Thursday, September 09, 2004

So much to be thankful for

I am pleased to let you know about a new blog that Triton's Dad has created called All4corners. The purpose of the blog is to create awareness of the needs of childeren around the world. Triton's Dad has been inspired to create this blog as a result of the outpouring of love that he has seen here and on his on blog for Triton and the blog for Cass. Please visit All4corners and support him in its mission of raising awareness for childeren from all 4 corners of the world. Thank you Lord for Triton's Dad.

Today has been a fairly quiet day, with Luke resting peacefully. His brothers Daniel, Isaiah and Ezekiel came for a visit and a walk to the park. Thank you Lord for peaceful sleep and parks.

We are beginning the preparation for Luke coming home, we are learning how to care for his trach and how to feed him via the g-tube. Sometime in the next week we will need to interview nursing agencies that will provide 24 hour nursing for Luke for at least the first few weeks. Please pray that God will provide the right nurses for the Searles family, as they will be coming into our home every day, all day (24 hrs) and it is important that they mesh with our household. Also, please pray that God will help us get everything situated and that we will be able to learn all that we need to learn to take care of Luke. Thank you Lord that we can learn and that there are nurses who care.

I read a post the other day that reminded me to be thankful and I just want to tell God publically of a few more things I am thankful for. Thank you Lord for saving Luke's life and allowing us to have him for a little while longer. I thank you Lord for what you are going to do for Luke as you restore his body. I thank you for family and friends that have poured love on us. I thank you for each of my childeren Daniel, Amy, Natalie, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Luke and yet to be born or named baby Searles. I thank you for my wife Sue and her undying love for you. I thank you for the lives that have been touched by all of this and the lives that will be touched by this. There is a song that comes to mind, "Count your many blessings" There are so many things to be thankful for, why not stop what you are doing and take a moment and count your many blessings, name them one by one and then thank God for them.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Luke...So glad that things are getting ready for you to get back home! I know that all your sisters and brothers are very ready to get their hands on you and you sweet self. I pray that all that we have asked our Lord for in healing will come to pass before their eyes! I know that they so want to see and have their Little Luke with them. I will keep in my prayers that anyone that has any contact with you in anyway will know what a wonderful child of God that you are and that they will treat you like a blessings!!!! you are such a Blessing! You rest so you can get better. Lukes Dad, you are such a blessing. What a man after our Lords heart! You are so right to remind us all to be thankful and remember to thank God for all things. Some of our richest blessings have been when we have had "bad things" happen to us. What compasson, love, understanding, forgiveness and strength we have because of the hard things that have happened in our life. We have had 24 hour nursing in our home with our third born child....you would not beleave how God brought one chistian nurse after another to our home, I will pray the same for you and your family. Blessings and rest to you Little Luke....peace and faith to you Lukes family...we are still waiting and praying for Luke to be restored to normal! Shane, Julie and children in NC

Anonymous said...

Hi, from GA again... wow, your strength and faithfulness is amazing to me! God is indeed working!!
Thank you for sharing. when you go home will you still blog... will we KNOW how Luke is doing? We have fell in love with him and your family. Still praying and please Sue know that I am praying for you too as you carry another life within.... soon to be welcomed into your wonderful family!
Billy, Teena, Michael 19, Mandi 15, Dakota 11, Alyssa 7, Wyatt 2 1/2, Wesley 13 months

Anonymous said...

Gordy and Sue--
I will be praying for Luke and Cassie tomorrow. I continue to pray for Luke's healing, for your family, and for all others in similar need.
Karen in VT

turlough said...

Another view...

As a father of a 2 year old, I can only offer this...

my personal opinion is that constant touching, talking, singing, reading, hugging from all of your child's family will be the way forward for luke.

I am not religious nor hold a great belief in medicine. Quite often the will to get up and rejoin life comes from the love and tenderness of a family, similar to the ways of the natural world.

Love to all the suffering children,

turlough.

Anonymous said...

As Luke's guardian angel, I am pleased with the progress he has made. I daily follow the updates. I recently had an experience with my father somewhat similar to Luke's current transition. Through the guidance and messages from God and others, I had my father transferred to the University of Washington. There the specialist took my father from what seemed to be a terminal state to walking the halls and being released to living an additional six more years. It is of my opinion that the U. of Wash., working with the Lord, may provide additional opportunities for Luke's recovery. If you think this may be an option, and would like assistance on the procedure to get this started, please email me at jkpanatone@earthlink.net.
Hug Luke for me.

