Wiersma Family Blog

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....


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

He's here!!

Wow. A new leg of the journey begins. Max came home from the NICU yesterday late afternoon, concluding a 9+ month stay in the hospital. So far, I think he is making the transition better than his parents. Both Max and Wes seem pretty unaffected by what has been a tremendous change in our lives. The most emotional distress Max showed through all the events of yesterday was that I think the cold air made his eyes water a little bit. He did fine in the car on the way home and didn't miss a beat when he woke up in our house. There were about 7-8 different people from CareLinc (the medical equipment provider) and our nursing agency in and out of here for a few hours, and nurse Jennifer stayed from about 8:00 PM last night to 10:00 AM this morning. This is going to be crazy, but having him home is unbelievable. We got to sing and pray with both boys tonight, and I was able to kiss both of my sons "good night" and not "good-bye." Truly something I have been waiting for for such a long, long time. Thank-you to everyone for their prayers yesterday and for the last 9-months. It has been a long, hard, trial filled journey, but it is taking a turn for the better I think. We covet your continued prayers as we adjust to caring for Max at home.



28 comments:

  1. SO happy for you guys to finally have your family together! They are the sweetest babies and I look forward to meeting them one day at Haven! We will continue to pray for your family as you transition. Praising God for this day!
    Julie Meyaard

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  3. We are overjoyed for you all! We'll be continuing to pray for the transition to go well! I got chills just reading this... I can't imagine the emotions that you both going through! God is good!
    Love,
    Rob, Tiece, Madisyn & LD

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  4. Yeah!! Praise God!!! We rejoice with you as your boys are both finally home together. You have a beautiful family and we pray God's continued blessings on each of you.

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  5. Awesome, awesome, awesome! We are so happy for you and with you! God has such a mighty hand! It's so cool to see the two boys spending time together again and to think that you are all under one roof as well.
    Love,
    MBIKLG

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  6. You don't know me...I am Amy Sluiter's sister and I go to church with Matt and Beth. I found your blog through Amy's blog. It's been a blessing reading your blogs and learning about your sons. You have an amazing story and I thank you for sharing it. It is so good to see the pictures of the two brothers at home. I will continue to pray for you. -Karen

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  7. Mark and Kate,

    Max looks so good laying on the floor and hanging out with his brother. So happy for you all. We did miss Max yesterday in Nursery 4 when Sherebiah and I rocked in the chair together. Praying for you.

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  8. Kate & Mark,

    Congratulations to all of you on getting your family all together. We know from personal experience it's a hard battle to fight, and be torn in different areas, as we had Jacob at home when Lauren spent her time in the NICU. But you know they are being well-cared for, and NICU nurses will be your friends for a long time....they become part of your family. We will continue to pray that the transition goes
    smoothly and God continues to "smile" upon you!

    Katie Postma (De Kleine)

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  9. Been following your blog since day one. Been praying diligently since day one. What an answer to prayer!! Blessings to you and your COMPLETE FAMILY OF FOUR!!!! Can't wait to continue to read about your family adventures--two kids bring way more silly smiles...

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  10. I'm trying to write between the tears. I can't believe it...he's home!! Praise GOD!! We are so happy for you all. We will be praying that this move home will continue to be easy on the boys and that you two will adjust well.
    Please, call if you need anything!!
    Love to you all,
    Stacy, Geoff, Cassidy, Evan & Sadie

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  11. What a Blessing to have Max home, I'm filled with joy for your family!! We will be praying for a smooth transition for you all, and you are right, a new leg of your journey begins! Many adventures to come! Only about 3 1/2 months until the end of RSV/Flu season!! The winter months are hard being stuck inside but what fun you will have in the spring bringing the boys out into the world! Enjoy every moment having those boys together again!!

    Tina Jacobsen

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  12. Mark and Kate- I got tears in my eyes (ok and running down my cheeks too!) when I read this. Bless God's name for this day! We'll keep praying as you make this transition!
    Tracy VanOpstall

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  13. We are praising God with you! Enjoy your family being all together and trust God to give you the peace and and wisdom you need.

