is a life-threatening condition. Austin was given a little booklet
to read in an attempt to inform him of his new diagnosis.
He was too weak to read. So, he left it.
When I had a moment, I picked it up and read it through.
Austin asked me to give him the run down. I didn't want to. Not then.
I told him that I wanted to wait until he was out of ICU.
But, he insisted on knowing what he was up against.
I resisted. But, he pushed me for a brief synopsis.
He really wanted to know. It was grim and I didn't want to upset him unnecessarily. The statisticsfor DCM were grave. One third of children
diagnosed with the condition die, one third live with impaired heart function, and one third fully recover.
I told him the potential was that he could die. He replied after only a moment..."That was blunt!" And then, after a pause and thoughtful consideration, "But, I'm not afraid to die, because I know where I am going".
It was a profound moment we shared. He and I were alone and it was precious to witness his response. Austin hadlooked death squarely in the face and was able, as evidenced by his bold declaration, to prove his faith was bigger than fear.
From that moment on, he had a boldness in his witness for the Lord and all that He has done for His people which warmed my heart. He was able to testify that we serve a good and gracious Saviour Who does all things well and without mistake. It was incredibly encouraging to us as his parents. It was clear where he stood and in Whom he had put his trust.
Austin was well aware of the situation he was in. However, he sought to live life to its fullest in spite of it. By God's great grace, he knew what was most important and lived accordingly. It is how we all ought to live. It is something we all ought to consider.
Eternal focus has a way of clearing out clutter. All that really matters is all that is left. We have many happy memories of our precious son. This particular memory is one that I hold dear to my heart. We really didn't believe that Austin would fall into the one third category of children who eventually die from DCM. The Lord graciously gave us just over 14 months more with our son after his diagnosis. For that, and many other mercies, we are thankful. One day, the Lord will cause us to know all that we need to about these things. Until then, we trust in His perfect and sovereign plan for us all.
It is a blessing to rest our hearts in His good purposes. It is truly a wonderful thing to belong to Him. Are you the Lord's? Do you have the confidence in your future that our Austin had? It is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work. The assurance of salvation is available to all who come ~ see John 6:37.
There is nothing more precious than trusting in the Saviour, and knowing that you belong to Him. There is a wonderful peace that comes with knowing where you will be forall eternity. Look to Him and live! With Love, Camille **The first photo in this post is from the hospital stay when we first learned of Austin's DCM diagnosis. He was out of ICU and upstairs. **The second photo is from Austin's last birthday card ~ the verses written there were such a comfort to his heart, and to ours.
for two precious little people. It was so much fun!
One side is made up with squares of flannel...
...and the other side is made up of cotton prints.
I used 7 inch squares of fabric for these two quilts.
And, they are both 8 squares by 8 squares in size.
I feel like a kid in a candy shop when I am choosing fabric.
Piecing that fabric together, however, can be a bit more of a challenge.
My sister helped with that process via texting.
Technology can be an amazing tool, can't it? Thanks again, Janine. XO
For step-by-step instructions on how to put
a raggy quilt together, click here. So easy and so forgiving.
The main difference between these quilts and my first one is this ~
the edges of the jean quilt haven't been snipped. But, I am planning to change that soon.
The quilts in this post have been washed up and are all ready to be given away.
What projects do you have on the go? Tell me everything! :)
Have you ever made a raggy quilt? If not, why not? Ready...Set...Go!