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ready for surgery (updated)

October 26th | david

The surgeon just came down and talked to us. Everything went great. I am so relieved!! We’ve got some tough days of healing ahead, but we are over the biggest hurdle. Thank you for all your sweet words and prayers. We have felt so loved and you are a blessing!!

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david was cleared for surgery at ucla yesterday

we checked into our hotel right near the hospital

and grabbed some dinner at the hotel restaurant.




david spent some serious time jamming on his guitar before bedtime.

look at that face. he is so serious about his music!




the balcony of our room overlooks the freeway.

it’s pretty fun to watch the city from up here.

and it makes me glad i’m not sitting in LA traffic.




david enjoyed the balcony and watching the cars go by.




we arrive at ucla at 4:45 am to get prepped for surgery.


thank you for all your prayers, emails and comments.

i’ll do my best to update the blog and twitter when i get a chance.

{love + hugs!!}

125 Responses

  1. Danielle says:

    You guys will be in my thoughts all day. Sending you much light and love today and as David recovers.

  2. rhea says:


  3. faith says:

    I’ve never met you or your family, but feel very connected through your blog; sending good luck and prayers to you and “your men”. Hope you have a big sigh of relief soon.

  4. Nicole says:

    Good thoughts your way for your family and especially your little man. xo

  5. Denise C. says:

    Thinking of you today.

  6. Linda says:

    Thinking of all of you!

  7. Christine Aldinger says:

    in my thoughts

  8. thinking of you, good vibes, thoughts, and lots of love from here xo

  9. Jamey says:

    Only know you through your blog, but I woke up today thinking of you and your family. Prayers are winging towards you from the UK!

  10. FunkySteph says:

    Sending you much, much love.

  11. thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Southern Gal says:

    I read your post yesterday and wasn’t able to comment due to my granddaughter being asleep in my arms. I am praying for you all today!

  13. Kelly N says:

    Praying for your whole family, and the Doctors today. Seeing everything going perfectly.
    Thanks also for reminding me how little I miss CA traffic. :)

  14. Mrs Montoya says:

    Praying for strength and peace for David, his Doctors and your family. I will be watching on twitter. Be well

  15. Melinda says:

    I will be thinking of David all day and sending love and strength your way.

  16. Jen says:

    My prayers are with you all today and in the days to come.

  17. Janice says:

    Thinking of you and sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.

  18. amy says:

    hugs to you, Lisa! you all will be in my thoughts and prayers today!

  19. Jenny says:

    Ohhh… thinking of you and this feeling of putting your child into surgery. Peace and love and blessings and calm feelings to you this morning…

  20. Jill says:

    you are inspiring. thinking and praying for you all this day…

  21. You and David are on my heart today. Praying that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” [Phil 4:7]

  22. Tricia says:

    Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers today. I wish you all the best… Tricia

  23. Christy says:

    My thoughts are with you guys on this big day

  24. Hillary says:

    My prayers go out to little David and your family this morning.

  25. Paige Anderson says:

    Sending prayers your way.

  26. McKt says:

    Praying peace and comfort this morning and for skilled surgeons hands to do the task they have been trained for.

  27. Jacqueline Jones-Blacker says:

    Positive thoughts and lots of prayers flowing out to you and David today!

  28. Jen F says:

    Many thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  29. David is in my prayers today!! Hugs to you, Lisa.

  30. Anxiously awaiting the update; he is SUCH A DOLL. Praying!

  31. beth says:

    good and happy and successful prayers are all coming your way via wisconsin….

  32. Sara.arrigoni says:

    prayers for you and David from Seattle!

  33. Karen E. says:

    Praying from California’s central valley!!! God has David’s guardian angel standing next to him with protective wings surrounding him.

  34. Sandi says:

    Thinking of you today……..your family is in my prayers! Sending lots of hugs from Omak, Washington!

  35. Melody says:

    Good luck with everything. Your family will be in my prayers.

  36. Kelly H-Y says:

    Praying for you and thinking good thoughts for a successful surgery and recovery!! Hugs.

