I never had any brothers that were born into my family. But I do have about 4 brother’s that I adopted since they were the “real” brothers of some of my very best friends growing up. 3 of those brother’s belong to my lifelong friend, Emily Tyson Zieser. And one of those three moved to somewhat sorta Jon’s old neck of the woods McComb, Mississippi about 2 years ago for a job promotion. Anyway, Justin and his wife Casie (who I have yet to meet in person but she is sooo sweet!!) have a precious little girl, Ellery Kate who I believe is around 15 or 16 months. Justin and Casie announced they were expecting again over Christmas and about a little over a month ago found out that their precious baby BOY (first grandson on the Tyson side) has Spina Bifida and a few other complications that stem from that.
It’s a heartbreaking diagnosis and has already been a roller coaster ride for them from first being told that their son would not survive 24 hours past birth. To being told that he would survive, that the spot was very low on his spine, to then thinking they would be eligible for a in-utero surgery and having to think about deciding if that was what they wanted. To being told that the spot is higher than originally thought so paralysis is almost certain and the in-utero surgery would not benefit Little Brother.
I share this so that you all will pray for this sweet little family and so that you can follow their story. Even though it is heartbreaking and you wish you could somehow just erase all of the pain for them, their story and their testimony will inspire you. It will give you a greater faith in God just reading about their faith in God through all of this. I would that I would have such a great faith if ever faced with such a trial as this. Casie is only 24 weeks and still has a very long way to go in this pregnancy. I can only imagine what emotions they face every day. Please, if you find it in your heart to read and follow their story, please do. And please don’t hesitate to share words of encouragement and let them know that you will be praying for them. The Lord is a merciful and He has certainly blessed this little family with strength and wisdom beyond their years but i know it’s a struggle each and every day.
You can find Justin, Casie, Ellery and Little Brother’s story here.