Day 17: We Refuse To Be Hopeless

The first thing I want to write is how genuinely thankful we are for the way you guys…people from all over…have joined us, taken hands with us and linked arms with us in prayer for our Everett…our Shuai boy.  It has been absolutely stunning and I just could never express how deep our gratitude runs.  The comments and messages and mail and texts and emails and gifts and support are overwhelming in the sweetest way.  Our son is loved…we are loved…and it has helped carried us.  I cry when I read your words and literally burst into tears when I read these words from one of you…”Hearts across the internet have taken Everett in.”  That one sentence encompasses how we feel…we feel you have taken Everett into your own heart and loved him and prayed for him and as I sit pouring tears over my keyboard we are indebted to each of you for your kindness, thoughtfulness and incredible love.  Thank you seems so small so please know how truly thankful we are.

Taking Everett down for his CT scan was quite the ordeal and when they rolled him away we felt the emptiness of his room.  Josh and I just hugged where his bed was then waited for him to be brought back.  It was quite the long day.  Radiology initially thought they only saw swelling..which was expected…and there was no bleeding.  Our doctor shared sometimes damage takes a few days to appear and that neurology would have more to say.  When he was sharing the news I felt in my heart, “Not today.”  I am immensely grateful for another day with Everett…more time to soak his little self up.

At one point during the day Everett’s nurse Denise saw the corner of his mouth twitch while brushing his teeth and he tried biting down slightly on the brush.  We also noticed his EEG machine had changed slightly.  Truthfully, although so small, this was so much hope for us.  I stood by his bed and felt deep hope.  One of our translators came by and I told her we didn’t need anything right now.  She walked out and Denise bolted out the door after her.  She brought her back and got her to tell Shuai to continue to fight and not to give up.  Then she so sweetly started crying and pouring words over our boy in his beloved mandarin language telling him we…his mama and baba…we’re there with him and loved him so much.  She told him God was with him and encouraged him to keep fighting.  We all just cried and watched as she spoke so beautifully over him.  Afterwards she told us what all she said and we hugged so tightly.  What a sweet gift from God in that time.  It was a moment I was privileged to watch and be apart of.

The neurology team came by his room around 2:40.  Josh had gone to take a shower so I started calling him.  The team proceeded to do an exam on Everett testing certain things on his little body.  They finished and I told them Josh said they could start without him.  She asked if I was sure and I told her it was fine.  In my head I thought they we’re just going to say the same thing radiology had.  One of the ladies looked me in the eyes and said, “It’s not good at all.”  And I was shocked.  I started looking around and Josh walked though the door to his room.  I was stunned and think I said something like “It’s not good.” to him.

The team had us sit down and proceeded to tell us Everett had moderately severe to severe brain damage.  His EEG, CT scan and his exam had confirmed these things.  I felt like they we’re giants all towering around us and I remember I started focussing in on the Mumford and Sons song playing over his room speakers instead of their words.  Our doctors and Denise and Matt all looked on behind the team.  I felt so bad for all of them.  I honestly can’t even tell you what all they said except things like “we’re not hopeful” and “not the same child”.  With his brain damage they feel they cannot fix his heart right now.  I sat absolutely stunned and in shock and only asked one question, “I don’t understand.  If his heart is so sick and he has such severe brain damage how will we get out of here?”  His sweet doctor said, “We are all asking ourselves the same thing.”

As of right now the plan is to just wait and watch and see if anything changes over the next few days.  We are absolutely devastated, but please hear me when I say, we refuse refuse refuse to be hopeless.  God is too good and Everett has fought too hard for us to throw in the towel now.  We owe it to Everett to hold onto hope…to beg God for a miracle…to rally all our people and storm heaven on sweet Everett’s behalf.  Oh God, be near and hear our cries.

He is in the business of miracles.  He can restore Everett’s body completely.  He can breath life into his little mind, body and heart and we are begging Him to do so.  We will choose hope.  We will choose love.  We will choose praise.  We will sing our broken hallelujah because God is so deserving of our praise.   God does not change based on our circumstances.  He is the same…steady and unwavering.  May we sing no other name than His.

I know we’ve asked for so many prayers, but please keep praying and hoping with us.


  1. Heather Shorr says:

    Holding onto all the hope and we will not stop praying.

    • Amanda smotherman says:

      Praying for Sweet Everett!! I’m also praying for you and your husband. May God strengthen you through His word, His Spirit and His people!! Hope is truly one of the most wonderful gifts God has given us!!!

    • KELLY AkIn says:

      My heart goes out to you, dear one. Words can’t suffice- just know that we’re crying out on Everett’s behalf, to our Father who is capable of more than we could ever hope or imagine.
      From a sister in Christ- a Nashvillian, nurse, mom, wife and believer! Be blessed

  2. Jen smith says:

    Oh Father, please bring a miracle.
    Our family is praying over you all and sweet Everett. May God show Himself to you all in powerful ways. Asking for strength, healing, and peace to reign over you.

    • Camilla says:

      If ever there was a deserving stewart of God’s goodness, it is Everett and his loving,praising, unwavering family. Pleased God wrap your everlasting arms of love & support around all of them.

  3. Marianne cupples says:

    Praying for a miracle of healing! ❤

  4. Praying. And continuing to hope & believe. God bless you all

  5. Heather N says:

    I am still praying. Please, God, heal sweet Everett.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I am praying for your sweet Everett and that God will continue to sustain you through this incredibly difficult time.

