I can't believe the last time we updated you was in June. I am so sorry we have kept you waiting for so long. Just to bring you up to date, Jonathan has been going to the doctor regularly and while we have had a few scares, his body and my kidney are still getting along quite well and there is no sign for rejection yet! That is amazing!!! Please keep praying however, the first 6 months are the time when Jonathan's body is most likely to reject the new kidney, so we still covet your prayers. I also went to the doctors and everything looks ok with my body as well!
We both have improved a great deal. We can walk pretty well now and are able do most daily tasks by ourselves. We are still unable to lift heavy objects, but I started driving last week! We also both started back to work part-time last week and we were both so tired when we finished our short day. We are both still pretty tired after a half day of work or an outing but it's still been great to get out and see friends and slowly start to get back to a normal schedule.
We also have had the blessing of resting,( especially when we had both of our moms visit, my brother and sister-in-law visit and Jonathan's sister visit. They all helped SO much and we were so grateful to see them) reading many encouraging notes and cards, seeing friends, receiving much appreciated meals, celebrate two of friends getting engaged and even celebrated my birthday last night.
We continue to be overwhelmed and humbled by all that we have received. I wanted to leave you with the lyrics to a song Jonathan and I have been singing around the house a lot that has encouraged us so much. I pray that the Lord draws you close to Himself and reveals how beautiful He is to you so that you may respond in awe and adoration. We love you, thank you for loving us.
In Him, Cait and Jonathan
The Greatness of Our God-Hillsong
Give me eyes to see More of who You are May what I behold, still my anxious heart. Take what I have known And break it all apart For You my God, are greater still.
CHORUS No sky contains, No doubt restrains, All You are, The greatness of our God. I spend my life to know, And I'm far from close To all You are, The greatness of our God.
Verse 2: Give me grace to see Beyond this moment here. To believe that there Is nothing left to fear.
That You alone are high above it all. For You my God, are greater still.
Jun 27, 2012
8 days out and counting... Cait and I are now 8 days out from the transplant and we are both feeling pretty good. The overall sense we feel is overwhelmed by the goodness and greatness of our God. The main prayers we were praying walking into the surgery were no rejection, good health for Cait, few side-effects from the meds, 2 Cor 1- that the God of all comfort would comfort us so that we can comfort others in their own troubles, and that God would be made much of. God has blown our expectations in these areas flat out of the water. The interviews from Channel 8 and ABC news were very unexpected and we are humbled by how God is using the story He has written to encourage and bring hope to others in suffering and remind us all of the fact that He is able. Though, we have been plastered across the internet with grins and thumbs up it does not mean the days following transplant are always easy. There has been a lot of pain and discomfort, truckloads of medications, and it is a slow road to recovery for both of us and many doctor’s appointments for me over the next year...and of course for life. I will begin going 3 times a week for the first month or so.
Recently, the Lord is teaching us a lot about what it means to walk with Him in faith through the struggles and troubles of life. Even today, we got a little scare as my kidney function had decreased significantly since Monday. The doctor scheduled a kidney biopsy for Friday, more lab tests for me over the next 2 days, and a renal (kidney) sonogram for today. What a reminder of how quickly circumstances can change as just Monday we were overwhelmed with the best kidney function I have had since I was probably a teenager. I called Caitlin and her simple faith in Jesus struck me as she said in her prayer, “and Lord...we trust You.” We trust You. What does that look like? We are realizing we have had a lot of misconceptions about what it means to trust Jesus.
I think at times we have this mis-informed idea that stoicism means you are trusting God. The absence of wrestle means that you are trusting God. No tears, anger, or doubt means you are trusting God. When you read the Scriptures faith does not seem to be the absence of struggle, doubt, or wrestle, instead faith involves what you do with the doubt, depression, and the twisting. The faith that pleases God is faith that takes the doubts, struggles, fears, and wrestle and honestly brings them to Jesus. We see one example of this in the Gospel of Mark when Jesus heals the boy with an evil spirit. The father simply comes to Jesus with his unbelief saying, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
This same idea has been stirring in our heads from a blog from the Gospel Coalition today. Ray Ortland the writer describes how the Hebrew word for ‘wait’ is closely connected with the translation for the word ‘twist.’ That is kind of how we felt today. Twisting, turning, and wrestling with the unsettling news as we waited in the doctor’s office for close to four hours. Ortland goes on to say this, “you may be bewildered, gasping or frightened but that doesn’t mean that you are not trusting God...it actually might mean you are trusting God.”
Well, the good news from today is that the sonogram came back clear and the doctor is now pretty sure my kidney function test from today was higher because of a certain medicine that will need to be adjusted. The better news from today was that God took us to a deeper level of freedom in our ability to see the reality of tears, struggle, darkness, frustration, and even twisting in the journey of waiting and trusting in God...and to see that is good for us to bring these raw emotions to our God.
Jun 21, 2012
Moving on UP! Every day it seems that the miracle of God's hand in Jonathan and Caitlin's story grows. Today has been a good day for both of them (relative to the amount of pain they are...
Jun 20, 2012
Slow and Steady I have always loved that tale of the Tortoise and the Hare...slow and steady wins the race! I am hoping that this is the case for Jonathan and Caitlin.
Last night was not full...
Jun 19, 2012
Working An update of praise! Both Caitlin and Jonathan's surgeries went well. The KIDNEY IS WORKING! So many things to be grateful for...too many to really even name!
Caitlin is recovering...
Jun 19, 2012
Surgery this morning Friends and Family, Jonathan and Cailtin are beyond grateful for the amount of support and prayers that everyone has given to them. We ask that those prayers only continue as...
Jun 17, 2012
We're a match...again?! Well, we just received a text from our Doctor. A really nice text to receive today saying our cross-match was negative. (And yes negative sounds bad...but negative is a...
Jun 15, 2012
A little more drama : ) This update wasn't supposed to be written. To be honest, tonight was date night and no offense but blogging wasn't really a planned part of it.
Jonathan and I had gotten...
Jun 10, 2012
12 years: In Honor of my Mom This is in honor of my mother who gave me a kidney transplant 12 years ago Friday (June 8, 2000). All know that she gave birth to me, some know that she led me to...
May 18, 2012
You've Been There Ruthie's small right hand reached out for my left hand in the backseat of her car, while her husband took Jonathan's hand in the front seat of the car. While Dr. Horrell lead us...
May 11, 2012
A Transplant is a Comin...(Lord willing) Caitlin and I are at a loss for words right now. We are stunned by the goodness of the LORD in her results this week. On Wednesday, after waiting...
May 03, 2012
Cait's CT Scan Caitlin’s CT scan is going to take place next Monday @ 2pm CST and I have finished all my work and am graduating next Saturday, May 12. We have much to praise the Lord for and much...
May 02, 2012
Finishing Well and Open Hands - April 26th When I used to hear the words, "Finish Well" I imagined a sweaty, bronze-skinned athlete with muscular arms and legs pumping while sporting a crinkled...
Apr 15, 2012
April 15, 2012 Hi Everyone,
We just wanted to send a quick update to everyone. As of last week, Jonathan's red count is up to 11 which is a miracle. The doctors were worried they might need to...
Mar 27, 2012
10.9 Great news! Jonathan's red count is now 10.9!