Julie Ward said...

Sue & Gordy:
I am so happy there is the shift toward getting Luke home, I have every confidence you two will learn your tasks , God WILL PROVIDE The RIGHT nurses for your family, life at home with a medical condition, is just different, but very doable, it will be a boost for everyone. I will be praying for the surgeries tomorrow and checking in , for more updates!! I click the 'luke' icon on my toolbar , atleast once an hour if not more! Oh his icon is a teddybear face!!God Bless!!
~Julie
:-)

Anonymous said...

We continue to keep Luke and all of the family in our daily thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful love that Gordy, Sue and the entire family share with us. I am so thankful for the incredible love that has been reflected back to them from around the world. I keep having the song "this little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine" running through my head. Though at times I find myself thinking "this little Luke of mine, he's going to rise and shine" I continue to prayer for that day. We love you all so very much. Pam, Hal, Carl and Paul

Triton's Dad said...

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you for the challenges ahead.

Anonymous said...

Baby Luke-
My want you to get well and have a great life. I hope you are feeling better. I really really really really love you. Tonight we siad more prayers for you and your family.
Dominic (3) and Sydney (5) Marinos

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Lord, Thank You for Doctors, Nurses, Respirational Theripists, Surgeons and hospitals with emergency rooms.

Yes, we will continue to blog regarding Luke after he goes home, I dont know that I will keep up the pace I have here, we will see.

Sue and I need great wisdom as to future treatment for Luke there are many possibilities. A website hugsfoundation.org is specifically for parents of near drownings and it talks about the variety of treatments.

By the way, Cass' surgery has been postpone until early next week.

Anonymous said...

And thank-you, Gordon, for allowing us this wonderful opportunity to give what is uniquely human, care and support through the trying times that may befall us flawed creatures. Life is truly a gift from "God", so often taken for granted. Through sharing our sorrows, we gain strength to move forward and share the gift of life and support with others. Giving is such a part of life. Thanks for letting us give by sharing your personal sorrow. Love to you and yours...Bob

Anonymous said...

Thanks you for the beautiful reminder of how we need to live a life of thankfulness. There are so many blessings...every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights!!

Anonymous said...

It is so nice to hear that Luke has been resting and that he'll be coming home soon! I know you'll find the right nurses to join your family. I'm praying for Luke's continued good progress and a smooth transition back home. I have all the confidence in the world that you will do a fantastic job providing him the care he needs. God bless, Lisa D.

Anonymous said...

Praise God for real, vulnerable,and faithful Christians!

Leon said...

Hi Gordy, My responce to your email should be there soon.

Blogging often is good because it keeps you motivated and develops your skill. Your pace, however, has been exceptional. When you get home find a pace that works for you. You may find that you miss the writing if you miss too many days.

Hi Luke, I hear you got to see your brothers today. Soon you will get to see everyone. Don't worry about those tube thingeys. Someday you will brag about them.

Bert said...

We love those picture! Luke, your such a beautiful little boy! Just want you and your family to know that our family will be praying for you during your procedure tomorrow. We're praying that the Lord will guide the surgeon's hands, that every aspect of the surgery will go smoothly and that you would recovery quickly. Soon you'll get to go home and be in your own room, with all the love of your brothers and sisters and your mommy and daddy. When your mommy and daddy get to hold you; breathe in their love. There is soooo much love out here for you, Luke.

Gordy and Sue, Stand strong. There are so many people spiritually fighting along side you. I am sure you know to take it one day at a time, sometimes even one hour at a time, but just a reminder that He will never leave you, nor will He forsake you.

Praying for peaceful rest for all. Good night.

Carmon Friedrich said...

I've been praying for you all here in California. I'm so glad you get to take your little sweetheart home. I am asking God for things to go smoothly there and for your family to be able to return to some semblance of normalcy again. Blessings to you all! Carmon Friedrich

Anonymous said...

Dear Gordy and Sue, I have to admit your email is quite convicting tonight as I battled with my willfull teen. How easy it is to have a discontent heart. Perspective is everything!! I am so amazed at Jesus shining through you Gordon. I am thanking God for the perspective He has given to you brother.(and your precious wife} I will be praying for your little buddies surgery tomorrow. I will also be lifting up the needs concerning the nurses and Homecare. What I would give to live in the same state with you and come give you all a BIG hug and help out with your needs. We truely are brothers and sisters in Christ. We feel each others joys and sorrows. I am so thankful this is not all there is. We get to spend an eternity with God through His Son....with no pain, no sorrow, no need to sleep, eat etc, just bow before our Living God Yahweh!! That will be a glorious day. I love you all with a burdened heart. CF in Arizona

CraigH said...

