Friday, February 1, 2008

Coolest Update Ever (Part 1)

Yeah...basically the second greatest moment of my life.






Video coming soon...

Nate

(Please, be praying for Daniel right now!)

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kimm said...

Beautiful!

JoythruHisGrace said...

Agreed. Absolutely beautiful. Well worth the wait. So very, very happy for you Nathan. Praying for Daniel!
God's love and peace, Cousin Amy

Scott Lawrenson said...

Wow...
Let's hear you put that in words!
praying for ya'll and Daniel.
Love,
Scott

Patty said...

WOW that is beautiful! Congratulations dad!


Told you I would be back this morning before work! ;)

turtlemama said...

Happy Father's Day!

Janet said...

Aw Nate! What a great moment for little Gwyneth and her daddy! Great pictures!

shelly said...

aw, i'm so excited that you finally got to hold her!!! yay!!

Rick Lawrenson said...

I'm turning into a regular on American Bandstand.

Ann Kelly Parkhurst said...

God is good! Congrats

Kelly said...

What a beautiful moment! I know you will treasure it forever. Praying for MANY more just like it and MANY with her Mommy! God bless!

Anonymous said...

Its an amazing experience and just as wonderful for little Gwyneth's growth!
CONGRATULATIONS DADDY! Your daughter is beautiful.


P.S. You were right awesome update. Definitely worth setting my alarm for. :-)

Pete, Alison and Charlie said...

What wonderful pictures. The feeling of holding your little one in your arms after a long wait is priceless! Looking forward to seeing Gwyneth getting many more cuddles - from both of her parents!! Lots of love to you all XXX PS We're praying for Daniel too.

Catherine said...

I actually cried when I saw you holding your little girl. Granted, I cry watching reruns of Boy Meets World. But, I know what a wonderful moment that is. Congratulations. Her heart must be so happy right now.

Bo from Florida said...

Wow! The miracle of birth! That sweet, baby girl is going to bring you more joy than you ever thought possible. The love has just begun, Nathan. A child is the greatest gift from God and I'm so thrilled that you and Tricia will share this journey with Gwyneth.

You may want to use this blog for job-seeking opportunities so that you can get a second job. My husband will tell you that little girls get very, very spoiled by their Daddy. :o)

Brad, Carmen, Braylen and Alea Fleck said...

"I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Isn't God amazing? God makes some pretty stinkin' cute kiddos and you are holding one of those treasures! So happy for you!!

Jennifer said...

Ah....what a wonderful way to start my day today! I always love coming here...but today I'm leaving with a smile that's bound to last me all day! :)

Melissa Dovel said...

awwwwwwwwwwww is all I can say and i wanna hold her too:) How priceless. So does that mean you get to do kangaroo care everyday now? I also noticed some red eyes in the last pic. (ill bet you were crying like a baby) isnt being a parent the most awesome thing ever!!!

btw i think its awesome that you post others prayer requests on your site with all this traffic.

Praying for daniel

Anonymous said...

ohhhh.... words are insufficient. But yes, you are right. It is the coolest update, ever!!

Hutch & Meg said...

Tears are flowing. How amazing.

shelley. said...

so precious!
congratulations!

Rebecca said...

Yay!

So glad you finally got to hold her. Congratulations!

LOVE the last picture of you looking at the camera. :)

Hooray for "kangaroo care"!

Anonymous said...

Awesome does not even begin to describe that feeling of holding your fragile preemie for the first time!

Katie

Christy said...

I stand amazed...>:0) Beautiful...priceless.

Praise You, Lord Jesus for your tiny but "huge" miracles. Amen

Emmie said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!! This is so lovely to see! What a gorgeous little thing she is, all cuddled up with her Daddy :o) Can't wait until Tricia gets to hold her too, it must be so hard for her to be parted from her little one. Enjoy the cuddles Dad! xxx

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL! Bless you all.

PS : Nate your eyes are bloodshot but can't help not noticing the sparkle in your eye with your baby girl in your arms.

