Sylas Christopher Morrison!

Thank you to everyone who continues to pray and ask about Sylas Morrison!

Just a little quick update on Sylas. He is growing strong and doing very well! I know many people want to know his progress but there isn’t much to share. I can tell you he is thriving under the care of many wonderful doctors and nurses at Children’s hospital! He continues to amaze his parents…they are so proud of him! They’re hoping he’ll come home sooner then later but we’ll have to wait and see! Brianna and I keep exchanging small miracles happening in our lives and we know how blessed we are!

Thank you for your concern and prayers.

joan thompson - August 29, 2007 - 2:11 am

Encouraging update. How much does he weigh? Is he breathing room air yet? Have his dear Mom and Dad been able to hold him? I realize that he has a long way to go–I follow what might be happening through a baby at church born as prematurely as he was. I wish you were free to give details–the kind that grammies like to know…and we would love a picture, but I suppoe that isn’t to be either. Anyway, thanks for sharing what you can–Trusting progress continues in a positive path.

Julie - August 29, 2007 - 6:50 am

Thank you for the update on Sylas! I check your site and the Morrison’s site every day, hoping for an update and was so happy to see today’s update!! What a blessing that he is doing so well! I keep you all in my prayers and rejoice with you as Sylas continues to grow! Hugs!

Barbara D - August 29, 2007 - 10:37 am

Hang on Sylas!! You can do it! We are all pulling for you!

Keri - August 29, 2007 - 11:54 am

Thank you so much for the update! I’m also praying that he will come home shortly, and that he will be blessed with brothers and sisters in the future (if that’s what Brianna and Ryan want).

Linda Hayes - August 29, 2007 - 1:42 pm

Thank you so much for the wonderful news on Sylas i have been waiting to hear something is there anyway me and the world can get a picture of our little angel and mommy and daddy’s hero. Keep posting on how there all doing. I am so amazed at the strength of Brianna and Ryan it makes me smile to know that even tho this has been extremely hard on them and something most if any of us can imagine that there strong and doing ok….. Thank you so much….Linda (tell mom and dad hi for me PLEASE)

Julie B. - August 30, 2007 - 2:10 pm

Thanks for the update and sharing what you can. Like others I check in quite often in hopes of seeing a progress report. We pray for the day that he can go home and the Morrisons can have a “normal” life with him.

carol - August 30, 2007 - 7:58 pm

My prayers go out to this family for the loss of five of their beautiful babies. I lost my first son, I couldn’t imagine losing five. I hope little Sylas grows bigger and stronger each day and that there is a rainbow at the end of this very long road. God bless the parent’s and give them strength to pull through this difficult time. Sylas has five little angels looking over him and his family.

Teri - September 3, 2007 - 8:53 am

I received this story today and immediately my thoughts turned to Brianna and Ryan and little Sylas. I don’t know if the story is true but I do know that He is always with us and I believe that He is holding tiny Sylas in his arms.

The smell of rain

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy from surgery.
Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news.
That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver couple’s new daughter, Dana Lu Blessing. Weighing only one pound nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature.
Still, the doctor’s soft words dropped like bombs.
“I don’t think she’s going to make it,” he said, as kindly as he could.
“There’s only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one”.
Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived.
She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on.
“No! No!” was all Diana could say.
She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four.
Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away
But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Dana’s underdeveloped nervous system was essentially ‘raw’, the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn’t even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love.
All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl.
There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger.
But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there.
At last, when Dana turned two months old. her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time.
And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother had predicted.
Five years later, when Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life.
She showed no signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she was everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy ending is far from the end of her story.
One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother’s lap in the bleachers of a local ball park where her brother Dustin’s baseball team was practicing.
As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, little Dana asked, “Do you smell that?”
Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, “Yes, it smells like rain.”
Dana closed her eyes and again asked, “Do you smell that?”
Once again, her mother replied, “Yes, I think we’re about to get wet. It smells like rain.”
Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced,
“No, it smells like Him.
It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest.”
Tears blurred Diana’s eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the other children.
Before the rains came, her daughter’s words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along.
During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.

the nanny - September 4, 2007 - 10:36 pm

great news about sylas! would love to hear more!!!

Michelle - September 6, 2007 - 11:49 am

I live in Kyrgyzstan with my family and have been following the trials of Brianna and Ryan from Day One. Thank you, Naomi, for posting an update…I’ve been looking often and was glad to see yours tonight! Please let the Morrisons know that prayers are lifted up for them from the other side of the world!

Sabrina - September 11, 2007 - 9:28 am

So glad to hear he’s doing well! Way to go Sylas!! Keep it up baby!! We’re all pulling for ya!

misty - September 17, 2007 - 3:32 pm

Thank you for the update – I pray for him everyday and can’t believe he is doing so well – I can tell that he is a fighter – I have nephews and a niece that were born at 29 weeks to the day and they all 3 fought hard – they are now 7yrs old and doing wonderful – so I know that Sylas will do wonderful too – Tell Brianna and Ryan to keep their chins up – you will have some good and bad days but they will make it thur it.

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