Tuesday, August 30, 2011

7 Years Ago Today

Here's Luke a month before his accident

7 Long years ago I woke up on this day, never in a million years realizing that my life would change forever. That day I had 6 healthy children, pregnant with my 7th child. My precious little toddler boy Luker man was running around the house, laughing, playing, full of energy in life. That day I put him down for a nap with the other boys, my last memory of Luke before the nightmare began was him looking at books before falling asleep. My next memory was frantically looking for Luke all over the house only to have Amy find him dead in our back yard pool. I remember screaming, crying, trauma, praying to God for a miracle, asking God to bring Luke back to life just as he had done with Lazarus so many years ago. Thankfully God heard our cries for a miracle and He brought Luke back to life.

My last memory of Luke before his accident
Our family in Mexico on a missions trip in 2004 a few weeks before his accident

Our family in Mexico during our last missions trip in July 2011

Everyday since that day I wake up in the morning wondering if today will be the day that God finishes the miracle that He begun 7 years ago, if today will be the day that Luke will once again walk and talk. My life was changed that day, I went from a carefree life, having all my children healthy, rarely having to go to Dr. appointments, to a life full of medical appointments, medical bills, hospital stays, surgeries, therapy appointments, Hyperbaric treatments, more days filled with medical needs than not.
The day we left the hospital after being in there for a month

This is April 27, 2005, the day Luke got his trache out

Here is the first smile we got on camera almost 2 years after his accident

Since that day I've came closer to God than I thought was possible, learning how to rely on Him for the life of our precious child, realizing that God loves Luke and all my children more then I can even begin to phathom. Learning in a way that I could of never imagined how to cry out to God and expect miracles, leaning on God and trusting in Him, knowing that HE is our only hope for Luke's life to ever be the same again.

Luke this past summer at Yosemite

I will never, ever, ever, ever give up believing for a miracle for Luke. I can not, I will not I know that God is able, He is the miracle working Father, for I know that according to the Bible He never changes, He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Won't you please join with me in believing for a miracle for Luke today. It's comforting to know that when we are weak, He makes us strong, I will admit that I have been too weak to go on many days these last 7 years, but I've never been alone not for a single second of time, God has carried me many days and your prayers have helped me to continue on this journey.

Our last family photo taken at Daniel and Sarah's wedding last year

I'm so thankful that I have not had to go on this journey alone, thankful for my family and friends that have been there for me each step of the way, thankful for all of you faithful blog followers that have carried us in your prayers, thankful to the medical community for their faithful care of Luke, thankful to God for never once leaving my side. THANKFUL that God chose to bring Luke back to life, thankful . . . !!

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


Teena said...

yes... 7 yrs ago. I have not forgotten. I carried his picture in my bible... told others to pray. Several ask from time to time how LUKE is doing. It was the day after that someone posted on the quiverful site and I started coming here... when Gordy would post. Of course you remember all this.... our Wesley is the same age. I would be up w/ Wes and come to the computer to check on Luke. Each time afraid... and then rejoicing with you at each baby step. Asking God for the big steps.... but thanking Him for the baby steps.

2004 was a hard year. My friend who was 31 loss her life.... after her placenta detached and she lost the 33 wk baby and then they never could stop the bleeding... she died later that evening... then another friend was expecting a baby boy 33 wks too ... and it died.

Then LUKE....

why? We often ask. He calls us to trust but that is so hard at times but that is the only thing we can do.

Your strength amazes me.... I am praying for you... for this week .. this day.

sorry so long......

love you,

Skinners said...

Luke Man has taught me so much about the love of GOD. It has been a long road and GOD’s grace has been constant. Every day I too says maybe today is the day. HE (GOD) is so able.

Love ya lots!!!

Anonymous said...

The man sitting by the pool of Bethesda had been lame from his mother's womb (38 years); the guy healed in Acts 4 was about 40 years old, and I only prayed for Bill about 3 years when he was healed. The point is that you are a faithful mom to continue believing that God is able to heal Luke, because He IS able! And Luke is a blessed little boy because his mom has the faith to move mountains!

Thank you so much for sharing your story in pictures--pictures I can relate to so much. I will continue to pray for Luke's healing with you. Jesus is able.



Michelle said...

Amen sister! He IS a God of miracles.

Michelle & girls

Anonymous said...

Wow , I have read this story for a long time now . throwing my prayers in when things are looking bad . life has been beating me down lately , but when I read a new entry like todays , I feel small . You Sue , your family , are the strongest family I know . You guys are the miracle , your familys guts and beliefs . Truly inspiring .

Anonymous said...

I can't think of better couple to deal with Luke that any other. You have been a blessing and inspiration to many people before during and after Luke. God bless you and your family. May God's riches rain down on you abundantly always. Ken