  7. I am so sorry it is not the news that all of us are praying for, but that will not stop me and thousands of others to pray for that miracle that we know can happen. Continued prayers from Kansas for Everett, both of you, this siblings, friends, and his medical team as they continue to fight for your little boy. Much love!

  8. Kelly Ford says:

    Everett’s name has been on our lips in prayer, as well as, you, Josh and your other sweet kiddos. Our God is an awesome God, He reigns on heaven and earth with wisdom, power and love, our God is an awesome God.

  9. I just found out about your story this morning, but I have prayed for you and your precious boy so many, many times today. Holding on to hope for you, with you, and lifting your sweet little man up…. Praying that the same beautiful, miraculous God who knit him together with such a special heart and knows him inside and out will continue to be with him (and with y’all), healing his body, heart, and mind as only He can.

  10. Praying for this beautiful wonder boy and his amazing family tonight and endlessly. Been following along and praying every single night since to Zumbathon I met you at so many months ago. Love and peace and hugs to you all!!

  11. Clinging to HOPE and believing our God will work a miracle in his sweet little body! Keep fighting sweet Shuai! Love you lots!

  12. Emily schmittou says:

    Praying so hard for you all and full restoration of his sweet body and mind!!

  13. Praying fervently. All my love! ❤️ di

  14. I can not get this sweet boy (and you all) off my mind. I pray for him all day! Keep on fighting sweet boy (& mama and daddy!). God is in control and we know how mighty He is!

  15. We are praying, and sharing Everett’s story with others so that they too can pray. We feel deeply for your son. He is so precious, and such a joy! We are hoping and praying for his healing, and restoration to your family.

  16. Amy holder says:

    Hoping and praying, hard!

  17. Praying and hoping with you!
    Psalm 16:8-11
    I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
    Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
    because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
    You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

  18. I don’t know you but my ❤️ aches for what you are feeling!! I am praying for strength for your family and for that precious child of God!!!!

  19. Jennifer meyer says:

    So much love to all of you. Praying continually.

  20. Oh God, please heal Everett. He is so sweet and little. Just one miracle oh God for Everett….

  21. Rebecca holmes says:

    Oh, I love that God’s Word confirms to us that He is the true Miracle Worker. he knows Everett’s body because you are the Creator of his precious life. Father, I come before your throne, with all the hope and belief I can muster and trust you to help my unbelief, and I ask, in confidence for mercy and help in this time of need! May your name be so glorified in what you do . You are good, you are merciful and you are our help. We ask for a miracle of healing over Everett, not for our sake, Dear God, but for the sake of your Great Name. And not because we are good or worthy, but because of the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ our Savior. We love you Lord, even through tears and fear. We love you and we love these brothers and sisters I Need Christ!

    In Jesus Name, Amen

  22. We will continue to hope, believe and pray with you.

  23. Cheryl Resha says:

    All of your GES family are praying for your sweet boy…praying for a miracle. Sending you, Josh and kiddos lots and lots of love.

  24. Lora Joy ADzima says:

    We are with you, holding onto hope! Holding onto God!

  25. Carrie Corrigan says:

    Clinging desperately to hope for a miracle. ❤️

  26. Dear Lord, we are all hoping and praying for a miracle for sweet Everett and his family!!! You are awesome and powerful and we sing your praises along with his momma and daddy!! Please continue to give them strength, courage and hope!!!

  27. I’m praying for your little boy and your family! He is so precious and I think about him all day. God will only bring obstacles to your doorstep that he knows you can overcome. We are all part of such a bigger plan and I will continue to pray for his little body, your family, and the doctors for strength, wisdom, and support ❤️

  28. Rachael Hartline says:

    So devastated to hear this news…I check my facebook throughout the day just to see updates on sweet Everett…prayers from here in Costa Rica that God’s glory will be reaveled!

  29. Jenny Lee says:

    Still praying to our God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. This song came on (you probably already know it) as I prayed for your Everett today. thought I’d share it…..
    The Red Sea Road — by Elle Holcomb
    We, buried dreams
    Laid them deep into the earth behind us
    Said, our goodbyes
    At the grave but everything reminds us
    God knows, we ache
    When He asks us to go on
    How do we go on?

    We will sing, to our souls
    We won’t bury our hope
    Where He leads us to go
    There’s a red sea road
    When we can’t, see the way
    He will part, the waves
    And we’ll never walk alone
    Down a red sea road

    [Verse 2]
    How, can we trust
    When You say You will deliver us from
    All, of this pain, that threatens to take over us
    Well, this desert’s dry
    But the ocean may consume
    And we’re scared, to follow You

    So we will sing, to our souls
    We won’t bury our hope
    Where He leads us to go
    There’s a red sea road
    When we can’t, see the way
    He will part, the waves
    And we’ll never walk alone
    Down a red sea road

    Oh help us believe
    You are faithful, You’re faithful
    When our hearts are breaking
    You are faithful, You’re faithful
    Oh grant us eyes to see
    You are faithful, You’re faithful
    Teach us to sing
    You are faithful, You’re faithful, You’re faithful

    And we will sing, to our souls
    We won’t bury our hope
    Where He leads us to go
    There’s a red sea road
    When we can’t, see the way
    He will part, the waves
    And we’ll never walk alone
    Down a red sea road …

    Praying for peace and strength in the minutes, hours and days to come. One breathe at a time….. Love, Jenny

  30. Meriah Henderson says:

    Hoping and sending our love.

