Thursday, March 24, 2016

After five long months, the Emory team has concluded that more surgery is necessary to fix Christopher's GI tract. After being sent home briefly for Christmas, Chris was admitted to the hospital again mid-January. These amazing doctors and surgeons have tried all that is in their medical grasp to bind the wounds, but it seems God is asking for everything we have and then just a little bit more...

Yesterday, Christopher was allowed his first bite of food since November 2, 2015. Like a true southern man, he went for cheese grits and sweet tea. The sacrifice he endured of not eating, due to a small chance of the leak healing without surgery, was one of the most courageous things I have ever seen him do. Watching him take that first bite, even knowing it provides him no physical nutrition, put tears in our eyes that he was able to indulge in such a comfort that many take for granted everyday. We long for the day when food nourishes his body and mind once again.

We are fast approaching another anniversary of the shooting, and our entire family still feels the weight of shock that two years later, we are still fighting for Chris to be able to eat, drink, and have a functioning GI tract.

As Chris and I read through the Easter story this week, we find our encouragement in the knowledge that "it is finished". Jesus knows our story. He already knows the ending...all we have to do is love Him, trust Him, and put one foot in front of the other...

With love and gratitude,

C & JL


  1. Sad to see the only comments here are spam.

    Planning to donate to you guys as soon as I get paid. I wish nothing but the best for your family.

    Love from Canada, God Bless.

  2. Have you considered making a gofundme, Jamie?

    I think it could be lucrative during these hard times.

    Just something to consider, being a young husband to my wife myself, I can't imagine having a medical emergency thrown into the mix when we already live paycheck to paycheck in a metropolis.


  3. Stay strong Christopher I want my Paypal $ to pay off!!!Wish I could do more..But I sure KNOW we will break a CHICKEN Biscuit at Chick FIL-A SOONER than later!!!