"What would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the LIVING. Wait, hope for and EXPECT the Lord. Be strong and of good courage and may your heart (Ned) be sturdy and enduring.....Yes, Wait For and Hope For and Expect the Lord."

Psalm 27:13-14 (Amp)

Friday, February 15, 2008

They Said the "H" Word

Ned's daily progress is nothing short of amazing! I mean, the fact that he has come out of heart surgery and immediately starting weaning of all medicaitons and the vent without hitting one tiny bump in the road is nothing short of miraculous. For me, it is like watching the parting of the red sea. I mean, I sit there watching them make all these changes and think, "this may be the step where Ned jumps ship and refuses to take anymore advances at this time", but, so far, that has never happened. I imagine it is the same excited, apprehension the Hebrews felt as they walked between the walls of the red sea....fearful to believe they could make it quickly to the other side.

They gave him his first food today, just a little pedia-lite- he is accepting it well and we even had a poop! I would never have thought that body secretions could have made me so happy, as I have a very weak stomach and am not the least bit entertained by body functions, but it was a glorious moment!

For those of you who don't know, the "H" word is Home. That's what I said, our doctor used the "H" word today. He is still far from ready to put a timeframe on it, but he did say we were making progress and moving in that direction...toward home, that is....I just like to keep saying it! Don't know if I have mentioned it, but Ned's name in the PICU is "Rockstar"! I am so proud now every time the doctors come in, they tell me how miraculous he is. All I can say is "I know"...and reiterate how thankful we are!

I was just telling Ned tonight how proud I was of him for listening to all I had told him prior to his birth. I spoke with him often, and the main point I attempted to drill into the subconscious of the child in my stomach was that he was blessed because he was getting the opportunity to learn at a very early age what some adults never catch onto.....he would learn how to completely trust in Jesus and rest in His arms. Ned would have to allow himself to be carried from the very beginning and I asked him not to fight against it, but just to rest in God's abilities. These were the conversations I had in public with my very protruding stomach as I walked around Lowe's grabbing up items needed to finisih the construction on the house. I'm sure the gentleman working in the hardware isle thought I was not only completely indecisive, but also somewhat off my rocker?

It's amazing how attentive children are to the calling of the Holy Spirit. When I prayed that others would wake and pray for Ned when I was too weary, there were children who were awoken by His urging. Isn't that both amazing and shameful. We as adults fill our minds and hearts with so many other things, that we miss what our toddlers clearly hear because their lives are still so simplified. No wonder Jesus rebuked the disciples for sending the children away and called them unto himself. They were capable of truly "hearing" the message.

I don't know if anyone else noticed, but my cousin's daughter was having a conversation with her mother on Wednesday about Ned's heart surgery. Her mother was trying to explain why the doctors needed to correct Ned's heart. Her goal was to simplify the anatomy lesson to the level of a 5-year-old so she could gain a basic understaing of heart function. After she had given her daughter the best explanation she could muster, she hesitantly asked if she had understood why the heart was so important. Without hesitating, and without any prior discussion from this perspective, her daughter answered, "yes, because that is where God lives." As profound as that is in its own innocent truth, the enormaty of that statement is increased when you know that just a day before, I stood over Ned's bed telling him not to worry- of course, this pep talk was mainly aimed at myself- because God was the great healer and if He had a specialty, He was most certainly a heart specialist. "Besides, I told him, God's home is in your heart and he won't settle for anything less that perfection."

Good Night and God bless you all! I love you all dearly!

Betsy, Travis, Jack & Ned


Anonymous said...

Betsy and Travis,

Marsha and I give praise and pray many thank you's to our loving God for the great strides in recovery for Ned. It seems the news couldn't be better at this point.

In our limited understanding we can't always recognize God's answer to our prayers. We struggle as we remind ourselves that our loving God does always answer prayer, even if we can't see it. However, you have been truly blessed to witness miraculous wonders in answer to prayer. Not only is Ned recovering in miraculous ways, but both of you are growing in faith and witness daily.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and prayers with us. Many are being touched in an amazing way.

May the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the love of God our heavenly Father, and the comfort and support of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. ----Morris

kim said...

Betsy and Travis, I haven't been able to respond due to some damage from the storm to our phone, computer and all of that, it is Saturday, and I did check the computer at school to check on surgery updates, I have let everyone know. I am so excited, and he looks so much better, less tubes, and better color. Today, at after school care at the Y, our devotion was about prayer and prayers being answered, and I told the children about Baby Ned's progress, some knew him, but the ones that didn't will never forget him, I ask them to remember you and all of your family in their prayers, and I would keep them updated. We are here if you need anything, and our prayers are constant. We love you, "The Alexander's, Kim, Donald, Emily and Brock

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jackson's said...

YAAAAAA...the 'H' word...such a blessing! And yes Ned DOES look like Jack. He's beautiful! You are truly blessed to have God in your hearts, as well as Ned's team of Medical experts. A beautiful Godly family is what life is about. Continued blessings...
Belle, Heath and kids....

Elizabeth said...

Amazing comes to mind and I loved the story about your niece - out of the mouths of babes.

Sometimes I believe that our children teach us more - and perhaps that is as it is intended...

With thoughts, prayers and LUNG FUNCTION chants!

Cadenne Hope's Grandma said...

Prayers continue for this amazing little boy! God is awesome, isn't he? I continue to enjoy reading your blog and especially your deep revelations of your heart as God uses this to teach you and grow you!

At the end of the day, that is what it's all about!

lorie said...

Betsy and Travis,
Praise God! His ways are wonderous!

I am so excited for ya'll!

We can't wait to see him home right down the road!

Prayers and blessings,

Anonymous said...

I bet you all are excited about Ned's Homecoming. I continue to wish you all the best.

Jennifer Smith

Kim said...

I can't wait every day to check and see how Baby Ned and family are doing, coming home would be wonderful news, and I am sure all of you are ready to be home where you will be more comfortable. That is our prayer, that every day is an improvement and you will all be back in Cherryville very soon! Love, The Alexanders, Kim,Donald, Emily and Brock