Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

For many of you, this week marks one year since you began reading our story! Thanks for sticking around through the good the bad and the ugly! I definitely have the best blog readers in the whole world!

Below is a graph that shows the number of hits the blog received from December 8, 2007 to January 8, 2008...up until the first of the year, it was around 150/day and jumped to 12,457 by January 8.


I'd love to hear about how you came to the blog and why you've stuck around for so long!

Nate

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Roxanne said...

Came to the site because I love you. Stayed because I love you still!

C said...

I saw your link on a friend of mine's blog from over in Dothan, AL. I then became a faithful reader as well as prayed for your family. I have also become an organ donor thanks to you guys! Wish you all the best! God has blessed your family, and you guys have blessed others by showing your faith and reliance on God. Thanks!

BS said...

I saw a link on a blog I read, popped on over and have been coming here daily ever since. What a blessed year it was !

Melissa said...

I found it through blogger awards. Another blog I following had been nominated for an award and then I researched further and found your blog.

Leslie said...

I found your blog thru another blogger, I was interested since I have a friend I went to nursing school with that has CF. Love ur blog!

The Adams Family said...

I came across your site from a friend of a friends site. I am so thankful that your life has gotten better over the last year! God is amazing and your story is proof. I hope and pray that things continue to go great for your family! =)

Kelly said...

I saw a request for prayer for your family on the Holt International Adoption forum that I frequent the day before Gwyneth was born(not sure who posted the thread, but word definitely got around!!). I decided to come to your blog, read a bunch of entries to catch up, and was so inspired by your love for God and your family in the midst of tough circumstances.

I have stuck around because your blog continues to inspire me to love God and my family more deeply every day!

Sue said...

I found your blog through another rubber stampers blog link to your site. I have since passed your link on to my readers. Your Jan 1 post was so touching...love to you and yours!

chopstix said...

i almost can't remember how i found you, but i think it was someone who joined a facebook group that was asking for prayer for you, and i clicked onto your blog just shortly after gwyneth was born. i've been hooked ever since, i check it everyday and feel like i know you. it makes it so much easier to pray for people that you "know" and i also appreciate the transparent way you live out your faith online. it's a real treasure, your blog, and i hope even as life turns more "normal" for you, that you will continue to let us walk alongside you on your journey. blessings to you on a fabulous 2009!!

Katelyn said...

I don't know how I came across this blog, but I did. I stayed with it because being a young woman with CF, watching and hearing of Tricia's story somehow gave me strength and hope for what is to come. Plus, I couldn't get enough of seeing that cutie-pie Gwyneth.

Dan said...

Your blog was recommended to me by my wife, and so I came over. We have a daughter with CF, so it was important to learn about our possible future!

Devon said...

i found your blog from when one of our daughter's former NICU nurses sent it to me...not sure if she worked at Duke or just heard your story...but i was hooked!

i've had a 29 weeker and two 23 weekers so preemies are very dear to my heart. i am so happy to see how well your little girl is doing!

JJ&K said...

I was pregnant at the same time Tricia was--similar due dates. I heard about your blog through a pregnancy bulletin board I was on. I was so moved by your story--then, I wound up having a preemie myself. I've stayed because your story is so compelling, you (Nathan) are a great writer, and your faith and attitude in the face of adversity is inspiring.

Patty said...

I saw a link on another blog, that asked if anyone else was just hitting refresh all day (the day Gwyneth was born.) I clicked over to see what they were talking about, and have been a faithful reader ever since. I remember posting on blog asking my readers to keep you in their prayers, and have had several of them become faithful readers too.

Jodi said...

I can't remember how I found your blog. Someone posted about you asking for prayers I think.

And I have stayed because I like to check in and see how you are all doing.

Shan said...

A facebook group popped up when someone on my facebook list joined the group - clicked and linked to the blog, read your story, started praying & have stuck around since! Don't comment that often, but check in whne I can. Happy Anniversary - what a blessed year it's been!

Jennifer said...

I believe I came to Tricia's website accidently (or on God's purpose) a while back. I saw it and thought what a strong and courageous woman.

I lost the website though b/c my computer crashed.

Then the day you announced Tricia was pregnant, Patience was so overjoyed that she posted it somewhere. So I thought well if Patience thinks they are cool people .. let me check it out. Then I realized it was the same woman as I had found a while back.

I continued to come back because I knew I would witness a miracle just like I saw with Patience & Isaac. Then when I met you guys I knew I had friends for life! :)

Mellissa said...

I found your blog through another blogger. Your story was very close to my heart. My son was born at 28 weeks and is doing awesome. I read one blog of yours and I keep coming back to see how your family is doing. I cant believe it has been a year. Your story is amazing.

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Catharine said...

Came from a recommendation from a friend. My baby is about the same age as Gweneth's adjusted age, so she thought I may be interested in seeing what my baby would look like if he was born.

Andrea said...

I found your blog through another blog & felt an immediate bond. I have a neice & a nephew who were preemies...one at 32 weeks & one at 26. As I read your story, from the beginning, I felt so connected. I have prayed for your family so much over the past several months. It is so amazing to see how awesome our God is! He has worked many miracles here & I am sure He will continue to do so! God Bless you all!!

Jadekitty said...

I came through a link from a friend's blog, and I've loved watching the miracles with your Beautiful family!
God Bless in this new year.

the rye family said...

don't remember how i found your site - but once i found it i was hooked. i check on you daily and have followed you since last year! our GOD surely is good and does AMAZING things beyond what we can imagine - HE orchestrates things that are EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY above all that we could ask or think!! :) thanks so much for so openly and honestly sharing your journey with the world with this blog, and for pointing so many to the true PHYSICIAN throughout every circumstance - good or bad! :) you have been a blessing! :)

Uncle D and Aunt J said...

I began following your amazing journey after Gwenyth's birth and Tricia's transplant from a link on another blog I follow. What a gracious and loving God we have that has walked each step of this journey with ya'll. Thanks to you and your dad when you couldn't update for sharing and blessing us through your blog.

Kristi Bowers said...

I came to this site because my 8 year old son has CF and we were having a rough time around May 08 with surgeries and hospitalizations and resistant pseudomonous. I started getting people leaving comments and emails suggesting I read the best blog ever about CF....they were right!! What an encouraging and inspiring WAY you tell about your journey. It encourages me. God uses you! I am a fellow believer and I find comfort in your reliance on God and your commitment to your family! Pray for you and your fam every day!! God Bless-Kristi, Kaleb's mom 8 w/CF, Hannah 6 w/o CF.

Stacemoe said...

I love your blog!!! Well, I guess I have come to love your family as well...I really don't remember who's blog I was reading that asked for Prayer on your behalf, but that is how I came to your blog...you are so inspiring and I got hooked right away...It has been awesome to pray for all of you and see how God has moved in your lives...it has helped me in my daily walk as well...as you mentioned in your previous post, I am so happy you have had such a wonderful year and so many blessing and how far you have come in this last year..it is truly amazing to think it has already been a year..praying continued good health for Tricia and sweet Gwyneth...oh, and you too Nate!! :)
Hope things are getting settled in the house...can't wait for more pics..... a reader from Dallas.

Heather Forcey said...

Your blog was linked on a friend's blog. Your story touched my heart. Your sincerity and honesty are why I keep reading.

Ernie, Michelle and Emmy said...

I came to this site because of a friends blog who posted about your family needing prayer and now I just love hearing what's going on in your lives and seeing the continued miracles and joys the Lord is blessing you with - Gwyneth is almost ONE, a new home, Tricia's great news! Thanks for keeping us all updated, may you and your family have a blessed 2009!!!

colleen4 said...

