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Baby Walt Update: Wild, Very 2, and in Need of Your Prayers

Baby Walt Update: Wild, Very 2, and in Need of Your Prayers

Some not so great news at our last cardiologist visit

The last time I checked in with a Baby Walt Update was December last year.

If you’re new to Baby Walt (who isn’t really a baby anymore), my son was born with an incredibly rare heart condition. Wasn’t expected to make it through the night. Through what seem like a gazillion obstacles and setbacks, Jesus was there with us. Walter required open heart surgery, but was healed, and his reports have been outstanding and “highly unusual” for his condition.

To fully appreciate the awesomeness of our God and the miracle He has worked in Walter, you can find prior posts here.

Before I get into the medical stuff, the good stuff about my giant baby man — Walter is doing well. SO well. He is huge. Weighs as much as his big sister. Is never without a smile. Truly, the happiest kid I’ve ever seen. He is so good natured and kind. Also wild. Is so very two in the best, worst, and most amazing ways. He can destroy a room in 30 seconds flat. It’s impressive. And finds ways to get into *everything* but has no interest in things that are not horrendously messy and/or calamitous.

He loves to take out the trash, help with the laundry, and “help” feed our growing herds and flocks of animals in what has become our accidental homestead. I’d heard chickens were the gateway livestock. Seems it’s true. He’s especially keen on our bunnies, which he calls “funnies.” The chickens are terrified of him as he’s yet to learn how to gently deal with them, but at least he’s afraid of no animal, which is a great way to grow up. He’s also hilarious and has jokes. So many jokes.

He is a natural caretaker and for being such a little man, is always concerned about my wellbeing and that of his big sister. He’s a sweetheart, if ever there was one. He’s also stubborn as a mule, which he comes by honestly, or so I’m told.

He’s a joy and a delight, as is his big sister. Who is equally as kind, sweet, funny, and exceptionally bright. They are amazing little people and I am humbled and tremendously grateful to be their Momma.

So, the latest on the medical front — A few weeks ago we went to see the cardiologist for Walter’s annual visit. Two of the things they’d repaired during open-heart surgery when Walter was an infant, have grown worse. Nothing is terrible. His vitals are perfect. His health is stellar, overall. It’s just this heart thing. So far, though his heart is malformed, it has continued to function just fine. I went in to the visit thinking we’d get another great report, not at all prepared to be discussing the potential need for more surgery to correct, once more, some of the issues causing his heart not to function as it should.

And so I’m back, asking for your prayers for my son. My little walking miracle. I am standing in faith, thanking Yeshua Hamashiach for healing my son, for the miracle He has already done and the one He will do, once again.

I cannot overstate how faithful the Lord was and has been — remains to be through Walter’s life thus far. Not just Walter’s life, but my own. In every way. Every single obstacle that popped up was dealt with, almost instantly. Every need we had was met with abundance. ALL Glory be unto Adonai who has saved my son and caused him to thrive. I have no doubts Walter will continue to do well and that he will be a walking testimony to the goodness, love, and faithfulness of the Lord of Hosts. All praise to His name.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 3-4. Seems relevant. 

Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Always faithful. This verse is with me always and was my plumb line before and has remained so since.

What I wrote in December remains true:

I am humbled to serve a God who is faithful to keep His Word. Who leaves no concern or care unattended. Whose love is so vast and profound that He sacrificed His own son to reconcile us back to Him. And to know the love of His Son who willingly gave His life in our place.

During one of the hardest times of my life, so many of you were faithful to pray for us. The Legal Insurrection family is just that — a family. The love, kindness, and support I experienced through that time was truly amazing.

I cherish your prayers. They strengthened me through Walter’s first months with us. Your messages, emails, comments and kindness were incredible support when I and my faith were stretched to the max. When I look back, I never asked the Lord to heal my son, I thanked Him that it was already finished. Finished because of His son. My heart and attitude remain in that place. My faith is stronger now than before. But the process is brutal.

I am heavy-hearted. Typing through tears. To have an infant with such a condition is one thing, to have a wild, active, amazing little toddler facing open-heart surgery is another entirely. The prospect of a life-long affliction is daunting. But my God is so much bigger than all of this. So it’s not with fear and worry that I look to Walter’s next appointment later this year (after all, perfect love casts out fear 1 John 4:18), but I am expecting the report of the Lord. The King of the Universe.

