Updates on Camden

For anyone who actually still reads this blog, you can find updates on my nephew Camden here:

Thanks for praying for him!

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Reflecting on Camden

As I’ve been with my family through the ordeal with Camden, there have been a few thoughts that have really struck me. In no particular order, here they are:

-I learned what it is like to beg God…really beg, like I’m desperate for you to do SOMETHING beg. I’ve fervently prayed many times, but I’m not sure I’ve ever gone through a cycle of desperation, resignation, hope, desperation, resignation, hope so many times. It resulted in me simply praying a repetitive prayer to God…I almost felt like a whiny child, and it was good for my soul.
-I learned to be thankful to God for the simple act of peeing. For Camden, this was a major problem for the first 48 hours, and we were overjoyed when he finally did. I’ve never really even considered how relieving myself is a gift of God’s grace. Funny, even a bit gross, but true nonetheless. Even the seemingly banal things of out lives are capable of bringing thankfulness and glory to God.
-I was reminded of the power of a praying community, and blessed by the saints of God both in Austin and all over. I was also reminded that those who don’t love Jesus often have more compassion than those who do…neither compare to the compassion and mercy of the heavenly Father though.
-God is faithful and mighty to save, even when we doubt Him.
-There are untold reasons for everything, but I was grateful to see how this difficult situation was used to catalyze great faith in many, though it was a costly way for the Lord to do it. Only an eternal perspective can make sense of temporal suffering.


Pray for my nephew Camden

My new nephew Camden was born on April 14th, but has had some serious complications. Initially, he had under developed lungs, and needed a respirator to breath for him.

After about 24 hours and noticing some troubling signs, they took a sonogram of his kidneys, only to find that one was not there and the other was severely malformed.

There are other complications as well, but these are the primary drivers of his illness. They are currently trying to decide the best course of action, but he will definitely need dialysis and a kidney transplant moving forward.

Please spend some time begging God to heal this precious little boy!



Emmaline Elizabeth Engstrom!

Glory to God! We are so excited to announce the birth of our daughter Emmaline at 5:13 pm on January 25th…she’s beautiful!


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!  I pray that the incarnation of our Savior is precious to you today!

Below is our family Christmas card and letter, just in case your interested in a bit of whats going on with the Engstroms.