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An Update: Heather Lindsay, December 2009.
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An update on a very special young lady and her family.

Remember me?  If not, let me clue you in.

My name is Hillary McCabe-Olsenn.  I am married to Gunther (four years now), and we have five children:  Heather Lindsay (five); Chandler Bryce (3); Harper Clint (2); and twins Paisley Grace and Pressley Arik, who are six months old.  (They were adopted from China only two months ago.)

We live in Nashville, Tennessee.  Our little family is thriving, and the twins have been nothing but a blessing upon our lives.  God has been awfully good to our family ever since our oldest (Heather) was born with Epstein's anomaly, which threatened to kill her; however, God intervened, and she is now happy.  Healthy.  Healed.  Whole.

Other than having to take heart medication and seeing her pediatric cardiologist every few months, Heather is a normal, typical little five-year-old child who has complete reign over her younger brothers and sister.  To look at her now, you wouldn't even think she had been so desperately sick.

I still have the pictures of Heather lying tethered to tubes in the NICU when she was a baby.  People sometimes think I am morbid, but I have an explanation for this.  I look at those pictures, and I am reminded of the miracles that God's given to her, and see just how far she's come in life. 

It's been an amazing journey.

I have just sent in the manuscript for the book I wrote about Heather and how God's grace brought her through the worst of her illness up to the present day; I pray it touches other families who might be going through the same thing I did when Heather was so ill.  I want to give them a sense of hope, a sense of encouragement, to remind them that they aren't alone in their struggles:  God is with them, always and forever; He will never leave or abandon them in their time of need.

I am actively involved in charities for children with heart or other significant health issues.  I have started a foundation for children with Epstein's anomaly or other serious heart problems, and it takes up a lot of my time, as does caring for my brood.

It gets crazy a lot of the time, especially since Paisley and Pressley joined our family, but I wouldn't have it any other way! :)

It's now December; Christmas will soon be upon us once again.  The children are all excited:  they know that soon Santa will be coming to see them, and they are trying their best to be good, which daddy and I both appreciate.  I also remind them about the birth of the Christ Child, and this is why we really celebrate Christmas; it isn't just about Santa Claus or all the presents.  We make a birthday cake for Jesus, and we sing songs to Him; it's a family tradition we've done for the past several years, and the older kids really seem to enjoy it.

Well, I'd best go.  Pressley is wailing up a storm; it won't be long before his twin sister joins in.  I will see what's going on.  I will write in here again soon; until later, this is Hilary McCabe-Olsenn saying so long and God bless!  And may you have the merriest of Christmases!

~Love, your friend, Hilary.  :) 

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Reviewed by Paul Berube 12/2/2009
Very nice update, Karen.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 12/2/2009
Taking momentum with a Christmas goal ahead!


Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 12/2/2009
I think that's a great idea to have a birthday cake for Jesus. It is something kids can understand. I really liked this story Karen. Thank you.

With Love,
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 12/2/2009
A wonderful Christmas miracle!
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 12/1/2009
Dear Karen an excellent story from your amazing pen, I truly enjoyed this
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Micki Peluso 12/1/2009
Dear Karen,

What an uplifting story and especially at Christmas. Very nicely written-thanks for a great, heart-warming story. of course all your stories are like this--so glad to have them.

Love n' stuff

Micki Peluso
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/1/2009
I like the idea of remembering very much, Karen. There is no greater way to live thankful and celebratory in the moment of now than by actively remembering where we've come from... and how far! The pictures, stories, everything will be of enormous support and encouragement to others who find themselves in a similar painful situation. But love the joy to be found here, too! :)) Merry Christmas to all the McCabe-Olsenn family! May healings continue xx
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/1/2009

Truly a miracle, indeed. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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