Tuesday, November 24, 2015

First day outside in a MONTH! 10 minutes of sunshine and fresh air was just was the doctor ordered for today. 

Chris still has a long road to recovery. He currently has a lot of drains and is still monitered closely. Doctors are hopeful the leak in his GI will heal on its own with time and no food/water. He is still on IV nutrition. Because he still feels hunger, the doctors have allowed him one popsicle a day. He was very excited about the popsicles! 

When Chris was deployed in 2012, he came home just before Christmas. It was the best surprise. I'm praying again to have my man home soon, hopefully before Christmas. 

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
- C & JL

Monday, November 16, 2015

There is no doubt, it's been a difficult week to get through. With Chris having a set back last week, you would think I'd be used to things not going as planned - but I'm not, I'm so not. It's still a trauma trigger, and it becomes difficult to navigate once the emotion sets in.

I was driving my 6 mo. nephew home last night in the car and he was hungry. He was crying and thrashing and desperately begging to be fed and held. He didn't understand why...but I was in the drivers seat, and I knew he was hungry but that he would be OK. We were on our way to get formula, it wouldn't be long...but he didn't know that. As I was thinking about this scenario, I smiled and thought how God was showing me a small glimpse of myself this week. I am the baby thrashing about my life in the car seat and God is the wise driver that knows I'm safe, and that we're on our way to our destination despite my discomfort. 

Chris is doing better, but it's still a long journey ahead. One day at a time....today is good. We are resting.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Day

 You can't physically be in your uniform right now, but if you could you would. You're an amazing soldier, and a hero to myself and many. Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for your service. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Chris is entering a tough part of recovery. Post op days 2/3/4 are some of the hardest. His pain is unimaginable right now and he has an incredibly high tolerance to the medicine. Would you pray for the pain to be eased? 

Thank you. 
- JL

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The outcome of Christopher's 49th surgery today was the best case scenario and the surgeons are satisfied by the progress that was made. There were a few surprises, more good than bad, but we are cautiously hopeful that the next few days and weeks will continue to preserve the work they've done. The surgery lasted 14 hours, and he will be intubated for the next few days. Due to the risk of infection, we are asking for privacy and continued prayers during this time of recovery. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Whatever's In Front of Us, Help Us to Sing Hallelujah...

In just a few shorts days, Chris will go in for his 49th operation at Emory. This will (prayerfully) be his last surgery. According to his new surgeon, the wait to make this surgery easier simply is not worth the quality of life Chris currently endures.

In this surgery, they will attempt for the second time to repair the intestinal damage from when he was shot at point blank range with a shotgun at FedEx in April 2014.

We are breathing in courage & faith, and exhaling all fear.

If there is one thing that has consistently moved Chris and I to immeasurable amounts of gratitude, it's the faith of people who reach out daily to check on us, love on us, or simply go to Jesus on our behalf. Thank you.

Now, let's face this surgery with the boldness and confidence that only Jesus can provide.

I will update you all with his progress, and look forward to the other side of 'someday'...

"Whatever's in front of us, help us to sing Hallelujah..." - Bethany Dillon

- Jamie Lynn

Sunday, September 20, 2015

For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health.