Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Please pray that they will arrive home safely this afternoon and that Ethan will continue to be healthy. Words can't express how grateful they are for every ones prayers and concerns. So many people have graciously offered to help in any way they can. And although Bonnie and Kerry can't wait to introduce their son to everyone, they will have to be extremely cautious about having any visitors right now. The doctors stressed that Ethan not have visitors for several weeks to allow him to adapt to his home and not be overstimulated. The best thing we can do is continue lift them up and ask the Lord to protect his little body from infection or sickness. Also, pray that Bonnie and Kerry will be able to balance life with two children who need them!
God is so good!!!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Ethan was where the doctors wanted him to be tonight when we left him. He is being treated with a diuretic to remove fluids from his lungs so that they will be able to open more easily. We can already tell that he has removed a lot of fluids because he will briefly open his eyes as they are not as swollen as before. He is trying to breathe over the vent, and we need to pray that he will just relax and heal. The blood cultures were finalized as negative today, so he received his last doses of antibiotics. He is also off of all blood pressure meds. Praises to God for these small victories!!
Today Bonnie gave me some scripture to read - Psalm 91. It talks about the safety that you have if you are abiding in the presence of the Lord. Just read it today...you will be blessed! I will let God's words speak for themselves.
We can praise the Lord for the progress he has made in such a short amount of time.
Remember this is still going to be a long journey, so please continue to pray without ceasing.
Pray also for Mr. Norman, Mrs. Theresa, and Helen as they travel back home today.
Here is what God laid on my heart today. God has revealed to me a lot...today I was thinking about how I was so excited to get to the NICU and just spend time by Ethan's bed. God asked me "Are you that excited to sit by my throne?" I am learning that I should have the same desire every hour to see my Father in Heaven as I do to see Ethan. Wow! This is the most basic thing that God desires of us...to be with Him daily. How I have taken it for granted. I will never take it for granted again.
Ethan my son, I am watching you move and squeeze my finger. You are a miracle...I have prayed for you more than anything in my life. I will continue to pray like this the rest of my life. God used you to save me from my weak walk with Him. Seeing you move is one of the greatest moments of my life.
I am watching my wife look down on Ethan and she is showing the truest love I have ever seen. To imagine that that is how God looks down on us and loves us more than what I see in front of me is life changing. I've always known He loves us but never known how much. I will try not to hurt my Father any more and beg for forgiveness when I fail.
Children's Hospital Rocks! (this thought wasn't deeply spiritual but TRUE)
I have had some sweet time with God. My quiet times have been different every day. I've learned that God doesn't want us to just check Him off of our daily list. Some days I just prayed. Some days I read the word and prayed. Some days I was just silent (unless I was crying). God wants genuine time with us...not some routine that bores us and Him.
Bonnie and I love y'all...please don't stop praying Ethan has a long way to go we need you!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Also, they do ask that we pray for Helen. Her innocent little 3 year old mind doesn't really understand all that is happening and why she can't see Ethan. Pray that the Lord will calm her spirit and comfort as well. She has really been a trooper this week. It is the longest she has ever been away from her Moma and Daddy. Pray that God will grant her a special peace for the rest of her visit this week and as she goes home with Nana and Popa on Saturday.
Please still remember to lift up baby JR and his parents, Rudy and Kimberly as well.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I'll post any new updates as I get them. Keep praying and God Bless.
Today the doctors are going to be aggressively trying to wean him from more medications. I don't think I have mentioned in the past posts, but Ethan has been chemically paralyzed in order to let his little body take in all the meds and work on his lungs improving. Please pray specifically that Ethan will react positively to coming off the medications, for his blood pressure to rise, and that he will respond well to the removal of the paralytic sedation as they "wake" him up. If these things don't go well today, Ethan will have to backtrack and restart some of the process. We know that our God is "able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us" (Eph. 3:20). Pray for continued healing and God's will to be done. He has been so faithful and answered so many prayers for them in 6 days!
Also, many people have asked about where they are staying and if they need anything. Yesterday, they were able to get a great 2 bedroom apartment! The Lord has provided this through a church in Birmingham and it will be a wonderful blessing to have a place long term if they need it. Also, Helen is coming today! They are beyond thrilled to see her. Please pray for her understanding that she will not get to see her baby brother right now, and that her mommy and daddy will need to be with him during the day as well. I'm sure there will be a roller coaster of emotion (more so today than in the past few). So please pray for God to strengthen them physically and emotionally for the day ahead.
This makes my heart break.
God is changing lives through this.
I want God to use Ethan but I want to take him home and hold him.
