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My miracle baby…

So–we are home. And happy to be home! The appointment to the urologist was NOT fun–and I’ll spare the details other than I have never heard my sweet baby cry like that–and as I leaned over the table with my cheek to his, I couldn’t tell the difference between his tears and mine. Another adoption friend of mine encouraged me today (thank you Tiffani!) by telling me that it was through all of their hard stuff that she felt she and her boys TRULY bonded–and the more things we go through like this…I COMPLETELY AGREE.

AND THEN…the doctor looked at us and said his kidneys are PERFECT.

The doctor at Scottish Rite a few weeks ago said he saw reflux as we did the cath, xray, then also–but today–NOTHING. I hummed this song all the way home…

And today–we got a break. Ahh–the Lord’s grace!!! We also had an ultrasound to see if there was in scar tissue. NONE. Everything looks great. We were able to see his belly is retaining air (Karen Halbert…you called it!) and whatever he is eating his body is not processing it smoothly (could be lactose intolerant…so we may be switching some things up)…but I’m praising the Lord that our problems seem to just be–well, “normal” baby problems!!! Now we have a double ear infection to get rid of–and antiobiotics aren’t working…but we have a doc visit on Tuesday…might visit the chiro just to see what he thinks while we are at it…and we might have to go the tubes right. BUT these problems are SO SMALL…and we are thankful!!! Now we can focus on getting rid of that and our workouts!!! Praise be and glory be to God!

Another praise–Frank has turned a corner…and it’s rather consistent! He is LOVING his baby brother and so secure in his place in our family. SO THANKFUL. It took 6-7 good weeks to get there…but there is a new joy in his heart!

I will say–right now…today…we are very tired. I told a friend who asked how I was doing the other day, “Things are GREAT…as long as I am okay with not taking a shower, eating or going to the bathroom—everything is under control and things are running beautifully. NOW…if I want to do one of the above 3 things–I have to brace myself.” We are choosing to laugh A LOT. I am finding new ways to fix my unshowered hair…I laugh every time I put all 4 kids 5 and under in the Target cart…and I smile the entire way through Publix as Isaac and Frank do this head bang thing as they turn the cart’s car’s wheels. I don’t talk on the phone to friends–at all. (I can email them after everyone is in bed and if they love me…they understand.) I don’t watch tv–at all. (I have plenty of reality entertainment here–and at times it is very dramatic and others it is total TLC). My blog is my outlet. (I love my readers…but I’d write if I had 0.) AND THERE IS JOY IN MY HEART. (and that is good enough for me!)

I feel like I am learning daily what it means to follow Christ–and goodness, I sure am messing up a lot—BUT there is so much peace and joy in the craziness of following Him. Just last night, Richard was in Houston so I was in charge of feeding and bathing all 4 of my babies by myself and after the night before staying up ALL night–I was just at my wit’s end. I was doing so great and keeping from coming unraveled—and then I got desperate. You know when you start talking to God OUTLOUD, “Please God. I really need help right now. Can you Holy Spirit come down and help me?” Wouldn’t you have been impressed if you could have seen me then?! BUT…I’m so thankful that I can’t do it–and I have to rely on His strength…and that EACH day is a NEW day. (And I’m also thankful that my husband came home from Houston at 11am today and took the rest of the day OFF work to be with us!)

As my crew is off at dinner with daddy and I sit here listening to my sleeping baby breathe…I am reminded of His goodness even when we aren’t so good. I really wish I could be more like Him. I find myself in these tired days being more on edge and even snappy–and that is just not me. It may not always even “come out” but I feel it in my heart–and I need more of Him right now than ever. One of my high school friends (Pandi) reminded me a few weeks ago in an email to pray over protection of my time with the Lord more than ever right now. That is something I really need and want to do–and I need to make this a priority over everything. When Rich is out of town–it is absolutely crazy from sun up to sundown…and actually even crazy in between. One thing that has really helped me this week was having a song in my heart and singing hymns to my little ones…or at least humming them. I’ve been listening to this (Disc 2 is my favorite) and I want to encourage you as my friend encouraged me–to pray for protection over your time with Him and to “refind” it if it’s been lost for a bit. Find accountability…and even a women’s Bible study (wish many of you lived near ME and you could come join mine! Love my ladies!!!)

