Todd and Meredith

Todd and Meredith
A blog about the love and joy that came to us through adoption!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer, Week of Hope and Health

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

I wanted to give you an update on Soaring Wings Ministries and my health. We are loving our summer at Soaring Wings Ministries working with Week of Hope again. The teenagers that come to serve with their leaders are full of energy and we are so thankful for all the work they can do with us on the ranch and the outreach we get to do with them to the homeless in the area! Every Wednesday we pack blessing bags, make cookies, and cross necklaces and head to Fort Collins for outreach to the homeless. This summer the Week of Hope campers will do projects like painting, roof repair, work on the plumbing in the addition, and much more! The days are busy and full but at the end of each week we are so thankful and give thanks to God for each person that serves with Soaring Wings Ministries. 

Last Monday I met with one of my doctors and they told me that I have endometrial cancer. It was a shock but at the same time I have had a true peace (God's peace!!!) about the situation, my family had been praying for me for about a week when we had the warning that I could have cancer and I promise that God has entered my life like never before! People keep asking how are you feeling, I feel great- seriously I don't feel sick at all- thank God for that and thank God that His peace and strength is all over me and I feel it every moment. 

I met with the oncologist yesterday and surgery is scheduled for July 5th. The surgery will be about 3 hours and the recovery will be 8 weeks. I can't imagine going slowly for 8 weeks but I will take it day by day and trust that God has this too. We won't know any more about what is next until after the surgery so we wait and trust that God is already in the future. 

Please pray for:
The Week of Hope campers: give thanks for all they will do this summer to serve the Soaring Wings Ministries ranch and the homeless in the community. Pray for their safety and that they draw near to God as they serve here.
The Homeless: that they feel God's love through the services from Soaring Wings Ministries and our Week of Hope campers this summer.  
My health: that the cancer is local and that the surgery goes smoothly and they can remove all the cancer. Pray for patiences for me as I recover and pray that I can heal fully.
My family: pray that they have peace and patience during this time of surgery and recovery too. 

What can you do to help? Everyone always says what can I do to help which I love and am so thankful for and I can't tell you how amazing people really are! 
Pray, I love prayer! I truly believe that God hears our prayers and when we pray amazing things happen to us and to those who you are praying for so please pray. 
Meals- Mom (and Todd and Dad) will be doing more around here as I will be out of service for a 8 weeks. That is more with Soaring Wings Ministries and at the house. So if you would like to donate a meal that would be amazing, contact mom to figure that out please. 
Support- I won't be able to do fundraisers or really much for a while and I live on support so if you would like to make a donation towards my support that would be a true gift to me and my family as I recover. You can donate two ways online (www.soaringwingsministries.org and click donate) or mail a check to Soaring Wings Ministries at 499 Trinity Lane Wellington, CO 80549 with "Meredith Support" in the memo. To not have to worry or think about this while dealing with these health issues would be a true gift! 

Thank you for your prayers and support! 

Sincerely,
Meredith Peters

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

An update from Meredith

Today is Super Tuesday and super exciting at Soaring Wings Ministries as we introduced our Building Fund Drive today! It is great for me too personally because I have been able to work on the brochure, postcards, letters, etc from home while still recovering and going to all the doctors appointments that I have had to go to the last two months.

I am feeling better. I am thankful that the pneumonia is gone and I have more energy. I do not have to wear oxygen when I am at rest. I do when I am up and moving around but that is even at a low amount and I am hopeful that I will be able to get off the oxygen in the near future.

I am able to do more around the ranch and with the family. I get to go to church which is huge for me,  work on the Soaring Wings website and mailings, I can help in the kitchen and I can play with Payton. Somethings are still frustrating that are limited but I try to focus on how much better I am doing and where we are going.

I am still doing testing and trying medicines and seeing many specialist. This is a strange week as I have no doctors appointments but fear not I have multiple specialist next week :)

There is no official word of what is going on with my body yet besides something in the lungs and an autoimmune disease but what they are and if they are connected are not known yet but as long as I continue to improve and feel better that is what I care about.

