Sunday, May 11, 2008

Gwyneth's Mother

Tricia...I am proud of you beyond words. You dreamed and prayed for a miracle baby, and you sacrificed nearly everything to give Gwyneth life. You amaze me with your beauty and grace through every situation. Gwyneth and I are most certainly blessed by God to call you wife and mommy, and I pray we do so for many years to come.

video
("In My Arms" by Plumb)

As I take the day off from blogging and spend time with my two girls, I encourage you (blog readers) to spend some time today with your family.

Thanks.

Nate

127 comments:

Andrew Jeremiah said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! It's an amazing thing to have the child you prayed so long for placed in your arms on a day such as this. I spent many Mother's Days in church praying for a baby and long story short our beautiful baby boy was placed in our arms at 3 days old by his birthmom on Mother's Day three years ago. Isn't it amazing to watch our Heavenly Father care so much for us he even throws in little details like new lungs on Nathan's birthday! Simply amazing :) Have a wonderful wonderful first Mother's Day - you have earned it for sure!

Risa, Chuck, and Andrew

Steph said...

Just beautiful! Happy Mother"s Day Tricia! God Bless!

Stephanie/stl mo

Shelly said...

the happiest of mother's days to you tricia!

marcia said...

What a beautiful tribute! Enjoy your first Mother's Day together as a family of three!

kaylee114 said...

happy first mother's day, Tricia! Hope it's everything you dreamed and prayed for! Can't wait to hear what Nate gets you! Have a blessed day!

The Farrell Family said...

Happy First Mother's Day, Tricia! May God bless you with many, many more as you love and care for your precious Gwyneth! Nate, what a beautiful tribute!!

~ Rob, Amy, Emily, and Ryan Farrell

Kitchen Scrapbook said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia!

Debra said...

Happy Mothers Day Tricia!
Aspiemom

LaurMoore said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!!

ajc4ever said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!!

Angela

shelley. said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! I wish you a wonderful day with your beautiful amazing miracle girl today!

Linda said...

What an absolutely beautiful tribute to an absolutely beautiful mother on your first Mother's Day! That video brought tears to my eyes. May God bless all three of you on this most special day. And Tricia, you have my vote for Mother of the Year!!

Faithe said...

I agree 100% with Linda!!! My sentiments EXACTLY! Enjoy your day together -- and Happy Mother's Day, Tricia.

Vicki said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TRICIA.

Tammy C said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!

I hope you have a fun day filled with many memories.

lawrenson fan said...

Happy Mother's Day Tric!!! What a better day to go baby shopping on Mom's Day.

Jessica NC

Emily said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia!

Lee said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!

Leigh Ann's Blog said...

What a beautiful video. I cried through the whole thing. God Bless you all and Happy Mother's Day to you Tricia.

Laurie said...

Happiest of Mother's Day, Tricia. May being a mom to your precious Gwyneth be all that you ever prayed for and all that you ever dreamed of.

The Gang's All Here! said...

Happy Mothers' Day Tricia. This is such a beautiful tribute - to all three of you! I can hardly type for the tears in my eyes. Your story has blessed, encouraged, challenged and inspired me. And I must admit, on occasion, it's given me a much needed smack upside my head - for a good perspective adjustment! Thank you for the wonderful faith and joy that you all have walked (and I'm sure will continue to walk out) thru this journey.

And can I just say? There's nothing as precious as that first Mothers' Day - ugh, there now, I'm tearing up again! Blessings to you all!

Michelle said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia...and many happy returns. I know how excited you must be to get Gwyneth home next week. Good Luck.

Deb said...

Happy first Mother's Day Tricia!!! Have a great one!

Rebecca said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! :)

mythreegirlsear said...

Happy Mother's Day!You waited so long to hear that! You deserve the best day you could possibly get. Enjoy it!

Nate that was an awesome movie. YOu have quite a talent there!

casmommy said...

this brought tears to my eyes. being a parent is the greatest blessing. happy first mother's day tricia!

Lani said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia!

RockinMom said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia.

Two blessings from above said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!

The video is beautiful!
Just loved how you lined up the photos that went right along with the words of the song.
Have a wonderful day.

Meritt said...

I'm brand new here but it looks like I popped in just in time to say "Happy Mother's Day" to Tricia. :)

RyanAndrew2007 said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia!

