For the last year and a half you have read my blogs on Audree Gomez.  Audree is a little girl from our area who was in desperate need of a brand new heart. Audree went in for medical attention on October 27, 2011.  Audree had not been home since, not until yesterday.

Audree received her heart on October 15, 2012, almost a year after she went into the hospital.

Audree went in for her heart biopsy on January 8, 2013, three months after her heart transplant.

From Mommy AUDREE UPDATE: I just spoke with Susan, one of our amazing coordinators, and AUDREE IS A PERFECT ZERO!!! Absolutely no rejection! We can take her home!! God is so good!

Yesterday, Audree finally got to go home after 450 days in Dallas.  Those days spent in and out of the hospital.  The Gomez family brought their baby girl and her new heart back home to Umbarger.


From MOMMY: Amarillo!!! We are here! Only 40 minutes to our farm!! Sooo ready to be home! Audree did great on the drive here. She only started fussing outside of Clarendon! Pretty good for her first car trip! Can't wait to see out family!

I have been following Audree's story since last year and it is nothing short of a miracle.  It is so amazing to see God's work in this little girl.  It is so amazing to see the faith that the Gomez family has exuded this entire time.  Through good days and bad they praised his name, and now have their little girl back home and their family of 5 are finally together again.

I think Audree's Mommy Kimberly said it best:

A few thoughts from Mommy: We have been asked several times "Why do you think God allowed this to happen to Audree?" or "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" I think that there could be several explanations as to why God allowed Audree and our family to endure this heart transplant journey or even allows any of these precious kids and families to go through similar circumstances. One thing I know is that we live in a fallen world. Pain, illness, death are all things that we as humans endure while we are on this earth. Another thing that I know is that often times God uses these bad things in life to bring about something good and perfect. As I sat contemplating these questions, this passage came to mind (Thank you Abba God for the Holy Spirit who speaks to our hearts) The Refiners Fire 1 Peter 1:6-9: "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls."
I know that through this experience, my faith has grown and I am more sure now that God is the great I AM than ever before. I told someone earlier that it is difficult to doubt God when He has wrapped His arms around you and carried you. Even now I can see those impurities that God is still refining out of me, impurities that I had not even realized in my own pride existed. I thank God for accepting us for who we are, meeting us where we are, but most importantly for loving us enough to NOT LEAVE us there.