Lhorraine’s Prayer Tree

Our bedroom wall is blanketed with color like a forest canopy in mid-autumn.  But the leaves on this tree are not multi-colored due to a drop in temperature.  Although they do reflect a change in season, these neon pieces of paper reflect an internal--versus external--shift in climate.  The sticky-notes that spatter our walls are symbolic [...]

An Empty Bed

I sauntered over to Jesher's cubicle anticipating the usual scene, but what greeted me upon my arrival was an uncommon and comforting image.  Jesher was resting comfortably upon his mom's chest.  Lhorraine was humming a hymn while holding up a speckled mirror to watch her son's facial expressions.  Here we were--sitting together as a family, [...]

Oh, The Places We’ll Go

"I'm sorry to say, but sadly it's true; bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you."  I get emotional each time Jesher and I reach this point in the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh the Places You'll Go.  Actually, this whole section has a way of sinking deep into my heart.  It's simply too accurate, and when spoken [...]

A Month In Review

Jesher is now one-month-old!  And Lhorraine and I want to use this post to thank you all for the support you have provided over the past 31 days.  Since this photograph was taken (see featured photo), Jesher has almost doubled in size.  He has experienced extraordinary progress in his lung-development, and he is appropriately responding [...]

Celebrating The Negatives

Patiently waiting on test results is a nerve-racking venture.  One, you are attempting to be respectful of the care-providers, trying to remember that overseeing your case is not their only responsibility.  Two, you are fighting against your own inflated imagination, battling the pessimistic voices that only promise doom and gloom.  Three, you are a concerned [...]