  31. “The answer to our prayer may be coming, although we may not discern
    its approach. A seed that is underground during winter, although
    hidden and seemingly dead and lost, is nevertheless taking root for a
    late spring and harvest. – Bickersteth

    Delayed answers to prayer are not only trials of faith, they also give
    us opportunities to honor God through our steadfast confidence in Him
    even when facing the apparent denial of our request. – Charles Spurgeon

    Storming the gates of heaven for Everett

  32. Your faith and hope in the Lord is beautiful to read. I pray with you for your sweet baby boy and have not given up hope!

  33. Lindsey Respondek says:

    I am crying with you tonight. Crying tears but also crying out to God. He hears us. We will not be shaken. We will continue to fight for Everett.

  34. Continuing to pray to our amazing Father for a miracle as amazing as He is. My thoughts are with you three in Ann Arbor and with those at home who love Everett, too. Everett has already proven time and again that he is a strong, brace fighter, and so are you. Love from Louisville.


  36. Reefie marconi says:

    Your story has touched my heart so deeply what a precious little boy who has endured so much and touched so many people i am praying for him and all that love this sweet child …praying for a miracle

  37. Jillbloodworth says:

    Oh Laura, we will continue to have hope for sweet Everett. I’ve never met you but I’ve followed you for almost 6 years and feel like I know you and your family personally. I’ve watched your family take in Everett and love him fiercely. You have given him love and fought so hard for him. So many of us love him and are praying endlessly for healing. Your faith amazes me. We are praying for a miracle for precious Everett.

  38. Praying for your family, prayers of comfort and healing. May God wrap his arms around each of you.

  39. Praying for the miracle of miracles!!!

  40. Praying for a miracle for your sweet boy. This song has gotten me through some dark days.

    Mercy Me-“Even If”
    It’s easy to sing
    When there’s nothing to bring me down
    But what will I say
    When I’m held to the flame
    Like I am right now
    I know You’re able and I know You can
    Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
    But even if You don’t
    My hope is You alone
    They say it only takes a little faith
    To move a mountain
    Well good thing
    A little faith is all I have, right now
    But God, when You choose
    To leave mountains unmovable
    Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
    It is well with my soul

  41. God is BIGGER! Our Almighty Healer is in the miracle business, and I continue to keep your sweet guy covered in healing prayer. Praying for continued strength for you and your husband that all the prayers continue offer comfort and that God and Everett show those Drs what a fighter he is! Big hugs!

  42. Cheryl Stone says:

    When we think we have nothing left, we remember we have hope. When hope is gone, all is lost. So all is NOT lost, because so many are hoping, and praying, for a miracle. Because we know our God is the God of miracles. Praying ceaselessly for Everett and for you all.

  43. Gretchen says:

    I will continue to hope and pray for your sweet boy. He is truly loved by multitudes. He has so many praying on his behalf and for you and your family as well.

  44. You all have been on my mind so much. Praying for healing for your boy; comfort for you, Josh, and your other little ones; and that God would be glorified.

  45. Jill Daniels says:

    So much love here in Illinois for you all. Praying and hoping.

  46. Our dear friend Frank was told back in the 1970’s to get his affairs in order, that he had 90 days left to live as his leukemia raged on. Speaking in faith as he always did, Frank looked at his doctor and said, “Well Honey you may be my doctor, but I know the Great Physician! We’ll see what He has to say!” Frank passed away last year, 2016, in his late 80s. He trusted in the Great Physician and was rewarded, and so do we!! He is still in the miracle business, and we’re believing Him for a miracle for Everett and for his family!!

  47. Praying like crazy. So
    Many of
    Us don’t “know” you but that doesn’t matter when you’re a part of gods family. I walked
    By a sign you made “courage dear heart” that hangs in our house so many times today and touched it thinking of you and all
    Of yours. You are loved. You are prayed for. You are not alone. So
    Many of us in God’s family are boldly asking for healing. For peace. For wisdom. We are mamas and we mamas stick together in prayer. Hugs and love from
    Iowa tonight.

  48. Amy Barnett says:

    Earlier today I prayed that God reach down with his hand and lay it on Everett’s broken body. That he heal that sweet boy and make him strong. I also prayed that you, Mom and Dad, feel God’s arms holding you tightly as he carries you through this.
    Tonight, I pray the same as I cry tears for you, and feel so undeservingly blessed to have three healthy children. I told them Everett’s story and he will be in their prayers too.

  49. Praying for your sweet boy and your family…I pray for peace, comfort and join you in hope. Our God is an awesome God…we love you

  50. Standing With you and praying. Have people praying for you and sweet Everett around the world. Lord, rain down miracles from heaven, do what you do best and amaze us all. Sending all our love

  51. Oh Laura… I’m so glad Josh is there with you and with Everett.
    Tears again tonight… and yet, as you said, hope. Always, hope. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love” Yes, “the greatest of these is love,” and you love Everett more than non-mother me can grasp, but hope remains forever too. Always, hope.

  52. Amy RosS says:

    Storming the gates with prayer for Everett! Praying and BELIEVING!!

