Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New pics and a long-awaited update!

Sorry, folks. What a crazy spring it's been!

Above you can see Bill with the kiddos at a picnic in May. Liam is sporting his helmet, which is old news by now, but the only people who have seen him in it are those who see us regularly. The other two pictures are Liam at school this week, painting for the first time. Just overlook
the pink t-shirt, because they throw those on the kids to keep them from painting all over their clothes--no, we don't dress Liam in pink.

Liam can roll over front to back and vice versa, though he doesn't do it very often. He can sort of sit up now, and we're working on crawling (he can scoot around a bit) and helping him learn to put weight on his legs. He's a happy child who loves to smile and laugh. Can you believe he's still toothless at 10 months?! Good grief! Where are those teeth?

We're still waiting for the helmet to do its job and we're watching his heart closely. No update on the skull surgery, other than that the doc was a bit more hopeful the last time we chatted about the potential surgery. In March we learned Liam may be developing an aneurysm in his heart. We'll get an update on that in July. Please pray that the area affected hasn't grown and that if it has, medication will resolve the issue. Both doctors have told us to be concerned but not to worry about these things yet, so that's what we endeavor to do on a daily basis.

I got behind on scheduling doc appointments, but we hope to have the next swallow study date within the next week. It's funny that the feeding tube has become such a non-issue. The only problem it creates is when we need someone to watch him--then we have to find someone who is trained (or at least comfortable learning) to feed him using the tube. Many, many thanks to our friends Heather, Melissa, and Candice for all the hours they have put in caring for Liam as well as Sarah, all three often refuse payment of any type.

I found myself in a blue funk this spring--everything seemed to catch up with me all at once. Work has been incredibly stressful (God's way of keeping me distracted from worrying?) and there are always the niggling fears about Liam working away at the back of my head. Thankfully, Bill earned the husband of the year award for being so supportive, and many family members, friends, and colleagues were there to show the love of Christ through their actions and words of wisdom. I always find Psalm 46 a comfort to read. It is one of my favorites--I've probably quoted it on this blog before:

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.' The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah"

We all need to be still and know that God is God, but at certain times we need to do that with greater urgency and frequency. So, I took a break from blogging and let God push me once again out of my comfort zone, into uncharted territory, and am now reaping the benefits of following Him there. Alright, to be completely truthful about it, it was more like God dragged me kicking and screaming out of my comfort zone. ;)

Hopefully things will be slower now that we've reached the lazy hazy days of summer and I'll be able to keep up with this blog better!

In Christ,