This is the blog for Gavin and Carrie Jones and family. We live in Papua New Guinea and are working to see lives transformed by the living Word of God through Bible translation. Gavin is a helicopter pilot. Carrie, who has her degree in Public Health, is the lab supervisor and one of five lab techs at our busy rural clinic. Our son, Isaac, was born in 2004 and our quintuplets, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, and Grace, were born in 2012.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. The you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:3-6

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Brain scans - please pray!; praise x 3

We were relieved and incredibly grateful that Will and and the two girls had clear brain scans yesterday (a day earlier than we'd expected); please pray with us that David's and Seth's will also be completely normal and clear of any sign of brain bleeding. They get theirs today. Thank you for standing with us and behind the precious babies!

When Marcie was getting her head scan done, she immediately reached up to feel/massage the ultrasonic gel they squirted on her head. She is SO active (as she was in the womb), she's not giving herself a chance to gain weight, even though they've increased her volume of milk (6 cc's each feeding).

She and David have had some struggles with apnea and heart rate dropping. She was put on a different type and mask and is being given reminder breaths. Her blood work and a chest x-ray were normal. The nurse today said very seriously to me, "Pray this IV continues to hold." Yes, Lord, please! No need for a broviac yet, thank God. Please pray for peace and comfort for her so she will settle down, be less feisty/agitated, and just rest in His arms.

I pray God fills those isolettes with His peace and comfort from the Holy Spirit. I prayed that very specifically for Seth last night and was thrilled to hear and see God answer!

Seth's blood gases and chest x-ray were excellent, so the staff was able to turn down the oscillator. He has been so much more comfortable and relaxed!
All babies are now receiving my milk! So exciting (and serious business for me). I thank God for His provision and pray I'll be able to make enough for all of them during the critical first few months. After that, we'll need to supplement. I crave getting to hold each one and nurse individually!


  1. Standing with you in prayer, resting in and knowing that God cares for each one of your little ones.

  2. My daily morning update starts my day with smiles. God is doing wonderful things through these litttle ones.

  3. Praying for all of you today, especially for Marcie Jane and her IV. I remember what an emotional roller coaster it was in the NICU, and that was just with one of ours in there. Yes, may the peace of the Spirit of Jesus be present with each one of you. Ben.

  4. I awoke in the night here in TN to pray especially for Seth and Marcie. I am a WBT MK with 14 children. One was in the NICU on a vent also. We are covering you with our prayers. We also attended FBC in the 1980s and 1990's. I am so glad you have a loving church to celebrate and persevere with you. God can be trusted with all of your concerns!

  5. So fun to follow this time for you, full circle from Christmas in uka. Jamie Ardith Sandoz we are in Lewisville with grandkids,,

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  7. Make sure you are getting plenty of DHA, copper, manganese, choline, iron, uridine (easiest way is brewer's yeast tablets) and zinc in your diet. Breast milk generally does not supply enough of these nutrients compared to the placenta and can make SUCH a difference to your little ones by supercharging your breast milk. I did this with my 25 weeks and at age 3, they not only have no cognitive deficits, they are actually very, very bright. Best to you all!

  8. Hang in there with the pumping, and healthy eating and drinking. It is so worthwhile! I used an electric pump for most of three weeks while my 2 were in NICU in Dallas. That was 31 yrs ago. Wish we lived close enough to help out but we don't. Praying God will provide many who can/will help, nights and days.
    (I'm Esther Campbell's mom as well as a WBT/SIL colleague.)

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