Wednesday, November 17, 2004

We continue to stay humbled by your prayers

I come to you tonight with a great sense of being humbled. I'm so amazed at how many people come up to say that they are continuing to pray each day for Luke, I know that I've said this before but until you experience something like this you can't even begin to imagine how it feels. Just yesterday I was in Target and I had a sweet lady come up to me and say, "are you Luke's Mom" I said "yes I am" and she went on to say that she is my neighbor and her uncle was the wonderful man who came and knocked on my door that horrible day of the accident. He was the one who we didn't know who he was and he kept the CPR going until the firemen came to ran with him to the ambulance to take him to the Hospital. I remember saying that day I didn't know who that man was or where he came from, but I knew that the Lord had brought him to our door at the exact time that we needed him there. Anyway she said that she has been keeping up to date by reading our blog and continues to keep us in her prayers and then she asked to give me a hug, I was so blessed!

We had an awesome day on Monday when we went to Physical Therapy. We have a wonderful Physical Therapist and she was so encouraging as she said that in just the two weeks that we have been going that she is already seeing so much improvement in Luke. After totally relaxing him again with the message and heating pads, she then sat him up and put a fun toy in front of him and had him reach out to touch the toy and we were so excited when we saw him go back to one little rattle ball at least two times. She said that she felt him relax and almost reach for the little ball, what an encouragement that was, it was a definite voluntary movement, which is amazing and what we look for everyday.

We also had some good news today as I took him into the Dr. to make sure his ear infection was gone. It was gone, which was such good news because we are planning to take him to Canada for Hyperbaric Treatments soon. We are planning on take the whole family up there for 3 days. Amy and I will leave on Friday the day after Thanksgiving and then Gordy will come up with the rest of the family on Saturday, on AMTRAK which the boys are totally excited about. Since Daniel will be on thanksgiving break it will give us some much needed family time, we are praying that this will be a time for our family to have some good times together that are stress free. We've all been through so much these past few months, it will feel good to take a breather. Gordy, Luke and I will come home on December 4th. We are hoping to get in at least 12-14 treatments during the week, we know it will be an intense schedule but we are hoping since this will be the only thing that we will be concentrating on it won't be as stressful as fitting them into our days that are already too full. We are so blessed to already have people offering to help with the kids at home.

For those of you who have been keeping up to date on Luke and you wonder if God is really touching Him, I just want to say that I know without a shadow of a doubt that We serve a mighty God and He able to do abundantly above anything that we ask or think. As I've said over and over again God made his brain originally in the womb and He is able to make it all over again and knows exactly how to repair the damage done. Man says that the brain is the last frontier in our body, Dr.'s can't figure them out, but I know that brains are easy for God to figure out, He makes them everyday, as is evident in my womb right now.

Thank you for your prayers at night they are working. He has been sleeping much better, so please don't stop, when you wake up at night just continue to lift us up. We are faring better all the time. May God bless you with His wonderful love and I pray that you will feel the peace of God as you reach out to Him.

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


Julie in NC said...

Hello Sue, I was so glad to wake up this morning to see you outstanding post!!! I am so glad that you are going to get away and Luke will be able to start some of the treatments. That is so wonderful!
Gordy, I don't wake up in the night very often. Last night one of the boys woke up and I could not get back to sleep. I started to pray for you and your family. I could not get you off my mind/heart and the verse in Deut 31:6 kept comming to my mind...Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. You guys be blessed with a great day and give Little Luke a high five for us and tell him that we said way to GO!!!! Thank you Jesus!!! You are such a good GOD.
Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue,
As a family we have been praying for Luke since your blog was started. It is such a privilege to pray desperately for someone that we've never met, and my heart was lifted this morning to hear of Luke's improvement. YEAH GOD! If you don't mind sharing where about in Canada will you be? We live in Southwestern Ontario and if you are near by we'd love to help you out in anyway we can.
Dan, Joy, & the gang

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Julie, Amen! I know that God is with us, in fact he is carrying us. If you are familiar with the poem footprints, there are one set of footprints, God's. He is carrying us. We dont have the strength to do this on our own. Thank you for the word, it is powerful and an encouraging reminder that God will never leave nor forsake us. I must admit at times it can be a very lonely journey and it is good to know he is always there.

Dan in Canada, we will be traveling north to Vancouver BC which is a few hours from our home and an exciting 5 hour train ride, at least for a little boy :)

Sorry I havent written much, I have been very busy at work and I am spending spare time at home trying to decide how I want to start a web page for our family.

Anonymous said...

