Friday, May 02, 2008


Milton, here for Kristy:

Thursday afternoon Kristy got sicker and we transferred her by ambulance to the Mayo Hospice Center to help her get over the nausea and sever headaches. She rested in the night and is better this morning. The goal is to get her stabilized and then return home--in a couple of days.

We feel your prayers and the presence of the Lord. He never fails and is so very faithful. He is our friend and helper.

It is sweet to trust in Jesus.

I stayed the night with her and our daughters and grands will arrive this afternoon.

A few moments ago I told her attending nurses that we are people of faith and believe in healing. I said that we also know that God heals in many ways and that we are not afraid to face the facts of what is happening to Kristy.

They both said, "Can we bottle you and take you around this place."

As we left our home yesterday, I looked out the back of the ambulance as we pulled away wiping hot tears. This isn't easy, but He is with us.

God is our strength and His help is real.


At 10:54 AM, Blogger Lisa Taylor said...

Bro. Dykes, Kristy, Julie, and Jennifer,
We love you, and we're praying!
Mike, Lisa, and MaryLisa

At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Patti Moore said...

I will continue praying for Kristy and all your family. May the Lord give you all the strength you need now and in the days ahead.
Patti Moore
(from Georgia)
Psalm 61:2

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Shana said...

praying, with love from seattle - shana

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the room mother in Julie's fourth grade class in Tampa. I have read your blog daily since Julie told us about it, and I thank you for sharing so many details of your rich and fulfilling and faithful life together. I have laughed and cried as I have read -- as well as doing much thinking and praying. May Kristy's days be comfortable as she is surrounded by so much love, strength, and faith. Marcy

At 11:25 AM, Anonymous The Scott Family said...

We're praying here. We love you both so much!

Skip and Dawn Scott, and family

At 11:26 AM, Blogger nanatrish said...

I am praying for you. You are such a blessing to me! I feel like I personally know you as you have shared so much. Much love.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Cindy Thomson said...

God bless you!
Cindy in Ohio.

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having been through so much of this recently with a dear friend, we truly feel part of your pain. Thank you for keeping it real while still having great faith. Kristy is in our thoughts and prayers today and with your family as they gather.

Blessings and love,

Gaylon and Barbara Benton

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, we feel Your presence in this loving, caring couple. Your Holy Spirit shines from them both. You are able, Holy Father, to heal Kristy; we trust in You and Your faithfulness, but Lord, we relinquish ourselves, our very lives, to You. We are nothing without You.

Lord, I pray Your hand of love and protection over Kristy during this time. She is Your sweet child, and her name is written in the palm of Your hand. No one can ever snatch her from You and Your love. I pray You sing over her today and give her great joy. In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray.

Nan S.

At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you both so much. I'm seeking God on your behalves! You've become part of "my family" through your transparency and love. I feel I'm there by your side, right now, holding you up to God. May God's strength surround you in that hospital room. GOD IS TRULY A HEALING GOD, and we are still claiming the victory, my dear friends!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, Cathy (Tennessee)

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

May His Grace, Peace and Light continue to shine on you and guide you!


At 12:44 PM, Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Still praying!

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is broken for you all right now; I hate that she is suffering but am so in awe of your never ending faith. Your story has helped me with my own problems; my son is 20 and has bi-polar and we fight many battles trying to keep him from entering the darkness that sometimes consumes him. Reading your story everyday has given me faith and has caused me to be thankful that our son at least has his physical health.

I will continue to pray that God will help you and your family through this.

God' blessings,
Teresa from Alabama

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trusting Jesus. Adding my faith to your faith. Praying.

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm continuing to hold you up in prayer.

Julia Healey

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad that your girls and grands could come in today. What a blessing. Prayers are with you and Kristy.

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus. Fighting for you and your family in prayer. May the peace that passes understanding continue to blanket you.

