"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)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

We have had some pretty uneventful days, and for that, I am extremely thankful. Ned had his reflux test yesterday. Again, it showed he had reflux, but what that will mean for his surgery is unknown. I expect that Dr. Adamson, our surgeon, will come by this afternoon sometime since today is a surgery day for him. As a matter of fact, it was supposed to be our surgery day, but I think we're tentatively on the schedule for next Wednesday.

Ned continues to gain weight and look really great. I am starting to work with him on sitting up, rolling over, finding his feet and still learning to suck. He is starting to enjoy our structured and purpose driven "play time". I can't wait to get over there this morning because, like all babies, morning is his most playful time.

I can't think that I have that much more to share, or either I'm just cutting short because I am in a rush to get to him? Anyway, please pray for his continued progress and development. There are also two babies whose families are in the house who could really use your prayers today.

Talisa, who was born in March, I think, was given an hour to live after birth. She has been doing extremely well until yesterday. She started retaining fluid and they are going to have to do surgery today to try to relieve that. Please pray that this surgery will put her back on track to recovery. She has wonderful parents who are really pulling for her survival. How interesting is it that the mom's dad was the trumpet player for James Brown? Very cool.

Logan, is 9 months old and has a genetic disease that affects his bowel. He will eventually need a liver and bowel transplant, but at the moment, he has been unable to rid his body of infection for the past 2 months. His parents are atheist, kinda- they believe in the power of a god, but don't believe in God? Anyway, nobody is praying for Logan. That has broken my heart to think that little boy has struggled so and no one has been lifting up prayers for him. His father isn't the least bit interested in being talked to about salvation, but I do enjoy talking to him. He is a marine who has gone on two deployments into Iraq. I am so grateful for what he does and the life that his sacrifice offers me here at home. He knows that I believe in a God who is only accessible through the saving power of Jesus. Believe it or not, it came up in conversation in a way where we weren't discussing his beliefs at all. Anyway, Logan has been battling this infection for some time and making no progress, please pray that he can overcome it.....

Much love and many blessings to you all!

Betsy, Travis, Jack & Ned


Anonymous said...

Hi Betsy, Thanks for the update on Ned. He is such a beautiful baby and I'm glad to hear he is learning to do all those cute baby things with his Mama's help! Please know that we are continuing to pray for him and for all you guys.
We will also add Talisa and Logan to our prayer list. Its great that the Lord has allowed you to be there to be a witness for Logan's family. I think its a Christian's faith and bouyant spirit that really attract the lost. It leads them to a new place, a place where Jesus is waiting for them with open arms. Thanks for using this difficult time to be a blessing!
Love, Sherry Isaiah 45:5-7

Anonymous said...

Betsy and Travis, What wonderful parents you two have been called to be and what such a great start you are making. The pics are wonderful and loving. You know that the Lord has led you to Logan's family for your faith is strong so that you can encourage and change lives by spreading the good news. Just witness girl. God bless and much continued prayers.
Callie C. Billings

Anonymous said...

Hi Betsy...it was good to see you around the neighborhood this weekend, even if we only had time for a wave! LOL I just wanted to say how great you look...you have certainly been getting back into shape after your pregnancy. Wish I coulda done that (way back when! haha) Your new home and yard are looking so nice--it will be wonderful when the appointed time comes for you, Travis and your two sweet boys to move in! Until then, I know God is using this time in your life for His glory.Praying for you all! Love, Sherry

Kim said...

So glad that Baby Ned is doing well and it was great to see you and Travis at the wedding Saturday, didn't get to talk to you, but Donald said you were pretty busy with Jack at the reception, he is a cutie, and Ned is filling out and so beautiful. We will also lift the two babies and their families in prayer this week, as we pray for all of you. Will be thinking about Ned's upcoming surgery. Sincerely, The Alexander's Kim, Donald, Emily and Brock