Dear Family, Friends, and Neighbors;
I find myself outside of my comfort zone, as I think about the words I need to share with you. My family and I are living with hardships that we thought would never be.
My husband and I, Dean and Carol Ezell, live in Sherwood, Arkansas. God added us to His church family many, many years ago. We presently worship with our Christian family in the Sylvan Hills area in Sherwood. We have loved and worked with this part of God’s family for about seven years now. We have four children: two born to us and two brought to us by our children through marriage, our daughter and her husband, Tris and Sarah (Ezell) Gale, and our son and his wife, Dave and Jenni (Tindle) Ezell. By God’s will, He has made us grandparents to four beautiful children; Ethan (age 6), Helena (age 3), Maggie (age 18 months), and Liam (12 months). Again, God’s will has most recently brought us two more beautiful grandchildren who are yet to be born (twin boys - still in their mother’s womb). This gives us a total of six grandchildren, four boys and two girls. Needless to say, we are very blessed parents and grandparents: four wonderful children and six precious grandchildren - but said anyway, with great thankfulness to God.
It was with the news of our coming twin boys that the testing began: testing of emotions, fears, wisdom and understanding (or lack of them), joys, and faith. When our son shared the news of twins, we were overjoyed. Some weeks later, we learned that they are little boy twins and again we were overjoyed. Very soon after that, Dave and Jenni told us that the twins are conjoined from the xyphoid process down to their belly buttons. It was at this moment of awareness about our newest grandsons that our emotions, our thinking, and our lives changed. What we presently know is that the twins share a liver and the small bowel. We also know that both babies have small heart issues that may or may not resolve themselves (may require reparative surgery) and there still may be other health issues that we won’t even know about until the time of birth. Even at this moment, I cannot get my thoughts and emotions around the bigness of this reality. All I have to hold me steady are family, friends and my spiritual faith. Now I ask you to think how much bigger this is for our children (my heart aches for them), parents of two sweet boys (Ethan and Liam) and, Lord willing, soon-to-be parents of two more little baby boys. God, please help our children and help us.
Jenni , mother to our baby boy twins, is keeping a journal of their lives from the moment they knew of their twin’s existence. She and my son have built an internet blog of these records and have made this history available to all of us. You can find and read her journal words at theezelltwins.weebly.com. My precious daughter’s forethought to make her journal public has both saved us from repeated emotional tears and has kindly helped our family and friends to understand this great change in our lives.
Now I step out of my comfort zone to do what I can do to help my children and grandchildren. I realize that I cannot change this reality. What I can do is to ask the Great Physician, God, to help us moment to moment.
To somewhat grasp the bigness of our reality, I can tell you that there is high risk of death in the delivery of our twins (for the babies as well as their mother for she is a Type 1 diabetic). If the twins survive birth, then there will be six to nine months for the twins to remain in the hospital before they will face separation surgery. There is also great possibility for individual surgeries for heart repairs in both babies, as well.
Our reality is too big for us alone, but my faith assures me that God has got this. So again, I do what I can do. I ask for your prayerful support and financial help for my children in regards to Owen and Emmett Ezell, our twin boys (our grandsons). We are thankful for any amount of money gift you can help us with (please refer to the enclosed instruction sheet for all donations). Presently, David and Jenni are packing for the move from Oklahoma to Dallas, Texas where the babies will be delivered and cared for over the next several years.
Thank you for whatever help you can give. May God bless you all.
Dean and Carol Ezell
Date: June 2013
RE: The Ezell Twins Fund Raising Accounts
Two accounts have been set up (with the assistance of Jim Akins Law Firm in North Little Rock, AR – tele: 501-834-2478) to receive charitable donations on behalf of Owen and Emmett Ezell (The Ezell Twins):
Account #1: This account has been set up with the Bank of America and titled “DAVID AND JENNIFER EZELL FAMILY SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST”. This account will accept all donations (but will not issue a receipt for your gift for tax deduction purposes). This account will serve well for smaller gifts being given.
Instructions: Write check to “Ezell Family Special Needs Trust” then send to:
44 Ridgewell Road
Sherwood, AR 72120
Account #2: This account has been set up with the Arkansas Child Fund Inc. for larger donations (i.e., corporate/business) that need a tax deductable receipt.
Instructions: Write check to “Arkansas Child Fund Inc.” then send to:
44 Ridgewell Road
Sherwood, AR 72120