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

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Waltz of the Oxygen Tanks is coming to an end, Lord willing!

Neither Gracie nor Seth has been on the oxygen tanks much at all today, aside from a nap and rest or two. They wander around with their little cannula tubing in tow behind them. Marcie was using Gracie's as a leash. Gracie was NOT amused!

We are very, very, very happy and more grateful than words can express to say we are seeing a very bright light at the end of this tunnel. All the kids seem to be getting better. Will seems to be nearly well (aside from a yucky nose). Seth and Gracie are much better; Marcie and David are still running fevers but aren't coughing hardly at all anymore. All but Will are still clingier than normal, but we know that too will pass. We breathe a huge sigh of relief, say a huge prayer of thanksgiving, and pray these kids stay healthy for many months to come! This has been a real doozy for the PNG kids in our valley, too, poor things. Four were transported to the hospital today.

Gracie is off oxygen and satting 98% on our home-use monitor. Seth was 92%, so I nudged the tiniest bit of oxygen on and he popped right up to 95-96%. He has been super funny and hungry and active with the prednisone coursing through his system. Gracie still seems to feel miserable, so I'd love prayers for her complete recovery. She just seems so tiny and vulnerable.

Thank you for praying! We are very encouraged. Our pediatrician is too. :)

The woman is my cleaner and good friend, and the man is a relative of hers and Bible college scholar who heard our story from her first, then saw it on the Internet, and his college basically sent him to check up on us to verify that we really, truly are in PNG. They recognize how miraculous that is! Lord willing, we pray we can STAY in PNG without oxygen tubing hanging off of our babies (although realistically Seth may need oxygen from time to time when bad bugs lille this last one go through the community).
 Pictures taken by the Carey kids Monday last week:

These next four pictures feature Seth. He seems to be a favorite. ;)



Marcie on my lap

My silly big boy :)

P.S. I wrote earlier this evening:

Will in particular seems to really have come into his own here. He is just super happy and content! He is such a people person and loves his freedom, and our house and yard is set up so that he can run out onto the veranda and all around the yard without getting into the road, plus the fence is see-through (wire) unlike our board fence in Duncanville. This community that loves our babies so much suits him just fine, too. He's like a little prince! 

I am really enjoying cooking and baking again. I also enjoy hanging my laundry out most days as our surroundings are SO beautiful here. It takes my breath away every day, every time I lift my head and look up at the hills and trees and gardens around us.


  1. Phew - I am so thankful to hear that everyone has improved! I'll keep Gracie forefront in my prayers as she works her way back to being comfortable and happy.

  2. Glad to hear everybody is improving. I know that they all resemble one another obviously, but David really looks like Seth in the group picture. It took me a minute to see the cannula and realize which was which lol. Praying for you all :)

  3. So very glad that the kids are doing so much better. Praise the Lord!! I can't imagine how worn out you all are after such a difficult season...I pray too that the local kids who've been so badly affected will recover quickly. I chuckled at the pic of most of your little ones sucking on pacifiers. We have EXACTLY those pacis (for our 2 week old daughter) and they are scattered through the house. Our 3 year old daughter is totally obsessive about them and keeps walking off with them, leaving them on dirty floors, etc. It is tiring but cute.

  4. Couldn't help but think of Psalm 121 as I read your update. So glad to hear the kids are doing better. We are praying for you all. Love you guys.
    Erna Tremper
    I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
    From whence comes my help?
    2 My help comes from the Lord,
    Who made heaven and earth.
    3 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
    He who keeps you will not slumber.
    4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
    Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
    5 The Lord is your keeper;
    The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
    6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    Nor the moon by night.
    7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
    He shall preserve your soul.
    8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
    From this time forth, and even forevermore.

  5. Yippeeee to read about babies getting better! Yes, I will pray extra for Gracie to get to feeling well again. Her poor little eyes just look like she is miserable still...poor baby.....glad to hear things are on the upswing and you have some extra hands to hold those clingy babies! Prayers continue...

  6. Haven't written for a while ( having one crisis after another for a couple of months,) Still Praying for Your Family and the Babies from Dayton Ohio, so everyone gets healthy and for the adjustment ,,,,God Bless...From the "Quint Club"....Brenda


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