Please Pray

For the first time in five years of 10millionmiles, this is Ryan hijacking the blog.  It’s always been an amazing blessing for me to watch Laura give of herself and receive just as much and more back through her friends near and far.

And so that’s why I’m appealing to you for your prayers today.  Last evening Laura and I took Malachi to the ER because he had stopped being himself and was becoming more unresponsive.  Initially everyone thought he was just dehydrated and therefore a bit jaundice, but after a series of tests (he was amazing through all of the needles) it was determined that his white blood cell count was about a third of what it should be at this point.  That changed their course of treatment and he has been admitted for 48 hours so that he can get antibiotics and be monitored.  They’ve taken both spinal fluid and blood to do culture work on, a process that takes about 48 hours to see if any bacteria/virus grows to provide more clear treatment.  Basically they wanted to start the antibiotics now rather than wait to see what might be causing it.

After being there for the night getting fluids and nursing supplement, he is returning to more of himself and the white blood cell count went up slightly – Praise God! (of course I was hoping to hear the count was back to normal in a few hours… :-).  Laura will be staying with him for today and tomorrow and we have every reason to believe he’ll be coming home tomorrow evening.  Although there are many things that swirl through my head at this moment, I’d ask that you specifically pray for:

  • Malachi’s complete recovery.  That all scheme’s of Satan and his servants to hinder this mighty little messenger would be thwarted at every turn.
  • For the doctor’s skill and care.  We’re thankful that they didn’t brush us off as over cautious parents last night.
  • For Laura’s rest and continued recovery.  She was just starting to relax a little at home and, if nothing else, this is simply forced recovery time.
  • For our faith to be strengthened.  The Holy Spirit has been challenging us both on what faith really looks like recently and giving us yet more opportunity to grow in it.  It’s exhausting (and yet I know we still have it easy compared to so many brothers and sisters)

Thank you everyone.  We’ll update you one way or another tomorrow or Thursday.

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39 Comments to "Please Pray"

  1. July 19, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Praying for your precious family!!!!

  2. Michele
    July 19, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Our prayers are with your family and your beautiful baby boy!

  3. Jenny Summers
    July 19, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Praying! Passing on the word!

  4. July 19, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    The Shepherd family is praying for you!

  5. Lois
    July 19, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    All the Rothgebs will be praying for our dear little friend, Malachi. We love you all.

  6. July 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Praying for your little one!!! It sounds like he is in good hands and on his way to recovery!

  7. Molly Decker
    July 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    The Tammy, Liz and Amy Moulton are all praying for you Malachi. Holy Spirit Come to that little boy and his parents and heal!!

  8. July 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Your family has been a blessing to me through this blog! Praying for Laura and Malachi.

  9. Shelby
    July 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Our family will be praying for Malachi and your family.

  10. July 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Praying right now. Lifting up the whole family!

  11. July 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Privileged to pray. Thank you for allowing us to bless your family with specific prayers.

  12. July 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Praying right now!! Thanks for keeping us updated!

  13. Donna
    July 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I most certainly am praying for little Malachi and for both you and Laura as well. I have a 7 year old who is going through some medial challenges so I have a little bit of an idea of what you and Laura are going through. Praying for a full and complete recovery for Malachi, for skill and wisdom for his doctors and other medical staff, and for peace and comfort for you and Laura. God Bless you all.

  14. tara
    July 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    praying for your family!!!

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  16. July 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Definitely praying. We had a similar thing happen with our little one after he was born and I remember the feeling. Hugs from TN!

  17. Kari Swigart
    July 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m praying for all of you and will have the church prayer chain going as well. Waiting to hear good news!

  18. July 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh no – I am praying right now!!!
    Lots of love and prayers coming your way!

  19. July 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Praying right now

  20. July 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m praying now too!

  21. July 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Praying for you all

  22. July 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    i’m praying, sister. God be with yall. He heals.

  23. July 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    you ALL have our prayers!

  24. July 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Praying for your precious little boy and family

  25. July 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Will be praying for all of you!!

  26. July 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    praying, Laura.

  27. July 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Praying for this sweet little one now…and for faith and rest for mom and dad.

  28. July 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Prayers for all of you!

  29. July 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    “That all scheme’s of Satan and his servants to hinder this mighty little messenger would be thwarted at every turn.”

    YES YES–such foundational words–praying!

  30. July 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Praying for you in England. God has Malachi in His mighty, but gentle hands. He is able! Poor Momma…having 6 children of my own, I know how she must feel. Praying God will uphold you both by His grace. Xxx

  31. July 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Praying for y’all right now! God never wastes anything that happens in our lives!

  32. Carissa in KS
    July 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Laura! I followed a FB link requesting prayer for your sweet family and got the goosebumps when I saw your photo; after a bit of poking around your blog, I realized that you indeed ARE the same Laura that I remember from UR. We will be in prayer for Malachi, his medical team, and your entire family. We serve a mighty God. I wish I had the right words to say…May the Lord fill you with the peace that passes all understanding.

  33. Melanie Landherr
    July 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Shane and I are praying for all of you. Love you guys.

  34. Pam
    July 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink


  35. July 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I’m praying for your sweet little boy and your family. I’m also a blogger and have posted a prayer request. Know that God is with you and rest in your faith.

    God Bless,

  36. July 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Oh laura!! I’m sorry to hear about this!!! I will pray!

  37. July 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Praying now for your whole family!

  38. July 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m so sorry…
    You have my promise that we’ll be praying…for wisdom and healing and the ability to cling to God in the midst of it all…

  39. Sam
    July 20, 2011 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    We are praying for your whole family.