Rest Nate.

Auntie G said...

Yea Nate, that is the coolest.
Gail

Steph said...

Nate - this is the first time I have made a comment - but I just wanted to let you know that your story has truly touched me. I look at your website constantly - and I'm always so happy to hear your great news. This post is awesome - I pray for you and your girls every day. Stephanie, in VA

Anonymous said...

Breathtaking!

Thank you for sharing!

Such a sweet and tender moment.

PRAISE THE LORD!

Kate said...

what a beautiful sight! she's just perfect!

Anonymous said...

Oh Nathan
Yup Yup it happened again ....more Prayers answered loud & clear....
Oh yeahhhhhh....isnt that the very best feeling in the world, i'm so happy for you...
lotsa' prayers headed your way
for you & your's....
Long Islaand New York

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!! What a wonderful moment!!

Marianne said...

How Awesome!! Congrats! Praying for Daniel. Can't wait until to see picture of mommy holding her daughter!!!

A stranger in Canada said...

I'm so happy for you!

Gwyneth look very cozy doing kangaroo care with her daddy... Precious moments, thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

What a way to start the day! Praise God, from whom all gorgeous little blessings flow! Yay for Kangaroo Care!! :)

The Engelhardt 4 said...

PERFECT. Congrats!!

Cathy Hengst said...

Gorgeous!! Teard of JOY I can not imagine how that must have felt for you and baby Gwyneth!

Anonymous said...

Aw...oh, I am so happy for you.

Allison said...

Oh, my goodness!! How beautiful!!

Congratulations, dad!

Anonymous said...

How INCREDIBLY cool!!!!!! Now we can really get a better idea of how tiny she is!!!
~Sheryl =)

One Happy Family! said...

Beautiful!

Destini said...

Thank you so much for sharing that moment with us...most people think that witnessing something truly majestic would be one of God's creations in nature. I believe one of the most majestic sights is a father holding his tiny baby for the first time...what a beautiful sight.

Jessica G said...

Awesome is really the only word I can think of to describe that right now and I do not think it gives those pictures due credit!! I know it was equally as special for your little White Rose as well!!

Anonymous said...

awesome!!!!!!

Jenn said...

God is sooooo good! Praise Him!!
Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures with us! We are still praying here in NJ

theragan3 said...

After hearing good news about Tricia, this was the next post I was waiting for!! There is nothing better than holding someone so tiny and finally being able to really bond with her. Our boys thrived after we were able to hold them. Praying for continued growth for Gwyn!
Praying for you and for Daniel and his family.
Erinn
MD

Anonymous said...

Wow...That is sooo great!

z1ta said...

That is so awesome.... I am so happy you got to hold your precious daughter. What a wonderful feeling. Can't wait until Tricia gets to hold her. :)

Jenn

Laurie said...

WOW, how amazing and what a precious, long awaited moment. A picture says a thousand words, and the last one says it all. Your first heart to heart with your daughter, praying for many, many more. Praying for Daniel.
Thanks Nate,
Laurie in Ca.

Mary said...

What a wonderful moment. How cool it must be for you to finally get to hold her. Still lifting you all up to God.

Mary
Florida

Em said...

What a beautiful feeling that is to hold your child just like that. The memories of me holding my little one floods my eyes with tears of joy for you.

Julie said...

Okay, you got me, that IS even cooler than your other "coolest post ever"!
Did they have to put a tiny umbrella over her to protect her from all of the tears you (must have) had streaming down your face?
Pretty cool how God can continue to amaze us every day, isn't it? Praying this morning that he will amaze us with Daniel's surgery and recovery as well!

melissa said...

*gasp. choke. SOB*

Florida_Mom said...

Glad I checked here before putting on my make-up. Wow! Those are some of the most awesome pictures ever. PTL!

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
Our God is an awesome God
Our God is an awesome God!

Myra

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the moment with us. Beyond words!
Enjoy every minute.

Becky said...

