Sunday, May 31, 2009
Wouldn't be Mel's baby without a stuffed dog!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Back at home and playing!
All Tuckered Out!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
When I think of Karen, I think of these three verses in Matthew 5:
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God
We love you Karen.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Annalee and Evan brought some delicious cupcakes (and the most "Delicious Cupcake", Adelaide) to the PICU for a 7 month birthday celebration! This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I'll be honest...yesterday was very hard but God has never left our side. He is still there even in the times that I am angry. He is still there just telling me that He understands. He is still there to increase my faith and carry me! For reasons I may never totally wrap my mind around, He just doesn't give up on me when I give up on Him...and there's mercy!
This morning..."hmmm....how can I get outta here?!!"
Hold on Little Buddy!!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8
We love you Witt!
In comparision, in December they removed about 7 cc's of fluid from the same area.
We are relieved that this procedure is done and hopeful that Witt's strength, comfort and ability to breath at his baseline will rapidly return.
Thank you for your prayers and we know that each step of the way God's loving arms have constantly kept Witt safe.
Thank you for your prayers!!! We are actually laughing in the waiting room...there is a true peace and joy here. (and, Chick-fil-A!) Grandmama and Grandbud are on their way down with Carson...when they get here we'll have 4 generations! You can bet that waiting room won't be too quiet!!!
I'm totally blown away by the number of people that Karen knows here at Texas Children's Hospital...from other families to many, many staff members...walking with her I feel like I'm with a celebrity! She is spreading God's love far and wide! (And, I'll protect her from the paparazzi!!!)
We'll keep in touch...bless you, friends!!!
Several people have asked what they can do...PRAY! Hit your knees and pray, please!!! Pray for an instantaneous reduction in fluid, relief for Witt, strength and wisdom for Mel and Austan and peace for the rest of my family as we pull together in an attempt to support some of my favorite people in the world!!!
I will keep in touch throughout the day. Please know that your prayers mean more than words can ever express!
We continue to look to HIM!!!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Please, God, rain down Your wisdom! I am asking that the Holy Spirit fill this room so that the presence of Christ is undeniable! Right now I am in prayer...kneeling at the throne of grace with Witt in my arms just saying: "Here, God, he is Yours...he's always been! Touch him, heal him, glorify Yourself."
Taken xray but no results yet!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Lord, the True God is above all other "gods"...AMEN. He is in control...all other "gods" actually control nothing. No other god tells the ocean where to stop, the rain where to fall. No other God has counted the number of Witt's days and no other God gave Melanie total peace before and during surgery! Last night Melanie and I were talking. I asked her if it was hard to see Witt wheeled off to surgery. I remember how hard it was for me(okay, I fell apart!) when they took Evan away to fix his badly broken leg. Melanie said that it was amazing and she knew it was nothing short of our True God! She said that she was so at peace that she started to think that she should be a little upset. Melanie told Austan that she didn't know if it would help him but that she was not worried at all. It didn't make sense. I love it when what God does doesn't make sense...no doubt it is God!!! I praise the God Who ushers in His peace. What other God can do that without changing the circumstances...the God Who could change the circumstances but sometimes brings the change in you! I am still asking God to change some things in Witt...to perfect his lungs and heart! I am asking God to ease Witt's pain and to slow his respiratory rate down. But I am praising God for who He is...He is peace. In His presence is fullness of peace...Amen and Glory. Most importantly, I am asking that through Witt, Austan and Melanie the name of Christ is exalted and magnified! ~Karen
Witt woke up this morning and was of course the cutest thing!!
We think Witt is looking more and more like Austan! I wish his very blue eyes would show up in a picture!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Psalm 40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.
It was strip down time for Witt...he filled his diaper and carseat!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Jim and Witt
Finally left alone!
Monday is a big day. We should know by tomorrow afternoon if surgery is Tuesday. I'll be honest...this is hard for me so I can't imagine what it must be like for Mel and Austan. I emailed Rise' that this was a real struggle...that it's times like this I have to narrow my focus way down to just the face God. I need to seek Him, seek His strength. Rise' emailed me back scripture...Isaiah 26:3-"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." She reminded me that its times like these that God Himself is the One who holds our face in His direction looking only at Him. Tonight as I go to bed I am asking that tomorrow God will hold our faces in His hands just as I had to at times years ago hold Melanie's face in my hands so she would look at me. Psalm 3:3-4 says "But You, O Lord, are a Shield about me, My Glory and The One Who Lifts My Head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me." The Lord truly sustains us, He holds us, He strengthens us...Glory!
