Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Big Christmas Surprise and a Prayer Request




Well, it was quite an amazing Christmas at the Bradburn house. We now have a new member of the family.  An 8 week old Cockapoo boy named, Max.  He is absolutely precious.  It was a BIG surprise as we have always told the boys "we are never getting a dog, we have kids".  But, after the year that Forester has had we agreed that if any boy deserves a puppy, it's Forester.  He's been asking for a dog since he was three and he is a big animal lover. He loves to watch animal planet and has decided he wants to be a snake wrangler and have his own snake show.  Well, we're not getting any snakes so a puppy it is!  Max was in a big box in front of the tree with a big bow on top and the boys were in shock when they opened it up.  I think Forester was truly stunned!  Max is already snuggling into our family just fine... though the housebreaking is quite a challenge.  We've never had a puppy before!  I thought I wasn't having any more kids - I guess I was wrong.  Max is baby # 4! ha!




Max's arrival also marks a milestone in Forester's treatment.  The day he was diagnosed (Feb 24th 2009), the Oncologist told us "no new pets" until after treatment. And here we are on the other side of the hard core chemo and embracing a new furry friend.  Thank you, Lord for the victories in Jesus!

Health wise our family has still been struggling a bit.  The stomach bug hit about 10 out of the 17 of us and about half of us are still battling a cold/cough.  Thankfully Forester hasn't really had much in the way of symptoms of either - miraculous! But, when he went to the clinic on Wednesday his white blood count was really low which probably means his body is trying to fight off something.  So, we're trying to keep him protected. Thankfully, he seems fine!  Thank you so much for your prayers of protection over Forester's body.  Keep it up!  They're working!

Prayer Request:  Tomorrow at 9:40 AM Forester will undergo another MRI of his brain to make sure everything looks as it should and that there are no traces of cancer.  He will be under general sedation for this procedure which will last about an hour and a half.  Please be praying for peace for him, that everything goes well with the sedation, and that the scans look PERFECT!  Also, please pray for me (& I know that you are) that I, too, will have God's peace.  It's so hard not to be scared and anxious about these scans.  Strangely, in this last month I  feel scared about Forester's health all the time. I'm not sure why as one would think I would be breathing a sigh of relief. Maybe because we're stepping into new, uncharted territory and I just don't quite know how to "be".  Maybe all the emotions of the last year are catching up with me (again).  I'm not sure but I do feel a bit like I'm suffocating sometimes and I'm not sure how I'll continue to live in this overwhelming sense of fear.  I need God's peace and healing and I know I need to trust Him.  I also know I need your help by asking you to pray. Please pray.

Thank you.  As I've said before, words are not adequate in expressing my gratitude to you.  For reading our blog, loving our son, praying for our family, and keeping us encouraged.  Your friendship is an amazing gift. I pray that you were truly blessed over the holiday season.  I was more than ready to kick 2009 to the curb and welcome 2010 with open arms.  We are praying that 2010 and beyond will be CANCER FREE for our family.  We're praying for you, that 2010 will bring to you more than you ever thought possible.  Amazing joy, amazing peace and the amazing love of God.

Happy New Year!
Whitney

To view short videos of Max, click HERE and HERE!

7 comments:

steve and randel hambrick said...

i'll be praying. send out a text with the update! love you girl

julie said...

Praying praying praying for you all tom! Love ya! Julie

TheOzz said...

It was such a joy to see you guys last night. We will pray with you for a cancer free future. Max is cute, but please don't tell my boys I said that. ;-)

Hank

Miranda said...

oh my gracious, that puppy is SO cute!!! Brynn REALLY wanted a puppy for Christmas, too (which is amazing since fear of dogs has plagued her for all of her life!!). But unfortunately we just couldn't swing it w/ a new baby just around the corner! ALSO, we will definitely be praying for y'all. I'm sorry to hear about the fear you're living in, but it's certainly understandable. Praying for peace & trust, girl!! Love y'all!!

katy said...

praying for your whole family! I know Forester is in LOVE with Max... Tell him Tillman is jealous that he now has a new favorite!!! sending love your way!!

Callie said...

Praying!!! I saw you from afar the other night at the Ezzo's, but never got a chance to say hi and give you a hug- we rode with another couple and had a sick child at home so we had to scoot out early. Hope to bump into you again soon!

Shannon said...

well at first I thought "are they NUTS?!" a puppy to add to the stress life has brought this past year?! Puppies are so much work! They ARE like having another child. But then I was reminded: If Forester wanted a puppy?? wouldn't I do it? Answer: OF COURSE I WOULD!! Max is SO cute. we love dogs. And I see Micah has lost teeth..what is with that?!! Big boy:-) I bet he was thrilled. Random rambling...