Ben, Alyssa, William, and Blue!

Just wanted to update everyone on our lives so far! It’s has been (excuse my language) one hell of a ride!

Ben and Alyssa
Might I say that I have been blessed with the best husband ever? Seriously, he has been my support through these extremely hard times, and he has impressed me so much with his strength and dedication to our family. We have been going to classes, and work and I feel like we haven’t been able to sleep a full night for the past three months! We both have been supported tremendously by our Heavenly Father and Savior through these trying times. Our friends definitely have been a huge support to us too, the night we came back from our doctor appointments we felt extremely heartbroken and hopeless. We had dear friends at our door ready to give Ben and blessing, and Claire staying with us was a huge support as well, we are extremely blessed.

Blue
Blue is about 10 weeks now, we got him registered in the city of Rexburg, and we also registered him as an emotional support animal! Ben and I are looking into training him to be a therapy dog and take him to hospitals, nursing homes, and other places so he can help others as much as he has helped us. Because of Blue, Ben and I have gone walking and running every day since we got him. Our moods have been lifted, and we have the best outlet to help us forget about the worries and stressed of life and take time to go to the park and run around with our puppy. I advise those of you who feel sad, upset, or sometimes depressed to take time to go outside and enjoy being outside. It really does help!

 

Will
Now that I’ve lightened your spirits, its time for some sad new about Will. When Ben and I found out about Will’s diagnosis we thought it couldn’t get much worse than this, and folks, it certainly can. I had an MRI to look at Will’s brain, and the results were discouraging. His brain is not only not growing inside of his skull, but his brain development is extremely off. This development of his brain was worse than what they suspected before. Ben and I saw Will in the MRI pictures and it was extremely detailed so we could see his growth abnormalities, this was shocking and extremely surreal to me. It was the first time I actually saw how different he looked. Because of this, Ben and I have officially decided to deliver Will at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. We chose this because Ben’s family would be able to be there for support through this trying time, and also Idaho is extremely limited in care of our little baby we want to be in a place where we have nurses and doctors who are experienced, where there is a large NICU and where we have all the resources we can in order to give the best care to little Will. My mom would also have better access to Salt Lake so she can be there when Will is born. We have been taken care of so well by Primary Children’s and U of U hospital, they have set up us with programs where pictures can be taken and keepsakes can be made when Will is born so we can remember him if he does pass away. We have many different doctors and specialists taking care of Will, who have been such a big support to us.

I want to close with a scripture that has been in my mind since we found out more about Will;

O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?  How long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be penetrated with their cries? My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes. Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.Thou art not yet as Job; thy friends do not contend against thee, neither charge thee with transgression, as they did Job. Doctrine and Covenants Section 121: 1-10 The Lord speaking to Joseph Smith while he was a prisoner at Liberty Jail.

 

 

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