Momof2bz said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! You are so blessed to have such a beautiful baby girl, a loving family and a ROCKING husband. Enjoy your beautiful day/

Kylee said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!

Betsy McK said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day Tricia!!!

BS said...

Happy First Mother's Day Tricia. This one is just the first of many to come. Beautiful video.

Brenda said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! You're a beautiful mother of a beautiful baby girl. What a miracle!

Angela R. said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!! Gwyneth is truly lucky to have a strong, amazing mother like you! That was a beautiful video, brought tears to my eyes. You are all simply amazing and I pray from here on, God continues to be on your side and the three of live out the happiest lives that you all deserve. I am so happy for you all. Enjoy the day as a family!!

Hugs and Kisses!
-Angela

stephany said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! Gwyneth has an incredibly amazing Mommy. Enjoy your day!

Julie said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! You have given so many gifts to your little girl in only the short time she has been here. Have a wonderful, first mother's day. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!!

Becca said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! I hope it's as perfect as can be from begining to end!

L&DRNKY said...

The best and happiest of mother's days to you Tricia--so glad things are going well.

Kim said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!

claudia said...

so beautiful..."HAPPY MOTHERS DAY "Tricia....;)

Court said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day, Tricia! May God bless you today and all the days ahead. Praying for your sweet family!

Em said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Mothers Day Tricia!!!

Carey said...

Happy Mothers Day.

Julie said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day Tricia - praying you'll have many, many more!!!

Raving Mom said...

Happy First Mother's Day! May you have many years of fingerpainted masterpieces, macaroni necklaces, burned breakfasts in bed, sloppy, slobbery kisses and "I wuv you mommy" to come!
It doesn't get any better than this!

Kate said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! You are one amazing Mom!

In (Not So) Perfect Balance said...

May your first Mother's Day be filled with baby smiles, sunshine and love! You are an inspiration.

MB

Carmen said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia :)

cmziall said...

WOW! You made it! Tricia, you've triumphed through more than many mothers have and may you be blessed on this, your first Mother's Day with Gwyneth in your arms!

God Bless you and your family!
Michelle in MO

Stacy said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!

Sarah Rosnes said...

Absolutely Beautiful.

Happy Mother's Day Tricia - may this be the first of many wonderful Mother's Days to come!

Blessings From Above said...

What a beautiful tribute to an amazing wife and mother.

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!!!!!

jmgarnet76 said...

Came straight home from C3 to finish watching the video.

Continue to have a blessed day.

Happy Mother's Day Tricia.

Sabrina said...

Happy mothers day Tricia. its your first of many, enjoy it!!!

Mary said...

That was beautiful. Happy Mother's Day Tricia. I'm so happy for you today to experience your first Mother's Day. What a truly incredible mother you are already. May God pour His blessings out on you today.

