Sunday, January 1, 2012

China 2012

Happy New Year! We spent last night just hanging out with some of our best friends. I couldn't think of a more perfect way to welcome 2012. Ellery rang in the new year with us for the first time too, which was fun.

I have never made New Year's resolutions, but this year I have 4 areas that I desire to make some adjustments/improvements. Spiritually, I will read through the Bible in 2012. Chronologically this time. Physically, our family is on quite a health journey. I have always been one to ask why and challenge the status quo, and so researching is a natural role for me. I want to dig deeper this year and hopefully blog about it as well. As a mother, I want quality time with each of my littles. I want to joyfully take the time to sit with them, play with them, and converse with them. I do this already, but want more of it in 2012. Our lives seem to get busier and busier. And finally, some goals for our marriage as well.

We are starting 2012 off with a bang with our trip to China. Here is our specific list of prayer requests. We would be grateful if you would pick one or two and pray for them as the Spirit leads.
(oh, and just to add, there will be someone at our house at all times while we are gone. so this is not an invitation to plan a break-in. sorry, that was part of my fear in posting our trip online.)

  • Trips to and from China

  • Nurses, therapists – everyday caregivers

  • Doctors who will make decisions on treatment

  • Doctors who will perform the anesthesia and lumbar puncture procedures

  • Days of lumbar punctures and the recovery – 6 hours of lying still post op

  • The actual stem cells that will be used (divinely selected, safely harvested and stored, properly administered in procedure, etc.)

  • Effectiveness of stem cells once they are in Price’s body (that they would be accepted by his body, that they would find the problem(s) and HEAL, that they would make their way to his brain)

  • At least one new motor skill and improvement of all existing skills

  • Relationships with medical staff and other patients and their families

  • Decision making while in China, clarity of thought, unity

  • Being apart as a family

  • Living conditions and attitude while in China. Lots of down time in hospital and cut-off from friends and family back home; time change

  • Street and Ellery’s time at home (protection, health, etc) and for our families taking care of them

I had a moment of maybe this is a bad idea/we shouldn't go. That same morning Price fell flat on his back or on his face literally 5 times in an hour. He was desperately trying to keep up with his brother and explore, but it's just plain harder for him to do so. He would pull up on something and then lose his balance, cry, cry harder when I applied ice on yet another goose-egg of a bump, and then get right back up and go at it again. He is one determined boy and deserving of a just as determined mom.

Thanks again for journeying with us. Happy 2012!

5 comments:

melody mccain dowdy said...

i am going to print out these prayer request to keep up with you on this months journey. god is doing great things both in and through price! may christ be your source of wisdom and strength!

melody mccain dowdy said...

i am going to print out this list, so that i can pray specifically for you throughout the month. may christ be your strong tower in the days ahead. he is doing great things both IN and THROUGH price and your beautiful family! (praying in the sunshine state)

Tabaitha said...

Praying over your family!

Marilyn said...

Praying as you have asked. He is faithful.

Win said...

Determination-
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Ghandi

Just a reminder =)

I know you will move mountains.

I will pray for the safety and health and happiness of your family while you are away from them. I will pray for your trip to be safe and healthy and happy. I will pray your prayers as well. Good luck to you. Blessed be.

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