Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I wish you all a belated very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This meditation made me think of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and how "the hopes and fears of ALL the years are met in Thee tonight..."Here's to a New Year filled with courage to live counter-culturally and believe that He is enough to speak peace, light, hope and love through us into the darkness that surrounds us.
So much of our energy, time, and money goes into maintaining distance from one another. Many if not most of the resources of the world are used to defend ourselves against each other, to maintain or increase our power, and to safeguard our own privileged position.
Imagine all that effort being put in the service of peace and reconciliation! Would there be any poverty? Would there be crimes and wars? Just imagine that there was no longer fear among people, no longer any rivalry, hostility, bitterness, or revenge. Just imagine all the people on this planet holding hands and forming one large circle of love. We say, "I can't imagine." But God says, "That's what I imagine, a whole world not only created but also living in my image."
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Jared's aunt, Linda, just being diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma (please pray for her as she is preparing to begin chemotherapy as soon as possible),
My sister, Linea, who will also be having surgery tomorrow am (Friday, 19th, 7:30am). She has a mass on her ovary that the doctor's very much believe seems benign, but they will do a biopsy when they remove it (along with the ovary). Pray for her recovery--that it will be speedy and that she can enjoy Christmas and also, certainly, that this mass would be confirmed as benign.
We had another eventful day with our precious son, JJ. It wasn't as eventful as last night in the ER, but it was still difficult. He continued to be doing better but somewhat worsened by the time that we saw the pediatrician in the afternoon. He wanted us to come back to evaluate JJ at this point. The doctor said that he continued to be wheezing badly and so we gave him a breathing treatment there. He was so good to cooperate even though he has begun to HATE the doctor! The doctor was concerned about our traveling at this time, and while he didn't tell us NOT to travel, he did say that we MUST be able to give him the breathing treatments while we travel home. He also ordered a chest x-ray to rule out pnuemonia (which it did, thankfully). Bottom line, the doctor helped us realize is that, at this point, JJ has not grown out of his breathing condition and we have to be extremely pro-active and diligent in treating it. As you can imagine, it is quite taxing and emotional on top of trying to prepare for a long trip home (which we have been so excited for, but we do carry some anxiety with all that's been happening with JJ). So, would you please pray:
That JJ would fully heal and NOT worsen in his breathing.
That we would have the strength and even a good time as we travel home (along with protection).
That we wouldn't be stressed out as we pack and prepare and be flexible with our leaving time tomorrow am. (Our goal was 5am, we changed it to 6am and now we are just going to "play it by ear")
WOULD YOU ALSO JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR COMPLETE HEALING OF JJ'S BREATHING DIFFICULTIES? I have been re-convicted of not continually seeking the Lord and believing Him for this.
With continued thankfulness for your partnership with us,
Jared, Abby and JJ
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We were in the ER with JJ for 5 hours tonight...I am so thankful that we will all sleep in our own beds as I thought we would need to stay there. JJ's blood oxygen level was good, but he was wheezing badly and very tight, coughing, etc. He was much better after the treatments they gave and he was also given another oral steroid boost before we left...He is sleeping soundly now and I think I need to get to bed as I am exhausted!
Pray for steady improvement...it's so hard when little ones are sick!
I wanted to let you know about our sweet JJ. He started breathing consistently poorly (some of you know that he was diagnosed with reactive airways along with his reflux when he was 2 months old). We made it through the night (it was a rough one) and got him to the doctor this morning. It's so great because they have walk-in hours 7:30-9am M-F. He was wheezing badly, but HATES the doctor right now, so we weren't able to give him a breathing treatment there because of the hysterical crying. He is on oral steroids, double his regular steroid inhaler, nebulizer every 4 hours. Hopefully his breathing is better by the evening, otherwise the doctor said he might need to go to the hospital overnight for observation...
Please pray that his breathing improves by this evening. We've delayed our trip home to PA by a day (leaving early Friday, instead of Thursday) and that he gets a good report at the doctor's tomorrow am. Pray that we could leave early Friday and be home on Saturday. Thanks:)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Happy Birthday to my sister Nea!!!!
JJ honored you today by walking, really walking, for the first time! He's been doing lots of steps, but today he started to take off, this morning across the living room and he just kept going...it was the cutest thing!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I apologize for the video quality(this is the 12 days of Christmas that I posted about below)...what can I say? Our camera isn't good at videos, and then the digital screen broke because JJ spilled something on it (Mommy's fault...wasn't watching) and so you have to squint and look through the tiny viewer (how did we do it all those years! some still do!) and then I had to pass it off to my teammate because JJ started crying (you can hear that in the background when the video starts)...even with all of that it is still quite funny...it also runs after it is done w/ calls for an "encore" and on our German teammate, Annette. (you can stop after the song is over)
this was actually him getting up to standing after sitting in the tub...
Wanna come join me, Mum Mum?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
I'm excited to be in colder weather (can you believe it) with all of the "full" decorations at the houses where we'll stay when we're home...but I am glad that I got motivated enough in the warmer weather to put these decorations up!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Here is his buddy, Ella. JJ is surrounded by women in the Nursery and they LOVE HIM! Some times he gets a little overwhelmed, but it's fun!