Saturday, August 4, 2012

Our Unexpected News

Our second little boy, Nolan Crosby arrived early Monday morning, July 30, 2012.  We had an exciting birth story, which will come in another blog post.  But, with this post I am sharing my heart & soul, as I haven't been able to share until now. 
If you are our Facebook friends, you have been able to see the status updates from Jonathan.  I thank you for the prayers you have already prayed for our Nolan. 
Early after Nolan's arrival, the team of nurses noticed an unusual testicular mass on Nolan.  Nolan underwent a series of several ultrasounds & doctor consults.  After speaking to a neonatal specialist & then a pediatric urologist specialist, it has been decided that the mass must be removed.  The doctor is thinking the mass is a yoke sack malignant tumor, but will not be determined until the surgery is completed & mass evaluated.  If it is a cancerous tumor, we then will meet with an oncology team on our next steps.
The surgery is scheduled for early Monday morning in Atlanta.  As a mama, I prayed for a healthy baby boy, but I did not specifically ask for a cancer-free baby.  Who would? As a mama, I have questioned, was there something else I could do during my pregnancy? The doctors reassured me that there was not.  As a mama, I worry about my one-week old undergoing anesthesia & his little body recovering.  My list could go on...
I am determined to have a hope in our great God.  I am determined to stay positive - for Peyton, for Nolan, & for Jonathan.  I am determined that we are being taken care of by the best doctors in the country.  One of my best friends sent me the verse, "I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; Indeed, I will heal you." 2 Kings 20:5.    This is my prayer.
The Barlow Bunch! July 30, 2012

Minutes after Nolan's arrival at 8:25am

Nolan Crosby

 I am asking for prayers - please pray for the team of doctors, for our Nolan as he has this major surgery, for Jonathan & I as we anxiously await the results after the surgery, & for a peace in the midst of it all. A verse I read tonight that I plan to memorize for Monday - "Now the God of hope fill you all JOY and PEACE in believing, that ye may abound in HOPE, through the power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 15:13


  1. I just saw this post on facebook from a friend who commented. My family and I came to Royston baptist (the church i grew up in) on father's day with my grandmother.

    I will pray specifically for healing for your baby boy!

    May God's mercy and grace cover you and his hands carry you through this.

  2. Susan, you could not ask for a better team at Egleston. I can't imagine how scary this is for you and Jonathan. Nolan will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love to you both.

  3. Hi Jonathan and Susan,
    There are so many loving and caring professionals at Egleston... Nolan will be especially cared for... and ask for a chaplain while you are there... I served as a chaplain resident there in 2009. Great group of pastoral care providers... and lovely chapel to pray in. I know you guys are pastors...but sometimes pastors need pastors... Love the verse from Romans 15:13...glad you are memorizing it, Susan. May the God of All Comfort be all you need in these days ahead.

  4. praying for you all! Nolan is so adorable and Peyton looks like a proud big brother.

  5. Oh Susan. Prayers are headed up. Thinking about you and your adorable family.

  6. Dear, dear Children, you know you are in our hearts and prayers constantly. God is holding you all in the palm of his hands. Romans 15:13 is a great verse - for all of us. we love you! mom

  7. Sending love and prayers from the Glazes to the Barlows. If it's helpful, here's my mantra: Breathe in God's love, breathe out God's peace. Breathe in God's presence, breathe out God's care. I love you cousin! D

  8. My prayers are with you all! I can honestly say I do know what it is like to have your baby undergo surgery at just a few days old. Kaz was 2 months, however, he shouldn't have even been out of my belly when his surgery took place. You will push through - with prayers and faith:) I'm believing for the best and God's perfect plan. Stay strong mama.

  9. I will believe in healing and the guidance of the doctors. Our daughter Anneka just passed 3 weeks ago at 14 hours old. As a mother I know your fears. Praying with you.
    DeDe Crider

  10. Horace and I are praying for Nolan and your family. God is full of miracles, and I know that you will be held through all these trials. We are praying for complete healing and a quick recovery.

  11. Not sure if you remember me - I met you a couple times through work - I am praying for you all & specifically praying for a safe surgery and strength for each of you!!!

    Kimberlee Fulbright

  12. Jonathan and Susan, you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this stressful time. We are praying for Nolan to be healed completely and be cancer free! We love you, Mom and Dad

  13. I'm praying that God's peace will be in your hearts through these days. "He is before all things and in Him all things hold together" Col. 1:17
    Love to all of you!