I thank the Lord for you. For the entire Legal Insurrection team. May you be filled with His perfect, complete shalom peace this summer and may His presence abound in your life, in your situations, whatever they may be. That all should work out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

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Kemberlee, you speak a language of faith with which I am very familiar since my wife is a Jewish Christian. Our pastor has just finished a series on the book of Hebrews.

I will be praying for Walter and your whole family.

Feel free to contact me if you want.

    gonzotx in reply to gibbie. | June 7, 2022 at 12:39 am

    What is a Jewish Christian? Is that the same as Jews for Jesus?

      rebelgirl in reply to gonzotx. | June 7, 2022 at 8:09 am

      We are Jews who belive that Jesus is the Messiah who was promised to us from the Old Testament. So, yes to some extent you can call us Jews for Jesus. The organization is an evangelistic ministry with those beliefs.

        Is “Messianic Jew” a proper term??

          MDP in reply to lgstarr. | June 7, 2022 at 7:39 pm

          It is a term I have heard used frequently over the years to describe a person of Jewish heritage who has come to believe that Jesus (or Yeshua) is the Messiah. I have heard it used more often than the phrase Jewish Christian. But I imagine the main issue is how best to communicate to your specific audience.

          rebelgirl in reply to lgstarr. | June 8, 2022 at 8:16 am

          It certainly is.

    rebelgirl in reply to gibbie. | June 7, 2022 at 8:07 am

    I am also a Jewish Christian…we’re everywhere.

    Nana Star in reply to gibbie. | June 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Baby Walt is certainly not a baby anymore but is still a most precious gift from Our God! I have wondered how he was growing and healing! So nice to see his current photos. Still handsome as ever!
    Kimberley God continues to hold you Walter and your entire family in His Hands! He is a God given treasure and I continue to pray for him to have a healthy heart! God loves Angels like Walter!

    harleycowboy in reply to gibbie. | June 8, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Prayer for Walt to be healed has been sent.

nordic_prince | June 6, 2022 at 10:58 pm

Cast all your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you.

Thanks for the update and wonderful pictures.
Strength to Walt!

Colonel Travis | June 6, 2022 at 11:06 pm

Prayers your way, Kemberlee

Kemberlee, it’s wonderful to see in your writing your complete awareness of, and gratitude for, all that you have in your family. Blessings and prayers for you, your family and especially Walt.

“But my God is so much bigger than all of this.”
This says it all, as always, prayers not only for your Wonderful.Walter, but for your entire family, as well. Godspeed.

Praying for your son—big boy Walt.

Thanks for the update on young Walt, he has the dna of a fighter in his system, He will come through this, he has the entire LI family in your corner.

Walt is such a cutie as is his big sister

Walt walks with God by his side

I know from your writings that you are a religious person, but as a mother, I know the fear when our children are not “perfect”.

But he is a big, strong boy, God has big plans for him, he’s just begun…

From your loving description, it sounds like Walt may be a future drummer. 😉

My wife and I will pray Kemberlee. We’ve dealt with a few health issues in recent years and the process, though brutal, has produced spiritual growth fruit that is pleasing to the Lord, and freedom and peace for us.

Healing has been a difficult lesson and the Lord has lovingly chastened me for my lack of faith. Mostly His correction has had to do with helping me and my wife understand our new (creation) identity IN Him and to take possession / ownership of our inheritance and the authority it gives us. We’ve seen it work in some areas of our life – consistently – but healing has been elusive. We have seen some small healings – not the supernatural sort – but healings that come through responding obediently to a word of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8-10) (e.g., the Holy Spirit tells me the source of a condition, I eliminate the source and the condition is healed).

You’re welcome to read an article I posted to my blog a few years ago concerning our new name in Him and a more honest way He has taught me to pray. The article is called “What’s In A Name” at https://thesonsarefree.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/whats-in-a-name/

Thanks for all you shared about Walt, Kemberlee. I hope when the time comes, there can be a fund drive here to buy him his first drum set. 😀

Only the best for your family, special prayers for Walt. The young man looks like he can comand the room.

