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

Monday, August 13, 2012

I love this article and its pictures!! Plus baby PRAISES

Thanks for your prayers regarding the press conference! We had a really fun time. We've been on at least 5 (are there more?) of the local channels. You can now Google us and read about us in Dallas, Houston, Sacramento, Chicago, World Magazine Online, and I'm sure many more of which I am unaware as I struggle to stay awake. All a bit surreal, but lots of fun, especially the following phone interview and article online: From the Daily Mail in London, UK The pictures of the babies (taken by the UT Southwester photographer) are so sweet! You can see that Will is the only one who looks like a "normal" baby thus far (and reminds me of how Isaac looked at birth), but of course each dear little face and body makes me miss them already. Sleep first. :) We prayed over each baby before we left the hospital this evening. I love the feel of their soft skin and tiny bodies.

I so appreciate the kind notes of encouragement, empathy, and assurances of prayer from complete strangers showing up on the blog now (and in the comments in response to World Magazine's online article).

And now for the really important news of the day!:

The babies were all still on the upswing when we left the hospital. Seth's breathing was improved, as was Gracie's, and each baby's ductus arteriosis (that open flap between large blood vessels near their hearts) is very small! Gracie's was quite large before her first round of medication, but she now doesn't need any more medication and has avoided surgical closure!!! HURRAY, THANKS for praying, and PRAISE the Lord! Many happy tears around here!

Please keep praying for the development of surfactant in each little lung, and that Seth will dirty his diaper. He's only partially digesting his food at this point, so they're applying a little encouragement at the other end to try and draw the milk through his digestive system so it develops well. Marcie Jane's PICC line insertion (last attempt) is going to be tomorrow because they wanted to give her a day off, poor little munchkin. Again, please pray the nurse practitioner will  successful!

I got to hold Marcie's pacifier in her mouth for a while, and goodness, that little girl likes to suck! She was crying slightly, and it felt SO good to be able to meet her little need for comfort. The nurses say she is super active. Gavin got to hold her up in his two hands - WOW, she is small! - while the nurse changed her bedding. Gavin also changed her dirty diaper while I looked on.

Grace was also really awake today and looking at us (probably just two big blurs in her vision), snuggled down in her favorite position - her side. :)

It's been a GOOD day. I am glad to be home with Gavin and Isaac, grateful for the help of Mom and Dad and those bringing meals and helping in other ways. I'm hoping to get some good rest tonight, and am very, very grateful for how the babies are doing. 

To God be the Glory,
Carrie for us all




43 comments:

  1. What a happy day!!!!

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  2. I am a friend of Jonelle's and have been following your blog from the beginning via her facebook posts. I have been so in awe at the power of our God, coupled with amazing medical technology. You'll all continue to be in my prayers and I am just so excited to watch these little lives continue to grow and develop. Blessings to all 8 of you!

    ~ From the Oregon Coast

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  3. Been reading your blog posted on Facebook by a cousin that knows your parents. Congratulations on the birth of your babies and praying for you all. From Dayton, OH

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  4. I watched the whole press conference because I work at UTSW & got the link through a hospital news letter/email. You guys did a great job! I'm so very happy for you & I hope to come visit & help in the future. Dylan is so excited for you guys too & sends his love, especially to you Carrie!!

    To His Glory!!!

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  5. Howdy and congrats from the Glass family. We haven't forgotten about y'all. In fact, Carrie, we're going to arrange a celebratory poker game with you! We figure you'll wipe us clean rather quickly given the amount of luck you've displayed lately. Take care.

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  6. Love you guys, and we're praying for your gorgeous little ones, as well as the rest of you. LOVED the article and the beautiful pictures. Thank you for taking the time to update us, since we are all anxious to hear about every little change! Carrie, I've been praying specifically for your peace of mind, rest, and nutrition.
    Anna C

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  7. We're missionaries in Mexico and friends of Dave and Melissa Raube. We wanted to let you know that we're praying for your family, too. Give that son of yours, Isaac, a big high-five...big brother to big brother. We're proud of how he stood up and gave God the glory for his new baby brothers and sisters!!!

