Thursday, October 16, 2008

She has arrived

Jess pulled in via non-emergency transport about 10:30 tonight. I thought non-emergency transport would be an ambulance without the sirens, but this was a mini-van with the back converted to hold a stretcher.

Jess is feeling very comfortable with a pain level at a four. She's already sleeping. That's good because the Roho mattress that I'm excited about her getting won't be here until tomorrow. The mattress she has now is pretty cool though it's an air mattress that shifts the air every few minutes to prevent bed sores.

The Yikes were asleep by the time Jess got home, so I know they are going to be super excited about finding her home tomorrow. I think it will be a bit like Christmas morning with their mom as their present.

I'll be up for a bit waiting for the hospice nurse to arrive, but I'm going to rest for now-- so good night.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update,so glad she can be home with her family!
We love you!
The Patchens

Natalie said...

glad to hear that jess is home and that she is resting well with managed pain!

thanks jake for the update!!!

Anonymous said...

Merry early Christmas to ALL!

Love,

Anita

Lynne said...

blessing...what wonderful news.. Lynne and Dave

Alpha 1 Vann Clan said...

I'm so glad Jessica's home! Can't wait to see you all on Saturday.
Kim

Anonymous said...

Jake & Jess,

Our hearts go out to you. Liz & I have always been big fans of you both. Proud of you. Admired you for your ability to inspire, encourage, and love despite the road you've been asked to walk. You’ve walked that road well.

Wanted to share a couple of poems with you. One new. One old. They're about two ladies I know. They’re about going to heaven. These two poems will make you cry like a baby. Not because the writing is that good but because these two ladies are that powerful.

Since you two ladies have decided to walk through your illnesses by faith, your decisions have forced the people around you to make the same decision whether they realize it or not. Your decision has forced our hand. It has forced friends to either shun you or to embrace you. It has forced family either to stay away or to stay near. It has forced acquaintances to either want to know more about God or to stay hidden in the shadows.

You have forced us off the fence. We can't walk the fence in such catastrophic events. We must choose to care for you or not. We must choose to change our lives because we love you. We can't even camp in the middle of the theological road when lives and hopes and dreams and destinies are at stake. We must choose either hot or cold. We must choose to stay close to God or walk away.

Amazingly, either way we choose is okay with God. Why? Remember the hot and cold and lukewarm Christian from Revelation? God can always use hot and cold, but he hates lukewarm.

Do you see what you've done with your life? You’ve forced us to make a choice about ours. And that is the most powerful thing you could have ever done with your life.

Jesus, breathe in Jake now.
Jake, we pray for you peace. We pray that God would breathe his peace into every cell of your body. That he would revive you with a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation of peace. Not the peace the world knows. Not the peace that bystanders know. But peace in the battle. Peace in the storm.

We can't go below deck and meditate on peace when the storm is raging. We must battle when we're in the battle. Peace won't take away the hurt. Peace won't make any decision easier. Peace won't help you sleep. Peace isn't like that. Peace simply keeps us headed in the right direction. Into the storm. Into the fury. Until at last the home port comes in view. Jesus, breathe peace in Jake now.

Spirit, breathe in Jess now.
Jess, we pray also peace for you. That you would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your life through all of this has been headed in the right direction. Bravo. Well done. May you feel that peace even now in the fingertips of your loving family. O Spirit, breathe peace in Jessica now as she travels from life through death to life.

TO SEE JESUS FIRST
Stevan A. Massey, Hi Guy Publications higuy@swbell.net

She has a right to be a friend and a sister.
God gave her those rights.
She has a right to be a mentor and a mother.
God gave her those rights.
She has a right to love and be loved.
And for giving up those rights
Jessica gets to see Jesus first.

It's not fair to be sick when others aren't sick at all.
It's not fair to be in so much pain when others feel so little.
It's not fair to lose your goals, your dreams, your health.
It's not fair to lose your friends.
And for giving up her rights to what's fair
Jessica gets to see Jesus first.

When you're the youngest among your peers
and maybe the sweetest and brightest and most loyal
it’s hard to know what to say or do.
When there are no answers, God, there is always You.
For giving up who she was
Jessica gets to see You first.

WHEN THE ANGELS COME
Stevan A. Massey, Hi Guy Publications Copyright © 2006 higuy@swbell.net

When the angels come for you on that final day,
you’ll be ready to go.

When the angels come
and carry you higher and higher
past the confines of this earth,
past the infirmities of this life,
you’ll be ready.

When the angels come
and set you down at heaven’s gate,
you’ll be ready.

And as the angels bow
in the presence of all power and glory,
you’ll bow too.

But the High King will lift you up,
take you in his arms, and lead you
into his promised land.

And you will whisper to him at last, “O Papa!”
when the angels come
to take you home.

Praying, praising and hurting with you,
Steve Massey

Anonymous said...

YEAH YEAH YEAH She is right where she wants to be. Oh how I would love to see the girls faces when they see her.

Thanks Jake for the update.

