Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Momma's Heart Just Knows...

Well, I come to you tonight requesting prayers for our sweet little guy....I've asked you to ALL pray for him EVER SINCE I announced that we were adopting him....There was even a button made to ASK people to REMEMBER to keep him in your prayers....All I can say is... A Momma just knows!! I knew when I held him, when I spent two days with him THAT HE WAS WAY TOO WEAK and WAY TOO TINY!! As he revealed his TRUE age to me over the 2 days I was there, I'll admit that it was scary to see him SO SMALL and realize that he was THAT OLD!! BUT, I didn't care...something in my heart said: THIS IS YOUR SON!!! I've prayerfully waited for an UPDATE to HEAR if he was growing or getting stronger....but knowing he was STILL so far SOUTH...I knew I wouldn't hear anything UNTIL our agency director traveled there again to personally see him....It's been about 4 weeks since I physically held and loved on our little boy...AND, today I heard word of him:

The email said: He had gotten so weak that he was actually hospitalized since I left....Our director was emailing me FROM her car today as she drove the 7 hrs. it would take to get back to the city from my son's orphanage...She emailed to let me know that our Wes was with her...and that he had been hospitalized to try and receive the nutrition he so badly needed!! She now had him and was carrying him BACK to the CITY (7 hrs. ) where she would be taking him to the doctors there. She also let me know that he wouldn't take a bottle (which I already knew because they didn't offer him a bottle in the south because he was "too old" ) BUT that he DID eat lots of bananas and would tap her (our director) on the shoulder every time he was ready for another one!!! Wow, yes, it was all so hard to read...knowing he has been in a hospital by himself..knowing that he must have felt so alone with no mother there beside him to KISS HIM and tell him "he'd be ok"!! But, I pray and know in my heart that God never left him..and that our sweet Jesus stayed by his side because HE HEARD ALL OF OUR PRAYERS for this sweet boy!! You see...I know God worked out every detail so that I'd arrive at this particular orphanage and meet a little guy that MET our parameters BUT no one else's... And, God knew that he'd NEED prayers because there were still hard days ahead, and that's WHY He sent some crazy blogging Momma to adopt His precious son!! And, even when I HAD NO IDEA he was in the hospital...I asked my family to be praying that "He'd SURVIVE!!" I didn't put it out in blog land because I didn't want to be all dramatic and such..but as I told all my sisters and Mom about him...I asked them ALL to pray he'd survive...Why such a prayer?? Cause I held him and KNEW he was TOO weak!! As a Momma of 5 already..I just KNEW!!!

So, our prayers were heard, and he has survived his hospital stay and is in the city now where he'll see new doctors and we'll get new reports in the morning...He's a fighter..and I'm praying the doctors will be able to get him healthy and strong enough to MAKE IT until we are able to get him home!! He NEEDS all our prayers!! I know he's in good hands..there is NO DOUBT that our agency will do everything in their power to take GREAT care of him...especially now that he's with them in the city!! And, how many directors do you know that would spend so much time in Ethiopia and personally drive 7 hrs. south to pick up someone's son?? Not many would do that...so I'm VERY grateful for the loving care my child is getting...and I hope you'll join me in praying for the HEALING of my son's tiny little body!! And, I praise God tonight that He picked ME to be this precious little guy's Momma....A momma that won't stop praying for him until he's HOME!!!!

**And, as I sat in an orthodontist office today WITH all 5 kids running around LIKE crazy...I received the email that my little guy had been in the hospital...It kind of took the breath out of me PICTURING him in the hospital by himself...kind of made me nauseated in a "momma" kind of way!! But the immediate email that followed was from a sweet young girl in Mexico that follows my blog and wanted to send me this...a picture she had made for us:
It brought a smile to my face KNOWING in my heart that SO MANY friends, family and even BLOG friends were praying for our little guy!! I believe in prayer and I know that is WHAT is making the difference!!! Thank you Cristina! God used you at that very moment to remind me that WE'RE NEVER ALONE...He's walking this path with us EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!!!

**Thank you everyone for your prayers!!!! Happy Tuesday to you all, kj

42 comments:

  1. I added your button to my blog and this week I'll link up to this post (if you don't mind) and ask others to pray for him. I've prayed for him daily after I read your first post about him. Sweet boy...

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  2. We will be lifting Wes up in our prayers!

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  3. I'm praying for your precious Wes.

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  4. We are definitely PRAYING!!!! Lifting little Wes up to our Father! And praying for your heart tooo- mommy's just know!

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  5. Just wanted to let you know that we adopted two children through CCI who would have died if they had remained in their orphange. CCI has a wonderful staff of nannies and they, along with God of course, saved the lives of my two precious gifts. Your son could not be in better hands! We will be praying for him.

