Thursday, March 15, 2007

Luke is a big 4 year old boy!

I can hardly believe Luke turned 4 years old on Saturday. We celebrated his birthday in the evening, since we had a wedding to go to that day. I was so thankful that he was healthy for his special day, he had been riding a roller coaster ride of one day being fine and the next day needing a bit of oxygen all last week. I think that we’ve finally turned the corner. He has been doing great since Sunday evening and hasn’t needed a bit of oxygen all week.

Luke seems to be showing us more emotions all the time, he now smiles all the time, without needing to be played with. We will just walk up to him and he will show a beautiful smile. I was playing with him today and he was looking me right in the eyes, it brought a few tears to my eyes, to think how thankful I am for his sweet precious smile to be here each day. He has also becoming more verbal with his needs, each time he fills his pants lately he will moan until we change him. I took him in for a hyperbaric dive today and Jim was amazed at his expressions while he was in the chamber and the second we pulled him out he gave us a huge smile.

He also seems to be putting on some much needed weight, I weighed him yesterday and I think that he has finally hit the 30-pound mark. He is looking a lot healthier with a little fat on his skinny bones. He also seems to be getting stronger, yesterday Auntie Cindy was playing with him and he basically lifted his whole body up for a few seconds, and to say that she was excited is putting it mildly.

Last week was challenging for me at times. There are times on this journey when sadness for Luke’s condition can basically overwhelm me. It seems that around Christmas and his birthday it really hits me hard when I think about what I should be getting a normal 4 year old for his birthday. To say I cried a few tears last week would be putting it mildly. I tried not to let others see my sadness, because I do not want them to feel bad or put a damper on their day. Don’t get me wrong I am extremely thankful for the progress that Luke has made and I thank the Lord all the time that he has not been back to the hospital in almost a year. That said there are times that I wish with all my heart I was chasing Luke around the house, listening to his sweet little laugh and picking up his toys, though I know it will happen again some day, I just wish it was today.

Here’s a little update on Amy and Natalie. We have been blessed, at least we feel that way now before we get our cell phone bill, that we have been able to talk with the girls often. Even though they are a bit homesick they are really enjoying their time ministering in Romania. God is really doing some great things there and many women’s lives are being changed as they are being given a message of hope and God’s love. The girls leave Romania early Friday morning, they will go to Amsterdam to meet their Uncle Ray, Aunt Lis and Daniel in Amsterdam. They will spend one day in Holland, going to the Hiding place and some other wonderful places there, then on to Denmark to spend time at my brother’s home. I know that they will be spoiled, which I’m very excited about!

We have been extremely blessed by having many wonderful people helping us here at home, Tessa a sweet young lady, has graciously volunteered to help us out this week. My sister Lori took Lily home with her to Eastern Washington, Gordy, myself, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Luke will be heading that way on Friday, we will spend the weekend at Lonnie and Lori’s home, coming home on Monday. Please be praying that God will keep Luke healthy and this will be a special time for all of us as we take a little retreat, I always call Lonnie and Lori’s home my private retreat center, it is situated right on the Columbia River, they live right next to a wild life animal reserve, so we are blessed with seeing all kinds of wonderful creatures, while we are there.


Love in Christ,

Luke’s Mommy Sue


Anonymous said...

Dear Sue,
What your letter showed me was,God does not promise a perfect life,but what He does promise is grace. I am so glad God allows us to cry.His presence is so powerful when we show Him that we can not do it without HIM.
I love you and will continue to pray,
Kelley Ahearn

annie said...

Wow Sue, Luke is doing awesome! What an exciting post.
It was great to hear your voice yesterday.
I continue to pray for Luke's complete recovery!

Carmichael Family said...

Happy 4th Birthday, Luke!!! We praise God for your precious life, and keep you in our prayers always!
God's richest blessings,
Catherine and family

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Little Luke!!!
Sue, Thanks for letting us know how everyone is. I am so glad the girls are doing well and that Luke has been well this week. Is he really four....time goes so fast. Sue, I think I can understand how you would feel sad for the little boy that you miss. I think I would feel the same way. You are a wonderful mom and I think you do such a great job with all your children. We are still praying for Luke and are so glad each time you tell us how he in doing better! God is such a great God and in his time. Blessings and Love, Shane, Julie and Children

COLETTE BERGSMA/AngelsOfHope said...

Hi Luke,
Happy Belated 4th Birthday!
I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Prayers and hugs,

Teena said...

Stopping by to say HI! We thought of Luke all last week. We have been praying for the girls. Mandi would really like to know how they arranged there trip. We have hard times working out mission trips. She is praying about Africa but I am very scared! LOL ~

I can not imagine walking your journey .... you amaze me with your faith and strength but also with your honesty and being real.

I will pray for you as you are at Lori's as I type this~

maybe next week we can chat a bit~

blessings & love,
Your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

annie said...

I just emailed you (tues. 3/20, 2:11 p.m. cst). I am letting you know to make sure you can recieve my emails :)

Thank you so much for the books, they came today! You are so thoughtful!


dr_bristow said...

Happy (belated) 4th birthday, Luke! I have been thinking about you and praying for you a lot these last few weeks. I thought of you and your family this last weekend especially since I was up in Portland/Vancouver visiting a friend and Washington always makes me remember you. :) God bless,

Anonymous said...

Hi Searles Family
Sue thank you so much for your willingness to share your feelings and the blessings and pain that you are experiencing through this time of trials. Your faith and strength gives me hope and strength during our trials with our Son's cancer. No matter how things are, remember GOD is good and is watching over your little Luke and your family. You have done such a wonderful job raising your precious children they are all a blessing to me. Hope to get time to talk to you soon. Thanks for the inspiration that you have given me through your actions of faith.
Love and Prayers always

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for keeping us in your prayers. It would have been great to have you at the Above Rubies retreat. I am going to talk to my husband about the family camp in Sept.
Thanks again for thinking of us and your prayers. We are living in God's grace with His arms around us.
Lori Appel

Leon said...

Happy birthday Luke. :)

Teena said...

Just thinking about you and checking in. I still pray and think of you often. YOU are so special to us. I have your pic in my bible.... we talk about LUKE often.

we love you!
your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Colette Bergsma/AngelsOfHope/SOEW said...

Dear Sue & Gordy,
I am so glad that Luke is finally off of the oxygen (for the most part). That has to be a really good sign, right? I am sorry to hear that Lily is not feeling well (with her mouth problems) and that you ar both very tired and in need of rest. I will pray for everything to improve for you all and of course, I will also pray for you to be accepted on "The Extreme Home Makever". I know that you could really use a Blessing like that, and you indeed deserve it! Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I will keep praying for Luke's improvement until he is perfectly well. With God, all things are possible.

Take care of yourselves and have a Glorious & Blessed day!

Prayers & Hugs,
Colette Bergsma/AngelsOfHope/SOEW
St. Catharines,Ontario, Canada