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Conner’s Story

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On May 19, 2006 my life changed forever. My husband Kris had a motor vehicle accident that killed him and my 6 year old son Adam. Conner was one at the time, and suffered a spinal cord injury at C1, 2 and 3. The doctors told me the night of the accident to prepare myself because Conner would never survive through the night. We had thousands of people praying for Conner that night and for God to do a miracle in him! I have never prayed so hard before in my life for something. I just begged God to let Conner live. I needed him. I was 29 years old and just lost everything that was precious to me! I had no idea how I was ever going to survive this tragedy. That is the thing though, without God you can't survive a tragedy as great as this! Well clearly you can see that Conner survived through the night. The next few weeks were really hard though. The doctors told me that Conner was going to have no quality of life and would be paralyzed from the neck down. He was also in a coma and ended up coming down with spinal meningitis. His outcome did not look good. He was on a ventilator and couldn't breath on his own. The doctors told me that I needed to let Conner go. They even went as far to tell me that they would put him in my lap and let me rock him to sleep (death)! I was mortified!! I told them there was no way I was going to do that, and that God could have taken Conner when the accident happened. It wasn't a survivable accident! God saved him from the wreck for a reason! I told them I was having faith and believing in God to heal Conner! They did not support my decision and told me I was being very selfish and not thinking about Conner's quality of life! I told them that God could take Conner right now if he wanted him. I told them that where there is life, you always choice life! Today I am so thankful that I put my faith and trust in God! Conner is a living miracle, and yes we have had a very hard road to follow and continue to have a huge journey in front of us, but the blessings God has given us along the way, have been absolutely amazing! It has been almost 7 years since the accident happened and Conner is making great strides everyday! He is able to breath on his own off the vent for over an hour right now. Which if he can breath an hour on his own, he will continue to get stronger and be able to come off the ventilator one day!! We just have to keep praying and believing! He has all feeling and sensation throughout his body! He can use his arms to roll over from his side to his back! He gets stronger and stronger everyday! God also brought love back into my life again, and I remarried 2 years ago! He is a great man of God and is a great daddy to Conner! God has blessed our lives more than I could ever imagine or deserve! We do still have hard days and struggles, but God is always faithful to take care of our every single need! We are believing that God will completely heal Conner one day and he will be a walking testimony for God! I pray that God uses him and his testimony for his GLORY and KINGDOM!!! We appreciate all the prayers you lift up to God on behalf of Conner! We ask that you continue to pray and believe with us that God is going to completely heal Conner! We serve and AWESOME and AMAZING God!!!

Isaiah 40:31

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Sonya

Latest Journal Update

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Merry Christmas Everyone! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. We have had a rough year this year. I am believing that 2015 is going to be a year full of great things!! Today we start one of our four Christmas celebrations. Christmas is always crazy busy for us, but we are thankful to get to be with all of our family every year. I remember the first Christmas after the wreck, we didn't celebrate at all, other than the Birth of Jesus!! I didn't put a tree up, I wouldn't let anyone buy us any gifts, the pain was just to much to celebrate with our normal traditions. Holidays will never be the same for me again though. There is always an empty feeling inside of me when Holidays come around. Christmas with my mom this year will be very different as well, with my step-dad not being here anymore. It won't be the same without Pa there!!! Yesterday I was thinking about what Christmas must be like in Heaven. I know that our minds can't even begin to grasp what it is like in Heaven. As I found myself hurting and missing them, I try and imagine what they are getting to experience. There are so many people this year that have lost loved ones. I pray that they cling to God for the comfort that only he can give them. The first holiday when you have lost someone you love, is the absolute worst!! I pray that everyone enjoys and embraces your family time this year. You never know when someone you love will be called home! Also pray for the ones that have lost someone they love! 

We took Conner back to the Urologist in Dallas last week for his 3 month check up after the procedure they did on his ureters. They did an ultra-sound of his kidneys and bladder before we saw the doctor. As she was doing the ultra-sound me and Robbin noticed there was still some fluid in his kidneys, so we both were concerned we were about to get bad news from the doctor. The lady doing the ultrasound said she was amazed that we knew what we were looking at on the ultrasound. I told her unfortunately we have had so many of them, we know what we are looking at now, haha. The doctor actually gave us GREAT news though. He said he expected to see some fluid still in the kidneys, because of the surgery, so he wasn't conceded about that at all. He said he is very impressed with how well Conner has been doing and that he hasn't had any UTI's since the surgery. So he believes the surgery was a success. He will repeat the ultrasound again in May to check and see if everything is still looking good. We were so excited to hear that!! We are believing that they will never have to do the re-implant of his ureters in the future!! He has had such a rough year with his kidney and bladder issues, so it was great to get wonderful news to end the year off!! 

One of my friends made a slide show of Conner from the beginning until now. It turned out amazing, so I wanted to share it with you guys. I will post a link to youtube where you can watch it. As I was watching it the day she gave it to me, I couldn't help but have tears in my eyes. It is amazing how far he has come since the accident. He honestly is a miracle from God!! God has done amazing things in Conner's life and I don't believe he is finished with Conner. I believe the best is yet to come still. I know so many of you pray for Conner and care so much about him, so I wanted you to be able to see his journey as well. If you go to http://youtu.be/dOY3RtUwobQ  you can watch it. I hope you enjoy it. 

We hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Also, please be praying for our family to be protected from the flu! It is spreading like wildfire in our area right now. We have all had our flu shots, but I know that doesn't always keep you from getting it. The flu for Conner could be a life or death situation. I just keep telling myself not to worry about it. God always protects him, but that is the mother in me. I walk around with a big deal of hand sanitizer all the time. The boys know as soon as we get in the car to give me their hands, haha! I pray for all the ones that have the flu right now as well. It isn't a good time to be sick right here at the holidays. Thank you for always praying for and loving us! Have a great week!! 

Robbin, Sonya, and Conner 
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Adam Doty
By Adam Doty
Merry Christmas! Love the video. Conner and Sonya, y'all are my heroes.
Patricia McClead
By Pat in Lewisville
Merry Christmas and I pray this is the year you will "PLUNDER" the enemies camp and take back 7 fold all he has stolen from you! Blessings and love coming your way!
Dave Lyons
By Dave Lyons, Richardson, TX
Amazing video. Words fail me. Amazing love, dedication, perseverance, and faith of Sonya. Amazing love and help mate in Robbin. Praying for you all and for Conner to amaze us ad God works in his life.