Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome back! Some good and some not so good.

Update on Jackson from Amanda's FB as of 2/14: Update as of 2/14 from Amanda's Facebook:  first of all Jackson says he's sorry to everyone he scared yesterday with his episodes & hopes each of you have a very blessed & Happy Valentines Day; he sends his slobbery kisses to all of you!💋💋♥️♥️
Jackson had a rough night/morning but so far since about 5:00am he's been holding steady and resting. He's grumpy but who wouldn't be after the day he had yesterday.
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Update on Charlotte: She had surgery yesterday (Jan. 9, 2017) and everything went well! They were able to operate under her arm instead of opening her chest. The surgery was shorter than anticipated and her mom and dad were able to see her yesterday. Thank you for your prayers!

Update on Jackson: He is having a feeding tube placed today (Jan. 10, 2017) and will continue therapy for his strength. 

Check back later for more updates!

It's 2017 and we're off to a bang in the Entzel house. Lewis got sick over break and I came down with a fever of 102 on Monday. We were fortunate enough to get a(nother!) snow day on Tuesday. And Lewis and I were still sick on snuggles and extra sleep were needed.

All three of us are back to the grind of work and daycare and there are so many happy and sad things happening right now.

On a happy note, my cousin, Paula, got married Dec 30. The ceremony was short and sweet and they were married by the end of it. So it was totally a success. Lewis wowed the guests with his "perfect bald head", and "how cute he is". So a smashing success all around.

Lewis turned FIVE months on Monday. *Lest you think I forgot, I'll be having a five month post here in short order.* He's a ham and we love him so.

I mean, c'mon. Look at that pose. *heart eyes* And apparently that arm drape pose is his new thing...because this next photo was from Tuesday when we both felt crummy.

And on to some more somber news. I'm in a mom's facebook group of moms who were all due in July. (A good handful of us never actually gave birth in July, but it's the thought that counts, right?)

There are two little babes from this group who need some prayers and support. Sweet baby Charlotte has a heart condition that needs to be corrected. She's going in for heart surgery on Monday. If you would wear purple and pray for her that day, her family would appreciate it. Charlotte's family chose purple as her color because:

"Since her diagnosis, we've been praying that God would heal Charlotte's heart, either by miracle or by surgery. However, what's more important than God healing her physical heart is that some day He transform her heart from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh, thus making her a daughter of the King. This has been a prayer for our little girl since before she was born. We all know that any daughter of any king is called a princess. So, we chose purple because it is known as the color of royalty, and we want more than anything for our Charley Bug to someday be a daughter of THE King."

Excuse me while my goosebumps subside and I cry a little. My heart goes out to this beautiful family and let's lift them up in prayer before, during, and after Charlotte's surgery on Monday.

The second little babe is Jackson. He's had many hurdles to overcome since his birth over 5 months ago. He's a trooper and he's sick again. His momma is not able to work as she's with him at the hospital for all of his tests and it's going to be even more of a strain on their family. I've included a link to their GoFundMe account. If you feel like you'd be willing to support this little family, they'd appreciate it greatly. If you're unable to contribute financially, please pray for them as well. He's a trooper and really so sweet.

GoFundMe Link

And last but not least, there's a sweet lady I have been following on IG for quite some time now. She's so genuine and lovely. They're a God fearing family and it radiates from them. A few days ago, I saw that her most recent post was that her husband was in the hospital with bilateral pneumonia (basically, double pneumonia). He was on a ventilator and struggling. And a day or so ago, she posted that her husband and best friend went home to be with his Savior. This sweet family has four children who love their father dearly. He will be greatly missed and my heart aches for them. Please, please pray for them as well. Ruthanne's IG handle is @ruthannegenco. Go read her posts and her blog. Please pray for her and their children and one day, go support her and their children through her etsy store.

I'm sorry that today's post is so heavy. I tried to start off on a lighter note, but the sad and hard things have just appeared recently. Join me in celebrating the good start to 2017 and also join me in praying for those who are having a rough start.

Happy Thursday and I hope to be more up beat the next go around.

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