Her lil pod.
I made it to PA today, and everything is going great. As you can see, I was able to hold Anniston for the first time, and it was wonderful. The surgery will be tomorrow sometime mid-morning. We do not know an exact time yet because there is another procedure before ours. If we had to guess, we would say somewhere around 10am EST. The physician's assistant told us that Anniston's surgery should last anywhere between 3 1/2 and 6 hours.
Something pretty random and neat happened today. We met a family from Laurel, MS who have a daughter who is about to have her third surgery by the same surgeon as ours: Dr. Spray. We've heard a lot about Dr. Spray. He is one of the best heart surgeons in the world, if not the best. Anyway, the father of this family from Laurel was talking to us, and he said that he told Dr. Spray one day that "modern science can do some pretty amazing things, but you know what? God has His hand on this place, and He is working miracles here." To which Dr. Spray grabbed his hand and replied: "I figured that out thirty years ago, and there is not a day that goes by that I don't give my mind and my hands to the Lord when I'm scrubbing up for surgery." Isn't that amazing?! I am so thankful that our surgeon, such a highly acclaimed man, trusts in the Lord and recognizes His power working through him.
Also, please lift up Hadassah, daughter of our friends Mark and Esther (from LA), who is having heart surgery tomorrow morning too (**Sorry, it's NEXT Friday; I was wrong**). It's her third surgery, and they are at the children's hospital in Boston. I'll have to tell you more about them later...they are AMAZING.
Love you all and are so encouraged by your words and prayers. Will update tomorrow afternoon after Anniston's successful surgery!