Thursday, March 29, 2007

Kanyon is eating good!

I just wanted to let everyone know that Kanyon is still doing good. Clint, Roselyn, and I drove to Longview today and I haven't been near a computer for a while, so this is the first chance I've had to give an update. They've given him Jaymie's milk several times today (1 cc per feeding), and he is doing a good job digesting it so far. He also tee-teed on his own today, yeah! Tomorrow they are going to increase the amount of milk per feeding to see if he can handle a little more, so pray specifically for his digestive system. Also pray that he can be resistant to any kind of infection, which is one of the biggest dangers he'll face in coming weeks. And continue to pray for his little lungs. He is breathing so good right now and just pray that his lungs are strong as they continue to develop.
Jaymie and Kory and both of their families are so appreciative of all the love, support and prayers that you are sending their way. I saw them reading the printed pages of all your comments tonight at the hospital, and it is such a huge encouragement to them. People keep asking me how they're doing. I don't really know how to answer that question other than they're handling it the best they can and definitely better than I would. I am constantly amazed by their faith and strength.
I've also been getting a lot of questions about arrangements for Jayde. Details aren't finalized, but they have decided to have a private ceremony for her on Sunday with just immediate family.


The Pruitts said...

Rachel... thank you so much for the updates! If you are in Longview and need to update the blog, feel free to run up to Alpine... I'm sure Pine Tree will do the same. Use the code word "I'm Rachel and I'm here to update the Phillips blog", and we'll get you to a computer. You are doing a great job!

We'll continue to pray!
R & C & A & L

Anonymous said...

You have all been in my prayers and thoughts since the birth of Canyon and Jayde. Anne-Marie and Perry are also praying for you all. Just know that Canyon is a strong little boy and he knows that everyone is out here praying for him and that you are there praying for him and loving him with all your strength.


Kimberly said...

Jaymie & Kory,

You have been on my hearts all day. I am so sorry for your loss, but am praying for little Kanyon... and that God will surround you with peace and love. He is Faithful!

Much love,
Kimberly (Sublette) Holmes

Jodi said...

Yea for Kanyon! What a trooper!! We will keep praying, day and night! Thanks for the updates Rach! Love to all!!!!!

Blessed Assurances said...

Kory and Jaymie,

I am so excited to hear good news for Kanyon. I have been praying for you guys all day. I know Sunday will be hard but I am really glad that you guys chose to do a private ceremony-for some reason that just seems only fair to you guys and to Jayde. I will be praying for you that day and will have all my peeps praying as well. I know one day in the near future there will be time for us to get together to hug, pray, cry and just be silent. But if there is anything that I have learned from the past few years with Chandra and Canon sometimes prayers are the only and best thing to give to people especially believers. So I will journal and I will write down every scripture that God lays on my heart and one day, when the time is right I will pass the book on to you. But in the mean time, I will lift you both up every minute, hour, day as much as the Lord lays on my heart. We love you both so very, very much.

Jeff and Susan

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Kanyon! Just want yall to know you've got people in California praying for you! Yall continue to amaze me and while all these people are offering you guys encouragement, it is you that are encouraging so many through your amazing strength and faith. Love you, and will continue to pray!

-Maggie Samuel

Shelley said...

Kory and Jaymie ~
There are no words to express to you how very sorry we are for the loss of your sweet little baby girl. At times like this, there are simply no words to say other than that God is Faithful and will not fail you. In Psalm 116:15, there is a passage that brings me comfort when I have no answers. It says, "The LORD's loved ones are precious to Him; it grieves Him when they die." Our Father suffers with you and our hearts ache with yours. There hasn't been much time throughout this day (and the last several, for that matter) where you have not been on my heart and in my prayers. Please rest assured that you will continue to be lifted up to our Father as we seek comfort, strength and peace for you. Today, I tried to think about what it might be like right now for little Jayde in Heaven and all I could think of was that she has seen the face of God and is being held tenderly in the arms of Jesus until you both can hold her one day again. She will be safe until you see her again, and I hope that the absolute reality of this hope in Jesus will comfort your hurting hearts. Kanyon will receive unending prayers and we will continue to remember you both hourly until God and all of us help see you through this trial in your lives. May our Father and your dear family provide you with the comfort that will sustain you this Sunday as you honor Him for the blessing Jayde has been to you. Peace, hope and a sweet future with precious memories of Jayde and joy in seeing Kanyon's daily improvement will be what we ask for you during the memorial service and for strength in Him ... one day at a time after that. We are so blessed to see how you are leaning on Jesus and hope we can be here for you to lean on us, as well. We love you, Kory and Jaymie.

