Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Ok here is the latest ..yesterday Hope went into surgery and was in there for about 2 1/4 hrs, the doctor told us he was pleased on how it went and that he was able to save the illeocecal valve ( that is the connection between the large and the small intestine it is very important because it keeps the bad bacteria from the large intestine from going back up into the small ). Anyways he said that he had to remove another 10cm of bowel that looked like it was full of ulcers. He also told us that the bowel was kinked and folded over itself and it took him about an hour just to get it straightened out with all the adhesion's. They were also able to do a direct connection no stoma's this time( thank you Lord). So Hope was taken up to the PICU to recover and Amy went back home while I stayed here . About 10pm I got a call from the ICU saying they have been working on Hope for about 2hrs trying to get a line in her to give her blood and they need to have the surgeon insert a catheter in her neck and I should come down. So I went and while I was waiting this nurse comes running out of the ICU and another nurse asked her whats wrong , we have a kid crashing in 12 which was Hopes room my heart stopped this was the end and I had no idea what to do. I was afraid to call Amy how to you tell a mom that, so I called the elders of the church to come I need you and then called Amy . I am sure you can imagine the call , but we decided to get the kids up and some friends would drive them up, we thought the kids had the right to see there sister if she was not going to make it. So in the meantime I called the grandparents to fill them in , and then got on my knees . This is yet another example of how great is our God is. Then about 30 minutes later the nurse came out to tell me Hope is ok and the surgeon will come and talk to me, WOW these are the times when I am reminded of 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians. 12:10. So after making the calls to Amy and the guys coming up that Hope was stable I was ready to shut down but was also excited to see everyone so we could just praise our God together. So when everyone got there we did. By this time it was about 1am and Amy and the kids got there and they wouldn't let the kids on the floor so we decided to send them back home with everyone else, and Amy would stay here for the night. So Amy and the kids are home and I will be staying here for awhile longer,Hope is doing ok you cant do any better than that in the ICU and will be kept asleep until the weekend due to all the trauma she had. Here are some pics of her they are hard to see but I am thankful she is here with us..Thank you all for your prayers..God does hear and does answer!!!


  1. We have so, so many praying for her and all of you! Please stay strong and always remember that God does answer your prayers. We love you all and wish we could be closer.

  2. Wow, thank God for answered prayers.

  3. Constantly in our prayers, here.

    I, too, love your little girl, yet I've never met her. I pray and trust Jesus will continue to be your strength.

    God Bless.

  4. You all have been through so much and I know God is going to use your story in ways you cannot even imagine. Please know we are praying praying praying for you all. I cannot imagine the roller coaster you are on but I do know God is able! What a testimony you are to us all--we love you John and Diedre