  53. Taken from a meditation by Lloyd John Ogilvie: Alexander Maclaren, a great preacher oF another generation, tells the story of his conquest of fear. As a young boy he took a job in Glasgow, some miles away from his own village. He stayed in the city during the week and returned home on Saturday evenings. There was a ravine on his way home that superstition supposed was filled with evil spirits. All during the week at work, the lad feared most that his long walk would have to include passing through this ravine. The anticipation blighted every morning of that week. Saturday night came and there was nothing to do but muster up his courage and start home. His heart pounded as he reached the ravine. He paused in panic. His feet were like lead. Then suddenly he heard a voice calling out of the night, “Alex, it’s your dad. I came to walk through the ravine with ye.” All through his life as one of Scotland’s greatest preachers, Maclaren never forgot the courage and strength he felt when his father graciously walked through the frightful glen with him. David felt that way about God. The valley of the shadow had been extricated of fear because the Shepherd would walk through it with him. David knew the comfort the shepherd could be to the sheep. The Lord was his Shepherd all through his life. What are the glens of fearful worry for you? What is the valley of anxiety? The Lord does not ridicule our fears. He understands. Like Maclaren’s dad, He comes out to walk with us. He knows what’s in the glen or valley and wants us to know that, placing our hand in His, we can make it through.

    Laura and family, There’s a world of people with hearts united for you all. And even more importantly a Heavenly Father who knows and cares with a depth deeper than us all combined. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.” – Romans 15:13. In Christian love, MKW

  54. Praying for miracles for your precious little boy!

  55. As we walk by faith and not sight, we will align ourselves with God, not circumstances, focusing on the unseen and eternal things. As I read your daily posts, your example of God’s agape love is remarkable to see. Praying for your precious boy and knowing God has a plan.

  56. Praying with and for you, for Gods grace to reign down as you wait with expectancy. May we all experience a miracle through Everett.

  57. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness .”
    Desmond Tutu
    With hope and prayers for you and your sweet Everett.

  58. My love and prayers are with you.

  59. Grace greene says:

    I’m reading while nursing my baby girl whose name is Miriam Hope. We took the name Hope from Psalm 33:22- “let your steadfast love be upon us, O Lord, even as we hope in you.” Praying for miraculous healing & that God’s steadfast love would be upon you as you hope in him.

  60. I have been praying for your family since you were in China bringing Everett home. I will continue to pray, and I thank God for your courage. May you know His strength and peace in such fresh ways in the coming days and weeks. You are loved. You are held. I have wept over your dear boy and am so thankful for your bravery in sharing your story.

  61. So many prayers for Everett and his family. God is with you.

  62. Whether Everett’s victory is on this side of Heaven or not does nothing to change the absolute miracle that he is. His whole unique little self testifies to world of God’s great love. We cover Everett, you, your husband, and family in prayer from Oregon.

  63. Andrea young says:

    You know I am praying…praying like he is one of mine. Sleepless nights over here. Praying without ceasing!!! Believing with you!!!

  64. Cheryl haRtman says:

    Storming the gates of heaven for Everett and praying through the night.

  65. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Cor. 1:4

    Isaiah 40:29
    29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.

    Psalm 42:11
    11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
    Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

    “Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” And the LORD listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.” [1 Kings 17:21-22]

    Lord God,
    You are the Great Physician.
    Everett is sick and needs your healing touch.
    Lord, you are the healer of weaknesses, colds, flu, fevers, viruses, chronic conditions, tumors, cancer and other diseases, and you are the healer of Everett! As we ask you to heal this child, we will declare by faith that Everett IS receiving your abundant healing power right now and that his health IS steadily improving. We declare that we will not look at what our eyes see, but we will look at what our faith sees. We will feed our faith concerning the healing power that is bringing health to Everett! We will stand strong behind your biblical words: “By his stripes, we are healed.” Thank you, Lord, for bringing your awesome healing power into Everett’s body! Lord, we praise you for healing this child!! In Jesus’ name We pray, Amen.

  66. I will continue to pray for a miracle for your precious boy. I also am praying for Gods strength and comfort to you and Josh and your family. GOd can do miracles and I will continue to hope with you. ❤️

  67. I feel for both the parent’s of Everrett,we will not loss Hope, will continue to pray and our trust is in the Lord, Jehovah Rapha.Everrett,we love and keep fighting!

  68. Continuing to send love and strength everyday and pouring it into Everett today. You are an amazing woman, Laura, and I have no doubt that Everett is feeling his mama’s love every minute. Keep up your optimistic, hopeful, and love-filled spirit <3 <3 <3

  69. Heather cole says:

    Praying for healing for your baby boy Ev and comfort for you both. Words really cant express how I feel. I went into work this morning (Im a nurse) and as I sat waiting on my first patient of the day, I read your updates. Im crushed for yall and tried to keep it together as random coworkers passed by. Thankfully we serve a God who is in the miracle business. Also one who is completely sovereign. I love the story of daniel where he says, “my god is able, he will (save us from the furnace), and even if he doesn’t … we will refuse to bow down to another” (my own personal paraphrase). Praying the love and peace of God surrounds you. Lifting Ev up daily.

  70. Praying for your sweet boy all the way from Argentina. I have been reading your blog from years and your family and Everett are in my thoughts every day. God is good, I will keep praying for you

  71. Darlene Sweet says:

    Your family is in my prayers. Your faith continues to be such a testimony to your love for your child, your family and your God. God will heal your precious boy, either in this life or in eternity. May He held each of you in the hollow of His hand.

