|why do my kids want to make a silly face in every single picture?|
after the dentist, the professor, eve and i drove anna to Shriner's Hospital in Portland.
We met with a plastic surgeon about Anna's burned hand.
she will need another surgery on it sometime.
we thought it was time.
they also told us that her ring finger bone has no growth plate so it is will be smaller.
it's weird, but doesn't hamper her ability to use her hand, so we are grateful.
she said she wished she had died in the campfire.
it was healthy, and healing.
at the doctors we saw a boy with half of his face burned.
i said, he probably looked at anna and thought that she had a perfect life.
and, because she had a burned hand, she could empathize with that boy a little more.
my heart aches for that sweet girl.
i don't want her to hurt, or to be different.
STAY HOME!! Protect her!
Everyday we try as mothers to protect our children from pain and disappointment.
but, we can not. we should not.
anna, she is strong enough to endure this trial.
she will be given everything that she needs to endure the trials she has ahead of her in life.
she has a burned hand, and it is hard.
everybody has something hard.
because in this life she learned to do hard things.
she learned to pray and rely on a Savior.
last night, anna was telling Ellie about her trip to Portland.
she said, "I told mom that i wish i could have died in the fire when i was a baby. and she said, then who would kiss lily goodnight every night? and i said, all her other sisters. and mom told me, there would be no lily... because if i would have died that night, mom would have died too."
before bed, we read another chapter of The Little House on the Prairie.
i loved this line...
"That afternoon Ma sat sewing in the shade of the house, and Baby Carrie played on the quilt beside her, while Laura and Mary watched Pa build the fireplace."
life is beautiful.