But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

quick requests, praises, pictures

Gracie needs to gain weight. She is the same 3 days in a row, after losing more than 3 ounces. Please pray her body can suck up the nutrition and calories she needs.

Seth is having a heart test tomorrow to rule out any heart issue caused by his chronic lung disease. His oxygen requirements remain in the 60s and 50s, and his carbon dioxide remains in the 60s. We are very grateful for normal liver and kidney function tests today. He also gained a good amount of weight and is heavier than David now. The fact that he is growing and remaining infection-free (normal blood test today; looks very healthy on physical exam) is a big encouragement to us. We pray that continues, especially that new lung tissue will grow and his heart will be unaffected by his lung challenges.

Grace's retinopathy of prematurity eye exam was normal, a delightful answer to prayer. She did GREAT during the exam - not a squeak! - largely thanks to friends who recommended Sweet Ease (sucrose) given with a pacifier. She loved it! She actually grabbed her pacifier with both hands like she just couldn't get enough when I was cuddling her afterwards. It was so cute. :)

Marcie is gaining weight, David thrives on the nasal cannula, as does his brother Will, so we are thanking God for His mercy towards them.

We know the Lord is merciful towards Seth, too, and are waiting on Him. We recognize His sovereignty and that He has a perfect plan even in this fallen world. I like to speak verses and sing songs with Jesus' name over Seth since Jesus is the One through whom we have all victory, thanks to His work on the cross, setting us free from the burden of our own sin, as demonstrated and verified through His resurrection! I love thinking about Him ever living to intercede for us at the Father's right hand in Heaven.

We were warned the NICU would be like a roller-coaster. David clearly agrees. :)

CUTE! We love seeing David's face better again!
(Another vest from Shauna! The boys have already outgrown their preemie hats!)

Will peeking at me as I held him today

Gracie is wiped out from her eye exam. Still holding the pacifier close! Sweet little doll.

8 comments:

  1. Love seeing all those precious little faces! Continuing to pray for you all!

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  2. Praying always for the whole group.

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  3. Prays today, Lord, for Gracie to gain weight, Seth's lung function to improve and that his heart not be affected, and for Marcie, Will and David to continue to thrive. Please bless these little ones; they are in Your Hands and Your Will be done. Thank You for blessings, mercy and grace and for Your Son Jesus upon whom Carrie can draw strength and we can believe as our Redeemer. Amen. NKL

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  4. Prayers are continuing for all of you. The Roller Coaster ride is someting I can really relate to. My youngest of four was born with Down syndrome and had 3 surgeries in her first 3 days of life. Our stay in NICU was brief...2 weeks but oh soooo stressful. Today she is a very happy 32 year old who is able to live 500 miles away from home. I trust that the same prayers and love people gave us and are now giving you will enable you to make a post like this to someone else 32 years from now.

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  5. Adorable pics!!! Keep 'em coming!!! Love seeing those little faces!! Continuing to pray!!!

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  6. David looks like he is joining the praise and worship time at Trinity. He is awesome.
    Praying for all of them and that Grace will gain the weight that I am working to lose. She can have it. Judith

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  7. Love seeing the pictures you post of your cute little ones! I pray for them daily (and usually check your blog daily, too, to get the latest update.) Ellie (my 4 yr. old) likes to share prayer requests about them at our church on Sun. evenings. I haven't written much (as I figure you have lots of messages to go through each day), but know you all are being remembered in prayer at our house.
    Jennifer H. (Jenni)

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  8. I just LOVE to see the adorable pictures of the Babies!!!!!....They have come soo far since the first pictures after birth.... I pray a lot for all the Babies, and say special ones for Seth and Gracie. I have had some uncomfortable health testing the last few days... and have been offering it up for Seth and Gracie.....I Pray God Will use it for the Prayers they need.

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