Monday, August 31, 2015

Medical Update

Christopher just spent the week at Emory, where he is now a patient of a team of surgeons we like very much. His visit was scheduled, and they performed multiple tests, replaced his picc line, and sharpened his IV nutrition recipe in hopes to get his body ready for surgery again in the late Fall or early winter of this year.

Chris' poor quality of life has become a factor in determining the next surgery. We are asking for prayers for the doctors to use discernment and experience when deciding the timing of the 49th surgery, the one we believe God will use to give Chris his life back.

We are so grateful to WellStar and Chris' initial trauma surgeons, the ones who saved his life, because without them we wouldn't have this opportunity at Emory. Without them, I wouldn't have my precious husband.

This surgery will be victorious. We are believing that with all that we have left in us.

"You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north. (Duet. 2:3)

Thank you,
Jamie Lynn



Tuesday, August 4, 2015


I'll never forget the day someone prayed "eyes of an eagle" for me over my husbands healing. Powerful. 

Here is a glimpse of a piece of our daily life, the charting. With the constant output from his wounds, dehydration is a daily battle. These numbers help me dictate input v. output. 

We could use prayer for our journey, as it has been weary for the patient and myself, the caretaker. We have the utmost respect for Chris' new surgeon and team at Emory. Hopefully good news in the near future.

Sunday, July 26, 2015



The last words Chris text me in the early hours before the shooting. The next time I heard from him he called to tell me he was shot. It was truly traumatic. In this message, Chris was talking about the tornados coming through town that night, little did we know it was a glimpse of the storms we would be preserving through for the next year and a half. Marriage is hard. Amen? Marriage throughout a shooting, 48 operations, and hundreds of hours of woundcare day after day is maddening. Like, we feel crazy. We struggle to feel like ourselves daily. But, God told my husband then as He tells him now, and these simple words carry heavy meaning when repeated - it's gonna be OK. #believing #Jesus

Wednesday, July 15, 2015



"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt 



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done - Elisabeth Elliot 

Thursday, June 11, 2015



A few weeks from now, I'm striving (BIG strive) to get Chris and I to a beach with family. I will have to order the correct quantity of supplies, take two suitcases full of woundcare stuff, and coolers of his nutrition and IV fluids to manage for 6 days but I'm determined. I've already started prepping/packing. We can do this. One of the hardest parts of living through a prolonged medical issue is remembering that life goes on... 

Meet Howard & Connie, our new friends. 

While Chris was in the hospital, Howard wrote me a beautiful letter about Connie's medical struggles. It was the first letter I had recieved where someone had very similar belly trauma. I stained the letter with tears and I remember being so thankful for their bravery to share their story with us. Our friendship was instantly formed because we could relate. 

I'm thankful for this kind, encouraging couple. We have a lot to learn from them. Howard was an incredible caretaker for Connie during their trails, and we have a great deal of respect for them because of what they endured together. 

"You'll get through this..." the Lord whispers daily. And God sent us Howard and Connie as proof.