Kyle's NICU Story in Pictures

Thursday, February 25, 2010

COME WALK WITH US! April 25th in Houston, TX!


It has been over 2 years since Kyle was born too soon. Could you ever have imagined we would go from this 545 gram baby with just an ounce of hope....

.... to this amazing little man...

...with a world of hope and so much more! and so many of you have been there every step of the way. If it wasn't physically I know it was in prayer, in thoughts and in LOVE.

God has done the unimaginable, the indescribable, the unbelievable and He has and is healing Kyle. Will you come celebrate with us and support an organization that helped kyle and all of us every step of the way. The March of Dimes is an organization that exists to help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. They also bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. This information was priceless to us when Kyle was in the NICU.

Please join Kyle's team. walk with us; donate as we walk; walk with us & have others sponsor you as you walk - You can do all three or any combination! To be involved click above on the March of Dimes link and it will take you to my personal March of Dimes page where you can:

1. click on DONATE NOW which is sponsoring me as I walk! - don't forget to leave a message on my page when you do!


2. WALK WITH ME which is joining Team Kyle and walking with us on April 25th! If you choose this option March of Dimes will have you set up your own fund raising paige. You will be linked to TEAM KYLE and will be able to get others to sponsor you as you walk. Don't be intimidated by this - it is all for a great cause and raising even $10 is a huge step toward the future of children born too early!

You can also click the TEAM KYLE link at the top of this post or HERE to visit the Team Kyle page - you can donate or sign up from here too. You can also view the Team Kyle roster and our total donations! I will be in contact with everyone on TEAM KYLE to let you know details soon!

THE WALK is 5 miles - however if you want to be a part of TEAM KYLE and don't feel like you can make the 5 miles - don't worry you can come and see us off and welcome us back and hang out under the family teams tent! You can also walk as far as you can and stop at a check point and one of the volunteers will give you a ride back to the finish area! also - wheel chairs are welcome!

There will be lots going this day - food, fun for the kids - it is really a whole day family event! So come and have fun!

More than anything - for my own heart - to stand shoulder to shoulder and walk the March of Dimes walk with those that walked Kyle's journey with me - I can not imagine any picture more beautiful. Please come join us!

Thank you for fighting with us to rescue other little guys like Kyle.

(OH! and if you register to walk - don't forget to put in your T-shirt size!!! We are going to print great T-shirts to give you to wear at the walk! If you donate but you can't walk with us and you still want a shirt - just let me know!)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What Joy...

God has restored my joy. for two years I grieved - grieved what? many would ask that question and I guess I have asked it too. I didn't grieve any one thing - I can see now that I just walked the path the Lord set me on. and then one day (much more detailed story than I am writing now) someone approached me and asked me to pray - I did and God restored my joy. I have been sitting in that, living in that, loving in that. the days have not been without trials but Joy is there. When I realized that if God's love - which I knew to be true - could take a child from it's mother; to allow a mother's heart to be torn in that way... then that is a love I will never understand. A love that will never have a definition that make sense to me. It, LOVE, GOD will never fit in any box I could make. But even so a love i get to receive. and LOVE I want to receive.

There is a song by addison road. a song I'm sure so many have heard. I had heard the song but never the lyrics. so one day on my way to my new job (after being out of work for 2 1/2 months - like i said, not without trials) I am listening to some music and I hear this - the second verse of the song...

I guess I thought that I had figured You out
I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about
How You were mighty to save
Those were only empty words on a page
Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be
The slightest hint of You brought me down to my knees

I thought I knew who God was - I had created a version of him that I could live with, that suited my style of worship, service and so on. I truly loved God - loved his ministry - loved people... and then kyle was born, and then I watched him suffer and I watched him get worse and I watched mother's lose their children, and I watched tiny, tiny, babies suffer - I watched my own son suffer - this is when I caught a glimpse of who he might be. A God that is not contained in a box. A God that is still a mystery - I had been kidding myself to think I had figured it out - I was kidding myself in my comfort - in my stories that I had learned to talk about. and the next line of the song almost made me have to pull the car over. the slightest glimpse of Him brought me down to my knees. .... just the slightest glimpse - just one little baby - one little family - one little hospital - one small set of 116 days - I was destroyed - I fell to my knees and had no choice but to follow God down a road of Faith. I will never know all of who he is. He is mysterious and He is all. He is everything. I can't wrap my head around it. But Faith has been given to me and I sit here now with a smile on my face as God teaches me and grows me and increases my faith, my joy, my peace, my desire to know him more.

another song I just heard from one of our worship leaders at our church - What Joy What Joy for those who's hope is in the name of the Lord. what peace what peace for those whose confidence is him alone.

and wow - what joy- what peace I have.

I have been studying the old testament lately and it is so clear that we are God's people and he LOVES us and this love comes with a huge plan that is for God's glory and we may never know. but know or not - we will serve the Lord.

Click below to go to my Personal March of Dimes Page

Our Story

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.

Kyle is in the March of Dimes Promo!