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Monday, December 21, 2009

Tooth Picks Needed To Keep My Eyes Open!

I will start by thanking our friends and family for all their prayers !!!! We seriously have some prayer warriors in our life ... A special thanks to our FRA family for their calls, food, and sweet gifts for Elijah ... He is truly enjoying the special attention !!! This is our second year at FRA and the way this community has embraced our family, our calling to adopt, and just our mission to bring light into the darkness of the orphan crisis has been beyond a blessing ... WE APPRECIATE YOU !!!!  I came to realize after bringing Maggie home that we could not journey this path that God had us on alone ... Whether it is financial donations to our adoption, people praying and checking in on us, meals, or just that hug that lets you know you are not alone ... It is all so important and truly helps us to all see God's miracle in the journey ...

As I sit down to write this my eyes are so heavy that I think I could sleep for at least a day and never budge ... To say that the last few days have been packed, emotional, and stressful are an understatement ... I will start with Elijah's accident on Friday ... You know there are moments as a mother when you just know something is wrong ... I walked into the gym a little late to Scott's game and I saw Elijah sitting (red flag #1) and just staring at the court ... I waved at him and sat down on the bottom row and he comes down to sit by me and begins to cry because he has hit his head ... I begin to ask him about his party at school today and he can't remember having a party (red flag #2) ... I am getting a little worried and then a sweet friend's mom comes down and explains what has happened and off to Vanderbilt ER we go !!!  I am telling you that as Elijah sat in the seat next me in the car and I was talking to keep him awake my stomach was folding into knots ... I was praying hard !!!  We walk in and thankfully there was a doctor in the back room and heard the story I was telling the admin person and he came right out and admitted us and away to the CT scan we went ... I truly expected the doctor to come back and say, "Your son has a concussion and you need to wake him every 3 hrs tonight," but that was not his words at all ... The doctor walks in and says, "He has a hair line fracture in his skull and we detect a bleed, so we are going to admit you into ICU and watch him over the next couple of days and do another scan in 8 hours."  I was saying in my mind, hold on wait a minute ... This is my healthy hard headed child ... I have a sweet angel daughter who actually is missing part of her skull, she is my at risk for injury child, CAN YOU REPEAT WHAT YOU JUST SAID ????  My mind was whirling ... We were admitted and they began drawing blood, running an IV and waking him every hour ... I just sat there and thought in my simple mind how thankful I was that Maggie had not had surgery two days before or I wouldn't have come the basketball game and I wouldn't have noticed how injured Elijah was ... I would have had two children at Vandy Hospital at the same time ... God knows my limitations ....

I would ask that you lift sweet Josie Love up also as she is sick with pneumonia ... They were at Vandy with her much of Friday and when I called Suzanne at 5:30, she said, "I am finally leaving Vandy" and I said, "I am heading to Vandy."  We did have to chuckle because we had a very busy 147 week.  We had an event, trying to help fill orders for Christmas, and get everything ready to head to distribution ... These two mamas were tuckered out, but I guess that is when God just kicks us in a little more grace ... 

You see I am a glass 1/2 full kind of girl ... I said thank you Lord my child isn't on a ventilator (like the child in room next to us), thank you for Anna, who left her school's basketball game and stayed w/ the kids while Scott and I were at the hospital, thank you for Nana, who has stayed 3 days with us to just help me keep Elijah still (no easy task let me tell you), and for those who just love on us !!!

We are truly thankful for all God has blessed us with this Christmas season ... There is only one thing missing ????? !!!!!!!!!  Come on God and let that call come from Uganda ~~~~

21 kind words.:

Stefanie said...

Oh Gwen! To think that if Maggie had had her surgery, and you hadn't gone to the game... well, thank God you were there! And thank God for working out all the details so you could be there with Elijah!
I love your optimistic heart, girl!
Praying for Elijah, Josie Love and for that call from Uganda to come SOON!

Polly said...

Wow, I don't know what to say except for that you are in our prayers. Someone from church told me about your ordeal (yes a fellow blogger I go to church with over in East TN, your ETN fan group). I am sure that was quite frightening. I hope you have wonderful nights sleep and that your son is healing well.

Kim K. said...

Gwen - You certainly have had your hands full. I've been thinking and praying of you and your sweet son. Continued prayers coming your way from West MI.

3 Blessings said...

So glad he is doing better. Thanks be to God.
Blessings,
Amy

KT said...

I was just wondering how E was doing and how the heck you were doing.
I pray you get some sleep tonight sweet friend.

Kelly said...

Love you friend. Praying for your sweet & incredible family. Thanks for reminding us to see that 1/2 full glass.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Thanks for the update!

Praising God he is OK!

Prayers remain with your family!

Love,
Jill

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

continuing to pray!!!!! Some rest would be great too!!! For you :)

Jenn said...

Praise God that Elijah is okay! Another example of God's perfect timing...He wasn't ready for Maggie's surgery because you were needed elsewhere for the time being. I am lifting Elijah and Josie Love up in prayer for healing, and you and Suzanne for the continued strength and beautiful spirit you have no matter what you are faced with. And of course praying for that call from Uganda!! {hugs}

Victoria Searer said...

Praying for all of you! See we all told you that God's time for Maggie's surgery was going to be perfect. Thank God that Elijah is ok! I hope y'all have a Merry Christmas!

The Funkhouser Family said...

We are lifting you guys up in prayers and pray you have a wondeful and enjoyable Christmas.
Blessings

The Ferrill's said...

Gwen! I'm sorry I haven't checked in! I have missed some major praying for your sweet Elijah, well I will just begin lifting him up right now...
Keep that glass half full, honey. You inspire me to do the same!
We will pray for little Josie too. And for the CALL.
And for everyone in your family!
Sending hugs....

Heather said...

As always, praying for your family & for that call from Uganda. So so glad that Elijah is on the mend & that sweet Josie Love is home where she belongs for her mama to love on her while she's sick.

Hoping you all have a wonderful Christmas & that you get some much needed rest.

~love said...

oh, bless you, gwen.

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

Oh, my, Gwen!
Just checking in, missed all of this. Praying for you and sweet healing for Elijah, and for precious Josie-Love,
Robbie

mommy24treasures said...

Merry Christmas sweet Gwen...

The Byrd's Nest said...

Praying for you Gwen and your family. I don't always comment but I do check on you. Many prayers coming your way!

isabellecrouche said...

Hope you have a fantastic Christmas with your family. Praying for you guys!

jennifer said...

So glad he's ok!! God is good!!

We're waiting for a call around here too!! Hard to focus on much more.

Anonymous said...

Nothing ceases to amaze me... Glad he is doing better. You have been in our prayers.

Kathi said...

So, I take it Elijah's at home now? Or is he still at Vandy? Among the two family members on my prayer list, I'll certainly add Elijah. Has the bleed gone away now?