Beautiful! Amazing! Our God is Awesome! Leaving here with a smile and happy heart for you and your precious little one.

Bre said...

Awwww Nate... I'm SO happy for you! What a beautiful, special moment! Gwyneth loved snuggling up on her daddy. How precious is that!! I can't imagine the joy that you felt finally getting to hold her after 3 weeks! Such beautiful pictures.... my heart is overflowing for you!

Anonymous said...

simply put...congrats!!

M, L, M & W

higgie07 said...

That is just beautiful. That last picture really got me. *snif* Gwyneth seems to be making great strides. I am so happy for you guys!

A family in our church has a preemie and she is now 7 weeks old and doing great. I'm following her progress too and thinking that Gwyneth will be hitting all of those marks in the near future. There is power in prayer and unity in the Spirit.

Blessings,
Melissa in PA

PS--Hi Tricia!! Glad to hear you're doing better, too. I admire your strength, courage and faith. You are an encouragement to so many. Bless you.

Court said...

Simply put ~ amazing! Yay God!

PartyofFive said...

Wow, so wonderful!

Beverly said...

When I saw your title, I knew what it was before I even saw the photos.

What a moment for you. Weeping tears of joy.

Anonymous said...

WOW. All I can say.

Siobhan x

Anonymous said...

Seeing that bring warmth to my heart. I can only imagine what it did for you both!

Congratuations...what a wonderful day!

Pam said...

Wow! Hallelujah! You're teary, bleary eyes are precious!! :-)

cyn said...

Absolutely precious. You made my day! Can we say PROUD! :)

Christina said...

Absolutely beautiful. Crying tears of joy for you.

Anonymous said...

How beautiful! :)

Can I just tell you how addicted I am to this blog and how excited I am to come here and see the work of the Lord~ ~ ~ This morning our dog woke us up EARLY EARLY b/c she had to go out. Usually, I'd just sleepily walk to the door, let her out and trudge back to bed. Not today though, I actually had to let her out, come to the family room, turn the computer on and come here to see what the update was!:)

JUST AWESOME! GOD IS SOOOO GOOD!!!

Praying in NY, Amy

Michelle in MO said...

WoooooHoooooo! ! ! ! The picture of the year! I can't wait to see the NEXT coolest update when we see Tricia holding her! ! !

GOD BLESS!

Risha said...

Another miracle and blessing from God! Definitely worth the wait! Praying for many more opportunities like this!

Anonymous said...

Oh Nate... there are no words necessary given the look on your face in the last photo.

Gwyneth looks at home in your arms. Here's to a lifetime of hugs.

Thanks for sharing the link on Daniel. As much as I was looking forward to your "cool" update, I want to give Daniel's family the prayer support they need right now too.

lonely said...

How beautiful! Do you know what I mean know about "burn your heart?"

When you put her down, and walked away, her heat was still in your heart wasn't it. And that heat will carry you through until you can hold her again. It is truly an amazing feeling. Now, let's get Tricia that burn!

barb said...

Amazing! She is perfect. You are so blessed to have Gwyneth for a daughter, and she is so blessed to have you for a daddy. I'm praying Tricia gets to hold her soon. I can't imagine having to wait so long.

Every time I see pictures of Gwyneth, Psalm 139 comes to mind. For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful and I know this very well. Praising Him for the gift of sweet baby Gwyneth.

Crystal said...

Nate--oooh my goodness!!! Tears ---Nate---HOW AMAZING IS OUR GOD!!! OOOH NATE I have tears--this hit my heart-- we are going to pick up our little boy in Guatemala in three days and he was premature. Born somewhere in the seventh month (we are unsure) without a NICU. Nate we serve an amazing God ---these babies are such an example of his goodness and his MIRACLES!!!!!!! Thank you for posting!

The VAN CLAN now in arKANsas said...

Nothing like that feeling in the whole world is there!!??

Suzanne said...

Breathtaking ... how could anyone look at photos like these and ever question the existence of God? You and your family (and God's work through you) are an inspiration to us all!

