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

Friday, September 6, 2013

Late update Thursday night

I apologize for taking so long to get to this! As almost always, no news is good news. Seth, while clearly sick and much more lethargic than normal, definitely perked up after getting oxygen on board, even before the prednisone or antibiotics arrived. He sounds really junky when he coughs, and we're doing his CPT back thumping and inhalers every 4 hours to try and keep things open and loosen up the gunk so he can get it out. We're grateful for the coughing he does, therefore. He's keeping his food and pedialyte down really well, so that's a praise and difference from last time. Thank you so much for praying! I could definitely see God answering immediately.

It was chaos around here tonight, so I sent Marcie home with her dear Aunt Pam. Marcie's gain. :) Since she tends to be one of the clingy ones especially in the morning, I'm hoping having only 4 plus Isaac allows me to give Seth more of the focused care he needs, including treatments in the middle of the night and early this morning.

Early mornings have bordered on slight madness around here lately. Today I had to just stick the kiddos out on the porch and watch them wail at the door while I heated up the bottles. Isaac helps too, but sometimes only Mom or a bottle will do, and Mom only has two hands! I find myself glancing at the clock, counting down the minutes until my treasured helper of the day arrives. God bless you all! This is definitely not a job for one person when all five babies are awake and fussing. Case in point: When I was on the phone with the doctor's office today, Will climbed up onto the Fisher-Price plastic garden wall and was about to pull a huge box of toys down on himself and his sister sitting and playing sweetly below. Thank God for Ypie being right there! :)

David is walking all over the place. I had to do a double-take the other night when I was at the kitchen sink, saw something out of the corner of my eye, and turned to see David walking down the hall past the kitchen doorway. He wasn't going to anyone, he was just "out for a walk"; everyone else was playing in the living room. His walking is especially funny-looking and endearing because he's such a little, bald baby-looking guy compared to Will or other average-age walkers.

Will and Marcie have taken a step or two, Gracie is cruising with the best of them along furniture, and Seth is really starting to cruise too, or was before this nasty illness struck. The physical therapist said yesterday how astonishing it is that all five are doing so well, for which we deeply and sincerely thank God. He doesn't always give us the answers we'd like, of course, even when hundreds or thousands of people are praying, but we're so grateful He's said "yes" to this request.

Okay, I've got to get off as it's past midnight and I have a 4 a.m. breathing treatment date with handsome Mr. Seth. :)

Thanks again for praying; I'm so grateful for our delightful (albeit sometimes chaotic) group of precious little individuals and you who love them with us!

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

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

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