Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Update

I arrived at 7:30 this morning to get a brief glimpse of my sleeping wife and then to spend a few minutes with my baby. Both are continuing to hang on.

Gwyneth seems to be doing very well. Unless you've been there, you can't imagine the amount of care she is receiving. So many things to watch for and constant attention just blow my mind. She has a wonderful chance of surviving these first few months and growing into a beautiful, healthy girl.

Tricia's ventilator was reduced before I left last night (good), but was raised again before I arrived this morning (not so good). If she can simply gain a little momentum to be awakened, I can relax. Until then, she could go either way.

It's amazing to consider that both of my girls are in almost exactly the same state. Both are lying on the backs, almost totally unaware of their surroundings and of each other, both are on ventilators, both have multiple IV's, pic lines, arterial lines, etc., both will have a feeding tube (prayerfully Gwyneth will have one very soon).

As I spent time sitting by Tricia's last night, I talked to God in a way that I never have before. I spent time praying for my two girls, for each family member and friend who has spent time with us the past few weeks, for all of our friends and family who have not been able to be with us, and for the thousands we have never met who are thinking of us. I prayed for the entire medical staff, as many as I could remember by name. And, as I did yesterday afternoon as Gwyneth and Tricia were being physically separated for the first time, I told God that I will accept whatever He chooses for my girls, and asked that He would consider the desire of my heart.

Again, I will write more about yesterday when I can. Right now, I'm hopefully going to go spend some time with my wife and find out what the plan is for the day.

Thank you all.

Nate

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praying!

Anonymous said...

She's so precious. Praying for all three of you!

Jessica said...

What a miracle that they both made it through the night. I pray that you got some rest as well. I am praying for a calm day full of tiny miracles for both the girls. Nathan, your faith truly inspires me. May God bless you beyond your wildest dreams because of your steadfast obedience to him.
Constantly praying in VB,
Jessica

Anonymous said...

Oh Nate!! We all pray God hears our cry and gives the desires of our hearts. We love you and are praying Jesus breathes into BOTH your girls lungs!!!
Jenn

Anonymous said...

Natahan,
We are praying for your two girls...
Thank you for all of the updates...I had an early parent/teacher conference this morning and I could barely pay attention to what was being said b/c I couldn't wait to open the blog and check on your two angels...
We truely pray for all of you without ceasing...
Lots of Love, Dana and Wil Haupfear

Rob & Amy said...

I just received the link to your blog last night and I spent 3 hours last evening reading through posts, and prayers, and miraculous miracles that have happened in your life. The slideshow and updates today just bring stinging tears to my eyes.

I will be praying without ceasing today, and admire your strength and positive outlook on what is before you.

Your daughter, and your wife, and you are all so very precious

Kate said...

she's so tiny and beautiful, congratulations again, daddy! will be praying today for you and your precious family. is their anything specific we can pray for? God is so good, your miracle is a testament to that.

Anonymous said...

Your whole family is in my prayers. Stay strong and remember to take care of yourself too. Your wife and your beautiful daughter need you to be healthy and strong for them. You have a great support system through your family, friends, and church. God Bless you.

Kim (Fellow Virginian)

Susanna said...

thanks for the update nathan...i cannot stop crying & thinking about you all and WILL NOT stop praying...Tricia is so blessed to have you as her husband...thanks for always taking such good care of her.

Lissa Lane said...

Continuing to pray for Gwyneth and Tricia.

When my Calypso was in the NICU the amount of supervision always blew me away also so you aren't alone in that

the*4*of*us said...

praying that Tricia will be able to wake soon! You are an amazing man of God and such an example for many people reading.

BuckeyeNP said...

Praying that this will be a smooth day of steady progress for the girls. Fall into the arms of Jesus.

Lisa said...

Praying that Tricia will be strong enough to wake up soon - and be able to illustrate yet another medical miracle! We love you guys and are still continuously praying as you continue on this journey!
~Lisa

Jenn said...

My prayers will go up for your 2 girls today and you, but I must tell you you have a beautiful heart.
God is God, and God is Good.
Thanks for posting updates. I will continue to pray that God will breathe for your wife and daughter, and may Gwyneth Rose develop perfectly and completely for life in the hands of the Father.

Dirkey said...

Thank you so much for the update, still praying!

Rebecca said...

We continue to pray.

We all love you.

Rebecca

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog since it was brought to my attention on cysticfibrosis.com. You have been blessed with a true miracle. I hope that both your girls pull through all of this. I believe your family has angels all around. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Stephanie 32 year old Female with CF

Debra said...

You write from your heart so beautifully, Nate. Thanks for the updates - and the pictures.

We will continue praying for both of your girls. (Aspiemom/GA)

Anonymous said...

Still praying and praying!

Anonymous said...

so happy to hear prayers were answered last night and Tricia
& Gwyneth made it through the night
We have not stopped praying for you
Nathan Tricia Gwyneth and both your families,friends and for those who have heard your story and have you all in there prayers
we will always keep you all in our prayers ALWAYS
LOVINGLY SHOWERING YOU ALL WITH PRAYERS...LONG ISLAND NEW YORK

Jane-Jane said...

praying for healing for Tricia, growth for Gwyneth, rest for Nate.

