"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)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Spring Cleaning

We have spent the past three days cleaning everything we own and moving into our house we have been renovating since August. Travis' mom and my mom have been staying with Ned in Chapel Hill- we are blessed to have such an extensive support system to allow us to keep our bases covered at all times. Ned has been doing wonderfullly. His feed are up to 22cc's per hour and the plan is for him to start taking several hours at a time off of the CPAP tomorrow and trying the nasal cannula again. They said this is a slower weaning process which they refer to as "sprints". I'm really hoping they go well, but I can't complain regardless because he has done so well! When I get anxious or discouraged, I just look back at the pictures when he was all but completely wrapped in wires and I am just so thankful, that's all I can focus on. Ned's chest x-rays are looking a little better each day- thank you all for all your prayers they are truly very evident each with each hurdle Ned surpasses!

I found it very perplexing today that we scrubbed everything we took into our house this weekend. Although most people clean thier possessions before moving into a new home, cleaing our stuff seemed so ironic when I thought back to how Travis first refered to the house as a "dump" we I mentioned that I thought it might be a good idea to remodel it? When I think about how that house has progressed, it has reminded me of how Jesus works in our lives. The first thing we did was completely gut the house. I mean we knocked down walls, stripped wiring, replaced plumbing- the works, but it was necessary for us to be able to rebuild and restructure the "dump" and transform it into a home. When God first starts working in our lives, he has to clean out the junk and trash in order to transform us into a new creation- the mustard tree.

What is very interesting about the parable of the mustard seeds (Mat 13:31-32) is that mustard trees do not exists. Mustard seeds should develop into a mustard plant which is basically a weed-like plant; however, in thae parable the mustard seeds grow to be trees in which birds of the air can find rest. In other words, through faith, we can be transformed into new creatures who offer rest and comfort to those who are lost. How cool is that!

Well, I must go to sleep now before I loose consciousness while typing. Thank you all for all your prayers. I let you know how he does on his sprints tomorrow!!!

Betsy, Travis, Jack & Ned


Anonymous said...

I am thrilled about Ned's progress. I am continuing to pray for you, Travis, Jack, and especially Ned as his little lungs continue to grow and mature and prepare for him to come off of CPAP. I really enjoy your blogs and always find your "life lessons" so refreshing. Love you, Krista

kim said...

I am so happy about Baby Ned doing better, and you are able to spend time getting the house ready, trust my, Grand-ma's don't mind at all being their to help, I know they are loving every minute they are spending with Ned. I wanted to share this with you, I work at the YMCA After School program, and Baby Ned has been on our prayer list this is children Kindergarten through 6th grade, we have talked about miracles and how he is getting better, and talked about patience, and if any of them wanted to see a true miracle, to go to the website. When I worked today, the first thing a third grader said to me was Ms. Kim, guess what I did, I went to Baby Dellinger, and I got to see him and read about him. That touched my heart, and know that all of these children and counselors have all of you in their thoughts and prayers. We love you, and can't wait for Baby Ned to be welcomed home to Cherryville. Sincerely, Kim, Donald, Emily and Brock

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