Reflections and Remembrances on Bethany’s 1 Year Anniversary since Transplant…

On November 21st, 12:35 a.m., Bethany received her new liver.  How can we express our thankfulness and sense of blessing?  We continue to be amazed by God’s loving provision for her and our family.  You are a part of Bethany’s amazing story through your love, prayers, visits, cards and gifts.  Thank you!

It is difficult to believe that it has been a year since that day.  I’ve taken a few moments to look back through our journal here on CaringBridge.  Tears of joy, pain, sorrow, and thankfulness have overflowed.  Our hearts are full today with thanksgiving and gratitude for family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, strangers, and a very special family whose loss meant life for many.

I still remember at 7:10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, receiving the call that changed Bethany’s life.  The funny thing was we were starting to have our dinner prayer when the phone rang.  My parents had just arrived from Foley, Alabama, for a visit.  I was standing by the phone in the kitchen and did not recognize the number, so I answered the phone and hung up thinking it was a solicitor.  The phone rang again, same number.  I wanted the answering machine get the call.  Whoever was calling was interrupting our dinner prayer.

Bethany fussed at me saying that it might be the hospital.  I told her it wasn’t likely.  She had only been on the Atlanta transplant list 24 hours.  But to appease her, I answered the phone anyways.  I’m glad I did.

Bethany continues to tease me about that night.  It was crazy.  We all screamed, hollered, cried, thanked God, and were completely beside ourselves.  Bethany’s response was the best.  She raised her hands in the air, said “YES!,” ran into my arms and cried.  Then, she disappeared to her room to pack and call and text everyone in Hoover.  I’m still not certain how she packed anything.  It seemed that she was busier talking than packing.

That week was amazing.  God is amazing.  This year has been amazing.  It hasn’t been easy:  seven liver biopsies, too many ultrasounds and MRI’s to count, cancer, chemotherapy, starting back to public school, Bethany’s first homecoming and date, three separate episodes of liver rejection, and many, many celebrations of life.

All I can say is thank you Lord.  Thank you for your love, forgiveness, faithfulness, family, and life.  We praise you now and always.

Come let us celebrate all the Lord has done!

In His grace,
Taylor, Angela, Bethany, and Jonathan