Sunday, October 08, 2006

Snuggling!
Here's a picture from today of Em and Noah snuggling. She got a lot of quality time with her brother today. We had story time and Bible time and sang songs, one of which, of course, was "Baby Face".

Noah's surgery went well last week. We got all his blood and spinal fluid sent off to the labs we had researched through a doctor on the outside. It was an 11th hour situation, for sure, as FedEx's last pick up here is at 5pm, so my sister and Em and I drove it over to their store at 6:55, closing time...7pm! Thanks to Tony in the Lab and super nurse, Shellie, for all their hard work in getting that all together! Anyway, while Noah was in surgery I got to pray with some people in the waiting room, waiting on their own loved ones in surgery. DON'T HOLD ME DOWN! Noah had to have another NJ tube put in because when he vomited last week he had aspirated some into his lungs. He's finishing up another round of antibiotics, which, of course, didn't do the job, so he's running another low grade fever. Jason's almost through Proverbs with Noah. It's about raising children, so quite fitting. Em and I are almost through with Psalms with Noah. The docs said we'd be up here a long time because they won't send Noah home on a vent without a homecare nurse, and those are several months out, so, by the time we're done here, we'll probably have the whole Bible read to Noah.

Well, the boys are hanging out tonight while Em and I head home. I'll take her to school in the morning and go work out as I have my best friend's wedding (sleeveless dress) soon! (Can you say, "Post partum?!")

Have a wonderful night and a very blessed week. Look at the hearts of people you encounter rather than the external. You'll see them the way God does and it may just move your heart to action... Posted by Picasa

11 comments:

  1. Annalisa9:24 PM

    Adrienee,

    I was so glad to see your update tonight. I've been thinking about you all since I read your last post Friday morning.

    My son, William, is about the same age as Noah. And like Noah, he has an older sister Audrey (she's four). Every time I hold Will, we say a prayer for you guys. I can't wait for the day to read your blog and see you telling us about being able to cradle him in your arms and rock him for hours.

    There's so much I want to say to you, but the most important is that you are an amazing inspiration - as a mother and as a woman of faith. You've opened your heart and shared this personal journey with us. You have made such an impact on me and my heart and I'm sure there are others who feel the same. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Take care and many well wishes to you all from Oklahoma!
    -Annalisa

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  2. Hey you guys!
    What a precious picture. You can see the endless love in Emily's face. I miss you guys so much. Love and prayers...a billion times over,
    Tonja

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  3. Anonymous10:14 PM

    You are amazing!! God bless you for your constant words of wisdom and generosity. I feel so blessed having "met" you and your beautiful family. I will continue to pray for you all. Thank you for being you...

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  4. Hi Adrienne, Jason, Em & Noah.

    My Name is Regan and I live in Queensland, Australia. I stumbled across your blog this afternoon. My wife is pregnant with our 3rd child and I was looking for baby name meanings as well as re-visiting the meanings of our first two childrens' names, Noah & Aaliyah. Your site came up in the search.

    I was immediately captivated by your story and had to read every post. I can't even begin to imagine how this situation has impacted your family but I am inspired by your unwaivering faith and your complete reliance on God to sustain you.

    I shared your story with my wife, Kirsty, and we wanted to let you know that your family will be in our prayers and we will be encouraging the members of our home group to uplift your family in prayer also.

    Blessings,
    Regan & Kirsty.

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  5. Sweet picture. Noah must love those snuggle times with his big sis.

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  6. That picture is precious!

    Love that you are bathing him in the Word. I pictured the Lord singing over Noah too when you mentioned you and Em were singing.
    Zeph 3:17

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  7. A & J -
    As you know, I've been sharing your story with people whom I know are powerhouse pray-ers. Some of them, however, have confessed that they are "scared" to look at your blog. People like my sister, for example, are so sensitive that seeing something as poignant and REAL as this could almost cripple them. BUT, they still want to keep up to date. Then there are those that barely know how to check email, let alone something as technologically advanced as a "blog."

    SO, every few days I'm putting out a "Cliff Notes" version of your updates and emailing it from my personal account so they can keep abreast of Noah's progress. It's just one more way to get Noah's blessings and needs spread across the globe.

    Meanwhile, beloved baby Sid in NYC is having a tough time. They put a plea out for blood donors because they're wanting to flush out his entire system and replace it with new blood.... Continue to lift them up.

    Loving you,
    Lynette

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  8. Hi Adrienne! I just wanted to say that by reading all your posts I realize that the things of the earth are no match for God. He is so much bigger than our problems. We pray constantly for you guys and are in awe the way your little guy has touched so many. I wonder how many he has touched? I am so glad to hear that Em is coping with this as well as she is. What a great example of reading the bible with her to Noah. You and Jason are wonderful parents and I am praying for a miracle in your life! Lots of love!

    The Pendley's
    Watertown, South Dakota

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  9. Anonymous1:25 PM

    Jason, Adrienne, Em & Noah
    We have known the Graves family for several year and got your blog site a few weeks ago. I am amazed at how God brings His kids together all over the world to pray for each of our needs! I put Noah on our prayer chain at the church we attend and I start my day checking the site so I know the latest prayer needs. God has all of you in His hands and won't let you fall. Our love and prayers are with your entire family. Keep fight the good fight!
    Bill & Dodie Boyd
    Sioux Falls, SD

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  10. I love that lamb!!! Precious pic! I love you all-still praying!

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  11. This picture took my breath away. I stumbled upon your blog yesterday and have spent the last two days reading Noah's story. You are amazing parents, I am left in awe of your grace and strength. Thank you for sharing Noah's powerful story with me.

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