We have been forever changed by experiencing a faith-filled journey that first brought us our sweet Caitlin, then an adoption that ended in disappointment, and now one that placed us in the NICU with a sweet little baby boy. Never would we have chosen the disappointment and grief of losing children we had come to love and now worrying about the health of our new little addition, but God's plan has been to forever leave His mark of grace, brokenness, and freedom to obey even when we don’t understand. To Him be the glory for what He has done, and is doing, and will do!

With love and gratefulness to our Heavenly Father who has adopted us into His forever family, and to you, our family and friends,

Robert, Carlene and Caitlin Belue

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Lesson in Gratitude

A few weeks ago, I was rocking my sweet baby, and a sense of overwhelming gratitude for what God has done in our family over the past year, came upon me.  I put him in his crib and knelt in the hallway, and thanked God for His healing of our hearts, for His peace, for His protection over Cannon and the blessing of our family and friends who have supported us and encouraged us along the way. And, I thought about the many times we pray so desperately for a miracle, for God to intervene; and when He does, do we thank Him just as fervently as we prayed, or just as often as we cried out to Him? That was my lesson that day; to express my gratitude for what God does and who He is, as often and as desperately as when I pray for His miraculous interventions in my life.
 Cannon recently had an MRI done, and God protected Him through being sedated and the 1 ½ hr long test. Today, the neurologist said he looked like a completely different baby than just a few months ago (when she saw him shortly after his seizures and the blood clot). She is pleased with his progress, alertness and interaction, and happy nature, and said the MRI shows that there is now blood circulation where there was once no flow of blood in the vein where the blood clot had formed. She expects he will be off his seizure medication at the end of the summer. The hematologist will determine when he will be off his blood thinners once they compare the two MRI’s and determine if the blood clot has completely resolved.

 Thank you for praying! And, here are some things you can continue to pray for Cannon.
First, join us in thanking God anytime Cannon comes to mind, for what He has already done; for Cannon’s happy and easygoing nature, good sleep, and overall health.

 He could still be prone to seizures, however has not had any since he was in the hospital (for which we are very grateful).

 He will be evaluated Friday for some needed physical therapy, as the neurologist said there is still the possibility of him developing some form of cerebral palsy or like-issues that may delay or affect development due to the brain hemorrhage. We are praying for God’s continued healing and protection as his brain grows and heals. God has a plan for Cannon and we are excited to see what He will do with this little life!

Psalm 145
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation will praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works…The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.

 Grateful for His tender mercies,

The Belue family

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