Friday, January 27, 2006
Though, I would have to say one of the most exciting part of the trip came the night we met the Vara Family. They invited us to join their small Bible study group on Wednesday night, it was great meeting people who have been faithfully praying for Luke and our family. I was so blessed to meet Tiffany, she has been a true inspiration to me this past year and half, I can not even begin to tell you about all the times that she has encouraged me, educated me and spent time praying for me. We quite often say that we are on a journey that neither one of us would of chosen, and since we have to be on this journey we are so thankful for each other. It was a pure delight meeting Abbie's Dad, Ray, her brothers Chase, Kyle, RJ, Matthew and her cousin Crystal, it was so comforting to be in a home where they know the trials and joys that we experience so often in our family. Thank you Chase for giving us your room, you are one great guy! I really enjoyed getting to hold Abbie, she has a sweet spirit and God is doing such a awesome miraculous work in her life each and every day.
As wonderful as our trip was it was much more wonderful to come home to our precious children. As you can imagine we really missed each other. We would love to take them all to Hawaii someday, but that would really have to be a miraculous happening because of how expensive it would be. I have said it so often but it bears repeating, our older children once again showed us how responsible and caring they are in taking care of their younger siblings. They all did such an awesome job at home, we are so blessed by them.
In closing I would like to share a scripture that I read yesterday, it is Isaiah 43:18, 19 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! I truly believe that God is doing a new thing in not only Luke's life but also our whole family. I am excited to see what the future holds, as I have said a hundreds of times, I know without a shadow of a doubt that Luke is being healed and he will be walking, talking, running and playing some day soon. I continue to trust God with the details of when that will be. I have been praying diligently to God to renew my joy, because I'm learning that when you don't have the joy of the Lord you are tired and feel like you can not go on another minute. You too can have that joy, all you have to do is ask God and He will give it to you.
Our current prayer requests to all of our faithful prayer partners; Luke has come down with a bit of a cold and is running a little fever, his nose is running non stop today and he's coughing up a storm, please pray this will pass quickly. Ezekiel and Lily are coughing a bit and need a touch from God also. I would also once again ask for prayer for me as we are once again without a nurse, it looks like they really are going to stop our nursing hours. We are going to really miss Mary she is a wonderful nurse, so kind and just knowing that she is a Christian and also believes that Luke will be healed someday brought great comfort. I need to really get into a very structured schedule if I hope to get all I need to get done each day done, you will never begin to realize how much it helped having her the two days that she was here. Once again I have to rely on my old faithful scripture, Phil. 4:13 , I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, I really believe this, as God has proven it to me time and time again.
Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue
Friday, January 20, 2006
Here are a few pictures from Hawaii...Enjoy!
A picture of Waikiki from our balcony
While eating at Lulu's, we noticed the guy on the bicycle with the surf board, he is just behind the little SUV.
Another picture while sitting at the railing at Lulu's. This is the beach just across the street.
We have noticed clouds in the valley to the north of us most of the time. We were able to catch a rainbow, which is the mascot for the University of Hawaii.
Here is the sunset from our first day in Hawaii. You cant really tell from the picture, but there were dozens of surfers in the water when I took the picture, and they are there as soon as the sun is up in the morning.
God is preparing a place for us that is referred to as Paradise. Sue and I are enjoying our time in Paradise, and I cannot begin to imagine how grand God's Paradise will be.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Friday, January 13, 2006
I want to let you know about the Phytoplankton, because I feel that we have really seen some wonderful benefits since we started him on this product and not only him but a close friend of mine who has diabetes and she has seen her blood sugars go from 530 to 315 in only two days of using this wonderful product, along with getting rid of the aches and pains that she has been experiencing for many months now. I also decided to take it to see if it would help me to feel more energetic and I have to admit I have been feeling a lot more energetic and it has also been helping my eyesight get better. Needless to say because of the all the wonderful testimonials of those that I know are using it I decided to start selling it today, I'm not planning to put a lot of effort into selling it but I thought that since it has helped Luke so much and also my good friend and Abbie who I've talked about on many occasions, then I thought others that are having health issues might benefit from taking it. It is called FrequenSea if you'd like to learn more about it and read some of the testimonials of those that have taken it you can go to my new website it is http://www.frequensea.com/distributors/suesearles/. I reluctantly shared this with you all and I want to let you know that I'm not trying to sell it to you, but I thought that there are many out there that suffer with diabetes, fibromyalga, cancer, arthritis, weight problems, migranes and I know they can benefit from using this product and it would be selfish of me not to share this information with you all.
Luke did get his new hand and wrist orthotics, they are hoping that it will help with the muscles in his wrists that have been turned in for so long to finally stretch a bit and become more limber. He now has his arms and hands down so much more but because of the amount of time he has his hands turned in they need some help getting them stretched out again. He is being fitted for his last fitting for his new ankle orthotics on Monday, then he should be set for awhile.
