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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Rough Times- Good Memories

A pattern has emerged over the past week: the days are busy with guests and well wishers, food trays come in every other hour, prayer groups stop by and bless us, and Christy and I split our time between working in the house and lying with Emma. We each spend about 15 hours a day lying beside her.

At night however, many of the same friends return, the living room fills with good people and great stories and the house gets almost too loud with laughter. I laid down with Emma around 5:30 this afternoon. I spent a while singing songs and reading Psalms to her until I fell asleep. When I awoke around 8 pm and went to take her vital signs, it was difficult to hear her heart beat...due to the loud laughter in the rest of the house. I smiled. We are blessed.

I was reminded of Hurricane Ike; the power was off for weeks, tens of thousands of homes were destroyed and loved ones were displaced. But the biggest thing I remember when I think back to those few tough weeks was the great times we had every night when the neighbors brought over their food and we all cooked on the fire pit. I suppose that is the natural thing to do in dire situations. You circle the wagons, take care of each other and once the work is done, you laugh.

Emma continues to have a peaceful day. Respirations and heart rate have dropped signifigantly, at 12 and 60, respectively. She has been this way most of the day and her hands are getting tougher to keep warm. Also, she is beautiful. Her unblimished skin is a joy to kiss. Her lips are still full and I love to touch mine against hers while singing Jesus Loves you...she is awesome.



  1. There are no words to express what I would like to say to you. Please know that I am in constant prayer for Emma and your entire family. Both of you and Emma continue to amaze me. You're a truly amazing family and I'm in awe of your strength. I am still expecting a miracle!

  2. There is nothing better than laying next to your babies and feeling their beautiful skin or kissing their lips. You are an amazing family and I pray for strength for you all.

  3. Wow, what a blessing to have such wonderful friends. How wonderful to be able to spend so much time with your sweet little angel. Give her a kiss from us. I can imagine just how beautiful she is. Hugs for all.
    Your still in our prayers.
    The Wheelers

  4. No words to thoughts could be expressed...just know that God NEVER makes a mistake and He knows the prefect second. Yall are surrounded by beautiful angels with Emma being the brightest and most beautiful. His grace is sufficent. I pray for His warm, peaceful and loving arms continue to hold you all very tightly.
    Praying continually!!

  5. Thank Goodness for good friends. Emma knows she is surrounded by love. That true, unconditional love. Praying for peace and no more pain for Emma. For her loving family, I am praying for strength. Your faithfulness is unbelievable.

    Atlantic Canada

  6. There are no words that could even begin to describe your most precious baby angel and your faithful family and friends. Thank you for sharing Emma with us, what an honor for everyone. I continue to pray for God's grace and for His loving arms to hold each of you. I too believe that God makes no mistakes, however difficult it is for us to understand that sometimes. Praying for strength and endurance...your faith in Him is a true testimony to us all.
    Praying for you all,

  7. I read your posts and my heart aches thinking of what your family is going through! But, I also see the blessings and wonderful lessons that are occuring through Emma and God's wonderful grace!

    It seems that God has asked your family to go through a huge trial, but He trusts that your family will be able to handle it thanks to the gifts that He has given you and the friends that He has placed in your lives.

    It breaks my heart to see you having to go through this, but I can't help but feel that you are very blessed as well! You have been entrusted with an AWESOME gift.....Emma! Thanks for sharing her with all of us and thanks for the lessons and inspiration you have given to us!

    God obviously has a great purpose for Emma and your whole family! May He give you strength, love, peace and grace as you carry out this purpose! Love, Hugs and Prayers!!!

  8. Christy & Kelvin, your beautiful baby has become OUR beautiful baby. We love her. We love you. Our hearts ache, and our tears flow as we struggle to know what to do to support you through this. I know our prayers and the love of many thousands help sustain you. But, ultimately, we know that Emma is GOD'S baby, and He loves her more than we can ever imagine. Our faith is renewed knowing that only God could bring such a miracle as this. Much love to all of you. Cindy

  9. I continue to lift you up every day all day! May God's grace be more than abundant to you and your family!
    Beth Holder

  10. I continue to pray for you guys everyday. Kelvin, you and Christy are a Light in the Darkness.

    In the Love and Light of Christ,


  11. You and your family are truly an inspiration. Your faith and determination is uplifting. May God's grace continue to carry you. As you lay beside Emma and kiss her sweet face, Jesus is beside each of you kissing your faces as you walk through this. May laughter, peace and life continue in your hearts for years to come.

  12. Kevin&Christy:
    I find myself obsessed with logging on throughout each day and night to read your latest may have only been 10 minutes since my last login and here I go, checking again for your latest entry! I suppose that's b/c I feel so helpless and can only offer prayer which for US, that is enough I know but I so wish I could do more! You're constantly on my mind, in my heart, and in my prayers! I am just so thankful that you have Jesus to hold you through this!
    Much much love~
    Lori Isaacks


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