Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Big Prayer Request

Today is a big day for Ethan. He had a stable night and good gas test results today! Praise the Lord.
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.


  1. Kerry and Bonnie,

    I am supposed to be the one that is ministering to you guys and yet I am the one that is being ministered to. I am so blessed by your strength, resolve, faith, perspective and growth through all of this. I wonder if Julie and I would have the same measure of fortitude that ya'll seem to have. I just give God praise for what He's doing in Ethan's body and in your heart. I love ya'll and am faithfully praying for you.

    With Love,
    Bro. Richard

  2. constant prayers for Ethan. God hears our cries and knows our hearts. constant prayers for all involved.

  3. I do not know you guys, but, I am praying for your little Ethan. I am inspired by your faith and strength.

  4. God, I pray that all your peace and wisdom go to Kerry and Bonnie. I pray that all your strength and healing go to Ethan. I know they will give up strength so that he can have it all. Fill their arms soon, Lord. You have already filled their hearts. Give their friends the words we need to comfort them. little ones to Him belong. they are weak, but HE is strong!!

  5. What up Kerry and Bonnie....The Kirklands are praying for you guys.....I dont get to see you much but keep up with yall through Kevin.....hug one another alot through this....god bless you guys.......Chris Kirkland

  6. Hi Bonnie-

    I heard about your sweet baby boy and am praying for him and your family. I can't imagine the emotions you must be feeling.

    Angela Outlaw House

  7. We love your family and are constantly praying for Ethan and you. Enjoy your time with Helen.

  8. Kerry and Bonnie,
    Just want to let you know that we are praying for you and your precious little boy. He is beautiful. He has ministered to so many people in his short time on this earth. Just remember that God is in control and will continue to strengthen you through all of this. There is a purpose in all of this--He doesn't make mistakes. Thank you both for being such a blessing to myself and so many others. We don't realize how much we have to be thankful for.
    Kim Jackson

  9. Bonnie and Kerry,
    I am praying for you and for sweet Ethan. Our church in Union Springs is also praying. Your faith is so strong, God will bring you through this!

  10. Bonnie & Kerry,
    My heart is breaking for you guys as you go through this very trying time with you little boy. We have a group praying for you in Jackson, MS and will keep it up until Baby Ethan is home. Let the joy of being with Helen renew your hearts for the time you need to spend at the hospital with Ethan. Deepest Prayers & Love,
    Jessica (Cain) Murphy

  11. Just wanted to let you know we are praying for you and your family daily and am touched by your testimony. thank you. God is good all the time and we are so thank full for the progress made so far. Love u guys. The Gilleys

  12. Bonnie & Kerry,
    We are praying for Ethan and both of you. This blog is a blessing to all who read it. Keep the faith. God will provide your strength.

    Gloria & Joel Watkins

  13. Adam and Misty SandersSeptember 17, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    I first heard of your blog through our friend Kendra. I just want you and your family to know that I am praying for baby Ethan! I have been so moved by your faith and strength through this very difficult time in your life. We have an 8 yr old, a 6 yr old, and a 6 month old and I could not imagine not being able to touch them daily. Only the love of God will see you through this. Again, I am praying for your family daily. Thanks for taking the time to update your blog with all the praises!

    Misty Sanders