Saturday, November 1, 2008


When I arrived here at the hospital this morning I had no expectations. I knew I wanted to see Witt and see how he was doing, but that was it. I was carrying my computer, bible and newspaper and thinking I was going to just sit back and catch up.
(Witt's new KING - sized bed)
The nurse was there and Witt of course when I got to the room. Witt was making some noises, but only because he had just been checked a few minutes ago by a doctor. As the nurse and I talked about football and colleges, she decided that Witt needed a diaper change. I was up to the task and quickly relearned the "technique" since I had been watching Melanie change the diaper over the last week. Witt squirmed a little, but was back nice and comfy after I closed the last tab and the nurse started to rewrap him. Then without any prompting from me...the nurse asked if I wanted to hold my grandson. Thank you God. That was what I had prayed for throughout the week, that I would be able to hold him without taking any holding time away from Melanie or Austan. Thankfully, mom and dad were back resting in their room and I had over an hour of holding Witt, praying for him, teaching him what my voice sounds like and singing (off key) to him. It was amazing. He rested very soundly and even opened his eyes to look at me just to tell me that it was ok that I couldn't sing very well. A little over an hour went by with Witt and I just know that God has blessed me with a great start to my day. Here is my praise for Witt today... Jim
Psalm 112:1-8
1 Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.
2 His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.
7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.
8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.


The Russell Family said...

What a sweet post and praise GOD for that most special time you got to share with Witt! Still praying!

Gayle said...

Jim, I am so excited you got to hold your darling grandson. Those moments are so precious to us, the grandparents. We truly feel the hand of God because He is the one Who shares His child with us as the Earthly parents or grandparents. I know Witt loved being held so tenderly in you strong arms, hearing your voice praying over him and singing to him.
We are praying and loving all of you.
Bobby and Gayle

Annette said...

Your post this morning brought tears to my eyes. How perfectly God orchestrated that on your behalf. I am delighted that you got to have some special time with Witt....and to sing to him, no less. God is full of precious surprises. Bravo, for you and bravo for God!

Raley Family Blog said...

Jim, I sit at my computer with tears in my eyes again! God is amazing. I rejoice with you in all that God has done in and through Witt. I thank Him for the special time God set aside for the two of you this morning. Thanks for sharing that special time with us. Hug everyone for me.

The Bowens said...

In tears reading this and so happy for you that you were able to spend some quality time holding your grandson.

Mandi said...

Those are good verses to hold on to. (:
Oh, how sweet that hour must have been!

Stacie Wagner said...

I don't doubt there can be anything sweeter than holding your grandson. Everyday when I check for update, I cry and pray my heart out for you and your family.

connie said...

Those last 2 verses gave me comfort the entire time that my daughter was in the NICU. What a great and strong God is watching over your grandson.

steve and molly said...

I don't know if it's the rush of hormones from my little one or the overwhelming great power of the God we serve (or a nice combination of both), but I couldn't help but just cry when reading this post. God is doing amazing things through Witt and just getting to sit on the sidelines is my privelege.

Kelli said...

What a precious moment with your grandson!