Jerard July 9, 2010

Jerard is back home now! No fever. Recovering well from surgery. He will see neurologist next week for check up and suture removal. Thank you for your prayers!

Jerard July 8

Well, the pediatrician wanted Jerard in for one more day......tomorrow we will check him out. (hopefully)

He has no fever. He seems healthy. We feel a bit frustrated by this extension.

The neurologist was ready to check him out today but we needed the pediatrician's approval too.

She wanted to observe him a bit longer due to the fever he'd just had for 24 hours.....

"restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has ALL things safely in his hands. 'Peace I leave with you; I do not give to you as the world gives' -
John 14:27 NEB quote from "Keep A Quiet Heart" by Elisabeth Elliott, page 135

Jerard Update 7/7/2010

Well, Jerard doesn't like to do things simply! He developed a fever last night and has had to stay in the hospital rather than be discharged. Pray for him as he is having some problems with his asthma. Thankfully the fever is going down tonight.
Not sure how long we will be in the hospital. Thanks for your prayers.

The Decision to Care

I really enjoy the writings of Brennan Manning. He is the author of "Abba's Child" and numerous other books. One book of his is a daily devotional called "Reflections for Ragamuffins." I share this reflection with you all -

The Decision to Care

Our natural repugnance and ingrained resistance to the inconvenient, unpleasant, and often messy business of compassionate caring is well illustrated by a story told at a recent AA meeting: A construction worker stopped after work for a few beers at the local watering hole and got home just in time for dinner. His little daughter, who had peanut butter and jelly all over her face as well as a deposit in her pants, rushed into his arms. To say that he was "taken aback" would not accurately describe his emotional state. Wheeling around to his wife, he muttered, "How the heck do you love something that smells like this?" Calmly she replied, "In the same way I love a husband who comes home stinking drunk...You work at it."

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast
it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily
angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

A Message From Jerad

Hi,

Thanks for praying for me.
I am feeling better since surgery.
Before I went to surgery my Mom sang to me my favourite hymn, "Jesus Loves Me This I Know." Then my Daddy went with me to the pre-op area.

I am smiling more and starting to chew on things.
I chewed the IV tubing apart and Mom and the nurses weren't so happy about that. They wrapped my arm in a towel so I can't get to the IV now.


Me trying to chew on my IV tubing before they wrapped it up
in a towel.

I don't like to move my left hand. The doctor wants me to start physical therapy again so I will on Friday.
The doctor said I might be able to go home tomorrow! YEAH!


I have asthma so here I am getting a breathing treatment.

Keep praying for me and my family. The nurses all tell me I'm "lucky" to have the parents I do. I don't know about the luck thing, I just know that Jesus loves me and I thank God for blessing me the way He has.

Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.