Wednesday, February 16, 2005

It is God who arms me with strength

I just want to say thank you for all your encouraging words to me, on my last entry. I feel so blessed to have so many people care and pray for our family. What a difference between this last Saturday and the one before. We were once again blessed by a family from the blog with a gift card to Target, so we decided to let the kids all pick out something from the store to buy. We all went as a family, the first time we've gone on a outing like that since the accident. Luke did pretty well, he fell asleep in his stroller when we first got to the store and when he woke up he got a little stressed out, but once I held him and explained to him where we were he calmed down and was fine. It was so good to go some place other than a Dr.'s appt. or church as a family. We then decided to take him with us to the Spaghetti Factory after church for dinner and he did great there.

He continues to lift his head off my shoulder when I hold him now. It is so exciting for me to see him turn and lift his head, he used to keep it in the same place until we put him down. His neck muscles are getting stronger all the time, that will help him so much with his swallowing and just makes it easier for us to carry him and sit with him. He also continues to do better with his eating lately, God is so good.

Teena from the blog asked just what a Passy Muir valve is and what it does. It is a small round valve that we put on the end of his trach that only allows him to breath in not out. Therefore, he has to breath out his nose or mouth and is once again able to make noises. The first time we heard him make a noise was so awesome, just another step toward his complete healing. He is doing so well with it that we keep it on most of the day and night now and we are not having to suction him hardly at all, which is a big answer to prayer. He is coughing out his mouth and sneezing out his nose, where as before it all came out the trach. He is so cute to watch as he makes noises, his eyes get so big and they look like they are saying that he is amazed that he is making a noise and he looks so proud of himself. It is amazing to see his oxygen numbers go up when he has it on and his heart rate go down, which tells us that he is actually relaxing more when he wears it. One step closer to getting out the trach, continue to pray that when we go back on the 8th of March his chest will sound great and we will get him scheduled for his bronchial scope, which will tell us if he is ready to get rid of his trach. God has been teaching me so much lately, I've come to realize that while I thought of the trach as my biggest trial in life, it has actually been a blessing in disguise because while he has it we have nursing care. I also thought when we were in the Hospital that we could come home and continue on with life as it was before the accident, not realizing how much time Luke's care would take, therefore thinking that we would not really need nurses. Boy was I wrong, God knew I would need the Godly nurses, that love Luke and pray for him daily. It has helped me to be able to stay a part of my other children's life, in that I'm able to take them to the YMCA, Library, spend time helping them with school work, etc. God knows best, I just have to keep being reminded of this, I'm so glad that He is patient with me.

It's interesting that I also wondered if God knew what He was doing when he allowed me to get pregnant with Lily when I did, knowing that Luke would have his accident. I thought that I wouldn't be able to handle another little one with all that was going on. But once again I was wrong, Lily has been so wonderful for Luke, I often lie her down by him in his crib and they listen to his Winnie the Pooh mobile together or music on his CD player and a few times Lily just falls asleep by his side. They seem to be comforted just being side by side. I've taken few pictures of them together and hope to blog on for you to see soon. We are also trying to figure out how to get our Happy New Year Newsletter on the blog for you to see, I know its kind of late, but we would like to share it with you if we are able to find a way to put it on, along with the pictures.

The scripture that I have been meditating on this week is in Psalm 18:32, It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. It is so comforting to know that we do not have to have our own strength to make it through the day but our wonderful heavenly Father is up there saying let me give you my strength and if we are willing to accept it, He willingly gives it to us. People often say to me, Sue I don't know how you do it all, and all I can say is it is only because of God's strength that I'm able to make it through another day. You to can say the same thing all you have to do is ask, if you haven't tried it before, try it I gurantee you will like it.

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


kati said...

Hi, Sue:

Did you make your newsletter in Microsoft Word or something like it? If you did, and you'd like me to, I'd be glad to make it into an image for your that can display on your blog just like another photo.

Please feel free to e-mail me if you need any technical help like that, it's my love and my job all in one!

PS: I am so thrilled that blogger is now allowing people to comment without having to sign-up or having to be anonymous!

Denise said...

Hi Sue! God is so good! I was reading your February posts and sat here amazed. My computer has been down so I haven't been able to see how everything was going. I want to share with you just another one of God's many faithful ways. Not knowing how to pray I asked during this time for the Lord to guide me. In additition of course to praying for Luke's complete healing I felt very impressed to pray for healing for whomever still needed it from the accident. Then I read Amy's testimony. WOW! How great is that!? I have also been led to really pray and zero in on strength and endurance for you specifically...then I read your Feb 10 post. Some of the things you talked about in there were incredibly close to how the Holy Spirit prompted me in the details of those prayers. Just thought I'd share that even when people can't get to the blog God still leads us how to pray. We have been friends for a long time and I am honered to be praying for you, Gordy and the kids. God will finish what he has set out to do. Hallelujah! Please give my love to your whole family! Love you!

Teena said...

Oh Sue, you encourage me so in your post! Thank you for sharing the details of the pasy muir... I bet he is so thrilled when he makes noises. That is so sweet about Lily too. I appreciate so much your testimony about what we think we can handle and what God thinks we can handle. Sometimes it is so very hard but HIS ways are not OUR ways.
I know you are blessed by the nurses... and I am sure they are blessed by your family!
You are so very special to us... we look forward to seeing the pictures of Luke & Lily!
PLEASE know we pray and talk about Luke all the time!
We love all of you,
Your Georgia Friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

lockwoods said...

Your entry really touched me at a time when I need it! I'm 13 days overdue with Chloe, and have until midnight tomorrow night to go into labor - or my midwives can't deliver the baby, and I'll have to go to the hospital. We are trying all the 'tricks' we know, and thus far...nothing is working. You reminded me that God isn't ignorant of my needs. (I've been feeling kind of abandoned.)
I am so happy that Luke continues to lift his head! What a thrill!! And that he's making noises, and adjusted to the valve so well. And that is so sweet about him and Lily. God is good. I can't wait to see the pictures!! And we continue in prayer for your sweet family, and for Luke's healing.
The Lockwoods

Julie in NC said...

Hello Sue, Thanks for the great update. My little girl came running in the bathroom this morning saying "Mom, there is an up date on Luke and it is good!!" Yes, it is so good the hear all that the Lord is doing in his life and in your heart too! Thanks for sharing Gods word with us as well.
I would love to see Little Luke make a sound and be so proud of himself. I am so glad that Lily is getting to spend time with Luke. The pictures of the boys were so cute!
We are praying for CLEAR lungs. How exciting!

Amy Lockwood, I will be praying for you tonight. One of my children was 15 days late. We had her at home. It was one of the most awsome things that has ever happened to us. God was so real to us. Let us know when Chloe has been born.

Blessings to all, Julie

Bart Nelson said...

It's been a while since I've logged on. It was so great to see and hear from your whole family. I was so encouraged by how God has worked things out for you. I needed to read that tonight. I have been more frustrated than I should be about life. I needed the perspective you provided. I always had wanted to be the encourager when I logged on, but often, and especially this morning, I leave encouraged. I hope you continue to have the energy to continue blogging. It may get old to you, but at just the right time, someone's life will change because of you.

Love to all of you - Bart