Oh, the powers of Facebook! I saw a friend of mine had joined the group to pray for 'Tricia, Nathan and their baby' and I clicked on the link. When I found out that Tricia had CF, I was intrigued since my daughter was becoming good friends with a little girl with CF and I didn't know much about the disease.

I have been following you since January 4th. What a year! I've learned so much about CF, faith and the power of prayer. Thank you so much for sharing your family, and particularly the incredible truths of emotions with all of us....even when comments and emails from strangers were trying to stop you from continuing on.

Your post from yesterday brought me to tears. The shear joy in 'normalcy'....of what you all have gone through to get there. Thank you for sharing that.

Prayers for a most blessed 2009!
Colleen

The Wells Over-Flowin' said...

I have been reading (silently) for about 6 months. I think I found you through Google Reader suggestions? My daughter was born at 25 weeks and we lived the NICU/preemie life so I enjoy your blog. :0)

barb sherer said...

you know it seems as if all of a sudden i was seeing parts of your story pop almost everywhere i went. i know i saw it at dmarie and two peas in a bucket and i think more places.

i've developed so many friends via the internet - in a group with some for over 10 years! we get to know each other. you may not have gotten to know me but i've gotten to know you! watching our mighty and precious Lord work his wondrous ways in your life has been a tremendous blessing. watching precious gwyneth thrive has caused great joy for me. watching the grace with which tricia has handled hurdles has been awe inspiring and reading the words of a gentle and caring man that wears his heart on his sleeve has touched my heart.

hows that for reasons that i keep up with y'all?

shoutingforha said...

I found your blog through a friend of mine.

Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with all of us. It has been an honor to pray for you and your beautiful girls.

I am praying for an incredible 2009 at the Lawrenson house!

new mom in law said...

Don't remember how I found your Blog, but I have followed it since the beginning. I live about 20 minutes from Duke Hospital so we are fellow Carolinians. I pray for you all when you come to mind.

MegB said...

A friend of mine sent me the link saying that your family needing prayers. I stayed because your story had me hooked....I love watching the miracle unfolding. It is so awesome to see God's work. Thank you so much for allowing me into your life!!

Julie W said...

I think I found your blog via an adoption blog. Not sure which one. Stayed because I am hooked!!

I love your writing style. (And that you don't use white type on black!! OR any busy background.)

I think you are an incredible husband and dad. I think Tricia is a very strong and brave lady. I like how you share your faith online. And it's weird cuz I feel like I know you (and T&G) and I like to see that you guys are doing well.

I also like to get updates on Tricia's heath and Gwyneth's growth and developmental milestones. I was happy to hear about her first tooth!!

Julie from Illinois

Sarah said...

I can't even remember on which site I found a link to your blog but I stayed because I had my son at 24 weeks (now healthy and 5) and preemies hold a place in my heart. I have my mom hooked on you guys too!

Heather said...

I came through a friend's site requesting prayer. After losing our twin girls in November 2007, I was drawn to prayer for you, Tricia, and little baby girl ... I have been reading and praying ever since!

Lacia said...

Someone from an online Down syndrome support group posted your link (she'd been following your story) when Tricia got her new lungs. I've been following ever since.

JOHNNY G and MAISY C said...

My sister turned me on to your site. I fell in love with your family and stayed!

Katie said...

I googled NICU and Preemie and Blogspot I think. I have a preemie myself (born at 26 weeks weighed in at 460 grams, or 1 lb.) And i just wanted to see how other babies that small faired. Stayed because I am amazed by the stregnth of your family and the postivie attitude you all possess. Your family inspires me.

Mel said...

I came to your blog through Jordan and Patience Leino. I have stuck with it because while life can be rocky I have read many times on here about how to stick through it.

Bobbi said...

I came across your blog because of a friend joining your group on facebook. I've been following you now for a year. I'm just hooked now. You guys are like a blog version of J&K+8 only you are a party of 3. My little girls like to keep up on Baby G. We also continue to keep you all in our prayers.

The Liebers said...

WOW! It's like unravelling a conversation from the end back to the beginning...not always an easy thing to do. I started reading because a friend is California asked her blog readers to pray for your family. I kept reading because I like you style of writing and the way your faith in GOd permeates everything you write. You are so full of the Good News that it comes out in everything you write. Thank you for letting us be flies on your wall!

Kent said...

Do not remember which blog I found yours through, but I really enjoy it and I pray for your family daily. Thank you for taking the time to keep people updated. I just read Sixty-five Roses about a canadian family who dealt with CF. Cfers are really brave and inspiring people. May you be blessed in 2009 as you have been this past year!

Casey said...

I'm not sure how I found your site but once I did I had to check up on y'all everyday. I started reading right after Tricia's lung transplant. What some scary times y'all went through! It has been neat to watch the little one grow up on the blog and to see God work in y'all's life this year. Congrats on the new house! How exciting

Emily said...

I found your blog through Eva Janette who I found through Poppy Joy! I love reading your blog because every single day I get to be witness to miracle after miracle!! I also love your outlook & you attitude. You have a very entertaining writing style not to mention an ADORABLE little girl! I hope you keep it up! I will be following the Lawrenson Family as long as you are posting!!!
Emily in Mississippi

Megan and Company said...

You married my sister. I'm lawfully obligated to read your blog. ;)

Oh, and we like you guys a whole bunch, too!

Emmie said...

Hi Nate, I found your blog from a CF forum where someone had posted saying that Tricia was pregnant and giving her blog for updates. I then found your blog from Tricia's and have checked it pretty much daily since (this was just after you both announced the pregnancy - perhaps November 2007??)

Yours is the favourite blog I read and it means more to me than all the others I check (and there's a lot!) Its not just about your story being so special and touching - its about the abundance of love that the three of you share, the trusting faith you have and (of course) the absolutely gorgeous pictures that never fail to brighten my day.

You are one very special family and I think I speak for all of us in saying how much this blog has offered so many people around the world.

Love Emma xxx

Sarahbeth said...

I found your blog through another shortly after Gwyneth was born and stayed up all night reading and catching up. Thank you for your willingness to share your life with us this year--it is a remarkable story of God's faithfulness. Celebrating with and praying for your family in 2009!

The Yorkshire Rambler said...

I found your site quite by accident in about December 2007. I have looked after children post-transplant and follow a few blogs of people waiting transplants - praying for them silently in the background mostly. I stuck around because I enjoy reading your blog - oh and because I'm just plain nosey ;o)

Christy said...

A CF forum, or a CF friend. I really can't remember which came first, but it was about a year ago.
I do remember meeting Tricia a couple of years ago on a CF forum though. I just didn't put 2 and 2 together until later.

Cool Grandma said...

I found it on another blog. I was just drawn in.....such a story, such a testimony of faith, strength, courage, and endurance. It just blessed my heart and I feel the need to continue to keep up with you and your family now. Thank you for sharing with strangers, but I feel like I know you personally. The Lord will continue to bless you.

I pray that 2009 is a very blessed year for you and your family.

LaNell in OK

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

You know...
i can't remember?
i surf the blogosphere from time to time. but once i found you guys i became a regular. i pray for you all. my duaghter sees this as quite strange behavior... but that is who I am.
although i do not leave a comment on every post... i do read them all.
best wishes for you in the 2009 and always...
ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

Brad & Karen said...

I came to know about your site through a comment on Splitcoast Stampers, from Tricia's sister, Janet.
That was a year ago. I have stayed as your story is a compelling love story - love between and husband and wife, love between God and husband and wife, love between parents and their daughter!
Your story inspires me to do my best each day. My best for God, my family, my community.
Our family became hooked on the progress of Gywneth Rose and her beautiful Mom, Tricia.
Your story has brought awareness to our family of CF and opened up conversation with our girls to educate them about different diseases that people have. It also made our girls ask us to please donate their organs! We are already donors, but they wanted to make sure they were too!
Thank you for sharing your insight of life with us all as you journey through the many bends in the road.
We celebrate every victory with you and pray for every set-back.
I hope you continue this blog for a long long time!
Warm Regards
Karen et al
Vancouver, BC
Canada

Becca said...