Dear Gordy and Sue,
How wonderful your faith in our Father is. I have been checking daily for updates on Luke from day one.
I have an 18 month old son too. I can't imagine going through what you guys are without our Savior. You and your faith is such a blessing.
Thank your for making known your needs and prayer requests. I often wake up at night with my two children and always say a prayer before going back to sleep.
I am memorizing Jer. 29:11-13
"For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not clamitiy to give you a future and a hope,then you will call unto Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you, and you will seek Me and find me when you search for me with all your heart"
God bless you guys!
Your sister in Las Vegas,

Katie said...

Praise the Lord - how exciting!! We pray here for Luke several times throughout the day (7 in our family x the number of times we each think of him adds up to a LOT! :-) ) The children were so excited to read today's post!

Lifting you all up during the travel & treatments!

- The CO Lundquists

Anonymous said...

Dear Gordy, Sue, and Family:

We continue to lift up your entire family in prayer through our Ladies Bible Study. It is a tremendous blessing to see how the Lord is doing great and mighty things in little Luke's recovery and healing. Our God is a wonderful God in so many ways. I am thankful to hear of Luke's improvements and our class will be praying for the HBOT treatments that you will be going to do over the Thanksgiving week and after. We thank God for your wonderful testimony to so many people who have and are continuing in reading this Blog. Thank you for your love for our wonderful Savior. Have a great week and may the Lord continue working in little Luke's life.

Love in Christ,
Lori S. in Lacey, WA

lockwoods said...

Oh, Praise The Lord!!!! His mercies are new every day!!! I was just overcome at hearing your good news. I have had such a burden on my heart for you and Luke. Our family prays for him each day - especially my 4yo girl, and I keep requesting prayer at our small church. I have spent much time during the night earnestly praying for Luke's recovery, for the baby girl in Sue's womb, for Gordy, and for your other children. I can't express what joy I felt when you said that the physical therapist said he was improving, and about him trying to reach for the ball! I am so glad that your family gets to take a trip together. I couldn't agree with you more about God being able to build a new brain. Nothing is impossible with our Awesome God!!! And praise the Lord about his ear infection being all better, too!!!
You are loved by a family in Alaska!
In Jesus-
Amy Lockwood

Laura Smidt said...

Oh, what a wonderful report about the Physical Therapy appointment. I just got such a sense of peace hearing the description of how well it went. It really sounds like Luke was enjoying himself!
Hopefully it's still ok to ask questions. My question is are you having the treatments done in Canada by your choice or is that the closest place to get them?
It's so exciting to think about what the next couple of weeks will hold for your family and for Luke's recovery. I think all of us in blogland are so excited by this news of the treatments. We'll all be praying you through!

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, Hope you rested well last night! We are so excited about your upcoming week! Sue, will he be scared to get these treatments? Are you going to be able to stay right with him? Will he be sleeping during all this? How do you need us to pray for you while you are gone? Praying God's goodness and kindness on you and your family. Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

renajoe said...

We are just so excited for Luke! Thank God for His tender mercies. Have a wonderful time together in Canada and we will be praying for you all and holding down the fort, so to speak. We feel certain that the HBOT treatments will help the healing process along and it will be such a miracle to see what God can do. I know it is hard to wait, but God is faithful, and we trust Him to finish the good work he has begun. Wish we could have seen Luke with his ball - such encouraging news! When we are gathered as a family for our Thanksgiving dinner, we will remember your needs in prayer and be sure to thank the Lord for giving Luke back to us. As always, we send our love and blessings to everyone.
Auntie Rena & Uncle Joe

LoFenton said...


It's so wonderful to hear about Luke and his progress. I can't wait to see the results of the Hyperbaric treatments. I know it will only be the first, but you never know it may be all he needs - Our God is Awesome!!

Love you all and have a very wonderful Thanksgiving and we will be praying for you in Canada that all goes well.

Love ya,

Lonnie and Lori

Anonymous said...

Dear Searles Family, I am so sorry it has been awhile since I have posted. I am checking the blog. We are praying daily for Luke and sometimes when we wake at night we are praying NIGHTLY!! :)) Our computer has been messing up and I am afraid I will have to take it to the shop. I will not be able to check on Luke! I can check on Sundays & Wednesdays at church. PLEASE, know that if you do not hear from us for more then a couple days that our computer must be down. I am so very thankful and we are rejoicing with you as God has/is working miracles in LUKE's body/brain!!! PRAISE BE TO GOD.... I cried and cried when I read how he is responding..... we are praying for your trip. I told Luke's story today in SS and told them how God is working. I also asked them if they woke in the night to pray for LUKE! We are standing with you ... as you make this trip... united by prayer!!!
We love all of you,
Billy, Teena, Michael 19, Mandi 15, Dakota 11, Alyssa 7, Wyatt 2.9 yrs, Wesley 16 months