Wednesday, September 7, 2011
These pics don't exactly depict the mood of our day...but I wanted to share them anyway. They make me smile.
The top pic is of our cute little boy in all his puffiness. He is covered, so you can't see his incredibly swollen little belly. Please keep praying for his body to get rid of the fluids appropriately. Please also keep praying for his incision to heal. We don't think there was any leaking today, but it's hard to see under all the bandages.
The second pic is our sweet night nurse, Marian. She has been great. We have been so blessed with so many great nurses, and tonight was the first time I got a picture of our baby with one. We hope to go back with him and visit our great nurses when Jude is feeling better. Maybe we'll get some shots then.
The third pic was taken when we were skyping with Caleb. It's hard to carry on a conversation with a five-year-old boy over the computer. There are many silly faces involved.
So, today was a pretty hard day. I have a hard time expressing sadness in writing. The multiple visits from neurosurgery as well as the news of his weight gain weighed heavily on us today, and I spent some good time crying. Jude also had an ultrasound on his leg to test for a blood clot. The initial results seem to indicate that he doesn't have a blood clot...just a lot of swelling. We're grateful for that. We didn't know that until late tonight, so that added to the day's heaviness.
Thank you for praying for us. We have never needed prayer more. We have never felt a greater need for the Lord.
Brandon read this tonight in Radical by David Platt. It struck home.
"While the goal of the American dream is to make much of us, the goal of the gospel is to make much of God. In direct contradiction to the American dream, God actually delights in exalting our inability. He intentionally puts His people in situations where they come face to face with their need for Him. In the process, He powerfully demonstrates His ability to provide everything His people need in ways they could never have mustered up or imagined. And in the end, He makes much of His own name."