Heather said...

The next "best" moment, will be seeing Tricia holding Gwynie. I still remember that first time to hold my son(3 yrs ago) It's the most surreal feeling, isn't it?

Heather

Melony said...

Your eyes tell it all!! Those pictures are the best!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it the best??? You just want to sit there forever, don't you? Stay as long as they will let you! Priceless moments.

Karen in TN

refreshing in ohio said...

Now not only is she wrapped around your finger, but every bit of your heart! Congratulations, Daddy! Can't wait to watch your relationship grow as she does...
Praying for you all and Daniel this morning.

E.K. said...

I get chills just looking at that - what a wonderful moment. You look so proud of your little Gwen. Praying Tricia gets the same opprotunity soon...

E.

Family by Love said...

Awesome! Praise the Lord!

RealityGap said...

really there are NO words to describe this.

can't wait to see her mamma doing the same

Just Me - MJ said...

Awww! One of the most wonderful feelings in the world is your preemie snuggling into you, isn't it? Enjoy every blessed moment!!

Kristen Hamilton said...

Oh Nathan, what an indescribably amazing moment that must have been for you! I can't even imagine what you were feeling. I am praising our great God this morning for giving you such a great gift. I'll be praying for Daniel as well!

the mccollums... said...

AMAZING!! The last pictures says sums it all up! i've been checking this blog for a month now...I'm blessed. every night I get in bed with my laptop and read the latest updates to my husband (both of us are LU alumns but don't know you guys) we are praying and sending love your way! -jamie

Thia said...

You did it to me again, this is so beautiful, I'm crying.
Thank You Jesus.

Thoughts and Things said...

Awww, the look on your face. There are no words.

Sara said...

Tears of joy streaming down my face as I look at the indescribable pictures of you holding your daughter. Gods gifts & blessings are amazing! Still praying for all of you, but also praising God for how he is lifting you up.

~Sara in MD

makandaddie said...

Hoorah! I'm crying over here :) What an incredible moment that must have been...I can't wait to see Tricia have her turn :)

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Nate & Girls,

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with anyone who will read this blog. In the past weeks I have been addicted to your blog. Praying every day for the well being of you and your family. All I can say is that we have an AWESOME GOD!
What a feeling to have your baby girl lay on your chest! I hope that you and Tricia both get to keep holding her! I pray that Gwyneth heals leaps and bounds now that you can hold her and she can "feel" your love.

God Bless from MN

We will say a special prayer for Daniel

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you!! She is beautiful and looked so warm and peaceful laying there! Every little girls safe spot DADDY'S ARMS!!

Meredith said...

There are NO words to describe the BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING pictures you posted of Daddy and his precious little princess! Just AMAZING and VERY TOUCHING! Will be awaiting MANY more pics of ones like these including MOMMY with baby Gwyneth. Many Blessings, Meredith/Orlando FL

Jeri said...

Words are not necessary. Your face, especially your eyes, say it all! You are such a blessed daddy and Gwyneth has one cool papa!

I've linked your site to mine:

http://fromsumywithlove.blogspot.com/

You might want to also check out:

http://prayforcoy.blogspot.com/

he's cpap-in!

Annie- Nashville- TN said...

Oh! WONDERFUL!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures! They are fantastic. I can't imagine how wonderful that must have felt to finally hold your baby girl! Praying for you all- and Daniel too! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow that is AWEsome! Our Lord is so amazing!! He is so faithful! Praise be to Him, the Creator!!
Tears of joy here!!
Shawna in Oklahoma

MollyD said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

I will never forget the first time I held my preemie twins. Forever the best feeling in the world.

Molly

Tanya said...

You've got your hands on a miracle for sure!!
Awwww... happy tears and praises to an Awesome God!!
Congrats Dad.

Tanya

Anonymous said...

