Sunday, September 30, 2007

Thanks for Praying With Me


Thank you for praying with me this weekend. WOW, they are in a room - no more CICU!! WHOO HOO! Carla's already got that baby right where she wants him - in her arms!! YAY! I rejoice with you Carla.



I have to say, I had a God moment this weekend through all this. Friday night I was unsure how to pray. I kept saying the same thing over, and over again (and Conner was struggling). I wanted to pray something so profound but all I could come up with was: "God sustain his life, keep him fighting, I know you can do this, save his life, save his life, save his life!!!" Pretty much pleading with the Lord but also so frustrated that that was all I could think of to say - out of fear. Then in the next room I hear Jason praying with Noah and Anna and I hear Noah say "God, thank you for this night, thank you that you hear us and you know what we are going to say before we say it." My heart was overjoyed because all of a sudden I realized I didn't have to say anything profound. I had asked God to take care of Conner and I laid it at his feet. I actually asked him to pray something profound for me because the words weren't coming. I'm so thankful that the Lord took the burden from me and showed me how to pray from my 5 year old. He's quite the theologian and that was not the first time he has taught me about what a GREAT God we serve or how to pray for that matter.



So, now I rejoice with the Henley's! Thanking God for answering ALL our prayers! He is on a GREAT road to recovery! I couldn't be more excited for my friends and anxious as well to see what a "firecracker" Conner will become!



Saturday, September 29, 2007

Praying for Conner...

I just got this VERY SWEET picture of Conner today. He is such a sweet strong baby and even after all the trauma he is still absolutely adorable!

Conner is stabilized and has been since about 7 last night. He is now on a pacemaker, to regulate his heart rate! Keep praying - the highs and lows have been extreme. Thank you friends...

Friday, September 28, 2007

Pray

I can't image the rollercoaster ride my friends are on but here is another update - this one not so good. BUT, we know that God can work this all out - so again - I ask you to stop and pray!!


Emergency prayer request! Please stop and pray! Connor has developed an arrhythmia and is not tolerating extubation. He has a fever of 103. His heart rate is 240. They are trying to get it all back down or they will have to reinsert the breathing tube. He is not happy and is struggling a lot. Please pray for God to help him and hold him since we can't.

I COULD SCREAM OUT LOUD!!

I just got this personal email from Carla! I could just scream! Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!!



Connor is doing really well! We got to see him at 1 and the nurse told us he is a firecracker! Its like his heart is fixed now so he is gung ho and ready to get out of the bed! His nurse keeps having to put him back in place in the bed bc he is trying to wiggle out of it! He is still heavily sedated, but no longer on a paralytic. They are working on getting him off the breathing machine this afternoon maybe! His color is pink and prettier than I have ever seen it! He even has elasticity in his skin that I have never seen (his lips aren't even chapped)! His breathing is not labored and he is going to be 90 to nothing now that his heart is doing what its supposed to! He is still fighting his battle and things are up and down, were still in cicu and Ryan and I are across the street at the Marriott! Visiting hours are only 9 am, 1PM, 5PM, and 830PM and limited to 2 people. Call or email if you need us!

Bump in the Road...Keep Praying...

Here is another post from Carla. Please keep praying. My nephew Will had a similar surgery when he was 6 months so we've walked this path before, I guess that's why my heart is so burden for my friends. It is so heart wrenching but worth it all at the same time. This is for Conner's good...I was only an aunt and it was a huge experience. I can't image the pain my sister or brother in law went through and now my friends Carla and Ryan. But, on the flip side of things, seeing Will as a NEW KID, quite rambunctious and ALL BOY - I just want to reach out and tell my friends - you can do this and Conner will one day SOON be all boy and you'll be screaming at him to just settle down!! HA! But I know when you go through a trial like this that seems like a DREAM! And Conner has had some bumps but God I pray right now that is all they are - are bumps! Heal his precious body - we rejoice that you have brought him through the surgery so smooth! God, I pray for Carla and Ryan and the grandparents for overwhelming peace! Thank you for Conner and the testimony you are giving him of a GREAT God who delights in showing who exactly He is and ALL He can do!

If any of you would like to leave Carla a prayer or word of encouragement visit the website to the right or leave it in my comments! Thank you all my friends for joining this HUGE prayer chain! God is working! Thanks...

