I will be with Christopher until I report for surgery early on the 18th. They plan on letting us see each other once again prior to surgery. I will also be able to visit with him the next day. He should be sleeping most of the first day. We have been told that patients usually don't remember a lot about the first day.
Thank you for your continued prayers. Prayer is powerful, and we are certainly living evidence of His power, strength, and mercy. I can't even explain how difficult the first four months of this journey were. Despair. Grief. Fear. The depths were too low for me to even try to describe. Deeper than I have experienced my entire life. BUT God. But God made His presence known everyday. He kept me strong, even when I would cry out that I wasn't equipped for this journey. I told God quite often, "I can't do this!" I remember thinking that I had never been placed in a situation where I didn't have a choice. I had no control, and that was scary. As dark as those days were, I could always see His hand so powerfully guiding and gently prodding us to take one day at a time. One moment at a time. My time spent in His Word kept me grounded. Seven months later, I feel closer to Him, and I feel my eyes have been opened more to His Word. As we sit 2 1/2 weeks away from surgery, I have a peace that cannot be explained. No despair. No Grief. No Fear. Only God. I truly am seeing Philippians 4:6 come to life. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
We have seen prayers answered right before our eyes throughout this new journey. We are so grateful. I will continue to list specific prayer requests. Matthew 18: 19-20 tells us, "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
Specific prayer requests:
-Pray that Christopher is free from fear or anxiety leading up to
-Pray that pain is minimal and manageable.
-Pray that his surgery is an immediate success.
-Christopher's immune system will be suppressed more
-Pray for peace for Greg, our children, my mother, and father as they will have two of us in surgery.
-Pray that God's presence is so strong in
If you would like to send Christopher a card while he is in the hospital, I will include the mailing address below. Support is a huge part of recovery time! He will arrive on Tuesday, April 17, and he will remain for 7-10 days. See mailing/emailing information below:
Children's Levine Hospital
1000 Blythe Blvd
You can email, and the Child Life Specialist will give them to him each day. The link for email is http://www.levinechildrenshospital.org/ . You click on "email a child" in the navigation tool bar to the right of the page.
I would love to journal in the very near future about Pendarvis family happenings and post some pictures. At some point, we will read back on this journal to see all of the activity God provided during this special journey that we are on. There is so much going on around our house, and I haven't had time to blog about any of them. Some wonderful, and some not so wonderful...like Gracie's dog having puppies 6 1/2 weeks ago leaving me with taking care of eight dogs everyday (did I mention that I am not much of an animal person?)! By the way, that was a "not so wonderful" family happening. It's not that I don't think they are adorable; they are just SO much work. Work I hadn't planned into my schedule weeks before surgery. I do believe that the Lord sends us distractions in different disguises. He always knows what we need, and sometimes it is a distraction. So, I can't complain too much;-)
|Distraction one through five, number six is back there somewhere|
Resting in His strength,