Coolest update ever to say the least....waiting full of suspense for your next post and video....
Praying for Mommy to share that wonderful smell infants have,
that warm snuggly never want to let go feeling...ah gee there's nothing like it, Praying like crazy for Mommy to have her Happy First Kangaroo Day Very - Very Soon
Happy First Kangaroo Day
To You Nathan...
Showering You All Lovingly With Prayers and Well Wish's
Long Island New York
***yes my second comment on this post...I have to do something to justify all the time I spend sitting here hitting the refresh button & when that doesnt work I close your blog page and then open with the link, while thinking the refresh button must not be working....****
=) =) =) =) =) =) =) =)

Anonymous said...

Seeing you holding your little miracle is worth a million words.

Love to all.

Shannon and Carey said...

Nathan,
What a beautiful post. Kangaroo-ing has to be the most dreamiest experience in the world. Natural high. You two look gorgeous together. Can't wait to see Trish hold her too :)
Shannon in Austin

Melody said...

WOW!!!!!

Soltana said...

WOW that just made my whole day!!!

anita said...

I thought you said skin-to-skin contact... looks like somebody needs a wax job! HAHAHA! (You know you love me!)

Love ya!

Jane-Jane said...

blessed daddy and daughter!

I now see the resemblance!

Erin said...

Well, that's just COOL. Praise Him. What a little miracle you are holding in your hands! I'm so excited she got to be held by her daddy. What a great day for you all as a family. Praying for Tricia, Gwyneth, you, your family, and the medical teams!!!

Erin
http://treetopmcneill.wordpress.com/

Tanisha in VA said...

Precious!

Kristen said...

Yay Kangroo care!
Laters
K

Cathy Jo said...

Beyond Words......

A blessing from God!

Anonymous said...

All that I can hear right now is the Hallelujah Chorus!!!!!!!!
Praise Him! Praise Him!
That last picture looks like a proud daddy thinking, Lookit me...I'm holding my precious gift! Congratulations! Continuing to pray for all of y'all!
Now off to Daniel's page...
~ becky b

Anonymous said...

Wow - just wow. No words needy here. Pretty heady feeling eh- overwhelming love and protectiveness - it must be so wonderfully nourishing for Gwyneth to feel her Dad's touch, skin to skin - and wonderfully nourishing for you. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I just can't get this question out of my head...As a Grand Mother I have to ask...
"when the coast is clear" do grandparents get to share some kangaroo time"
God Bless & YES we are praying for David & his family

beachbug said...

Sweet Sassy Molassy!

Milk, physical contact = growth
Watch what happens now to little baby Rose. It won't be long before she is bigger than her pug.

I'm amazed and I'm sure you are. Imagine what is Gwyneth is feeling now.

Gwyneth's Great Uncle Andy

Di said...

Praise God!!! I don't even have the words. Bless you all!!!!

Sarah said...

That is the best feeling EVER. You both look lovely.

Lisa said...

The only thing more incredible than that is the look in your eye.
Congratulations.

Jennifer Burgett said...

The joy you must have felt when that precious little girl was placed on your chest. Praying for you, Gwyenth and Tricia.

Twice Blessed said...

Nate,
Kangaroo Care is the coolest thing ever!! It's amazing how when you watch her stats, she calms down when you hold her. What a sweet baby girl. Dana J

Amy said...

One of the most beautiful things ever! That baby is so dear. I can't wait to see Tricia doing the kangaroo cuddle.

ttulizzy said...

Um, yeah. Totally cool post. The coolest.

Anonymous said...

Our God is an awesome God. Beautiful pictures. Praying for all of you.

Kellars Mommy said...

Isn't it great!!!

Anonymous said...

You have got to be the proudest Papa ever! What beautiful pictures! I cannot believe how tiny your little girl is - what an amazing thing it must be to hold such a perfect miracle. Blessings!
Katie

Frazzled said...

Yeah! What a blessing ... I know you are LOVING the kangaroo hold. It is amazing to see how absolutely tiny Gwyneth is. It is very evident in these pictures. Does she not have the longest legs????

livin the dream...... said...

Wonderful and beautiful!! God is great!! Prayers are still comming your way, and Daniel's too!!