  72. Jen GoRdon says:

    Always! Always! Always! Always praying for all of you! My heart is so darn heavy for all of this and you. I don’t understand my own feelings for someone I don’t know. I hurting for all of you. I think that speaks for all of us interwebs. We just want to see this angel of a boy return to a new life he deserves! But at the same time – YOUR faith is teacching me and so many others that God is good no matter what. Thank you for that. Praying so hard for a miracle! No matter what my day holds – I pray yours can return to normal with your cute family – Everett included. Prayers, prayers, prayers and more prayers!

  73. Praying and holding onto hope from Washington state.

  74. Michelle nimmo says:

    ❤️Loving & praying with you guys❤️

  75. Amanda priest says:

    Prayers coming to you from Western Canada tonight..You are in my thoughts constantly. I pray for strength for you and Josh in the coming days to help you through this very difficult time..I continue to hope and pray for your sweet little boy. My heart breaks for your family. Xx

  76. Praying for you and your sweet boy from the Pacific Northwest…

  77. Praying for your sweet boy!

  78. Continuing to pray and hope for your sweet Everett!

  79. Julene reed says:

    I, too, have tears of sadness and heartbreak hearing this news. But, like you, I (and all of the rest of us supporting you) will not give up hope. Miracles do happen. You have an amazing team working with you in the hospital, and I am sure that they, too, are hoping and praying for a miracle. Everett is so loved. I can’t imagine anyone in the world who would have given him the unconditional love you are providing. Bless you all, and I am praying for that miracle!

  80. Jehovah Rapha, Healer,
    I pray, that like the story You showed me this morning of the man who flat lined 11 times in a day, You heal Everet. I pray that his brain has NO DAMAGE. I pray that his heart gains strength. I pray, in Jesus Name, that You shine Your Light in his room tonight. That You show Your strength so that those there KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Everet’s return is from You, not man, not machine, not science, solely YOU. Our Lord, our Rock, our Redeemer, The GREAT Physician, the One who created Everet, brought him here, and put his family together.

    Lord, I pray for Your Peace to overwhelm his family RIGHT NOW.

    I’m Jesus’s Name, AMEN

  81. I am one of the many who found your story by a friend. I pray unceasing for your sweet boy. I pray for strength for you, Josh and your family.

  82. I’ve been keeping up with your updates and praying alongside you. Thank you for being so open. Your hopefulness and faith in the Lord is a beautiful testimony and is sharpening me with each update. I’m honored to be here for you, even though I don’t know you!

  83. Prayers and love from the Netherlands.

  84. I am praying in Texas. I’ll be waiting to see Everett’s sweet face, whenever I am privileged to meet him. Jesus, be merciful. Be powerful.

  85. Your sweet boy is the first thought of my morning, and the last at night. We are praying for him, your family and all involved with his care every day.
    Faith, hope, and love for your strong brave boy!

  86. holding onto hope. praying for a miracle for sweet little Everett.

  87. Kathy Kerber says:

    Crying and praying for God’s mercy. Wanting desperately for little Everett to be restored, healed, and to live for God’s glory. I read through the archives before reading this post today. and I want you to know I am praying and hoping with you. I don’t understand, and my heart breaks for you as I read your heartbreak on the page. ♥ in Christ

  88. Dianne Chase says:

    Praying for Everett and a miracle. We praise God in his healing. God bless you all. I cry with you and I believe with you. There is hope….always there is hope.

  89. Julia Mcconnell says:

    I pray for God’s healing. I pray that his room us filled with the presence of God and his angels. I pray for strength, and wisdom for you and your husband.
    Lord God over all please touch this child’s body and heal gin from the tip of his head to the bottom of his feet. Thank you Lord for what you are going to do for Everett.

  90. Andrew Marsh says:

    This is like a punch in the guts, Lord. Not from you. But it feels like an opponent, bigger than us, has just taken a swing at us and it’s like the wind is taken out of my sails. But Lord, like Job, I know you’re in the business of great tomorrow’s and I pray now, I beg you now for a great tomorrow for this family. Even now, today, heal Everett in a way no one can think possible! Raise him up, LORD! Thank you. And strengthen his mom and dad, his brothers and sisters, keep them strong, Lord. And for all those of us, across your big, wide world, keep us strong and persistent and, most of all, BELIEVING that YOU ARE STILL GOOD and that YOU ARE STILL IN CHARGE!!!! YAAAAAAAAAY! AMEN AND AMEN!!!

  91. “Be not afraid, I go before you always”. Much love, hope and prayers going out to you and your family ❤️

  92. Praying for your little boy!

  93. Sara Just says:

    “Grace bats last. ” – Ann Lamott

  94. Amy huntz says:

    Sam and I watch and wait for updates and continue our prayers for all of you especially sweet Everett. We believe in miracles and will not stop praying for yours. Your unwavering faith in God’s goodness is such a testimony to all. Love Amy and Sam

  95. Laura and Josh…be strong, have courage…the Lord isnwith you and your sweet boy. We are storming the gates of heaven for your family….a single thread of HOPE is a powerful thing. Never give that up!

  96. Lord, have mercy! I am so sorry, Little Mama. I have been learning that grief is the sharp edge of love, the gift of love continued. We prayed this morning for you and your family, for discernment, comfort, hope, and healing.

  97. Ashley clay says:

    Laura Kelley I am praying. I’m praying for a Lazarus miracle in Everett. You are strong, Everett is strong and our God is Mighty. Sending you love and hope and hugs.

  98. Praying in Denver…

  99. You don’t know me … I just happen to know about you because I follow Jamie Iveys Instagram even though I don’t have one of my own … and she asked us to pray. I am praying for you and your hubby your kiddos and your sweet Everett. Keep fighting … it’s worth the fight!!

