Wiersma Family Blog

A glimpse into our lives as a family with micro-preemies. Our twins boys (Lovingly referred to as our Miracle Men) were born almost 16 weeks early.

Our journey continues when our son Max was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3. This is his story....

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A good day

Today was a good day.  Kate was able to spend a number of hours with her mom, dad, and sister this morning.  Kate's aunts were over cleaning mom and dad's house, dad and I ate some lamb stew over lunch time, and mom was very much alert...a stark change from yesterday.  On top of all of that, both Max and Wes are starting to show some improvement and their vent settings have come down a bit.  God is so good.  I wasn't sure that I could take another day like yesterday, and He gave me exactly what I needed today.  Mom was doing so much better, Max and Wes both showed some improvement, and we had a great dinner with some dear friends.  And I had some lake perch...not any of that ocean perch stuff, but the real deal. Now all I need is sleep!!

Thank-you for all of the comments and prayers...they have all meant so much.  Thank-you to everyone who has taken the time to post a comment, send a card, or say a prayer.  Your encouraging words and prayer support have, and continue to, sustained us.

Kate and I were hoping to have the boys baptized tomorrow at the hospital.  We wanted to do this both for ourselves, but also so that mom can see them be baptized too.  We ended up canceling things because of how mom was doing over the last few days, but after her improvement today, we may try and get things scheduled for tomorrow again.  Please pray that God will keep mom's pain at bay and give her the strength to make the trip to GR if that is His will.


  1. Glad you had a better day...God is faithful when we need it the most. If you like good lake perch, you should try it at Russell's.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to post. Praise God for a good day and answered prayers! We will continue to pray for all of you.

  3. Thank you for your updates - We continue to keep your family in our prayers! Praise God that everything went well today and that you were able to have a good day and have some peace.

    Jodi (Vork) Essenburg

  4. Mark and Kate,
    Continued prayers everyday. We love you so much. Praying today is like yesterday.

    PS: Mark, there is all you can eat perch at Birch Lodge just one block East of the hospital on Friday nights. We love it. Hole in the wall bar:)


  5. 14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
    20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

    Ephesians 3: 14-21

  6. So glad to hear that today is going better. I will pray specifically today that you can go through with baptism, it would be so special if Kate's mom could be there! We will continue to pray for more good days ahead.

  7. Mark and Kate,
    I read this verse today and thought of the two of you and the place you find yourselves. In the midst of the long days and nights remember Jesus words, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness",
    2 Corinthians 12:9....the verse also talks about Christ's power resting on you and says when I am weak, then I am strong. That is my prayer for you, that you will rest in His power.

  8. "Praise God for a Living Hope" "In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade...in this you greatly rejoice, though now for a litle while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus is revealed." Our Easter service was on this passage. Kate, I thought of your singing group at HCHS which was based on this promise. Your mom made so many of the dresses for the girls. May God's promise and the sweet memory of a loving and devoted mother give you joy. You are all constantly in our prayers. Aunt Sherry

  9. Your whole family is in our prayers. Thanks for keeping us updated.

    Jennifer (Barkel) Prince
    Brad, Alexis, Elyse and Laura, too!

  10. AnneMJansen@gmail.comApril 18, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    I just received a link to your blog from my sister in law...and first I want to tell you that you and your whole family are in my prayers. You have been through so much already and the road ahead is long too. Keep your faith. You are doing a great job. Secondly, I wanted to tell you that I wept when I read this because I have taken care of Myke. I was an oncology nurse at Blodgett hospital when she was diagnosed and saw her, and her husband, through some pretty tough times. I don't know if they'd remember me or not, but I baked cookies for them once and that might jog their memories...at any rate, please send them all my love. I will continue to follow your journey and lift you in prayers. God Bless. -Anne