Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Birthday!!

Two years ago, at this time I was sitting beside my new born baby in the hospital with no understanding of how badly hurt he was. I had no idea of all the struggles we were about to face, I also had no idea of how greatly used by God my son would be. 

Today as I sit here typing I think of a nickname a missionary friend recently gave Dillon. He called Dillon "The World's Smallest Preacher Boy". I thought about that nickname today, of what it means. Every Christian Mom has hopes that her son will grow up to be a preacher or missionary and lead people to Christ. Dillon is two years old and God has used him to reach out to so many people. We have had around 1,500 copies of his stories printed already. Some of those have been read by multiple people. 

I was thinking of all the states and countries that I could come up with where I know people are praying faithfully for Dillon and us.
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • West Virgina
  • Virgina
  • Illinois
  • Texas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • Oklahoma
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Wisconsin
  • Indiana
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland
  • Washington
  • Alaska

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Chili
  • South Africa
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Afghanistan
Dillon did great today. We did have a nurse last night (only night this week) an she said she only suctioned Dillon one time, his oxygen was great, his heart rate was good, his lungs were the most clear sounding that she has ever heard from him! Today he was lifting his head from his belly a lot, he was even lifting his head while we were patterning him. Dillon has also been trying to stand, which I wasn't sure if it was involuntary or voluntary until last night. I was going to let him stand on the grass outside of church but as soon as his feet touched the grass he pulled his legs up. I don't think he likes the feel of grass. I believe this shows he is voluntarily standing though. 

My emotions have never been so mixed before. It is weird to see all the good from Dillon's injuries and yet be so sad because my son is hurt. I know I will spend eternity in Heaven with my Savior and my Dillon and that this life will only be a blink of an eye. 

I wonder how many people have had their lives truly changed by Dillon's life. Maybe your prayer life, or maybe it is your faith is stronger, maybe it is trusting God with your uncertain future, etc. Will you encourage me even more? If your life has been changed will you write one SPECIFIC way and let me know? Thank you!!

My Dearest Dillon,
I love you with all my heart. You are my little man. You have changed my life in so many ways that I cannot even begin to list them all. God is using you to slowly change me to be more like Him. If I would have known what life was going to be like I think I would have run the other way screaming. I am so glad God takes us one step at a time.
I know you don't understand my words to you, I know you don't understand the way my heart breaks because you can't talk to me, but one day you will know. One day you will be whole and well because the God that made you is Good and you will get to spend eternity in Heaven with him. You will have crowns to lay at Christ feet, you will actually be able to lay them their yourself! Dillon, some people do not understand how God can be good and let you go through this. I want to explain to you why such a great God allows this to happen to you. All injuries, diseases, sickness are because of sin in our world. If God stopped all sickness he would have to stop sin, but if he stopped sin He would have to take away all us sinners. There are still so many people in this world that need to leave their sin and turn to Christ that God is being so merciful by not ending it all.

Dillon, I want you to remember that no matter how hard life is for you on a daily basis, don't give up. You are being used by God in such a huge way! I would have been so proud of you if you would have grown up and reached lives like this by being a preacher. I am amazed because you are able to touch hearts like no one else can and you are just two today! Happy Birthday my Boy, remember your Daddy and Mommy love you and we will be beside you fighting to help you make any step of progress that you can.
Your Mommy 

(More pictures of his birthday will come later, it is almost 1am but I wanted to get this posted before I go to sleep)


Anne said...

Dear Dillon,

Happy Birthday!!!! I remember how excited your mommy was to be a mommy! Then you arrived on that Friday evening. I didn't get to meet you until Monday, but you won my heart over right away. As my own little nephew hopped in and out of the hospital, I thought about you and all the care your mommy gives you! You have the BEST mommy for the job and she loves you so much! Happy birthday little man!

"Auntie" Anne:o)

Dear Abbi said...

Aww, what a sweet, sweet post Tiffany!

Dillon has changed my life by reminding me not to take a moment for granted. It's easy to hurry through life and not notice the "little" things. But Dillon is a great reminder to cherish every smile, kiss or hug, and not forget to look into the eyes of my children, give them 100% of my attention and value each moment I have with them.

Happy Birthday big boy!!

Anonymous said...

You want to know how Dillon changed the my life. He is giving me a desire to live. I love the little man. The way he fights is the way i want to fight. I love you Dillon HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Anonymous said...

Dear beautiful friend,
I cried as I read your post on Dillon's blog. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.
We are so blessed to know you and be a tiny part of Dillon's life.

Love you dearly,
crazy lady

Rachel said...

Happy Birthday Dillon!

Thanks for sharing all the pictures, Tiff. :) It looks like it was a splendid celebration!

Alison said...

Happy Birthday Dillon! You are never far from our thoughts and prayers. Love all the pictures from your special day!