  100. Praying for God to completely restore his body and mind. Praying and hoping and believing with you guys! This baby’s journey has touched me in a way I cannot explain and I sobbed reading this. I’ll be praying for him throughout the day. Do it, Lord. Work a miracle for this precious boy!

  101. Melanie B says:

    Laura, I want you to know that I am praying for you and your beautiful Everett and whole family. A friend of mine shared your blog and asked for prayer for Everett, and I will not stop praying and hoping with you from Northern Japan (where I’m living). I am praying for a miracle for your precious Everett. I thank the Lord for your steadfastness of hope in the Lord Jesus, and I am praying for his comfort, strength, and love to sustain you every moment. Much love to you and your family in our beloved Lord Jesus.

  102. Danielle says:

    We are praying for Everett. I picked my son up from daycare and was told that they are praying for Everett there, as well. There’s a body of believers holding onto hope with you.

  103. Heather Herman says:

    Still praying fierce prayers to our unwavering God. He is still in the miracle business. Covering Shuai & the whole Kelley team in prayers. And if not, He is still good. You’re in the forefront of my mind.

  104. You don’t know me, but I’m another China mama. Praying from Maryland for a miracle in your precious boy’s body.

  105. Carol Short says:

    Prayers for sweet Everett.

  106. Dara Campbell says:

    Praying that our God will heal your little boy. My heart hurts for your family. ❤️

  107. Cara evaNs says:

    I do not know y’all but I have been praying multiple times a day for sweet Everett and your entire family and the medical staff working with Everett. I pray for completely healing, peace for you as parents and God to show himself to you now more than ever! I am so sorry your family is having to go through this. You have so many people from all over the world praying for y’all and will not stop praying! Our God will hear our prayers! He is faithful and loves Everett more than we can even fathom!

  108. Kimberly Workman says:

    We will continue to hope and pray with you here in Tennessee! I have my prayer warriors lifting sweet Everett in their prayers God is good!!!!!

  109. Sheila Ryan says:

    Praying! We will choose hope. We will choose love. We will choose praise. We are with you and more importantly God is always with you. ♡

  110. We cry out for mercy on behalf of Everett. When there seems to be no other words, Lord hear our cry for mercy. Your mercy to sustain, uphold, cover and protect. Your mercy to comfort, your mercy to heal, your mercy to bring peace. We cry mercy, for His mercies are never ending.

  111. Prayers for your sweet child and your family. May God put his healing touch on Everrett and allow him to be a walking miracle and testament to the power of prayer, love & hope.

  112. T Haggerty says:

    As our hearts remain with you, this song comes to mind, “In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus.”

  113. Through tears, I am still praying for an amazing restoration for Everett, and strength for your family.

  114. Your family is in our prayers. Our sweet Hazel came home from China 3 years ago this September feisty, obnoxious, and quickly learning English, learning to walk and run. Born with TOF and other severe Chd she now has a repaired heart. However a simple gtube placement surgery left her with a global brain injury 2 years ago. She has come a long ways and though they told us she may never regain any of what she had, but she has now come a long ways. Where we sat for weeks in the hospital waiting for a smile or some twinkle, now she laughs and knows joy. While there are no guarantees, we were encouraged by our neurologist that children this young have brains that are more plastic than our older brains and may have the ability to rewire themselves. All this to say that we have been where you are and there is hope for a destination on the other side of all of this. This road is not the one that either of us chose but we will be praying for your sweet boy. I’m sorry for all you and your family are going through. Please reach out if we can encourage you in any way.

  115. J.BROWN says:

    As I read your post and all of the comments, I keep thinking….WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!!!!! Not only is He able to do the unthinkable, but He is so loving, that He gives His children a heart and burden for one another. He has given so many a true heart, love, and burden for Everett and your family! I am praying…knowing we serve a MIGHTY GOD that can heal and restore!!!!!!! Praying for God to give peace and comfort to your heart through His truth and mercy!!!!

  116. Jesus. Please fill Everrett’s room with your undeniable, powerful, healing presence. We know that while hospitals can be scary or sterile places, they are also sacred places with sacred moments and sacred stretches of time. Babies are being born, lives are being saved, damage is being repaired all over that hospital and miracles are taking place. I pray for Everett. I pray for his brain to heal, please Jesus.

  117. Kathy pryor says:


  118. I will share so other prayer warriors can pray to God for healing for your precious
    Child. Praying for strength and peace for
    the family!

  119. JIll mason says:

    God is enough. I have been and will continue us to storm the gates of heaven for your sweet boy.

  120. Lindsey says:

    Hi. I’m so sorry for what is going on with your sweet boy. I cannot imagine!! (We adopted a little girl from China and I just can’t imagine going through that) I wanted to tell you that I believe God still does miracles and can heal and restore Everrets body. I will agree with you in Jesus Name! I sound crazy but if it helps Andrew Womack is a great preacher on faith. He has awesome testimonies on what God has done in people’s lives very similar to your situation. When we went through something scary with my Mom recently I taped 4×6 cards with scriptures on them all over her car(the passenger side). We listened to preaching nonstop. And God did what He promised. He ordered our steps and I believe he changed the course of her situation. Fill his room and your hearts with Gods Word. God will show up!!!!