Whew! More updates for all of my most precious prayer warriors! We have now survived the longest day of our lives and are into the second day in CICU at UAB. I want to write thanks to all of you specifically and want to list some thanks, but am so afraid that I will forget someone, so please please forgive me if I do, I am so overwhelmed still today and love you all, but my brain isn't really working.
Little Connor had a rough night. It is kind of strange...we felt so much peace yesterday and last night (bc of your prayers and God holding me up), but this morning seeing my man was very rough. All of my heart friends will understand this lingo, but if you don't, please forgive me. Here is what they did (to my redneck understanding :) and his trouble last night.
Repair and patch large VSD, close asd, repair pulmonary stenocis (know I spelled wrong)..widen, cut, and reroute muscles surrounding heart
Last night Connors right atrial something or other :) (I know, I am so not a nurse) started swelling and his pressure and all of his stats were going way up and way down all the wrong way and he was developing a fever. I don't really know how dangerous this is, the nurse said not to worry that it was just a kink and that it would take time for him to heal, but it kind of upset me. They had to paralyze Connor so that he couldn't move and could get his stats under control. So, when I went in to see him at 9, he was coming off of the paralytic and broke my heart. He was trying to look at me and nana, and he heard our voices and saw our faces and tried to talk to us. The nurse kind of asked us to try and keep him calm and not talk to him too much so that he wouldn't get riled up and have to be paralyzed again. This was really hard. Please pray that we don't have too many "kinks" and that Connor can heal. I have heard so many stories of trouble coming out of nowhere and I am terrified to think we are out of the battle, but can lose him to the war.
Here are just some of the people that I am requesting you thank God for in your prayers. He has truly given you all to us in our most desperate time of need:
1. Bonnie Mackenzie-my neighbor who has unending cooked, cut my grass, taken care of us, and watched Abby
2. Bonnie's Bible Group
3. Meghan McClendon and Heidi Shullek-update my page for me when I am at the hospital and pray and do all of my work stuff for me
4. My bosses at work who have been so loving and understanding ..Adam Burst and Melanie Dickinson
5. Family and friends that came yesterday: Dennis and Patsy Parker,Walt & Shelia Henley,Brian Parker, Robby Parker, Jerrold and Joanne Parker, Peggy Kimbrell, Buddy and Norma Overton, Terry Woosley, Robin and Gloria Nelson, Pat Mercier, Brother Allan Murphy, Randy Tingle, Melba and Tony Poe, Debbie Roberts...if I forgot you please forgive me...
6. North Shelby Church Family-unending prayers and support
7. All churches/groups who have been praying and putting Connor and us on your lists and vigils and everyone who has left a note on his page
8. WDJC Listening Audience who prayed all day yesterday and showed up to show support...Wendy and Ken Lass, Ragan Abernathy, Stephanie in OR, nurses and docs all over UAB
9. Ryans work friends whose prayers and emails lifted him up when he was down
10. Page for setting up Barry Neils
13. Barry Neils who was in the OR with Connor and kept us updated throughout his surgery and checked on him all night
14. Everyone who has sent us a card, cooked us dinner, brought a gift, prayed....there are SO MANY of you that I haven't been able to write to you to thank you, but I promise your thoughts and love have not gone unnoticed
15. All of my heart friends who have continued to give us support...especially Stan Wheat and Stephanie Boyd and family
16. Dr. Jim Kirklin, Dr. Bennett Pearce, Dr. Steve King, Dr. Stacy Gilbert...
17. Baskets with food yesterday Cassie Burchell, Newfields Anniston (grandpas company), Melba & Tony Poe
18. Dinners cooked for my parents
My list could go on for days as I am so astounded at God's work through all of you. Thank you all! I know I left out soooo many! I will thank you and get to you once my brain starts working!
I love you all! Please, please, please continue to pray for Connor as he is struggling and fighting still. Please pray for his nurses in the CICU, his doctors, and that he doesn't have bumps in the road that could hurt him! Pray that God continues to hold him, because we can't. God Bless You All!
Carla

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Update on Conner Logan

This is a message from Carla's journal...

Praise God from whom all blessings come! After the longest day of our lives we just got our first update on precious Connor. They are done with the procedure and told us that it went PERFECTLY! They said it could not have gone any better! When God does something he does it right! Why do we worry? Why do we doubt! God is faithful! God is strong! We are still in the waiting room and they are closing his chest right now! Words cannot express our gratitude for all your prayers! Truly Gods followers we're gathered today and truly God has worked in little Connor and in the peace we have felt in the waiting room today! We are not thru, still waiting to see little man and close everything, so please continue to pray, but he isn't in our hands! God is here and holding us all! He truly does 'have the whole world in his hands'! And today my whole world was Connor! God bless! Carla

We rejoice with you Carla! Thank you my sweet friends for praying for this baby you don't even know! I love, love, love the sweet fellowship of the saints! Thanks again! Way to go Conner...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Pray for Conner Logan

Update - the surgery is set for this Thursday September 27th at UAB.
***THE SURGERY IS AT NOON - HE IS THE SECOND SURGERY OF THE DAY - HE GOES DOWN AROUND 10...PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!