I found your blog because several of my on-line friends read your blog and I popped over to see for myself.

I stay because of you. Your story, and the way you tell it, is such a heart warming walk of faith it would be nearly impossible to stay away! I'd venture to say that because of you we're all just invested in your lives!

Brian & Rachel Davis said...

Came because my best friend has connections with people with CF. Stayed because you take good pictures, are inspiring in your faith and because your little girl is just so cute!!!

Courtney said...

I came across your blog from cf.com. I then became hooked. Your love for Tricia, and faith in God amazes me. I hope God continues to bless your family. Thanks for sharing your journey with me.

Courtney
25/cf in Texas

Jennifer said...

I heard about your site from a friend. I got hooked on blogging so I started hopping blogs and found your link on about every other blog I read, so I checked it out and got hooked. Your story is very inspirational. Thanks for taking the time to share it. You have an amazing family!

Robyn said...

Ended up on your Blog through a link on another Blog I used to read. It was the day after I returned home from my Honeymoon (right around the 10th of January)and I was inspired by the love of your family. I quickly became addicted and have been coming here daily since. Thanks for sharing your journey and love with everyone. Continued health and growth for your family in 2009!

A Look Into Our Lives said...

My friend posted about you guys on her blog (www.thisfamilyof4.blogspot.com) right after Gwyneth was born. She had a picture of tiny Gwyneth up and a link to your blog. I clicked over right away and went way back into your blog to catch up on your story. I prayed a lot for you, Tricia and Gwyneth and have been following your story ever since! I cannot believe it's been a year already! God has brought you through so much and I know He'll continue to work miracles in your lives!
I love how Tricia prayed fervently for a "miracle baby," and you guys got her! Awesome.
Blessings to you!
Hilary

aprilmoonflower said...

I found you through a thread through the Mothering.com discussion boards. I think I found your blog right as Tricia was going into surgery..can't believe what a year it's been for you guys! Your family is a true inspiration!

Josh and Kelly said...

Because I love Tricia! We knew each other through our homeschool group back in the day! So glad we have a way to stay up to date!

Tricia (Zach's mom) said...

I learned about your blog from my best friend. She would read updates to me nightly when we were talking on the phone. She finally realized that it was a little silly to be reading it to me when I could be reading it for myself. So she emailed me the link. I took a day or two and started from the beginning.

I keep reading because you are an inspiration to me. No matter how many things are thrown your way with your faith and trust in God you are able to turn it into a home run.

Wishing your entire family a wonderful 2009.

daydreamer said...

I don't even remember for sure how I found out about your blog. But reading it over the last year has really been a blessing and a source of encouragment for me. For you to stay so strong in your faith and rely on the fact that no matter what happened good or bad, God was there with you through the whole thing. You have been so honest and open with your readers. Because of that you have no idea how many lives you may have saved may it be their spiritual life or a strangers life through organ donation. May God Bless you all through the next year. I will be following along.

Sallie said...

I heard about the blog through an email from Uncle Andy to the youth ministry fellowship in Eliz. City. I'm a Christian, a Duke transplant recipient, and also a mama to a premie, so I've followed your blog for a number of reasons.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

I honestly have no idea how I found you, but I think I have you to thank for finding one of my new best friends - Kori from Life as a CF Wife. I think I found you just blowsing (blog browsing) and read from start to finish. I come back because I want to see Gwyneth have her first birthday and go to Kindergarten and middle school and prom and stuff like that. No pressure.

Carrie said...

A friend posted your blog site and said it was a must read. I was hooked after reading and learning about your story. I know how powerful prayer can be and how BIG our God is!! Love seeing your faith played out in your own words. Thanks for being a witness. I must say, I am glad to know you are getting bad comments. That means the devil knows how powerful your blog is for God's Kingdom, and he doesn't like it. I was always told, if satan isn't attacking, you're not growing. Thanks for expanding God's kingdom by being a witness!!!

Becky said...

The first time I visited your blog was just a day or two after you announced that Tricia was pregnant. I had friends from PCC ask me to pray for you as well as friends here at LU and TRBC. So, I decided then I would check out your story (I was one of the few who had joined your facebook group that ballooned in numbers almost overnight it seemed. I found the link to your blog there).

Anyway, even though we have never met, we are family...Christ's family. And we are to bear each other's burdens. So, I check your blog daily so I can pray for you. But more often than not, you have blessed ME!

So, I guess your blog is like Olive Garden...when you are here, you're family!

Best wishes for this new year!

The Wagner Family said...

I read about your story through a prayer request on a releatives blog. I found myself glued to your story as I prayed for your family. I still check on you all daily with a link from my blog and feel so blessed to have been let in on your daily walks of faith. You both amaze me and Gwenyth is so lucky to be able to grow up in such a god loving family. Your faith and your willingness to turn everything overto the Lord has truly strenghtened me in my walk with Christ. Thank You and God Bless you and your family!

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Donna said...

I began reading your site a few days after receiving a prayer request for your family from my friend, Lori. I continue to read as I have found that your blog, and others I have found through your site, provide a witness that I need.

Tracy said...

Sorry my typo above..
I was given the link from a friend around the first week in February. She sent it so I could pray for you all, and I have been coming every day since. I thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives, your family has been such an inspiration for me and my three sons.

A Jersey Girl said...

I found you through another blog I read, asking for prayers, so I popped over to read your story; It was just days after your sweet little miracle arrived. I stayed up much of the night catching up on your story(crying alot along the way). But since that first visit, I have smiled almost as many times when reading. Your story has encouraged me to find my way back to the church and for that I will never be able to thank you enough.

I stay because your story is incredible and so uplifting- pictures of your super cute baby don't hurt:)

AlaneM said...

I saw a link to you on another blog & from the first line I read I was hooked. I'm so glad you chose to share your story with us. You have blessed me in so many ways, & I love to see the progress you all have made. I especially love to see new pics of your lil rose :)
God bless!

HappyFLMom said...

I came by following a link on someone else's site. Truthfully, I had no idea what you were all about. What got me was your title "Confessions of a CF Husband". I had no idea what CF stood for, but I was intrigued and wanted to find out. Find out I did and I've been here ever since.

I usu read you in my Google reader, but occasionally come out to comment. I fell in love with your family and your story broke my heart in half. I've been praying for you all for so long now that it seems like you're part of my life. Your walk through storms has strengthened my faith in God and my prayer life took the heck off in 2008 in part due to your story. I have interceded for you on many occasions and when that happens you can't help but be drawn into a closer relationship with God.

You are a blessing to me. That's why I stick around.

Heidi Reed
www.candidchatter.wordpress.com

Tyler's Mommy said...

I found your blog through my friend Briana, who links to you (www.lifewithboysandagirl.com/) and I stick around because I, myself, was a premie and I love hearing the stories about Gwen...plus, I'm just amazed at the love between you and Tricia and you seem so cool and down to earth (And I think we're all around the same age!)...itsallaboutty.blogspot.com

Vic said...

