Kylie Doniak's Journal
What a year its been!!
Written Jan 31, 2013 9:05pm by Alyssa DoniakWritten by Lori (Kylie's mom)Almost one year ago, we received the phone call that every parent fears, and in the blink of an eye our world was turned upside down. In that moment I had no idea what the future held, but from then on there wasn't a moment I wasn't held."For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear. I will help you".Isaiah 41:13God has a way of providing when you don't even know what you need. He dropped people into our lives, many we didn't know or know well, right at that moment when we needed them most. He surrounded us with love, support, and strength to hold us up when we could no longer stand. He's provided grace, endurance and perseverance to continue the fight, and just enough miracles, victories and joyful moments to give us hope and encouragement to follow His plan, step by step, in His time."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 29:11We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers given to us by family, friends, work, the entire soccer community and people we don't even know. We have read EVERY CaringBridge post and took great comfort in knowing that someone at any moment was on their knees praying for us when maybe we couldn't do it ourselves. We were covered!!So many people reached out to us in so many ways. The events and fundraisers that were planned, the financial contributions, the thoughtful, everyday things that were done for us to make life easier and allow us to concentrate on the job at hand, were just incredible. The cards, notes and emails came at just the right time as did the texts, phone calls and well wishes from people everywhere.We have been constantly surrounded and blessed by family, and friends that we call family, so that we have never felt alone on this journey. Together we have trusted the Lord with all our heart and "Let Go, Let God".When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4 We are not scared of tomorrow because God's already there!I am thanking God for giving all of us this opportunity to show our faith and I am honored he chose us, especially Kylie, to rise to the challenge ahead. As I wrote in Ky's senior yearbook - "When you have come to the edge of all light that you know, and are about to drop off into the darkness, FAITH is knowing one of two things will happen. There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly".We will continue to WALK BY FAITH and He will lead us through!On 12/1/11 @ 6:41 AM, (2 months before Kylie's accident), she had text me the following message:Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27Who knew how appropriate this would become.
Kylie's 22nd Birthday!!!!!
Written Sep 26, 2012 11:31pm by Alyssa Doniak"Be strong in the Lord, never give up hope. You're going to do great things, I already know. God has his hand on you, so don't live life in fear, forgive and forget, but don't forget why your here. Take your time and pray. Thank God for each day!"I am hijacking this site from Alyssa just for today. It is Kylie's 22nd birthday!!! There was a time this past year that I wasn't sure we would see this day. It was only for a few seconds, when we first were told of her accident. From then on, I never doubted, even for one minute that my Kylieboo would be touched by God, our Almighty Healer, fight back, and survive to see many, many more birthdays. Birthdays are always special, but even more so is this one. We will celebrate the miracle of Ky's life and the sweet, awesome person that she is. She brings joy and laughter to all of us everyday. Her determined, fighting spirit is an inspiration to everyone who knows her. God picked Kylie for a very special purpose - He made her life extraordinary. He chose Ky to make a huge difference in this world - she already has. This birthday is extra special and as Kylie says every time she prays, "thank you God for giving me another day". I'm thanking God for blessing our lives with yours. Happy Birthday sweet girl - we love you more than you'll ever know!
Kylie's Speech at Texas
Written Sep 3, 2012 10:44am by Alyssa DoniakHello everyone!Kylie and my family went to Texas this past weekend to watch Makenzy play soccer for the University of Virginia. They won both games and Kenz scores another goal! :)During halftime in the Texas vs. Virginia game on Friday, Kylie received her Big 12 Sportswoman of the Year and Texas Tough Awards and said an amazing speech at halftime to thank God in her recovery. I have attached the link below so you can see for yourself! Thanks for the prayers and keep them up!!!http://www.texassports.com/allaccess/?media=332171