On Christmas Eve, we received a call from a friend and former co-worker of Jason’s, Randy Wood.

Randy went on to tell us that he was a match! Let me tell you, this was an awesome Christmas present! Jason and I were so excited and cautiously optimistic that this could really happen!!

It means so much to see the outpouring of people who have been willing to be tested to see if they are a match. What blessings in our family and friends the Lord has given us!

Since Christmas, Jason has fully recovered from his catheter surgery. He has started dialysis. Manual dialysis is not quite what we were expecting as it is far from using a cycler. It is very time consuming and I can only imagine the mental toll on Jason involved in sitting down and doing it around the clock.

My heart goes out to those who, for whatever reason, are not transplant candidates or able to be matched. While dialysis is a blessing, it extends your life and keeps you alive, in its various forms- it is taxing. It is emotionally taxing and it is physically taxing. We are so thankful for the Lord’s provision- for both dialysis and for a match in Randy!

With the additional testing and scheduling it will have only taken about 8 weeks to have this surgery come about!

As we get ready for the transplant and our trip to Dallas, Maddie and Jackson have been sick- it seems in constant rotation! Please keep us in your prayers as we get closer and closer to the transplant date. March 3 is the big day! Our family and Randy’s family need to be well- especially Randy and Jason!!!

Organ donation is no small thing. We are so thankful for Randy and, his wife, Kelsey’s willingness to walk down this road with us.

There are many worries that pop up as the big day looms closer. If you have thought of it, so have we- and probably many times over! God is in complete control. He’s got this!

Here is a photo of the family- this was somehow the best version I ended up with- Jason is in mid sentence- but the shirts say it all!

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New Kidney, Big Sister and Big Brother- #4 coming in September!

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