  37. Jennifer says:

    Good thoughts and lots of prayers go out to you all…

  38. Kristen says:

    Thinking good thoughts for your sweet family. Praying for a quick recovery…

  39. teresa says:

    I think of you everyday. Good luck and God bless David and family. It is my desire here in Portugal.
    Coraje Lisa and a big kiss for everyone.

  40. Jess says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  41. Carol says:

    Love, love, love being sent your way from Ontario – big prayer circle and lots of mum energy and positive energy. xoxoxo

  42. Suzanne says:

    I know how scary this is but you are in good hands. The best doctors and a loving Heavenly Father. Trust them. I’m praying for you today.

  43. Dear Heavenly Father, Please be with David and his doctors today. Please send angels around everyone for protection. Please send your Spirit to comfort all with Peace and Wisdom. Amen.

  44. Susan says:

    Praying that things go well and that you have peace while you’re waiting….

  45. Vicki Spencer says:

    Sending healthy hugs for you and your sweet boy!

  46. Alina says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you….

  47. Lindsay Lee says:

    Prayers sent your way!

  48. I’m so many miles away in Alabama – and my heart hangs on any updates. My prayers are for David and you and your husband and for Malachi(Matty?) I’ll probably never meet you – yet feel so familiar with you. I have daughters and grandchildren – I’m 59 – so not a young mom like you.

    God has given you incredible grace and strength and also much much creativity.

    Will be checking all day to hear.

    Much love from Alabama to L.A.

  49. my heart goes out to your family today. i will be praying continuously for you. may the Lord watch over the surgeons and give them the wisdom, knowledge, and steady hands. May the nurses be mindful and caring. and may your family feel God’s everlasting and unwaivering love surround you during this stressful time. prayers for peace and love.
    good luck. <3

  50. anne says:

    My prayers will be going out for you and David and your family today. I hope you will all weather this day with a feeling of peace.
    Hang in there!

  51. Tina says:

    Thoughts and prayers for you all today!!

  52. elz says:

    Thinking the best thoughts and saying a prayer for your whole family. Great luck!

  53. ashley says:

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers today. I have a 9 year old son that has been through several major surgeries, so I completely understand what you are feeling. I love reading your blog every chance I get. You inspire and encourage me with your positive, peaceful outlook on life. Thank you.

    Romans 5:1-5

  54. Destiny says:

    Lisa: I’m praying every hour on the hour for David today. I started before daylight this morning and will continue until midnight tonight. Destiny

  55. AzAndee says:

    Prayers going up for David and those who love him who wait anxiously for surgery to be done. I have never been in those mommy shoes and I don’t envy you them….hang in there and all will be well!

  56. Jennifer says:

    You all will be in our prayers.

  57. Elizabeth says:

    Praying for all of you…….especially David.

  58. Linda says:

    Thoughts, prayers and lots of hugs for you and your family.

  59. Vicki says:

    Wishing you a day that ends with happy news and a healthy son. I am thinking and praying for you and your whole family.

  60. tiffany day says:

    hi there!!

    I work in one of those buildings in the first picture – am so close to UCLA – so if you need to know where a store is or need something please feel free to e-mail – even though we haven’t met face to face – would love to help anyway I can.

    love, peace and prayers to you guys! praying over the medical team as well!


  61. Heather B says:

    Lisa – My thoughts and prayers are with David and your family.

  62. thinking of you and praying for a wonderful, quick recovery. May you feel God’s hand in today!!


  63. Jennifer O. says:

    Wishing you a successful day! My thoughts are with you.

  64. liz r. says:

    Sending good wishes and prayers for David and your whole family.

  65. Heather says:

    Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers!
    So hard on a mama’s heart and difficult for daddy and brother too.
    Wishing David a speedy full recovery . . . and that you can all be together at home again soon.

  66. Praying for your little love and for you too.

  67. julie says:

    Prayers for you and David!

  68. Jenny says:

    Praying for you all! Do not let the enemy steal the blanket of peace that God has covered you with. Can’t wait to hear how He works!

  69. Joanie says:

    Praying and lifting you all up!

