Thursday, August 26, 2010

One Year Today...




One year ago today we were blessed with grandchild #10, Zeke Landon Olson.  He came into this world with a basket full of problems and a Mother and family that loved him with a love that no one could imagine.  We prayed then and we continue to pray for him and his health concerns.

Today is Zeke's birthday, "Zeker" as we so lovingly call him.  The past year has been fraught with scares, tears, prayers and often thanks and smiles.  Zeke has come a long, long way......every day we are reminded of his fragile condition but over time we have been able to see beyond that and have dared to dream of Zeke and his future happiness and health.

Zeke has finally gotten to some fabulous Doctors that have taken incredible care of him and have been able to keep him going and allow him to progress, to grow, to smile and to be a happy 1 year old baby.  We also pray for them each night!

I have watched as his Mother has gained the strength she needs to take care of him 24/7.  She has gone from a frightened Mother to a woman that has more inner strength, belief and confidence than I ever thought she would have.  Not because I thought she didn't have those qualities but because of the depth of his problems and the sleep deprivation she has endured the last year.  She is the strongest woman I know...to have been through so much and still smile at some things that many of us take for granted.....a baby's first smile, first time they sit up, first tooth, first time crawling and first word.  She never gave up on Zeke...EVER!!  I so admire her.

Happy Birthday baby Zeke, you are the bright penny in our lives, our sunshine, our happiness and our love... you'll have many, many more.

I Love You,
Your Nana

8 comments:

Amanda said...

Awwww!! Lovely post, Melana. I so enjoyed reading that. I've given him so many of my prayers and thoughts over the last year too! LeAnn has definitely gone through some major ups and downs, and i'm sooo glad to hear that Baby Zeke is getting better and better every day! He's a cutie! I hope he has a wonderful first birthday...cake and all!

CBLandCO. Jewelry And Gifts said...

Happy Birthday baby Zeke! What a little fighter he is! We will all continue to say prayers for continued strong health and happiness to baby Zeke and for strength (and much needed rest) to your whole family Melana! Hugs to all of you!

BeadedTail said...

Happy Birthday to Zeke! He has been in my thoughts and prayers during this past year and it's so wonderful to see him doing well and getting stronger every day! I, too, am in awe of the strength LeeAnna has. I hope he has a very Happy Birthday and many, many more!

LeeAnna said...

what a beautiful rendition of Zeke's first year with us. He has grown to see his first birthday thanks to God giving him the best mother he could have. Also, a big brother and sister (little mama) who love him so much. He's a smiler and giggler. He's a hugger and fast on his feet (and hands - Mowgli). Can't wait for him to start talking to hear what he has to say! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ZEKE!

LeeAnna said...

That was my mom under my name^

Katy Curtis said...

Happy birthday Zeker! you have been loved and prayed over by a bunch of wonderful Aunties on blessings market who think you are just the best.

Melana he looks wonderful and you are the best Nana ever!

MamaJody said...

Happy Birthday, Zeke!!! Hope you have a fantastic first birthday!!

Thank you Melana, for sharing your amazing grandson and family with us, your Angel sisters. Love, Hugs and Prayers!!

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

Melana...and family....God blessed little Zeke and helped him through the first year. He is an amazing little boy and so is his family! I wish only the best and many more happy years with lots of smiles, cakes and Grandma Hugs!!!