I don't remember how exactly I found your blog. But last year when I found it I was in the hospital for a month and I remember finding hope in your posts. I became hooked and I was always praying. So I started following it and soon I started telling my mom about your blog and soon she began asking about it. And through our own valleys of me being sick we found a new found hope and encouragement from your blog and it helped me continue to grow spiritually and mentally. You guys have inspired our whole family and I come back so I can continue to find hope and faith and see how God is moving through other people's valleys of life. Since I started reading your blog I have found a lot of interest in CF and I have read two stories about CF one of which just came to an end this past week. It has been amazing to see these stories of love and hope that CF patients bring. I find that CF isn't a disease so much as it is a statement to say- I am a among some of the strongest people in the world who find hope and faith in the smallest "wins" every day. Thank you for sharing your life and story with the world. I will continue to read as you continue to post.

knuts2knit said...

hmmm. . I think someone posted something on a preemie board requesting prayers for you guys when you found out that Gwyneth would be inevitably be arriving soon. Our 30 weeker was born in June of 2006. I am amazed at how well Gwyneth has done being born so much earlier than our Ally. Ally has had a rougher road than most 30 weekers but is now a healthy and very happy two and a half years old! I stick with you because I'm in love with you guys! If I ever would run into you guys, I'd probably squeal and make you feel like celebrities. (but I bet you're used to that by now, eh?) So real, so inspirational. . reminds me of what is important in life. . and I will continue to peek into your little world on a daily basis. .just so you know :)
((HUGS)) from Ohio Ellen

gbbecky said...

I found a link on splitcoast stampsrs last year, and have been reading and praying for your family daily ever since. Your family is truly an inspriation

Rebecca said...

When you publicly announced Tricia's pregnancy, Jordan and Patience blogged about it. I read Jordan and Patience's blog. (I'm not sure how I found their blog.) Anyway, I hopped over and have been here ever since... :)

Carrie said...

I heard about your blog from CF.com. I stay because I love to hear about how other CFers live and thrive.

Jenn said...

I don't remember how I found your site... but I hung around to hear what God is doing for you and your family. I have a very dear friend (my Nathan) who has CF and is now waiting to be assessed at Duke. I've been able to share your story with my friends too.

I love that God is bigger than our disease, our circumstance, and the details. I love that He works them out too!

Clair said...

Hi, I found your blog following a stream of other blogs (you know how it is) and somehow got stuck. I've stuck with you because I know a teenager with CF and have 3 young girls (4,3 and 9 months) so wanted to know more about you (how nosy!)

I love to see how Gwyneth is growing and always glad to hear when things go well- it gives my heart a little leap that the world is a good place.

I know you guys believe deeply in god but i don't have that faith but somehow watching you overcome makes me think someone out there is looking after you and your family.

Sending Love,

Clair & Family,
Scotland

Jo-Ann said...

I can't remember how I came to your blog but I stop by often to see how things are going. You have blessed me with your strength and faith as we just recently had a granddaughter born at 25 weeks 1 lb 9 oz and today she's going home with Mommy & Daddy. I told my daughter about your blog and she's been comparing her baby's progress with Gwyneth's. She's going home on oxygen too.

Shannon said...

I got an email from a friend with your blog on it. I've read it everyday since and prayed for you all. I found some wonderful blog friends through this site, some that have helped me grieve the loss of my daughter in 12/06.

Jill said...

I started reading your blog when my high school friend, Jessica Claire, took beautiful photos of your family! I've spent hours going over previous posts and you have become regulars in my prayers. I am glad this year begins with good news and blessings for you all. Happy New Year!

Scott and Kari said...

I came across your blog through reading Mckmama's blog. I check it often and thank God for his miraculous hand in your lives.

InDeeds said...

I don't remember how I found your blog....but I stay cause I love reading stories that show off the grace and healing power of God! And cause the pictures of Gwyneth are adorable :-)

Cindy in GA said...

I can't even remember now how I first found your blog - it may have been a link from another blog or else someone mentioned it on the Sonlight Curriculum forums I frequent. However, I've been praying for all 3 of you ever since! Why have I stuck around and come back nearly every day since to see how you and Tricia and Gwyneth are doing? How could I not? :o) I admire your strong faith, your dedication, and your integrity. I get attached to baby stories pretty easily too, plus I'm a NC native and knew lots of the places you mentioned. And once you start praying for someone, it's pretty easy to feel personally involved in their story. Thanks for sharing your lives with us and giving us the opportunity to join you in prayer.

Sara said...

I found your site through the blogger awards. I have been following you since. Your family is truly an inspiration and your faith has brought me and my family closer to ours. I look forward to following your blog for many many years to come and watching Gwyneth grow!

Melissa said...

I found you through Angie Smith's blog while reading comments on the day of Tricia's transplant. One commenter directed people to your blog. I've been following and praying every since then. I've stayed because your story of faith through adversity and uncertainty was one that I couldn't stay away from. Your story of dependence and trust is, very simply, captivating. And more than that, I think it reminds us all of the fact that God's ultimate story of redemption and healing and grace includes us all and that His story is the most captivating of all. Our simple earthly minds find it easier, it seems, to see and understand visible earthly pictures that display that truth. Probably why Jesus taught eternal truths through parables.

Oh yeah, I've probably also stayed because it's so fun to see your adorable Gwyneth grow and to see Tricia healthy and happy. My husband kids my daughter and me because we check in on you all frequently and we talk about you as if your are dear friends or family. And you all feel like that in so many ways.

Jen said...

I found your blog because I was googling stuff about transplants sometime in February. I am currently on the transplant list in FL and I instantly got hooked on your blog checking everyday hoping that Tricia would get her transplant and she did! Hopefully 2009 will be my year! :)

Nichole said...

I actually can't remember how I came to your blog but I do know why I keep coming back. You both are a reminder to me to not sweat the small stuff in my daily life and to always trust that God has gone before me and will never forsake me. To hug my husband and son a little tighter and to cherish the time I have with them!

Cindy B said...

Friends of mine told me your story ( http://65lbs.blogspot.com/ ). Since then I have been a reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story.

Dana D said...

I think I found your blog via Boothe's Keeping Awake blog.

I guess I've stuck around because, let's face it, everyone loves a happy ending!!!

kerrie said...

I first came to the blog after I saw a request to pray and link to it from a friend's face book page. She is a Cfer. It is amazing just the difference a year makes. Hopefully in the coming years more and more people across the world will become educated about CF and we can do something to find a cure!

Kellee Flatt said...

I got hooked because a friend of a friend. A friend of mine long ago posted the story of Jordan and Patience Leino. I was hooked on them and their story. One day they posted a blip about your story... and once again I was hooked. I've stayed around because of the challenges to see how God can and will work... and because your story is amazing. It's one I've enjoyed telling and keeping my Sunday School class informed of. Now, you're just part of my daily routine.

Justin said...

I found your blog through another blogger and have been hooked ever since. Im also a die hard Redskins fan!! :D

linda said...

I heard about your blog from a prayer request on a blog that I follow. I got hooked on your posts and would be waiting for each followup. I loved the fact you were a Christian and professed that openly and admired the strength that God gave you and Tricia. I am a Child Psychology teacher at a high school and have been able to use your blog and pictures of Gwenyth as a premie in my classroom. Thanks for sharing your lives and I will continue to pray.

Just Me - MJ said...

Found you through a poster at one of the parenting sites I go to (Tricia's sister Meg's favorite online place!). Stuck around b/c I have a preemie, too (though nowhere near as early as Gwyneth was born) and have enjoyed praying for and hearing about you all over the past 13 months. You enlighten me with your faith and trust in God and your blog/lifestory puts my struggles into perspective.

Thank you for sharing yourselves and best wishes for another blessed year!

Stacy said...

I don't remeber how I got here...probably another Christian blogger, but I have read every post you have written since last Janurary. You're on my "read every day - don't skip" blog list.

Blessing,
Stacy
Tampa, FL

Cristi said...