This post I think is all over the place–so I’ll stop now as I’m calling it a night at 6:30pm beside my little man who has had quite the day! I am again, more in love with him than I was this morning–and I’m so thankful for God’s continued mercies in his life and ours. My how the Lord loves His children!!! Thank you for loving him, loving us and praying for us. May you each have a wonderful, safe and blessed weekend!!!

Elle J - August 20, 2010 - 7:07 pm

Thank you, Lord, for answering prayers. As I am hours behind you, I sat this morning and prayed for the miracle of His touch on Isaac and chills are all over me now as I read the answer to prayer. Loving God deeper and deeper each time I read your posts of encouragement and wisdom and sharing of His hand in your life. LOVE IT! Sweet night to the Young Family.

Meredith - August 20, 2010 - 7:13 pm

Praise the Lord! I am so happy for another miracle for sweet Isaac. I pray that the Young family will sleep peacefully tonight and if you don’t that God will continue to give you the strength you need.

Leigh - August 20, 2010 - 7:16 pm

PRAISE THE LORD for his little kidneys being clear! Praying that you see more and more miracles as time goes on! I love being able to read your story and try to prepare myself for when my two are home…I mean prepare as well as you can, meaning not at all but you know God is good and we will make it by His grace ๐Ÿ™‚

Elizabeth Olson - August 20, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Our God is an awesome God and you are an AMAZING Momma!!!! Miracle baby indeed! Thank you for the daily inspiration and for keeping it real, even down to the shower details ๐Ÿ™‚ Praying for you all, and for ITY’s ears to heal!

Sara - August 20, 2010 - 8:03 pm

What you said about praying protection over our time with God really spoke to me. I can’t tell you how many times this week (and in the past 2 months) that quiet voice has pointed me to the Bible…and I have failed to open it. My church’s ladies’ Bible study starts in 2 weeks and I am really looking forward to the accountability again. BTW, I am so glad your little one is doing so well!

Lara - August 20, 2010 - 8:09 pm

I’m so glad to hear Isaac is healthy! When I read posts like this, it makes me okay with the long wait ahead for us. We’ve been told the Ethiopia timeline will be at least 6 months longer than it previously has been with AGCI. I have total peace about this. It gives us time to prepare our hearts and our kids for baby. I know it’s going to take a lot of energy and faith to get through the stage you’re in! Sending prayers your way~

Staci - August 20, 2010 - 8:58 pm

Checked your blog hoping for an update – Praising God with you for your miracle today! So happy to hear ITY’s kidneys are PERFECT! What a relief for all of you… Looking forward to healing of his ears, too. Will continue to pray for your rest – “the sleep of a laborer is sweet” (Ecc. 5:12) and indeed you are constantly laboring out of love for your littlest guy! Hope you find moments of rest and peace in the midst of the busyness this weekend…

Kim - August 20, 2010 - 9:04 pm

Great news from the doctors visit!
And if you wanna talk about Lactose Intolerance in babies … just shoot me an email! I am a resident expert!
Thank you too for your transparency. I remember when Tyler was traveling and the complete joy I had with the twins home. Yet having to balance three older kids and four days a week of therapy for Sam on top of major sleep deprivation.
This too shall pass and your sweet friend’s advice was spot on … guard your time with HIM!
That will be my prayer for you dear friend!
Love & Blessings,

natali - August 20, 2010 - 9:08 pm

oh my! how amazinggg is our GOD!!! i thought of precious isaac temesgen today and prayed that the doctor would see nothing wrong with his kidneys! praise GOD!!

