I’m your miracle

Something New


in 2011 post Scout’s aortic root replacement 


Five years ago, on June 11th Gabe picked up a camera and decided to shoot Scout’s exit from her stay at Johns Hopkins hospital after her aortic root replacement. She had been in for almost a month because of complications. We then got to bring her home to Nashville after a week or so of post-hospitalization check-ups.

So much has happened since then.  She’s come so far.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Israelite’s wilderness journey. How we today can look at them when we have the written story and perspective they didn’t have. They were just walking around living it. They didn’t know how getting to the land that God promised them was going to play out. It was a long and difficult journey. They would experience miracles and God’s provision, but still become ungrateful, discouraged, and let fear or frustration guide their decisions.

We have the luxury of looking at that story as a whole and give our criticisms on why they were so forgetful. I don’t get to see the whole story of the life God is writing for me, Scout, my family. God has brought her through so much. Through this journey, He has made us better and more compassionate people and parents. He has shown us how to love better, find joy in every moment, really taste this life He gives and savor it. I don’t want to forget that or take that for granted, but somehow, sometimes,  I still do.
Something New

Scout in the front field this spring

So, for me, I needed to make a new video. Not because I wanted to, but because I needed to remind myself of what He has done in the past 5 years.   The edit is really not up to my standards, and frankly, it’s because I couldn’t handle all of the emotion I feel when I watch it over and over through the editing process. Because it’s our journey and our perspective and we lived through the moments in those clips. So I had to stop picking at it and just let it go. But I just felt like I had to do it, so I don’t become ungrateful, so I can reflect, but also celebrate how far she has come.


7th Birthday

Scout trying to keep Ash from blowing out her seven birthday candles this March

Thank you for walking with us through our journey these past five years. You are our village and we need you. You teach us about God’s love all of the time and how to live and walk that out better.

One day, I was having a conversation about miracles with Gabe. How one would define a miracle. You know, because you don’t really hear about seas parting to where people can walk right through it anymore. Scout kept trying to interrupt us, and I was all like, “Adults are talking” (or some junk like that). And then I looked at her to let her say what she wanted to say. She took my face and put her lips to my ear and whispered, “Mom. I’m your miracle”.

14 Comment

  1. Kerry Clem says:

    So thankful for the progress she’s made the last 5 years! Proof that prayers of the faithful work wonders, through God’s awesome power.
    p.s. I love the picture of her making sure she’s the one blowing out the candles…typical big sister! :)

  2. DeDe Harris says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I love this so much!! Thank you, Mandy for sharing your heart. Blessings to you and yours dear sister ❤️

  3. Wicky says:

    Oh my! I cried watching this video so I can imagine your having a hard time with editing. It’s so beautiful, and Miracle Scout is so beautiful. Thanks for showing us. I think about y’all so often. I’ll be glad for another chance to see you again. Did you know Robyn is moving to Nashville mid July? We are super excited about that!! Hope to see you soon.

  4. Mandy-
    This was a beautiful video! And a powerful testimony of Gods love for Scout and her family.
    Prayers always-

  5. Camille Pickering says:

    Beautiful. Everything you said, everything filmed. Absolutely and completely. Thank you for continuing to share your inspiring, painful, faith-deepening journey with sweet Scout. Now I have to go clean up my face.

  6. Debbie Reeves Lanphear says:

    Precious and beautiful…..Thank you for sharing. ((Hugs)) Love you, Debbie

  7. Alisha says:

    She is most precious and that was beautiful! Love y’all!

  8. Lauren says:

    That video warmed my heart with its beauty and magnificence. What a treasure that Scout is! Thank you for sharing those moment and thoughts with us! An emotional journey for sure!

  9. Amy Schreiner says:

    What a beautiful life!!! She IS a miracle!!! And she has blessed SO many in her few years!! I think about you guys so much! You are strong parents and you’ve made it so far!! Love, love, love you guys!!!?

  10. Jennifer Richards says:

    I have laughed and cried so many times reading about her progress here or hearing about it from Jon and Lauren. You guys are wonderful and Scout and Ash are your little miracles!

  11. Aubree Clark says:

    This was so beautiful. We pray for Scout and you all everyday. She is such a blessing and so was this video!

  12. Rose says:

    Not a dry eye in the McGee house. Scouty, we love you. It has a been a thrill to see you grow up! XOXO, Rose+David

  13. Darcy says:

    Mandy, you didn’t need to edit it anymore b/c you put it together beautifully! It’s absolutely perfect. I’ve been following your story since you became friends with Joey and Rory. I live in Spring Hill and got to know them when I adopted a dog that wandered onto their property almost three years ago. I will continue to lift your family up in prayer and know the Lord has such a great plan for Scout’s life. blessings, Darcy

  14. Thenia says:

    Very touched by this. “She is beautiful!” said Brenna
    Happy 7th Birthday, Scout!! Miss you guys.

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