Gordy went on a business trip this week to Arizona and wouldn't you know it the day he leaves our phones decided they did not want to work anymore, so if anybody has tried to call and got a busy signal now you know why. It always seems to come in twos or three's when you have problems around the home, we also had our downstairs toilet decide it didn't want to flush this week and it will need to be fixed when he comes home, then our washer and dryer are dying a slow death, I guess doing at least 20 loads of laundry a week they've done a pretty good job of lasting as long as they have. Needless to say I hope that we can get all these things fixed and working before we leave next Tuesday for HI.
The main prayer request I have is that while we are gone to HI, Luke will stay healthy and sleep all night each night without any complications, that his food will run smoothly each night and that he will not need to go on any oxygen while we are gone. Along with all the other children staying healthy and happy while we are gone. I keep thinking "what were we thinking, that we could leave all the children and go to HI for a week, right now at this time in our lives?". Also pray that God would give me His peace about going and that I will be able to enjoy myself without being concerned about the children at home.
Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue
P.S. I have not forgot about posting some pictures, I just haven't learned how to do this yet and have to wait for Gordy to have a few minutes to spare, to do this for me.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
I told Gordy on the way home that it was the faith of those that were praying for Luke that got us home so quickly. I will be honest I was so discouraged today and extremely tired after not getting to bed until 7:15 this morning, that I did not have much faith in believing that we would be sent home this evening, I thought for sure we would spend at least one night in the Hospital. Our wonderful nurse Mary worked today, she normally doesn't work on Friday's, I know it was the Lord scheduling her today, because with her help and the the help of my sweet girls I was able to get some much needed sleep in the morning. Once again I am so thankful for my wonderful family and all of you faithful friends that continue to lift up Luke to God with faith knowing that He is an awesome Healing Father, who loves to do the impossible for those that just ask Him.
Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue
Friday, January 06, 2006
Luke came down with the a touch of the flu. I finally decided after being asked everytime that we went to any Dr. appt or in the Hospital if he has had the all important flu shot that I needed to get him a shot. They assured me over and again that you can not catch the flu from the shot, but that doesn't seem to be the case in Luke's life. Needless to say as with any sickneses Luke catches it seems to affect his heartrate and oxygen levels, I was therefore up all night with one sick little boy. Today he is still running a fever and sounding like he needs to cough all the time.
Please be praying that God will heal him and that he will not have this sickness go on and on. I guess there is always the thought in the back of my mind, "will this put him back in the Hospital?," I'm not saying that is going to happen, it just lurks there on the surface of my thoughts. I know that God is able to reach down and touch his little body one more time and that you are all such faithful prayer partners, thank you.
Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue
Monday, January 02, 2006
We were blessed this Christmas with Luke staying healthy and continuing to make small improvements each day. I will be honest though to say that it ended up being a harder Christmas than I could of imagined. I was struggling with some deep depression during the week before Christmas, I guess I kept thinking that Luke would be walking and talking by now and that he would be opening his own gifts on Christmas morning. I spent a lot of time beating myself up over my thoughts thinking that I should be so grateful for the wonderful progress that Luke has made over this past year instead of thinking about where I wish he is today.
I want to say a huge thank you to Amy and Natalie, without them I don't think we would of had Christmas this year. They basically did all the decorating, wrapping and baking this past Christmas. Praise the Lord, I am feeling much better God has been so good to me and has been lifting me out of this depression and I am beginning to regain my joy. Forgive me for going on about myself I realize this blog is to keep you informed about Luke's progress, I guess that I want those of you that struggle with depression to know that God is able to help you get through it and give you new joy and strength as you ask Him for His help.
Thank you for all of you that have posted some information about Hawaii, we have decided to go ahead and stay at the Hotel where the conference is being held. Someone asked if we will be taking Luke and the answer is "no," we had thought about taking the older kids and Luke with us but decided that the cost would be too much. I will be honest at times I am so excited about going since this will be my first time to HI and I've always wanted to go, but I'm also extremely anxious about leaving all my children at home, it's not like we can just jump in the car and be home in a few hours if anything were to happen. I'm asking everyone to pray that everything will go smoothly at home and that God will give me peace about going.
We got a call last week from our Insurance Company asking us if we had applied for DSHS to assist with Luke's medical bills, I told her we had tried shortly after Luke's accident, but we are too rich for help and too poor to be able to pay for everything out of pocket. They informed us that we would probably be losing our nursing care once again because Luke has been doing so well recently and has not had be suctioned much. I guess they think that the only reason we would need a nurse is if he needs to be suctioned all the time. They don't realize how wonderful it is to have someone here twice a week to help with Luke's messaging, feeding, exercises and all the other important things our nurse does for Luke so that I can get some other things done without feeling bad about neglecting Luke. Anyway we need some wisdom from God to decide if we want to go fill out all the paperwork to get assistance, we have realized that Luke has cost us well over $20,000 out of our pocket and know that without the generous gifts of some wonderful people just after the accident we don't know what we would of done, though we know that God always provides as we ask Him too, we feel we need to be wise stewards of what we know is His money.
May God richly bless you today,
Luke's Mommy Sue