Friday, January 21, 2011


Update from April: "Alli is weaned from the ossilator to the regular vent! Huge!! Her heart rate and blood pressure are still high. Pray the doctors will have wisdom on how to help Alli become more comfortable!"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Thanks to all those who have been praying for Alli. Here is another update and some good news this time. "Alli's xray looks a lot better today!! More air is going in! Hopefully this is just what she needs to heal!" Please continue to pray.

Jude is home! He will be on antibiotics for several weeks but is doing well and feeling better.

Thank you for praying!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jude :)

Jude is doing better today. The infection he has is MSSA which is in the
MRSA family but not quite as bad. They are now treating him with the right
anti-biotic. He also has not had a fever for about 20 hours. He will still
need to be in the hospital for a few more days to make sure the medicine is
working and to make sure his condition continues to improve.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Jude is doing better - a note from his mom

Jude just came out of surgery to have a PICC line placed about an hour ago. He is groggy but doing ok. Infectious disease doctors identified the causative bug as MSSA. A close cousin to MRSA. Both are types of staph, luckily MSSA is more susceptible to antibiotic therapy. MSSA can sometimes mean longer recovery time though. Jude will go home with his PICC line in place and will be on IV antibiotics for a minimum of three weeks possibly as long as eight weeks. He has been fever free for 18 hours!!! He is still in pain but I'm trusting he will improve daily. He is a tough little man. Andy, Jude and myself can not express the level of gratitude that we feel for everyone who has prayed for us. Jude is special and I know God has a special plan for our little miracle. Jude has a long road of recovery ahead of him. MSSA is a serious strain of staph that can often reinfect , but we are optimistic that Judes treatment will be successful. He will be in the hospital a minimum of three more days. Tomorrow he will begin physical therapy. We love you all and we are blessed beyond words to have such wonderful friends and family. All the glory belongs to my merciful heavenly father who continues to carry me through this storm.
Jude's fevers are still spiking through the antibiotics and the doctors are concerned that the infection is spreading and is possibly somewhere else in his body.

Jude, Misty, and Andy need your prayers desperately.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Jude and Alli still need a lot of prayer!

Continue to pray for Jude!  As they have been waiting for the culture to grow in order to determine the type of infection he has, the infection has started to spread up his leg.  They are very concerned about it spreading too far, and are considering a strong antibiotic that would help keep it from spreading.  This antibiotic can be very harmful if not very cautiously used, especially in children.  There is also a possibility of surgery tomorrow where the doctors will go in and remove the infection themselves.

An update on Alli from April (her mom) "Please pray for Alli, her stat just went down to the 30's they had to bag her and raise her oxygen. They are saying nothing is growing from the biopsy. Please pray for Alli she is fighting against the ventilator. Which makes her oxygen drop. My heart breaks for her."


I had not picked up my Bible for a week until last night.  It has been an emotional roller coaster this week and I have to admit I have been asking God "Why?" over and over.  It is so hard for me to understand why He allows things, and for a few days I just wanted some answers.

I know I am not worthy of those answers, and for me to expect them was rather bold.  So I've begun to, once again, put myself under the authority of God, His Word, and His promises.  If someone wrote a book about my life, would it look more like the book of Job where someone would say "Look at all that happened to her, but she never sinned or cursed God!"  Or would they have to sadly say, "She lost faith for a while, she gave up on Him."

On Christmas Eve I told Chad that we were expecting another baby.  I thought I was being cautious and not getting my hopes up, and I certainly had not gone out and bought something right away like I did with my first two pregnancies.  But then I went in to see the doctor and they started checking numbers and levels, and they began to think some numbers were a little low.  Not dangerously low, but lower than usual.  And as more tests were taken, these numbers were not rising as expected.  Not too many days after that God revealed to us that it was not His plan for this child to join our lives here on earth either.

I'm going to admit, I'm still frustrated and a little angry.  To see what goes on in this world, then have to experience certain things can be very hard to understand.

But yesterday I picked up my notes from the Bible Study I just finished called "Holding on to HOPE" by Nancy Guthrie.  Some of what I wrote was from her book and other things were my own thoughts.
Here are some of my notes:

  • We cannot get rid of our pain by sleeping, travelling, eating, drinking, or anything else.  We just have to feel it and it hurts!
  • Job's response to calamity and disaster was Worship!  It was a way of life for Job and he worshipped rather than focusing on his feelings.
  • Job learned how to hold loosely to the gifts God had given him.  And he realized they are gifts -- things God gave us that belong to Him.
  • Job said himself, "Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?"
I have pages and pages of notes, but those reminders in the first few pages were a help to me last night.  The road is not easy, and at times I get to a point where I am fearing what will happen next.  Earlier this week I was even scared to find that joy again because it seems like that is when I am blindsided with another test or trial.  But God does not blindside us, even though it seems that way to me.  He sees the beginning, the middle and the end.  I can only see what has happened already, the rest is where I need to Be Still, take His hand to guide me, and know that He is God.  And being remembering every promise He has given me. 

Listening to Steven Curtis Chapman this morning I was asking myself, "Will I continue to say You Are Faithful in every moment of my life?"  Because He is whether or not I admit it, and it is only hurting me when I don't trust in His Faithfulness.  
"Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not, as Thou has been, Thou forever will be!"

Jeremiah 29:11 
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, to give you hope and a future," says the Lord.


Jude update

As of late last night, Jude is finally resting better.  He had been in a lot of pain but x-ray showed the infection had not spread.  Thank you for your prayers, they are so very much appreciated.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Jude is in surgery this morning to remove a strep infection in his foot.  The doctors are glad they found it early, but please continue to pray for his healing.

Thank You!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Please Pray for Jude

Keep our little friend, Jude, in your prayers. He is 4 years old and the doctors are very concerned, he began running a high fever today and he is hurting.  He is at Vanderbilt now where they are trying to determine what is going on.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Alli Update - Please Pray

Please pray for Alli Childress. She is back in the hospital. She has pneumonia and has had a fever for 11 days. They can't figure out what is causing the fever. She'll have a lung biopsy tonight or tomorrow. Pray for Alli's comfort as well as the strength her parents need right now.

Thank You!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Your prayers are coveted

As they come to mind, please keep some friends of mine, Paula and Sven, in your prayers.  After a blood test, they have been told their baby may have Down Syndrome.  They chose not to have an amniocentesis to confirm this, but rather to put their faith in God who created this little girl and just wait while they learn to trust Him more.  The most recent ultrasound has shown the baby to look completely normal, but as many of you know they won't know for sure until this little one is born.  While you pray and ask God's will to be done through them and their daughter, we also ask God to give them a healthy daughter.

Also keep a friend of Paula's in mind, in an ultrasound they have found two cysts on their baby boy's brain.  

Thank you for praying!