I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Easter... A Little Late

Happy Late Easter!  Sorry for the late update.  On the days we do not have Doctor appointments, we have purposely taken time to spend with Carter to help him adjust and learn how to be home. He is still having a lot of anxiety when he gets in public or around groups of people.  We have started gradually taking him out of the house, but have to be mindful of germs and the fact he is purposely not up to date with all of his shots. We have taken him to a few restaurants and to the grocery store.  Each day he tends to get better. 

We spent Easter with my family, eating and hunting Easter eggs.  Carter did fairly well around all my family.  I purposely woke up early Saturday morning to read about the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.  As I read through the words I felt immense sympathy.  Not only for Jesus, but Mary his Mother.  Having to watch Carter go through so much pain and agony has been extremely hard, but nothing like what she had to watch.  I know Carter’s pain is to get him well.  Mary had to watch her son be beat, spit on and hung on a cross to die.  Hung on a cross to die!  Have you really ever thought about that? Hanging on a cross until your death!  How horrific and painful it must have been.  She had to watch all of these things so that Jesus could die for our sins. 

One verse that brought tears to my eyes was Mathew 26:39.  “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as You will.”  Jesus knew that death was upon him.  He knew the pain and anguish he was about to face.  Even knowing all of this he said “Not as I will, but as You will.”  Meaning Jesus wanted it to be God’s will.  He knew God had a perfect plan and it took complete trust in Him for Jesus to go through the things he did with complete obedience. 

Carter’s pain and suffering does not come close to the pain and suffering Jesus had to endure.  However, I do know that there is a purpose and a plan for his life.  Just as God had a plan for Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, he made a plan for Carter.  I know Carter’s plan is nothing in comparison to the plan for Jesus.  I just know he has a plan for him and I am honored to get to watch it unravel. 

This story along with many others in the Bible keep me going.  Knowing that God will never leave and that he has a specific purpose for each of us.  Knowing wholeheartedly that Carter was put here just as he is for a reason. It was nothing I did.  It was nothing Brandon did.  It is the Journey God intends for us to travel. I have to say that even through all of the suffering, restless nights, stress and pain that I would have it no other way. If it were not for OEIS Complex, I would not have my Carter.  Even though I have prayed and pleaded with God to take every aspect of the OEIS Complex away from Carter, I thank Him.  I thank Him for choosing Carter to have OEIS Complex, he knew that Carter would be strong enough to fight through it and Carter does it with a smile on his face.  Because of what Jesus did for us, all of us, I am able to sit here knowing that no matter how much pain, suffering and torturing my innocent child has to go through in the world, he will only be here a short period of time.  This is only a temporary place and one day his pain will be taken from him and Oh how I can not wait to see the day! Because He is who he His and He did what He did I know my child will have an everlasting and pain free life and I am forever grateful!  As always…to Him be the Glory!

The Easter Bunny brought Carter a splash table and a lot of other goodies.  Carter is a water baby!  He absolutely loved the water table and it only took minutes before he was sitting in the water table playing.

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And we're in!!!
The Easter Bunny was VERY good to Carter this year!  Can you tell he loves anything to do with water?
Carter is so strong!  From the pictures you would never know Carter has been battling an infection since we have been home.  He started running a fever this past weekend and we managed him all weekend with Tylenol until we saw our Pediatrician on Monday.  He had a culture taken from his Malone site and we should know the results tomorrow.  Please pray that the antibiotics Carter is currently taking will treat the infection properly.  We do not want to go back to the hospital for IV antibiotics.  Carter goes to the Doctor at least once a week right now and we will return to Cincinnati on April 26th.  I am happy to say that he has maintained his weight!  Please continue to pray for Carter.  Pray for his stomach and for the rest of his intestines to wake up.  Thank you so much for all of your continued and faithful prayers!  It is so nice to know we are not alone on this Journey!

Who hunts eggs without sunglasses?
 Happy Easter from the Cline’s!


  1. When God makes one of us a little different from everyone else it really brings to light just how unique each of us is in His eyes. My granddaughter was born about the time Carter was born. She, too, is on her own special journey because God made her just as He pleased. I can't look into her eyes without seeing God's special love. I can tell by following Carter's journey that you and your family recognize what a blessing he is. We will never know how many lives have already been touched by his strength and very being. I will continue to pray for him and your family. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.