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Mar 3, 2010

Abby Update - Not Good

From Brent

Abby and Michelle got to come home for about 3 hours and now she is headed back to the hospital in worse shape than she was when she got admitted two days ago.

Would you mind if I whine a little?

This really sucks. Life is very difficult right now.

Okay, I'm done. Sorry to go on and on with my pity party. God is good and He is caring for us better than we could ever deserve. There is joy in every difficulty if we have eyes to see it... sometimes it just takes a little longer to come into focus.

You all are such a blessing to us with your kind comments and encouragement. I trust we will be such a blessing to you some day.

41 comments:

Live to love and laugh said...

Praying for all of you.

Lori said...

Oh Brent I am so sorry and don't feel bad about whining God can take it (hey and so can your readers =)). Saying a prayer.

Kat said...

We are praying always for Abby...and this does suck. You are so very right though. God is amazing and loving and is with Abby this very minute. Love and hugs to your family...

Holly said...

Sweet daddy, you are not whining. Anyone would be crazy to not be upset when their baby is hurting. We are praying fervently tonight.

Kelli said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, and you are entitled to whine. Lord knows I insist on keeping it real, even on bad days.

Please let us know what's going on when you get the chance. I pray that you all get some relief asap.

Jennifer Walker said...

Don't know if you remember us or not but just wanted to let you know that since I found you on FB and have read about your family, we've been praying for your little Abby! Saying a prayer right now for her and your entire family!!!
Love,
Jennifer Walker

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Oh no....you are not whining.....it does suck! I totally agree. We are praying with you....no need to apologize. PRAYING!!!! May God's Love wrap around you all!!!

kate said...

Hang in there sweet family. I am praying for a refreshed store house of strength, joy, strength, peace, and more strength! You have been through worse. Hang in there. Hopefully she will have a series of really healthy, enjoyable weeks, months, and years very soon. I hate this for all of you and especially Abby. Jesus we are ready for you! Come on!

Cathy and Hannah said...

hat a BUMMER! You have every right to be worn out and frustrated!You all deserve a pity party once in a while.Remember all those in the Bible who had the same situations! Hang in there!!! Lots of prayers going out!!!
Continue to be Bold and Strong!

Cathy and Hannah!

Becky said...

Aww, really hate to hear that...poor sweet Abby! And I know that it is terribly tough on all of you, physically, emotionally, and every other way. We will be praying. Please keep us updated.

Rachel said...

It's OK to have a pity party. It's OK to have as many as you want. Yes God is with you and you know that he will provide. However, we are only human. This is a difficult road all of you are on and feeling defeated and weak are the emotions God made us to feel. Don't apologize for that.

We are praying for Abby. I am very sorry for all that this precious little girl has been through. Praying for your family as well.

Sarah said...

Brent and Michelle... praying for sweet Abby without ceasing.

And, you are, without doubt a blessing to all of us. We would not be here if you were not.

Huge thank you to Michelle for the beautiful hats you sent this week to Eliana. Came at the most perfect time as they will be put to great use now and in the foreseeable future.

Love, hugs and FROG!

Sarah

3 Blessings said...

Praying for Abby and your family.
Blessings,
Amy

debbie said...

thinking of you and praying for abby and your family

Kay said...

So exactly what all is going on with Abby right now? Can you give us more details.

As always sending prayers your way for the entire family and especially little Miss Abby!

Liz said...

praying....and because of Abby my heart has grown larger and stronger for the other children suffering and glorifying God like Abby.

Sincerely,
Liz

Foxxfire said...

My heart goes out to you. You have every right to whine.

Besides, you can still see that God is with you and your family.
Sometimes it helps to vent a little. You need to get it off your chest. If you don't, it will eat you alive.
My prayers are with Abby and your whole family. May God help her to be strong and you and your family to have the peace of mind knowing that you are all loved by Him.

Foxxfire said...

I added Abby's Wish button on my sidebar.

Foggy Mama

Julie said...

Praying for you tonight....

((Hugs))
Julie

Sweet Joni said...

If that's all U whine, U must get sick of reading from 'some' of us! lol
What is the medical issues with Abby?????????????????????????????

This is nuts that this lil child has to go thru this... it's heartbreaking that You All are!
Praying stronger & stronger tonight as I go to sleep....

Please update when you can - wish I were closer...
Hugs & Love,
~Joni

Anonymous said...

I'm sitting here typing this from my own daughter's hospital room. She isn't nearly as sick as Abby and yet it is still difficult for me. My heart goes out to Abby, you, Michelle, and the rest of your family. I cannot possibly imagine how difficult this is for you all. We pray for Abby daily. May God hold you very very close.

-Susan in NC

Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you...

Erika

Ann Brown said...

Brent and Michelle,

you have aleady been such a blessing to me. Many many times. And, as I told my oldest daughter tonight when she was sad and crying, it's okay to "whine"/be sad/cry sometimes when, well, life just truly sucks. We're human, and we have emotions. And even Jesus got angry and Jesus was sad. But I know that you two continually look to God for His blessings, even when things are at their darkest.