Janette

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for all of you that she is home now! I missed getting to visit Jess at HMFW the last several days, but enjoyed visiting with her several times over the past week. It was also great seeing friends and family visiting with her. Enjoy having her home now! These are "memory making moments"!
Wendy Mizell

Anonymous said...

thanking God you can be home with your family. You are still the sweetest person i've ever met. Jess you have reflected Jesus since the day i met you and even more so now. someday we will share in that Great Wedding Banquet and maybe there will be some lamb and that really good dipping sauce;)
Love, Jeanette

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Jessica. I know Jake and the gils will be so happy to have you home. God bless you all.

Becky

Mike Or Cherie Stephenson said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thank you Jesus for the blessing the Kaylors receive with Jessica coming home to her family. May today be filled with sweet blessings that can only come from You, Father.

Thank you Jake for your faithfulness in updating this blog.
Cherie Stephenson

Chris and Julie Medley said...

I'm so glad your family is at home together again! Praise the Lord!
The Medleys

Mark said...

Jake and Jessica,

I agree with the prayers in the comments. We're praying for you also.

mark

Anonymous said...

1 Peter 1:3-9
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith the salvation of your souls."

Psalm 71:20-21
"Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again."

Psalm 138:7
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me."

Almighty God, maker of the heavens and the earth, we thank you for Life. We thank you for every single day we have breath, as we recognize that you breathed the life in us and we recognize that Life is so very precious and miraculous. We praise you specifically for making Jessica Kaylor in an amazing and wonderful way. We thank you for each and every day that she blesses us here on earth, because we know that she is on loan to us from above.

Lord, we know that you are a Sovereign God, capable of all things...and we continue to pray for physical healing for Jessica and believe with all our heart that nothing is impossible for you. We pray for manageable pain and peace of mind.

We know that you are compassionate and merciful; you have full authority over all sickness, but we also know that your ways are higher than ours, and though often we do not fully understand, we recognize that sometimes our physical healing awaits us in heaven.

Lord, we trust in your plan, whatever it may be and praise you for giving Jessica the peace and hope that only comes from knowing you. She knows that your grace is sufficient and rejoices in her victory in Jesus. Thank you for preparing a place for us that where you are, there we shall be also. Thank you for your promise that you will never leave or forsake us.

Lord when our bodies fail us, we know that you will renew us, you will restore our life again. Because we know you, death is not our enemy...we rejoice and await abundant life in heaven. Lord, whatever your plan, we trust in your promise that you will renew Jessica's body...either here on earth or in heaven...and when you do finally call our dear friend home, you will certainly say,

"WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT...COME ENJOY YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN...COME SHARE YOUR MASTER'S JOY!!" and she will sing...

Victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood...


Thank you God for the Victory we have in Jesus. Thank you Lord for JESSICA KAYLOR and that one day, all who know you will see you in full Glory and enjoy eternal life together!!

In Jesus Name,

Amen



Lisa Smith

Anonymous said...

I have known of Jessica for a long time...even before she was Jessica Kaylor. I knew her when she was Jessica Moody way back at Ditto Elementary and even then I knew she was a special person. I knew she was Sandy McNutt's niece and that alone was enough to make her stand out in my eyes. My mother worked with my mother at J&J and I have followed her from a distance for many many years.

But it wasn't until 2005 that I met her again as an adult. Our paths crossed again on a day that still stands out in my mind. We both lived on Caliente, just 4 doors down in fact...and Jessica comes walking by the front of my house pulling a big red wagon with two beautiful girls in it. I noticed right away that she didn't have any hair and of course, I was curious. Though I didn't know all the details then, I knew for sure something was radiating from her in a unusual sort of way. There was something angelic about her, a softness in her voice, a soothing tone...

She was obviously sick, but that didn't stop her from stopping to greet me and Payton with a huge smile on her face as we were playing that morning in the grass.

I remember asking if the girls were twins...and she said no and introduced both of them and their ages. I was so excited to find out that Jadyn and my Payton would be in kindergarten together.

I will never forget that day...I know that God has specifically placed Jessica in my life, and He made sure that we were in the front yard that day as she passed by the house.

33 years ago, God breathed in Jessica a song and brought a masterpiece into the world. Those who know her will agree that still today she sings her "LifeSong" and it has been heard all over the world and brings smiles to thousands of faces. I listen to the song titled "LifeSong" by Casting Crowns and I think for sure it was written about Jessica Kaylor. You decide, go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaia32TsPq0



There is none like her, an inspiration to all who meet her and I am forever changed from knowing her. I count myself blessed to call her my friend; Jessica you are a link of Gold in my chain of life and I thank God for you and your precious family!!

Your Friend,

Lisa Smith

Zak said...

:)

Exciting!

Anonymous said...

Hello from New York. Aunt Janette's book club meets tomorrow night and we are looking forward to giving her lots of hugs and hearing about her visit to Texas. We know how special it is for her to be with all of you. Jess and Jake, sharing your story has been such a gift to so many people. Thank you for being so generous with your love, your faith, your spirit and your strength. May God Bless all of you. Wishing you all sweet dreams!
Love,
Jeannie