Saturday, December 2, 2017

PRAYERS APPRECIATED
We appreciate prayers against infection for my mom. She's been fighting (part of it for her life) in the hospital for over five weeks. She's being treated for an infection they found late last week which messes with all of her, including cognitively. Her white blood cell count finally came down to normal yesterday (which is where we start to see brain healing) and I just found out that today it's on the rise again and again above normal. She is on STRONG antibiotics as her infection is resistant (antibiotic resistant) . PLEASE pray this infection is permanently and effectively eradicated...that it does NOT come back and my mom can finally heal cognitively, physically, and get to the point of being able to be transferred to rehab. We need our prayer warriors here. We are all a bit battle weary. We long for mom to be back

So much is going on here.  There are good things I want to share as well, but I've been fighting a bad headache, as has Thomas. (It may be a small virus, but we are hoping not.)

My mom could use the prayers now though.  Thanks friends! We KNOW GOD is listening!!!



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Sleepy Thankfulness


At five am I groaned....I rationalized...I made some serious excuses....

I needed to get up and put the ham in the crock pot.  My mom loves ham and I wanted to make sure she had some later today.  A HUGE turkey was given us (and it tasted wonderful, but I'm getting ahead of myself).

At 5:40 am I finally climbed out of bed to find I needed to wash the crock pot.

I heard a dog whining as I stumbled over landmines (I mean Legos) and let Obie out...and noticed he needed to be shaved.

So ham in, I spent some time with God then...yup, shaved the dog.

Two kids/teens popped out of bed to help me wrangle a dog that did NOT want a haircut.

Finally, I got down to some serious cooking.  Much of it came as a gift, and some from a gifted gift card.  So many have kept us afloat during this crazy time (that doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon).  We are grateful...

and I admit, a bit tired (smile).  I'm tired because of HUGE blessings though....family...food.... all of God's Gifts.

(Side note: We missed Tom, Elizabeth, and Alessandra...but prayerfully we will see them shortly!!!!)

We read praise from the Bible.

Rach and Timothy

Grace and I


Ivan and Isabella

Goofy Anna

Jael and Gabe

My bro Steve (kids Uncle Steve) and Anna

Thomas, Ben, Max, Bekah, and Ivan

Look what someone made us! Beautiful!

These two crack each other up constantly.

Don't think we've forgotten our Hope.  We very quickly realized that she had her own plans.

Sound Asleep

Within ten minutes of the beginning of the meal, Hope was SOUND asleep.

Other little ones were quick to follow.



Right now, I think ALL of us feel like we need to follow suit.

Bekah and I are down at the hospital trying to stay awake.  I admit a rough patch today with the thought that mom wouldn't be at the head of the table this year.  It was a bit hard on the heart. There's a void without her there.

We ended the day with thankfulness that she is still on this earth with us though...SO THANKFUL.


We brought some traditional Thanksgiving down
to mom...and guess what I just caught her snacking on?  Ham


Mom has gone through two rounds of dialysis now.  Her kidney numbers (BUN/Creatinine) are doing good.  She still is replacing a lot of words with the unusual ones, but we KNOW her brain is still healing.  The toxins that were in her blood alone can cause all of this.  She is here and we full on believe she WILL heal.

Now if I could just stay awake.

So as we doze off in my mom's hospital room, we wish you a blessed Thanksgiving.

We have so much, just living in this country at all.  We have a roof over our heads and food to eat.  We have a village that loves us.

Thank you so much for being part of this village.

GOD IS GOOD.


"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

    HIS love endures forever." I Chronicles 16:34


PRAYER REQUESTS:

For God to be glorified in our lives and in our current journey.

1. My mom, Kathy's, kidneys to fully function and heal and their to be NO issues (or fear for my mom) with dialysis.
2. For her to start eating and having and appetite.
3. For her to heal fully cognitively (brain healing) and not be afraid, but determined.
4. For her to be cared for kindly, confidently, and fully at the Rehab facility.

5. Please pray for Hope's upcoming surgery (as well as Timothy's next big leg surgery) that they will go beautifully, surgeons hands are guided, and healing is quick and complete.
6. For big joy for the kids (including adult kids and grandkids).  I'm not talking about stuff, but just pure joy.  We've had a lot of hard this year.
7. For blessing for Tom and Elizabeth (and Alessandra) as they serve in the military.  For Tom's schooling to go good and for their marriage to be blessed.
8. For provision for our debt/medical bills as we head into the holidays and recover from the financial aspect of adoption.

