After suffering four massive strokes at the age of six, leaving her partially paralyzed, read about her miraculous recovery!
We now have a mailing address for those inquiring on how to reach out to Sophia!
P.O. Box 14, Brownfield, TX. 79316
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2018
Please check back to hear about Sophia’s amazing adventure in Washington D.C.!
We are having to restructure this website. We will include photos and details! It will be finished very soon.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2018
9:00 p.m. Sophia and I have spent the entire day traveling to Washington D.C.! We are snuggled into our hotel room and excited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast tomorrow!
Sophia was telling our Uber driver about this exciting trip and said “We will be talking about God and eating bacon! How great is that? The only thing better would be talking about God and eating pizza!”
After the prayer breakfast we have plans to finally meet her friend Congressman Jodey Arrington in person! This will be an exciting day indeed!!
Our hotel room has a picture of the Washington Monument and she was super excited because she saw it on our way from the airport. As much as her little heart wants to ”see the sites” and accept the many offers she has to tour the area, I know her little body gets tired easily. If she says she needs to rest I am sure she will be just as content to head back to our room, order pizza, and chat with her friends about her adventure.
One of my favorite parts of traveling today was a TSA agent recognizing her and telling her she has made Texas proud!
This trip has already allowed us to meet many wonderful people who have prayed for her and connected with her through faith. I believe she is beginning to see the impact her prayer request has made. She told me earlier that she knows that this is about God and not her but loves how happy everyone is for her recovery.
Check back for photos and to hear more details about Ninja Kitten in Washington D.C.!
MONDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2018
8:00 p.m. We are proud to announce that Sophia has been invited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. this Thursday, February 8th!
We are honored to be guests at this event and Sophia is excited to meet new friends of faith!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2018
1:15 a.m. We are about an hour and half away from home!!! We were discharged from the hospital on Tuesday January 30th and remained in the Boston area until our final appointment in clinic with Dr. Superman on Thursday. He gave us the all-clear to come home and we spent most of Friday traveling back to Texas!!!
Sophia is doing great! We gave her the privacy and time she asked for to adjust to her post surgical state and now her confidence and personality are back to normal! She has even approved five post surgery photos to share now that she is finding her style with her new headgear. She visited the Boston Aquarium and Science Center but spent most of her time in the hotel playing stuffed animals with us and playing together as a family. You can view these in a new photo section labeled Boston Post Surgery, where I will add more photos as she approves them.
Dr. Superman and his staff were perfect! From the moment she met “Dr. Penguin“ from anesthesia, who quelled her anxiety before sedation, to the entire nursing staff that cared for her needs during recovery and kept her spirits and confidence up during and after her surgery.
Dr. Superman could not have impressed us more! His confidence, knowledge, and skill are simply remarkable!
Sophia will return to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for MRI and MRA images in six months. Sophia was excited to know she will be seeing Dr. Stoic because she says she plans on giving him a big hug, tell him about her time in Boston, and thank him for helping her get there.
If the images reveal stable blood flow, she will return to Boston six months later to have a catheter angiogram to analyze the progress of her revascularization.
Thank you so much to every single person who has prayed for our little girl!
Sophia’s journey is not over, she has exciting news we will be posting very soon!
Thank you again for understanding that she needed our attention and focus to get herself back on track. She has been chatting all day about seeing her best friend this weekend, seeing her pets, and introducing her new stuffed animals to her old ones.
MONDAY JANUARY 29, 2018
9:30 p.m. Sophia is doing so great! Her strength and attitude are just simply wonderful!
They are even talking about sending us home soon because she is recovering so well!
She has asked us again to spend our day off of our phones and tablets to play together and spend time together as a family...as it should be.
Thank you for your prayers and messages...we still share them together. We appreciate your understanding that her recovery takes priority over updating her sites and we promise she plans to share with everyone her experiences from this chapter of her life very soon!!
As for now she is simply enjoying watching the snow fall outside of her window while she is chatting away about her excitement for her planned play date with her best friend when we return home.
We added an additional section in the photos and videos page of her time in Boston and pre-surgery photos!!
Sunday January 28, 2018
Sophia was moved out of ICU and to a regular hospital room!
