It is zero dark thirty and we are on the road to Baltimore. It is sooooo dark outside this time of night/morning. Lily did not sleep at all, and I must admit I did not either. She is pretty calm right now, though. I am pumping lots of iced tea to try to wake up. May have to chug a five-hour energy later!

Thanks for your prayers and we will update when things get underway.


Lily.jpgHello everyone! We are one day away from Lily’s surgery. Todd and I have been busy today with packing, errands, and just wrapping up some last minute details.

Lily’s surgery will be performed at the Bloomberg Children’s Hospital at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. We have to be there at 5:30!! A.M!!! Don’t they know I am NOT a morning person?!! We have to leave home by 3:30 am to get there by then. Lots of caffeine will be in order!! We are not sure when the procedure itself will start. The surgeon said it will take 5-6 hours. She will probably be in Hopkins for about 7 days and then, if she is stable enough, she’ll be transferred to Kennedy Krieger for a few weeks of rehab. We aren’t sure yet how long she’ll be in KKI.

The procedure itself involves an incision into Lily’s back. Her spine will be straightened and then a rod will be placed on either side of her spine so it stays straight. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Sponseller, who is the Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, and he told us he has performed about 3,000 of these procedures. We know she is in the best possible hands, but please pray for the surgeon and his team as they perform the procedure!

We will be posting throughout the day to update on what is happening. And speaking of updates…we will be transitioning away from using our Carepage. We will now be posting all updates here instead. We feel that this will be a more user-friendly way for you to follow Lily’s progress. This site is a lot more mobile-friendly, so if you have a smart phone, it will be much easier for you to read updates on it. You will be able to receive updates by signing up for email updates. You will not need to create and account or log in to read the posts–easy peasy! You can receive an email each time we post to the blog with text or pictures and you’ll still be able to make comments (and please do–we love reading them!). This site is also tied to our Facebook page–Love for Lily Higgins–and our Twitter account: @lilyghiggins. Each time we post here, it will automatically update our Facebook and Twitter accounts. So, you have three ways to keep up-to-date on what is going on with Lily!

Thank you all for the love and support you’ve given us for these past three and a half years. It means the world to us and has given us such hope and comfort through the hardest of times. We are so grateful for every act of compassion, generosity, and kindness that’s been done for us.

Please keep praying BIG for our girl!!

Much much love,
Melissa, Todd, Bryce, and Lily 🙂


2014-09-15 18.01.55Since a few people have asked I thought I’d post the travel logistics for the day of her surgery.

We have been told to arrive at Johns Hopkins Children’s hospital by 5:30AM tomorrow morning.  That is not what time her surgery starts, that is just the time we need to be there so they can start prepping her for surgery.  Since we live about an hour and half away we are planning to leave around 3:30AM (who know what kind of overnight construction we may run into).

Between the time this message is posted and our scheduled departure we have to finish packing, prep meds, wash Lily down with a special antibacterial washcloth the surgeon provided for us, eat some food and get some sleep.  Fortunately, Lily’s night-time nurse has volunteered to come in early, so hopefully we can get a few hours of rest before go time.