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Praying that God's Holy Spirit will envelop the hospital room. That you and Kristi will be overwhelmed with His sweet, healing presence. Still praying for healing on this side, but peace for whatever God's answer is ultimately.

At 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What joy you and your family must bring to God to continually praise Him through all of the heartache. Your faith and strength in Him are certainly an encouragement and wonderful example to all of your blog readers.

Praying for you,
JoAnne Simmons

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, if you have a chance - please post again this evening. We are all soooo concerned, and LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH!!!! You are doing a wonderful job of keeping us abreast daily.

Praying for the four of you continuously. Know your daughters and grandchildren will give you strength in the very presence.

Love you,

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Lisa Buffaloe said...

Praying for God's perfect peace for you and your family.

In Christ's Love,


At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Milton and Kristy,
I am praying for special grace, peace and comfort for you all. Glad the girls and grandkids are coming. Walking through it all together will be comforting. Wish I was closer to come give a hug and word of encouragement, but be sure I am sending up many prayers today.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to intercede for sweet, precious Kristy and all of your family, Milton. We rejoice with you for every victory, and we cry with you when we hear that Kristy is in pain.

We lift up the mighty name of the Lord with you, too, and rely totally on His mercy, His grace, and His strength.

Our love and prayers always,
Nancy & family

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Zephaniah 3:17:

"The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."

We love you!

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Milton, thank you for writing each of these to keep us up to date on prayers for Kristy. I wonder if you will ever know how your love story has touched so many lives. I think about how so many of us go through life and don't ever get the gift that you two have. Your love for each other shows your love for the Lord. You are both incredible witnesses for him.

I can't say I've ever saw Kristy without you at arm's length. What a blessing!! May God richly bless you both right now. Kristin

At 2:50 PM, Blogger One Mother with Cancer said...

Thank you for keeping us up to date with how Kristy is doing. I know that you probably have a million other things on your plate. I think about Kristy and your family often, and am praying for all of you.

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Praying and thinking of the both of you often.

julie c

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, Julie, Jennifer & Kristy,

Its Lisa Vella. I am thinking about you guys always and you are all in my heart and prayers.

Please stay strong, and take comfort in knowing all these people love you and your family.

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Praying for all of you, that the peace of God will continue to fill your hearts and you will find comfort in his presence. Praising him for all the good days you've had since last November and trusting in Him now in this moment for the days ahead.

So glad the girls are there and that will give comfort as well.

At 4:28 PM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

Yes, God is a present help... always with us in our time of need.

You're in my prayers today.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Kristy's testimony through this has touched thousands of lives, Milton. I believe she'll continue to touch lives, whether here or in Heaven. Her testimony will live on.

My heart goes out to you all, but I'm praising Jesus that He's with you.

How do people who don't have the Lord and know that Heaven awaits ever go through this?

Please know we're praying. Should the Lord not grant her healing this side of Heaven, then I pray he upholds your arms through the fire.

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton - will you please tell Kristy that she is such an inspiration to me. I am loving and trusting my Lord MORE because of her faith. God Bless you both. I continue to pray for both of you, and your family.

Lorraine (Oxfordshire - UK)

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous nancie c said...

Please know that we are praying daily for you all from Oregon. We love you...
Bill and Nancie Carmichael

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

Keeping you all in most ardent prayers.


At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, Krity and girls, Our love and prayers are with you now just as they have been through out this journey....I love you all so very much!!!! Cousin, Jeri

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavy hearts.
Whispered prayers.
Long-distance hugs.

How the Lord must be pleased with this gathering of friends, both known and unknown to your dear family. May these hard times bring us all into a better understanding of Jesus, our Redeemer, Comforter, Friend, and may the prayers of fellow believers fill your hearts with peace.

At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, Kristy, and Girls,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Thank you for being so good to post and let us all know what is happening in your lives. You are inspirations to all of us--your love for one another and your love for the Lord reach far and wide.

Janet and family


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