John and I just switched places for the week. John is in St Louis with Mattie and I am home with our other 6 giving them some much needed “Mommy Time,” playing a little catch up on work and life, and getting Nick ready to fly out on Friday for a 2 week missions trip to Poland.
It was hard to leave my sweet tiny boy yesterday, but I left him in the amazing hands of his daddy. As I left, the nurse put the side of his bed down so that I could get in their and get my hands and my lips on him. As I kissed him, he opened up his eyes for a few seconds and just looked at me. This was the first time I had seen his eyes in days. Jesus knew what my heart needed.
It has been determined that Mattie has a severe staph infection, and he is on two antibiotics. He will be on antibiotics for 4-6 weeks. Deep sigh. What this means is that he will be in the hospital for at least another month. There is the strong possibility that if he gets strong enough, they will be able to transport him to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. Please pray to that end.
In the mean time, we are living in two cities. Our current plan is that one of us will be with Mattie and one of us will be with the Kansas City crew Mon-Thurs, and then we will all go to St Louis for a three day weekend together. Then Mommy and Daddy will flip flop. Rinse. Repeat.
I was welcomed home yesterday by some very delighted children. Most amazing for my heart was my greeting from Emma. She literally raced to the van and jumped into my arms. But more importantly, before I could get a word out, Emma squealed, “MOMMA I LOVE YOU. MOMMA, YOU BACK!” This phrase was repeated countless times over the next half hour. If you have followed our lives for the past year and a half, you understand how GOOD this is. Emma is now a CONNECTED CHILD!
My little girl, who just a short time ago, sat rocking and moaning on the floor and recoiled at my touch, sees me as her Momma and declares her love and her affection for me willingly.
As I thought about Emma’s healing and how far the Lord has brought her, I couldn’t help but think about my sweet Matthias. The same power that has transformed my precious Emma from the inside out, is able to completely heal and restore Mattie from all sickness and disease. He who promised is faithful.
(I know this is hard to see, but I really wanted you to see our sweet boy- this was taken yesterday)
Continue to Pray:
1. For this infection to BE DRIVEN OUT of Mattie’s body.
2. For his lungs and heart to continue to strengthen so that he can get weaned off the ventilator and medications.
3. For financial provision as we commute and live in two cities.
4. For strength for John and I as we walk out the next month caring for our family.