I will post as soon as we find out something about the surgery...if it will take place Tuesday and when. Tonight I am also asking God to bless each of you who continue to lift Witt and all of us in prayer. I pray that each of you also find true rest in Him...God bless~Karen
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Witt and Elle Meet!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Hanging outside on Mother's Day!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
A few days ago a good friend of mine emailed this video website to me(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbSe8Fl6wEY). It's an amazing video that Rise' said sums up all her feelings about Africa and why it has captured her heart. As I watched it, I could only think of Witt, Austan and Melanie... the Luphers and their story! The video says: "I am needed here....They have so little and I have so much. Often there is a level of suffering here that is unimaginable. But its hard to reconcile the many challenges Africans face with the joy I see in the people. The images spilling out of my television show only misery, and I was fooled. I bought into the lie that circumstance defines happiness. In places where despair should thrive I find adults dancing and singing. Children playing soccer with a ball of tied trash. Relationships and faith provide my new reality...my joy should have no regard for my circumstances. I want what I have learned to trickle down from my head to my heart. I no longer want to need the next thing to have joy. Africa does need our efforts and partnership but for me I need Africa more than Africa needs me. Because it is Africa that taught me that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart." That's the Luhpers...Witt, Austan, and Mel to me! I think I am needed. There is suffering here at times that most of us can't even imagine. BUT it is hard to reconcile the many challenges that Austan, Mel and Witt face with the joy I see in them...with the laughter I share with them, with the sweetness I see in their family. In places where despair should thrive (it does exist at times but it never thrives!) I see them "dancing and singing." I see Witt playing with hands that at one time we didn't know if they would open up. My relationship to God and my faith provide my new reality...my joy should have no regard for my circumstances. I want what I have learned from the Luphers to trickle down from my head to my heart. I no longer want to need the next thing to have joy! Witt, Melanie and Austan do need my efforts but for me I need them and what they can teach me more than they need me!! Because its Witt's life and what I see in Austan and Melanie that taught me that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart. Thank you, from the depths of my heart...thank you, Witt...thank you, Austan...thank you Mel...I have learned invaluable Kingdom lessons from each of you! I love you~Karen
I need what God can teach me through this precious life!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Bathing can also be tiring!
Physical therapy didn't go great just because Witt was really asleep when we got there and I think he's getting a little tired this week of the hospital trips. 3 down..1 more to go! He did really well with the OT, though. She worked with him in a highchair just giving him small tastes of fruit to get used to a spoon. Tomorrow, Melanie and Austan meet with the surgeon about getting the gtube (feeding tube) in. That's all the planned doctors visits for the week! Next Monday it's back to the cardiologist to see how the fluid around the heart is and another lung xray. When we finally got Witt home he was ready to nap. Melanie put him in the big boy bed for this nap!
I know I don't say it each post but thank you for all your continued prayers for Witt. It's overwhelming and humbling to know how many of you pray for Witt, Melanie and Austan. I am blessed to see God's faithfulness in His answers to those prayers!~Karen
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sometimes I don't even know what to ask for, sometimes trying to figure that out is overwhelming. That's when I just rest...rest in the knowledge that God does know. He knows what's best for Witt and He is the One able to accomplish it. Right now Melanie is laying down. She didn't get much sleep last night and had a full day of doctors. On the way home she felt a little nauseated. I know she needs rest. She needs the kind of rest that only God offers...the kind that not only rests the body but also the soul. Tomorrow we walk on! We walk with our eyes firmly fixed on Christ...our hope firmly placed in Christ. Thank God(and I mean thank God!) that He never gives us a mixed bag of reviews. I know right where I stand with Him or in some cases where I fall, but I always know where God is! I always know that He is our Strength and He is where we find rest!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
If anyone doubted Witt's "chunkiness" or that he is the coolest kid...here's proof!