Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Sometimes very little matters

On Saturday morning my brother was rushed to the emergency room in Little Rock, AR. To shorten a long story, The Bulldog's sodium level totally bottomed out. This caused him to not know who he was, where he was or even how to play connect four (his favorite)! This was also the cause of his seizure. The doctor told us they had to raise his sodium level very slowly because rushing that process can cause swelling in your brain and lead to a stroke. In addition, my brother is not a fan of needles, iv's or anything else associated with being messed with in the hospital. I kept reassuring him it was ok, to which he would reply "it's not ok."

By the grace of our good God my brother went from nearly dying in a totally unconscious state to beating me in connect four in less than 24 hours! Give glory to God! Thank you for your continued prayer!

It is wild how sobering experiences like this are. It is such a reminder that very little of the things I usually care very greatly about really matter at all! While he was on that hospital bed all hooked up I didn't care about eating, or even sitting. I didn't answer my phone or think about where I left the rest of the world- all I wanted was for my brother to live. All I could pray was for God to have mercy.

My brother is a beautiful model of the simplified life! He knows how to love God, love people and play games! That's him. To him the world is black and white- either you know Jesus or you don't...and if you don't The Bulldog's going to tell you about Him!

By the way, The Bulldog has great faith concerning our adoptions. He believes with us that we will receive these girls...and he can't wait!
The Bulldog has also requested that we hold a special service to "Uncle-ize" him! Don't worry, when that ceremony goes down we'll tell you all about it!

My brother is the best big brother in the entire world!
What a gift!


LaLa said...

Thank God....I am so happy he is doing well. Can't wait to hear about that ceremony!

Bobbi said...

So glad that he is ok.

Hope you get good news soon.

Happy New Year

Maria said...

I am so glad to hear that, Chris. You are blessed to have such a wonderful brother. Praise the Lord!

Schroders said...

So so glad that The Bulldog is doing better!

Stacy said...

You have been on my mind all day- Don't know why- so I've been praying for you...about your 171H mostly. I'll keep praying.


Suzanne and Jayme said...

I've been checking your blog inpatiently waiting to hear good news about your brother. I am so glad he is doing well. He seems to be a very wonderful man and lucky to have you as a brother. My thoughts and prayers are always with you both.


melneyann said...

God is so good and is so faithful. I'm so glad your brother is doing well.

TNKerry said...

So glad that your brother is OK.

The McKenzie Crew said...

I know ecaxtly how you feel. People with spoecial needs are just that - SPECIAL:)
They see so much in this world that we are too busy to ever see and they really live life the way it is inteded to be lived.

I am so thankful your brother is OK!

You guys are amazing and I love your blog:)


emily said...

So thankful that he is ok! God is faithful.

Love you guys- Here is to a great 2008!!

Julie_JoshB said...

you too! Call me!! 865-558-0822! Happy he is okay!!!

the gFamily said...

I am so glad that Bulldog is okay! He sounds truly wonderful!! God must have amazing plans for his life!

Happy New Year!

Brent said...

Glad to hear he is doing better!

Hope you had a great Holiday!


Kristen Borland said...

praise the Lord!

begutierrez said...

gloria a Dios! i am so happy he's ok!

Jami said...

Praise God!

Ashley said...

Thanking God with you both for his recovery and for the amazing person he is!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful answer to prayer. I am so glad Bulldog is doing well. The Eaton Family was praying for him and very concerned about him. "God is good all the time, all the time God is good!!!"
We love you guys.
Nicole Eaton

Chris, Tammy & the gang! said...

Hi Lindsay and Chris! So glad to hear your brother is healthy again!

Lindsay, I saw your comment on our charity blog...I would love to connect with you...I've been reading about your adoption journey with both your girls...I can't find your email on your blog...you can email me at

You sound a lot like me and I know your heart is full of love and compassion for the children of Guatemala! I'm praying for your daughters!

Take care,
Tammy M
PEI, Canada

Becca said...

Glad to hear he is better! Your family is in my prayers.

Momma to Ella

Jami said...

By the way...how can I get your Elliedub label on my blog?

The Allums Family said...

Thank you God for your mercies! Praise be to you!
You are amazing people!

TedTracie said...

So sweet....

Lindsay... I got your message and YES, I can do Guatemala stationery. E-mail me

Tracie :) in TN

Anonymous said...

That was beyond frightening! I'm so very thankful that you were there to help.

BTW-What are the plans for celebrating his 40th?

Love y'all!