My daughter gave birth to a preemie in January 08 and I did internet searches to learn as much as I could about them. That is how I found your story and was interested and prayed for your preemie as well as ours.

MadFamofFive said...

I started reading when refered by a friend in June.

I stayed because I find it very interesting to read a blog from the male perspective about his family and his love for his wife.

Keep on bloggin'
Melissa, from Illinois

Liz Davis said...

My daughter told me about your blog about a year ago and I was so moved and encouraged by your testimony of trust in the Lord and God's faithfulness that I wanted to keep up with you to pray for you and find out how things were going. Interestingly, this morning I actually went back to the first time you started your blog and read the entries up till Tricia's transplant surgery. I know you must be awed and amazed at where y'all are today. Praise His holy and awesome name!

Diana said...

I have NO idea how I found your blog but I stay as your family is AMAZING!!! I so admire all of you. Praying for a GREAT 2009 for ALL of you.

grey like snuffie said...

Good glory honey, I barely remember 5 minutes ago, so I don't have a clue how I found you, except the hand of God. I LOVE to pray and He has kept a burden on me to pray and keep checking even though the worst seems past. Plus posts like your last one are GOOD for the soul---altar moments to remember how I've seen God move. This blog is a praise to Him in your lives.

grey like snuffie said...

Oh and if you or your readers want to check out a family with a young one battling for health, parents dealing with a lot who could use a lot of prayer you should check out this family...
http://gavinowens.blogspot.com/

Jessie said...

I had been on the forum at WT.com for a while and happened upon your blog from there. I've been reading ever since last year when everything happened. I have continued to pray for you guys through it all so I'm interested to see what God is doing in your life.
:D

Janelle said...

i have no idea how i came across your blog - no idea who sent me here...but i believe i've been checking your blog since the end of December last year (2007 i mean! haha). And i've stuck around because the way you write about the love you have for your wife, and your beautiful little girl just inspires me & touches my heart. i read during the days when you were not sure if your family would make it through...how you carried yourself & stuck beside Trish's side during those days was amazing! i really hope there are more men in the world like you. thank you for being open, and for letting so many know about the Faithfulness of our God. soooo happy your family is where it is right now...HAPPY. :)

Drew's Mom said...

I found you through Sarah Furlogh's site; I've kept reading because I think your faith is inspiring.

Debs said...

Could you have been the Blog of Note?
Although compassion and desire to pray for your family's needs keep most of us here; I, also, think that observing how another Christian family handles crisis and trials somehow encourages us in our own trials.

Leah C said...

I came to your blog right after Gwyneth's birth. I had heard about you all and prayed for you through a friend on a web board I am a member of. I was very inspired by the testimony that you shared through your posts.
I also felt a connection with your story because I have a good friend whose two sons have CF.
I have been reading ever since and have prayed for you all and rejoiced with you all through all the ups and downs.
Happy Anniversary! :-)

suzannanana said...

Not sure how I found you, but I am glad I did. I love to follow your family and admire all of you. I pray 2009 is a wonderful and less eventful year! God Bless,

Emily said...

I've been following for the past year, too. We are a China adoption family and one of the blogs I follow had posted asking for prayer for you guys right before Gwyneth was born. I clicked over and read back to get myself caught up with your story. I'm pretty sure I haven't missed a post since! Thanks for sharing your journey- and your heart- with all of us in "cyberland" your story is so inspiring! Please know you are in my prayers. And happy early birthday, sweet Gwyneth Rose!

Miss Skylar Marie said...

I found your Blog through a friend's blog. Love to keep up with your story. Your blog is an inspiration to appreciate life when I forget to! I have a family now and it is just the most important, precious thing in life! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!

The Gang's Momma said...

I heard about your blog from a friend whose husband is friends with someone in your family. Started reading occasionally, got hooked and put you on my Reader. I have LOVED being challenged, being encouraged, and being knocked upside the head with the goodness of God that I read here every day. You guys are such an awesome testimony of the faithfulness of our Father and I have sent many, many friends your way. Thanks for always cutting through the "stuff" of life and coming back to what really matters.

Candi said...

I started coming by because Carolyn is our Pastor's daughter (from church back home in NY) and my family passed it on to me. So I have enjoyed praying for you with everyone else, watching Gwyneth grown and following as Tricia continues to be very strong! Won't be leaving anytime soon!

Lauren Limón said...

Nosey ole Facebook informed me that a friend joined your group...just a few days after Gwyneth was born. I've been hooked ever since and I stayed up all night not-sleeping both for Tricia's dry run and her actual transplant. I appreciate that you've kept us all informed of your many many trials and triumphs. I believe it's your positive outlook, and honesty, that have kept me coming back daily!

PletcherFamily said...

A cousin of mine posted your blog on her blog, and I have been here ever since! I have followed since right before Tricia got her transplant. It is amazing to see how your life has changed and your baby has grown.

Kim W said...

I found your blog thru a friend's blog. I stayed to see how God responded and continues to respond to our prayers. What an awesome God story you all have to share. I'm still here 'cause I can't get enough of that little cutie, Gwyneth!
I wish you all-Nate, Tricia & Gwyneth-a Blessed New Year and keep on blogging! - Kim W in Alabama

Paulette said...

I came right after Gwyneth's birth, and frankly I felt like I needed to be a prayer warrior for ya'll. I also noticed and the reason I have stayed is because your story is one of Hope and victory as opposed to negativity, how God shone brightly in the midst of tough tough days.
Ya'll are like friends and I love to come and visit and make sure everyone is still ok, too see if there are other prayer needs.
I pray the Lord blesses ya'll this next new year.

Bethany said...

I don't remember how I found your blog but I've probably been reading for close to a year now. I've been praying for your family the whole time and enjoy your blog!

BrunetteKoala said...

One of my friends from my church here in Edinburgh e-mailed me telling me to head to your blog. I often get people asking me to intercede for people dealing with medical issues - particularly when pregnancy/babies are involved as I used to study maternal and child health at a medical school and now work in a pregnancy counselling centre.

I spent a whole night backtracking through every single one of your posts from January-April just totally humbled, awed and inspired and have been praying for you guys ever since.

I now read your sister-in-law's blog too, and I guess because you all seem so down to earth, but I've loved seeing how your faith has been lived out.

God has continued to prompt me at times to pray for your family fairly often so I've kept coming back to for inspiration while doing so.

MelArcile said...

I found your site on facebook - through a group called Praying for Nate, Tricia, and their baby. I was hooked immediately. What an amazing story of God's love and faithfulness. I continue to check in on you and your family daily, thrilled that the days of multiple posts(from back in the hospital) and prayer requests are gone. I love seeing little Gwyneth grow through the pictures on your blog, and I'm looking forward to celebrating her birthday in a few days with a prayer of thanks.
Melissa

linlassie said...

I can't recall how I found my way here. However reading your story about Tricia and the Gwyneth tugged at my heart and I have been praying for you all since. I started reading about 2 weeks after Gwyneth was born and I return daily always looking for good news.

Here is to a year filled with blessings and joy for you all.

Carol Lee said...

Your family is beautiful and I was riveted from the moment I saw your blog. I'm not a big pray-er I don't think, but I did pray that you and Tricia got a chance to be parents to your daughter and I love that you are so open and let people into your lives. I never gave CF a second thought before I knew about your family, but now it's on my list of causes that I contribute to when I have extra money. I also became an organ donor.

Julie said...

found you through a friend's blog...stuck around because hearing about how faithful God is to show His light when it is dark never gets old...

Rhonda B said...

I came to your blog through another blog and I'm not sure how she came upon it. I continued to read because my husband also has CF. We were due with our first child January 9, 2008. We had gotten pregnant through IVF and it was a long process. I started reading just after Gwen was born. I could understand some of the things that you had gone through and would continue to go through. The Lord places people in our lives for His almighty reason. My husband was brought to my life just as your wife was brought to you.