Her recovery has been amazing! Her nurse stated she has never seen a patient like her with no swelling after surgery! Her physical therapist stated that the day after surgery she looked like a patient she normally sees on the day of discharge!
The day after surgery she was able to stand up and walk! Her physical therapist kept saying she looks amazing, fantastic, and terrific!
She is off all pain medications!
She is giggling, eating, making jokes, and beating us all at card games!
She is progressing in her recovery at a lightning pace!
We are all impressed with the amazing care we are receiving at Boston Children’s Hospital. The doctors and staff are “wicked smart” and have lived up to their reputation as the #1 pediatric hospital in America.
We have been receiving photos, videos, and details of entire congregations, schools, and groups which have prayed together for Sophia. When she was shown some of these her reactions have been whispers of “Wow!”
I continue to read her prayers and today she said prayers for some of you who have shared stories of medical struggles.
I told her today that I was so very proud of her incredible recovery, her bravery, and her strength. I said “God is good.” She replied, “All the time.”
She has asked me not to post any photos or videos of her recovery because her head was shaved more than she had anticipated. Her hair has always been a signature of her look and style, so she needs time to adjust. Her father told her it was a look she should wear with pride but her mind is set that she needs the time to come around at her own pace. She is trying out different scarves, hats, and bandanas, and I am positive that her post surgical style will reveal itself soon with confidence and flair!
Thank you all for your continued support, love, and prayers!
SATURDAY JANUARY 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. Sophia spent most of yesterday sleeping but woke very early due to pain. The staff was quick to get her comfortable.
Today will be harder for her due to the swelling from surgery and anesthesia which has worn off. Today will be spent resting and keeping her comfortable.
After our prayers this morning she asked if people prayed for her yesterday. I tried to explain the reaction the world has had to her prayer request but her little mind still can’t quite grasp the magnitude of her impact.
She said “Tell everyone hi and I love them.”
Your continued prayers and messages are encouraging to her and our entire family.
We understand everyone is seeking more details and updates. We will try to post more, however, like yesterday, our focus is on her recovery. When she is ready we promise to post more about when she will share details about this journey.
God bless and thank you all!
FRIDAY JANUARY 26, 2018
7:55 a.m. Surgery has begun. Prayers up!
9:30 am. First update states she is doing great, everything going well, first side of brain is complete and surgery has begun on the other side. Keep prayers going!
12:15 p.m. The surgery is complete! Sophia is now in ICU recovery. She has opened her eyes to family members and smiled.
In typical Sophia style she has made her signature move of saying ”Still alive!” while giving a thumbs up. She created this move in defiance to doctors when she turned four years old and so many predicted she would not live to that age.
She will sleep for most of today but staff says she is doing great.
God hears prayers!! Praise Him and thank you for joining us in prayer!
We we will continue to post her progress and add photos of her time here at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thank you Dr. Superman you have lived up to your nickname!
WORLD’S LARGEST PRAYER CIRCLE
With only two weeks left until Sophia’s brain surgery, she has asked that the entire world come together and pray for her on the day of the surgery!
Share her request and story on every social media site you can and ask everyone to make her wish come true to have the world pray for her on January 24th! (26th)
UPDATE JANUARY 24, 2018
What an amazing 24 hours!!! The prayers are pouring in every hour and we are all amazed at the support and stories being shared!
Sophia spent today with her big sister Katie and her boyfriend, Steve, who arrived last night from California. This evening she was with her Uncle Iya and Grandma NG. Spending time with family was the perfect way for her to spend her last day before admission to the hospital tomorrow.
We met the team at Boston Children’s Hospital yesterday and Sophia has aptly named her surgeon “Dr. Superman”.
We want to restate that we are reading her every prayer that is sent through this site and those we may link to through social media. We would love to personally reply to each message but it is nearly impossible to do so with the surgery coming up so quickly. When time permits we will try to reply to everyone who has sought out a response.
We are being asked many questions which is why we added a section in the menu bar for frequently asked questions. When I asked her the most common question “What does Sophia think about all the prayers she is getting?” I will tell you her beautiful response here, “Mommy, I just love that everyone is praying, not just praying for me.”
