Well - today has been a good day - I will even say a great day. My holiday started out pretty rough. I just had a hard time accepting that .. well john said it best... that this is normal. This is our life - the one God spoke of in Jeremiah 29:11. I trust him in that. I really do.
but my weekend ended wonderfully. The fam has been with us all weekend helping us to create that NORMAL chaos that the sherrill clan likes to call a "holiday!" We have a blast but frequently just look around and laugh b/c at any given moment you will find the adults gathered around a table eating and chatting - the sherrill's call this cross talking! (this holiday most family was doing our laundry and cleaning our house for us!) the two older boys were playing baseball in the living room (soft bat and ball - and it was raining outside!) and jack is trying to unload the dishwasher or digging for snacks in the pantry and Britton - well there is not much telling what he is up too but I think the cutest was when he was sorting and lining up the 4 little pairs of shoes that sat by the couch. Now there is a reason in itself to have loads of kids - just to see the shoes in their different sizes all lined in a row. one of my favorite sites. We spent our time one evening talking about what a mess we will be in when Kyle join the ranks at home! Then to end a wonderful weekend I went with my sister (John's really) to go see kyle today. I got to HOLD HIM AGAIN! and he did great with it. I can't tell you the joy that OVERFLOWS in me when Misty looks at me and says "do you want to hold him?". I got to hold Kyle for 2 hours tonight. at one time she had him up on my chest and his little hand was holding onto my chin. We had a wonderful night together of songs and conversation, prayers and just some quiet time. lots of loving. I just find myself so excited tonight - so hopeful.
You know I was thinking tonght about how many times I have said to others "the one of the greatest gifts God could give to us is to increase our faith". Wow - didn't know I would live that one so deeply. God is increasing my faith. my ability to forsake all that I can see, hear and feel and trust Him.
I am thankful tonight. Kyle is up to 4 cc on his feeding. Please pray protection and maturity for his digestive system. Kyle has an echo tomorrow a.m. please ask the Lord to heal the clot in his heart (get rid of it). Ask the Lord to close his PDA - that kyle would not have to endure surgery. Please pray and ask the Jehovah Rapha to absorb the blood from Kyle's brain bleed back into his body and allow all fluid in his brain to flow just as God designed it to - to restore his brain to FULLNESS! Please pray for the Lord to grow new and healthy lung tissue for kyle speedily!
Please pray for John. His is sick - it is not easy to be away from our little one - please pray for peace of mind and quick healing for his body.
Please pray protection for the rest of our family.
THANK YOU to all of you who day after day allow us to invade your lives and beg these prayers from you. I will never be able to thank you enough but may the Lord richly bless you and increase your faith as you give of your self and see Him move mightily!
- John and Kelly
- This story begins with 5 people. John, Kelly, Jadon, Jack, and Kyle (he is only 23 weeks old... and he is still safely tucked away in his mommy's belly) In an hour's time Kyle made his way into the world. 1 pound, 3 ounces- 11 and a half inches long. This family will never be the same. This child is a warrior. He has the spirit of a Lion, and more courage than a whole pride. He is fierce, and fearless- and he is teaching us to fear the Lord- and to believe that God is in our midst and healing even now. Join us as pray, as we praise, and as we journey through this life as lovers of God and all His glory.