So many praises. You are strong in your faith. I am a believer and will be praying for Walt, you, family, and medical team.
🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

The Gentle Grizzly | June 7, 2022 at 6:20 am

Tell him his Uncle Bear sends greetings and encouragement.

God’s continued blessings for your remarkable family and you, Kemberlee. It’s so refreshing to see openly faith-filled people living openly faithful lives just like that’s the way life is supposed to be lived, or something.

Ongoing thoughts and prayers for ongoing progress and success, in Jesus name, His will be done.

I will continue to thank God for the miracle of Walt.

Moon Battery | June 7, 2022 at 8:37 am

Take heart and remember that nobody has an expiration date.

If your son made it this far, it’s likely he is meant to have a meaningful life. My prayers are with you.

taurus the judge | June 7, 2022 at 9:29 am

I will pray that the Lord will heal your son in accordance with His will.

ronlankford | June 7, 2022 at 9:30 am

Prayers. #91stPsalm

Prayers for you, Walt, and his medical team.

wmdawesrode | June 7, 2022 at 9:43 am

Praying precious Walt and his precious family.

Wonderful testimony. We’ll be praying for you. I’ve made the sentiments of Isaiah 30.15 my life verse (…returning and resting in quiet confidence…) with the goal of avoiding the warning at the end of the verse.

Kemberlee, I wonder if you know how inspiring *you* are. Your faith in our Lord magnifies His grace to us all. The Bride and I will keep your family, especially Walt, in our prayers.

Prayers for your whole family, and especially for healing for Walt!

Not every mom gets a path like this. Those that get it or one similar will tell you it’s all about finding the joy.

theduchessofkitty | June 7, 2022 at 11:31 am

You’re in my neck of the woods, Kim. When little Walt was at TMC, I thought about paying you a visit, but I had to deal with my own mom’s cancer treatment nearby. I wonder if I can still pass by and say “Hello” this time.

Little Walt is a dynamo! He will overcome.

Thank you for sharing your story.

I don’t know details about your son’s condition, but my daughter in law was born with reverse plumbing to her heart 23 years ago. She has had many surgeries and suffered a stroke after one of them, which caused one side of her body to be smaller than the other and be what they used to call withered. But she is happily married and gave birth to a healthy boy 9 months ago. When you have the faith to accept God’s will, miracles will happen, even if they are not the ones you pray for.

One of the places I donate. Not sure if you have one near you, there is also a camp in Florida.

https://www.northstarreach.org/

North Star Reach is Michigan’s only barrier-free, fully-accessible medical camp serving children with significant health challenges and their families, all at no charge to them. As a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman, we are part of a trusted global network of camps and programs for children with serious illnesses.

I will pray for Walt and you and the rest of your family. And I thank God for Texas Childrens Hospital.

Patriot Dan | June 7, 2022 at 11:26 pm

Thanks for your sharing and the update on Walt.
Your faith is inspiring and we know that the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev 19:10).

I am reminded about what Jesus did and said in Luke chapter 4 (KJV):
“14 ¶ And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
16 ¶ And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
We agree together that the Spirit of the Lord is upon Jesus and has anointed Him to preach deliverance for the captives (Walt) as well as setting at liberty them that are bruised (Walt). This is why Jesus came!
We, also, know according to His word that “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man the things that he hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit”(1st Cor 2: 9 – 10 a).
Walt’s total healing is one of those things that God has prepared for those who love him ( including you, your family and the LI family). Blessings!

My prayers for your son and for your family.

He is an amazing little fella!

Little Walt looks like a great kid, as does his big sister. No doubt he will make it through his coming procedures with the same courage, strength, curiosity, and innate faith in his perfect wellness that have brought him this far. All is well.

Little Walt sounds very much like a very boy. They come with very tired guardian angels.

Praying fervently for Walter and you, his loving mama.

Gremlin1974 | June 8, 2022 at 8:26 pm

Prayers, love, and healing vibed to Walt and the family!

Just saw this, my heart is with you all.

filiusdextris | June 9, 2022 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for your testimony. I pray for healing and grace all around.

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