Candy said...

Thank God for the blessings in life.

Lynn said...

that is awesome!!! so happy for you!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the warning that I needed a box of kleenex this morning! Wow! Beautiful site!

Melissa said...

What a great day! Another answer to prayer!

The Phillips Family said...

Oh Nate--I cried as I rejoiced at your chance to do kangaroo care!! How awesome for you!! I can only continue to pray for the day Tricia does the same. Keeping you and the girls in my prayers.
Renee in Lexington

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely beautiful moment! The Lord has really brought little Gwyneth far. Just as you were able to hold your little one in your arms, I think of the times we are helplessly in the arms of our Heavenly Father. He is working in her little body each minute. Precious. Amazing.

-with tears of excitement for you-
c&v

Carmen said...

Nate I'm so glad you finally got to hold Gwyneth, what a beautiful moment.
Carmen

mummyofprincesses said...

PRICELESS!

Debbie in GA said...

Wow what a wonderful moment... there is nothing to compare. Just more to look forward to.

We're praying for Daniel!

ommie said...

How beautiful and so sweet! What an amazing feeling to hold someone so precious so close to your heart. I know you have been waiting patiently for the time to come. We will keep you and your family in our prayers along with Daniel. Thank you for taking your time to share with everyone.

Melinda said...

awesome!! yay!

Shandelle said...

Oh my gosh! How absolutely precious!!

Nichole said...

Awe!!!

foytix said...

I am speechless.....Just so Amazing and Beautiful....WOW!

Anonymous said...

I am in tears as I look at those beautiful pictures. I think that must be how God holds us. May you continue to feel Him holding you just like that!

Praying in Kingston, Ontario,
The de Boer Family

Anonymous said...

Her thighs are smaller than your fingers! Wow shes tiny, and beautiful.

amy said...

That is one of the most precious things I have ever seen!!! Congratulations. I hope you have many more awwwww moments coming your way! :)

Sanchez Stories said...

I know you are SUPER BUSY! I remember when I spent 3 months in the hospital my husband didn't have time for ANYTHING but eatting...
BUT as I was reading your post the song ~ "The Way you Look Tonight"
It goes ~
Some day when I'm feeling blue I will feel feel a glow,
Just thinking of you, and the way you look tonight..

There is more, but I thought it was so fitting.
The pictures are beautiful, I'm so glad you finally got to hold your little girl.
Please if you get a chance, or put it on your list of things when you get out of that hospital to listen to that song... It's perfect for you.

Anonymous said...

Looks like sweet baby Gwyneth already has her daddy wrapped around her little finger. Simply beautiful...thanks for sharing and please know that I continue to pray for all of you daily.

hannah said...

Wonderful! I'm so happy for you. :) Still praying for you guys! Congrats, by the way.

Bonny Rubly said...

just breath taking! i am speechless...praise God! this is just absolutely awsome...OMG! i can't believe it! well worth waiting for this update that's is for darn sure!!!!!!!! God bless and there will more days like this to come!!!

Bonny in TX

Bonny Rubly said...

just breath taking! i am speechless...praise God! this is just absolutely awsome...OMG! i can't believe it! well worth waiting for this update that's is for darn sure!!!!!!!! God bless and there will more days like this to come!!!

Bonny in TX

Lisa Collinsworth said...

I knew there was a reason I shouldn't read your blog at work...I'm a puddle! SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! I am soooo soooo happy you were able to hold her skin to skin!!!!

Lorri said...

Love it! You are hereby the PROUDEST PAPA in the world! God Bless! Praying for you all!

sarah. said...

Ahhhhh!! Love it. I'm sure that was so wonderful for Gwyneth too... to be able to be snuggled like that. So happy for you guys and looking forward to seeing Tricia hold her soon as well!

clara said...

Wow! What an amazing sight! I am so happy for you.

Shari said...

Absolutely beautiful! Still praying for your precious family.

Ryder said...

