But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More on Seth

Thanks for your continued prayers; he needs them (as always - as do we!). I don't know if the breathing-support weaning was too fast, complicated by weaning pain/sedation meds at the same time, or if we're seeing some rebound effect from stopping the steroids, but he's taken a few steps back. It's hard for me to call in and get reports on "well, he was working too hard to breath so we had to increase this setting, but he's breathing much easier now," "well, he was struggling a bit so we had to increase that setting, but he's breathing much better now," over and over again. When we were there this afternoon and he was on increased oxygen again, I was tempted to panic that we're going to end up back on the ventilator. I admit I struggle with discouragement, then remember "Why so downcast, o my soul? Put your hope in God!" from the Psalms. My discouragement and fear are in no way honoring to Him. This is why WE need prayer too. :} I know you are lifting us up! We never could make it without the everlasting arms underneath us (Deut. 33:27).

Oh, the other night I asked for prayer that Seth would go from "strength to strength," thinking that was from Psalm 82; it's actually from Psalm 84, vs. 7: "they will go from strength to strength until each appears before God in Zion." Earlier verses say, "What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD . . . When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings." [I think of the eastern side of the U.S. as I read this, rain did not seem at all a blessing to them!]

Anyway, the song "Strength Will Rise" keeps playing at really key times on the radio and tonight was played at our church's "Trunk or Treat" Fall Carnival. Such a good reminder of such a simple yet difficult truth from Isaiah 40:31. I need His strength, especially with David at home. THANK YOU GOD, for your faithfulness in sending volunteers and everything we need!

Here's a couple of cute pictures of Seth to lighten the mood. :) God is good, all the time.

His nurse posed him after his bath last night. :)

All the NICU babies got this bib

Pumpkin hat again!

Please keep Gracie in your prayers, too, as she needed to go back on the higher flow cannula due to increased oxygen need again. Her little lungs need to heal; thankfully she can continue to bottle feed a couple of feedings per day. Will and Marcie are still only finishing 2-3 bottles of the 8 they need to be able to take before they can go home, but otherwise they are thriving!

Love and gratitude to Him and to you,

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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