I have gotten to enjoy two wonderful, kid-free, girl nights (thank you Charlie!) the last two nights. One of which, we went to an actual movie theater. The movie theater is like going to a fancy restaurant for me- a very rare occasion. I expect a extraordinary meal when we get that opportunity for a nice restaurant, and I crave a good movie on my special theater viewing. Since the only TV I watch is Noggin, I had no idea what movies were playing or what any of them were about. I trusted my girlfriend to pick a good one, and she did not fail. I literally have never watched a movie that moved me so much. My sobbing was uncontrollable. Soul Surfer- the true life story of surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark. I remember when that happened years ago. The movie had a lot of Christian influence because Bethany is a Christian. And her faith is a huge reason for her strength. They actually read a verse in the movie from the Bible, and that's when the water works started. Because Jeremiah 29:11 was the verse that I held on to through Fiona's diagnosis.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
And its that verse that I decided I wanted to name our daughter Fiona Hope. Whether Fiona was okay or not, I knew either way, God was going to give me hope. And she is okay, and medically almost out of the clear from all her major issues. Pray for a safe and smooth surgery tomorrow morning, and that this will be the last time we have to watch our daughter go through this.