    Joel and Sarah

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  14. Awesome!!! Praise God for His faithfulness! HE will equip you as you adjust to the busyness of two children! Blessings!
    Holly H

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  15. Hey Guys! We are so excited for you and will continue to pray for you, Max, and Wes. We hope that everything continues to go well for you and we know that GOD has you all in His Hands.

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  16. Rejoicing with you!! Praise the Lord!!

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  17. Could you ask for a better start to the New Year?! Let the (newest) journey begin... Cheers to years of parenting bliss, sibling joy/rivalry and continued medical miracles :) Blowin' kisses from Canada. CHRIS & JESSICA

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  18. I love the pics of Max and Wes looking at eachother, he looks much happier on your floor at home than he ever has on nursery 4's floor, thats for sure, he knows he is where he belongs! The giraffe waiting for a baby in Max's spot looks a little out of place, and I miss my daily smiles, but he couldn't be in better hands! Give the boys hugs for me!
    Emily

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  19. Ahhh (a sigh of relief)...it's so good to hear you guys are settling in. I LOVE the picture of the boys facing each other as they play with their toys on the floor. It's so cool to have a sibling to play with! :O)

    I love the muscles that Maxwell was flexin' for me yesterday...he's so cute. Wes has the warmest eyes that just melt my heart everytime I see him. I'd do anything for eyelashes like his too. hee hee.

    Kate & Mark: Keep up the great work! You two make an awesome team. Each of you get things done and as a healthcare provider you guys really are the greatest Parents (Angels from above).

    Love and prayers, Nurse Dalia

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  20. Praise God! I have been following your blog for months and my bible study has been praying for all of you. God is Good. Will continue to keep you in our prayers.

    Lori from Frankenmuth

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  21. Kate, Mark, Max and Wes,
    We are SO extremely excited and awed at the goodness of the Lord in your lives. We are so very proud of you as parents, Kate & Mark. You have been through so very much this past year. Know that you have our love and prayers continually. If there is ANYTHING you need, please let us know. We are so anxious to meet our great-nephews and 2nd cousins! Aunt Allie, Uncle Bob, Julie and Kim

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  22. Praise God your family is finally all together!! I can't tell you how happy your news made me...I'm here tearing up!!!!! Good luck (along with lots of prayers) as you settle in and start your lives as a complete family. Let us know how we can help. We always have an ear if you ever need to talk.

    Love you all lots,
    Marie and Chad Uzarski (and family)

    PS--Looking forward to our zoo trip!!

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  23. Praise God!!!! Praying all goes well at home - and that this is permanant! Thanks for allowing us to share in your journey.
    Fellow HC alum ~ Laura Kleinheksel

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  24. Praise God! He is faithful & SO good. Our prayers are with you through this new phase in life. Welcome home Max!

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  25. So glad to see Max is home! My sis-in-law, Patti (Dan) Vannette, told me when your boys were born, and I've been following your blog for a few months now. Your family has been in my prayers! I delivered our twin girls at 32 weeks and was blessed to take them home only 23 and 32 days later...I can't imagine 285 days...but God has shown his faithfulness to you, and you continue to praise Him! Thank you for showing me what perseverence looks like! I'll continue to pray that this time of adjusting goes well for all of you!

    Praying from Illinois,
    Charity (Vannette) Regnerus
    HCHS '96

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  26. Tears of joy are streaming down my face right now. I can only imagine the feelings of amazing praise you're feeling as you have finally been able to bring the boys BOTH home. YEAH! WOW! I know the journey ahead is probably already sinking in since I'm WAY behind the times with this post. But, I hope you enjoy every second and treasure every moment. Please let us all know how we can help you...anything. I just love you guys! I know we all met under strange circumstances, but I hope our boys can be friends as they get older. My prayers will continue to be with you. You hold a special place in my heart. I can't wait to see more picts of them grow bigger and and stronger.
    Hugs - Sue Nykamp and boys

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  27. That is awesome Mark and Kate. I know you are incredibly happy to start your at home time with both boys! I will continue to keep you all in my prayers! Love-Lindsey

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