Letter #583: Emerson’s Lessons

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Dear outside,

I love spending time with you. Going on a walk or a run. Sitting on a porch and chatting with friends or reading. Playing games with my nephews or chillin’ on the lake. Whatever it may be, you are one of my favorite places to be.

Now imagine never getting to experience you; constantly being surrounded by four walls. Now add all sorts of tubes coming out of you while being confined to the indoors.

For 10 and a half weeks, this has been my sweet nephew Emerson’s life. Until yesterday. Born six weeks early with a hole in his heart, he just hasn’t been able to get himself off of his feeding tube. Today the efforts to change that begin.

Yesterday, Emerson got to step foot in you for the first time in his entire life. He smelled fresh air, rode in his car seat for the first time and took his first big road trip all in one day. Today he begins the beginnings of the heart surgery he’ll have tomorrow in Dallas that will hopefully set him up to get to go home.

We can’t control this life, but we can embrace the little moments along the way. I take getting to hang out outdoors for granted daily. Emerson’s been in you once. If I take this for granted, what else do I miss and take for granted daily?

Emerson, thanks for reminding me to make the most of the little things. I’m praying for you and your surgery. Continue to be strong and a fighter. You’re already teaching those around you more than you’ll ever know.

God, I’m asking You to be in the middle of all this. Guide the hands of the surgeons. Provide peace that surpasses all understanding to all those who love Emerson. Prepare our hearts for what lies ahead. Make Emerson strong. I trust You.

Praying for E,

Rememberer of the Little

Readers, I’d sure appreciate you joining me in prayer for my baby nephew.

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