God, I thank you for the sacrifice you made out of love on all our behalf, my health, my wonderful wife and children, the ability to provide for them, the love I feel for everyone around me including family near and far, Luke's touch on my life and everyone I know, the strength, courage, and leadership you provide for Gordon, Sue and all the kids, friends new and old, music, and really a blessed existence. Please help me remember to say thanks for all my blessings. Amen.

Anonymous said...

I know a family in Puyallup, WA who had home nursing for an ill newborn/infant (years of home health), if you want their suggestions.

David MacDonald ....434-973-2967

Anonymous said...

This morning when I saw your pictures of you and your wife holding your sweet baby, God showed me He is holding both of you the same way...Lovingly holding, looking, adoring, soothing, pained because of your suffering. You are all so very precious to Him...He's got you covered.

Mommy_2 said...

After reading your latest post I am so blessed. Here I am praying for the Lord to bless you and little Luke and you have more than blessed me with your perseverence and your gratitude to the Lord. I am taking the time now to consider all the blessings God has given me, including your family!!!

Anonymous said...

Gordy, What an awesome inspiration. After reading your blog and the comments posted, what more could I add. I still find it awesome how God is speaking through you. Last night I was talking with my family and saying how I would like to see us change where we are thankfull for each. It seems like we get caught up on our on worlds, trying to do on our own. We forget that God has blessed us with each person in our family. I pray that I will never forget to be thankfull for my beautiful wife, my son, and my daughter, God has truly blessed me. I also pray that God never stops blessing us with you and your willingness to be used by Him. Life is short and if we don't stop and be thankfull for His blessings, how many gifts of His will we miss. Thanks again Gordy, I love you and your family. To Luke, I miss you very much. I want to come see you, to hold you, to sing to you like I have done so ,many times in the nursery at church. I love you Luke. ~ Bob Hart

Anonymous said...

Good morning Dad, Mom and Lil' Luke,

We send our love and prayers and we stand strong with you in the joy of our precious Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. How wonderful this blogspot has been! God has been so faithful to use lil' Luke's life for the good of those who love Him and for the glory of His Kingdom! This site has allowed Luke's testimony to go out around the world - what a blessing! Thank you Gordy and Sue for being such willing vessels even in such hard times in your life. God surely will renew your strength daily and hold fast the joy He has given you in our Sweet Jesus.

You two have been such wonderful witnesses to Shawn and I while you continue to love each one of your children unconditionally and faithfully. As you stand before the Lord some glorious Day, you surely will hear "Well done My good and faithful servants!"

Blessings for a beautiful day with beautiful lil' Luke.

With the Love of Jesus,

Shawn, Con-, John, Rebekah, Matthew & Naomi Reeder

Anonymous said...

Jill here - You know it is not always easy to "give thanks in everything", or to "glory in tribulations"! It's just not! This is where our faith in God has got to be BIGGER and STRONGER than our flesh which cries out to do the opposite. I know that our faith pleases God, and that our faith lets us stand in the grace, hope and glory of God. So, just as salvation was and is a free choice, we can choose to give thanks during this tribulation. I thank God that He has worked for good where satan has tried to rob, kill and destroy. Praise God for His word that says, "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:5 "Heavenly Father we give you thanks for the breath of life, for the newness of each day, for Your love that surrounds us, and for the power of Your Word!"

Anonymous said...

Lord, Thank you for the honor of bringing before you little Luke on behalf of his Momma and Daddy. Thank you that you are a present God who is not distant nor unconcerned for the needs and prayers of your children. Thank you, Lord for these faithful parents who consider it nothing short of an honor to bring other children in need of healing before your throne in the midst of their own child's troubles. Thank you, Lord for your promise to never leave us nor forsake us and for faithfully carrying out what you say you will do.
I have never met Gordy or Sue, Lord, but you have blessed me with a brother and sister in Christ through allowing me to pray for them in their struggles. They do not see how mightly you have used them through all they say and do during this extremely trying time but I am one who has been touched deeply by their love for you...Thank you, God for your Son who makes us family...Thank you so for little Luke
Amen