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  8. Well, I'm nobody you know but I'm a grandmother of 12 and wanted you to know that your entire family is being lifted in prayer each day. "Father, please wrap your loving and healing arms around these precious bundles of joy, place a hedge of protection around each one of them. Reach out and touch their Momma and Daddy, let them feel your love and peace. Continue to lead their Doctor's to do the best for their health. Watch over them all. In your Son's name we pray this...Amen"

    “From the fullness of grace we have received one blessing after another” - John 1:16

    May your blessings continue to grow!

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  9. I have been reading your blog and praying for your family and the babies...I just want to say how inspiring you are to me. I gave birth to my first son this past February (on leap day!!!) and he is the love of my life. To read everything you are going through...all of the ups and downs...it is just amazing and you are all such strong, loving, faithful people. I pray every day for your family and the babies and will continue to read about their progress.

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  10. Just came across your story, I live in Newfoundland, Canada. You are all so strong and I am thinking about you all and hoping the babies grow to be big and strong in no time!

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  11. ENCOURAGEMENT: Born at 24 1/2 weeks, 2lbs. 1oz.:(down to 1lb. 11oz.) our fourth child/daughter is a MIRACLE OF THE LORDS. SHE IS NOW A NURSE ON CARDIAC FLOOR!! The first 3 months of her life were roller coaster; God had a plan for her life/as He does for each of us!! Her path has effected/affected so many people and US/siblings!! Your 5 kids look just like Johanna did; tiny fingers…she did not yet have her nipples developed or fingernails…and I wept. Johanna knows the Lord and wants to give back to God the life He has given her; praise God!! She is our healthiest kid!! OH, born Aug. 1988 when surfactant was being ''tested''..we don't know if she was the control group or received it…..You will be on a roller coaster ride: but in the midst of it God did give and will give you His Grace
    to walk through..and what a testimony and experience for your 8 year old son! God will use it all for HIs glory!! Suzanne.
    PS: Johanna Suzanne (our daughter)-her name means ''God is Gracious"

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  12. PS: from sisterbugs (suzanne): Johanna was born August 7th !!! 1988…is that fun! And Carrie, I remember driving home on the turnpike crying and crying..Johanna could not be making it…(it was so different in 1988-there were not even ''micro-premie" units in any hospitals but Philadelphia and maybe Pittsburgh. They had to rush me one hour to Philadelphia…..today there are micro-premie units all the hospitals locally.) So I am driving home to care for our other 3 children: 7,5,3: and emphasis on crying…I started to sing! I FOUND MYSELF SINGING SOME PRAISE SONG (can't recall now) AND CAUGHT MYSELF SMILING AND A LITTLE LAUGH thinking,,"My mother would think I am a nut"….you see she does not know the Lord...… …she wouldn't understand..GOD WAS PRESENT AND GIVING ME THE GRACE TO WALK THROUGH THIS…I KNEW…WHAT WE KNOW! AND HE CAUSED/CAUSES ME TO HAVE JOY THEN AND REASSURANCE OF HIS GREAT LOVE…so I will stop there.. Encouragement to you and your husband. suzanne

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  13. Praise be to God! How wonderful and miraculous - God is good indeed! All should good well with these precious pure souls that came straight from God Himself - Psalm 127: 3-5 Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward.As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of one's youth.
    Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them. They shall not be put to shame, when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

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  14. Dear Gavin and Carrie,

    Been following the progress of the kids. My prayer is that God continues to strengthen them day by day.

    God's blessings on you all,

    Clif (former owner of your dog velvet and translator in Milne Bay)

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  15. Hi Gavin and Carrie! I am so excited for you both and Isaac! What a miracle. God is great!

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  16. Isaac prayed for 5 years and then 5 babies were conceived/born! Is this a pattern? Congratulations and blessings X5 in Jesus name no make it X8!

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  17. Your CA cousins Phyllis and RichardAugust 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Wow, How special the news conference was!!! So good to see pictures of our new cousins online, and to be able to keep up with the Jone's 8!! Thank goodness for technology. Know we are praying for you and love you all!!

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  18. MANY MANY prayers being offered up for all of your family, and your precious new babies. Being a mother of multiples (mine are now 18), I welcome you into a very special group of parents. Trust me, your life will never be remotely the same again, but it will be enriched in ways that you have yet to imagine....all because of these precious new children that God has entrusted you with. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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