitt said...

My goodness has it really been that long? I remember this little girl....Wow.
And thank GOD that He was watching out for Branden and 'spoke' to Roby. He never ceases to amaze me.

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh Deb she's DEFINITELY the SWEETEST little bean E.V.E.R....!!!!!

SO GLAD to hear Brandon is AOK....That must have been VERY upsetting....!

THANK HEAVENS for the Heavens AND quick reactions....!!!!!

I leave in four days Lovey....Can't WAIT to catch up with ya'll....!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah xxx

junk gypsy said...

precious. absolutely precious. havin' a little trouble typin through my welled up eyes! big big love to all!
XOXOXOXO!

Attic Rat said...

Happy birthday, precious Bella Bean!

SMiles,
Teresa

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Debbie..

Our God is an AWESOME God!! What a testimony!!

Lou Cinda :)

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Wow! It doesn't seem like it has been two years! God is so merciful!

DEB said...

Oh my goodness!!! I cannot belive that darling baby is 2!!! Beautiful..darling...& such a child of God:) So precious Deb!
Hugs..
Deb:) XOXO to Bella

Joni willams said...

Happy birthday Bella u r my little angle

Graycie York said...

Bella's b-day was so much fun!!!!!!!!!!