Monday, April 7, 2014

Heading Down One Way and Ending Up Somewhere Else

Yes, I've been absent from Blogging for awhile. 
But with good reasons. 

Our Grandchildren
Levi, Trey, Ila May, Lulu and Silas

Tom and I had THE most wonderful Christmas gift given to us, last Christmas.
Todd, Stephanie, Kimmy and Mark surprised us with a
 Family Vacation Get-A-Way!
It was so much fun!

We tried so hard to get one picture of all of kids smiling at the same time.
You know that saying...
"It's like rounding up cats" ?
The pictures say it all.

Yes, we were happily, heading down one way.........
having fun, enjoying each other's company, laughing, eating,
talking, cooking, shopping and then,

And then.........
We sadly, ended up somewhere else.

One week later, I got a call from Kimmy,
 late in the evening.
"Mom, God is good.",
 is how she started out.
Then she told us that Silas was in the hospital.
His cough had turned into pneumonia.
While listening to little Silas' lungs, they found a heart mummer.
A Cardiologist came in and told Kimmy 
Silas needs open heart surgery.
First, he needed to recover from the pneumonia.

I packed my bags and left for Idaho early the next morning!

Kimmy and Silas stayed in the hospital for six days and nights.
Mark spent a lot of his time with both of them.
  It was finally sinking in!!!
Silas has three heart defects.
A large hole in his heart;
Subaortic Membrane;
and muscle tissue built up around his heart.

Mean while I was with Lulu, Levi and Ila May.

Love, Faith, Grace, Comfort, Hugs, Tears, Prayers, Questions and
more Love
were handed out that week.
This has been such an emotional "ride" for all of us,
 even the little ones.
I'm still in shock and trying wrap my head around the whole situation.

What's next?
In about 4 weeks,
 Silas will becoming to Seattle for heart surgery.
Silas and Kimmy will be staying at Children's Hospital for several weeks.
Mark and the three children will be staying with us, 
at our cottage.
Knowing Mark, he will be by Kimmy's side, next to Silas.

So, I am preparing spiritually, physically, emotionally and
mentally for the upcoming visit.

Today, Silas is doing well. He does get tired easily. 
This little boy is so happy and hands out smiles that melt my heart.

~picture taken the morning I left for home~
I also fall hard, when Silas flashes me his sweet dimples!

Yes, God is good!
If He didn't allow Silas to get pneumonia, they wouldn't of found the heart murmur.
I don't have the time to share all the miracles that God has shown us but trust me, there all a lot!

Psalm 31:19
"How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you."

I Love You Silas!!


  1. Oh Christine, I feel for all of you.
    You know I am praying for a successful surgery and complete healing of your little man.
    May God grant you all peace and strength to get through this all.

  2. Every step of this journey you will be in my prayers.

  3. Keeping you guys close in my prayers. You sweet gal! I know God is good, and I thank Him for the pneumonia and what He is and will be doing for your family. Hugs, girl. Hugs!

  4. I will be praying for your family especially for a quick and full recovery for Silas, he is precious, and yes God is so good , all the time.

  5. What a difficult thing for a mom, and grandma to hear. Praying for you, and Kim, and Silas. Keep us updated.

  6. Christine,
    God is good, but my heart is full of prayers for you, Tom, Kimmy and her beautiful family. My nephew has been though many open heart surgeries, so I hold a special place in my heart for children who have to undergo these procedures. You are all loved and being lifted up in prayer. Sweet hugs to Silas and to you too!
    Dee Dee

  7. I am sending many prayers your way. Such a difficult time but I know that you all will find the comfort and strength you need through God. Please keep us updated.

  8. Wow! how true. If it wasn't for that (pneumonia) you'd never would've known. This brought be to tears. Sometimes hard things like this really are the kindness of God. I'll be praying for you (especially!) as you stand on the sidelines, cheering and encouraging; simply you being there for your family. I'll be praying for healing for little Silas and for wisdom for the Doc's & Nurses. For Kimmy and her husband and the rest of the family as this is going to be quite the season to walk through...

    Be Strong in the Lord and in the Power of HIS might...Stand Firm - He is going before you.

  9. What a sweet little face! I've been praying for everyone! Glad he's feeling better and I'm praying for health and strength for his upcoming surgery. How wonderful that he will be in the hospital closer to you!

  10. Hugs...and wishing you grace and strength to you, little Silas, and all your family.

    We know you go Under His Mercy....

  11. Dear Christine, I will be praying, Trials are hitting so many. But the wee little ones just pull our heart strings!
    Stay strong and I rejoice that they found these problems and he will fully recover, Keep us posted!!
    Blessings, Roxy

  12. Oh, Christine! Wow, that is a lot to take in. Nothing hurts you like a baby suffering. Prayers for Silas, and prayers for the rest of the family. Sounds like a trying time for you all. What a blessing you and Tom are to your children. I will pray for extra strength in the coming days.

  13. You shared this post with your heart, and believe me, I read it with my heart. I am thanking God with you and also praying for you all. What an amazing story and what huge changes you all are facing. Little Silas and his grandma and his entire family will be placed on my prayer list today. Thanks so much for sharing it all with us. Love the last picture!

  14. I read this at work a few days ago and then just forgot to comment when I got home. Praying for little Silas and your whole family. God is not only good, He is powerful. He will be right in that operating room guiding things along. Sending love and prayers to all of you.

  15. Dear Lord please place your loving and healing arms around sweet Silas. Let him grow strong and healthy. Let his family be filled with your grace and strength.


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