Friday, November 24, 2006


Hi Friends, Have decided to pause the blog thing for awhile. I'll miss y'all and will be checking in to read your blogs from time to time. I need time to regroup and hopefully spend some time rebuilding who I's a me thing. God is still my Pilot. Hugs and much love to all of you. Dawna

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Happy Day!

Little Seth is coming home today...I just got a call from his mom. Thank you all for your prayers. I can't wait to hug him and kiss those chubby little cheeks....Thanks everyone for all your kindnesses. Thank you God, for one more day....Dawna

Monday, November 20, 2006

Seth, my precious little friend.

I know some of you have read before about the little boy I've taken care of. In order to preserve his family's privacy, I have never posted pictures or said a lot about him. Today I need you to pray for him and his family.

Usually once or twice a month I take Seth home for respite and his family gets a weekend alone. We are so blessed on these weekends. I have pictures of Nathan kissing him and Seth smiling from ear to ear. He is always exhausted after a weekend here cause he's stimulated by all Dave's football hoo-haw and just general goings on in my house. He loves it!

I picked him up this past Saturday as usual and we began our day. By six o'clock I knew something wasn't right. His Oxygen levels plummeted and he was freezing cold. I sat close to him and held him to warm him without any effect. Dave cranked up the heat and we piled on blankets and warm rice bags. He was still cold. I couldn't get my thermometer to register. I couldn't get a blood pressure and he hadn't peed recently. I called his parents. They were visiting family an hour and a half away. Finally after much back and forth with medical personnel, we took him to the local ER. His temp was 82 tympanically (ear) and after a warming blanket came up to a whopping 87 degrees rectally.

After much testing and probing, it was decided he probably had a blood infection. Very serious for a little fellow who already has a list of medical problems longer than my arm. His parents rushed in and I updated them as best as I could and went home to allow them time to make the decisions they needed to in private. Yesterday, Sunday, his mom called me and said a few hours after I left, his blood pressure plummeted and he was finally life flighted to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Please pray for this dear family and their little one. He is 11 years old and they are "poster parents" as far as his care goes. I just have never had a better family to work with. I have been blessed to be part of Seth's life. Please pray for his siblings as well. An older and younger brother. As the Apostle Paul said, "I covet your prayers..."

Dear Father, I bow to your wisdom as always. I know we don't understand why these things happen, why little Seths have to be. Please help this family to cope with whatever their future holds. If it's time for Sethie to go home, Lord, help us in our grief to see your love and compassion, to feel your arms reaching out for him, comforting and holding him close. Thank you for his life. Thank you for the awesome joy you've given me, the wonderful opportunity you blessed me with in being his nurse for all these years. You know how I long to see him walk and smile and tell me back, "I love you, too." I know in Heaven he will be whole and can laugh and play like other little boys. I give him entirely into Your care. I praise You, no matter the outcome. Amen.

Friday, November 17, 2006

from the land of the giants...

Dear Friends, I have been gone for a week and have seen the land of the giants. Please read this passage from Numbers and I'll try to explain.

The Men Report Back to the People 25After exploring the land of Canaan forty days, 26the twelve men returned to Kadesh in the Paran Desert and told Moses, Aaron, and the people what they had seen. They showed them the fruit 27and said:
Look at this fruit! The land we explored is rich with milk and honey. 28But the people who live there are strong, and their cities are large and walled. We even saw the three Anakim [e] clans. 29Besides that, the Amalekites live in the Southern Desert; the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites are in the hill country; and the Canaanites [f] live along the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. 30Caleb calmed down the crowd and said, " Let's go and take the land. I know we can do it!"
31But the other men replied, " Those people are much too strong for us." 32Then they started spreading rumors and saying, " We won't be able to grow anything in that soil. And the people are like giants. 33In fact, we saw the Nephilim who are the ancestors of the Anakim. They were so big that we felt as small as grasshoppers."

I've been so mired in this week that I am like a grasshopper. Every obstacle seemed huge, every battle too hard for me to fight. We had a wonderful weekend. Monday I was assaulted with fear and doubts that nearly paralyzed me. Everything appeared bigger and stronger than me and I was so intimidated, I could have just stayed in bed all day. Our pastor preached about this. Then he sent an email to everyone reminding them to read this passage. I did. Today I did again. And like an avalanche it hit me, the lowly grasshopper. I am a child of The Almighty. I didn't forget, I just couldn't see out my muddy windshield.... The battle belongs to Him. AND HE WINS!! No grasshoppers here!

Thanks for all your subtle and not so subtle reminders I needed to come back. It's a long journey home. I'm just going to try harder to focus on the Son and plod on... Hugs to all, Dawna

ps. I am not a grasshopper, I hate makes me look sick!! I'm a Red person...vibrant and alive. (How's that for an affirmation of faith??)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

going for brief vacation.

Just a quick note here. Been a busy week and I think things are catching up to me...tired. The perpetual rain doesn't help me feel more energetic. Anyhow....we're going on a very abbreviated vacation, leaving Friday and back late Saturday. Probably won't post anything til Monday. I haven't had a proper vacation in over .....can't even tell you how long, but it's been years. Have agreat weekend everyone and see ya on Monday. Hugs, Dawna