I'm so sorry to hear about Abby. Please know she is in my prayers. As always.

Ann

Anonymous said...

Oh, poor baby! I am persistently praying for my little sweet heart, Abby. Please tell her that Mattie is praying for her, loves her, and wishes she could be next to her bed holding her hand. This just breaks my heart. I'm praying for ALL of you because I know how hard it is for your family to be all spread apart by hospitalization (trust me!)
Mattie Patterson

rsiewert said...

So sorry we'll be praying...

Myra said...

So sorry to hear! Praying so much for sweet Abby and your entire family!

Debbie said...

Brent, I am so sorry things are not going so well. The only thing I can do to help right now is continue to pray for you family. I wish there were more I could do.
BTW, you and your famiy have already been a blessing to me and I thank you for it.

Ann said...

Yes Brent, you can whine. You are absolutely entitled. I'm sorry sweet Abby is having such a rough time of it. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jesse, James and Lindsey's mom said...

I will pray for you all. God is good but boy I can relate on things "sucking". I was so mad when my daughter died..and when other health issues happened with my son and myself. I was just pissed! I know now that God sees you through because he had a plan and still does. God bless all of you!!!!!

Marie said...

Sorry to hear Abby is not doing well.

I think it's perfectly ok to "whine" (I would call it venting, not whining). You're in a very serious and unpleasant situation and I think it's perfectly fine to express your sadness, frustration, even anger and being put in the situation of watching your child suffer.

wedogmomma said...

We worship a God who listens and loves even our whining...well maybe 'LOVES our whining' is a bit strong...but He still wants to hear from us in every single situation.

I'm interceding on your behalf tonight. This can't be fun. But your family was chosen for such a time as this. Amen.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

I'm so sorry to hear that things are worse!

My heart breaks especially being so far away and unable to help in tangible ways. Praying for many hands to continue to provide for all of your family needs!

Love and hugs,
Jill

Anonymous said...

You are so entitled to whine just a bit! I believe even God would understand that. I have no doubt that He would have whined when he saw His Son suffering if he had been as we are. Precious Abby, I'm praying for you and your wonderful family.
Nanetta

"Lolli" said...

Brent~ you all ARE a huge blessing to all of us, in way more ways than u can ever imagine! And...u r not whining! You are being transparent and sharing the raw emotions of a Daddy's heart for one of his precious children! I stand amazed at how strong you and Michelle (the entire family!)really are~it is such an example of Jesus with skin on to us. Oh, that we could help bear ur burden in more tangible ways. As soon as I read the subject of this email, came to mind: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Mt. 11: 28-30

Press in to Him, press on in the journey and press through this setback...He loves you all so much and we do, too.

Lisa

Leslie said...

Lots of prayers going up for precious Abby and for you guys. God bless you for your incredible attitudes. I love that you allow yourself a moment to complain but refuse to stay there! You always push yourselves to see God's goodness in every situation. What an example for us who have a tendency to be myoptic and focused on the "here and now". Teach us, Lord, to be eternally minded and to remember your goodness in every situation. Thank you, Lord, for the Riggs family who are so faithful. Bless them in abundant, miraculous ways.

Leslie H.
Bella Vista, AR

Susan said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my. "There is joy in every difficulty if we have eyes to see it..." I'm right there with you, but really what comes to mind is one of my favorite quotes from Mother Theresa: "God doesn't give us any more than we can handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much." My goodness does God have a lot of faith in the Riggs Family. Many continued prayers.

James 1:27 Family said...

I love your pity party. You got it out and you moved on. Perfect.

So sorry to hear about the latest troubles. To some it would be a big deal and it could be the only time their child has ever been sick. But for you, it's a big deal and it's constant. Thank you for showing us how to praise the One who gives us life through our trials.

Praying for healing for sweet Abby and peace and rest for the whole family.

I'm so thankful that this place is just a snapshot in eternity, aren't you? It's full of evil and sickness and suffering, but Jesus made a way for us to spend eternity in a place that is free of all of these things. I'm so thankful! Praise Him!

Lord, Please hold the Riggs family. Please let them feel Your loving, healing arms every minute. Please heal Abby's body. Please multiply their rest and blessings. Please continue to let Your light shine so brightly in their lives. We love you, Jesus. Amen.

Much love in Jesus!
Amy

Kris said...

Tommorow is the 1st anniversary of my nephew's death from brain cancer. He was 11. Somedays it's really hard to find the joy in knowing that we are saved from this sinful, broken world. Somedays, it's really hard to say with full confidence that it is enough that Christ died for us and nothing can ever separate us from the love of God that is in Christ. May you find even a glimpse of that joy and confidence today.

noraanne@sbcglobal.net said...

Praying for strength, comfort and peace for everyone.

Nora S.

Masto Mama said...

Praying and thinking of you guys often....(((hugs)))

Loved By His Grace said...

owning a bad day is okay..... some days do just... suck... esepcially the ones you feel that are so out of your control... My prayers have been with you all for some time... and I will continue to pray... I believe and I know you all do as well....we HAVE a Mighty God! Covering you all in prayer!!
Kristi