Thursday, August 14, 2008

momma slept!

Thank you all for praying for my being able to rest. I think last night I got about 10 hours of (much needed!) sleep, altogether. Ethan fell asleep around 6:30 in the evening, so I decided to take a nap as well. He didn't wake up until 10:30pm, which was wonderful, because I had slept the entire time as well. He fell back to sleep soon after, and we both slept again until 4:00 ish this morning. Truly a blessing. Sleep... it does a body (mind, soul, spirit) good! Thank you, Lord for the answered prayer of rest....

I am continually amazed at how well Ethan has been doing. The hives are starting to heal, so he has these dark red "bruises" all over his face, but they can't cover up that adorable smile or his sparkling blue eyes! And he doesn't seem to be bothered by them much today. Other than that, he is still VERY MUCH himself. It is truly amazing.... and I don't say that in a non-chalant kind of way, either. It is amazing. He's still rolling over both ways, playing with his toys, smiling and babbling.... AND.... he still has quite the appetite (though he does throw up about once a day). That part has been very shocking to the docs and nurses (the eating, not the vomiting)! We thought for sure that he'd have lost his appetite by now with sores or something developing, and that he'd have to be fed intravenously, but nope! This little boy is eating like crazy! I am so very happy about that. I know it would be normal for him to have to start being fed via an injection of protein, calories and electrolytes, but I just LOVE that we haven't had to go that direction yet. He's getting much more calories than anyone here thought he would, by his formula alone. No additional "help" needed. What a sweet blessing, thank you again, Lord...

I wanted to tell you all how much your comments, emails and cards have meant to me. I greatly appreciate the encouragement, even if I'm not able to let you know directly.

I was reading in my devotion this morning and there was so much of it that I wanted to share with you, then I realized I was basically wanting to share the whole thing... so I decided that I would....

"Thou couldst have no other power at all against me, except it were given thee from above." (John 19:11)

"Nothing that is not God's will can come into the life of one who trusts and obeys God. This fact is enough to make our life one of ceaseless thanksgiving and joy. For 'God's will is the one hopeful, glad and glorious thing in the world'; and it is working in the omnipotence for us all the time, with nothing to prevent it if we are surrendered and believing. One who was passing through deep waters of affliction wrote to a friend, 'Is it not a glorious thing to know that, [it makes] no difference how unjust a thing may be, or how absolutely it may seem to be from satan, by the time it reaches us it is God's will for us, and will work for good to us? For all things work together for good to us who love God. And even of the betrayal, Christ said, 'The cup which my Father gave me, shall I not drink it?' We live charmed lives if we are living in the center of God's will. All the attacks that satan, through others' sin, can hurl against us are not only powerless to harm us, but are turned into blessings on the way." -- H.W.S, August 14 excerpt from Streams in the Desert, Cowman.

There is so much I could say about these words, but I will let it stand alone.

Lord, please give me this joy and perspective in abundance...

11 comments:

Hollie said...

Thank the Lord for sleep! And Praise Him that Ethan is still doing so well and leaving the docs and nurses scratching their heads!! :) I am praying Ethan continues to do this well until his little body is 100%! Hugs!

dave said...

Ah blessed sleep! Praise the Lord for that answer to prayer. So glad to hear that the hives are doing better and that he's not bothered by them. It's always great to read your posts. Your positive spirit and Christ-minded focus is always an encouragement to me.

Stephanie said...

I am so glad you got some rest. I don't know you, but you often come to my mind and I say a little prayer.

Megan said...

Thank you God for answering our prayers over and over again, I am so grateful for the sleep Kasey recieved last night.
Praise the Lord for how well Ethan is doing. I am so happy to hear he is eating and being his adorable self. We will continue to pray for more rest for you and complete healing for Ethan.
Love,
Megan

FalkFamily said...

I am so thankful you were able to get some rest last night. That will continue to be a prayer of mine! Thank the Lord that Ethan is still able to drink his bottles - everything that God does through that little man is flying in the face of "the wisdom of men". It gives me goosebumps!

Kara VanDyne said...

I'm glad you got some rest. I came to the blog today to share with you something I read in my devotions, not expecting to see what you had written about yours. I am glad you shared what God is teaching you, because it was a blessing to me! Now I hope and pray that what God showed me today will be a blessing to you...

From the devotional "Evening by Evening" by Charles H. Spurgeon:

August 14
"I know their sorrows." -Exodus 3:7

"The child is cheered as he sings, 'This my father knows'; and shall not we be comforted as we discern that our dear Friend and tender soul-husband knows all about us?

"HE IS THE PHYSICIAN, and if He knows all, there is no need that the patient should know. Hush, thou silly, fluttering heart, prying, peeping, and suspecting! What thou knowest not now, thou shalt know hereafter, and meanwhile Jesus, the beloved Physician, knows thy soul in adversities. Why need the patient analyze all the medicine, or estimate all the symptoms? This is the Physician's work, not mine; it is my business to trust, and His to prescribe. If He shall write His prescription in uncouth characters which I cannot read, I will not be uneasy on that account, but rely upon His unfailing skill to make all plain in the result, however mysterious in the working."

Still praying... :)

Elizabeth said...

I'am so glad you got some rest. Thank the LORD that Ethan is still able to drink his bottles.. We will continue to pray for more rest for you and complete healing for sweet baby Ethan!!
Love,
Elizabeth & Family

Randi said...

What a blessing to see God answering our prayers on a daily basis! Know that the Dunn's are continually praying for you, Adam, and precious Ethan. We love you!
Randi

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know we are continually praying for you. So good to hear you had a great sleep. What sleep does for a person, its amazing. We are so thankful to hear that Ethan is doing so well and is amazing the Drs. Hang in there. Can't wait to see what the Lord does next for Ethan.

Have a great evening. Love Sharan

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! For your sleep, Ethan's sleep, and his amazingly good appetite and adorable personality through all of this. Thank you for sharing your devotional too. Still praying! Love, the Rockensock's

Anonymous said...

Blessed sweet rest, so glad you had a good night of sleep. I am so happy Ethan is still eating well, getting plenty of calories, and through all of this still being himself. He has such a beautiful smile and glow of happiness in his pictures. I will be praying the hives continue to subside. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.Praying for you all, thinking of you often. Megan Pitts