Sunday, January 1, 2012

Update on Anna

We are seeking desperate prayers for my sister-in-law, Anna.  Here she is with her sweet family this summer at our family reunion in Duck, North Carolina.

Anna, and her husband Brian, with their children, Samuel, Kiah, Kate, TJ, Nathan and Meghan.

Charles' sister, Anna, went into the hospital on Friday morning to have a baby.  Just a routine induction.  The baby, Micah William Peterson, entered the world yesterday morning, December 31st 2011, weighing 9 lbs. 14 ounces.  A healthy baby boy!! 

Anna however, has had a lot of complications since his birth.  She had passed out during the delivery due to massive blood loss and the doctors had to perform an emergency c-section.  While in the OR, Anna continued to lose massive amounts of blood, as well as having seizures.  In order to stop the bleeding, she had to undergo a full hysterectomy.  Meanwhile, we were receiving rapid text messages via my mother-in-law to pray desperately for her.  As you can imagine, it has been a scary ordeal for the entire family. 

After surgery, Anna's vitals began to stabilize.  She was still in critical condition, however, things had started improving.  The bleeding had seemed to stop.  She had begun to wake up and was able to communicate by writing on a notepad.  She was taken off the ventilator and was breathing on her own.  All very good signs.  By last night, they were able to move her to the ICU wing. 

Then, just within the past several hours, the bleeding has started back up again.  Blood clots have been found in her legs and lungs.  She has needed 12 bags of blood.  Anna was immediately whisked back into surgery.  The issue now is that she is both bleeding and clotting at the same time.  She has been re-intubated and is sedated again. 

Charles' parents are enroute to California as I type.  One of the most difficult things for them has been that they live on the opposite side of the country.  In fact, the whole family does.  As everything has unfolded over the past 48 hours, everyone feels helpless.  We have had to keep reminding ourselves that the BEST thing we can do for Anna and her family right now is to pray......and to spur others on to pray for her as well. 

Please, would you pray for Anna right now?  Would you stop what you are doing and take a moment to "lift your eyes until the hills" towards the Great Physician?

"I lift my eyes up to the hills - where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

~Psalm 121

If anyone was ever suited for motherhood, Anna is.  She is a beautiful example of a godly woman who loves the Lord and loves her family.  She is passionate about life and an absolute blessing to those around her.  Just look at Facebook and the amount of people who are praying for her right now.  Literally, all over the world.  Whole churches have mobilized together to pray for her healing.  Small groups.  Friends.  Relatives.  Aquaintances.  Strangers.  All because she has touched them in some way. 

We are thankful for God's many blessings to our family.  He has continually remained faithful.  Thankful tonight that HE is in control.  Thankful that HE loves Anna and our family more than we ever possibly could.  Thankful that HE has our best interests at heart.  Thankful.  And hopeful.  And on our knees praying.  Won't you join us?



  1. Hi Kristen...I am Anna's friend here in Fresno. Your words about her are perfect. There is no one like Anna. We all love her so.

    Jennifer Anthony

  2. oh Kirsten my heart aches for you all and for Brian. I am so sad and yet I know God's ways are perfect. Please know that we are constantly praying for everyone and sharing this so others would step in and pray as well. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

  3. just to let you know of another "stranger", (but a fellow member of the household of God) praying for Anna and Brian.

  4. Thank you for posting the details, my family and I will be praying for Anna and hope to hear good news soon!

  5. Thank you, Kirsten, for posting this. My husband's a fellow pastor of Brian's here in Fresno (they preach for each other, sometimes, when one is out of town). Our church family is praying, too -- asking God for great mercy and peace. (My husband and I live across the country from our families, too -- it must be so hard for you all to be far away. We're so thankful, tho, to have had them out here with us -- know that we'll be continuing to hold them up in prayer, too.) ~Lori McCracken

  6. Thank you for the update! My heart is so broken for you all right now.Brian and Anna were a tremendous blessing to me and my family in the brief time we lived in california. We now live in Kansas but think of them very regularly and about how blessed we have been to know them. We join you all in very earnest and continual prayer!!
    Bryan & Abby Hannaford (Wichita, Kansas)

  7. Anna and I were in Mrs in Ministry together while our husbands were in seminary. Another seminary wife shared you blog with me and has been keeping me up to date on facebook. I have been praying since yesterday when I heard the news, Anna and family have not been far from my mind all day. Thank you for writing this so that I know more specifically how to pray. I have shared the prayer request with my bible study ladies.

  8. I'm a sister in Christ praying with you for Anna!! Our God is so faithful. He is mighty to save, and he is with her! I am praying!