Friday, June 8, 2007


Dear friends, we're home. Everyone is asleep in our quiet, peaceful, superclean house. What a blessing. 15 nights in a hospital make you really thankful for things like peaceful music and your own toilet.

Isaiah's blood counts are still very low (ANC is 80) but he's had no fever for a week and has gotten stronger. So they pumped him full of healthy blood for 4 hours and decided to let us go home for the weekend. Though we'd like to throw a party we're going to have to quarantine the little guy - his risk of infection is too high. We'll let you know when we can begin to have visitors.

We are overwhelmed by all the help we've received from our family, our church community, and our 5th St. neighbors. We came home to a completely clean house, a pile of cards and gifts, a full frig, and even a weeded and mowed back yard. Thank you all for serving us and for praying for us.

More news and pictures tomorrow when I can think...


birdinflight said...

Hey Isaiah. I just talked to Angela and she said you might be coming home soon. I bet it feels good to be home. Hospitals are not a lot of fun. When I was 12 years old I was in a hospital with an IV in my hand for four weeks and, boy, was I glad to come home (:

Hugs and kisses to you and your beautiful family!

Praise God!

rnmandrews said...

Praise God! There is no place like home. Our prayers continue.
Love The Andrews

Tough Guy Kyler said...

Hello Oates family,
TGK's mom here to say"Woooo hooooo! We are so happy you are home!"

Please call us anytime for anything. We are just a street away! Carmen- Let me know if you'd like to take a walk and talk!

Sandie Haskins

Molly Lilja said...

I am SO SO SO happy for you all to get to go home. We will pray for rest and renewal for all!

Love you,

Molly Lilja said...

Hi Isaiah this is Zach. I am glad you are home. The Lilja family has been praying for you. I am very sorry that you are sick, my brother and I will pray for you for as long as you don't feel good. Do you like LEGOs? They are our favorite, we could send you some.

Terri said...

Praise God!! As you sleep in your own bed (becomes such a blessing), recline in your home and the peace of your own backyard, may all of you be renewed, restored and strengthen in your home.

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. they are renewed every morning, great is your faithfulness." Lam. 3:22-23

He will give you your portion and a strength you never knew existed. Embrace your time together as a family.

"For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but he has listened to his cry for help." Psalm 22:24

Our Lord hears all of your prayers. Thank you for sharing your very personal journey and for allowing us to come along side in prayer for you.

bewsrus said...

Hello Oats Family,
I finally figured out how to send you guys a note...I'm a little computer retarded, anyway, we are so glad to here you are home and feeling stronger. We have been praying for you daily. Bob and Ben have been praying also. We love you guys and hope Isaiah gets stronger each day. We are going to Missouri for vacation on Sunday and will be gone for a couple of weeks. You are in our prayers always. Your brother and sister in Christ:)

Niamh McCreary said...

wooooohoooooo WELCOME HOME SUPERMAN!! I'll bet it is nice to be in your own bed!! Enjoy the peace and quiet and I hope you were all able to sleep without the aid of beeping machines :D

We'll keep praying for you all.

Love you guys

Niamh, David, Cormac and Ronan

Anonymous said...

Hi Isaiah!

Yesterday morning at breakfast, Caleb specifically prayed that you would get to go home... and he didn't even know it was a possibility for the day! As you can imagine, his face lit up and all three boys were yelling "YESSSSSS" when I told them that you were home! We are so happy... for you and for your family too. I'm sure it's great to be back at home with all your own things. I'm sure your super powers will get even more re-charged now that your home, so don't forget to rest too. We love you all and REJOICE that God has brought you enough strength and wellness to go home. We will keep praying for more strength and wellness to come.. one day at a time.

Hugs to each of you,

Jason, Tami, Lucas, Colby and Caleb

Kaitlyn Henning said...

I am so glad you guys are home!! I bet it feels good to be in your own bed. I hope Isaiah continues to get stronger! I love you guys and I'm pray for you every day.


Stanphill Family said...

Hi Isaiah,

We are so glad you are home from the hospital. I heard that Kaitlin and Bita cleaned your house so there would be no germs.
We are praying your body keeps getting stronger and stronger.
We love you buddy.

Skip and Katie said...

Hi Isaiah and the Oates Family,
We just want you to know that we think about all of you everyday. You are in our prayers and in our hearts. We know that God has wonderful and great plans for you all!

Love Skip and Katie Brown