I am so thankful to everyone for your prayers and support. It has been hard being limited in my outside contact but the medicine I am on makes me more likely to catch other viruses and have a low immune system so I do as much as I can from home to support and work for Soaring Wings Ministries.

If you have a chance please check out www.soaringwingsministries.org and look at the building fund page and my missionaries page. I continue to work to raise support so I can do Soaring Wings Ministries full time. This week, Friday, we will be going out to do Donuts with Friends and I am looking forward to getting back out with the homeless and encouraging them. Please pray for us as we serve them and interact with our homeless friends.

Please keep the prayers coming that I would have continued energy, strength and limited need for the oxygen. Please pray for the doctors to be wise in the next steps. Thank you for all your cards, encouraging notes, meals, prayers and words!

Thank you!
Meredith Peters

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

Sunday, January 31, 2016

My daily life since traveling East

 

I have decided that since I am home bound for a little over a week that I would write a blog. Everyone keeps asking how I am doing and what the latest news is and so I will blog and who knows maybe get back into blogging more after this situation is done too. I enjoyed blogging before and I enjoy being able to look back on the blog so we will see where this go but for today here is my blog...

Todd, Payton and I got to go back to New England for three weeks during the Christmas season to visit with family and friends (and meet the news member of the Peters family). We were so excited to also be sharing at different places about Soaring Wings Ministries and what God is doing here in Colorado with our lives and the lives of the homeless. While we were back in New England I started feeling worst and worst. I couldn't really pinpoint what was worst but I knew when I got back to Colorado I should go to the doctor. I was short of breath when I had to talk for long times and I was tired but worst was my heart would race so fast from the littlest things.

When we got back to Colorado I thought I just had a chest cold but I was not coughing and it was not passing. I called the doctor and they did an X-ray and I had pneumonia so they sent me home to rest and take some medicine. At home I felt no better and maybe even worst so when I went back on Monday, 5 days later, for my follow up they said try so new medicines and rest but if your oxygen drops below 85 just go to the closest ER.

When I walked into the pharmacy to get my medicine my oxygen was below 85 before I got to the pharmacy so off to urgent care we went leaving the medicine at the pharmacy. At urgent care they ran test and looked at stuff and made sure that I didn't have blood clots because from the X-ray they were not sure. Thankfully there were no blood clots just severe pneumonia so by ambulance they sent me to the hospital to be admitted.

When I arrived they hooked me up to every machine and got me ready for the night. My blood results  showed that my pneumonia was going septic and they worked hard in the night to get me so I could be more stable. The nurses were amazing and I was thankful to be in good hands. I progressed and felt ready to leave so on Thursday they sent me home.

Thursday and Friday morning I felt fine but by Friday evening I was starting to feel just as sick and by Saturday morning I was so sick I couldn't even barely stand. It was horrible and scary so Todd took me back to the hospital and they admitted me again. The pneumonia was back and I was needing more medical advice. I had a lung specialist come and he was convinced that it must be a bad viral pneumonia since I had been on medicine for almost 2 weeks at this point and not much improvement but the test results come back and it was not viral so then on to the next test.

The lung specialist tested my autoimmune levels and those results came back with positives but not clear enough to give a diagnosis yet without seeing a rheumatologist. So the pneumonia was having a hard time getting out of my system as my body is fighting autoimmune disease as well.

We finally all agreed that I could be on oxygen and rest at home just the same as I was in hospital. They were fearful that I would catch something else at the hospital and my body is just not strong enough to fight anything else right now. So until Feb. 8 when I can see the rheumatologist I will be at home, resting, drinking lots of water, and trusting God everyday for His guidance and wisdom.