  121. Allison kelly says:

    Please Father of ALL healing and mercies, rain down your blessings on this family. Give them your unfathomable strength and give this precious little boy Your Hand of Miraculous Healing. May Your Name ever be praised with all who know and have come to know this faithful family through little Everett. Lifting them in Jesus’s Name, Amen.

  122. Praying for all of you and crying for all of you and holding you all in God’s hands!

  123. REBEKAH VINCENT says:

    We are praying for Everett I read your words and cry with you, we stand in faith for healing and restoration of his health and mind. He is our family too, as you are we are an adoptive family! Our children connect us all.

  124. Lord, we believe in Your ability to heal. I pray strength and comfort for this family in this time of desperation…

    “We Believe”

    In this time of desperation
    When all we know is doubt and fear
    There is only one foundation
    We believe, we believe
    In this broken generation
    When all is dark, You help us see
    There is only one salvation
    We believe, we believe

    We believe in God the Father
    We believe in Jesus Christ
    We believe in the Holy Spirit
    And He’s given us new life
    We believe in the crucifixion
    We believe that He conquered death
    We believe in the resurrection
    And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

    So, let our faith be more than anthems
    Greater than the songs we sing
    And in our weakness and temptations
    We believe, we believe!

    We believe in God the Father!
    We believe in Jesus Christ!
    We believe in the Holy Spirit!
    And He’s given us new life!
    We believe in the crucifixion!
    We believe that He conquered death!
    We believe in the resurrection!
    And He’s comin’ back again!

    Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
    In the here and now, let love invade!
    Let the church live loud, our God we’ll say
    We believe, we believe!
    And the gates of hell will not prevail!
    For the power of God, has torn the veil!
    Now we know Your love will never fail!
    We believe, we believe!

    We believe in God the Father
    We believe in Jesus Christ
    We believe in the Holy Spirit
    And He’s given us new life!
    We believe in the crucifixion!
    We believe that He conquered death!
    We believe in the resurrection!
    And He’s comin’ back,
    He’s comin’ back again!
    He’s comin’ back again!
    We believe!
    We believe

  125. Frances Dunaway says:

    My heart is broken. We don’t always understand how God works, how
    Can a precious child be so sick, why do we lose loved ones before their time, why, why, why. However this goes, one thing is certain – Laura has taught us more about faith, how to hang on and keep hoping. All of the faith I have that I thought was strong isn’t. Your family has shown us how to be stronger. I am still praying and looking to God for His Everett miracle.

  126. Only God truly knows the plans for little Everett. While it is necessary for medical people to share their knowledge on how Everett is doing, they don’t know as God knows just how low Everett will be on this Earth. God brought you and Everett together for a reason. You might not even know what the reason is right now but there is a reason. Sitting and playing the waiting game is so hard. As hard as it is, enjoy all your moments with little Everett. Look past all the tubes and machinery and see little Everett as the beautiful little boy that he is.

  127. June Humphrey says:

    When you don’t know what to say
    Just say Jesus
    There is power in the name
    The name of Jesus

  128. Praying for the God of all miracles to heal your sweet boy. Our family continues to pray for you all. ❤️

  129. Robin-Lynn M Snow says:

    Sometimes it may seem that God doesn’t hear our prayers and that only bad things will continue to happen. Remember, God is a God of love, mercy, compassion, and power. If it is in His plan to heal Everett, He not only can but will! And if it is His plan to take Everett home, He has a purpose for doing so. God is good all the time – no matter our situation. My heart is continuously breaking for you all and I pray for you all throughout the day. You are such a strong Godly mama who has already impacted so many people through your guys’ testimony. It is truly amazing and inspiring. I’m praying specifically for Everett’s healing and for a miracle to take place right in that hospital – that will bring all of his medical staff to acknowledge this was God’s doing. How amazing would that be! Your sweet boy is so lucky to have you both as his parents – loving him and cheering him on. I wish I could be there to hug you, hold your hand, and cry with you. My family is praying for you all, and namely for Everett.

  130. Praying for you, dear mama, and your sweet family. I am amazed, overwhelmed and even proud of your little Everett for his strength and bravery. He is an incredible child of God, and I cannot begin to imagine your pain. We are praying expectantly for a miracle and continued strength for your family.

  131. Praying for sweet Everett and you and your family! I pray for God to work his miracles on him! I pray he has more time with you and his siblings! I pray he’ll get to experience growing up with such a loving family!

    I just found your blog last night and stayed up till the wee hours of this morning to read about him and I cried at every single entry. I cried because I saw how sweet he is, I cried because I saw how much love you and your husband has for him, your kids and our every loving God! God knew to place Everett with you guys because he knew the kind of love you can give him! He chose the right family for Everett and I pray he allows Everett to continue to be be with your guys! No matter what, God has got your back and I have you all in my prayers!

    I can’t stop thinking about Everett, you and the family! I will pray, pray, pray throughout the day! Hugs and prayers from San Diego!!!

  132. Holding you all in our hearts, Laura.
    My kiddos and I had a long talk about Everett this morning. My daughter asked if you knew he had a heart problem before he was born, and I explained that you didn’t know him before he was born but that you knew he had a heart problem when you chose him and brought him home, and that’s when I started crying.
    It is such a beautiful example of true love all the way around from you to Everett and from Everett to you.
    So much love to you all…

  133. Hi sweet family,
    I just heard about your sweet boy today, his story and your faith has touched my heart deeply. I will join you in prayers of hope and restoration! I lost my son a little over a year ago, and even though he was 35 he was still my baby. We never feel that it’s enough time, no matter how much or how little we get. Look how many hearts this child has touched already and he’s so young! Much love and prayers coming your way!❤️

  134. Deborah says:

    HOPE! Praying unceasingly for Everett today.

