Our Journey with Conjoined Twins
Abby & Erin
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So I was scrolling through facebook and came across a post by Audrey Roloff. I love reading her posts and her blog, they are always so uplifting and filled with hope and joy. Today her post really struck me. It said, "I was recently reading a devotional that I receive via e mail, and I was struck by these words: "I tell you honestly that it is not your ability that matters; it's the strength of your faith in My (God) ability to do what you cannot. You must stop relying on your own efforts and common sense and begin to rely on Me..." I feel there are so many days where I try so hard to rely on myself. And those days are normally not good days. So many times people will ask "How do you do it?" or will say "You are so strong". But in all reality it isn't me. There is no way I could make it this far on my own. These is a verse that talks about how His (God) power is strongest when we are the weakest. And that is the story of my life right now. I wouldn't still be standing if it weren't for the all knowing God who comforts me every single day. He knows the outcome, He knows the process, and He knows every little bump along the way. So why not trust him. I want to challenge you all to do the same. We each have varying degrees of needing to rely on God in our lives, whether that is getting through the day with sick kids, or passing an exam, or getting through the work day without stressing, or dealing with the death of a loved one, or like me watching your children fight the hardest fight of their lives. We all need to rely on God and realize it is Him at work through us, it is not us on our own.
That all being said things are pretty status quo here in the Delaney girls' world. We are expanding right on schedule and everything seems to be looking good so far. The girls are handling everything in stride and are such little troopers. One weird thing that has started to happen is that Abby seems to want to choke on her spit ups. We don't know what has changed to make her do this but it has happened twice so far that she will go to spit up and get "stuck" so to speak and stop breathing. I am not sure if it is related to her reflux and it hurts and so she bears down and stop breathing or if she actually gets stuck. It is pretty much a guessing game. But like I said it has only happened twice, but those are the two scariest moments I have ever endured and I pray that I never have to go through it again. If Abby were to stop breathing Erin would also have ramifications since they share blood supply. So that thought alone terrifies me. My knees go weak and I feel like the world moves in slow motion. But God willing she doesn't do this again and things will keep moving smoothly.
Riley comes to visit for Easter next week and we are BEYOND EXCITED!! He hasn't been here in 6 weeks and we are so ready to have him back. A lot of the reason he is able to take a week and a half off is because of all the wonderful donations we have received over the past few weeks. We are blown away by peoples generosity. It makes it so that we are able to be a family under one roof, even if just for a little while. That means the world to us. We are also going to start trying to save a little bit so that we can buy a house for when the girls and I come home. I so badly want to have a nice house to bring the girls home to where they have a nursery and a play room. One that we can stay in and that the girls can grow up in. God willing we can save enough up that we won't have an insane mortgage. But we would much rather a house than having to move into an apartment. There isn't enough room at my parents for us all to be there so God willing we will have a new place to go home to before we actually go home.
If anyone is near the Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, PA) there is a fundraiser happening this Saturday for our family. Bounce houses, snack bar, pizza, rollerskating, animals, pony rides, and so much fun for the whole family! They will also be having a bake sale going on! It is $7 admission to play. I worked there for a few years and the staff are like family. We so appreciate what they are doing for us. It has even been broadcasted on the Sound of Life Radio Station. Please tell your friends! We will also be skying most likely a few times during the day to say Hi and be a part of the fun! There is a facebook events page you can get more information from. I will post the link below.
Please keep us in prayer as we get closer and closer to separation! We are trying to get as much fun time in with these girls before things get hard again. We so appreciate all the prayers and donations. We wouldn't be able to do the things we have without them. We are incredibly blessed.
Also please say a prayer for my family as my grandfather passed away this morning. We are sad that he never had a chance to meet his great grand babies, but I know he is watching them from heaven. We are happy that he is at peace and no longer in pain, but it is still sad since we will miss him very much!
My name is Heather Delaney. I married the love of my life Riley on 10/02/15 and we now have two beautiful girls Abby & Erin, who are conjoined twins, that were born 07/24/16. We are trusting that God is going to work all this out for his good!