  70. Susan says:

    My prayers and love come from Rochester NY. Know that God is holding you all.

  71. Marci says:

    I’ll be praying for you Lisa. Praying for strength for you and your husband, wisdom for the doctors and nurses, and healing for your little David’s body.

  72. Kristi says:

    I am Peggy & Wayne’s niece. Just wanted you to know that my family is praying. I sent you a longer email and got the automated response. I won’t re-type it all here as my whole message is in your inbox. But, in case you don’t get over there soon, I wanted you to know that we are praying and we understand (our son has 2 open heart surgeries under his belt so far). It is a privilege for our family to uphold your family in prayer; and for our son, Nicholas, to pray for your son.

  73. Tris says:

    I think Marci said it best!

  74. paige says:

    praying for your little man
    & you too

  75. Margaret Scott says:

    Sending all my positive thoughts your way.

  76. I am praying for you and your loved ones….that you all know God’s presence stronger than you have ever experienced before….and in God’s presence is fullness of joy (and the joy of the Lord is our strength).

  77. teresa says:

    Praying praying praying!
    Blowing every ANGEL David’s way!
    I love you.
    I adore you.
    David is in the ultimate care.
    ANd ooooooodles of LOVE!

  78. Melissa says:

    You and David were in my thoughts, and prayers all day. Sweet, Good wishes, and lots of brave love!

  79. i am pray, pray, praying for your family, sweet lisa. if i lived in california (or even on your coast), and we were friends -which, of course, we would be- i would show up with cupcakes and meals and would take matthias out to play. or i’d come have coffee wtih you in the hospital. because that’s what friends do.

    {just coming out of a conversation with someone whose friend posted ‘all you have to do is call’ on her facebook page after she just had a baby. (because that’s what you’re going to do with your newborn first-born. call someone.) instead, just show up! do what needs to be done and don’t require any attention for yourself.}

    anyway. so. that’s what i would do.

    which, good grief, is only to say, i am thinking of you guys and lifting you up in prayer along with everyone else.


  80. Prayers from England for you all.x

  81. babi says:

    May Angels guide this surgery to total success!!!!

  82. Melanie says:

    I need to scroll back into your blog and find out what your little munchkin is having surgery for, but even though I’m not all caught up and I’ve only been roaming around your blog for a little while I still hope that all goes well and that little man is up playing his little guitar in no time.

  83. Kacey says:

    Good luck and prayers to you all!

  84. Dumke5 says:

    My MIL wears the necklace we bought from you for her everyday. Glad we can all send a little loveliness back to YOU today. Thinking of you and your family, and sending you strength!

  85. Jessica says:

    Praying fervently for you all. Can’t wait to see his smiling face on the other end of this. Kids recover so fast!

  86. Kelli says:

    I’ve been thinking of David all day…

  87. Kim says:

    Lisa, I am praying that all goes well!!

  88. Philippa says:

    Hi Lisa honey, thinking of you all very much today (my Wednesday here in NZ). Love, hugs and maximum strength coming your way. Smiles, Philippa

  89. Amy says:

    Send you prayers and love…hope.

  90. Becky K says:

    Praying for you, David, Steve, and Mathias in whatever place you are in this very moment. Praying you all learn how to lean into God in a new way through this leg of the journey. My hugs and love to you!

  91. angie says:

    So glad to hear everything went ok!!!!!! Wonderful news! Prayers & thoughts for you, Steve, David & Matty…

  92. Jacqueline Jones-Blacker says:

    Just saw the twitter update… YAY!!!! Hopefully you will be holding him in your arms very soon!!!

  93. Brooke says:

    So glad to read that everything went well. Best wishes for David in the days ahead!

  94. Stephanie says:

    Lisa, all of us here at Ruby Rose are praying and a cheering with you!

  95. Destiny says:

    I am rejoicing with you! I has been a privilege to pray for your family and David specifically every hour on the hour today and I will sleep well tonight knowing that you and yours will too. Prayers for quick healing and no complications. Our God did and He will continue to!

  96. Kelly H-Y says:

    Just read your update …. YAY!!!!!! I am so glad to hear it went well … so very glad!!!