How am I feeling? I am feeling hopeful and thankful that God holds me in His hand daily. God knows way more than I can about my body or any doctors. I am thankful for doctors but my trust is ultimately in God's hands and my future too.
I am thankful for my family. Payton's laughter and hugs can make anything seem better. I am thankful for Todd, mom, dad, my brother and my sister for their help and patience as I can not do much of anything.
I am frustrated that even something as simple as going to use the restroom or leaning over to kiss Payton can make my heart race so high it hurts. My body is sore and still needs more rest than I know how to give it but I am thankful to be home, to see the sunlight, and be a part of daily life at the ranch. I am trying hard to be patience with myself and take life one moment at a time.
Thank you to everyone who has sent cards, written messages, brought food and visited me in the hospital. The encouragement is so amazing and I am thankful!

Psalm 91:2 "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

Saturday, April 19, 2014

R is the letter of the day... resurrection and Rio 2!

It has been a long time since I haven't written a post. Not because I haven't wanted to or I don't have anything to share but because time is precious and I have been loving the time with my Payton and when she takes a nap it is the perfect time to do work or catch up on mail or a number of other things.

But today I feel inspired and ready to write a blog. Today is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter and seriously one of my favorite weekends! A weekend that makes my heart feel sadness, pain, thankfulness, joy, hope, and mostly LOVE!

I love Easter and all that it stands for... I love that God loves me and EVERY person in this world so much that He would suffer and die to express that love! I love that there are traditions that surround this hope and love! I love the spring air, the church services, the constant reminders of Jesus and His love for us!
One of the traditions in my family growing up was to go away for Easter weekend and spend the weekend at a hotel, go shopping on Saturday for Easter outfits, visit a church and then have an Easter brunch before heading home. Well for many reasons we could not do that this year with my family but today we went to the mall to get Easter outfits and to see a movie.
We took Payton to go see Rio 2 and yes we maybe a little crazy as a one year old in the movies can be crazy but she highly enjoyed Rio so we were hopeful. Well it goes without saying that Payton is growing up! We have been seeing many true signs of this lately and hard to believe how big and independent she really is but at the movie she did AWESOME!

She had a little candy treat, sat in a booster seat, laughed, pretended to cry and all the wonderful things that one year olds do at movies but my favorite part was at the end of the movie (movie spoiler coming up, haha)...

The lady friend of the birds knocks over one of the bad guys tractors and throws her hands up in the air and cheered and right on que Payton did the same. Her hands went up and she was smiling and say "yahoo!" Todd being the best dad didn't let his daughter sit there cheering alone and threw his hands up too and cheered with her. In that moment I thought, wow my life is a treasure and I am so thankful that God has made this my family!! I will always think of this Easter with fond memories of Payton and Todd cheering at the movie theatre as we make traditions of our own to celebrate the best gift... God's unfailing love through Jesus' resurrection!!




Thursday, January 2, 2014

One year today feels like a million years ago and just yesterday all at the same time!

One year today feels like a million years ago and just yesterday all at the same time!
I have been thinking about what I wanted to write in my blog to mark our first full year as a family and I have so much I want to say and at the same time so little to say. I am still in awe of the fact of how God answered our prayers!

My family is such an answer to prayers and such a gift that I don't take one day for granted with them. When I was thinking about the day we got to bring Payton home and the feeling that morning when I woke up; that I was going to bring home my baby after our time of waiting, I remember thanking God and being sooooo excited to see Payton and count her fingers and toes and get to know her!

Well when I woke up this morning, it was snowing and I rushed into the office to get done what I had to get done. Then a stop at the store before our snow storm and the whole time, I was thinking about how blessed I am to have a home full of love. I was just as excited to go home and hug Payton as the day we got to bring her home one year ago!

I wasn't quite as nervous and I didn't have to sign paper work or anything but today as we counted her toes, she loves to count things, I thought about the first day and how we got home and Todd and I both were like now what? And then God lead us as we needed to go. The now what quickly turned into "what's that?" and now this is our daily life.

Our daily life where we try to show Payton how to have a relationship with God and with others that is full of love and grace. Our daily life where we try to build one another up, support each other, and laughter together. Our daily life where dumping the crayons is just as exciting as picking them up for a one year old who loves to sort. Our daily life where I still stop and think from time to time, how did we get such an amazing gift?

