Words for 2021

Words for 2021

Phrases we’ve said or heard can echo in our minds. Lately, some of those phrases have been on a loop replaying in my head. Those phrases are alternately a comfort or an overwhelming pain that shoots to the heart, taking my my breath away. At Christina’s funeral I remember repeating one of those phrases, as …

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A Resting Place

A Resting Place

Christina’s earthly body will be laid to rest in Magnolia Memorial Gardens at Calvary Church near the gravesites of her sweet sister, Grace Jacqueline, and her brave brother, Joseph Gregory, on Saturday, October 17, at 2:00 in the afternoon, where a graveside service will be conducted to honor her life. This is the same church …

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No More Tears

No More Tears

Jesus is wiping Christina’s tears. She is in heaven with Him. She is having a family reunion with her brother, Joseph, and her sister, Grace. We miss her terribly already; the thought of not seeing her sweet smile again in this life is almost more than we can bear. We hold to the truth knowing …

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Prayer for Christina’s Life Needed

Prayer for Christina’s Life Needed

I just received the second call from Christina’s primary intestinal transplant surgeon, and the news is not good. We need your urgent prayers now. Somehow an air embolism has gotten into her heart and is blocking the blood from flowing in between the chambers of Christina’s heart. She has not had a heart attack, but …

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Headed to Surgery Now

Headed to Surgery Now

I just spoke with a surgeon from OR, where they are transporting Christina now for surgery. If all goes well we expect a 3-4 hour surgery to explore the bowel and surrounding organs for potential ischemia from blood clots, to change to end ileostomy to a more permanent chimney ileostomy (remove end of intestine from …

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Transplant Roller Coaster

Transplant Roller Coaster

Well, just when you think the roller coaster is cruising, a sudden dip comes to shock your system. Transplant is a new kind of roller coaster for all of us. Thank you for taking this ride with us! I just got off of the phone with one of the transplant surgeons, who was calling from …

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Surgery Postponed

Surgery Postponed

We received word at 5:15pm that Christina’s scheduled surgery has been cancelled due to an intestinal transplant tonight for another person. Although this seems disappointing, we are trusting God for his perfect timing for Christina’s upcoming surgery, as well as the fellow intestinal transplant recipient’s surgery. Please say a prayer for them as well. I …

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Surgery Scheduled

Surgery Scheduled

Good news! Christina has not had any more aspiration episodes and the fluid in her lungs has not developed into pneumonia. Thank you for your fervent prayers in her behalf! She has received the antibiotics she would receive for pneumonia, medications to reduce fluid in and around the lungs (although it has increased slightly), and …

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Prayer Team

Prayer Team

I am sending out a brief update this morning with the hope that those of you who are able to gather with your church will ask others to join us in prayer for Christina. “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Christina has had three more potential aspiration episodes …

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Concerning Episode

Concerning Episode

This morning Christina had a sudden episode of choking and spitting up mucous that caused her vital signs to be dramatically impacted. She has been stabilized now, although she is requiring oxygen again. The medical team has ruled out a blood clot in her lungs via x-ray and has determined that she aspirated some fluids …

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