Summer fun…

Ok, well obviously I’m not a very good “blogger”, but I thought a quick update was in order.  We’ve had an amazing summer with lots to praise God for.  The highlight would have to be that last month Ella had an appointment with her cardiologist, and he downgraded her heart valve leak from severe to moderate.  We praise God for His healing and are believing in faith that her healing will continue.  We love her so much, and she has such a wonderful personality.  You only need to look at her and she smiles…what a gift from God.  

 

 

 

Isaac’s first “gig”, not bad for a two stringed guitar player.  Ella helped with the harmonies.

 

I also wanted to add a few other favourite pics of the summer…

Sushi in the park for my birthday…Isaac is pretty much Asian 🙂 

 Isaac learned to ride his bike this summer. (that’s a canola field in the background, beautiful from the sky)

 We had a quick family vacation to Lake Louise and Morraine Lake…absolutely beautiful.

 

In other news, I also finished my Private Pilot’s License, and I’m excited to move on to commercial training….except it won’t be here in Three Hills.  After much prayer over the past couple months, we have decided to continue my training in…drumroll please….Port Moody, British Columbia.

So in two short weeks we will be moving to begin training the first week of September.  We have absolutely loved our time here in Alberta…the huge skies, the small community, and of course the wonderful pilot training.  What we won’t miss is the winter, I can’t even talk about it.  In hindsight, Three Hills has been the perfect place for us to begin our adventure, giving us the baby steps we needed.  We’re excited about our move, and trust it’s all in His plan for us.

 Thank you for praying for us, and a special hello to our family at Seaside, we love you guys and wish we could fly in every Sunday morning.

Have a great summer !!!

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The Will of God

THE WILL OF GOD

The will of God will never take you,

Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you,

The will of God will never take you,
Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you,

The Will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you,

The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the mircacles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

by Rebekah L. Kenaston

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Go West Young Man

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 
“ This is the way, walk in it,”
      Whenever you turn to the right hand
      Or whenever you turn to the left. <Isaiah 30:21>

Well, I think somewhere over Manitoba it hit me, “I’m moving to Alberta”.  Do you ever have moments where you feel like your watching your life as it plays out before you like a movie?  This was one of those moments.  And this moment in time was the culmination of much prayer, tears, laughs, trials and blessings. 

I was originally prompted by God one Saturday morning last March.  Jillian had taken Isaac grocery shopping, and I was deep in prayer in my living room, seeking God’s face.  This was the loudest I’d ever heard the “still -small voice” of the Holy Spirit and He said, you need to call Prairie Bible College regarding mission aviation.  “Now Lord”?…. Right now!  I went downstairs and called the airport hanger, and ended up chatting to a missionary pilot for over an hour who had been based out of Kenya. 

Unfortunately, I can’t begin to write all the ways God led us from that point till this one, mainly because they are precious stones of faith in my walk with God.  However, I will say this:  God is alive, He loves us, He has a plan for us, He loves to grant us the desires of our hearts, His ways are perfect, He is faithful, He is sovereign, and His purposes stand forever.

So here I am, in Three Hills, Alberta….anxiously awaiting the arrival of Jillian, Isaac, and Ella (she’s doing well by the way, please continue to pray for her as she heals and her heart adjusts)  in three weeks.  For those who don’t know, I’m enrolled in the Prairie School of Mission Aviation, a 2 year program which gives you your commercial pilots license, and essentially trains you to become a missionary pilot.  We have no idea where this is going to lead, but….oh what an adventure.  And that truly is the Christian walk…it’s a walk of faith, a walk of obedience…it’s full of trials and blessings.  And in the end, God receives the glory.

Have a blessed week, Stephen

Here’s a short video clip of the program:

 

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Ella’s Home!

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay in this post.  Ella actually came home on Tuesday afternoon, only 1 week after her surgery.  The difference between her condition on Saturday  compared to her condition on Tuesday was absolutely incredible. The cardiologists were so impressed by the progression of her breathing and overall recovery, in just a few short days, they decided to send us home.  She is doing extremely well…smiling and eating, pooping and peeing….what more could we ask for?  Honestly, when she’s wearing her onesie, you forget that she has just gone through open heart surgery…just days previous. 

Here are a couple of recent pics, this first one I find ironic.  We were sent up to the 7th floor of the IWK, which is the cardiac floor….here is the major donor for the floor:

(in case you missed the irony, Colonel Sanders is the founder of KFC, ie heart attack sandwich)

Here’s the family, excited to leave the hospital…self IPhone photo..

And lastly, here she is, the one we’ve all been praying for…I have to tell you, and I know I’m biased, but she is one special little girl!  God is so good.

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Answered Prayer

Well, I can’t begin to tell you how faithful God is.  As you recall, I had three prayer requests from my last post. 

1. That the fluid in Ella’s lungs dissipates as she moves and breathes more.  Check.

Her breathing progress has been incredible.  Ironically, due to a good cry from the nurses attempting to put a new IV in her foot and then in her head…she essentially cried her lungs out.  This caused air to get in to the deep parts of her lungs, and was a huge blessing in disguise.  (by the way, I’m glad Jillian only told me about this over the phone and I wasn’t present at the time)

2.  That Ella would start eating well and get her strength back.  Check.

Not only did she regain her appetite the next day, but is now surpassing what she would normally take in one feeding, pre-operation.  She is essentially chugging the milk.

3.  That Ella would smile soon, and her spirit filled with joy once again.  Check.

 I think this picture says it all…thank you Jesus and thank you to all who have been praying! 

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Update on Ella

Hi everyone, I wanted to get away from the vastness of Facebook, and use something a little more personal….well, as personal as you can get on the internet. This way I don’t mind posting pictures of Ella as she makes her recovery.  Our blog name “Wings of Redemption”, will be explained in a later post, but this will be our blog to keep in touch with us as we enter this next phase of life.

Ella is doing well.  Her breathing tube came out yesterday (I’m sure there’s a more official name for it) which is a big milestone.  Upon the tube coming out, her trachea became really tight, resulting in her wheezing and struggling for breath.  It wasn’t nice to hear, and Jillian was certainly stronger than I was.  Thankfully she received a steroid which relaxed her air way, and 4-6 hours later, her breathing was much better.  She still has oxygen going to her nose, but it’s really just to help her.  She had most of her lines removed today, and is really down to an IV to help her eat.  She drank just a little bit of milk this morning, but is still extremely tired.  I haven’t been able to get her to crack a smile yet, and you can just tell by looking in her eyes that the surgery took a lot out of her.

She still has quite a bit of fluid built up in her lungs, and will therefore remain in the ICU until Monday, receiving physiotherapy to help loosen it up.  I can honestly say, I’m in no rush to leave.  The nursing care has been incredible and we feel so blessed to live in a time and place such as this…there are many in the world without access to even basic health care. 

For those of you praying alongside of us, and there are many (thank you), I have a couple quick prayer requests.  First, that the fluid in her lung dissipates as she moves and breathes more.  Please pray against any infection.  Secondly, please pray that she would start eating well and get her strength back.  Lastly, as a father, I’d love to see her smile soon, so please pray for her spirit to be filled with joy once again.

Jillian and I have felt God’s presence and clung to His precious promises through this entire time.  And it’s hard to describe the increased love we have both for Him and for Ella, having all walked through this together.

Thank you again for praying, you prayers are being answered everyday.

With love,

Stephen

“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry”  Psalm 34:15 

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