Bernie, Shelley & Kelsey

Anonymous said...

Yeah Kanyon!!! I'm praying for you!!

Vinson & Lesa Henson & Family (Alpine COC) said...

What do I even begin to say? I recieved an email today with a link to the prayer chain site & have now been reading postings on this blog. Please know that our family is praying for you! Let God be your strength! May He give you hope & courage! May He wrap His loving arms around you! For when we are weak then HE is strong!!!

Roy & Lisa Koch said...

We're so sorry about Jayde. It's so hard to understand God's ways, but we must continue to trust Him. We're thankful that you have such strong faith to sustain you through this very trying time. You're all in our prayers and hope God will comfort you. We'll continue to pray for Kanyon's progress.

Roy & Lisa Koch
Lewistown, MT

Anonymous said...

Rachel, thanks so much for the updates it just makes us seem so close.Kory, Jaymie,Gaye and Jay we love you guys and are continually in prayer for you. It is wonderful to hear what God is doing for Kanyon and will continue to do. I can't even imagine what you are going through but know that we love you.Gaye is you need anything done here at the home front let me know. I will do anything. Russell & Robyn

Jana Hanner said...

The Hanner family continues to pray for all of you. We love you!

Anonymous said...

May you continue to feel God with you in this difficult time. I am so happy for the wonderful news on Kanyon. We are still praying for you all!! We love you and keep praying for your small miracle.
Brandi, Chris, Blake, and Hayley Barlow

Anonymous said...

I pray that you feel the Lord's loving arms around you all right now. I pray that Kanyon feels the Father's loving arms as He holds him tight and keeps him strong. I have been following the blog closely, sharing your story and lifting you up. The Lord is truly touching you directly through your Christian brothers and sisters. Thank you for giving us the chance to pray for you!

Leslie DeLong

Anonymous said...

Kory and Jaymie,

You are in our thoughts, you are in our prayers, you are in our hearts. We love you!!
John and Geneva Osborn

Russell Figgins said...

I heard someone else say this; wish I had come up with it myself...sweet little Jayde is in the arms of Jesus, without pain, wanting for nothing...and Nanny Betty is standing right there IMPATIENTLY waiting to get to hold her. I can just hear Betty saying, "...ok you've had her long enough, it's my turn to hold her."

I am so proud of the progress that God has allowed Kanyon and am holding him before the Father continually.

Beck Boys said...

I am glad to hear that Kanyon is doing well and processing the milk. The nutrients from the milk will be so good for him. We are praying for all of you hourly. I am so pround of all of you for your strength and courage through all of this. In times like these we become very aware of the reason God has given us such wonderful families (spiritual and earthly). We are praying for Kanyon and all of him little parts. Please take this hug from Iowa and know that we are all praying - our church family too.
We love you all,
The Beck's A,L,B & B

Anonymous said...

Jamie, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Kory, and Kanyon. I shared this site with my daughter Kacy and she said the pictures touched her heart so much and sends her love to you. We will continue to pray and lift your family up. I have shared this also with my daughter-in-law, Kelsey who is keeping Saturn Church of Christ updated through her mother Vivian Hackler. Power of prayer is so strong. Love- the Drennan's in White Oak

Amy said...

Milk it does a body GOOD!!! Keep drinkin' that good stuff!! We'll keep on prayin'.

Diane Litton said...

Dear Friends,
As I have cried for your loss of Jayde and prayed for Kanyon to be daily strenthened by God, I am also praying for God to amaze you with His nearness and blessing. I searched for a scripture and landed on Psalm 73:28 "But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOd my refuge that I may tell of all Thy works." You are covered in prayer. For Him, Diane Litton

Paige said...

Eat away cousin! EAT! EAT! We are all praying for you!

Ashley said...

Good job, Buddy!

We are praying and thinking of you guys constantly! We love you!
Ashley Nelson

Emily Sarine said...

