Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Luke's Mommy dropping by with a special request!

Hi, I know many of you are amazed to hear from me. I want you all to know that I just don't have the energy to write often, but I always check the blog a few times a day and am always encouraged to hear from you. I can't even begin to thank each of you for all the prayers that you've sent up to God for us, I know they are being heard!

I have a special request for you: This Friday November 5th at 1:00 p.m. we are taking Luke in for another Swallow test. This will be very important because it will tell the Dr.'s if he is able to swallow and if he can handle eating once again through his mouth. We know that he is swallowing we see it each day, so we are praying that God will allow Him to swallow and that he will swallow it down to his stomach and not aspirate any of it into his lungs. Also on the next Friday the 12th he will be going in for a change on his J-tube. He currently eats 18 hours a day through a tube that goes straight into his lower intestine and completely by passes his stomach. I really believe that a mistake was made in the Hospital because we were told he was going to have a J-G tube which allow him to eat both into the lower intestine and into his stomach, needless to say they will be changing it to a J-G tube on the 12th. We have been told this is a very easy procedure so we are praying that all will go well without a hitch.

One last request I have for all of you is we are calling all prayer warriors to come beside us and do some spiritual warfare with us. If you would like to be a part of a special prayer team we are asking you to e-mail us at and we will put you on our team of prayer warriors. We know according to the word of God that the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy, but God has come that we can have life and have it more abundantly. We are in need of some mighty prayer warriors to come beside us and lift us up. Please pray about it and let us know if you feel that the Lord would like to use you in this way.

Once again words can't even begin to express my gratitude at your out pouring of love, concern and prayers for our family. May you all be blessed with abundant life!

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Q: How old is Luke now and will he be 2 just after the first of the year?
A: Luke will be two in March.

Julie mentioned she was praying that he would smile soon. Luke got the nickname Boo because when you would say Boo he would smile like the picture on the front page. Recently we have noticed that sometimes when you are talking with him or when you say Boo that his eyes brighten and the corners of his mouth moves ever so slightly. We think he may be trying to smile. God is able to restore his smile :)

Also, I wanted to share a dream I had a week ago. The dream was short, I was leaning over Luke's bed and he said Isaiah twice and the dream was over. Luke's first word before the accident was Isaiah, which is his brother's name. I believe that a day will come when Luke will once again say his brother's name.

It is good to have Luke's Mom typing on the blog, what do you think?

The Gannaway Family said...

Dear Searles family,
Just wanted to let you know that we will be praying for Luke at his appointment on Friday. My ladies bible class pray for him each week, and I look forward to the updates so we can pray specifically for the needs. We praise God for the little smiles, even though the smile is not a full smile on the inside, little Luke is probably bouncing up and down with joy on the inside.

May God bless you all
The Gannaway Family,
Willow Grove,

Anonymous said...

It IS great to see Luke's Mommy posting. In fact, I've been wondering how she and the new little one are holding up. Being pregnant alone is enough to concentrate on, so I worry a bit when I hear about all you must do every single day, and dealing with such little sleep. How's she doing, and if I can be more nosy, when's the due date?

I check your blog every single day and pray all the time for your precious family.

Blessings and peace to you, Searles Family!

-kati (e-mail, my blog)

Julie in NC said...

Thanks so much for posting, Sue. We will all keep your request in our prayers. We are honered that we can pray for you guys. We will be emailing soon. We have had trouble with our email accounts the past few weeks so I will need to be sure that it is working. Ya know, I am so praying for that smile! Gordy, you posted about your dream. I may have told you in a past post but I thought I would post again. When I had my 5th child (1st boy) we found out at 14 weeks that his intestines were growing on the outside of his body. I had to go to a lot of sonos....each time I would go in we would be told that one thing or another could be wrong. We were scared to death. We had people all over the would praying for Daniel. When I would lay down at night I would be eaten up with fear. One night I asked the Lord to give me a dream. I woke up the next morning with a scene in my mind of the dream that I had. It was a open field with grass on the ground and dandelions floating through the air. Thats it! I didn't even have to ask the Lord what that was all about. It was already in my heart, full of peace. The Lord had let me know that would be the the seed of our son! I was at peace that all would be fine with Daniel after that. Be blessed and know that we are praying for all of you. Shane, Julie and Children

Anonymous said...

Go, Mom! Nice to hear from you! I'm still checking the blog everytime the rss feed hits and I'm so glad Luke has stablized and is GRADUALLY improving. I've never met you, but work with Gordy. Hoping your Dr. visit will be most successful!...Bob

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Q: When is Sue's due date?
A: Just after the first of the year, although she has never gone to any of the 6 kids due date. We think she will have it the last week of Dec.

Teena from GA said...

Sue, it is so great to see you post. I think of you so often as I am a mom to many too. God has brought our family to your family and we pray/talk/think about all of you all the time! I am praying as you are in your finally weeks with this new little life... and going through this journey with Luke. Please know that the prayers of others are being lifted up on your behalf as you are striving daily to be the wife/mother God has called you to be. Your strength and love for the Lord is a blessed testimony! We call our youngest Boo too!! He will soon be 16 months soon. I know Luke is smiling as you call him Boo!! I am praying for the tests this Friday.... and for the jgtube on the 12th. Again, thank you for sharing .... we love all of you!
your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael 19, Mandi 15, Dakota 11, Alyssa 7, Wyatt 2.9 yrs, Wesley 15 months

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying that everything goes well with Luke's appointment tomorrow and his surgery next week, and for rest and strength for you in these last few months of pregnancy. God bless!
Santa Barbara, CA

Anonymous said...

You are all in our prayers daily, but we are so glad when you post special requests so we know in what direction to pray. Prayers and dreams are always special to give us that little booster shot of hope. Love Tom & Pam

Leon said...

Gordy and Family. Sorry, I haven't stopped in to say Hi for a while. I do check the site often. I still tell people about Luke and how hard he works with you to get better. He is one tough little boy!

Gordy, When I helped you with your blog I learned some great skills. I took what I learned and I am helping new bloggers for free. Luke is one of many people who taught me to do what I can to help others.

Hi Luke, I hear you can swallow and you went to church. You keep working away. You have your family and an angel bear watching out for you. I still owe you a teddy bear. Bye Luke.

Anonymous said...

Hi! For some reason I couldn't log in today, but this is Julie in NC. We wanted to say Hi and we are praying for you! Hope the swallow test goes well. Many blessings, Shane, Julie, and children

Anonymous said...

God bless you all. It's good to hear from Luke's mommy. Please know that I check in often for updates and have been praying for Luke and your family. I hope and pray his swallow study went well and that the procedure goes safely and quickly on the 12th. I pray too that God will restore his voice so that he can say his brother's name!
God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Hello Little Luke, We have been praying that all went well yesterday with the test. I prayed that you would not be scared and you would be at ease while you were around all the different people. I hope you have been resting well. I can't wait to hear all that your sweet Daddy or Mommy will post about you. We all gather around the computer and read about you when there is a new post. You be blessed and have a very good day at Church tomarrow....we will be praying. We love you ....Little Luke! Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

PS Gordy, for some reason I am not able to log on. Do you think that I should just get a new account?