Wow, it makes it obvious how tiny she is when you see her next to you. Amazing.

Candi said...

I had a feeling this might be what you were going to post!! Beautiful, indeed. One of the best feelings in the world...holding your precious babe for the first time!!

Shan said...

thank you Jesus! you guys are in my prayers.

Diane said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures. Continued prayers for you precious family.

God bless,

Diane

Anonymous said...

Amazing pics Nate! So happy you finally get to hold your baby girl! Thinking of you and your family always....

Prayers for daniel as well....
take care little one....

Anonymous said...

Nate, this is the first time I have commented on the blog and I am teary-eyed, speechless, and definitely in awe of my God!! I just wanted you to know I am a friend of Donna Holland. She called my home during my Bible study this past Tuesday evening (1/29) and asked for prayer for Tricia. You were all well covered in prayer by the time we ended. Thank you for sharing your journey...

Serena Luke

Sabrena said...

Thank you for sharing special moments with us all. I had tears of happiness seeing your sweet girl in your arms.

Thank you heavenly Father for the miracle's you are allowing us all to be apart of.

What a precious sight!

Tracy said...

Oh my goodness....don't think I've ever seen anything more precious! You must be one proud daddy :)
She's beautiful! I bet you're glad to finally be able to hold your little sweet-heart! Yet another answer to prayer :-)

Love my boys! said...

I am still tearing up! Gwyneth is such a true fighter and now that she was held by Daddy, she's gonna fight harder so that she gets more of that! Always in our prayers here on Long Island...

Teacher in the middle said...

God is SO good! Thanks for sharing! You'll be amazed at how quickly Gwyneth begins to grow now that she can touch you! Congratulations, Daddy!

Rick Lawrenson said...

Warning: When Part 2 comes up be ready. I've seen it.

Joanne said...

All choked up here. Words can't even describe that moment!
Absolutely wonderful and Gwyneth looks so at peace in her Daddy's arms!

Julie said...

I got the chills. Congratulations! What a beautiful time with your daughter. Praying that Tricia gets that moment soon.

Julie

diaduit said...

Those are just precious! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!!!

Amy said...

Amazing! The look on your face says it all...

Praying for you today.

TruePraise said...

The only thing better will be when mama gets to hold her!

Wow! There really are not words!

Kim
Raleigh

Anonymous said...

One of the most beautiful things in life is to hold a baby. Your face says it all. Brings tears to my eyes. You will remember that moment for the rest of your life.
Can't wait to see part II!

Emily Thomas said...

Looks like you've got 2 beautiful girls on your hands now. Can't wait for Tricia to be holding her too!!

Geertje said...

When my younger son told me that sometimes he can or cannot believe in our Heavenly Father I tried to explain that this would not necessarily depend on our circumstances. Then I showed the kids your blog. I told them about Gwyneth and Tricia (and you). They were so fascinated by little Gwyneth. :-) We had a great talk about the ways of our Heavenly Father. I also showed them Maddox. Now they sometimes ask about any news. And tonight they will love it! :-) We think of you. We pray Tricia and Gwyneth will be fine. Hopefully they will be able to be that close to each other soon. We love the Lord. And we love the example that so many people give through their lives. Dont worry, no "heights".

I said a prayer for Daniel now...

Mamma_of _five said...

Thats gotta be the best feeling to hold your baby on your chest for the first time, Congratulations Daddy, Gweneth is very beautiful.

Rick Lawrenson said...

Makes you wonder how God feels when one of His creation turns to Him in faith and Father and child are brought together for the first time?

"He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart." (Is. 40:11 NLT)

Anonymous said...

WOW.
Now I have to explain to everyone at work why I sitting at my desk crying.

Katelyn said...

I love that post. Seriously, Gwyneth looks so content and peaceful and you look like your about to explode for happiness and joy.

Zac and Jenny said...

Okay... so I am crying right here at my desk at work. I am so happy for you. I can't even begin to think of the emotions you must be going through. Gweneth looks so small and beautiful in your hands. Congratulations.