Hey friends and prayer warriors! Please lift up Conner Logan Henley in prayer as you come across this blog. Carla (Conner's mom) and Ryan (Conner's dad) are both friends of mine from High School. Conner was born in July and since then has fought for his life. He has a hole in his heart and was scheduled for surgery October 5 but this past weekend went into congestive heart failure and has been hooked up to a feeding tube and they are trying to get the surgery moved to a sooner date. Conner is a fighter and so is Carla. Carla is holding on to the promises that God is a good God, that He is mighty to save and still works miracles! In talking with her she says her faith is strengthened she believes God is in control and is working out a purpose. But PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pray for Ryan. He is not as strong in his faith and she has mentioned that he is questioning God and he is possibly even mad at God right now!! Pray that he will see God's plan - even though none of us has seen it yet! Pray that God does GREAT things through this child so that Ryan can see the God we serve! If you want to know more about Conner Logan visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/prayingforconnorlogan - and please lift the Henley family up to the throne today! Ask God to do amazing things! We serve a GREAT God who is mighty to save! Thanks...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

New City Downtown

Right now I'm sitting in our "oh, so nice vacation home," our "home away from home!" I couldn't be happier and more content spending the weekend with the Watson's! We will definitely have a come apart when it's time to go (all of us!) - like in an hour and a half. Noah, Anna, and Elijah have just had the best time together! Makes vacation so much easier, the kids being content that is!

If you haven't heard, Keith has been in the process of planting a church in Downtown Macon called New City Church. Well, today was the first service and WOW the Lord was faithful. Isn't He always? There were about 200 people there and everything went so smooth...from the service, powerpoint, band, nursery, even preaching was good, yes even preaching!! We were reminded of "our story" our redemption story, God pursuing us. Pretty amazing to think about!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Secret Place

It's a baby update!!


Today I went to the Dr. everything is "right on target." So far so good. We got to see that little heart just a beating! I really cannot make heads or tails of this picture. So, I can't help anyone out! Right under the words is the baby but is that it's head or...I have no idea! I think the dr. zoomed in on it so it looks a lot bigger than the 8 week picture I have of Anna. All babies are different and I really shouldn't be comparing them. I just thought there would be more definition. This is definitely the "unformed substance"! But I know some of you wanted to see so GOOD LUCK!

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Ps. 139:13-16

It is so neat to be pregnant and reflect on that verse! The Lord really is at work - weaving and knitting my precious bundle of joy! Thank you God for this baby "Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well!"


Friday, September 7, 2007

Thanks for the Tag...

Okay, I've been tagged by Jamie - I hope you play along too!!


Rules:
Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.When you are tagged, you need to write your own blog post containing your own middle name game facts.At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged & to read your blog!Laine is adding this rule: if you comment to this post, PLEASE write your middle name and fun facts because I think it would be fun to know all my blogging friends' middle names and fun facts about themselves! And because we have so much spare time these days, right?


L - Love to laugh and have a good time!


E - Everyone should know I'm a Jazzercise FREAK!


I - I think being a girl is SO fun!


G - Going to Phantom of the Opera in Oct - favorite show!


H - Had a GREAT time last night enjoying some good "Christian Fellowship" - (someone had to blog about it!)


Okay, I'm going to tag...Southern Cheesehead, Ginger, Conner, Janet, and Crystal! Oh, one more Amy - she needs a new post! Enjoy!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Sunny Side Up...

This is SHORT! The seventh week of pregnancy has not been good to me! I won't take up your time with all my whining - but please Pray!

Okay, some good news - the homeschool class was cancelled BUT when that happened we had a few parents email Jason and wanted to reschedule!! YAY! So, I think, we have 3 students! They will meet on Tuesday - and I'm so excited because three is better than ZERO! So, thank you so much for praying for us! The Lord is providing in some neat ways from people we didn't expect! Which is ALWAYS encouraging! He never uses the people we think He will use!

And I did want to share that we got to spend some time this past weekend with my VERY FIRST youth pastor and his wife Tim and Kathee Hagler. They are missionaries in Honduras and have been for 13 years. They were home on furlough and they are always a lot of fun! Susan has pictures! I will post when I get them! The kids had a GREAT time with their kids and it was so nice being with them as an adult. It made me appreciate them so much more - they really are a privilege to know! And I have been constantly amazed at the bond between Christians. We just picked right up where we left off - it's been 6 years since I've seen them and I love them just the same and they love me too - just the same! No, what do we talk about or awkward moments! I can't wait to see them again in three more years. Maybe sooner! They are part of a Church plant in Honduras and Tim also teaches in a Mobile Bible Institute training pastors - which Jason loves that idea - we would love to go down there on a mission trip someday and be apart of that world! Oh and Keith and Amy - when we do go - y'all (and the kids) have to go with us! Their kids are around the same age as yours - it seems right up your alley too! You'll love them too! Just a heads up - when we say it's time to go - be ready!

Well, this hasn't been SO short! But please pray that I start feeling well! I HATE BEING SICK! I'm the biggest weenie when it comes to being sick! But I know this will pass and as odd as it seems I've heard MS is a good thing because it means everything is working the right way! Isn't there some other way though! Okay, no more groaning - this is it! Pray...

One more thing, for those interested in baby stories you HAVE to read my friend Laurie's baby experience! WOW, you don't want to miss this...scared the pants off me!! Here's the link http://www.theknowles.info/ - Laurie is NOW The Super Mom - A lot of you ladies are a close second (Laine) but - you know the story! You can't argue, can you?