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, March 28, 2012

Out of the Hospital

Psalm 111: 1-5 “I will praise the Lord with my whole heart…The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them. His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” After 43 days in the NICU, Cannon was released on Monday, and we are spending a few days with Robert’s cousin in TN while interstate adoption papers are filed.
In February, we asked you to join us in prayer for Cannon and our family as the Lord took us through some challenging days.

Here is how God answered!
Weekly ultrasounds have shown that the clot continues to decrease with no new areas of concern.
He has had no other seizures; he will be on seizure medication until we follow-up with the neurologist in April.
Cannon has reached 9 lbs, and is eating and sleeping well!
The neurologist does not expect any significant long-term issues at this time.
What God has promised to provide, we have received! His faithfulness has been evident in overwhelming peace, strength, and wisdom for each day. He provided professional and caring nurses and doctors who cared for Cannon and for us.
Cannon’s verses on his crib were read, and commented on, by countless nurses, doctors and volunteers, and probably other parents who had babies right next to him.
God granted Caitlin the grace to be flexible when needed, and for us to be sensitive to her needs during the last 6 weeks. She is thrilled to be able to hold and feed Cannon, and has already been a big help. Good luck being able to hold him if she’s around; she’s very protective. J
What’s ahead?

Daily medication for seizures;  blood thinners (the blood thinner is an injection in his little belly 2 times a day; we are both learning to be brave, but with all he’s gone through, he has a pretty high pain tolerance.)

Follow up with the neurologist and hematologist.

Enjoying each day together as a family, continuing to be grateful and praising God for what He has done, and growing by grace in this next season of life while remembering “the works of the Lord”.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

God's Safety

Cannon's verse for the week: Psalm 4:8 "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." He truly has kept Cannon safe; the blood clot is continuing to decrease and the doctor thinks he will be out of the hospital sometime next week. We praise God for all He is doing!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Guardianship papers signed!

One more step is past us as we signed guardianship papers for Cannon yesterday. Cannon's verse for this week (that will join Jer. 29:11 and Lamentations 3:22-25 on his crib) is Eph. 3:20-21. "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think...to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."We thank God for His attention and care about the details of Cannon's health and adoption. He is showing Himself to be faithful every day in many ways!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

This little light of mine

Cannon's sweet nurse this morning said she read him his verses we have posted on his crib, and sang "Great is Thy Faithfulness" to him after his bottle. So touched by God's care, a nurse's sweet spirit, and the light we can be here at the MED during our extended stay. God's love shines in all places! Cannon, God is using you to spread His light!

Friday, March 2, 2012

God's Protection

"When something in your life makes you anxious, come to Me and talk about it...though the lessons of trust that I send you come wrapped in difficulties, the benefits far outweigh the cost." (Sarah Young) We are experiencing God's peace and strength, and He is answering our prayers for healing for Cannon. The blood clot has decreased significantly with no further bleeding. The neurologists expect a positive long-term outcome for him. We are so grateful and praise Him for His perfect plan for Cannon. Thank you for continuing in prayer with us!