Catherine said...

It's funny that you ask this as I asked myself the same question when I was reading your 2008 post earlier today. I'm thinking it was through another friend's adoption blog but that's a total guess.

Still praying and praising!

Joyful Heart said...

I came across your blog on WellTellMe under the prayer thread and quickly the Holy Spirit led me to pray for the three of you daily. I was drawn to your love of the Lord, your wife, your unborn child and your wit! Your faith shines through your blog- you are a light even when you may have felt dimmed.

StansberryPhotography said...

Nate... I think I came to your blog from another blog I just sort of happened upon. I didn't get to your story until G was about a month old and was about the same time we found out we were pregnant! So anyway... i enjoy catching up on your lives and keeping you all in our prayers AND I also love to see your pictures! You have lots of talent AND from what I read... you are a great dad and husband!

Curlyqfun said...

I found you through a friends blog a year ago this month.

Your strength and honesty kept me coming back. Your brutal honesty and focus on God gave me so much faith. You are a testimony to all who read.

I love checking in and seeing how your family is doing/growing. It is just a miracle what God has done in your lives! And I feel honored to be part of it through your blog.

Thanks for sharing your story!!!

Heidi said...

I learned about your family a year ago through a yahoo group I belong to, micro-preemie blog moms (and dads!) Our preemie showed up at 23 weeks gestation in January 2005 and as you are learning, the anniversaries come with a great deal of emotion and reflection. It was inspiring to read your story as I struggled with the memories of our son's arrival and celebrated how far we have journeyed since then. He's turning four this month and we are grateful for the daily joy (and challenges!) he brings us. :)

Missy Myers said...

My dear friend Jennifer introduced me to your story while I was visiting in Raleigh. I fell in love with your family and cried the day that Tricia got her lungs. I met the two of you in Raleigh for a CF walk that I decided to attend on a whim after seeing it posted on your site and knowing that Jennifer would go too. I'm still following your lives through this virtual voyeurism and wishing you all the best through each day. OH! and if you send me an e-mail (ncbrnidgrl@yahoo.com,) the place I work does a line of products with proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and I'd love to send some out to Tricia. :o) *hugs&love*

jess said...

I clicked over from somewhere sometime before Gwyneth was born, I have no idea what blog it was though! I've been following your story since then.

I keep coming because I like you guys. :) I feel like we'd be friends if I knew you IRL. Keep writing!

andiewade said...

i heard about your blog from my old roommate's blog. i was pregnant at the time with my son and due the next month. us mommies gotta stick together.

Laura said...

i'm a nicu nurse and also mommy to my very own 1pound wonder. he will be turning 7 year's old in a few days

Nicole Collins said...

I learned about your incredible family through some friends at church, C3. You're love for God shines through in all of your posts. Seeing how faithful you all remain in all types of circumstances taught me how to be faithful through my son's journey with autism. Words can not describe how much your blog inspires me!
Nicole

hlsst7 said...

I found your site from this blog when they requested prayers for Tricia.

http://jeffandabbey2001.blogspot.com/2008/04/hey-reed-whats-up-with-your-belly.html

Robin said...

Nate, I am not exactly sure which site lead me to the Lawrenson blog, but I do know that I have been following since the day Tricia was taken to surgery which resulted in the arrival of Gwyneth. I have followed your story religiously. What has kept me around is what has kept many around and that is the incredible love, devotion, and dedication you have for your girls and the faith you have in God. I love the way you write and your positive message when it would be so easy for you to say "why me". Although I certainly don't think you are some unbreakable super hero, because I am sure you have days where you bury your head and cry for the pain Tricia has endured, knowing that you can't take the pain away. Gwyneth is so precious and has made so many strides to be where she is today. Tricia amazes me daily as well. I wish both Tricia and Gwyneth continued progress! and look forward to all of your updates. One more thing.....your humor is GREAT! Take Care and Happy New Year to all of you! Here's to a New Year that doesn't have the bumps, mountains, walls, etc. to navigate around, unlike 2008. I think you all are a remarkable family.

Kalena Hanke said...

This is a good opportunity to delurk myself. This time last year my best friend was pregnant. I love to read and began soaking up any and every pregnant blog site I could find. Her baby boy, Andrew, and Gwyneth were due the same day. That's when I fell in obsession with your story. Needless to say my friend's baby kept the the due date that they both should have had and is healthy. You have quite an amazing story and I will continue to pray for you and your family!

Deanna said...

Because.

An incredible story about love & faith.

Judy - Scottsdale,AZ said...

Came to your site through a friend in Ely, MN. I had a cousin with CF and was very interested in Tricia's recovery. Needless to say, I love your little girl!! Best wishes to you and your family in 2009. Your blog is a pleasure to read!

Beebe said...

I came to your blog through someone posting a link on myspace requesting prayer for your family. Have been hooked since. Love reading about your family journey. Has been a blessing to me...thanks:)

Judy said...

Came to the site because a church friend sent it out for us to read...followed it because of your love for God and your family and saw how is mighty hand has been upon your family as you continue in obedience to His word. May God continue to bless you in 2009!

Emily said...

I started reading because I have a friend that has CF and had a double lung transplant a few years ago...while reading her blog she linked to you and I've been hooked ever since! God has answered many prayers for you guys and I will keep praying!

Catherine said...

I found your blog through my online friends from the forums at crosswalk.com

I stick around because your story is fascinating.

Aspiemom said...

Tricia mentioned your blog when she was blogging on cf.com and that's how I came to visit here.

I return because I love you guys!

-stephanie- said...

I got an e-mail to pray for baby lieno, and while following that blog, we were asked to pray for your family, and I've been stuck ever since. Why? I was intrigued by your faith and by watching God perform miracle after miracle. And He still continues to do so.

Carol said...

I found your blog through a prayer appeal on the blog of a friend of one of your sisters-in-law. It was an earnest and simple appeal. I came here and was struck by your and Tricia's faith - it was powerful and I wanted to help through prayer. I told many many people to join in my prayers for your family and hung on every update. That I have been here ever since is a testament to your and Tricia's unconditional faith, the faith of your followers, the miracle of your story, your ability to share joy and hope and amazing things and silly things, your sense of humor, your story-telling ability (did you ever finish the story of your courtship?) your videos (it was so great, for instance, to hear Tricia speaking) and photographs (the amazing progress of Gwyneth and Tricia).... on and on. You two taught me so much about faith by your example and that made events in my life this year easier. I am truly rejoicing to see your family where it is today.

Sara said...

Not sure how I continue to lurk (read always, comment rarely) because your lives are full of faith that is true to The Father through the trials and found it encouraging to watch your miracle daughter make great strides as we were working to conceive our own miracle gave me hope. Watching your wife face a different strain of the same cancer that I beat, I prayed how I knew to pray from my experience. I never understood when others expressed their encouragement through my faith through my cancer until I found encouragement through yours and Trish's faith through hers. And now, seeing your joyful Christmas season is an amazing testament to the grace and faithfulness of Christ! Happy New Year!

Heather said...

Why I came: You all needed prayers, badly, according to a post on a message board I visit.

Why I stayed: In part to know who it was I was praying for, and in part because your lives are so full of strength, hope, and love that it was impossible not to check in each day!

Laurie in Ca. said...

I found you guys on someone elses blog and I knew you needed a miracle to pull through. I am still here because I just love miracles and I have been amazed by yours for over a year now. It just keeps going and going and going. I pray it never stops. You guys are my heroes and I just love the three of you.

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.

Auntie KK said...

