The Nannies are back on duty! Jadon and Jack are settling back into their routines, and the Sherrill Family is back to the "new normal." Jack has graduated to a big boy bed, as we all prepare for the day when Kyle gets to come home. Please pray for this time of transition in his life as he makes this official move from being "the baby." It's going fairly well right now, but of course, we've only had 3 nights of it. Also pray for Jadon who will be sharing his room with Jack soon. That will be a pretty big adjustment as well.
And pray for Kyle. That seems crazy to say. But I think sometimes when we (I) read the blog and the update is so good, maybe, just maybe, I am not so desperate to pray. Maybe I say, "Wow, thanks God. Way to go, another good day for Kyle." And while it is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, we have to keep remembering that Kyle is a baby in the NICU. Healthy babies aren't in the NICU. Really sick babies are. He is still fighting to learn how to breathe, how to regulate his own body temperature, how to pee and poop like he should, and so much more. He should still be tucked away in his mother's womb. He doesn't drink out of a bottle or nurse. He is connected to a feeding tube. He is connected to a machine that helps him while he learns how to breathe. These are not things that healthy newborns do. He is a preemie in the NICU.
I don't say any of those things to be a "debbie downer." I just want you to remember to keep begging God for Kyle to be whole and healed. THANK HIM for all the miracles He has already performed, but also beg Him desperately for Kyle's brain development, his lung development, his gut development, his eye development. Beg Him to give Kelly and John rest and comfort as they both work through this.
And finally, don't forget that this is still a family in need. They have received a freezer for Kelly to store her breastmilk in. And lots of people have sent in grocery cards. But they have about 2 and half more months in the hospital. The hospital bills mount up by the thousands, daily. They still eat at the hospital many times a week. They still park in a very expensive parking garage every day, and still pay exhorbitant gas prices to travel the 150+ miles a day they drive.
Sorry for the long post, but I just wanted to remind you to pray. And if it's okay for me to ask, would you pray for me and Traci just to have the stamina to continue to nanny two very precious little boys with love and patience, to find time to hang out with our own families, and to be the women of God that we long to be in all of this?
- 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.