Friday, July 17, 2009

John Elsaesser, RN...

That's right, John passed his nursing boards!!! Thanks for your prayers, and encouragement over the past 2 years, he is so thankful to be done... and so are we! I haven't figured out what we are going to do with the extra time he will be home, but it seems like he has been picking up so many extra shifts at work that it hasn't sunk in yet. The test can be anywhere from 75 to 265 questions... and John was randomly selected to take the WHOLE test, so he was there for a good 5 hours. I am so proud of him!

John's mom Lou has been in town since Monday, and we made a quick trip to Kansas City, and have gotten to enjoy having her in town. Sidenote: if you ever take your kids to Kansas City, you should go to the T-Rex cafe... it is amazing! We sat under a giant jelly fish, and there are moving dinosaurs all over the restaurant. Lyla thought she was scared of them ("I no like dinosaurs mommy!"), but I think she secretly had a great time. Lou watched Lyla play at Gymboree this morning, it was fun to share that with her. She will be in town for another week and a half and will get to see my next ultrasound.

Speaking of which, our next appointment is this coming Monday. I am still holding on to that glimmer of hope that we will see improvements. I seem to be getting much larger so hopefully Evie is too. She is still kicking like crazy and likes to roll her whole body around, so hopefully she's not too uncomfortable. If I am going to be this big hopefully she is enjoying her space in there!!!

Thanks for your prayers, we have had a very good couple of weeks. We still take time to grieve and beg for healing, but our God is still good and is showering us with blessings. In the sermon last week Pastor Jeff mentioned a song called "Sweetly Broken" and I know deeply how that feels. As heartbroken as I am at times, I am experiencing God in ways I have never experienced Him before. I trust Him to carry us through and I know that doing life with Him is how I was created to live. I am glad that He is in control of Evie's life, as the outcomes are too overwhelming for me to even try to consider.

Love you friends, and I will update after our appointment.


  1. Sometimes I like to grab my Bible and open it up to whatever page it lands on and point. This is what I pointed to today: 1 Corinthians 1:9 - God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

    Congrats to John for passing his boards. That's great news! :]

  2. Yeeee Haaaa! John! We are so proud of you! It sounds like you all had a great time in KC with Grandma. We would love to see the T-Rex cafe the next time we visit. It sounds cool.
    We are all praying for you. I have many friends in California reading your BLOG and continuing the prayer chain. We hope your appt. monday goes well. I know Grandma is looking forward to seeing little Evie. God Bless you all. Love, Carrie (John's sister)

  3. Just wanted to let you know that on Friday night the Lord brought you to mind over night while I was up with my daughter. I was praying for you throughout the night while I was up with Judah, too. Not much sleep, but much praying:)

  4. I just wanted to say hello and let you know i am going through something very similar. My son has been diagnosed through an amnio with campomelic dysplasia, he has a 5-10 percent chance of survival and is due august 26th. He has bowed short femurs and short arms too. You can read my blog and I would love to connect with you. I will be praying for you! If you want to email me its
    God Bless you... hope we can email... your sister in Christ... Jenna

  5. Wow, what a relief to have the boards done. Congratulations!
    I hope you know you and Evie are constantly on my mind. I've been bathing your family in prayer that God will work a mighty miracle through little Evie and your family. You are so strong and it is so encouraging to see how you have drawn your strength from the Lord and trust him through every turn. I trust that mighty things will happen because of this precious life God has blessed you with, in Evie.
    Keep strong and know that we are all behind you, John, and Lyla through these trying times. We will continue to pray for a miracle as nothing is too big for God.
    In prayer, Maria Zellmer

  6. Congrats to John - what an accomplishment!
    I have been praying for you the last couple months and for Evie's health. Reading your blog has been so good to keep up with specific needs you have and how I can continue to pray. Please know you and your fam are loved very much.
    I know you will keep seeking God even on this unknown journey -- God has given you much strength and will continue to do so in the months ahead.
    hugs to you...Mandi