June 29, 2009

Seven years ago today I gave birth to Karis Elizabeth after 26 hours of labor in the Mobile Infirmary.  The routine heel prick performed in the first few moments of her life would have changed the trajectory of her life if the word “leukodystrophy” had been on the list of diseases tested in Alabama, but it wasn’t.  The Lord chose a different life for Karis and for those who love her.  He chose a life of suffering- praise be.

Because God, in His goodness, chose this path for us we have witness miracles.  We have had front row seats watching Him sustain, sustain, and sustain, then lift our hearts off the floor and sustain us again.  I don’t just mean Karis.  As her parents He has sustained our bodies, our hearts, and by the power of the Holy Spirit He has even sustained our faith.

Karis’ seven year-old body has survived:

g-tube surgery


brain surgery for shunt placement

dozens of pneumonias

3 “Code Blue” emergencies


tracheostomy surgery

kidney stones

pancreatic enzyme insufficiency

chronic pancreatitis


The list takes my breath away, but I have vivid memories of God’s intervention through every single illness and horrible incident listed above.  In the past seven years we have seen Christ.  It has been a treacherous, painful, exhausting, frustrating and heart breaking journey, but WE HAVE SEEN CHRIST.

I’m so incredibly thankful for the child who was born seven years ago today.  I’m thankful that He knit her together in my womb without mistake.  I’m thankful for the “trajectory” HE chose.  I’m thankful for our testimony that He has borne through so. much. testing.  Karis is our gift to steward and through her life the Lord has etched the meaning of her name on our hearts: Grace.

We are so excited to watch what He has planned for her next seven years.

Karis Almy ~ 3 Months Old

3 month old smiles

1 year old

1 year old

Our two year old

2 years old

3 years old

3 years old

(nearly)4 years old

4 years old


5 years old

6 years old

6 years old

7 years old

7 years old


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One Comment

  1. Van Flanigan
    Posted June 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Sweet Katie,
    I first followed your journey through the eyes of my daughter Katie Emanuel, and I can’t begin to tell you what an inspiration your family has been to me! Thank you for the gift that you share with all of us on the periphery of your waring blender life. You have humbled me and honored God but above all, thank you for sharing the gift that Karis is!

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