one thing i am learning from being Mikisa’s mom is the importance of living in the moment.  it is easy to become worried or angry or fearful, but none of these things are going to help.  instead, i am learning to be grateful for each new day [even the hard ones].  i am learning that these moments are precious and life is fleeting.  i want to make the most out of the opportunity i have been given to love.

my struggle with fear will probably go on for the rest of my life.  every time we have another test, ever time we see changes is behavior i will have to let go of the fear.  i am learning that prayer is real and powerful.  it changes things. God hears us and cares about each one of us.  love is stronger than fear.  and we hang on to a tangible hope.  we cling to Truth.

so thank you God for the gift of these moments.  we don’t take any of it for granted.  every breath we take, every word that comes out of our mouth, every thought, every step…it’s all a miracle.  we delight in our precious daughter Mikisa–just the way she is–and we are thankful for every day we have with her.  we celebrate her milestones, at whatever pace she reaches them.  we are thankful each morning when she wakes up and smiles and talks to us.  we pray that the next day will bring more smiles and more words and more improvement.  but we know that whatever the next day brings, it will somehow be woven into this story.  and this story is a good one.

here is a link to a video capturing some precious moments with Mikisa:

8 responses to “moments

  1. I’m always thankful to read your post as they encourage me to remember the truth of His goodness always! We love Mikisa!

  2. SO loved watching the video, Christina! Wow….Dave and I smiled, laughed, and even had a tear or two as we watched many “memories” of the same walking from couch to couch and four-wheel walker therapies with Evan.

    Precious times – and SO worth EVERY effort. You are doing a beautiful job with her and we can see so much progress! I believe all the love you’re pouring into her little life is flourishing in ALL of you – what a joy to see.

    Love to you — can’t wait to see you all soon!

  3. Thanks for the video. You guys are obviously doing a great job with Mikisa, just compare with the videos from Uganda when she could not walk at all.
    I pray that your love for her will heal her.
    Would have liked to have the natural sound from the video, instead of the gospel music.

  4. Christina,
    This is beautiful reminder that life is messy and raw and it’s good to be real while always knowing that there is beauty and strength and hope. Thank you! And I love seeing Mikisa and hearing God’s story of hope and restoration through your family.

  5. Christina,
    I have known Marylinand the Felten family for over 30 years and I have followed your story initially through Shannon and Marilyn and now through your blog. I love reading your posts. I love Mikisa’s story and how you said YES to God when He asked you to be a very intricately woven part of it. Thank you for sharing your heart, yours and Troys love for her, and for allowing us to see your joys and struggles at a very transparent level. I am blessed eAch time I read. And I L O V E L O V E L O V E that you post videos :-).
    The Lord bless you and keep you and make HIS FACE to shine upon you.
    Karen Trigg

  6. I love the video!! It is so great to see how far the Lord has brought her. I know God is hearing the prayers of many. What a beautiful video. Would love to see you all soon!

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