"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, May 14, 2008

Last Night in Chapel Hill

I joined Betsy in Chapel Hill tonight to find our little man sleeping soundly after his mom gave him a bath. In order to ride home with Betsy and Ned tomorrow, I needed to catch a ride up here and as you know, it's not a short trip. My good friend at work, Mark, graciously volunteered his time after a hard day's work to drive me up here then back to Gaston County. It's people like that and many others that God has placed in our path that has made this journey bearable. Tonight at dinner, we thanked God for the journey He has put us on, and of course for the miraculous healings He has dealt little Ned.

It is bitter sweet tonight, as the day we have been waiting on since August of 2007 is finally here. Tomorrow, we will bring Ned home healthy and intact. We know the road ahead is not going to be the easiest, but our Savior has shown His healing might, and we will continue to trust in Him during the years to come, with both our children and Margaretta. While we are so excited to get home, it is still hard leaving the many nurses and doctors that have been Betsy's friends and family while I was home working. These people mean so much to us, and we are taking every opportunity we can to tell them this. While I'm bloggiing, B is writing notes to many of these special people. I'm sure tomorrow will be a tear filled farewell also. It seems it won't be for long though, b/c we already have a follow up appointment scheduled for June, so that reunion will be special I'm sure.

Well, we've got a big day tomorrow, and with Ned passing all his "go-home" tests, and Betsy passing all her "go-home" tests as well, with flying colors I might add, it looks like we'll be ready to roll tomorrow some time. We owe our good friend Kelly and Moose a debt of gratitude as well, as they have allowed B to live in their apartment since they've gone home to Cville, and for this we are very grateful.

Thank you all again for the visits, cards, Sun-drops, and especially the prayers along the way. Please continue to lift my family up, and please let us know if there is anything we can do for any of you.

Love and God Bless,

Travis, Betsy, Jack & Ned


Dana Villalas said...

Travis, Betsy, Jack and dear angel Nedders, had I been there the morning of his discharge I certainly would have been in tears. There are times on the NCCC when I wonder what my purpose is there. It's not the type of work I feel I'm suited for. But when I am graced with the opportunity to witness the amazing connections between family and their little miracles, I realize that I'm there to be enriched by beautiful spirits like you: Travis and Betsy. And equally graced with the fortune to care for babies like Ned. He will forever be my youngest boyfriend.

Thank you for everything. I'm delighted that he's home now!!!!! Warm hugs and love, Your very "professional" nurse, Dana

Amy AKA "Baba" said...

How absolutely wonderful! I am so thrilled for your beautiful family. As one journey ends another begins. I can't wait to hear how your little man is adapting to his loving home.

Kelly watson said...

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to hear that my baby ned is headed home!!! I have been following up on Ned from down here in the PICU and had hoped see you before you all left but you know how things go!! It was truely a blessing to have had the chance to take care of ned when he so sick, and to have gotten to know your family. It was good times harassing travis about duke and simply chatting w/ Betsy. I honestly believe that your bedside patience, prayers, and vigilance is what pulled that sweet baby through! God bless and best wishes!

Kelly Watson, RN

PS: did ya ever get that house painted :)