Friday, May 14, 2010

An Amazing Race

Written by my good friend Jason!

An Amazing Race

This past Sunday was the finale for the Amazing Race.  Teams of two raced around the world, completing tasks with the risk of being eliminated should they be the last team to arrive at the end of each leg of the race.  This season we favored the cowboys from Oklahoma.  Brothers, Jet and Cord were just a couple of good ol' boys travelling around the world on this elaborate scavenger hunt.  While other teams had melt downs, threw fits and surrendered to hopelessness, Jet and Cord worked together, even in the midst of possible elimination and made it to the final three. 

Disappointment filled our hearts when two other brothers walked home with the million dollars.  The very guys that would lose their cool when things got rough or take it out on a cab driver calling him an idiot in the midst of their frustration, these were the champions.  These guys won the prize.  That's not how it was supposed to end!

In the last interviews Jet and Cord again showed nothing but respect.  Not reflecting on what was not theirs but on what they did gain from this experience.  Two brothers, no million dollars, but still seemed to have incredible joy in their hearts.  No complaints, no regrets and insight on a much greater prize.

My mind turned to 1 Corinthians 9:

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable."

So I ask myself, what is the race?  The human race?  The rat race?  The race of our lives, the purpose of life? Why do we live every day?  Because we are all in the race.  All the runners are running, but only one receives the prize.  So run to win.  Run so as the one who gets the prize.  What Paul is saying may sound hopeless, if only one wins, why run?  We run because the one that wins is Jesus Christ.  He came as man to run the race amongst us.  On that cross He gave everything for all of man's sin.  The weight of humanity's errant ways plunged him to the depths of hell and Jesus broke free.  He broke through the bondage of the eternal abyss and conquered sin.  When we come to believe this in our hearts and confess this with our mouths, we have won the race for Christ has won it for us. 

Is there more to life than money, power, fame, all the pleasures that come with our mortal lives?  They are just consolation prizes.  Not wrong to possess, but pale in comparison to the prize that's eternal.  We are all running the same race.  We are NOT all running for the same prize.  While in this life it may seem others, who appear less deserving, are receiving the prizes of life's race, I will know that a prize waits in eternity and is available for all who wish to receive it.   - jason

Friday, April 30, 2010

Very funny

This is an email from William's teacher. 

I have to tell you something too funny!
But first let me tell you your son is at my desk whining that he doesn't like what you sent him for snack and you never send him anything good!!  You pack "bad" snacks!   Lol Poor deprived child!

But here is why I am writing you.  Will brought his little calculator thing to me and said "Mrs. Matherly, I broke this can you please fix it?"  I said "well honey, I can't fix it right now, I don't have time.  Why don't you take it home and have your dad fix it"  He said , "my dad is not a fixer....  He can't fix ANYTHING"!  Now seriously, how could I refuse that poor child...... His dad isn't a "fixer" and his mom packs "bad" snacks!

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Going home

The latest chest x-Ray was clear and there is one more round of
antibiotics to go.

We should be out of here before midnight. There are 3 little anxious
ones waiting at home with Aunt Lisa.

GOD IS GOOD!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Maybe this weekend

Things are looking great! Andrew is only on an IV now. The doctor said
he would be on it for 7-10 days and day 7 is tomorrow. It is hard to
believe we have been in the hospital for a week.

We have great friends who are helping us with meals & childcare. THANK
YOU!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Yellow

Andrew is doing GREAT. He has no more tubes and is nursing. He has to
be on antibiotics for a couple of more days and will have to sit under
the light and a blanket that glows. His billiruben (sp?) has increased.

Maybe he can come home this weekend.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Things are better

Andrew is off the ventilator and his breathing is great. We are able
to hold him and hear him cry. When he was intubated he didn't make any
noise.

He will be on antibiotics for the next 1-3 days. He may be able to
start nursing today. His blood work continues to come back good.

Our nurse this morning is Leena. She is from Delhi, India and we have
discussed her culture, her kids, her husbands Seik religion, and where
in Vegas to get the best Indian food.

If things continue to go well he may come home this weekend. Auntie
Lisa arrives tonight.

Again I want to thank everyone who has helped out with our kids,
brought us food, and all of you across the world who have been
praying. It is really cool to have friends in countries all over the
Earth.

We love all of you.

Apparently Andrew "coughed" out the ventilator. I am on my way to get the details. Stay tuned!

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Quick update

It is about 9:20 pm and I just arrived in the NICU to visit Andrew.
These numbers you see in the picture are great. The one that says 47
was in the high 70's. The number that is 20 started out at 45. Those
are big improvements. He still has fluid in his lungs, but the nurse
said it is pretty thin. They have also started him on a new IV of
electrolytes and protein. He looks comfy and hopefully they will
extubate tomorrow.
Jessica was discharged last night from the hospital and we were able to spend the night at home.

Andrew has had slight improvement. He is wearing very stylish shades because he is under a bright light for jaundice. His billiruben (sp?) level is better.

He is still on the ventilator, but the assistance from the vent has reduced over half. It was assisting him at 45 bpm and now it is down to 20 bpm. He is still breathing a little fast. All of his blood work has shown improvement.

The fluid in his lungs is thinning and he seems to be happy despite all the tubes and poking.

There is no estimated time of discharge for Andrew. Logan, William, and Sara really want to see him.