My daughter Helen has always loved to put money in the "Children's Miracle" coin collectors. They have many in the lobby of the Children's Hospital where Ethan lives. She loves to watch the money go round and round. I sometimes got frustrated at her because I didn't want to slow down to put any money in. You see Helen was doing something she loved to do and she had no
way of knowing that she was giving money to an organization that would be helping her little brother one day. God was using Helen. I am trying not to question God. I remember the story of the Israelites when they started to doubt God on the way to the promise land. God had them wander in the wilderness and they never got to see the promise land...I want to see the promise land. I am looking forward to holding my child. I have taken that for granted. He lies there very sensitive to touch, so we can barely touch him. When I can hold him in my arms I will weep and rejoice! I will never tell him I don't have time for him or Helen. I can only imagine the embrace of our heavenly Father and His Son when He got to heaven. My testimony will never be the same. My faith will never be the same. My weak witness will never be the same. My weak walk will never be the same. I challenge any man that is not in love with the Lord and raising his family according to the Holy Word to start now. Pray right now and tell God that you are a sinner and invite Him into your heart claim His death on the cross and it's forgiving healing power. You see you may live for a long time and have plenty of time to live for Jesus but someone in your family may not. By not telling them about Christ and living as an example you are putting them in danger. You are helping Satan drag them to Hell. Give every piece of your life to Christ and your family will follow you and respect you. He has given me strength when I needed it and let me cry like a child when I didn't. But my pastor reminded me that God saves up our tears...they are precious treasures to Him. God hears our prayers. I am learning so much about praying. I am learning how to pray specifically. Please let me know if you need prayer right now and my wife and I will pray for you because we desire the Lords strength and grace to with anyone struggling or hurting. Please join us in praying for Tyler he is 8 and has severe kidney problems...continue to lift up JR, Rudy and Kimberly. We have had very specific prayers answered in the last 24hrs...Praise the Lord. Hebrews 4:16 " Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." As I get ready to go to sleep my wife and I cry and laugh at the comments on this blog. Everyone wants to help and we want you to know that you can help by making sure that you know the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior. And if He is, then lead your family boldly in His word.
We love you Kerry & Bonnie,
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Please pray that the weaning will continue to go well. Ethan is in a highly environment sensitive area of the NICU, which means there is very little physical contact (mainly from doctors and nurses). It is emotionally draining for Bonnie and Kerry to see their precious little baby laying there and fighting for his life and not even be able to "love" on him. Thankfully, we know that he has the most gentle and powerful hands holding him right now.
I know that Bonnie and Kerry are feeling all our prayers. So many people are praying for them and Ethan. If you want to leave a special prayer for them in the comment box, I know that would be encouraging. Gods word tells us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thes 5:17) and "where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst" (Matt 18:20). My theology may be wrong, but I'm going to assume that we can "gather" in prayer on the web and He will hear our prayers and be in the midst of this situation!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
God has used you to force me to deal with many things and revealed many truths through your sickness. I am not a poet or great writer these are words that God layed on my heart for all to read:
This is so hard...How did God give up His Son for me?
I have never hated sin as much as I do today...sin is why you are sick my dear son. We live in a fallen sinful world. God have mercy on us!
Ethan I have seen you fighting for your life. You are beautiful my son and tough and I realize that God loves you more than we do. That is why I know God hurts like we do right now. He hurts for you Ethan and for every other single person in the world. That is an unimaginable crushing burden to bare, yet God takes it on.
I have had to deal with my own sin. I have never really understood how to put more trust in God. I have taught sunday school lesson over the past few years on trials and I have never really understood why and how God uses them until now. I almost complained about all the lessons with the same subject matter..."trust God all the time through the good and bad times", why did God keep make me teach the same lesson? Now I know. I am coming face to face with a God that is telling me that I am not in control...He is! It is killing me to learn this and it is making me stronger. Stronger because I have never really understood God's sacrifice even though I have talked about it and shared it with others, it has never been as understood as it is today. You see son you are God's little helper.
I have seen your mother be as strong as ever. I was worried about her and her emotions and I didn't trust God to give her strength I felt like I needed to give strength to her. I thought I was the only one with strength. Today your beautiful mother held my head in her lap while I cried. She quoted scriptures and reassured me. She is a spiritual anchor with strength from God because she love Him and you. I will never underestimate or question her faith again. I Love You Son,Daddy
I know the medical terms may not make much sense to us, but they are measuring his arterial blood gases and oxygen levels. Bonnie and Kerry are learning so much and have so much retain with all the medical side of things. Continue to pray for their strength of mind to keep up with everything.
Bonnie also shared that the Lord is revealing so much to them through the most difficult situation they could imagine, HE is answering their prayers of walking closer in our relationship with Him, of growing their prayer life, of learning to completely surrender to Him.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Ethan Howell Williamson was born on Thursday, September 10. He weighed 8 lbs 11 oz and was 21 inches long. He is a beautiful little boy with light blond hair, fair skin, and sweet round cheeks! After an eventful labor and delivery he was finally here. Soon after his birth he was put in an oxygen tent and monitored closely. Several hours later, the doctors decided that Ethan needed to be transported to Birmingham.
It has been a whirlwind for the past couple days as Bonnie and Kerry have faced the unexpected. They are currently at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Ethan is being treated for pneumonia and they expect he will be there for a few weeks. He is stable right now, but will have a long road ahead as they try to ween him off the ventilator as his lungs get stronger and there is no infection. God's hand has been on sweet Ethan and literally brought him though so much already.
Please pray that Ethan will continue to be strong and will show signs of improvement daily. Pray for Bonnie as she continues to recover from a difficult labor and delivery. For her and Kerry to continue to hold steadfast in their faith while they rely on the Lord to make it through the next several weeks. Pray for peace to know that the Lord has gone before them, patience in a slow process, and strength of body, mind and spirit. Their families are also right there in the middle of things and need to be lifted up as well. Also, please remember to pray for sweet Helen. She will be out of her routine and at times away from her mommy and daddy. Pray that she will continue to be resilient and enjoy spending special time with her grandparents and friends for a few weeks!
Isaiah 12:2 "See, God has come to save me. I will trust in Him and not be afraid. The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."