I found your blog through a blurb on my niece's blog. She's a NICU nurse and asked for prayer for you guys. I think that was in early February. I was hooked immediately!
I have been more than blessed by watching what God has done in your lives. I've cried, cheered, despaired, laughed, hoped and found so much encouragement through your faith. I check in at least three times daily! I can't NOT check in! Please know that God is using your blog as a powerful and awesome tool, for HIS glory.
AMEN!

The Riggs Family said...

Came to the site through a link on a friend's blog. We have a daughter about the same age as Gwyneth. We've been praying for you ever since. My husband works for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so he was particularly interested in Tricia's progress. We've stuck around because it's fun to watch your little one grow and we really enjoy your photography and hearing more of your story. Still praying too.

Jamie said...

I found your blog through MckMama's blog. Stayed because I fell in love with your family and am amazed by what a good hubby/father you are! Thanks for sharing your life with us.

Maridon said...

Saw your link on MckMama's blog page... whose page I ended up on b/c a link to MCK was on my cousins webpage! Your story & your faith is so uplifting to read about, especially in a world so increasingly self centered & not Christ and faith centered... so, I'm hooked. Forever ;) Have been praying for you all ever since.

jessicagv said...

I found the blog at random when I was surfing around after emailing some pictures to family of my son's second birthday.

The day was January 8th, 2008.

You can imagine why I was hooked and why I kept coming back.

Jes

gmomof7 said...

I saw a link on a Blog, and the rest is history. I don't check in everyday but most I do, then some days it's a couple times a day. My 7 kids and Husband know all about you and I've read it with them by me and they just love the "baby".I'm in awe over your faith and trust and it has help me over the last year.

gmomof7

Linda said...

I received an e-mail from a friend of mine with the link to your site. I believe she got it through some of the adoption sites she frequents. I started reading before Gwyneth was born and have followed faithfully since. I am so inspired by your family's faith in our awesome God . . . you are a role model to so many people as we see how your faith carries you through both the good and the difficult times. I pray for you often and will continue to do so AND frequent your site. I bet I check it several times a day for updates and am so disappointed when there isn't one(which isn't often!). I feel like I know you all! God bless!

Trisha said...

Wow! I was told about your blog from a woman I bought cloth diapers from! LOL Strange right?

Your stories have made me laugh and cry. Sometimes to a point of sobbing!

You all are in inspiration and a total testimony of God's love!

God Bless you and may you have an UNevenful 2009. We will stay and read even if it is just uneventful stuff!

Trisha

Abbey said...

I don't remember exactly where I found you all, but I know there was a link on another site. Your journey this last year is amazing and very inspiring. You have an incredible wife and a beautiful daughter and their success this year is wonderful. I also have to say they are lucky to have such a caring, sweet Dad. Nate, you're a gem and I'll be visiting your family as long as you're willing to share your story. I already appreciate my children so much, but your New Years post made me stop and kiss them for the hundreth time yesterday.

The Country Mouse said...

A church friend told me about your blog when my newborn son was diagnosed with CF in August 08. I stay because I love the pictures of Gwyneth and I think you're funny. Sometimes I think about not combine back because I can't decide whether watching Tricia's CF journey is giving me hope or scaring the daylights out of me. But so far, I'm still here.

Carlie said...

I found your blog through a Parenting website in Australia. I was browsing through and noticed a Topic that read something like "Have you been following CF Husband, today might be the day!" There was just a link that I couldn't resist and the rest is history. I find it inspiring the strength you have through your beliefs and the love you have for your family. I cried reading yesterdays post, seeing how far you have all come.

Laura said...

I started reading your blog around the first of the year last year, one of my friends directed me to your blog. I stuck with reading because I love reading the story of your life. God has definately blessed your family!! Happy New Year and I hope it's a great one for you and your family!

Amy E. said...

I came to learn about your blog thru a friend. We have good friends whose daughter has CF..she is now 18 months old..but a year ago we were all trying to learn all we could about CF and how we could support our friends. And VOILA..she found you..and passed on your blog. Blessings have poured from your posts and prayers are on-going. Thanks so much and may God's blessings be even more abundant in 2009.

Audrey CF UK said...

I found your blog through the CF trust site in the UK.

I felt I had something in common with Tricia with the CF and pregnancy. My lungs are pretty good though, it was my liver that was damaged by CF and I was diagnosed with liver cancer when I was 3 months pregnant.

Like Tricia, I'm still here, still fighting and loving being a mum.

I also have an amazing husband - though not a blogging one :-)

Tricia's strength is an inspiration, even when I'm feeling at my strongest.

I'm really grateful for you sharing your experiences.

Elisha said...

I found your blog through someone elses... not even sure whos. And I have stuck around partially due to boredom. lol. And the fact that I find your writing/photography/story witty/interesting/inspirational.

Keep it up. And FYI. you are so lucky to have a happy teether! I had two and wasnt so lucky the 3rd time around.My poor little guy gets sooo sick when hes teething.

Julie Miles said...

I came to your site by a link on the Leino's site. I've continued checking your site to follow your family's miraculous story and be able to keep up with praying for you. Also, having had a baby with the same heart defect as the Leino's, I have someone of an understanding of what it's like to "live" in a hospital while watching nurses and doctors take care of your loved ones.

Julie Miles

btmouse-ears said...

My mom introduced me to your blog. It started out as something to read and briefly pray about, but quickly became a large part of my life. As I watch the Lord answer my prayers about you guys, I can't help realize that your life has changed me and brought me closer to God. The faith you display reminds me that our God is certainly a God worthy of all trust. Your blog has also inspired me to write my own as the Lord has blessed me with one of the biggest adventures yet (if you get bored, check it out at http://imagine-me-inears.blogspot.com/).

Trish said...

I just wanted to let you know that you guys are such an inspiration. I started reading your blog when a friend from church in Delaware, Ohio...Emily Awbrey sent out a prayer request. I believe Emily's sister was good friends with Tricia growing up. I don't know what her maiden name was but I'm pretty sure that is the connection. Anyway, I was pregnant at the time with my second child. Rachel was born May 1st. I also read that you went to Liberty. I graduated from there in 2001. Anyway, thanks for encouraging me in my faith because of your faithfullness.

April said...

I don't remember the exact date I began following your story. My friend, Amy @ Amy's Random Thoughts told me about your story. Once I started reading I got hooked completely. I am a carrier for CF, so that touched a nerve with me. Your faith was (is) amazing and inspiring. I have continued to follow because I have fallen in love with your family. It is amazing to watch Gwyneth grow and blossom!! Your family is in my thoughts daily and your blog is one of the first I check after being away from the computer for days!
I pray a calm, "normal" year for you and your family this year!!!

Kristi said...

I heard of you through a my best friend Meredith Andrews, a mutual friend of ours I believe. Also Juan Dugan is a friend of mine who has referenced you from time to time. I started reading the blog and praying sometime in September of 2007. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, it is so great to celebrate God's faithfulness and the work of His hand in your lives. :)....and I live in N.C., rock on!

Sharon S. said...

A church member asked for your blog to be posted on the executive pastor's church blog (Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia). That's how I found you. I believe it was just a day or two before Gwyneth was born. God sure has used your story for His glory! Praise the Lord!

ccatk22 said...

I found out about your story from the CT freq boards. I never wrote anything but read everything there. A month after reading about you my own child died in Dec. 2007 and I thought it would be a good idea to keep following your story and pray. God bless you.

Sarah said...

Hi Nate,
I found your blog through a post on Babycenter.com. I visit here usually once or twice a day because your story is so inspiring... and because I'm addicted to reading blogs. ;) Wishing you continued great health in 2009!

Joyful said...

