Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Dad is great! He gives us the chocolate cake!

Remember back in the early eighties (1983) when Bill Cosby came out with his comedy video called "Himself"? My husband LOVES to go around the house saying a lot of quotes from this video, but the one I love to hear the most is... "Dad is GREAT! He gives us the chocolate cake!" It was a bit about how Cosby's kids were rejoicing and singing that one morning because he gave them CHOCOLATE CAKE for breakfast! He justified it by saying that it had "nutritious breakfast foods" in it: wheat, eggs, milk. Bill Cosby didn't want to fix breakfast for his kids because it was so early in the morning ... but he did. He gave them chocolate cake and grapefruit juice, and he didn't have to cook! How awesome to wake up to a big slab of chocolate cake! (I personally, would prefer a tall glass of icy milk to go along with it!)

Imagine, if you would, how excited the kids were when dad gave them chocolate cake for breakfast ... they were singing praises to him all morning and probably dancing around the kitchen table in a child-like manner because their father gave them something special ... chocolate cake. Well, that is until their mom came down and saw what they were eating for breakfast

Well, that's exactly how I feel today. I feel like rejoicing, and running around dancing and waving my arms in the air, singing, "Dad is great! He gave us his healing hand!" Dad -- as in, God. He has given us his healing hand, and he has covered us with a peace that is not known here on earth

As some of you know, Hunter had surgery last Thursday. We didn't have a scheduled time until Wednesday night because they save the early morning times for the sicker patients. Well, last Wednesday evening, we had a message waiting on our voice mail telling us to have Hunter at the hospital by noon, because his surgery was scheduled at 2:20 p.m. -- my heart sank, because that meant he would have to fast most of the day -- not an easy thing for anyone, let alone a 2 year old.

But, earlier that day, I had sent out an email to about 20 of my blog friends across the country and into Canada asking them to pray for my child as he went into surgery, along with my family, and our church family who were praying for him too ... and here's how I saw God's hand moving almost immediately. The very next message on our voice mail was the nurse telling us there was a cancellation, and they could take Hunter in at 10:50 am... totally do-able, Praise God! I didn't even have a moment to think, let alone pray before I found out that his surgery was pushed up. My family and friends were already praying that God's hand would be in Hunter's surgery, even when I was unable to, and he heard their cries and answered them

Then, the next day, when we arrived, we checked in and they told us they would call us in 1 hour. Ten minutes later, they called us back and said they would take him right away because they had another cancellation. That, my friends, was another answer to prayer! The surgery that should have lasted 90 minutes was done in 45. The mass was diagnosed as a cystic hygroma, and has been sent to pathology for studies, but the doctor is positive it's nothing to be concerned about -- another answer to prayers!

And as if that wasn't enough, while I was in the waiting room, I was able to briefly minister to a couple who had their son in surgery for heart issues. They had a pager that enabled them to receive regular updates on their son from the surgery room, and they had been told their son had been placed on a bypass machine. As a parent, my heart went out to them. It melted right there on the spot. As a Christian, again, my heart reached out to them, but for a different reason -- to offer my own support in prayer, as I knew many others were doing for our family. I know it brought that family some comfort as it has brought me knowing that we had so many praying for us. That was an answer to my own prayers of being a blessing in any way possible while we waited.

For now, Hunter has some stitches and a drain tube that will be in until Thursday, but other than that, he has bounced back remarkably. Yes ... ANOTHER answer to prayer!!! Sunday and Monday, he went all day without any medication, and was happy, and active -- Praise God! He has even stopped getting freaked out whenever we change his diaper, and wants to actually look at his wound now (out of curiosity).

His spirits are high, and even ministering to us with his tiny hugs, kisses, and gentle hands on our faces. Answers to prayer all around us -- how exciting!

We are so thankful for family and friends who know a powerful God, and will pray at the drop of a hat. My husband and I have been able to spend comfortable, peaceful time with our as he recuperates, and know that he is being surrounded by the prayers of people I hold close to my heart.

Thank you -- from the bottom of our hearts -- for your prayers, love, care and concern. We love you each very much, and pray that God will send a special blessing your way!

Well, that's about all -- Hunter is home with his grandparents for the next few days so that dad and I can go to work. I will try to get around to my blogs again, and hopefully, touch base with everyone! But until then, please excuse me as I enjoy my "chocolate cake" and rejoice in my son's well being!!!


16 comments:

ValleyGirl said...

SO happy to hear Hunter's surgery went so smoothly and that he's recovering well! What incredibly huge and tangible answers to prayer!! You truly have your cake and are eating it, too!! Savour that 'breakfast' as you continue to rejoice and give thanks. Our God is truly an amazing and powerful God.

Kelli said...

Great news!

momrn2 said...

Stopping by to enjoy "a piece of your chocolate cake" with you!!

Rejoicing and Praising God for so many clear and evident answers!!

Susanne said...

So excited to hear about Hunter's surgery going so well. Praise God!

Chappyswife said...

I am rejoicing with you!!! I did not know exactly where you were going at the beginning with the chocolate cake, but it melds together perfectly! I love it when God gives us cake for breakfast, and He obviously moved in extravagant ways for your dear family. I am glad for the great news.

Jessica said...

Isn't it amazing how children can bounce back so fast from surgery. Hunter and my son have the same birthday. Jake has had 2 rather minor surgeries (sounds like in the same area of their body) in his short 2 years. I think it hurt me more than it hurt him. I'll be sure to keep Hunter in my prayers as he continues to heal.

Pam said...

So, so glad to hear the update in full!

Enjoy that "chocolate cake". Loved the analogy! I literally gave my three the real thing Friday morning after Libbyline's bday on Thurs. of last week : )

Shalee said...

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul. Therefore, I will hope in him.

God is great! He gives us blessings beyond measure (and chocolate cake too!)

PS Tell Dan that he and I will be fast friends when we meet in person. I quote "Himself" a lot too!

Carol said...

Rejoicing with you! I feel awful that I didn't know about this, but am glad so many interceded on your behalf. Sending up a prayer of thanks and praise right now!

Tammy and Parker said...

Such sweet, sweet news!

Parker will be having two more surgeries in the very near future. I may have to borrow your idea about a prayer email.

Again, I'm so thrilled for you guys!

Heather Smith said...

Praise the Lord!

Sandy said...

I have been praying daily for Hunter. Woke up at 2:30 this am and thought of him. So glad to hear the news!

Anonymous said...

Great news!

Molly Coddled said...

And look no mean mom to come in and steal your joy and your cake! You know I'm thrilled. Praise God for His healing hand!

rohanknitter said...

That's so great!!!!!!!!!!

Beth said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. So glad to hear your little Hunter is doing so well. There is nothing quite as soul shattering as having a child in surgery. Thank God for His mercy and grace to you at that point in time.