A living, breathing MIRACLE - Aria MacDonald

A living, breathing MIRACLE

First up and most importantly Aria is doing SUPER AWESOME! We are totally amazed at the 180 turnaround in her since she was discharged. She is:

Talking heaps

Sleeping thru the night (yay!)

Off oxygen during the day

Happy and contented

And…….Drum roll please……WALKING!          That’s right, she is on her feet and walking.  She holds our hands and can walk at least a solid couple of metres/yards maybe more.  Very very exciting.

And…….another drum roll please……..eating!   Yes in the past couple of days there had been a big change in Aria’s eating habits.  She will sit at a meal and ‘eat’ the whole time.  This involves putting food in her mouth and chewing with her front teeth.  If the food has a sauce then she will lick the sauce and a goodish amount goes down.  Sometimes there is a bit of coughing and confusion but she is doing really well.

The biggest factor in this change has been the dose of steroids that she is on.  It was to help her asthma but has had bigger flow on effects.


Deuteronomy 10:21

21 He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

We see it with our eyes everyday, a living breathing MIRACLE.   How blessed are we!?

In other news, the MacDonald family has been pretty busy.  Yesterday we got to go to outdoor church with Carol and Cordell and that was pretty cool.  Beautiful weather to sing praises.

In bigger news- Dr E is here!!!  In Omaha!  We were pretty happy to see her and got to spend some time with her on Sunday arvo.  She came to see Aria in action at PT today between hospital appointments and it was Aria’s best ever session.  Aria was on fire, crawling and walking and laughing.  We are so pleased she can see Aria doing so well.

Aria is in the Womans Day this week to if you want to check it out.  NZ only and no I can’t post it because I haven’t seen it either!  We are always the last people to see Aria’s NZ media stuff but that’s ok.

Anyway this week is also shaping up to be a busy one, we are in at the hospital every day!  Phew, but no worries, there are two beautiful kiddos to enjoy!

39 Responses to “A living, breathing MIRACLE”

  1. Lisa D says:

    Fantastic!!! Wow Aria you are doing amazingly!! Talking, sleeping, eating and so much more Well done!
    Lisa xx

  2. Steph VG says:

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow! That is wonderful news. Look at the journey you have taken thus far…..amazing! xxx

  3. Lisa Robertson says:

    AWESOME!!!!! xxx

  4. Alex says:

    No freaking way!! That’s awesome!! Shot Aribubble 🙂

  5. kelli says:

    WALKING….GO ARIA, hope to see pictures soon
    Keep up the good work Aria

  6. Emma Abrahams says:

    So wonderful to hear that she’s doing well!

  7. Carolyn O'Cain says:

    What wonderful news! I’m so happy for all of you. God has and is doing great things in her young life. What a blessing it is to see how He is working. Sending my love and continuing prayers for each of you.
    In His great love,
    Carolyn O’Cain

  8. Kathleen and Anita says:

    Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!
    That includes the blessing of Aria walking, Aria eating, Aria laughing, Aria sleeping!
    And the blessing of family together, outings with friends, outdoor church (WOW!), so, so much to praise God for!
    We praise Him with you.

  9. Lindsey Elsaesser says:

    that IS truly miraculous!!! Go Aria, and hope to see you all Sunday! (:

  10. Brian Ready says:

    Truly amazing! 🙂

  11. fiona says:

    multiple WOW’s- God is indeed very good

  12. Lori Hollingsworth says:

    Such a GREAT post!! Thank you GOD for Your mercies….they are truly new everyday! Can’t wait to see her in action! (you think by Christmas she’ll be running???) 😉

  13. Joan Marshall says:

    I love opening your e-mails and just sit in awe at the progress Aria is making. I look forward to reading the Women’s Day!

  14. Helma says:

    God is soo GOOOD! What a great blog today!!! You go princess Aria!

  15. Hannah says:

    Wonderful news! xx

  16. Nikki says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! GO, ARIA!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOO – HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Love from Nikki and Rob. xxxx

  17. Bracefield family says:

    Fantastic and the video we showed at Redeemers opening on Sunday was also wonderful! Look forward to seeing you ALL back in NZ!
    Love the Bracefields

  18. Joanne says:

    Wow, you are full of good news! Glad to hear things are going so well, she really is a miracle 🙂

  19. lizzie says:

    Greayt to hear that Aria is doing so well thanks for keeping us updated. God Bless

  20. Samantha Sutherland says:

    Oooh! That just warms my heart hearing such wonderful news! She is making super progress and is a miracle many times over! How lovely that the fantastic Dr E is with you too – I’m sure she will be astounded at how well Aria is doing and happy to see her (and you) again after so many happy pictures.

  21. Lauren says:

    Sooooo good!!

  22. Kerryn Christensen says:

    woohoo! what a thrill to hear how well Aria is doing! Yes – praise to God who is so good. Also a big ‘Well done’ to you, Anita and Hamish!

  23. Raylene says:

    Wonderful news. Well done Miss Aria.

  24. Nola Young says:

    this is all so encouraging, exciting and awesome. What a mighty God who does all things well. Overflowing with thankfulness and joy. Keep up the great work Team! We love you.

  25. Karin Vaughn says:

    Oh my goodness! Our mouths dropped open in awe!!! What an amazing change from the little girl we saw not that long ago! Tell Aria we are so proud of all her hard work!

  26. Kay and Tom says:

    We were so happy to meet, at “outdoor church” last Sunday, the little girl we have been praying for for so many months! What a blessing to see this amazing miracle. Your entire family continues to be in our prayers. God is so good!

  27. joyce says:

    Thanks just does not seem adequate for all the Lord’s goodness that has been poured on your family and those of us who have followed your journey. What a testimony to God’s love.

  28. Cork and Carol says:

    Miss Aria is full of surprises! Praise God for all this progress. Love and prayers to all of you!

  29. Tiffany Keller says:

    That is so awesome! Good girl Aria! I’m so happy for your family, that Aria has been doing so well, despite the cold she recently had. I love hearing good news about her! God Bless!

  30. Rebecca Gunn says:

    A total miracle.

    Big loves to all of you.


  31. Viv says:

    So fantastic to see Aria and the rest of the family doing so well !!!

  32. Shirley Davy says:

    So fantastically amazingly heart warming to read all this progress…. well done Team MacDonald! The girls piano teacher ripped out the article from the magazine to see if we new you guys! We shall keep our copy for you to sign on your return! Much love and enjoy the many lovely moments. X

  33. nana rose says:

    that is mind blowing news.Well done Aria for all you have achieved

  34. charleen says:

    WOWEE FANTASTIC ARIA!! little honey, you are doing so well, and how neat that Dr E is in omaha and can see a happy well little girl, instead of the sick little girl she knew.

    praise god for his goodness.

  35. Leticia says:

    Have seen the article!!! love the happy pictures!!! Glad you have the marvelous Dr E with you .. She will be thrilled with Arias progress and how amazing you all are!

  36. charleen says:

    i have read the article now, i don’t usually buy that magazine, but i did yesterday.

    lovely photos & a well written article, but why the heck are they calling aria BABY aria? she’s not a baby, she’s a beautiful child.

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