My friend Catherine (she commented at 3:36 today) wrote a post on her blog requesting prayer for Tricia on April 2nd and I've been checking in daily since then. I was a premie twin, born at 25 weeks, many years ago - 46 to be exact and the Dr's gave no hope for either of our survival. I also had a friend Tricia with CF who passed away and so I have identified with so much of your writing here. It has been wonderful to pray for you and see God answering in so many ways. Your trust in the Lord is evident in all your life. May the Lord continue to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.

Blessings,
Joy

Estelle said...

I am proud to say that I have been reading even before you were ultra popular! I found your link from another blogger's bloglist who I also read

Why do I read your blog? Well I would say I am mildly addicted to your story ... from it I find inspiration and good laughs.

Unni said...

I found a link to your blog in a quilters blog while I was "blog-hopping" through a lot of different sites. Your story moved me, and I am a premie my self, so I was kind of caught. Been here almost every day since, and find your story and pics still catching. Been here since your little girl was about 13 weeks, and she grows to be just beatiful. Just keep on posting and I will be there.

I'm not a blogger myself,and will probably not be one, but never the less, I love your blog!

Tammy said...

I got here through a touching post about your family from Sarah Smith's blog. We too are patients at Duke, so we shared a common bond. I stayed because your story captivated my heart, and Gwyneth being born on my birthday didn't hurt either! I am so grateful you three are where you are today!

Kristin said...

I found it on one of my friends page. I am in Riverside CA. I attend Harvest Christian Fellowship where my dad is one of the pastors there. I was so blessed by reading all the updates that I became addicted :) Now I can't wait to see pictures as Gwyneth grows and develops.

MaryBeth said...

I found your blog through a fellow triplet mom's blog, I think... way back just before Gwyneth was born. I continue to come back because I love reading about all the ways God is blessing you guys!

Jane-Jane said...

on December 4th, 2007 I was checking in at Baby Leino. I had been praying for them since mid-March and wanted to see if they had posted lately. They had. They had posted a prayer request on either the 3rd or the 4th of December for their friends. I clicked on the link they had and found your family.
Praying for others is one of my favorite parts of my day. Your writing, along with your down to earth walk with God has been awesome to follow.
Learning the medical aspects has been interesting too.
And, well, your girls are so precious, beautiful and lovable...how could I not come back daily!?!

katherine said...

I think I got your link through another blog. Seeing you persevere and cling to God's promises has totally been such an example for me, as I too learn to trust God with everything.

jaasperanna89 said...

Being a UK reader, I was in the US for a semester abroad, and I originally 'stumbled' across your blog as one of my friends joined a 'tricia and nate and baby prayer' group on facebook.
Being the procrastinating student that I am, I immediately clicked on the link and started reading on the day after Gwyneth was born.
As a former preemie (twin) myself, and as someone who aspires to be a doctor; I was hooked. Even though I didn't know you or your family, I found such joy in spending those few minutes a day inbetween lectures just reading about how you all were doing and how God was working so amazingly thru all the setbacks and thru the medical miracles.
It makes me so happy that even though your journey is nowhere near its end; how different and how much more positive the beginning of 2009 is for you and your lovely family.

God bless and have a wonderful, blessed 2009.

Anna

TINA said...

I've been following almost a year I started visiting soon after Gwenyth was born, and I found out about your story from a caringbridge site I follow. I started to follow your blog faithfully because I have a friend who also has CF and recieved a double lung transplant.

cheryl said...

I don't even remember exactly how I found it. Some "mommy blog" that I read had asked for prayer for y'all, and I was hooked at first read. ;o)
I've been following since the beginning of last January.

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

I can`t remember exactly how I came to find your blog. I know I linked off another blog but I don`t remember which one.

It was one of those late night links. I told myself I would link to one more blog and go to bed. As it turned up I was reading your entire story before going to bed.

I don`t remember exactly when. Shortly before transplant. I vividly remember transplant night. I was up for hours, logging on every few minutes. When I would drift off to sleep I would wake up suddenly and have to check the blog.

I have always been curious, do you have stats on how many hits you had transplant night?

sarah. said...

I started reading in September or October of 2007... my husband went to highschool with Patience Leino's sister... so I followed Baby Isaac's journey and then Patience linked to you. Hard to believe it's been over a year...

I've stayed because it's been so cool to see God work and perform miracles... and I've loved watching your family respond to these times of crisis with grace, faith and honesty. And now I just like to see the new pictures of Gwyneth! haha..

Your story has become bigger than you will probably ever know... I remember vacationing in NC and seeing signs welcoming Tricia and Gwyneth home and thinking how crazy it was that I knew who they were!

Thanks for sharing your lives :)

Florida_Mom said...

I read about your story from a message board that Tricia's sister Megan posts on. I've been hooked ever since, even started my own blog for my family back home in England.

My 2009 be a wonderful year full of joy for you and your precious family. Your testimony has blessed me beyond measure. You really should consider writing a book.

In Him
Myra

Carolyn said...

I saw someone on the Beth Moore blog write an entry to pray for you guys and I clicked the link to read the story. My daughter, an 8 year old former preemie (27 weeks), has loved following your story with me, and we have prayed for you all! She thinks Gwyneth is "SO CUTE" and loves to see the pictures! I still regularly check in because I love to see your faith and trust and hope in God; you are real and honest and your testimony is a blessing and encouragement. I am glad to have watched to see the great things God has done and to know that nothing is too hard for Him!

~j~ said...

Cant remember exactly how but I know the Lord directed me clearly. I fell in love with you and Tricia, then Gwyneth and I appreciate you guys so much. To be part of praying for you all has been such an honor and though we have never met, this blog family has become very,very,very important to me, I just love you guys!
thank you....

pblair38 said...

I found your site through your SIL Janet when she posted on SplitCoastStampers.com about your story. I have been reading daily (and then some) since then! I wish I were as dedicated to posting on my blog as you are on yours. :) - Penny

mom2LEAA said...

I'm not sure how i found you, I think I was just surfing sites one night and was guided to your site by a higher power. As for why I keep coming back, your testimony. Your family inspires me to have a closer relationship with the Lord and reminds me that I do not have to be a "perfect Christian", God uses the most broken to show his glory.

Cindy

Kim McGee said...

We began reading a year ago when the DeHart's shared your site with us. We then met you in the NICU the day Gwyneth was born while we visited David. We keep reading because we were very impressed by you and your family when we met you. We keep reading because your story is a miracle and we want to see how God continues to work through your family.

Erica Wilson said...

I found your link on a friend's blog and was touched because our son is/was a premie as well- we spent quite a bit of this year in the NICU with him. I love reading about Gwyneth's development and seeing how she's growing because our son is at just the same place. And of course I love hearing about and praying for Tricia as well!

jessdare said...

I think it was around this time that I started following your blog. It's hard to believe it's only been 1 year. I found a link to your blog from Patience Leino's blog, she was asking for prayer for you guys. I've stuck around because your faith is incredible, I'm also a former premie and I find it neat to read about other premies and their stories.

Faithe said...

I read about your situation on another blog sometime soon after Gwyneth was born, and they were requesting prayer for y'all. I've stuck around, reading every entry since then, captured by your faith, courage and perseverance. You are all 3 VERY SPECIAL people!! You have been a blessing and encouragement to many others.

Kristi said...

We heard your story from Tricia's sister about a year ago. She'd shared it on our message board. Have been an avid follower ever since. Your family is always in my prayers!

Twinkletoes said...

Funny - I was just thinking about that myself...how did I get here? But let me tell you - I am so glad I did. You have really given me a different outlook on LIFE. I am in awe of your positie attitude, even when times are downright tough - you never give up and/or give in. I love how HONEST you are and I admit - I love the pictures too! Keep up the great work!

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