“B” Is For Bravery

I didn't realize how prominent the letter 'B' would become once Jesher came home.  Our life has become inundated with the second letter of the alphabet.  The "bassinet" has become the central hub of all household activity.  The day's schedule is now controlled by the words "bottles," and "burps." I am constantly reaching for "blankies" [...]

The Waiting Game Pt.2

One of the excruciating aspects of our hospital's NICU waiting room is its positioning right across the hall from the Room-In Family Suites.  These hotel rooms are reserved for families who have reached the end of their NICU stay and are 'rooming-in' to care for their prized child the night before discharge.  Once a baby [...]

A Month in Review Pt.3

Jesher is now 116 days old!  Age corrected---the age he would be if he was born full-term---our son is three weeks and three days young.  Honestly, it feels like six months have passed.  Time truly does inch its way forward during a trial.  There is no doubt, we have witnessed the power of Biblical community and [...]

A Balloon for Bryson

Just about all of us have been conditioned to see balloons as an indicator of festivity, but, on this occasion, I held my balloon in silent reverence while quietly watching the couple in front of me.  Our two families had met under some extremely challenging circumstances.  Our bond was forged in a NICU waiting room.  [...]

Life Is But A Tube

Have you noticed that tubes are nature's primary vehicle for sustaining life?  If you step back from observing the prominence of squares, circles, triangles, and cones, you will notice the overwhelming number of cylinder shapes we depend on daily.  For example, the majority of our oxygen is produced by trees outfitted with tubular trunks and [...]

Freedom Is A Journey

I saw Jesher on the side of a building, and the image both startled and inspired me.  The mural overlooks the Clarksville Pike and 25th Street intersection.  There, dressed in his mother's favorite shade of green and overlaid with comfortably-baggy blue slacks, Jesher stands over two stories tall.  His resolute posture is fortified by a [...]

A Stitch In Time Makes Nine

Yesterday, June 6, 2018, Lhorraine and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary.  The topic of our upcoming anniversary had come up on a few occasions.  Primarily because we wanted to hear each other's expectations for the day.  Even with our son laying in neonatal intensive care, we didn't want the accomplishment of making it nine [...]

Tunnels, Lights, and Idioms

There is an idiom that has permeated a great deal of my brain-space lately.  Customarily, the phrase is spoken whenever a person or group has faced a grueling circumstance and is nearing the much awaited point of deliverance.  It is a popular saying--a mainstay for bi-standers (a.k.a. 'outside observers').  The idiomatic phrase is commonly associated [...]