-Jenny

Tish said...

"and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice." 1 kings 19:12

so glad you got to experience the "still small voice"

Tish said...

"and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice." 1 kings 19:12

so glad you got to experience the "still small voice"

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh that is so AWESOME. It made me cry. God is so good.
Jenn in CA

Anonymous said...

Oh Nate,

I started to tear up when I saw the pictures. How cool that you got to hold Gwyneth. Has Tricia been able to hold her yet? Looking forward to those pictures when she is able to hold her. We will be praying for Daniel. May you all have a blessed weekend.

Love, The Hagers in Michigan

Lesley said...

Brought tears to my eyes. ;-) I know this was a special moment for you. Praying for you all.
Blessings,
Lesley

Amber said...

AMEN! :D This brings tears to me eyes! God continues to reveal Himself in ways FAR beyond our expectations! Whoever said that this was a 'curse' from Satan has obviously forgotten about the sovereignty of our God!!! NOTHING and NO ONE can touch us, if He does not allow! What a blessing to know that you and Tricia believe in this LIFE-GIVING truth from His Word, as well!!

Continued prayers from 'Breathtaking Ministries',
Amber N. Metz

Marc and Charity said...

I was doing good till the last picture then I lost it! Thanks for sharing such intimate moments with all us out here!

We are still praying!

Anonymous said...

Psalm 145:6 "Men shall speak of the power of Thine awesome acts, and I will tell of Thy greatness."

Thank you for reflecting His glory and speaking of His greatness in the midst of such indescribable difficulty.

Gwyneth is beautiful. We pray every day for you all. We rejoice in these pictures and those moments.

Jer. 32:17 "Ah, Sovereign LORD, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You."

Praying in Wheaton, IL

Anonymous said...

Amazing, heart touching-I just can't think of anything else to say.
-Bobbi

crysnel said...

Amazing...wow. I haven't left any comments on your blog up until now, but wanted to let you know I'm reading multiple times a day and praying for you and your beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

What a milestone!! Those are just the most precious pictures ever. Continuing to pray for you.

Heidi said...

OH, that made me cry! I remember the first time I was able to hold Bennett (he was 6 weeks on the oscillating vent so it took awhile.) Cradling a one pound baby is surreal, isn't it? Holding a miracle...

Bennett turned 3 years old this week, our 23 weeker is now racing around and barely pauses long enough for me to snatch a quick hug. But when he's in my arms, I remember those precious moments of him so tiny on my chest.

Congratulations on this beautiful milestone. I am so, so happy for your family.

Katie said...

Truly amazing!!

Val said...

Oh Nathan! I am so happy you got to do the Kangaroo thing!
She looks so content laying in Daddy's arms!
I bet you are dancing on cloud 9!

Erika and Matt said...

Awesome.

jel said...

WAY AWESOME !

THANK U FOR SHARING !


FOR YOURS GIRLS AND U

A FLYBYHUGG!!!

emily said...

Wow...
God's creations are incredible :).

Praying for you guys, and for Daniel.
-Emily Haager

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Robin said...

How beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this precious moment with us!

Thanks again for sharing space on your blog to let others know about Daniel and to ask for prayers for this precious boy as he goes through his brain surgery!

His mom said she would call me as soon as she had information for me to post, so keep the prayers going everyone. I will update my blog as soon as I get the call.

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Mom to Tate said...

I dont know you, but I read your blog. The pics of you and your wonderful baby brought me to tears. What a great day. :) Hope you all are doing well.

Blue Maiden said...

Gwyneth, Nathan and Tricia,

I thank God you are sharing your journey. He used it in a mighty way for me today. I saw the entry about 20 minutes after you posted it and spent all day "hearing" God speak to me through it. You are often in my prayers.

Angie said...

Wow! Congratulations! How beautiful.

Anonymous said...

when is mommy's turn???

Anonymous said...

-shedding tears of joy-

My Goodness said...

Priceless.
What is more special!?
Congratulations!!

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