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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Praises! Please keep praying :)

Just got off the phone with the nurses. Seth is down to needing only 43% oxygen (room air is 21%) which is quite a drop from where he was, hovering around 60%. We dropped to our knees in thanksgiving to God and in prayer that He continues to heal Seth's lungs, lessening his need for oxygen and help breathing.

We also thank God that Seth's blood carbon dioxide level continues to decrease (from 67 mmHg(?) to 64 to 62), and we pray it continues to do so significantly, allowing continued ventilator weaning. Normal is between 45 and 55 for preemies.

And unless there was a huge scale inaccuracy, it appears that the Lord is answering prayers that Seth continue to grow (especially his brain): tonight he had gained 120 g and passed up David in weight! He doesn't appear to be swollen, so it's most likely not water weight. Wow.

Please keep praying the blood levels and vent settings continue to improve, and that the Lord will protect his little body and brain in every way, if He is willing!

Will update when we know anything more . . .

In the meantime, another big praise is Gracie is needing less and less oxygen tonight. We pray that continues as well! All the other three are doing well, although poor Will has problems with spitting up due to air pressure in his tummy from the CPAP and David hates his prong CPAP mask. Thank you for your continued prayers for their comfort, peace and rest. They are so tiny and vulnerable! Marcie is conked out. :)

To God be the Glory,

Weights: David - 2 lb 10 oz, Seth - 2 lb 11 oz, Will - 3 lb 1 oz, Grace - 2 lb 2 oz, nothing on Marcie yet tonight.


  1. Continuing to think of and pray for you often (in between checking the blog to see if there's an update).

    Have a blessed day,

    Gail Boemker
    Waxhaw, NC

  2. Thank you for these updates, C+G. Know they are watched for, and prayed for, and shared. ~~~c paas

    "For however devoted you are to (God), you may be sure that he is immeasurably more devoted to you." --Meister Eckhart

  3. That's wonderful news! So glad they are all improving and growing! Praying for you guys! Love you and miss you. Wish we lived closer so we could help out...meals, Isaac, and babies when they come home.
    Lisa W

  4. What a wonderful Praise report. God has his arms around the babies and they are going to continue to improve. So glad that Seth is doing better. May you continue to have the strength and wisdom to care for "all" your kids and being able to produce milk for them to grow!



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