These are the specific prayers requests from our post on 3/22/11 with updates.
1. It's NOT to late for our Lord to perform a miracle.
We still believe a miracle is possible & will not give up hope.
2. That our family is able to get here in time to say goodbye.
Our family has already begun to arrive. More will arrive en masse on Friday evening & Saturday morning.
3. That we are able to get Caleb's pain under control & keep it there.
We continue to work with the Pain Management Team at Children's to help make Caleb comfortable & pain-free. Adjustments are still being made.
4. That he is feeling well enough to be released from the hospital & wants to go home for the weekend.
We ARE leaving the hospital on Friday around mid-day to go home.
5. That he is feeling well enough to at least attend Caleb Day on Saturday.
We still hope he will be feeling well enough to attend Caleb Day. If he is not feeling up to throwing the first pitch, he has requested that his best friend, Braeden, be allowed to throw it for him.
6. That we continue to find the strength to endure what will come.
We stand in faith that God knows what he is doing. We don't understand it all, but we know that He is in control & has a plan for Caleb & for us as a family.
7. That we are able to have a conversation with Caleb about dying & Heaven without him becoming fearful.
We spoke with Caleb at length about dying & Heaven. We explained that the tumor is not getting better & appears to be growing again. We told him that because of the type of cancer it is, that it probably will end his life soon, unless God intervenes with a miracle. We shared with him that once he gets to Heaven, he will never have any more pain of any kind, he will be able to run, play, go fishing & anything else he wants to do. And most of all, he will be with Jesus forever. We told him that he will no longer be afraid because he will know so much love & peace in Heaven. He asked, "Why?" We explained that because he is so smart, generous, loving & kind God realized that Caleb was needed more in Heaven than we need him here on Earth. We said that God must have a very special plan for Caleb to need him in Heaven so soon. Caleb said, "I don't want to die." We answered that we don't want him to either, but God knows what He is doing & God's plan is always best. I told him that Heaven is the place I most want to be, but it's not my time to go yet -- it's Caleb's. I told him that I just know he will help Jesus decorate my mansion in purple with cats since those are my favorite things. And that Caleb would be the first to greet me when it is my time. I then mentioned some people that he knows that have gone before him and will be there to greet him so he won't be alone. We hugged & cried for a long time. I then crawled into the bed with him and held him for hours.
8. That we are able to tell Caleb about his biological siblings & them about him.
We had a talk with Caleb about his biological mom & siblings. He met with her & one of his sibling. When asked if he thought it was "pretty cool" he responded with a thumbs-up (our sign for yes). The entire discussion went well.
UPDATE ON CALEB DAY!
We have been informed that Caleb will get to ride to Caleb Day on a fire truck with a police escort! We will probably head right back to the house after Caleb's portion of the activities so he can reserve his strength.
We have also been invited to the FC Dallas Soccer game Saturday night. They would like to present Caleb with his own jersey autographed by the team at half-time! The game starts at 8pm at Pizza Hut Park near Frisco Square. We're not sure Caleb will be up to attending, but we will more than likely have a family member there to accept on his behalf.
We were also contacted by a local reporter who is doing an article on Caleb to put in the Little Elm Journal which will be published on Friday. News is spreading fast.
We are so grateful & humbled by the love & support that has been showered upon us during this difficult time. Please know that even though we aren't always able to respond to everyone, we do read every single comment here & on Facebook. Thank you for all your continued prayers for our family during this time.
Angel, Richard, Caleb, & Caden Huffines
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