You amaze me Nate...your physical, emotional and spiritual strength are unheard of.

The three of you have helped God rock this world, and allowed unity that is unheard of these days.

God bless,
Jane in SC

Lydia Will said...

I am praying for your two girls, and that God will be merciful to your precious little family. You and your wife are incredibly strong in your faith. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your updates. They are the first thing I look for when I get up and the last thing before I go to bed. Your story as it unfolds is a true testimony to the power of God. Our whole family is praying for yours throughout the day. Kristin Schell

The Dayton's said...

Dearest Nate and family- I just recieved an email from Jenny Kirshner, I am Jenny's cousin. We have so much love, endless prayers and heartfelt joy to send your way. We spend a month in Pittsburgh Childrens hopsital when my daughter was born with a heart defect. We pray for your family and all the doctors and nurses. My heart is full, and my contant thoughts will be for you and your family.

The Dayton's- Aaron, Jenny and Parker

Anonymous said...

What a perfect song to your slideshow. You have definitely encountered and experienced a miracle. Lets pray that you continue to be blessed with more. Still praying for your family in CA.
Stephanie

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your family. May God pour out his amazing powerful healing on your wife and babygirl.

BARBARA WEBB said...

YOUR DAUGHTER IS BEAUTIFUL AND TRULY A MIRACLE. YOUR WIFE IS SO COURAGEOUS AND YOU ARE CERTAINLY A ROCK TO THEM BOTH. PRAYERS ARE COMING TO YOU FOM CONNECTICUT

Amy said...

I'm so glad to hear both your girls made it through the night. I'm praying for more miracles today.

Thanks for continuing to give us updates.

Rich and Lauren said...

your faith is amazing. we are still praying for y'all. it is amazing to see how the body of Christ has unifies in prayer. Even those who are stangers are family through Christ--i believe this is what He had in mind for the church

AprilLorye said...

Just wanted you to know we're praying for you and your family!

Mike and April McTaggart

Anonymous said...

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Deuteronomy 31:6

Prayers from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I work at a major hospital here called Mercy Health Center. We have passed a link around to everyone in the facility and we are all praying for you and your family! Stay Strong and You, Tricia and Gwyneth will prevail! Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family! By the way you have such a GORGEOUS family!
Praying nonstop,
Tisha

Anonymous said...

...even so, it is well with my soul.
Nathan, we are praying for you and your family. We pray also that your testimony will bring someone to know Jesus Christ as THEIR saviour.

From "S. Jersey"

Becky said...

God be with you all... many are praying for you and for a day full of blessings and miracles...

IndiasDad said...

Nathan,

Lindsey, India, and I are praying with you all.

We labor with you.

Living Sent,

JBA

Melanie said...

Praying for your wife and daughter!!! So glad they made it throught the night!!!

jullylaw said...

I had a dream last night that everyone praying for you guys was one body reaching up in faith touching the bottom of Christ's robe... then I woke up and realized it wasn't a dream.

Laurie said...

Praying for your two girls who may have been physically separated yesterday but are joined in their hearts. I am asking God to consider the desire of your heart too, that He will grant it. Praying for this miracle as it continues to unfold in His hands and heart. Healing prayers and peace for all of you today. You have two princess warriors in your life now, both fighters and strong in the Lord. He is faithful.

Laurie in Ca.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear everyone is still hanging in there. Once again tears came to my eyes reading how God is continuing to to bless you guys and encouraging you. Still praying for you all.

My parents know what you are going through. I was born 10 weeks premature 25 years ago, when there was no shots to develop the lungs!!) 25 years later I am doing great and truly a miracle baby!!

Keep Updating!
Jessica

Amber said...

The Saints are praying for Tricia and Gwyneth, Nate! I have literally hundreds (if not thousands) interceding on your behalf!

Amber from Ohio

Anonymous said...

I've been following your webpage for the last week and your story has been a wakeup call to me. I am a christian but not living a God-filled life. Your story is a testimony of how we should all be living: with complete unfaltering faith in God's power. No matter what happens in life, we should see it as God's plan: you are truly doing that. Thank you for blessing us all with your story. Thank you for bringing such glory to God. -Many prayers for your family being sent from Austin, TX

Anonymous said...

Your faith & courage are so uplifting!! You are so brave. What a testiment you are to everyone. I am praying for complete healing for both of your girls. God does miracles every day & we're praying He does one in both of your beautiful ladies.

Robin said...

Praying!

SK and Family said...

I was reading through you and your wife's blogs last night--what an amazing story. I am praying for all of you!
:)Katherine

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your family.

In His grace,
Sivje

Libby said...

Praying for a miracle for all!
Don't know you except through a friend's forwarded e-mail, but have been following your story. God is still in the miracle working business. I pray His grace and mercy cover you always.

Anonymous said...

hi it sound like to day went good its skye again. me and my cuz are praying for and also praying for u guys. it is a miracle thart both of your girls are doing good.well ill talk to u if you talk to me back.Love the Robertsons and Osborns