So today I had all these plans…of course all outside work. Now that I’m inside, wishing we could be outside (three kids inside all day is not that fun…stir crazy), we started talking about how much fun we had last weekend. I put the kids pool under the slide…Waterpark Baby! What a blast!
Its been a year since I found out that the baby that was growing inside of me had life threatening heart complications and most likely had them because of DiGeorge Syndrome. I’ve had so many doctor appointments that I’ve lost count. It’s hard to believe, but Eliana was born almost 9 months ago and she had to face my worst fears on day two of her life. She’s still had obstacles to face, but nothing compares to then. Through all that pain, I’ve witnessed a miracle.
Many of you remember Eliana getting an initial test for DiGeorge while in the hospital and learning then that the tests came back negative. Great news! In June, however, we met with a geneticist to discuss the possibility that she may actually have a variant form of DiGeorge. He told me that nearly all children born with her type of heart defects have DiGeorge Syndrome. So after a long 6 weeks of waiting and reliving fears, I can’t describe the anticipation and anxiousness that flooded over me when I saw Albany Medical Center on the caller ID yesterday. The results are in…Eli’s DiGeorge Free!
I can’t describe how happy I am. Eliana continues to defy statistics. You would think that I’d gotten over the healing that God has done in her precious body. But the truth is I haven’t. Not one day has gone by that I don’t think about some aspect of the journey we are on. I can’t seem to express my gratefulness to my God, to my family, to my friends, to the medical staff that have changed our lives. My eyes often fill with tears, my throat tightens and I’m all choked up. So much so that Emily and Andrew just think it’s normal for mommy to cry on a daily basis.
When Eliana’s genetic counselor explained that there is no genetically known reason for her heart
defects…my eyes filled with tears. I praise God for how He designed my baby girl. I sat down to explain my tears to Emily & Drew. I told them how God has helped us through each step in this process. The three of us talked about how God brought Emily through hernia surgery, Drew through eye surgery, and Eliana through heart surgery. Emily’s responded, “Mom, God is our Healer!”
Our God has Answered….Again!
Today I had the opportunity to lead our staff meeting. What a team! I’m so proud and privileged to be a part of the Northway Church staff. As I prepared for the meeting I felt God speaking to me. I’ve been so focused on what I do for the church, what I do for God. I want to be productive. I want to be effective. Great thoughts and actions, but then it hit me.
What are you doing? That’s always the question…a good one, a neccessary one. It determines results. Identifying what you do is definitely important. It’s how you measure success. It’s how you know if you’re doing a good job or not. But I felt God asking me, “what are you NOT doing?” I would argue that if you’re not identifying the things you’re NOT doing as well, you’re setting yourself up to fail.
Crazy to think about, but ask that question through every lens of your life: your relationship with God, your marriage, your parenting, your friendships, your job, etc…
So what are you not doing? What do you need to start doing?
Just a quick update:
Eli’s tests came back great. For the third straight visit, her numbers didn’t change….AWESOME! The doc said that her aortic repair and VSD repair are holding up great. Her aortic valve is still broke, but with the numbers not going up, we won’t have to go back until October or November.
Thank you for all of your prayers. Leah and I truly appreciate them.
My Sr Pastor had the privilege of being featured on LifeChurch.tv’s Online Campus today! What an honor! As he spoke about Peter’s experiences and the more he got to know Jesus, it really hit me that not only is there more to my relationship with Jesus – that Jesus is more than who I think He is – but that there’s more to what I do at Northway Church than what I think. It’s easy to put my head down and push forward, but I have to remember that the impact and power of God’s word is far more, far bigger, much deeper than I think.
Today, over 22 countries were represented as people watched the message online. Right now, there are 1870 churches representing over 1 million people taking part in One Prayer - coming together as One Church.
What a humbling experience. I just felt like crying after our entire staff watched the online experience together in the worship area. What an honor it is to call Northway Church my home and my job…my life. The cool thing is…there’s more to do. More to me. More to God’s church. More people to reach. More kingdom building to do.
Well, my mom came up and stayed for a week to help out, then took Emily and Andrew to Alabama. It’s just me, Leah and Eli. Holy cow! Having only one kid is so easy. Especially Eli. She’s the best baby ever…always happy!
Leah and I have gone on a date, had a one night getaway and are going to the lake today. Can’t wait for Wednesday night…leaving for Alabama to visit my family. Can’t wait to see everybody…and go fishing of course.
Just found this pic of our staff and fam from Easter at the Colonial Theatre in the Berkshires (MA).
This weekend was off the hook. We wrapped up our Dave Ramsey series and kicked off our class tonight…over 200 people…all on the road to financial freedom! Off the chain!
And tonight on the Capital Regions CW…Northway Church baby! Check it out tonight at 10:00pm.
It’s interactive so go to www.BuddyCremeans.com to join the conversation.
My family has been hit hard this season. We’ve been down and out the past couple of weeks. The only members of the fam not affected are Leah and Dunkin’. Eli’s got a wicked cough. Andrew’s nose is running wild…like him. Emily’s eyes, nose, and everything else that can be affected is driving her crazy. Me and Emily are spitting images of one another. So needless to say, we’ve been at war with the trees, flowers, grass, mold, dust…you get the point.
As a result, we’ve got more drugs in our house than a pharmacy. I start allergy shots on Monday. I’m also on Flonase, Optivar, and Allegra (just switched from Claritin). Emily’s on Rhinocort, Zatidor, and Zyrtec. Can’t give anything to Eli and Andrew loves the taste of Loratadine, the cheap version of Claritin.
Bottom line is we’ve been pretty much trapped in our own house. Thank you Jesus for central air…we can’t open the windows on all of these beautiful days. When the kids do go outside…showers all around, change the pillow cases, change jammies…get the enemy (allergens) out of this house.
I’m happy to say that order is returning to the health of the house…now that the meds are starting to work. Now that everything’s bloomed out and things are getting back to normal – with the help of meds of course – I feel like the lady in Poltergiest when she says, “this house is clear.”