Heidi - August 20, 2010 - 9:10 pm

Praise Jesus! I’m so happy for you ..your little man is a miracle for sure! Hang in there we are just in a season of life that your right we need Jesus more than ever to get into his word like crazy. Thanks for the reminder as I get distracted easily and need to pray for protection! Your a great mom I’m sure and you are doing the best you can.. hang in there

Heather - August 20, 2010 - 9:32 pm

btw, ear infections can be caused by a milk allergy. that’s what the chiro told me. so, if he’s lactose intolerant, he may really just be allergic altogether. my boy’s ear infections were really from teething (mom’s instinct).
ptl his kidney’s are perfect!

Dawn - August 20, 2010 - 10:16 pm

PRAISE GOD for the great health reports!!!! I remember when Sarah had to be in the hospital for a week…there was definitely bonding going on….not fun, but she at that point knew I was her mommy.

So glad Frank is doing better with brother….sometimes that is a really hard transition too.

Praying for est & peace for you household.

abby - August 20, 2010 - 10:22 pm

well this just made me all teary. so thankful isaac has perfect kidneys and thankful to read about your life and heart.

kristi johnson - August 20, 2010 - 10:24 pm

yayy, praise God…Karen is a smart friend to keep around…she always calls the correct things on my kiddos ๐Ÿ™‚ kj

Lana - August 20, 2010 - 11:18 pm

I have really loved reading about this journey. It has touched my heart in so many ways. I am praying for your family and for strength for you. So happy and thankful that Issac had such wonderful news from the dr. Please email me if you

Kelly Jo - August 20, 2010 - 11:18 pm

Praising God for this great update!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lana - August 20, 2010 - 11:19 pm

I have really loved reading about this journey. It has touched my heart in so many ways. I am praying for your family and for strength for you. So happy and thankful that Issac had such wonderful news from the dr. Please email me if you ever have any questions about low tone and therapy. We have done OT, PT and speech for this with my son. We have been discharged from therapy and are back in now. Be happy to support you in that way however I can.

Alison - August 20, 2010 - 11:43 pm

Yay!!!! So glad that sweet Isaac did so well today…and that everything is just “normal” baby problems! Praise God!!

missy - August 21, 2010 - 2:19 am

praising god for your miracle baby! ity seems to be covered in them!

i must comment on these two quotes
“I am finding new ways to fix my unshowered hair”
“You know when you start talking to God OUTLOUD, โ€œPlease God. I really need help right now. Can you Holy Spirit come down and help me?โ€ Wouldnโ€™t you have been impressed if you could have seen me then?!”…there is nothing more beautiful than a person aware of their desperate need for christ. so, unshowered though you may be, your joy, the pouring out of your love, and your desperateness for god are beautiful to me!
and the dimples aren’t too shabby either. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy @ Filled With Praise - August 21, 2010 - 7:39 am

So happy about the the results. Such a blessing!!

Jenn Bachman - August 21, 2010 - 8:23 am

Praise God!!! We went through that same test with our daughter. I also had never heard her cry like that before. It is heartbreaking. The only thing was I was on the outside of the door becasue they only let my husband go in with her. Praise God for miracles becasue her kidneys were fine too. I am so glad to hear that Issac’s tests came back perfect. We will continue to pray for his ears. I just want you to know how much I love and appreciate your blog. We are waiting for our refferal from Ethiopia for our precious little one and blog is always an encouragement to me.

Christy - August 21, 2010 - 10:55 am

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Praise the Lord!

april - August 21, 2010 - 11:11 am

Praise God his kidneys are great! So thankful! p.s. you mentioned about not getting showers in or hair done and I wanted to tell you about the commercials i just saw from tresame (spelling?) shampoo who just came out with a line products for days when you cant or dont want to wash your hair, its like dry shampoo spray or foam and it gives you hair sleek shine like its clean and volume!

Debb - August 21, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Praise the Lord! SUCH GREAT NEWS about Isaac’s kidneys being clear! I so appreciate your honesty on this blog. I understand how you can be so tired, and like it that you don’t try to be”perfect” and act like all is smooth sailing, always. I am going to be a first time mama of one, or maybe two children, as we are adopting from Ethiopia. I cherish your story. And your honesty. You and your family are beautiful! :o)
Blessings ~

melissa - August 22, 2010 - 6:24 am

hallelujah! what an amazing God we serve!