Elijah Leaving The Hospital

August 12, 2016

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Leaving The Hospital on Wednesday. We thank the Rady Children’s staff who were so great to us.

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Like Father. Like Son. In This together!

We are so grateful we were able to go home on Wednesday evening. We are home and adjusting to a new normal. I am so proud of Elijah. He literally has not complained one time about taking four shots a day and getting his finger pricked at least 4 and sometimes more each day.

He even played basketball on Thursday night for the tryouts on a competitive basketball team he plays for. He did a great job and is making progress. The doctors gave him permission and we want him to get back to being as normal as possible. The last thing we ever want is for him to feel he can’t do certain things.

His blood sugar dropped very low around midnight last night and we were up late checking his blood sugar levels multiple times and getting him to take certain things to raise his levels. He vomited and became very pale. Of course, we panicked, called the doctor, and did everything else we knew to do. Thankfully, it all evened out. We know it’s going to take time finding a healthy balance and what he needs to keep everything at a healthy level.

Thank you again for everyone who has prayed and encouraged us. We are grateful for each of you.

We know God is going to use this to build something great in and through Elijah. God is teaching us a lot through it all.

We see His hand in so much that we’ve had to walk through already and we are so grateful for His love and grace each day!

Living In His Grace,

Kevin & Susan

Update On Elijah

August 10, 2016


A picture from last night. Elijah wasn’t in a mood to smile for the camera but he does have a brother and two sisters who love him so much! 


We finally got him to take a picture! 
Thank you to everyone who has prayed, sent messages, left comments on social media, called us, sent cards, etc. 

We truly are grateful for all of your love and support. 

It feels like that first doctor’s appointment on Monday at 8:45am was a month ago. We have been through a lot, absorbed a ton of information, and coming to grips with this major life change. All while sitting in a hospital room trying to keep our 12 year old son encouraged. 

We are trying our best to simply take this one day at a time. We know we will be ok in time, but for now we are living in God’s grace for today. We know it could be worse but it’s still hard. 

They did confirm Elijah has Type 1 Diabetes. While there are a lot of theories, no one is quite sure what triggers it. 

They have gotten Elijah’s body back in balance as of this morning (Wednesday). 

He is already on four shots a day. One at breakfast and lunch. Then two at dinner. 

He also gets his blood checked at least four times a day to see how much insulin he needs. 

Elijah has been a CHAMP! We are so proud of him. I write this with tears in my eyes as I think about the change he is having to make and doing it all without complaining. He has had the best attitude you could expect anyone to have given the situation.  

Our hearts hurt for him to think this is something he will have to manage his entire life. All the details – diet changes, when to check blood sugar levels, how to give the shots, how to manage sports, etc – are overwhelming to us. 

We are planning to come home today if he continues to respond well and we have a grip on how to monitor everything. 

We will have plenty of follow up appointments, and phone call check ins with the doctor/nurses. 

There is still a lot of unknowns but what we do know – God has amazing plans for Elijah, his greatest days are ahead, he will not be defined by this because he is already defined by Jesus, by the stripes of Jesus he will be healed, he is broken from the curse of the Law, God’s favor is all over his life, he will be used greatly for God’s kingdom, and the best is yet to come for Elijah! 

Keep praying. We love you!

Kevin & Susan 

Please Pray For Elijah

August 8, 2016


Hello Everyone,

Elijah has been sick the last few weeks and we took him to the doctor today. 
They are saying he has Type 1 Diabetes and rushing us over to Rady Children’s today to run more tests and get his body back into balance so that it’s not life threatening. 
They said he would be there at least over night and possibly two nights. 

Please pray! 

Our hearts are hurting for him. He cried on the way home from the doctors office and he is really confused about everything as we are in many ways too. 

Please pray healing over his life and peace over our family right now. 

This picture of our other three kids praying over him before we left for the hospital is a powerful reminder that our family including our kids believe in the power of prayer. 

Thank you for your love & support! 

Kevin & Susan 

Note To My Wife

June 7, 2016

FullSizeRenderA few weeks ago at Elevate Church, I shared something before Susan spoke that I wanted to share here as well.  I’m incredibly grateful for my wife. It’s not her birthday, or Mother’s Day, or our anniversary. It’s just a day I want to honor the woman in my life that means so much to me. I wouldn’t be where I am without her. Thanks babe for loving me the way you do!

By the way, if it looks on the outside like we have a perfect marriage you are wrong. Social media will do that. It makes every marriage look like a walk in the park when in reality most are struggling.

We argue, fuss, and fight like most. The only difference is we keep fighting FOR each other. Anyone can do that. When you feel like it. When you don’t. It’s a love that truly is worth fighting FOR.

 

Here’s the note I shared to honor and appreciate my beautiful wife:

Today we get the privilege to hear from my wife. She is the mother of our four children and a spiritual mother over this house. Many of you have no idea how much she has prayed for you, for this church. There have been days I have gone home where she is physically sick because of the spiritual battle that she has fought on your behalf. Not a day goes by that we don’t talk about and she doesn’t think about how do we love better, reach more, make a greater a difference, reach our full potential as a church. She has labored both physically and spiritually for this House and our House. In between ball practices, homework, gymnastics, laundry, cleaning, wiping, smelling, and parenting…She leads one of our most attended connect groups where regularly she comes home on Tuesday nights and shares with me all God has done in another one of their group meetings where ladies lives are being changed by the power of Christ. Not one major decision in this church happens apart from her counsel, wisdom, prayers, and insight.

She is beautiful inside and out. I’ve never seen someone care as deeply for those far from God than my wife does. I have never seen someone radiate the glow of Jesus as she does so often. I have never seen someone pray as fervently and powerfully as she has. I am a better man because of her. A better husband because she is easy to love. A better father because she is such an incredible mother. She has believed in me when others haven’t. She has stood by me in the darkest days and the best days. She is my best friend, lover, wife, mother over our house and this house. She is a testimony of God’s grace and power. She is like David taken from tending sheep to being used in most unlikely and powerful ways.

Proverbs 31:10 says, Who can find an excellent wife? She is far more valuable than jewels?” Well, I want to tell Solomon I have found her! You are my wife, lover, and best friend.

Proverbs 31:30-31 says, Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.  Today, we honor you in God’s House for all He has done and is doing in your life!

EASTER At Elevate

March 25, 2016

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Easter Sunday: Experience The Miracle

I want to share with you exciting details about Sunday’s Service at Elevate as we celebrate EASTER!

EASTER – Sunday, March 27th @ 10am

  • BOUNCE HOUSES after the Service for some extra FUN!
  • EGG HUNT & Easter Bunny for ALL KIDS to enjoy!
  • FAMILY PHOTO BOOTH for the WHOLE family to remember this day!
  • An EASTER message called – Experience The Miracle.
  • WATER Baptisms to celebrate people who have found NEW LIFE in Christ!
  •  Come celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and let your kids have a Resurrection Party too!

INVITE your friends & family. It is not too late and it could make an eternal difference!

Join us Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and experience the life transforming power He offers!

Get Ready To Celebrate!

– Pastor Kevin