Friday, December 28, 2007

Praise God for Huge Smiles!

Here's Luke enjoying his Christmas Day, it's the first picture that we have of him showing off his huge smile and look at his eye's notice how centered they are, this picture was one of the best gifts I received this year.

I hope that you all had a blessed Christmas. Our Christmas was good, God blessed our family with good health and so many wonderful gifts. This year was much better for me, Christmas and all holiday's bring some sadness as I shop for a little guy who never asks for anything, doesn't really care if he gets anything, doesn't show any excitement for any part of Christmas. I think back to that first Christmas after his accident and remember a little guy with with a trache, no emotions, no smiles, no movement of any kind, and I have so much to be thankful for, his smiles are priceless!

I'm thankful to say that Luke has been healthy lately, though he's been a bit more congested than normal. His appointment at the Pulmonologist was disappointing to say the least. He was definitely not at his best that day, when they first checked his oxygen levels he showed up at a 90, which is terrible for him or anyone. I again had to tell his Dr. that he is usually doing better. I am thankful that I could report that he has not been to the Hospital at all for 20 months, this is a huge milestone for him. We talked about getting a special vest for Luke that does chest percussions, we might give it a trial to see if this keeps his chest clearer.

The day before his appointment had been a crazy day, we had celebrated Lily's birthday having about 25 people over for lunch and her party, then I had to run to Costco to get a gift for Daniel's girlfriend, Kristin, who's birthday was that night. On the way home I got in a little accident, as I was merging onto the Interstate, the car in front of me stopped, I barely hit it, the car behind me stopped, but the car merging into my lane hit the back end of my van. It didn't seem like a bit deal at first, our van only sustained a long scratch, our bumper took most of the impact. Though his car was completely smashed in. As I got out of the car to be sure he was okay, I twisted my bad ankle, I was shook up, but didn't realize until the next day how sore I was, I had re injured my neck and back, I've had many Chiropractor appointments since that day.

The next day was Luke's appointment, by that night all I wanted to do was cry. I told Gordy I was "mad at God," I had prayed so hard for Luke to be at his best, he was not even close, there are times that I have a hard time understanding why God doesn't seem to hear my prayers. I realize this is not so but I feel this way at times. I've been praying for so many miracles lately, for little precious Maddie to get a new heart, for Katie Belle to stop having seizures, for Abbie, Izzy, Caleb, Justine, Brett Jr., Madison, Samuel, Josiah, Parker, Nolan, Lauren, Tori, to have a miraculous healing, for Melissa and Klinton to be healed from their horrible cancer and then Klinton dies last week. I KNOW THAT GOD is able to heal each one of these people, I guess I just don't understand why He is not doing this. I'm praying that next year will be a year full of His miraculous healing to pour forth. I will not stop praying, I can not, I do believe in miracles and I'm ready to see them happen soon. Will you join in me in praying that 2008 will be a year full of miracles?

For those of you that have followed Luke's blog from the beginning you will probably remember after his accident a man heard my screaming and knocked on the door to see if he could help. We named him "Angel Jim" he was the man who did CPR on Luke until the Paramedics ran with him out of the yard. I found out last week that he died unexpectedly, would you please pray for his family to be comforted during this time of sorrow and grief? We will always be thankful for his quick response during our time of greatest need.

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue

PS We are finally taking our annual Christmas Photo tomorrow, I'm sure many people wonder why they have not a got a card this year. I'm hoping that we will get a good picture to send out for our Happy New Year card.


annie said...

He looks so GREAT Sue, he is a cutie!!!
So sorry about the man who helped you.
We haven't taken our picture either and I plan to send out a new years card too :o)... or Valentine's day cards???
Blessings my friend!

Anonymous said...

Sue, I am praying.... praying for you and your back/neck. Praying for God to give you His strength.

Also for miracles for 2008. YES, LORD... miracles! I am praying with you!

I have followed this journey all the way.... I am so sorry to here about "Angel Jim" ~ I am praying for his family.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the pic of Luke!! Wyatt was in here and I said "WYATT, LOOK IT IS LUKE..." he said "he is SMILING" and I said "YES" and then I said "WYATT, SAY HI TO LUKE" and we both waved at the screen!

we love all of you~
YOU are a great friend~ I am so very thankful the Lord brought us together.
your GA friends,
Billy, Teena,Michael & Amber, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Anonymous said...

Sue, I am sorry that you got hurt. I will been in prayer with you in 2008! Luke looks great! I love that picture! Have a wonderful New Year. Love, Shane, Julie and Children

Loni said...

Thanks for sharing. It's always neat to read your updates. Luke AND you look wonderful! :) Thanks for your encouragements and notes. You are much appreciated.


Anonymous said...


First, what a gift that picture is! Luke has come so far. I'm sorry about your accident. That stinks!
I can so relate with your struggles. I have the same questions. I KNOW God is the Healer and He can heal. I've been praying for Joanna to be healed from her skin cancers desperately, faithfully, in faith, believing. And she still has them. I pray that God will spare her from all the surgeries that most people with Gorlin's face. I've prayed over her many times in her sleep, then anxiously looked her over in the morning - expecting the cancers to be gone. But they remain. The good news is that God is big enough to handle our questions and even our anger. And, like David, I can say I know two things about God. He is strong, and He is good. I'm praying with you, Sue, that 2008 will be a year of miracles. God is able. And He is compassionate. Love you lots-
Amy Lockwood

annb said...

Luke looks great and the picture is wonderful! What a time you've had recently! God is good and is with us always - but frustration is a part of human nature! I think when we seem to be at the end of "our rope" - God is closer than ever, which may be the hardest time to feel His presence. As I get older, it seems like the winter season is the most difficult - at least to me! It seems that during that time my struggles become so much more apparent! Sometimes I think it must just be a lack of sunshine - both literally and figuratively. I am praying for you during this time and for Luke. For you - that you life can calm down a bit - no more ankle-twisting, car accidents, sore back or "less than good" appointments for Luke. Of course, my prayer for Luke continues to be healing and restoration!
In His Love and Blessings,

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,

I'm Corbin's mom I wanted to introduce myself. I see you on Samuels site all the time.
Feel free to check out Corb's site or e-mail me anytime


Skinners said...


The Lord bless you,
And keep you:
The Lord make His face
shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you:
The Lord lift up
His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Love ya all lots,
Aunt cindy

Anonymous said...

Great to see such a great smile of Luke online.

Let this year truly be one of miraculous healings.

Happy New Year,

Jim Wagner