Tonight, I would like to take a few minutes to update our family and friends both far and near on Lemuel’s current condition.
We were given very encouraging news yesterday regarding Lem’s MRI, that was actually far better than anyone expected and what everyone was hoping for. On a scale of what can be determined by the radiologist, pediatric intensivist, and neurologist, they find the MRI to be very encouraging with markers of “Mild Damage” to the brain. This is very encouraging, but the brain is a mysterious organ and has not yet fully awakened.
With Lem’s MRI, they would expect other aspects like his EEG and neurological exam to correspond, but they don’t as of yet. Lemuel is still in a coma and and has some response to stimuli to touch in his hands and feet and his eyes are responding reactively to light.
We need Lemuel to start waking up, coughing, and gaining a gag reflex.
General Health Update
Lem’s general health is doing well, with a solid heart beat, adequate kidney function, bowels that seem to be coming back online, and after fighting off pneumonia his lung function is doing very well. He is still on the ventilator, but is currently on a setting where he initiates his all of his own breaths. His vital signs are staying very consistent and in a healthy range.
He is also receiving breast milk from his mother, through a tube, and seems to be doing well as they increase the daily amount required to sustain proper nutrition.
We have been taken care of with such diligence and love by our team of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapist, general staff, and housekeeping at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
I also want to just say that I have the most amazing wife who has not left the room as she seeks to care for our son. Our children have also been extremely supportive, visiting regularly, with some of the older ones staying overnight throughout this past 8 days. Our oldest son Samuel has also been here with my wife and I every night except one, helping me take the night shift watching over Lemuel.
Our church family, neighbors, and friends have been so generous to provide meals for our children at home, given gift cards, and offered to help in a variety of ways. Right, now we don’t know all the ways we may need your help, but give us a month, and we may realize something we do not yet know.
We remain in awe of the outpouring of prayer support, Facebook comments, and text messages from many people around the World. It has truly been humbling. We are sorry that we can’t possibly respond to them all but know they mean a lot to us.
Lastly, I want to say thank you for all of you who have helped support our family through the youcaring.com account that was set up. Both sharing the link and giving are helpful. We don’t know all that the future has, but having been in the hospital with the long term care of our daughter Anna-Renee, who had a bone-marrow transplant 3.5 years ago, we know that it becomes very expensive, just maintaining life, living at home and the hospital. Every little bit helps and is very appreciated.
Yesterday you turned 40 years old. That must feel strange to think you’re half way to eighty! Life seems to go by so fast. As they say, “The days are long but the years are short.” And they just seem to be getting shorter all the time.
When I was thinking about what I would share tonight there were many things that came to my mind. Your amazing gifting as a Pastor, the Christ-like love with which you treat everyone, your laugh that fills a room, the way in which you reach out to anyone in need no matter what that need may be. I have watched you hold crying children in your arms, nurse drug addicts back to health, stop to give a ride to people stranded on the side of the road with a broken down vehicle, spend countless hours counseling hurting people, bring a smile to the face of a patient recovering in the hospital, and spend hours, weeks, days, and years studying God’s Word so that you might preach the truth with clarity, understanding, and faithfulness. These are just a few of the things that come to mind. You have truly surrendered your life to the service of God our King.
These are all amazing things about you, but what I love most is your desire to have the heart of your children. For as long as I can remember you have told me that I could talk to you about anything and everything. You always told me to not be afraid because you loved me and wanted to protect me. You have proven this again and again with hugs, telling me that I’m beautiful, kissing me on the cheek, holding my hand, late night talks, and making me laugh when I need it.
Thank you. As we got older you started to chat with Anna and I about what character qualities we appreciated in the young boys around us. I laugh to think about how you endured those bouts of crying, while trying to explain that we weren’t in trouble and that you weren’t asking if we liked anyone. You simply wanted to teach us from an early age, what a godly character looked like.
You have cultivated and cared for us as we grew. Seeking to meet each of our needs. My heart has never had to search for love and protection because it has always been right there with you and mom. You still have my heart and I will love you until my dying breath.
Being the eldest of your children I know you are not perfect and I have watched you struggle at different seasons to find a balance between ministry time and family time. But you always pull through. No matter what storms came our way you always fought to keep the hearts of your children.
Ministry isn’t easy and the sacrifice is great, but I am so thankful that with your calling, you strove for balance. You didn’t shut us out of the work and yet you protected us and insulated us from the things we didn’t need to know.
I believe that you have cultivated a love for God and a love for people in each and every one of us.
So thank you for all that you’ve done and all that you are! I love you daddy and Happy birthday.
One year ago today, our entire family was enjoying the thrill of a once in a lifetime adventure. Through the thoughtful donation of Make-A-Wish Foundation, we were in London! Yes, Anna’s special wish was that her whole family could have the opportunity to see and experience the rich history of London, England. This wish was granted, and we spent nine full days doing the “tourist thing”. With a six bedroom flat to pillow our heads each night, we had a blast exploring the city all around us. Some of the places we went to included (but not limited to) the Tower of London, the National Art Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye.
Each afternoon, we took the time to rest and relax at a park. Hyde Park, St. James Park, and Green Park were all very lovely places to let the littles run around freely while others stretched out on the lawn and took a little nap. During one of these restful stops we were startled by the very loud noise of a royal helicopter. We allowed the children to run in the direction of Kensington Palace to try to get a glimpse of what Royal may be getting dropped off. As the children approached, they were informed that is was Princess Ann, the Queen’s daughter! They watched her walk from the helicopter to a car that was waiting for her. Also, while standing in front of Buckingham Palace, the guard kindly told us to make way for a vehicle to come through, he leaned in close and told us to watch closely to see if we could identify who would be driving passed us. He couldn’t tell us yet, but he would be sure to tell us after the cars were gone. We watched closely, only seeing an outline of a man wave to us as they drove by. We asked once they were gone who it was…it was the Prime Minister!!! And then while at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s flag was flying high, meaning she was in residence. While touring the castle, we did notice a black vehicle off by the residential side and a couple of my children saw it drive away. We realized as we were preparing to leave that the Union Jack was now flying overhead, meaning the Queen was no longer there. After inquiring with a worker, we did find out that vehicle had the Queen in it, though we didn’t actually get to see HER, it was still pretty neat. If we had been at the right place at the right time, we could have gotten a glimpse!
Our family LOVES history, and this trip was definitely up our alley! There are so many wonderful things, it would take forever to get to see it all! So, while we didn’t get to do and see everything we would’ve liked to, we were blessed beyond measure! We are still so grateful to Make-A-Wish for sending our family on such a memorable and fascinating trip! We made so many happy memories, this will forever be a special time for us.
That was how many hours it took to sell our family home on McKenna Falls. We listed our house at 5 PM Friday and delivered the signed contract at 5 PM on Monday. We have now moved to sale pending inspection status and are very hopeful to close by the end of the month.
Our family is most grateful to the many people who helped us prepare our home, prayed for us, shared our listing on Facebook and for our diligent Real Estate Broker, Peter Bradrick. All God needed to provide was one family to buy our home and he provided one from our very own neighborhood.
We started this whole process with a family discussion and prayer for the Lord’s will to be done, though we are not all the way finished in the process, we feel at this point it appears the Lord is opening wide the doors for us to move.
If you are looking for a listing or buying agent I highly recommend…
Keller Williams Realty
1029 East Main Suite 201
Puyallup, WA 98372
Trust, integrity, loyalty, and whole lot of good old fashioned hard work – that’s what you get when Peter Bradrick is on your side. Whether buying or selling, Peter will set your mind at ease and take the difficulty and confusion out of the real estate transaction for you.