  97. Denise C. says:

    YAY! Just saw your update! xoxoxox. :)

  98. Barb M. says:

    Prayers for David’s healing going up. So happy to read your update.

  99. Debbie says:

    So relieved to hear your update, will keep you all in my prayers for continued healing & strength! With so many people holding your beautiful pieces of art so close to their hearts, you should feel so loved! Hope David is jamming on his guitar soon! Thanks for your inspiration! :)

  100. Joanie says:

    Praise God! Now, strength for David and his loved ones on the road to recovery. Thanks for keeping us updated Lisa. I’ve been thinking about you! Hugs!

  101. Julie says:

    So happy to hear it went well. I’ll be praying specifically that the Dr’s are able to keep this little guys pain down and for fast healing!

  102. Michele says:

    Thanks for the update! I know the days ahead will be a challenge, but it’s such a relief to get a good report. I’m so glad that things went well. I’ll continue to pray for David and your family.

  103. Teresa K says:

    I just checked back hoping you had updated. Hooray! I’m so glad to hear the surgery was a success. I will be thinking of you all. Take care, and keep us updated :) What a lot of love and support out here! 😉

  104. Kristin says:

    You’ve been on my mind and in my heart all day. I’m glad to know that everything went well, and will continue to pray for David’s speedy recovery and for the needs of his family as well!

  105. Philippa says:

    Hi sweetie, phew am so relieved for you. I know that horrible feeling of ‘not knowing and hoping’ when you are waiting for someone you love dearly to come out of surgery! It is one of the worst feelings, I think.

    The next few days will have you feeling up and down and all over the place. Be gentle with yourselves and know that David is in really safe hands, both surgeon/hospital-wise and universe-wise and of course, most-importantly he has the best parents in the world! Hugs with love

  106. sarah says:

    so very glad to hear that the surgery went well. will continue to pray for you and your family. you are one very strong little mama!!!!

  107. Megan says:

    Lisa, I’ll keep on praying for you guys – SO glad that the largest hurdle is behind you. You are a wonderful momma!

  108. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for the up date, you all have been on my mind all day. So happy all went well for David. Hugs to you. xoxoxo

  109. -K says:

    Thanks for the update, been thinking of your family all day.

  110. Kelly says:

    Saw your update & Tweets; so, so glad that it all went so well!! Hope you get some good rest tonight. Praying you get to return home together soon.

  111. rhea says:

    thanks for the update. have been praying all day. it is so hard to wait while your child is in surgery. unfortunately i know all about it. many times! our fifth olivia had nec as a baby.

    so excited that all went well. now praying for david’s recovery. :)

  112. Renae Dudley says:

    I’m praying for you… for David.. and your family. He is a strong boy, and is going to do great! :)

  113. pia says:

    Good luck with everything ahead!!

  114. AJ says:

    great news on your surgery, always such a relief. prayers and positive thoughts coming your way!

  115. Jessica says:

    Prayers of hope. health and healing are headed your way…. Big hugs, Jessica in CT

  116. Kristin says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with you <3

  117. Carol says:

    Yay!!! So happy for you all. Sending love and light for a soothing recovery and healing.xoxoox

  118. Gen says:

    So glad everything went well. God is so good to those who love Him!!! I can’t imagine the relief you must feel.

  119. Tracie says:

    Yay! I am happy to hear the great news. Now, take care and cuddle that little boy!!

  120. Annie Spain says:

    Hallelujah! God is good, all the time.

  121. Heather N says:

    We are so thrilled that everything went well. Praying that your son heals quickly!!!

  122. Caroline says:

    Thank you so much for updating us here. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers and we are so glad that the surgery went well. Will keep praying for his speedy recovery.

  123. ann in indy says:

    So glad that everything went well! Sending prayers for a speedy recovery. ann in indy

  124. Paige Anderson says:

    Wonderful news!

  125. Brooke says:

    Like several others here I only “know” you through the blog but wanted to check back today and see how it went. Will continue praying for David during his recovery and so great to hear that the surgery went well. Praise the Lord!!

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