9. PLEASE PRAY FOR MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND AMY, HER SONS NICK AND SAM.  They have lost their son and brother Jack and her husband John in about a three month period.  They are reeling and devastated.  Please pray for intense peace that passes any understanding and for God's Hand to bless them.  Please pray He helps them to find their new normal when nothing feels that way (and no one wants this to be their normal).
10. Please pray for a different friend named Amy and her husband Steve.  He's got some health issues that are serious, but they can't nail down.  Please pray for the problems to be nailed down, weight gain, and complete healing.
11.  Please pray for the "S" family.  Please pray for complete blessing and restoration after a year of hard.  
12.  Please pray for the Thomas family who just lost their mom today.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dialysis, One Cute Baby, and Gratefulness

Two early mornings at the hospital has left us a bit sleepy.  I like to talk to the doctors though and they are early risers.

I wrote this on Facebook today.

"That point you're walking down a long empty hallway at the hospital and you just close your eyes and walk....so you can rest your eyes."

Bekah early one sleepy morning 
a few days ago.

Last night my brothers and I had to make another more difficult, though straight forward, decision.  My mom needs dialysis and the doctor believes it will also help mom's brain heal (clarity).  Her levels (BUN/Creatinine) make this necessary.

Today she had a port put in.  This was described as a access point for the dialysis...a tube running (and stitched) under the skin on the right upper side of the chest, running down to the lower right atrium of the heart.  She also had her first dialysis.  The toxins in her body are causing cognitive issues right now and this should prayerfully be resolved with time on dialysis.

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Life does still happen...beautiful and blessed life....life that just turned one year old.

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY ISABELLA GRACE!!!!!

Our oldest granddaughter just turned one year old.


You want me to do WHAT daddy???

Oh, okay...

I can do this!

Sarah (our baby) with Isabella (her baby, but a bit of ours too...wink).

Isabella and Uncle Gabe

Isabella and her bisabuela (great-grandma) and bisabuelo (great-grandpa)!

I JUST LOVE ISABELLA'S FACE!!!
She loves this ball pit!!!

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As I've mentioned before, God is showering us with blessing.  Today a precious life group gave us some sweet gifts.  Not knowing how much to share, we are just very thankful.  

 The kids had a backpack full of little treats.
Flutes and necklaces! Nothing better!

Ben is wearing the backpack and Bekah the flip flops.

Grace thinks the Play-Doh container is as good as the Play-Doh.

Hope was trying to figure out the flute.

Thank you for joining us in this crazy adventure.  Please keep praying friends!  It is making a difference!!!  GOD is very present and we can feel His overwhelming Greatness and Glory right now.  

PRAYER REQUESTS:
For God to be glorified in our lives and in our current journey.

1. My mom, Kathy's, kidneys to fully function and heal and their to be NO issues (or fear for my mom) with dialysis.
2. For her to start eating and having and appetite.
3. For her to heal fully cognitively (brain healing) and not be afraid, but determined.
4. For her to be cared for kindly, confidently, and fully at the Rehab facility.

5. Please pray for Hope's upcoming surgery (as well as Timothy's next big leg surgery) that they will go beautifully, surgeons hands are guided, and healing is quick and complete.
6. For big joy for the kids (including adult kids and grandkids).  I'm not talking about stuff, but just pure joy.  We've had a lot of hard this year.
7. For blessing for Tom and Elizabeth (and Alessandra) as they serve in the military.  For Tom's schooling to go good and for their marriage to be blessed.
8. For provision for our debt/medical bills as we head into the holidays and recover from the financial aspect of adoption.

9. PLEASE PRAY FOR MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND AMY, HER SONS NICK AND SAM.  They have lost their son and brother Jack and her husband John in about a three month period.  They are reeling and devastated.  Please pray for intense peace that passes any understanding and for God's Hand to bless them.  Please pray He helps them to find their new normal when nothing feels that way (and no one wants this to be their normal).
10. Please pray for a different friend named Amy and her husband Steve.  He's got some health issues that are serious, but they can't nail down.  Please pray for the problems to be nailed down, weight gain, and complete healing.
11.  Please pray for the "S" family.  Please pray for complete blessing and restoration after a year of hard.  


"No one is like you, Lord;

    you are great,
    and your name is mighty in power."

