Frightening and Fabulous- a year in review. - Aria MacDonald

Frightening and Fabulous- a year in review.

2010 has been for certain the worst year of our life. Dr E commented recently and to quote her ’2010 was a great year for you- both frightening and fabulous, weird all rolled into one’  So true!

But in the last days of December 2010 I feel that God has melted away the resentment I have carried in my heart thru out the year. The truth is it was FABULOUS! We saw a miracle, what a privilege! We saw love. We saw courage. We saw strength. We saw God himself and heard His voice.

This time last year Aria was on the vent, seriously ill from her liver disease. The team, clever beans, pulled her back. Thank you God!

Aria received her gift of life on the 6th of Feb.   What an amazing gift

She did great. But after 10 trips to the OR and weeks on the vent, the transplant had failed and we said it outloud

Mothers Day May 2010 Aria receives her second transplant.  Another beautiful gift, this time it was successful.

But not without serious hiccups. And dialysis

Finally Aria came home! And we had fun

There was a VIP guest post

She is as cute as a button. Just wish that P word would go away

So a few random posts in the vast collection.

There was some intense struggles and sadness, particularly as we said goodbye to two special little girls Almariah and Valeriana.   Forever in our hearts, always.  We can not reflect on this year without honouring these lives.

But we stand today thankful so thankful that Aria has made it thru this year when things looked so so so bleak for her.

May God be pleased to bless her in 2011 as He did in 2010.

LOVE to you all. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for all the love and support!  Thank you to our family, your active and faithful support during our tough times is deeply appreciated.  Thank you to our Omaha friends!  We prayed for you and you are God’s gift to us.

16 Responses to “Frightening and Fabulous- a year in review.”

  1. Tiffany Keller says:

    It has been quite the year for your family! Praying Aria will continue to improve, and praying that God will continue to bless you! May 2011 be a much better year for your family!

  2. Bridgette says:

    McDonald Family! We count it such a blessing to have joined along side you the past year crying out to the Father to save sweet Aria and praising along side you when he preformed such a precious miracle. It will be our honor to walk along side you into 2011 as we all watch the wonderful things God has in store for Aria as well as your entire family. May you be blessed beyond measure. Love, The Melton’s

  3. Cork and Carol says:

    Looking at the year in review does help us to see the total of what God has done in our lives. We, too, have been blessed to see the courageous struggles, loving support, and enduring hope present within the entire MacDonald family. Our prayer is for Aria to continue her progress with few bumps in the road so that you all can be back in your New Zealand home again. So glad Christine will again be able to join you very soon. May you and yours have a very blessed New Year!

  4. Natalie and Cody says:

    awesome – happy new year guys

  5. Jeannie Overall says:

    well done on yur courage, your trust in the Lord, your hope in the Lord, your thnakfulness to Him in the good and the bad times-you are all an inspiration, and a testimony to our gracious and indescribable God’s glory! God bless you as you step into the new year – love, Jeannie

  6. Erika White says:

    A M E N my friend! What a beautiful post to end the year… (much better & more thoughtful than my medical “novel” :) ) HAPPY NEW YEAR to you & your beautiful family!!! I feel so blessed & priveledged to walk this path with you – you are a true inspiration! I eagerly await the post which says you are booking a flight home. I hope & pray 2011 are filled with more fabulous than frightening… you all have earned every single second of it!!

  7. Lori says:

    He is faithful….all the time! Thank you God!!!!

  8. Neala says:

    Happy New Year you wonderful folk! May fabulous be the outcome of 2011 for all of you. xx

  9. Samantha says:

    Happy New Year my friends. You have all achieved so much this year, you have been asked to reach deep within yourselves so many times but you have come up triumphant and stronger each time. I just know that this year is going to be one of amazing achievements for you again.

  10. Lyaine says:

    May God be with you all as 2011 unfolds, as he has been with you through the last terrible yet remarkable year of your lives. God go with you all.

  11. uncle Bruce says:

    Amen. glory to God in the highest the Angels from the Christmas story cry out.What Spiritual stamina God has blessed you with, and what a vision He has shown that as vision goes, this was definitely up there in the stars-reach for the stars this year Ham and Anita with your desires and goals because God will conitnue to come through in answering them in unimaginable ways.love you guys xoxo

  12. Rod & Margaret says:

    Happy New Year to you all. Looking forward to the future when you will all be back home. Thank you Lord for being with Hamish & Anita during such a hard year and bringing Aria through everything to the wonderful little girl she is today.(Jeremiah 29:11)
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. “(NLT)
    God Bless you all. xx

  13. Judy Palmer says:

    Happy new year to you all. I pray that Aria will get better and better as the year unfolds. God bless you all, Judy.

  14. iliganoa says:

    God bless you immensely this year 2011, good to have Christine over. We are looking forward to hearing best news of our dear Aria and we give thanks to Our Lord Jesus for answering our desires amen, Happy and prosperous new year, hope the trip will still be on for disneyland amen. Thank you Lord for good health for Aria this new year, thank you for the gifts of life from Almariah and Valeriana, thank you for comforting their families and blessing them immensely amen.

  15. Joyce says:

    A Happy New Year to the McDonald family. It has been a rough year but all the prayers have been answered and praying for a smooth journey from here on.
    God is so good!!!!! Praying for and giving thanks for the donor parents who made all this possible.

  16. nana rose says:

    What a joy, tinged with sadness for the 2 little ones familiesat this time.So glad she was able to get back home for new year and that she is sleeping better

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11