Monday, August 31, 2009

Hezekiah's Latest Update

I recieved this from Kiah's mommy this afternoon: "Kiah is doing great! He is off both tubes that were going through his belly. We were able to hold him for the first time yesterday. They changed his feeding tube and put an IV in his arm today. They also are giving him more of my milk. We are praying for a miracle week this week. We want the nurses and Doctors to be blown away about his improvement. He is doing well and getting better by the day. I appreciate all the prayers. The doctor said they he could be here at the least 2 weeks the longest 4. He needs to be able to feed from a bottle or from mama to be able to go home."

Photos of Hezekiah

I wanted to share some photos with all of you who are praying for Hezekiah and his parents. I love these photos! Mommy and Daddy finally get to hold their little guy!

Hezekiah does not have his own site yet but we are doing our best to keep you updated here.

Baby Hezekiah-Saturday, August 29th

I was away from my computer when this came in. This is from Grandma Sheri:

Saturday, August 29th. Kia is hanging in there. He still has the Cpap on to hekp him breathe. They will be checking his blood gas/oxygen levels today. They put him on his tummy and he seems to like that, per Mama. He is under the billy light still. We appreciate you prayers. I will not be able to update as much becasue I am leaving for LA for some training at the Dream Center. I will be back home next Saturday. I hope to get on a computer when I am in LA. We shall see. Luis and Amanda are doing very well.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Victoria Faith-Please pray for this little girl

This little angel was born with Charge Syndrome. She has spent many months in the hospital. Click on her photo to follow her story and support her family.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Baby Hezekiah Update #2-Friday 8-28

Update #2 for Friday 8-28:

Friday night, 10:36 pm. Amanda called and Kiah was put on a Cpap machine to help him breath easier. He has been breathing pretty hard and so they want to help him out. It is on his nose. We grandparents go to see him via Skype earlier tonight. We are ...thankful for the technology these days. Please keep praying for his breathing to become easier. Thank you!!

Baby Hezekiah Update-Friday 8-28

Another Update From Grandma: "Friday, August 28 at 2:47 pm. Hezikiah was taken off of the Ventilator today and so far doing well. He was put back under the bili light for his liver and wil remove on Saturday to check that out. Amanda, Mom, said he opens his eyes and smirked at them when they talked with him. Keep praying for him to become stronger. Thank you!"

I will post updated photos as they become available.

Abigial is Out Of Surgery

"Abbey" has made it through surgery. Now the family waiting to make sure that all is well. click on her photo to check in with the famil and offer prayer and encouragement.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Moriah Nelson Update

Please pray for this very sick little girl and her very weary family. Stop by their page (click on photo) and leave them some love and encouragement. They have an update there as well.

Chez Family-Abigail's Surgery Postponed Until Today

Please continue to pray for the Chez family. Precious Abigail's surgery is supposed to take place today. The stress of waiting can be as difficult as the surgery itself. Click on the photo for details from the family's blog.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Baby Hezekiah Update-Wednesday night 9:21 pm.

Grandma wrote: "Amanda left the hospital today. Kiah is still there stable. Thank you to everyone that is praying. We all appreciate it very much. The kids were blessed today as they were told by the Birthing Center, where they originally were to give birth, that they can stay there until Kiah is released to go home. You see the Birthing Center is a house right next to the hospital. They also were told they get all their money refunding. This will help pay for some of the hospital bills and they are waiting to hear if they qualify for Medicaid??? Kiah still gets agitated when they work with him. Luis and Amanda are doing great at comforting him by singing, holding him the best way they can and they have a small pillow that Amanda puts on her and then lays it close so he can smell her. I thought that is a great idea. He really calms down when Luis sings in Spanish to him......God Bless you!"

Please pray for financial provision, rest and continued growth for baby Kiah.

Chez Family-Abigail is facing surgery today

Abigail is having open heart surgery this afternoon. Please pray for this sweet little girl and her family. This is only a temporary fix until she has surgery three months from now. You can click on her photo to follow her story and her family's courageous journey. You will be updated as soon as news comes to me.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Update on Hezekiah Joel-Tuesday

Sheri, "Kiah's" Grandma updated tonight: "Tuesday night, 9:22 pm. I talked with Amanda tonight. Mama of Hezekiah, she was emotional because it is hard watching "Kiah" when he gets irritated and flares around when the nurses come to do their rounds and work with him. He gets upset and starts hanging on to the tubes and acts as though he wants to pull them out. Then his breathing gets bad. Please pray for God's peace to comfort him and that he will stay calm. He is a fighter for sure! We pray that this will be used in a good way in his life. Please pray for Amanda too, she will be leaving the hospital on Wed and Kiah will stay. That is always a hard one. They have not been able to hold Kiah yet. I encouraged her to ask the medical staff if they could do this even though they told her she couldn't earlier because it would help him calm down. I give that one to the Lord too. His x-rays and blood work showed everything is ok. Praise God!"


Mama and Hezekiah

Monday, August 24, 2009

Update on Hezekiah Joel

From the little guy's proud Grandma
"Monday night, 8:18 pm. Hezekiah is doing well. They have started weaning him off the the ventilator and last I heard he was at 30% and responding well. He is a strong one! We are so proud of Amanda. She was a champ to us, handled everything so well and even called us when she was not done in the dellivery process(If you know what I mean) Pray for continue strength for little Hezekiah Joel, from the inside out!!!"

