Wednesday, November 08, 2006

We have someone for you to meet.

This is David (beloved) Elisha (My God is salvation).

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He seems to be an active, tiny, little fellow right now, but he is very special. You see, he most likely won't be with us very long. He has a whole list of things that will be problems for him--possibly before he is born, but certainly after. These only begin with a Dandy Walker cyst on his brain which is causing hydrocephalus and other problems, a diaphragmatic hernia which has caused many of his organs to move to places they are not supposed to be, and a pretty serious heart defect.

We were somewhat surprised to learn all of these things a few weeks ago, but you know what--God wasn't. When it comes to Him, we can confidently say...

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there were none of them.
--Psalm 139:13-16

...even little David.

Please, don't pity us. Only pray with us that God will give us increased faith and strengthen us physically. But pray most of all that David's life will somehow touch hearts and open the eyes of others to show them the grace and mercy of God that they may soon rest in the faith that we know.


  1. He is certainly a gift from God. No matter how God is going to use him it will be the right thing. It's not easy and we don't understand what plan God has but we do know he doen't give us anything we can't handle. He has a special place in our heart just as Jonathan does. We love you all. Mama

  2. Anonymous12:06 PM

    Crystal, you are a strong woman! I know this is difficult. Losing my Ava was the biggest heartache I have ever suffered and I know that I am not alone in this kind of suffering...I wish nobody had to ever face these obstacles!
    But yes, God has a plan for us all and even when we don't fully understand his intentions it's up to us here on earth to try to be accepting of his will!
    I will continue to pray for you and your's families strength for endurance during this stretch of your lives! Take care and God bless!
    Andrea :)

  3. Anonymous4:54 PM

    Not only will David's life touch others, but the faith you have in HIM, through such a difficult situation, speaks volumes. Many many {{hugs}} to you:)

  4. Anonymous5:45 PM

    I must say I was somewhat relieved to see this blog. I have been worried about you the past couple of weeks. I was trying to understand and see how you were doing with all of this but I know you don't like to talk about things so personal. I was comforted because I know that you have such unwavering faith in God and his power. I was able to find relief in the fact that you have let God continue his work and have found such peace and comfort through him. I know I may not say it enough, or even at all at times, but I admire you, and your faith, life, and desires. There are days that I wish I could be like you. Sometimes you make whole-heartedly serving God look so easy. I can say that lil' David Elisha has already touched my life and given me a closer walk and stronger faith. We are praying for you guys and for the days to come that God's face will shine bright to all around. Just wanted to let you know that I love you and I am here for you whenever you may need me!
    Love, Tonya

  5. May God give you His strength in all the up and down days that are sure to come. I admit that I often don't understand how and why God chooses to act the way He does. But I do trust and believe the He is Good. And I know He will give you all you need to face whatever lies ahead for you and your precious little David.
    Chrissy (from the RMS grouop)

  6. Anonymous12:02 PM

    I just want to tell you that throughout my experience I felt a peace that everything was in Gods hands. I see now that you have that peace as well. What would we do without God?! I have been able to use my experience to help others and no matter the outcome I am sure you will too. I am sure that if you are anything like me that you do not want others to bring it up. So, I just want you to know that I do care and love you very much and if you ever want to talk I am here for you. I didnt talk to anyone but Adam for a long time and everyone kept telling me to talk about it more. Just ignore them and do what you feel. One lady at church would not let it go one Sunday and I ended up balling in front of about fifty people. I was so mad that I left and ignored her for a very long time. People just dont understand sometimes how personal it really is. I can talk about it now, but Adam still can not. He still gets very emotional. Anyway, I know I will never understand what you are going through and dont want to pretend that I do. I just want to say that I love you and Justin and am here if you need me. Ashley

  7. I am a first time visitor to your blog and just wanted to say that our prayers are with you and your family. One of my favorite quotes is: Faith in God makes things possible, not easy.

  8. Crystal--I'm praying for all of you. I just want you to know that miracles do happen, stand strong in your faith--our daughter was born at 25 weeks with a myriad of health problems, heart defect included, not expected to live, but she is now a beautiful 23 month old girl. We spent months and months in the NICU, with children who had severe hydrocephalus and shunts, with their intestines outside of the body and survived multiple surgeries to repair the damage and they are doing remarkably well--I will continue to remember David and your family in my prayers and if you ever want to talk to another NICU mom please email me.

  9. After you comment, I had to come check you out : )

    I love how you say "don't pity us, but pray w/ us". Profound and wise, sister! He has given you MUCH grace for this road, praise Him for the manna for each day!


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