Monday, April 20, 2009


After Mel, Austan, Karen, and Witt spent more than six hours at the hospital waiting for tests and decisions to be made as to what is best for Witt, there are now some additional pieces of information to report and pray over...
*Witt has pneumonia. It could be from throwing up and aspirating..
*He has been admitted to the hospital and will probably be there for at least a few days.
*His sweet heart is the same. It hasn't gotten better, but it hasn't worsened either, so we are very thankful it is the same.
*The cardiologist feels that he will probably need a cardiac cath. soon (within the month, but most likely after he is released from the hospital).
*They still need to determine the pressures in the heart chambers but will most likely need surgery. The doctors want to put that off as long as possible though.

Karen sent this precious picture of Witt that she took while waiting for his appointment. As I saved it as "Witt's hand," my computer let me know I already had another photo with that same name. As I compared the two photos I fell in love with Witt's hands all over again.

The first time we saw Witt, his little hand was the only thing Mel and Austan could touch. Shortly after his birth, we were invited to gather in the hospital room during the tender moment they met their son. That moment and the image of Mel holding Witt's fingers in her own will never leave my memory.

Every day we have the privilege of seeing God's handiwork through Witt's life. Through his initial diagnosis changing, through each lesson we have learned from the journey with this little guy, through good news and bad news alike, through it all we have the privilege of seeing the fingerprints of God on Witt.

I am having a hard time putting into words all that my mind thinks of Witt and all that my heart feels for him. There is so much I want to say about this sweet guy, but my words always fall short. Right now this song by Stephen Curtis Chapman captures a little bit more of what I am thinking...

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you.
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true.
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God.

Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you.
Fashioned by God's hand
And perfectly planned
To be just who you are.
And what He's been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living breathing priceless work of art.

I love you Witt!


Penny said...

Praying here for Witt, he is God's perfect son. We will be praying from your list. Also praying for Witt's special family.

The Green Pea said...

Little Witt, I will be praying for you and your loving family. Sandi

trash talk said...

Witt is such a blessing to all of us. He is a joy to watch and I just want to say thank you for sharing him. I will continue to lift him up in prayers and for God's continual healing powers to cover him. Debbie

Gayle said...

I think your words are perfect, Annalee, to talk about how this precious child has affected all of us. We are all drawn closer to our Lord through praying for Witt and the family and seeing God's
greatness and feeling His love for all of His children. How awesome God is!
We are praying and knowing God is right ther handling everything!
We love you all.
Bobby and Gayle

Katie said...

Praying for you sweet boy! We all love you very much Witt!!!!

Sifted said...

Annalee, you have wonderful, God blessed way of writing. Your words always encourage me! I love you...Karen

Kelli said...

Annalee that was a beautiful story of Witt's hands. He is touching all of our hearts through God's hand in his life. I will be praying for all of the things on the list. Please keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

Honestly, this family is so GIFTED in your expression - I just know God is giving you the words to let us all know what is going on and how to pray. Tonight, Annalee's words are just so beautiful. We are all seeing God's hands at work here and we will just keep praying and trusting for precious Witt.

susan said...

Praying today for Witt's health and for strength for Mel and Austan. I am also praying for Karen because I know you have always been Mel's "cheerleader" and will continue to be rooting for her and her baby boy. I love you all.

Garrett Family said...

Praying for Witt - wonderful post and I love that song too. My daughter had pneomia at 7 months and I know they aren't the same situation at all - I remember being so scared - so I'm praying for comfort for the family!!

Marjie Murff said...

Annalee, your words about Witt were have a wonderful gift of written expression that blesses us all. Prayers continue for Witt's heart to be healed, and his pneumonia to end too. God bless and keep you all in His perfect care.
The Murff Family

Nancy said...

Loving you and praying to our constant and faithful God for our sweet little man. What a journey. What Amazing Grace. I love you, Karen and Mel. --Cadou

Hilary said...

Such a sweet boy Witt you are! Special to all of us! Witt you have such a special Aunt you are very lucky :)

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I was so sorry to read this. Please know I'll continue to keep your sweet Witt in my prayers.