Soooo much to be grateful for! From our family to yours, THANK YOU for ALL your encouraging words of support and love, ALL your support in prayers.....numerous acts of kindness.....too many to count.....your support means the world to us!! May the Lord richly BLESS you!! We will NEVER forget..... #savoringthemoment #familyFIRST #blessed
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thanks·giv·ing ˌTHaNGksˈɡiviNG/ noun 1. the expression of gratitude, especially to GOD. A year ago today, Natalia Sofia had her cancer surgically removed by an amazingly skilled surgeon. With the Lord's guidance, he was able to not only remove her cancer, but reconstruct a bone and salvage her leg. As she went into surgery, we did not know exactly what to expect when he opened her up, all we knew is that the tumor had shrunk with the chemotherapy.....after a long wait, we walked into recovery, and we were shocked to find her in a spica cast holding her tiny body still. As a parent, when you hear the word cancer regarding your child, your entire world falls apart into a million pieces...BUT GOD puts all those pieces together and creates something even BETTER than before the cancer! That's the GOD we serve! As we move into our family's CELEBRATION/THANKSGIVING week....we can't help but remember our last thanksgiving.....spent in our hospital room at All Children's Hospital. Thank goodness for family and friends for taking such good care of us....making sure we had our homemade dinner! Soooo much to be thankful for! Thankful for JESUS' LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY towards us...for RESTORATION, RESURRECTION, HEALING AND RENEWAL. CANT HELP BUT WANT TO SHOUT IT OUT FROM THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN TOPS....LOOK AT WHAT THE LORD JESUS HAS DONE! We still have our baby girl...HERE....with us smiling, laughing heartily, soft, warm and FULL of life! The GOD that is out of the box, the God that raises dead things and makes them come to LIFE! YES! JESUS! He is worthy to be praised, and HE is the one I serve! It is JESUS, the one and only true LIVING GOD, who deserves ALL the praise....ALL our praise! We are grateful for ALL our BLESSINGS.....counting them ONE by ONE, LITTLE BITTY ONES, DAILY....THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE! OUR HEARTS ARE FILLED WITH JOY AND GRATITUDE. Thankful for our family, friends, our lineup of doctors, our amazing surgeon, for our pastor/church, our daily bread...the list goes on and on! Thankful for our trials....for they produce PERSEVERANCE Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. James 1:3 ...because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 5:11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Natalia hit another milestone yesterday....she was able to finally ride a bike! Even if it's only with training wheels, we are ecstatic as we watch her be a kid again! Priceless, Overwhelming JOY! She has not ridden a bicycle since before her illness, and it's loooong overdue!! It is truly a JOY to watch her ask the physical therapist, as she is doing something else and spots this "stray" bike! Her persistence payed off, before we knew it, she took off.........and was out of the office, and into the hallway! There was NO stopping her!! Her face totally lit up! Thank you, JESUS, for the little things! Small steps that help you reach milestones......forever grateful....grateful for a faithful GOD, who NEVER leaves you nor forsakes you, grateful for his strength and peace! Grateful for the little things! The little things....the details....are the THINGS of most importance....NOT the things that this world focuses on! Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord himself goes BEFORE you and WILL BE with you; he will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Her urologist called this week to report that Natalia does NOT have an infection! Praise JESUS!! JEHOVAH RAPPHA!
Natalia's scans ALL came back NORMAL! Praise JESUS!! Cardiology switched her Pentam to Bactrim(antibiotic) to see if her nausea/vomiting/metal taste goes away. As long as they keep a close eye on her heart, she's ok to get back on it. Praying this works! Please continue to pray for Natalia...her last urine culture came back positive, so we will be going to the specialist first thing in the morning. She's been battling this infection since August. Praying for wisdom for the physicians involved, for peace and healing, in Jesus MIGHTY name. We believe in the power of your MIGHT, Lord Jesus, and your WORD doesn't come back void....it does what you send it to do. Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my WORD that goes out from my mouth: It will NOT return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Restore Natalia's body....By HIS stripes, Natalia is HEALED...in JESUS holy name! Acts 3:16 By FAITH in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely HEALED him, as you can all see. Psalm 107:20 He sent out his word and HEALED them; he rescued them from the grave... Jeremiah 30:17 But I will restore you to health and HEAL your wounds, declares the Lord...
Welcome to the Natalia support family! This site is for family and friends, old and new, to organize our efforts to support this extraordinary person. This page will serve as your home base for rallying the troops, receiving updates , and raising dearly needed funds to support Natalia . Here's the plan:
Your First Step: Please take 30 seconds to click on the "Follow" button on the top right of this page. This will allow you to receive updates, read journal entries, make donations, share Natalia ’s story on social media, and help the family with week-to-week calendaring needs. Though not mandatory to follow Natalia ’s page, we encourage you to easily create an account with your name and email in order to be able to post photos, leave comments and sign up as a helping hand on the Calendar page. Feel free to upload a photo of yourself to your profile so we can get to know and recognize others on Natalia ’s support team. After clicking “Follow” above, read on to learn more about what you can do to help.
Journal: This tab is where you can read the latest entries posted for Natalia and our support team. You may see additional authors writing updates here to help alleviate pressure for Natalia and expedite information sharing. Each post is followed by a photo and name of the author of the entry. You can reply with supportive comments to any journal entry, or click on the name of its author to send a private message.
Posts: This is where you can leave an encouraging message for Natalia and family, and to read thoughts left by others! If you have something pressing you'd like suggest that everyone sees (e.g. a fundraiser or upcoming event you're spearheading), please don't hesitate to contact us via private message so we can consider sharing it more widely in the Journal sections. There will undoubtedly be many coordinated efforts and events ahead, and we want to make certain they’re organized and publicized through this site to help drive the greatest possible impact.
Calendar: Please see this important section to learn what the family needs NOW. This will be an especially helpful section for locals in close proximity to Natalia . This is an up-to-date calendar which will list the family's immediate needs such as child-care, rides, and meals to help most in the short term. If you see a need posted and can fill it, please sign up through the calendar page directly (i.e. not through private communication) to let us and others know that you've committed to that need. Please check back often to help out with the most recently posted needs!
Donations: The very most impactful way to help Natalia ’s is to make a direct donation right now. After insurance participation, bills and related costs are expected to reach several thousand dollars. This fund will be used at the sole discretion of Natalia and family to help manage all related expenses, and will give them the flexibility to take time off work as needed to directly support Natalia ’s. Donations can be made securely using credit or debit card for any amount. PostHope.org generously makes these donations free of any fees. All donations, large and small, come with the eternal gratitude. Thank you for your generosity in considering what amount you are personally able to give.
Perhaps more importantly, you will also find the tools to share your donation and Natalia ’s story with friends and family via Facebook and social media. After donating, please click the social media buttons to share far, wide, publicly and OFTEN! We believe that many kind strangers online will feel moved by Natalia ’s journey.
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