Thanks for all your prayers. Thanks to Rachel, Michelle, and Brad for all you have done.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sara is ready for her new brother to come home.

Latest update

The latest exray showed that Andrew has a touch of pneumonia. He is
receiving antibiotics. His breathing seems to have improved slighty.

Jessica & her friend are down in the NICU now. Only two people are
allowed at a time and so I am wandering around the hospital looking
for "secret" doors to open.

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It's Sunday

Andrew is still about the same. He is still on the ventilator and probably will be for another 24 hours. He will be having an echo-cardiogram this morning. All of his blood work continues to come back good.

The hard part will be leaving him because Jessica will be discharged today.

It is hard to see him like this. Because of the tube in his trachea and throat when he cries there is no sound. He started crying this morning and I held his hand and put my hand on his head and he stopped within seconds. We just want to hold him. However, we are thankful that he is as healthy as he is. He definitely is the "big dog" in the NICU.

Thanks for all the continued prayers, visits, calls, texts, emails, facebook messages, and tweets. It is nice to know we have so many friends.

The other kids are doing great. Our friend Rachel has been taking care of them. She has taken them to Pizza Hut, the park, the movies, and all kinds of other things.

Logan is going with me tonight to The Rock and Road Worship Show. I know our kids really want to see their new baby brother.

God is perfect and His timing is perfect and so we are just along for the ride.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pray

They are having to intubate Andrew to give him assistance for breathing.

It's kind of scary to watch.

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Things are about the same. He is now on SiPap. It is a mask (similar
to sleep apnea headgear) to control breathing and pressure.

Next option is to sedate him and put him on a ventilation machine to
help him rest.

They just ran antibiotics through the IV in case of infection. His
last blood gas and check exrays were good.

We will be here for a while.

Andrew Paul Holmes

He was born at 6:33pm on April 9. He weighed exactly 7 lbs and 0.7 oz.
He was 19 1/2 inches long. Labor and delivery were very easy.

Since Andrew was a little early (37 weeks) his lungs weren't quite
ready. He is having a little trouble breathing.

He will be in the NICU for a few days to be monitored with the
possibility of intubation. Overall, he is doing well, but we would
appreciate your prayers. We don't want to be here too many days.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Baby watch

Yesterday I took the day off to go with Jessica to her doctor
appointments. We went to the Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine to be
monitored and then over to Dr. Skinner's for a check up.

Dr. Skinner put Jess on bed rest and scheduled an induction date of
April 24. Jess and I decided to go have lunch at Gonzales Y Gonzales
at NYNY then to a movie at Green Valley Ranch. I joked about this
being our last date before the baby was born and well it was.

Today, I drove Jess and the kids to school an then spent some time at
a local café. Jess is iChatting me and saying she doesn't feel well.
Per doctors orders we go to the hospital to be checked. Luckily Dr.
Skinner was at the hospital and he decided to get this thing going.

Everything is underway and we are just waiting. Thanks to Charlotte,
Rachel, and Brad for taking care of our kids. Thanks to all the church
people for covering my weekend duties and willingness to help and buy
gifts. Thanks to Michelle for hanging with us at the hospital. Thanks
to our friends, literally all over the world who are praying for us.

Andrew Paul Holmes will be here soon. Stay tuned!!!

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why do you think Jesus waited to reveal Himself on the road to Emmaus?

Does He still do this today?

Proverbs

I will be reading through the book of Proverbs and I just want to share the thoughts on what I read on here.

The theme of the book of Proverbs is in chapter 1, verse 7: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Bowing down, submission, understanding in humility who God is, is the beginning of knowledge. Turning toward the Holy One, trusting Him, worshipping Him (as Job) is the beginning of knowledge.

Do you fear God?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Back to the real world

Holidays are over and things are back in full force. Youth wad good
last night. There was a small crowd, but I encouraged them to make the
greatest commandment their new year resolution: "love the lord your
God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

I was back in the office today and got a good bit done. I brainstormed
about our education and children's ministry. Also talked with my
cousin about possible mission trips.

I play in a men's league basketball game tomorrow night and I am pumped.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

The New Year

We had a great time with our "family" visitors over Christmas and the New Year. They left on New Year's Day and then we had some more visitors show up. Sara and Linsday from GGBTS were driving back from OK/TX to SF and they stayed a night with us. Fun times!!!

However, I ended up getting sick in the middle of the night and have felt bad ever since. I even stayed home from "work" today to just get a little extra rest so I would be ready for youth group tonight. Third day of the year = Sick day #1.

I managed to push through our Saturday night service last night. I felt bad the whole time, but it was still a great service. It was a great time of worship. It has been a little frustrating that we see no community people. I feel that I am out and about building trust and relationships with the lost of Boulder City, but still none want to experience Jesus. I am trusting that God will draw them toward Him.

I am using the Logos iPhone app frequently and I am committed to reading the Bible all the way through this year. Everytime I read it gets better. It truly is the Living Word.

I start Tuesday playing in a men's basketball league. I hope to be able to keep up with the college kids that asked me to play with them. At least they asked me to play. We should be good!

A lot of things are happening this year. The biggest is baby #4 coming in May.

This has not been a philosophical or theological blog, but I am getting started for the year. Stay tuned for more to come.