I need to ask you all to pray for a dear friend of mine. "Little Luke" as my son calls him (because my 18 year old nephew is "Big Luke") was Ryan's best friend when we lived in Jacksonville, FL. Well Saturday Luke had a 30 minute seizure and was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis. Luke will be 6 years old in about a month.
He's been in the hospital since the seizure. Today his mom posted on facebook that he was able to take a few steps with help and even did the "Gator Chomp" (that's University Florida Football for those who don't know what that means).
I have created this card to send to him today...
Here are a few pictures of Ryan (and friends) from over the years. Luke moved across the street when he was about 8 months (Ryan had just turned 1)...
The kids above were our immediate neighbors (from left to right): Luke, his brother Abram being held by Colin, Ansley with Princess, Haley, Morgan (Colin's sister), and Ryan. Looks like Haley's brother Grant didn't make it in this picture). I think this was taken right before Haley and Grant moved to Texas.
Ryan, Grant, and Luke (the night Grant moved to Texas).
Luke and Ryan at one of Luke's birthday parties (I think his 4th).
Luke and Ryan at Ryan's 4th birthday party.
Luke and Ryan at Luke's 3rd birthday party (I think). See Ryan's curly hair? That's why we shave Ryan's hair now - it's curly in the back, but still "bald" in the front.
I love this picture! Ansley, Luke, Ryan, and Carson (in the orange shirt) playing ring-around-the-rosie in my backyard. Look how curly Ryan's hair is in this picture!!
Here's another really young picture. This was before Luke and Ryan were walking!! Ryan didn't walk until he was 15 months. So that means that Luke (on the left) was younger than 11 months and Ansley was just turning 3.
Another young one!! This was at Haley's birthday party. I think Ryan was about 18 months here (and Ansley 3 1/2). They are sitting on a horse-drawn carriage. That's Luke's mom Brandi in the pink shirt in the background. Ryan was completely bald until right after his 2nd birthday.
And here is the most recent picture I have of them. This was taken over the Summer when we went to Jacksonville for a visit. That's Ansley on the top left with her friend Amelia. Then Ryan wearing brown. Luke is holding his younger brother Abram in the front.
Please keep this little cutie in your prayers!!! Please pray for 100% recovery with no long term complications. And please pray for strength and peace for his parents Brandi and Magnus Akerstom. And please pray for all of Luke's doctors as well!!
Thank you all so much!