An article was published today in Southern California
Christian Voice and beautifully tells part of her story.
Sophia is being featured everywhere and shared on different media platforms, here is an updated segment of her on Lubbock’s KAMC
Please continue the amazing work at supporting her global prayer chain, surgery is in less than 36 hours!!
God Bless you all!!
UPDATE JANUARY 23, 2018
Sophia’s surgery has been moved to Friday January 26th! It was postponed due to more urgent cases taking priority in the scheduling.
Sophia says she is okay with the postponement as it gives her more time to try different Boston pizzas!
We will meet the team at Boston Children’s Hospital this afternoon.
We arrived in Boston yesterday! Sophia loved her plane ride and thinks that Boston is such a great city but was a little sad to see no snow to play in.
Please continue to pray and spread the prayer request! Everyone has been so great in helping this reach around the globe! Thank you again from our family!
We will be posting more photos on the photo and video section of this website and on her Facebook page today!
UPDATE JANUARY 21, 2018
We are almost to Dallas where we will depart from tomorrow morning. Sophia is in great spirits and is excited to head to Boston! We have continued the request for prayers everywhere we can and are touched by the prayers she is receiving!!
UPDATE JANUARY 19, 2018
Thank you everyone for expanding this prayer chain! We are reading Sophia prayers from all over the world and showing her on our world map the countries and cities we are told they are from.
She has requested I update this site with a message to the world ”Thank you so much for the prayers! I love every single person in the world and God loves you too!“
She also wanted me to say that she lost a tooth, the Tooth Fairy came, and she has another wiggly one.
Our family can not express our gratitude enough. As we finalize our preparations for the trip we continue to reach out to everyone we can to keep her prayer chain moving forward.
UPDATE JANUARY 17, 2018
ONE WEEK UNTIL SURGERY! We are so excited at how everyone is spreading this prayer chain! Sophia has asked if we have reached everyone in the world yet and we told her it is still growing.
Please help keep the momentum going and continue to share, tweet, forward, and speak to everyone you know and meet!
The surgery team at Boston Children’s Hospital has become aware of this prayer chain and we thank those of you who have extended your prayers to the doctors and her team at the hospital!
We are touched by the amazing support she is receiving, including this beautiful outreach from our Congressman Jodey Arrington on the floor of the House of Representatives!
I want to personally thank Gina Kelly, Sandra Eichenberg, Justin at Town Square Media, Kevin Sorbo, and Jodey Arrington for their immediate responses and efforts which have catapulted this campaign for Sophia to a world wide level by utilizing their platforms. But most importantly I thank every single person who has prayed and committed to pray for Sophia.
We continue to read the prayers sent to her from this website and those posted online! Thank you all and God Bless!
UPDATE JANUARY 16, 2018
Sophia‘s segment on KAMC news in Lubbock aired and includes our Congressman Jodey Arrington on board praying for her! Watch this amazing video of our girl getting the world to pray! Thank you all! Each and every prayer is read to her and she has asked me to tell everyone that she loves your kindness and prayers, sends each of you her love, and “wishes she could hug everyone”!
Surgery is in eight days so please share the video below to help reach “all 10,000 people in the world”!
UPDATE JANUARY 14, 2018
Sophia has a Facebook page and a Twitter account now! We hope this helps spread her prayer request, links to both accounts are at the bottom of this page!
She was also the headline story in our local newspaper yesterday, is airing on radio stations, and will be featured in a segment on Lubbock’s KAMC with support for her prayer chain by Congressman Jodey Arrington! We will post this link once it is available!
Thank you to all you prayer warriors! Keep asking everyone to keep sharing, forwarding, tweeting, and telling of her global prayer request! Your support is making this little girl so happy!
UPDATE. JANUARY 13, 2018
The global prayer request is rapidly growing! Thanks to everyone spreading her request on social media, help from Town Square Media and Lubbock’s KAMC, we are starting to see this spread!
We have been encouraged to start a Facebook page and opened a Twitter account. Today we are building and learning to use these, big brother Jonah is in charge of our social media now!