Mary
Florida

Jennifer said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day Tricia! May today be the first of many, many to come. God bless you and your beautiful family! (And kiss those sweet baby Gwyneth cheeks for me!)

~~~Jennifer in Arlington Heights, IL
(mommy to Jessica & Julia, wife to Jim)

Brittany said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia!

I pray you'll get to enjoy MANY more! What a blessing you've been to me.

Busy Momma said...

Happy first Mother's Day Tricia.
Nate, as a mother of three, this is one of the best things a mom could "get".

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!

joyfulmom said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! May God bless you and your beautiful miracle baby, Gwyneth. Nate, wonderful job on the touching Mother's Day tribute to your two girls.

Hugs from El Paso,
Karla

Alicia said...

Happy, Happy Mother's Day, Tricia!!

Marsmile said...

As I've said yesterday, again, I wish you a wonderful, joyful, and beautiful Mother's Day! Enjoy this special day, especially since it is your first! Have a great time with your family and sweet little Gwyn whom you are a mommy to! Wishing you for many more Mother's Day's in the years to come.

Hugs,
Marissa :-)

K Storm said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!

Twinkletoes said...

Happy first Mother's Day Tricia!!!!

JoythruHisGrace said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! WE LOVE YOU! GOD'S LOVE AND PEACE TODAY AND ALWAYS, AMY AND CASEY

JENNIKIR said...

Happy 1st Mommy's day Tricia. Good to see you on camera at the party, can't wait to see you in person hopefully later this summer.
love you,
Jenn

Family by Love said...

Happy Mother's Day! Tricia, your love for God and trust in Him is such an inspiration. Nate, thank you for sharing your family with all of us.

~j~ said...

Happy Mothers Day sweet Tricia, a beautiful gift from Nate that has once again left me humbled by the majesty and love of the Lord we serve... Praising God for the gift of this day that holds such unspeakable joy.
with love,
julia

terri c said...

Happy Mother's Day!!! To Tricia, her Mom, Nate's Mom, Tricia's and Nate's sisters, and all the Moms who have been part of this beautiful story.

Amy Lynn said...

That was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! What a special Mother's Day slideshow for Tricia! I am still over here crying!

Tricia...I wish you a VERY Happy Mother's Day today. Have fun spending time with Nate & your Beautiful, Miracle Baby!

Beebe said...

Happy First Mother's Day Tricia!

UKNat said...

Happy first Mother's Day, Tricia! Natalie

Shannon said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia!

Bre said...

Happy first Mother's Day, Tricia! Your little miracle is absolutely gorgeous! God has blessed you in so many wonderful ways. I'm so happy that you are able to spend so much time with Gwyneth Rose, and love her to pieces. Being a Mommy is the best thing in the world. It's the greatest gift anybody could have given a woman. There are seriously no words to describe it!! Have a wonderful day!

Love,
Brianne
Virginia

Fire Hunt said...

Happy First Mother's Day, Tricia:)

jmgarnet76 said...

I would like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to a group of very special mothers.

The mothers of organ donors. It was their generosity that allowed many families to be blessed today.

Happy Mother's Day Tricia. May you be blessed beyond measure.

Lockwoods said...

Praying you will have a very happy Mother's Day and a joyful everyday! The children and I also prayed this morning for the mother of the organ donor...we prayed that she would receive comfort knowing that her son/daughter made the decision to give life to another.
love,
The Lockwoods

Marcie said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! God gave you the desire of your heart in Gwyneth and He gave Gwyneth an amazing gift of a mom - the pictures say it all.

The Hager Happenings said...

Tricia, Happy Mother's Day!

OKGardners said...

HAPPY FIRST MOTHERS' DAY, TRISH!

From Betty & Ed in Oklahoma

Sheila said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!
toodles, Sheila, NV

candicesalazar said...

Tricia,
I am sure the blessing of today has meaning that no one but God will ever understand.
Savor it.
It is just for you.
Hang in there-(She'll be home soon)...
Still praying in Nebraska!
Nurse Candice & Co.

Kristina said...

I wanted to wish Tricia a appy Mother's Day . . .I am sure I am not the only one! I hope your day is full of joy and happiness!

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Good afternoon Tricia ... wishing you a special first "Happy Mother's Day"..You have a great husband behind you all the way..thanks Nate for sharing Gwyneth with us on this day..I am looking forward to the Big day when all three of you will get to go home and be a happy family. Hugs,
Baba

TheRagan3 said...

Happy Mothers Day Tricia! After so many hurdles that you have faced in the past months, this has to be the sweetest day ever! May you savor in the day with your hubby and baby girl. I think that shopping for "stuff" for Gwyneth's home going is a FANTASTIC way to celebrate! Here's to many years of messy diapers, handprints on your newly cleaned windows, purple marker on your couch, cheerios stuck to your carpet... butterfly kisses and "I yuv you Momma!". Truly we moms are blessed!

Sheryl said...

Wow, there are no words.

Happy Mom's Day Tricia,

Sheryl

Hilary said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day, Tricia!

God bless!

Rene said...

Nathan, your photography has caught the very essence of Love. I hope Tricia has a wonderful Mother's Day. Thank you for sharing the amazing video. The small glimpses that you give of your journey is a true gift to us, your readers.

Rene

sara said...

Tricia,
Happy Mother's Day!!
The video was amazing!! I hope that today was everything you have imagined and so much more. You have an amazing little girl.

Melissa said...

Happy First Mother's Day Tricia!