Jeremiah 10:6

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mom, the Kids, and a Bit of All of It

This is our newest Christmas decoration and
my birthday present.  It is somehow appropriate right now.


God is good....ALL.THE.TIME.

Three weeks ago this last Friday I found my mom on the couch.  Once in the hospital, the doctor's told us if we didn't put her on life support within the next 24 hours she would be gone. 

At around 1:30 am the doctor conference called all of us kids (my two brothers and I) and asked us to make huge life or death decisions.  It was a call we had hoped to never receive.  This is my mom.  She was walking around the kitchen just the day before.

We made the decision to put her on life support and a medically induced coma, knowing she wouldn't want to be on life support forever, but wanting to give her a chance to fight.

Almost a week and a half later, we gathered in a room and had to talk about things like hospice.

THEN GOD...ONLY GOD....

The next morning our mom, Kathy, woke.  She made a turn for the better.  Her bad "levels"  starting heading the right direction.

ONLY GOD...

He was listening to so many of your prayers.

My mom was moved to a step down unit three days ago, after almost three weeks in the ICU.  She is awake and gradually we watch her brain and body heal.  She fills in words she can't remember with "regardless".  She still cognitively and physically has a way to go, but she is GOING.  She still needs prayers, but GOD IS ANSWERING. 

Side note: I had to ask myself how much I should share.  I came to the decision that whatever I would want shared about me, I would feel free to share about mom....because PRAYER. 

GOD IS ANSWERING

She's not eating almost anything yet, but for the first time yesterday seemed a bit interested.  She needs the strength to get well.

We pray for complete healing cognitively.  For the first time a few days ago, she could tell people her name and birthday.  This morning for the first time, she remembered last night. 

Physically, she needs her kidney numbers to go down.  BIG prayers requested for that (and that they stay down).  Please pray her kidney's FULLY heal.

She lights up when she see's her great granddaughter Isabella.  She also gets really clear.  This is good, because they will be house mates.  Mom won't have to live alone.



 We continue to ask for intense prayer. 

We had to make a decision about a skilled nursing rehab facility so that she can go there to gain strength and ability before going home.  It was not an easy decision, but after visiting a few, it had to be made.

This made me chuckle and was posted by 
my friend Chris Ann the other day.  

We have had moments of joy and laughter though.  Our two oldest teens were able to go on a Fall Retreat with the youth group last weekend. 

They look so bored....

Anna is in purple on the left...hanging off the railing.
Max is on the right in the back with a hat in a black t-shirt.  

...or like monkeys.



They were also able to see their precious friend Madeline in a play, "The Trial of Goldilocks".

I bet you can't guess who Madeline is? (Wink)

We also have been blown away with the love and generosity of so many people.  They have all kept us afloat...Thomas' work...a local business adopting our family...a beautifully kind woman helping with co-op registration.  We are overwhelmed with thanks.  Grateful does not even begin to describe what we are right now!!!

We thank you for sticking with us in our crazy journey! Please continue praying!!!!

PRAYER REQUESTS:
For God to be glorified in our lives and in our current journey.

1. My mom, Kathy's, kidneys to be FULLY miraculously healed.
2. For her to start eating and having and appetite.
3. For her to heal fully cognitively (brain healing).
4. For her to be cared for kindly, confidently, and fully at the Rehab facility.

5. Please pray for Hope's upcoming surgery (as well as Timothy's next big leg surgery) that they will go beautifully, surgeons hands are guided, and healing is quick and complete.
6. For big joy for the kids (including adult kids and grandkids).  I'm not talking about stuff, but just pure joy.  We've had a lot of hard this year.
7. For blessing for Tom and Elizabeth (and Alessandra) as they serve in the military.  For Tom's schooling to go good and for their marriage to be blessed.
8. For provision for our debt/medical bills as we head into the holidays and recover from the financial aspect of adoption.

9. PLEASE PRAY FOR MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND AMY, HER SONS NICK AND SAM.  They have lost their son and brother Jack and her husband John in about a three month period.  They are reeling and devastated.  Please pray for intense peace that passes any understanding and for God's Hand to bless them.  Please pray He helps them to find their new normal when nothing feels that way (and no one wants this to be their normal).
10. Please pray for a different friend named Amy and her husband Steve.  He's got some health issues that are serious, but they can't nail down.  Please pray for the problems to be nailed down, weight gain, and complete healing.
11.  Please pray for the "S" family.  Please pray for complete blessing and restoration after a year of hard.  

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
Mark 4:39-40


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