We read Sophia each and every prayer she receives via email or postings online which we are forwarded. Her attitude has drastically improved for the upcoming surgery because of the outpouring of support! She is not as scared and appears excited for Boston, this new confidence is due to your prayers!
Sophia’s Grandma Marilyn asked her how many people she wanted to pray for her and she said “All 10,000 people in the world!” Let’s grow this to show her just how big the world really is!
This website has been shared in other countries and we are reaching out to everyone we can, family, friends, faith leaders, politicians, athletes, celebrities, and of course every single person she meets daily!
Can you help us reach every country by sharing her prayer request? Surgery is in 11 days...keep posting, forwarding, sharing, and of course check back to see our progress!
View new photos we have posted at the bottom of the photos and videos section! We have also completed another section in “Believe with Sophia”.
This weekend Sophia will be featured inour local newspaper, The Brownfield News (thank you Gina for starting it all!) and in a segment airing on Lubbock’s KAMC weekend (thank you Sandra!)
KEEP SPREADING THE PRAYER CHAIN!!
Thank you all and God Bless!
UPDATE DECEMBER 29, 2017
We apologize for not updating this site since August, we have had a very busy and difficult past few months.
Sophia was scheduled for brain surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital in September, this surgery was postponed but is now scheduled for January 24th.
She has remained stable since the postponement but new MRI/MRA images, which she regularly has done, have revealed an increased decline in her cerebral blood flow. The great news is that there were no new signs of stroke activity and no new narrowing of the arteries in her brain. The profusion reduction is what is prompting the immediate rescheduling of her brain surgeries.
We are asking again for prayers for our little girl. Please tell everyone you know and meet about her situation and ask them for prayers.
We ask that you check back and we will do our best to complete this website, her story, and keep everyone updated on her progress.
Sophia turned nine since the last post, celebrated Christmas, has been positive about her upcoming surgery, and is keeping us all focused and strong.
Her brother Jonah has asked to come to Boston to be with his little sister through her surgery and we are trying our best to make our finances work so that we can make this happen.
We have found ourselves in a desperate situation, trying to gather funds to get our little angel to Boston and be with her.
My husband has set up a GoFundMe page as we turn to all of you seeking your prayers and generosity to help us at this time. Please visit
and we ask that you share this link and the link to this website on your social media sites to help us have our little girl with us a little bit longer.
We have posted some new photos of her to show how much she has grown! Check out the bottom of the photo page section to view these newly added pictures.
Thank you so much for your prayers! God Bless you all for your continued support! Christ is the true healer, she knows this and continues to ask everyone for prayers. Her story is a true testament to His Grace!
***UPDATE. JANUARY 10, 2018***
Thank you so much to everyone for your support and prayers! Our GoFundMe campaign has been amazing and we are humbled by the generosity and kindness of your donations and prayers.
These funds enable us to be prepared for Sophia’s care when we return home and help with the costs of her follow up care and unexpected needs and expenses.
Sophia’s upcoming surgery puts her at high risk of suffering a stroke during the operation. Our family is asking everyone to spread the word of her surgery and pray for her on January 24th.
Sophia asked me to find a way to create a prayer chain so big that God is overwhelmed with prayers for her that day. So help us reach as many people as possible to make this happen. This little girl is wanting the biggest prayer request to go viral!
Thank you again for all of your support!
God Bless you all
This is a work in progress as we take this journey to bring her story to all who are willing to hear it. It will change as we continue telling her story in more detail, post photos and videos of her, and add her new experiences, including her personal plans for independence.
Our family has not been on social media due to our focus on Sophia's constant medical problems. Recently we agreed to create a website to tell her story. For years people have asked where they could follow her medical progress or learn more about this precious child that has so graciously touched our lives and the lives of people who have met her or heard of her amazing journey.
Please check back regularly to see how this develops! We ask for your patience as we work through building the site and find its ultimate purpose.
We are beginning to see this venture mold into a future foundation in Sophia's name to raise funding for pediatric stroke research. We are working with several people to get moving on developing this idea, so check back to see how this goes!!
We are excited to come share Sophia's story about God's Grace with your church, school, company, or organization.
Contact us for more details!
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