It’s likely that Bowen will make his first television appearance on World News with Diane Sawyer tonight on ABC. Those of you who linked to The Blade article I mentioned last Thursday already know that an ABC News crew filmed Bowen leaving the hospital and arriving at home for the very first time.

One of the producers for World News, James Hill, also conducted an interview with Sarah and I for the segment. We’ve been told that it will most likely air tonight, but with all that goes on in the world, Bowen’s story could always get bumped to another day. If other news takes precedence, we will let you know when they decide to air the segment.

An Update On Bowen:

We’ve done more laundry in the past 36 hours, than we’ve done in 36 days. Yesterday, Emmy called out to our neighbor , “Hey, Bowen’s home! He’s puking though!”

Puke, clean up, puke, bath, puke, laundry…that’s how yesterday went over and over again. We’re doing our best to have a sense of humor about it, and that’s what the girls have been best at helping us with. They want to help with a lot of things, and we encourage it, but it doesn’t always turn out the way we had hoped. Like when Emmy tried to change Bowen’s diaper without us. She pulled it off, leaving a path on the pack n’play  as well as the things in it.

We can find humor in a lot of things around here, but there are also moments we just want to pull our hair out. There was a moment yesterday when I believe I felt more overwhelmed than I’ve been since this journey with Bowen began. It’s emotional to deal with your child being sick, but in the hospital you have a lot of help. At home the emotions are the same, but the advantages of the hospital are gone. I can honestly say I made it through that moment by praying Psalm 61:2, “From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Sometimes it’s just those simple prayers that get us through.

With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the gifts that God has given our family, and I can’t stop thinking about the most unexpected ones. My thoughts lead me back to what I wrote in my post on September 17th while Bowen’s chest was still open from surgery, only days after his cardiac arrest. These words feel as true to me now as they did when I wrote them.

“A friend told me that I’ve seen too much, but I’m realizing that I might not see enough. Everything I’ve watched happen in this hospital, all the pain I’ve felt, is deepening my faith, strengthening my marriage, and molding my character. As I lovingly stared into Bowen’s eyes just before midnight, my face only inches from his chest, I thought, ‘This love is an awesome mess.’ I know I’m not the first person to think or to say something like that. Many great works of art have titles that are reminiscent of those words. I believe it’s because tension is the place where the worst of life and the best of true hope meet to unveil our eyes to God’s artistic work of redemption. What a mighty and creatively loving God we serve. He allows us to know great pain, so that we can know the greater pleasure of trading it in for purpose.”

This Thanksgiving, because of all we’ve been through, we have even more to be grateful for. I’m not suggesting that we’re thankful for pain and loss, but that pain and loss can make us thankful.

Family photo courtesy of Schooler photography

Emmy and Claire are thankful to have their brother home.