Scott said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! You've been a mother such a short time but deserve Mother of the year awards! What a moving tribute Nate, great job!

Abby's dad said...

HAPPY 1ST MOTHER'S DAY TRICIA!

Will's Mommy said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!

Erin said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day Tricia! It was my first one as well.:)

I know your day was extra special!
God Bless,
Erin

Jennifer J said...

What a special Mother's Day at for Tricia. Miracles abound and our God is so, so good.

Kim said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia!

jamie said...

Happy First Mother's Day, Tricia!

God Bless you all,
Jamie in Texas

1 Samuel 12:24 said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! May God continue to bless each minute of every day of every month of every year!! Have a wonderful day together with your family!!

Shari said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! You and Gwyneth are miracles! Praise God!

Jennifer said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! God Bless you all!

Nate...do you think you could send the mp3 file of that song to my email? I would like to use that song in a slideshow of my baby niece :) my email is jennygdelp@comcast.net

Joy H said...

Happy Mother's Day indeed!

Ginger said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! I thought about you first thing this morning and how special this day, your first Mother's Day, must be to you.

I hope you had a wonderful day. I feel so blessed to have "known" your family from Nathan's blog and am honored to pray for you all.

hemidemisemiquaver said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!!! ENOUGH SAID!!!!!! :)
John, Becky Emma and Sophie

Randi said...

Happy First Mother's Day! You have so many miracles to celebrate today ... enjoy!

Sarah said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tricia! From one Mom to another...it will be hard and challenging, but exhilarating and fun all at the same time. You will overcome obstacles (like you already have), and she will probably "hate" you at some point in her life. But you know what...? It is SO worth it and I wish you many wonderful days and years to come. Hope you had a wonderful day!!

Sarah in Gastonia, NC

joy s said...

Today represents such a sweet victory for your family. Gwyneth's little cheeks are even getting pudgy:) I have followed your story with interest...I work with the birth to three population in physical therapy. I got hooked on your blog from a micro-prem patient's mom. Happy Mother's Day!

KrazyMom said...

Happy first Mother's Day, Tricia!!

Danielle in MO said...

Happy Mothers Day Tricia!! Wishing you many many more!!

Ronda White said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day Tricia. What an amazing video. Thank you for sharing. May God continue to bless you and your family.

SamuelnKari said...

so i spent the day caring for my hubby who has been very sick. dont quite know what is going on yet???? ive been going about my usual Sunday business also... church, lunch, nap???, and care group feeling sorry for myself and after watching the last Survivor... i check this blog and see what is going on... you all have been such great friends. this video was so sweet. even though it was for your girls, i have a similar video which was played 1 year ago with my daughter Megan. She is sleeping soundly in her nursery and has her Daddy and I wrapped aroung her little finger. the love of a Mother.... what an amazing feeling the Lord has given to us. Happy Mothers Day Tricia. Enjoy that feeling:)

Leslie said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day Tricia! May it be the first of many wonderful years to come! My little CF princess was born 3 years ago on Mother's Day, so that makes this day even more special to me! Your family is blessed to have you as a wife and mother! God Bless!

Chrissy said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia! You are a precious Mother!

megasam said...

I want to wish Tricia a Very Happy First Mother's Day!! I hope you had some very special time with Gwyneth. You are amazing!!

The Engelhardt 4 said...

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you enjoyed your very first one and that you have many more to come! Blessings to you and your sweet family.

Candy said...

Tricia, I pray that your first Mother's Day was the first of very, very many that you are able to celebrate with your beautiful little girl.

Nate-Beautiful video!

Amy E. said...

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Blessings From Above said...

Happy Mother's Day Tricia!!!

chopstix said...

wishing you the happiest of mothers days. after reading other's stories, i realize what an amazing miracle both you and gwenyth are!! May God richly bless you with years and years and YEARS of mother's days to come!

Ellen said...

What a beautiful video! Tricia, truly you are an example of what a Godly mother is! Hope your 1st Mother's Day as a mom was great!

The Figs said...

it was awesome seeing you in church yesterday. i felt like running up to tricia & hugging her, but she would've thought i was a weirdo ('cause i am, sometimes :-) ) anyway, happy mother's day (belated), tricia!

and i'll be watching abc11 tonight!

veronica said...

Happy 1st Mother's Day! I hope you spent the day loving that beautiful little girl. God bless your loving family.

amanda said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Mama10EE said...

You sure do know how to bring tears to a mother's eyes! I know both Tricia and Gwyneth will cherish that video for many, many years to come. God Bless you and your family. You are all an inspiration.

Lynn said...

I have followed your journey for a few months now. It's an amazing and touching journey and you have encouraged so many with your strong and deep faith. As a mother, I am so moved by your photos and videos. You are documenting an amazing "scrapbook" of sweet memories. Your family is beautiful! God bless you.