Seriously for Dads

dad-1I’m excited to introduce to you Seriously for Dads, a once-a-week e-mail by my dad (Steve) for the serious dad. Seriously’s theme is to encourage the serious dad in his role as Christian, husband, father, discipler, and provider.

Dad’s been writing monthly articles called the Dad’s Corners for twenty-four years and has felt the Lord’s leading to transition to shorter e-mails sent separately to dads. The feedback has been awesome! We still send out the Mom’s Corner monthly.

As always, our desire here at Titus2 is to encourage, equip, and exhort fellow believers in Christ Jesus. Seriously is just another avenue the Lord has led us down.

To sign up, see this link or the button below. We have a double-opt in list, which means after you input your address, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail and you must click on the link to confirm your address.

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“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.”

Titus 2:1-2

 

Thank You For Praying For Andrew

I’m not really sure how to convey our gratitude for your prayers for Andrew. He had a rough start, but he has improved all week long. Thank you for praying! I also love to see specific answers to prayer. One mom told me in an e-mail that she’d prayed against the brady’s and was delighted to see the improvement. I know comments left have indicated various prayers. It is awesome to see the answers!

Here’s the latest. It’s possible Drew could come home tomorrow (Monday). Amazing after only being in the NICU for 9 days and being 5 weeks premature. He hasn’t had any significant brady’s, and one of the requirements for coming home was that he not have a brady that required stimulation for 5 days. So far, so good, and tomorrow is the 5th day. Friday night, he transitioned from the enclosed, temperature controlled special NICU bed to a crib–and he got to wear pajamas. So cute! He’s still not doing great in the weight gain category, and his bilirubin (billy) numbers rose since yesterday. The little girls got to hold him last night (see pictures), and they enjoyed it. I asked Abby what kind of noises he made, and she imitated a cute little grunt for me–perfect replication.

Thank you, dear friends, for your prayer support. Drew has made such great progress this past week. Please be praying that he’ll gain weight and his billy numbers will go down.

Blessings,
Sarah

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Drew's first night (Friday) in a big-boy bed.
Drew’s first night (Friday) in a big-boy bed.
Abby adores her little brother. She made the hat he's wearing in this picture.
Abby adores her little brother. She made the hat he’s wearing in this picture.
He's so tiny, well, compared to Ruthie.
He’s so tiny, well, compared to Ruthie.
Big sister and little brother!
Big sister and little brother!
Joseph with Drew.
Joseph with Drew.
Anna Marie and Drew.
Anna Marie and Drew.
Mary with Drew.
Mary with Drew.

“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:
for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Psalms 9:10

Andrew: An Alert Little Guy

We praise the Lord for Drew’s continued improvement! He looks so different without his oxygen tubes, and we’re grateful his body has adjusted. Three wonderful things happened yesterday: Nathan got to hold him for the first time, they capped his IV, and he had no significant Brady’s! Step-by-step progress. God is good!

Love,
Sarah for the rest

He thinks his Uncle John is pretty nice.
He thinks his Uncle John is pretty nice.
A little grin.
A little grin.
A happy mommy and her son!
A happy mommy and her son!
A happy daddy and his son!
A happy daddy and his son!

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the LORD for ever:
for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Isaiah 26:3-4

Update on Andrew Maxwell

We’re so grateful for your prayers. Drew is doing well and has made wonderful progress. He’s still in the NICU, but here’s what’s transpired.

Monday was quiet. Tuesday, Drew became very alert, looking around as if to say, “Hey guys! Why am I here?” I think he’s going to be full of energy (he’ll have to if he’s going to keep up with his big sisters). His bilirubin count was high, so he’s been under special lights to get it taken care of. He has to wear eye gear when the lights are on. Drew is having some episodes of bradycardias, which means the heart rate drops too low. Generally, he auto-corrects. It’s a normal fact of life with preemie babies, and they grow out of it. Abby had it too when she was in the NICU.

Today, Drew took two huge steps: he nursed, and he’s off oxygen!

Our prayer requests would be that the bradys would diminish, Drew would continue nursing, and his lungs would grow stronger.

Melanie is holding up well and is delighted with Drew’s progress. We all praise the Lord for His mercy and grace!

Thank you for faithfully praying!

Joyfully His,
Sarah

Drew loves his binky! Notice his cute mustache? This picture was taken earlier, but the oxygen tubes are out now.
Drew loves his binky! Notice his cute mustache? This picture was taken earlier, but the oxygen tubes are out now.
I love those bright eyes!
I love those bright eyes!

“Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”
Psalms 63:7

Meet Andrew James Maxwell

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Hello! My name is Andrew James Maxwell, but you can call me Drew if you like. I’m God’s special gift to my daddy and mommy and big sisters—their first little boy. Being in mommy’s tummy went pretty fine for awhile, until a week ago Friday. Then, everything got really tight. So Mommy and I had to stay at the hospital. Finally, it was time for me to come.

After I was born, I cried. There were so many people looking at me, and it was very bright and not warm like it was inside Mommy. I couldn’t quite get my breath, so they had to put this thing over my mouth to help me breathe. Since the doctor knew I needed some help, they decided to take me to the place where all the little babies go that need help.

Before I left, Mommy asked if she could please touch me. I was already in my own bed and had all kinds of beeping machines attached to me. The people were really nice and pushed me close. Mommy held my hand and told me she loved me and to be a big boy. 

I went to my room, and since I was struggling, they put an IV line into my belly button.  When they were done, Daddy and Mommy came in, and Mommy talked to me and touched me. I think she was glad to know I was okay.

Around lunchtime, my body didn’t do so well, and suddenly, the room filled up with all kinds of people. The nurses put some medicine in my IV line. I guess it saved my life! I didn’t mean to scare Daddy and Mommy, and I’ll try not to do that again. The rest of the day was okay, but they had to redo my IV line, because it wasn’t working too well. I remembered Mommy’s telling me to be a big boy.

I got to meet my big sisters: Abigail, Bethany, and Christina. I think I looked kind of different than they thought I would with this funny oxygen thing on, but they liked seeing me. I can’t wait to go home and be cuddled! My big sister, Christina, thinks I need to sit up, but as many times as my Aunt Mary tries to tell her I can’t, she doesn’t understand. Maybe she will someday. 

I want to thank you for praying for me. I still need it as I grow healthy and strong. I want to grow up and be a man of God, just like Andrew and James were in the Bible. I love you all!

(And thanks to my Aunt Sarah for helping me with this post.)

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5

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