Hey Jaymie and Kory,

This is Emily (Dicken) Sarine. Jaymie, Kenz called me the day the babies were born and I've been praying for you and for them ever since. You guys will be in my prayers daily and hourly.

Love in Christ,

Kaela said...

Jaymie and Kory, (looks like this is more of a letter than a comment)
I have been keeping up with your new blog closely since the babies were born. I found out about sweet Jayde yesterday, and ever since I found out, I have felt called to send you guys some encouragement. For some reason I feel so connected to you guys as I type this. I never even got to meet Jayde, and I haven't even seen you guys in months, but I am somehow overwhelmed with sadness over the situation, as if I were there with you guys, as if God wanted me to feel your pain so that I would feel moved to share it with you. But I am glad that I am not there in person to tell you this because ever since I started typing the first word, I can't stop crying! (Which of course would only get worse if I were to attempt to say these things in person)

But I can't help but be encouraged by the fact that Jayde is now safe in her Lord's arms. I guess we won't know until we see Him, why He decided to only let us have her for a little while. She is ok now, she is healthy, she has no struggles and no pain.

And we still have Kanyon. What a trooper. I was so incredibly happy to read that he is doing better. I will pray that he gets stronger and gets to grow into a big healthy boy and live his life to the fullest, knowing that his big sister is always with him.

This is a random long-winded comment but I really feel like God has been leading me to say these things to you guys. Jaymie I love you to pieces and you have been and will be in my thoughts all day, all week, all year, as you and Kory face this. Kory I don't know you very well but since Jaymie loves you, I love you, and I am so glad you have each other to get through this tough time.

One verse keeps coming to mind that i want to share with you... Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose"

I am praying that God will give you guys strength, patience, peace, and courage. Just as I am praying that Kanyon will hang in there and continue to grow and develop and thrive.

I don't know what else to say but I want to say so much more... as cheesy as it sounds, keep the faith, and peace be with you.

Love you,
"Krafty" Kaela Weeks

Laurie Frantz said...

Dear Phillips family-
Just wanted to let you know we are committed to continually pray for you along with our entire church family at the Mesquite church of christ.
In Him who holds us,
The Frantz family (friends of Hollee Ford)

Beverly Ross said...

We are praying for you and your precious son. Please know you are part of a community of faith that will lift your names to the Lord.
May the Lord draw close to His heart; may you be covered with His hand of protection; and may He give you a glimpse of the sweet songs He is singing over you and yours.
Rick and Beverly Ross (Josh' parents)

Krista said...

Jaymie and Kory:
I am Pam Salter's neice and she of course forwarded your site to me asking for Prayers! I cant tell you that I know how you feel because I have never experienced that kind of loss...It is easy for me to tell you "you will make it through this" but I am sure there are times you feel exhausted. I heard on the radio this morning a sermon on "being close to God" ! The preacher made a comment that has stuck with me: he said "God must bring us through trials so we will seek him" "If everything went smooth all of the time in our life then God knows we would lose interest in just giving thanks to him, so we must experience trials in order to FIND HIM"! that was such a powerful message, yet very scarey! This is your trial--not only are you seeking him faithfully, but everyone who sees this story will seek him as well! We are Praying for Peace for your family, for comfort, and for God to give you strength. We are also praying for God's healing hand in little Kanyon and that he may live a full life here with his family so he can tell the story of How God Blessed each one of you! Hang in there! We are always thinking of you.

Colleen Hess said...

Kory and Jaymie,
You, Kanyon, and your families continue to be in my constant thoughts and daily prayers. And I am so thankful for this good news about Kanyon!
Love you much,

Martha said...

J & K,
You know the scripture well, but how right for you now. In part, "... A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance... A time to keep silent, and a time to speak." We can feel all these emotions in the loss of little Jayde, and the triumphs of fighter Kanyon. Our hearts are broken for you, and delighted for you at the same time. We will continue to bathe Kanyon in prayers for strong lungs and other organs, and a strong determination! (We may regret that later if he should become a "strong willed child!)

Brandon & Dee said...

Sweet Phillips family,
You are in my family's prayers so very often. I pray that Kanyon continues to improve every hour. I pray for God's peace and comfort for your hearts and minds during these long days. God bless you and your family, so many are praying for you!!!
From a daughter of a friend of your family's,
DeeDee and Brandon Price