I can't express my love for Payton enough! I can't tell you how much I love being a mother, I can't type enough words or share enough pictures to express how the little things melt my heart. I can't explain to you how long my heart ached to pray with my child at bedtime or to see Todd smile because his daughter says, "Hi dadda," I can't share how much my heart longed to have this child, Payton, in my life and to know that she is the one that was always my daughter. Payton is not just an answer to prayers but a miracle!

I am so thankful to Payton's birth family for choosing to give her to us out of pure love. We are so blessed to have a relationship with her birth family, we have about 3-4 scheduled visits a year with them. I was out shopping the other day with Payton and we were walking down the road to go get coffee  and who do we see across the road? Payton's birth grandmother, so we got to have a cup of coffee with her grandparents, it was a nice surprise and I am so thankful that they are so open and we can be open with them and at the same time that they respect us and give us space to parent. We are so thankful to God for the relationship we have with her birth family.

I know that adoption is not for everyone but I am so thankful that after much prayer and research and a miracle from God that we had the privilege to adopt Payton because I know without a doubt in my mind that although she is "not flesh of my own flesh": she is my daughter and we are sooooo thankful to celebrate our first ever family day!!!

Here are some pictures from the first few weeks together to more recently! What a year! What an amazing story God is doing through our lives! We are so thankful to God for our little miracle and blessing! 
January 2, 2013: Payton in the car heading home with us!
  Daddy and Payton day one! Talking and becoming buddies!

January 2, 2013: My little baby that I had longed to hold was finally home! 
  Kisses from mommy before bath time!


Look at that face! <3

She has grown so much in a year! 


Our family!!

Payton can now walk, run, communicate! She is the best!!
Daddy and Payton Christmas morning 2013 
My heart is filled with Joy ALL the Time!!!
What happened to my little baby, she is growing so fast. I am so proud!

Can only imagine where God will lead her in the future! Trusting Him each step of the way!






Sunday, December 8, 2013

Thanksgiving as a family!

Ahhh the holidays are here and so is our baby... tonight when we were watching Little Mermaid and snuggling with Payton, all we can think is how wonderful our life is.

Not even a year ago we didn't even know about Payton and here we are with a 15 month old sharing every day and moment and feeling so lucky to have her in our lives!

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday with Todd's side of the family! We enjoyed some great times with them, including playing the piano, watching mickey mouse clubhouse, climbing the stairs, eating really good food, and enjoying the cousins!

Here are some pictures of our First Thanksgiving as a Family of Three!!!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well!


























Sunday, November 24, 2013

Forever changed by adoption

Payton ready to go to church today!
The other day Todd and I got to go on a date to Boston. It was so nice! We had a wonderful meal and went to see The Christmas Story the play. Payton stayed with our dear friends and had a fun time with them! When we were at our lunch Todd and I were talking about our life and what we want in the future and we decided to recommit to a few things...Keeping our focus on Serving God and Loving Others and Always working together as a family. 

Yesterday was National Adoption Day and we are so blessed to have Payton in our life because her birthmother felt such love for her that she knew she deserved a family that wanted to focus on her. To give Payton the best we have and to show her how to love others.

Today at church we were getting ready for the service and Payton was upfront playing the piano with our talented musician Sara Pattie and two wonderful saints of the church were standing there clapping and the joy on Payton's face was priceless.

Payton and I! I am blessed with my silly baby girl!
We are home now and Todd and Payton are snuggling and watching a Disney movie and just enjoying being together and all I can think is how blessed we are!!

We are blessed! We have a God that loves us, who commands us to continue gathering with other Christians to have a community to help raise our beautiful daughter! We have a God who loves us no matter what and wants the best for us!

We are blessed with friends and family! We are blessed with food, a home, transportation, education and we are blessed because God picked us to have Payton be our daughter!

We are forever changed by adoption and I feel blessed every time I look at Payton. Every time I see her smile or sooth her tears. I feel blessed every day I get to teach Payton to love God and to pray to Him because she was loved BEFORE she was born or a part of our family! We are blessed by adoption and I am so thankful for my family!!!

Our BLESSING!!!!