  135. We love sweet Everett and will march on as hopeful as ever! God is mighty is holding you all SO tightly in his arms. Many many prayers for your beautiful family <3

  136. Corin sandlin says:

    I have three little girls. The youngest is Hope. She was born with many health issues we deal with on a daily basis including heart issues ( she’s had open heart surgery). She turns three next month. We praise God through each moment, each hospital stay (26 so far). We are praying for your sweet family. We serve a mighty God who is more than able!!

  137. Mellie Brackett says:

    Just saw your story today based on post from Shelly Reeves Walden. My heart hurts for you. I hurt with you over all that is happening. I will stand with you at the throne of God and beg for healing and peace and comfort for each of you. God IS good and His timing IS perfect. Of course that doesn’t mean we understand or like it at all times. But rest in His goodnesss and love for each member of your family until you can understand. Blessings!

  138. Continuing to pray God’s covering and protection over and around you all.

  139. Melissa says:

    Praying for you, your sweet boy, and his brothers and sisters at home!

  140. Your faith is inspiring! I love your description of them as “giants all towering around us”… that describes so well the sick feeling of receiving devastating medical news about your child. Hope is so important. We will continue praying!!

  141. My heart hurts for you and your family. “I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
    Isaiah 46:4.
    My heart, my thoughts, my prayers go out to you.

  142. Shae johnson says:

    My daughter is classified as severely brain damaged. She is FAR from hopeless. She is amazing. Nuerology always seems to focus on the can’ts. God and love focus on the cans. Holding you in the light.

  143. Romans 4:18-25:

    18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

    I did a search on hope and was surprised to see so many occurrences in the book of Job. And then I came upon the Romans passage above and thought it was fitting. Abraham had the promise of offspring and by all human calculations this was impossible. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations.” Everett is in an impossible situation. And we serve a big, kind, and good God. Hoping against all hope for this sweet boy. Believing that his Heavenly Father can do a miracle. Asking for grace for you and your family to face whatever the next hours and days bring.

  144. Michelle braun says:

    I truly believe that God can and does work miracles. We will storm the gates of heaven begging for a miracle for your sweet boy and your family! Your family is a beautiful testament of faith and love, I’m so sorry for everything you have been through! I have been praying for Carver who is down the hall from you and his mother Catey requested prayers for Evert. I’ll be following your journey from today forward and keeping you in my heart and prayers. ❤️

  145. Rachel Robertson says:

    Please know we lifted Everett and your sweet family up in prayer today. May God be with you and carry you. We are praying for a miracle for your sweet boy❤️

  146. Debbie Fisher says:

    I don’t know what to say, but I am praying. God is the God of miracles and I am praying for that for sweet little Everett.

    This song came to mind:
    Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns
    I was sure by now, God you would have reached down
    And wiped our tears away,
    Stepped in and saved the day.
    But once again, I say amen
    That it’s still raining
    As the thunder rolls
    I barely hear your whisper through the rain
    I’m with you
    And as your mercy falls
    I raise my hands and praise
    The God who gives and takes away

    And I’ll praise you in this storm
    And I will lift my hands
    That you are who you are
    No matter where I am
    And every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise you in this storm

    I remember when I stumbled in the wind
    You heard my cry you raised me up again
    My strength is almost gone how can I carry on
    If I can’t find you
    As the thunder rolls
    I barely hear you whisper through the rain
    I’m with you
    And as your mercy falls
    I raise my hands and praise
    The God who gives and takes away

    And I’ll praise you in this storm
    And I will lift my hands
    That you are who you are
    No matter where I am
    And every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise you in this storm

    I lift my eyes unto the hills
    Where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord
    The maker of heaven and earth
    I lift my eyes unto the hills
    Where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord
    The maker of heaven and earth

    And I’ll praise you in this storm
    And I will lift my hands
    That you are who you are
    No matter where I am
    And every tear I’ve cried
    You hold in your hand
    You never left my side
    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise you in this storm

    And though my heart is torn
    I will praise you in this storm

  147. Charise Akins says:

    Prayer’s for Everett and his family! God i know Everett is only lent to us. But i pray Father that you will touch Everett and bring into his body a full recovery as only you can. I have Faith Father that Everett will rise up and bring forth with him The Great Miracle of his Heavenly Father! In Jesus name by the wounds of the nails in your hands Father please touch him! Thank you Father Amen!

  148. Missy Tippens says:

    Joining you in prayer from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

  149. I am a friend of Mary Jane Gibbons Knox, and I have been following your journey. We have been praying for Everett and your family. Also there’s about 150 Episcopalians on Facebook praying. I know today will be the roughest of days for y’all, and my heart is just hurting for you. We may not always understand God’s perfect plan, but God’s plan is always perfect and good and about love. You are surrounded with love and prayer from so many. We send light, love and prayer your way. We’re praying for a miracle and we trust that God is good all the time. Hugs.

  150. My Goodness, what a journey! I pray for Everett, your family, and the medical team to find wisdom, peace and comfort, and healing.

    “Don’t worry about anything: instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this,you will experience God’s peace…” Phillippians 4:6-7

    I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Keep your faith in God and know that others are rallying around you to storm heaven in prayer.

    God Bless
    Jana Hatcher

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