Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Trials & Laughter...Sorrows & Joy

We struggled through three and a half years of infertility before we got pregnant with Jude.  During that time, I questioned God's plan and really struggled with trusting Him.  Tonight, I received a message from a friend who is going through the same things...only to a greater extent.

As I was writing her back...hurting for her and wanting so badly to hug her...I realized how differently I view suffering now.  I am so grateful for everything we are going through with Jude.  It breaks my heart to see him as sick as he is, but I thank God every day for the time that we have with him.  I know more confidently than ever before that His plan is good.  He is good.  And, I am learning to a small extent what Paul means when he says, "we rejoice in our sufferings."

"Therefore since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not put us to shame,
because God's love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."

Romans 5:1-5

Once again, much has happened in the 24 hours since we wrote last.  At this point, we are not transferring to Denver Children's Hospital.  We will remain here in Albuquerque.  Today, we were visited by a plethora of surgeons.  The conclusion they came to is that Jude now has a "wound issue." A plastic surgeon will take him to the operating room tomorrow along with a neurosurgeon.  Together, they will do a rotation flap that will hopefully fix the problems he has had with CSF leaks and will protect him from an infection such as meningitis.  The possibility of infection is driving the urgency behind this repair.  An infection would be devastating.

As of now, the plan for surgery is 12:30pm tomorrow.  We are grateful for this plan, but we have learned that plans can change at any moment.  Ultimately, it is God's plan that we're trusting in.

Please pray for protection for Jude against infection.
Please pray that his surgery will be successful and that our sweet baby will do well under anesthesia.  
Please pray for wisdom and guidance for everyone involved in Jude's care. 
Please pray that we will trust the Lord with all of our hearts and that He will be glorified.
Please pray that Caleb has a good birthday tomorrow and that we can love him well from afar.

Caleb's birthday is tomorrow (Wednesday).  He is turning five.  This wasn't exactly how we planned on celebrating his birthday...with him out in Illinois.  But, the Lord knew.  It has been hard figuring out how to show him love over the long distance, and these last several days have been pretty crazy.  We made him a few birthday videos tonight, and we wanted to post one on here.  We laughed so hard, which we have thankfully been doing a lot of lately.  With sorrow has come so much joy.  Thank You, Lord.  :-)


The Washburns said...

So Taylor, Ali, and I are all up early and we sat around the computer cracking up (me crying/laughing). You guys crack me up. Praising God for laughter and joy. Praising God for two wonderful little boys today. Praising God for you as dear friends. And praying for healing for Jude today as he is in surgery. We hope to send a video to Caleb too this week. Thanks for taking time to text last night. We love you all!

Kellie said...

I will be praying during the surgery today!

And that video cracked me up.

You both are so good at loving your boys.

missy said...

praying for jude today. marveling at the laughter the lord gives you in the midst of it all. that video is a TREASURE, especially for your sweet birthday boy, but also for those of us getting a little picture into your sweet, sweet family.

Luana said...

Happy Birthday Caleb! Brandon and Mandy thank you for this fun video. I agree with Liz.. I cried and laughed the whole way seeing it. You both have this joy that only the Lord can give! Thank you for showing us all how good the Lord really is. Caleb and Jude have such amazing parents who love them both so much but more so have given their lives over to the Lord. Thank you for showing us what it means to really trust the Lord with our children. I am learning more and more that our children our His.. and He has given them to us for a season to care and nurture. The love you have for your boys is a reflection of the way our Beautiful Lord loves us.. Mikey and I are blessed to have such an amazing brother and sister in Christ who we can look up to. We love you four mucho mucho!

Jen said...

Thank you both for the smiles you put on my face. You two are the best!

Stephanie, Daneel, Avalon & Julie said...

You are such fun parents! :) We'll be praying for Jude during the surgery today and for Caleb to have a very special birthday. Lots of love to you.

tasha said...

could you guys be any more fun or adorable? love those videos and seeing/hearing your laughter, mandy. will be praying for jude today and for caleb's b-day and for all of you in the meantime. we are so encouraged and challenged by your faith, hope and love in every way and are eager to continually see jesus thru you and all of this!

Diana Maldonado Tiscareno said...

Happy Birthday CALEB!!
amigos que lindo video me encanto! sus pequeños hijos son muy bendecidos de tener unos padres tan maravillosos y divertidos TODOS uds son una familia hermosa!!
Seguimos leyendo su blog a diario y nuestras oraciones estan con ustedes.
abrazos cariñosos!!

Trevor & Denise said...

that.was.AWESOME. We love you guys and we're praying!!!


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