Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Waiting and Trusting

*Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything.
Philippians 4:6 NLT

*The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

What are you waiting for??
We wait for everything. For the dryer to finish. For our husbands to get home. For the phone to ring. For the baby to wake. For the mail to come. For a car to pull up, returning our child safely home. For a job. FOR ANSWERS TO PRAYER.
With so much experience, we're remarkably unskilled at waiting well. Waiting seems to us a colossal waste of time.
But the fact is that while we are waiting, God is working. To move us where he wants u
s to be. To readjust the lives of others so that his ultimate desires will be fulfilled. To bring about what will make us eventually Christlike, though not necessarily immediately comfortable.
What are you waiting for? And more to the point, how well are you waiting for it?

Our family has been waiting...waiting for news, waiting for answers to prayer. As many of you know our youngest, baby Mac, as he is affectionately called, has had a rough start to life. He was born a normal size but never took off growing as he should. He has been in and out of the hospital since birth with no real solutions. At 8 months old Mac weighed a mere 11 lbs (soaking wet) and was only 23 " long. He has had every test under the book done and even has been placed on a feeding tube several times with no avail. As a m
other, I felt like a failure, so alone...as a family, we worried and prayed and worried and prayed and worried and prayed. We faced questions everywhere we went. How old is he? Why is he so small? Why is his head so little? What are you feeding him? Why doesn't he grow? Why can't the doctors find out what is wrong? All I could say when people asked was, "I wish we knew". The thing was we didn't really know what else to do. He had been on every formula available, he had a stomach biopsy, he had blood tests, he had swallow tests...all resulting in nothing. We were at our wits end. We were eventually told he had Russell Silver Syndrome, which is one of 200 forms of dwarfism. He has some of the major characteristics of this syndrome but not all, so even this diagnosis wasn't a "real" answer for us.
Well with a turn of events to long to discuss, we decided to get second and third opinions on some of the test results.

Well I am happy to report that as of last Friday we have figured out ONE of the reasons for his poor growth. MacGuire's body lacks carnitine. His body has no stored reserves for energy if he goes longer than 4 hours without eating. A normal body has stored reserves, MacGuire's body was eating his own fat reserves, resulting in little to n
o growth. He is now taking a carnitine supplement twice a day, along with several other daily medications and starting to make some good progress. What is amazing to me is God's timing in all this. I have met some incredible people through all the hospital stays and faithful friends who led us to the new doctor that I affectionately call "amazing"!!

MacGuire still has a lot of "catch up growth" to do and dwarfism has not been completely ruled out. We also know that he has a "mild" case of Cerebral Palsy. He will need the help of braces for weak and floppy muscles in his legs. He continues to take physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, but we are waiting and trusting to see the plans that God has for MacGuire. Our sweet baby Mac will soon turn 1 year old. It is amazing to see how far God has brought him and we anxiously await his progress each day.

One of the greatest joys I have experienced in life is being a mother. Everyday brings new things at our house but it is with anticipation that I wake up in the morning...what will the day hold.
In talking about waiting and trusting I thought I would include the struggle to wait for our new baby that God has blessed us with. Even though our little guy is half way across the world we have a connection to him. He became ours instantly. I tell the kids that he needs to feel our love so we are preparing ourselves for his arrival. We pray for him daily and pray that he feels the love we have for him. We are making picture books for him of our family and hope to send them to him along with formula and supplies as soon as we receive the okay. The kids often refer to Moise as their brother and I frequently hear them talking about what they will do together when he arrives. The wait seems long some days and can become overwhelming. Many days I tell John, "Let's just jump on a plane and go get him NOW". It's very hard to have a piece of your heart that far away.

I am learning that waiting can be hard and still yet, trusting can be harder. I am reminded daily that we must pray with a willingness to wait and wait with a willingness to pray. Waiting and praying go together, they work as a team!! Teach me Lord to wait!

*But those who wait on the Lord, will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint. Isaiah 40:31 NIV

Friday, October 30, 2009

Telling the world!

It is with a lot of excitement that we begin a great journey in our family. We have been prayerfully considering adoption for several years now and have decided to follow Gods leading in our lives. We are very blessed to have received news that we have a baby boy waiting on us in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Africa. He is believed to be about 8 months old. His given name is Moise, which is translated into "Moses".

The Lord calls each of us to do His work in different ways. God has blessed us with six wonderful children. Some of you may wonder why we have chosen to add a seventh child to our family. The reason is simple, we have love to give and so many children need love. We have heard lots of funny things with regards to us having so many kids, as you can imagine. We are not perfect parents by any means but we are learning and adapting as we go. We share lots of laughs and of course there are tears but through it all we have truly been blessed.

It is our prayer that you as family and friends will follow our journey and share in the blessing of bringing our baby home.

John 14:18...I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you.

We love you Moise and we will be coming to get you as soon as we can!

Telling the world!

Telling the world

Telling the world!