Posted (Tina) in All Posts on August-9-2007

The past few days have been tough. It has been hard to watch Ella not progressing as much as we’d like to see. Even before we walked into the hospital, I had a good cry.
The Lord knew that we needed a bit of relief.
So when we went tonight, Ella woke up. We had not seen her awake for the past several days. To have a few moments connecting with her was such a gift. Her little eyes were open. She was alert. She was responding to our voices. She was holding onto our hands and gripping hard.
Ella was only awake for a few minutes and then she fell back asleep, resting peacefully. But, this was exactly what we needed. And when it happened, we both knew that it was a gift from Him – a detail so small, yet it transformed our sadness into renewed hope.
As we posted earlier today, please continue to pray throughout this week for Ella’s specific needs.
Below is a little taste of what we saw tonight. The video is about 2 minutes long and you’ll need a high speed internet connection to view it. Enjoy =)

Cristy Overholtzer on August 9th, 2007 at 10:01 pm #

We loved watching the video of little Ella. She is such a cutie pie! We are glad that you got this gift tonight. You and Ella continue to be in our thoughts and prayers!

Eusey Family on August 9th, 2007 at 10:09 pm #

Precious Angel. All of our love and prayers.

Rick, Shan, Megan, Richard, Claire and Ryan

Joel Snyder on August 9th, 2007 at 10:25 pm #

Ella, Thanks for the video of you with Mom and Dad tonight. Keep up the good work and sleep tight and rest. I Love You!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grandpa

Grandma West on August 9th, 2007 at 11:00 pm #

Thank GOD for the tiney things.Seeing Ella grip your hand and watching her move What a blessing For all of us.
Still wishing,Hoping Thinking and praying for you both and our Baby Ella LOVE To you all Grandma WEST

Gloria Butler Jacobsen & Red on August 10th, 2007 at 5:07 am #

What a precious picture,her little hand holding yours so tight.WE will continue to hold on tight with our prayers.Ella is quite the fighter! We continue to pray with the tenacity that is Ella’s. love and continued prayera, Gloria & Red

Fran Jarrett on August 10th, 2007 at 7:32 am #

Although I did not get to view this precious video until this morning what a way to start the day. It is so wonderful to see your sweet Ella grasping your finger. Thank you both so much for sharing this as well as your thoughts and words with us. My love and prayers are with you and Ella. Love and Kisses to all three of you!

Eve Sheridan on August 10th, 2007 at 7:47 am #

Tina and Josh– My heart is with you both and Ella, and I’m praying for Ella’s specific needs to be met. You are an amazing and strong family, and we are lucky to have you as friends. Wishing you strength, peace and positive thoughts.

Chris & Lori Vodnik on August 10th, 2007 at 7:57 am #

Hi Josh and Tina,
I was given this portal prayer and I thought of you two. God Bless you guys.
Portal Prayers ———————–
Jesus wept. John 11:35

We often try to keep a stiff upper lip in the face of sadness, difficulty, or loss. Perhaps we think it’s weak or inappropriate to weep. But Jesus lets us know that it’s okay to cry. Jesus grieves and weeps at the death of His friend Lazarus. He does not try to hide or deny His feelings. His tears flow. Jesus’ tears reveal that He truly is fully human as well as fully divine. He understands the wide range of our human emotions.

Whatever emotions we may experience, we should not hesitate to share them with Christ. When we cry, Christ weeps with us. When we are happy and content, He rejoices with us. When we are angry, upset, disappointed, or melancholy, He is there to listen.

Our emotions truly are gifts from God. But even when we are in the throes of various emotions, God reminds us that our faith is based not on our feelings, but on the truths revealed in His Word. And the truth is that Jesus died for our salvation, our sins are forgiven, and we are children of God. Our moods may change from day to day, but the steadfast love of the Lord remains ours forever.

Help us express our emotions and hold tight to the truth of Your steadfast love, O Lord. Amen.

Grandpa Jack on August 10th, 2007 at 10:08 am #

Ella is a true miracle baby, no doubt touching many hearts with her journey.You both have done a magnificent job chronicling Ella’s story for everyone. Stay strong I believe God hears our many prayers and will improve her condition for the best outcome for her surgery for his glory!!!
Love and kisses to you all
Grandpa Jack and MOM

Heidi on August 10th, 2007 at 10:59 am #

That was simply beautiful 🙂
Thank you for sharing your precious gift with us all. We continue to pray for all of you – you are in our thoughts daily.

The Rainey Family on August 10th, 2007 at 11:35 am #

What a precious video. Thank you for sharing with us this amazing gift God gave you. We are praying for you, and checking in daily to see how baby Ella is doing. The Rainey Family

Lesli Richards on August 10th, 2007 at 12:16 pm #

Wow. We all loved watching her. She is precious. And so is HE…I’m so glad He gave you that gift. Trust in Him.

Joan Odell on August 10th, 2007 at 12:52 pm #

She is so precious – and it is obvious she recognizes you and reacts with so much love to you. The video is just beautiful – prayers and hugs. Joan and Steve

Julie MacDonald (Megan's Godmommy) on August 10th, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

oh my goodness! what a sweet little angel! You must be so proud of how hard she is fighting for you!
Lots of good wishes being sent your way…..Julie

deanna on August 10th, 2007 at 6:05 pm #

ella is so precious i loved watching the video hugs and kisses for all
love deanna

Cathie Firestone on August 10th, 2007 at 6:31 pm #

What an AMAZING gift God has blessed you both with! THANK YOU for sharing your precious little girl with all of us! We continue to pray for all 3 of you, for Dr. Kays and the staff…for strength, wisdom and guidance beyond anything you can imagine.
With Love, The Firestones

mom on August 10th, 2007 at 6:32 pm #

What a joy it was for me to see Sweet
Ella,…awake,…..her eyes open,…& looking at both of you,…and holding her mommy’s hand. Thanks for sharing
the video of your precious little angel.All of our love and prayers
Mom and Grandpa Jack

Dawn on August 10th, 2007 at 6:52 pm #

Oh how exciting!!! Thank you so much for sharing this special moment in time with us. I just want you guys to know that I am thinking about the three of you morning and night. She is truely an angel and she is so lucky to have both of you as her parents. Take care, I love you guys,

monika on August 10th, 2007 at 7:51 pm #

dearest ones tina,josh, baby ella, you are in continuing prayers from us and our loved ones, praising, thanking GOD that HE enfolds us in GRACE in all ways FOR THOU ART WITH ME , PSALM 23 i love you and miss you, monika and family, with heartfelt prayers

Lisa Rowland on August 10th, 2007 at 8:33 pm #

Ella is so beautiful…her long slender fingers…thank you so much for sharing your little miracle. I have called my sisters and family and they are all praying for you and little Ella. Stay strong, I send you all my love, Lisa

kristin on August 12th, 2007 at 8:40 pm #

Ella, you are a gifted angel! Your fingers held on and let go in time with the music! I wonder what instrument will be your favorite. You have the mouth and smile of your mother (your daddy must be saying funny things to you) and those beautiful eyes! Windows of the soul my sweet baby West…you are joy.


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