First off, the bad news isn't about the quints, lest anyone panic! It's about Deb, who has developed blood clots in her lungs following her double knee replacement. Please pray those clots dissolve quickly and completely and that the Lord will protect her physically and emotionally during a painful, scary time. I am going up there later today to visit her.
Update: Thanks for praying! The kids are all doing better, although Seth and Marcie still have a fever. Will and Gracie never got it, praise God! Seth only vomited a couple of times, and yesterday he ate ravenously - seven ounces of various baby foods and yogurt! It was incredible to see him leaning into the spoon, taking the whole thing in his mouth, and gulping it down as fast as Sam could offer it.
He also crawled around with his sippy cup, drinking out of it frequently and for long intervals (see picture below). He was so thirsty and hungry following his illness!
All of this was good lesson for me. We learned this week in Bible Study Fellowship that the first temptation of Jesus in the wilderness by the Devil was in essence the temptation to doubt God's care. Satan told him, after 40 days of fasting, to turn the stones into bread and eat them. Jesus refused and waited for God to provide for His needs in His time. Indeed, God sent ministering angels to attend to His Son. (Matthew 4:1-11)
So when I was awake with Seth for nearly three hours in the middle of the night, patting, holding, medicating, singing, consoling, etc., and did feel a bit tempted to doubt God's care, I could remember what I had learned. I could thank God for His promises in Scripture that He DOES always care for His people. I also remembered Seth in the NICU isollette, on the oscillating ventilator, near death, and thanked God for his pudgy and whiney presence in the dark hours of the night here at our house. :) I also recalled the verse about joy coming in the morning, and sure enough, there was a TON of joy about all the voracious eating and drinking that resulted from the night-long ordeal! God knows exactly what He is doing, I am reminded over and over again.
And now for pictures!
|Sippy cup joy with Julie!|
(Look at those pathetic sick eyes on Seth)
|Joy with our great "mate" James from Australia/PNG|
(We love and miss you, Natalie - wish you were in this picture too!)
|Gracie again :)|
|David in the Top of Texas Tower at sunset|
|David and Grace at "Aunt" Naomi's house|
|Stroller ride with a special friend|
|Seth and Marcie|
|Seth loves music and "dances" along|
|Seth grooving with the piano|