Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on July-28-2007

Oh, I know that little miss Ella is the most important thing we got going, but I figure some of you might want to know how we’re holding up as well =).

Tina was released from the hospital on Thursday the 26th. She’s still a bit sore, but doing well health-wise. Holy cripes what an incredibly strong wife I have! I mean, I knew that I did. Now I REALLY know I do. Also, I know that if men were the ones having babies, we would have died off very quickly after the first generation. God knew what He was doing when He put the responsibility of having babies in the hands of women.

We’re also finally moved into our apartment. It was crazy because we had two trips to make from the hotel, one of those included a cat transfer, and we decided to do this around 10:30pm to be a little stealth with the cats. We had also hoped that it might be a bit cooler, but no coolness in the evening around here. How about 85 degrees @ 10:30 pm with 95% humidity?

Oh yeah, and we were on the third floor in the hotel with a little bit of an elevator assist, but no elevator at the apartment, and we’re on the third floor there as well! I was praying that Ella’s daddy wasn’t going to die with all the steps, heat, and humidity. We were up ’till 1:30am doing the move which explains why we went to visit Ella so late last night. We made it though, and it’s so nice to be moved in here.

How’s daddy holding up? Well, to be honest I would have thought I’d be a total basket case, just an emotional mess seeing all the things I’ve seen. But God has given me a strength that I would have never expected. To be able to stand there and caress my baby’s arm seeing her hooked up to all those machines and not totally ball, isn’t me! For God to give me the strength to sit and pray next to the Mitchell family and not totally lose it as Tracy’s baby boy passes in her arms, not my strength! Let me be clear, it’s not that I’m not being affected emotionally. It’s been an incredibly heavy thing to experience. But the only way I’ve been able to survive, and not be curled up in the fetal position on the floor, is by the strength God has given me, and I know that I know it’s because of the prayer support YOU are providing.

All the emails and comments are so uplifting and give us a taste of home and family when we’re so far away. Thanks to all of you for being there for us.

God bless you all.

Kara Snyder on July 28th, 2007 at 1:49 pm #

Sure wish I could hug you guys right now. And when the shock and needing to get stuff done abates a little it is ok to curl up and cry. That’s when God is rocking us in his arms. Love you a lot.

The Williams on July 28th, 2007 at 4:12 pm #

Glad you’re settled in – could we bug one of you to post your street address there (if that’s an okay request?) The kids send their love and hugs, too; their prayers and tears have been amazing.

Terri Trainer on July 28th, 2007 at 5:26 pm #

We’re so glad to know you guys now have a home and things are trucking along as expected. What a beautiful little girl you have!! Woo hoo!! And Tina, you are a labor SUPER STAR!! THX for keeping the blog updated. I know you guys are very busy, and it can’t be easy recounting everything. Know that it is appreciated by every person who loves you. Hugs – TT

Geoffrey on July 28th, 2007 at 7:01 pm #

Hey you two! Thanks for the parent update. I check the blog everyday at least twice. It’s good to hear how YOU are doing, too. It sounds like you’re both being strong for your little girl. I am so, SO happy to hear that she’s doing well. My thoughts are with you. =-)

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