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One year ago, I was having an *excellent* day. Burke had weaned down on his oxygen, and, after two and a half days of not being able to hold my son, I was getting ready to hold him for the second time in his life! I was over the moon. Even though I was being discharged, I had peace.
Today, there is another mommy who is sitting in a NICU with her three day old son, Donovan. He was due on Nov. 23rd (just two days after Burke's due date), and he was born on Tuesday, September 29th (Burke's birthday.) He was delivered by cesarean section after they discovered that his heartrate had fallen to a fatally slow rate. (Sound familiar?)
He was born at 11:49 a.m. (an hour before Burke's birth-time), and he weighed 4lb. 2 oz. (7 oz. smaller than Burke).
It's eerie to see the similarities.
Missy, Donovan's mommy, is a family friend of the Goodwins. Mike's parents and Missy's parents have been friends for a very long time...I believe since high school. I first met Missy when she was in middle school. Now, she is a wife and mommy, and she is facing a very rough road ahead.
Donovan is intubated, and Missy isn't able to hold him yet. I know that pain. I know exactly what it feels like to see your baby in a plastic box and know that you can't hold him. I know what it's like to still be in shock that your baby is outside of your belly. I know the stress of trying to come to grips with your new reality.
And my heart hurts for Missy. I'm praying that God comforts Missy and leads her through these next few weeks. I'm praying that God brings Donovan supernatural strength and healing. I'm praying that this entire experience brings them both closer to God and that they experience his immense love for them during this time.
Will you join me in praying? This family needs to know they are loved by a great big God who is capable of amazing things. I appreciate your prayers. I'll let you know if there's anything else we can do.
Six months ago, Lydia Grace Focosi entered the world but had to quickly say goodbye. As most of you know, Lydia's parents, Mike and Amy Focosi, are friends of ours. Lindsay and I had the opportunity to bless their family by singing a few songs at Lydia's memorial service. Today Mike and Amy have posted a video of the songs, and I thought that I would share it with our readers as well. It is our hope that God will continue to ease the pain for the entire Focosi family and that they can truly say "it is well with their soul" as the song says.
My Uncle Dan died just three days after Lydia. Two days later, amidst a sea of grieving people, I found myself singing words like "When sorrows like sea billows roll, it is well with my soul" and "You give the healing and grace our hearts always hunger for." In one of my deepest times of grief, I could only sing those words in faith.
At that time, all was not well with my soul. I wanted my Uncle Dan back in my life for just five minutes, so I could let him play with Ruby just a little bit more, and I could tell him, truly, how much he meant to me. I wanted Lydia to be healthy, alive, and snuggled comfortably in her mother's arms. I did NOT want them in heaven. That is the very last place I wanted them to be. Sorrows were certainly rolling like the billowing waves of the sea, but my soul was not at rest. My heart was hungering for healing in a way it had not hungered before and has not hungered since.
I sang those words believing that, in fact, I served a God who had nailed my sins to a cross. A God who was powerful enough to wipe my slate clean, so that I bared them no more. A God who knew what He was doing, even though things seemed very much out of control from my point of view. When I sang, "Praise the Lord, o my soul", it was a command to my soul. I had to tell myself, "Praise Him now. He is worthy."
Six months later, I can testify that the God who gives and takes away is the God who is, who was, and who will always be. He is the God who gives the healing and grace that I have always hungered for. He is the God who is healing me each day. He is the God who has good plans for my future and for the Focosi Family's future. He is the God who is in control.
He is the God who loves you more than you could ever imagine. He is the God who is waiting to nail your sins to a cross, so you don't have to bear them anymore. He is the God who is waiting to give you the healing and grace that you are hungering for. He is the God who will stop at nothing short of giving his very own son, so that you can have a relationship with him. He loves you. He wants you. If you haven't met him yet, please e-mail me. I would love to introduce you.
Good Morning, friends and family! I have some great news! A friend of mine from high school, Amanda Royer, has been dating a young man that we knew in high school. As their relationship approached a deeper level, he shared his concern about their differing levels of faith. He is a committed Christian man, and Amanda has been (to this point) fairly indifferent about the subject of faith. (Amanda, correct me if that is wrong!) She told him that she was open to exploring her faith, and he invited her to his church. Today, I am praising God and thanking Him for his faithful community at Cross Lane Community church in Terre Haute. Amanda said that she felt welcomed the minute she walked in.
After spending some time talking with the Pastor at Cross Lane, Amanda said that her thoughts were, "Really? Why haven't I done this before?" She made a statement of faith last night. (In her words, "That I know God loves me and that Jesus died for my sins and that I know I'm never going to be perfect, and that's ok.") She is getting baptized this Sunday!! :) Praise God!
Many of you know that I have always wanted a child with red hair. What you may not know is that, it's really because of Amanda. :) She is one of the most beautiful redheads I know. :) (This picture is from our senior year in high school. I used to be thin, guys!! Sorry about the glare from the flash. It's a picture of a picture.)
Anyway, I am just so thankful, excited, and happy to see what God has been doing in her life. :) As Christians, we won't always get to see the sprout from the seeds that we have planted along the way. However, today, I am just SO incredibly blessed by watching Amanda begin to bloom. I wish you all could talk with her and hear the excitement in her speech.
Keep planting the seeds, friends, God is definitely continuing to work it out! Amanda, welcome to the family!! XOXOXOXO
Early this morning (August 11, 2007), Paul and Lynne (Lindsay’s employers) welcomed their second daughter into this world. Her name is Isabel Mia Owens. We got a chance to visit them briefly in the hospital this evening. They all seem to be doing well. I’m sure there will be more pictures on their blog in the near future.
These are some clips from our Father’s Day/birthday/dedication party at Zach and Sarah’s house. We had lots of fun with family and friends.
On Sunday evening we had a cookout for our small group from Elston Family Church at our friends Zach and Sarah’s house. It was a great time. We grilled out, laughed, played “Battle of the Sexes”, etc. Kyle was there, along with Sam and Autumn, Justin and Charlene and Kim Pfeiffer. We love our church family so much!
Alright…my dearest husband is trying to turn our blog into a big mass of dorkiness, so I’m intervening.
He said that if I wanted it to have different content, then I had to add it.
So…here I go…
Okay, okay, here I’ve got it! Yesterday, during my lunch hour, a co-worker came downstairs to tell me that I had a personal visitor. I had no idea who it was, so I went upstairs, and, lo and behold, it was Miss Christy Schlosser. (I know that I just completely demolished the spelling of that name, but please forgive me.) Anyway, she was there to invite Mike and I to Silver Dipper. ( :
So, last night, we went and had an ice cream treat and visited with Daniel, Christy, and Ann (Christy’s mom.) It was so fun. We laughed a lot and got to know them much better. It was a great time. Oh, not to mention, I found out that their Mint Chip tastes almost EXACTLY like Baskin Robbins Mint Chocolate Chip. Wahoo!
Tomorrow is Kevin Masts’ birtday party. I can’t wait to go celebrate with him and his family. ( : I hope you all have a safe and uneventful Friday the 13th. ( : Talk to you soon!