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 23, 2012

Feisty little Seth

Not much to report tonight regarding test results, except that Seth's carbon dioxide blood level is a point lower than yesterday's (heading the right direction, but still high), his pH is slightly higher (so he's slightly less acidic, a good thing!), and his x-ray may have been slightly better than yesterday's. It was hard for the nurse practitioner to discern much difference between the two days, but the important thing is that his lungs are so very much less inflamed than Sunday. There's still a little bit of haziness in his right upper lobe, I think. Thank you for your continued prayers!

The encouraging subject of this post refers to Seth's continued "war" with his oscillator. Instead of just lying there limp, he keeps trying to over-breathe the machine or flail about, so they've actually had to give him meds to calm him down! Both the nurse and nurse practitioner said that's a good thing, seeing him so feisty and fighting like that. He's down to 35% oxygen still tonight, SO much better than needing the 60% he needed on Sunday! The oscillator pressure is also lower than previously, so he's heading in the right direction. I pray (and know so many of you will, too) he continues to do so and doesn't relapse as he is weaned off the steroid. He didn't grow the past two days, but hasn't lost much ground either and is still 10 grams ahead of taller David. :) Please pray his little brain continues to develop well and he continues to be free of infections! Thank God that has not been an issue yet.

Precious tiny Gracie is doing great, on only low oxygen (mid-20%'s). I can't wait to hold these little ones. Marcie too, who is unholdable as long as she has the Broviac. (She has so much hair! It's so light and usually covered by a cap, so I didn't really notice until today.)

I got to hold both David and Will today! I felt SO rich! They are too precious and perfect for words, just like their siblings. It was weird to know I was only holding a third of my children in my arms . . .

Lengths at birth: David 15 and 3/8th inches, Will 15 and 1/8th inches, Seth 14 and 3/8th inches, Marcie 14 and 1/8th inches, and Gracie at only 12 and 5/8th inches. Grace is tiny but no thinner than Marcie for length, looks like. Right now our babies are "big" at 2 lb 3 oz up to 3 lbs 2 oz. :)

Seth, Marmi, Papa, and Isaac

Marmi, Papa and Gracie

David and Will
Marcie's head of hair (couldn't see her from the front very well)


  1. Thanks for posting, Carrie. I hadn't checked the blog today as I was busy. I looked earlier this evening and decided no news was good news. I'm about to turn in but decided to give it one more peek and so glad I did. You are so often in my thoughts and prayers - also your family is a frequent topic of conversation around the JAARS Center. Lots of prayers going up on your behalf.


    Gail Boemker

  2. I LOVE the picture of David and Will together!!

  3. Good new about Seth!!!! He must be a Good fighter and feeling bettering,,,,I love seeing the pictures of God's little miracles,,, Continuing prayers,,,,now when my Husband sees me with my computer he's always asking what's new about the Babies....They are touching SO SO many hearts everywhere....May God surround all of you with his PEACE, LOVE AND JOY, as you continue to see God's work unfold....God Bless...

  4. "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
    I will say that my son's name is Seth (age 31) and I pray for "both" of my boys every day as well as "my" other babies. You are sharing your precious angels with everyone and since I don't have grandkids these are like mine. I love the pictures and all the information you provide. I will admit that I do look at the blog several times a day "just in case" somethinig new comes up. Know that these babies are so loved as well as your family and Issac as he is the BEST BIG BROTHER EVER! Here is to another "growing" week! Julie

  5. We are so excited for your good news. Thanks for posting the new pictures. At the Avi Admin bldg we keep one another updated and we all pray for your precious family. God is so good and we thank Him for what He is doing in your lives.
    bonnie berg


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Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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