Thanks to everyone who has reached out to Stacey, our kids and me over the last couple days.

God’s presence is most tangibly felt through hugs, well wishes, text messages and of course, food.

We are grateful to be able to rely on people like you, who help us sense God’s love in the middle of less than ideal circumstances.

A simple update with a simple prayer today:

What happened?

Nolan, who had open-heart surgery when he was five and half months old is susceptible to infections and viruses like any other person.

The problem is he can’t fight them the same way most people can.

His immune system is weak and his low muscle tone make even the common cold very problematic for him.

His smaller than normal airways make expelling the gunk that builds up when he’s ill very difficult, if not impossible at times.

After a rough weekend we brought him to Children’s because he wasn’t eating, his fever wouldn’t stop and his breathing became labored and much too shallow.

How is he?

He’s stable and resting.

He’s still intubated (tube breathing with a ventilator) and asleep most of the time.

He is fighting off bacterial pneumonia as well. Man, he is one tough little dude.

How are Stacey, the kids and you holding up?

The best way we know how.

Trying to live as normal as possible.

Our kids miss their brother. Our family home is not complete. We want him home.

Stacey and I rotate at the hospital along with my INCREDIBLE sister Erica. She is a Godsend.

She makes it possible so Stacey and I can be home with our kids during the week. We are forever indebted to her.

Knowing Nolan is receiving the very best care is reassuring as well.

We cry. We pray. We hope.

Some more than others, it just depends on the day.

We still laugh.

How can I help?

Pray and believe with us for Nolan’s healing.

Love your kids and count your blessings. Hug them. Tell them how much they mean to you.

Smile when you see us. We are happy to see you.

A simple reminder:

My prayer over this past week has been a very simple one.

It reminds and reassures Nolan and me both:

Daddy’s here, daddy’s here, daddy’s here.

I whisper it gently to him as I hold his hand.

No matter what you’re facing it’s a great prayer to pray.

Pray it over your life today.

He is with you. He is for you. He is good.

His presence will be your strength today.

10 thoughts on “Simple.

  1. keeping you and Stacy and all your little ones in our prayers. You have the best doctors and nurses there. Your precious little boy is so strong. Praying he gets to go home soon.
    Becky and louis

  2. Wow – you’re so inspiring – your love and faith. My best wishes and prayers to your family, healing and especially Little Nolan’s healing. My heart hurts for his struggle but I believe he will heal and this trying time will end.

  3. I don’t know you guys, but your messages and your story have been forwarded to me by my friend Kiley. I feel for you like no other. Brings a tear to my eye to hear your story and see his picture. Of course I will think of you and your family and pray for him to get better. I have twin girls who were born 3 1/2 months premature. One who had heart surgery and has chronic lung disease. She too has a very very narrow airway and even the common cold turns very severe and has hospitalized her. To hear your child struggle to breathe is the scariest and most helpless feeling in the world. My other daughter has intestinal issues and has had 2 emergency surgeries. I know how scary it can be, but kids are resilient and you have faith and a strong family. He is a champ.

  4. I’m so sorry you’re all having to fight this fight. We will keep you and your precious family in our prayers! God’s richest blessings to you all xoxoxoxo

  5. We are with you in heart and spirit through this time and are praying so hard for Nolen. He is such a storm trooper.

  6. Love and healing to little Nolan. And a reminder for parents to breathe and pray for relief soon. We are here, call on if we can be of any help.

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