Hezekiah Joel

This little guy showed up 6 weeks early and is in the NICU. Please pray for Mommy, Daddy and 4lb 12 oz, 18 inch long Hezekiah. It sounds like he was in a hurry to get here! No pics yet but I will keep all posted!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Prayer Focus Sunday

Today I want to encourage you to skim through the posts on this blog and choose a family or child to pray for. Please visit their blog or care page (listed in the right margin) to review their story or progress. The two standing out in my mind at the moment are Sammie and Moriah. Also, please remember to let them know you are praying. The encouragement brings strength to the families more than I can describe.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Moriah is very ill

Please pray for Moriah. This sweet little cherub has tested positive for Influenza A and they are running more tests. Her little body is already compromised and I can't emphasize enough how dangerous this is for her. Please pray for Justin and Victoria as well.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Pray for the Chez Family

This sweet family has found out that their newborn has a congenital heart defect similar to what their twins were born with three years ago. They need prayer as the Doctors sort out a plan of treatment and diagnosis. As usual click on the photo to visit their blog.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Day Of Reflection

Today is bittersweet day for our family. It marks twenty years from the day that I became an aunt for the second time. Our sweet Katie was born on a warm August California day. For three years we enjoyed her shy smiles, bright blue eye and curly blonde hair as she enjoyed life the way every child should. Shortly after becoming a big sister (a VERY proud moment for her), she began feeling ill and was diagnosed with a rare but aggressive childhood cancer. For the next year, she put up a valiant fight. The day before she turned four, we received the news that the fight would soon be over. There was nothing left in the arsenal to destroy the horrible cells that had changed all of our lives. Over the next few months, every moment was cherished and nothing taken for granted. For the past fifteen plus years, there has not been one family gathering that she isn't missed or a birthday where she is forgotten.

Our family is not the only one who has faced or will ever face such a tragedy. Please pray for continued strength and comfort for our family and others. Pray that they will find better treatments and a cure for this dreadful disease that effects so many.

One of my favorite roles as Auntie!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Praying for Taylor Today

Got this from Taylor's Mom.

"Taylor will be having surgery this Tuesday (the 18th) to replace her muscle relaxant pump at Chidren's Hospital. She is supposed to be in the first surgery slot. If everything goes well she will stay Tuesday night and will be released some time on Wednesday.
Please keep her and all of us in your prayers!"

This is an older photo of Taylor "trying on" a gift!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hope from Josiah's Family

from Josiah's sister: "Josiah changed 77 lives today and literally GAVE life to 5 that wouldnt have survived otherwise. sometimes miracles happen in ways that we dont expect, but the miracle still happened."

Friday, August 14, 2009

Prayer for the Berger Family

That following is the latest posting on Josiah Berger's site:

Sarah and I wish to thank everyone for your unequalled love and support. We have fought the good fight of faith, prayed without ceasing and trusted Jesus. Now, we have the joy of realizing our Josiah is in heaven. We take great pride and joy in Siah's decision to donate his organs. Siah will now live on in heaven and earth. Hallelujah forever! To God be the glory!

Please continue to pray for this grieving family.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

News Update On Josiah Berger

Here is the news update for Josiah Berger. Please keep praying.

Prayers for Josiah B Update

A friend of the family posted this:

"Josiah is now on full life support. We are asking for a miracle."

Visit the original post.

Prayers for Josiah Berger

Please pray for Josiah Berger and his family. Josiah was in a serious car crash this week and is in critical condition. Someone has started a Facebook in his honor where you can post prayers and encouragement. You can also find photos of this young man. Just click the photo to get to his page.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Praying for Kenzi

Kenzi is a friend of Allison's from school and her Mom is a special encouragement to me. Last night Kenzi had her first seizure in almost a year. Those of you who may not know, the day after a seizure your strength is zapped. Please pray for Kenzi today but also pray for her Mom and family to recover from the stress that these cause. Parents with medically involved kiddos seem to carry a low level ot stress at all times as we try to live life as "normal" as possible. Kenzi doesn't have a website that I know of so I will post a special writing that her Mom posted recently.

Kenzi Girl

words cannot describe the blessing this little girl is in my life...
she is so many things...
breath of fresh air
pure joy
sense of humor
her smile lights up my life,
so many people miss who she is everyday that I just wanted to take a moment to share her with you. She may not act the same as other children and if you are in a hurry or looking for the norm you will miss the blessing that is her. She is Kenzi, one of the most incredible people you will ever overlook and the loss will be yours. There are many Kenzi's in our life and I pray that you find one everyday.

You may think that you could sacrifice a few moments of your life to bless her but I tell you the truth my friends the blessing will be all yours. As I interact and learn from her everyday I am more and more aware of the scripture in Hebrews that says "Don’t forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). She is my angel and my hope is that you all have the time and space for such an encounter.

Love, April

Monday, August 10, 2009

Moriah is struggling again

Please lift up Moriah, Justin and Victoria. Moriah is very ill again. You can click on the photo to follow their story.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Kate M - Special Prayers

Kate McRae is having a rough time today and is having pain that meds won't even touch. Please continue to pray for her. Click on her photo to get an update.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Praise Day for Stellan!

Prayers for Stellan

Stellan is on his way home! Click on the photo above for an update from his Aunt Hilary! Continue to pray for his family and his heart!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Prayer Focus - Sammie

Please don't forget to pray for Sammie. She is still hanging in there. Click on here picture to read her family's latest update. She is such a model of courage. I am convinced that her life will touch hers as you pray for her today.