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  6. Praying for Wes, his health, his agency, his family both in country and in America!
    Love to you!
    Maria

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  7. Praying Kristi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. You will make up for those kisses when you get him... my heart goes out to you and will pray for your sanity. I need your next blog topic to be about what VEHICLE YOU ARE GOING TO DRIVE!

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  9. Praying big time for little Wes!!

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  10. Oh, praying for your little guy!

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  11. Dear Kristi,
    I just want to let you know Wes is going to be just fine. He is now in the city with better care and he will get stronger. The resaon I say this is because when we got our referral I also was worried about our little Ms. Emma. She also was VERY under weight and weak for her age. It didn't take long and she got the nutrition she needed and now weighs 24lbs!!! I will continue to pray for Wes. Please find comfort in your heart...as Wes has all of us praying for him and he will get stronger. I know your feeling and it's scary but he will get better soon:) HUGS!!

    Karen
    WI
    www.hernkekid.blogspot.com

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  12. Praying for your Wes! God is good and knows your heart and desire to bring this baby home.
    www.pencilrollsforhim.blogspot.com

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  13. Praying for your precious son!

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  14. Praying, Kristi, and thanks for sharing your prayer request. May God comfort your Mama heart in ways that only He can.

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  15. Hi Kristi,
    Thank you for your words. I love following your blog, I love your passion and love for orphans! My family and I are praying for you guys and sweet Wes, he is precious! We have adopted our 2 children from Taiwan. Our son was born with a hole in his heart and wasn't eating or gaining weight. He spent a month in the hospital and when that didn't work, they realized he needed heart surgery in Taiwan. I understand completely, being away from your baby and wanting to go kiss him and be with him. Surgery was so hard to be away from him but I kept telling myself "Jesus is holding my son's hand when I can't" Praying for you guys and can't wait to see pictures of you all together!

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  16. Praying that God will hold little Wes in His healing hands until he comes home to you!

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  17. We are praying for Wes.
    Love ya,
    Amy

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  18. Man, isnt Sue amazing? She just blows me away! Love that she was there (again, so soon) to watch over him and get the proper care he needs. She really looks out for all of her kiddos. Praying for Wes and praying for your paperwork to move like lightning to get his sweetness home! :)
    Gina
    http://paynefamilyblessings.blogspot.com

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  19. I’m praying also for your little man!

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  20. I loved Gina's prayer "move like lightning". Gonna be using that one! Praying over it all for you guys!

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  21. Ohhh...you know we will be praying,praying, praying....I will be spending special time in prayer for Wes tonight.

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  22. I've just shared this request on our blog. Seriously praying....

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  23. This brought tears to my eyes! I will be praying for your precious little Wes!!!

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  24. We're prayin' in Wisconsin Kristi!!! Hang in there and know that you are doing everything that a momma can do! I can't wait to read the good news that little Wes is getting stronger and healthier every day...

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  25. Lifting up little Wes to the Great Physician! He is in the best hands possible - His Heavenly Father.

    P.S. What a beautiful picture...a very thoughtful and talented reader you've got there =)

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  26. I am praying for Wes as well...and for you and your family as you wait to hear about each update.

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  27. Praying here in NC:)Hugs from the McKenzie Crew

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  28. Praying for your family and baby Wes!!

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  29. Praying... Charlotte was hospitalized just a few weeks after we received our referral for her and I was a broken momma knowing that I could not be with her but I prayed and recruited anyone and everyone to pray for her and God provided... Thinking of you and your family...
    Blessings,
    j
    www.beneaththeacaciatree.com

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  30. Praying from Knoxville for Wes!! For strength, weight, hydration and everything God knows he needs.

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  31. Yohanna had the same problem. She was brought in near death. They waited weeks to refer her, and the orphanage feels she is "their" little miracle! She is pictured all over their walls. They loved her like no other. In her teeny 2 pound body. They gave her "Plumpy Nut". Have you ever heard of that? Check and see if they could get Wes that. It's SO worth it! It saved my daughter's life while she was suffering from malnutrition!

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  32. Tears, tears, & more tears. This is a great testimony of having hope in the Lord. That picture is the most precious thing ever! Wow! She sure has both a beautiful heart and talent!

    In my prayers, Rachelle

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  33. Our family is praying for Wes and for your family!!

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  34. That is incredible Kristi, our family is praying for your Wes. It's so hard on a momma's heart to have your baby so far away and know they've been in the hospital or been sick. Our little guy is waiting for surgery and it's never far from my mind. Hugs to you!

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Thank you for your kind words!!