Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on August-19-2007

Ella had another good night. Most of her episodes, where she gets upset and her stats drop, have been controlled without any paralytics or morphine. This is positive because you want to keep the use of those medications to a minimum. Her overall levels are maintaining nicely, considering all her organs are in her chest, and she really can’t get much cuter =).

Her big day is tomorrow so Tina and I will be here at 6:30am (EST) before she has surgery at 8am (EST). We’ll try to keep posting updates throughout the day.

Please pray for a successful surgery with no complications. This is Ella’s big day!

I put together a quick video with a soundtrack dedicated to Chris Vodnik. Not all the lyrics apply (we’re not leaving our girl tomorrow!) but easy like Sunday morning sums it up. Once again, you’ll need a high speed Internet connection to view the video. Enjoy =)

Char Snyder Jordan on August 19th, 2007 at 12:53 pm #

We stand all amazed at the love we see and the obvious parental concern shown in this video. You two are amazing and the baby is so blessed to have you as parents. We are with you. LOVE, Jim and Char

Auntie Lisa on August 19th, 2007 at 12:54 pm #

Dearest Ella, I am praying for you…don’t give up. I know you are a champion already, or else you would not be here. I pray for you with all my being, my darling…and your parents too.
Auntie Lisa

Joan and Steve Odell on August 19th, 2007 at 12:58 pm #

Just AWESOME!! Prayers have been answered for her rest and peacefulness. She is just darling!! Tomorrow is indeed ‘Ella’s Day’ – we will pray unceasing and check for your updates. Thank you for keeping all of us in the loop and sharing your life with us. Both of you rest well and prayers for everyone’s safe delivery throughout tomorrow. Lord Bless and hugs – Steve and Joan

Heidi on August 19th, 2007 at 1:16 pm #

What a beautiful video – gave me goose bumps just like I was there. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so excited about tomorrow morning. I pray that Ella has a restful night and that tomorrow morning will just be a new beginning for her healing. I am praying for each of you – God’s Blessing to all.

Mollie Rosing on August 19th, 2007 at 2:10 pm #

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful video! Praise God that ella had a good night. We’re definitely praying for Ella’s big day tomorrow and the hands that will be operating on and taking care of her. love, the Rosings

Williamsburg on August 19th, 2007 at 4:06 pm #

Tina, Josh and Ella, you are, as always, in our hearts and prayers, knowing that nothing can come between any of us and the love of Christ our Lord. Sleep well tonight (and Dr. Kays and staff, too!) XOXOXO

Janice & Frank on August 19th, 2007 at 4:06 pm #

Hi you two,we are in Louisiana at Kevins. We are all with you tommorrow, in spirit and we all pray and send love and best wishes for little Ella. we saw the Video Awsome!! Love Janice Frank Kevin And Donovanxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Joel Snyder on August 19th, 2007 at 4:36 pm #

Tina,Josh, and Ella I am praying that all three of you have a peaceful night. God will be with you tommorrow and I will be praying for our little girl and Dr. Kays and staff. I miss you and Love you. Grandpa

Dawn Franck on August 19th, 2007 at 5:42 pm #

Tina, Josh and baby Ella, we will be thinking of you tonight and all day tomorrow and praying for the surgery to be a success! Thanks for posting the video so we can see baby Ella again. I’ll be checking in on you guys all day tomorrow so please keep us posted : ) Love always, Dawn, Mike and Alli

Kelli Billman on August 19th, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

What an amazing video. We’ll be praying for a restful night tonight and for Ella, her doctors, caregivers and the two of you. GO ELLA, GO ELLA!
Love, Kelli

Becky on August 19th, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

God Bless You. Ella have a good night, so sweet and peaceful, I will pray for you tomorrow, I know you will make it through. Tina and Josh I know you won’t sleep tonight, but everything is going to be alright… my prayers and love are with you all.


Cathie Firestone on August 19th, 2007 at 6:24 pm #

What a BEAUTIFUL little girl! Hold on tight…to each other and to our amazing Lord…tomorrow is indeed going to be a HUGE day! Soon you will be holding your sweet Ella in your arms! We are praying for rest for all of you tonight and for His peace throughout the day tomorrow…for Ella’s strength…and for Dr. Kays and the entire staff. We are all blessed that you have allowed us to go through this with you…thank you!

Lesli on August 19th, 2007 at 6:38 pm #

You are right, she cannot get any cuter! We loved watching the video. We will all be up early tomorrow morning praying for sweet Ella and Dr. Kays. Go Ella! Go Ella! Go Ella! Love, The Richards

Kim on August 19th, 2007 at 6:50 pm #

We’re praying for all of the West family tonight. Be strong tomorrow, Ella! We pray that the surgery goes very well tomorrow. God Bless you all.
Don, Kimberly, (and Kaneda, woof!)

Fran Jarrett on August 19th, 2007 at 7:11 pm #

Thank you so much for the video…Ella is so beautiful!
Prayers for a restful night for all including Dr. Kays and his staff.
Ella, you will be in my thoughts and prayers all day tomorrow. Be strong sweet one and know that our Lord is with you. Josh and Tina, love and prayers to you and try and rest tonight for the big day tomorrow.
Much love, Fran

Chris & Lori Vodnik on August 19th, 2007 at 8:00 pm #

🙂 I am speechless… The song is special to Lori and I (was played at our wedding). Thank you for adding to the meaning for us. Our family is praying for the three of you and the doctors. As I pray, I think of what our Lord sacrificed for all, salvation through grace the priceless gift. I take great comfort in knowing that the Father answers all prayers. We will keep praying for Ella to have a perfect surgery tomorrow, to be healed by Jesus’ love. May the Lord be in your presence tomorrow, may He guide the doctors, and may He give you comfort and strength. May His glory be revealed tomorrow. God Bless You! We love you!

Laura Marold on August 19th, 2007 at 8:11 pm #

She is adorable! I’ll be praying all day through surgery and recovery for the BEST possible outcome. God bless you, Laura

Eusey Family on August 19th, 2007 at 8:22 pm #

We are all praying very hard for you our dear Ella tonight. God lay your healing hands upon our sweet Ella. Give strength to her and her parents. Thank you God. Amen.

Kristen on August 19th, 2007 at 8:33 pm #

Oh Lord grant this little one, her parents, and the entire staff who attend her. . . your strength, your gentlenes, your mercy, your peace, your comfort, and your hope! Ella I hold you in my prayers you beautiful-precious gift. . . you are a great reflection of the Lord’s beauty!

Angie on August 19th, 2007 at 9:03 pm #

Just checkin in on my baby girl! She looks great, ready for surgery tomorrow. You guys will be in my thoughts and prayers all day ~ will be waiting for the updates! Love the new pic at the top – too cute! Hugs & Kisses ~Nurse Angie

Mike Van Eps on August 19th, 2007 at 9:21 pm #

Hey Josh and Tina: We have been following the journey the three of you have been on and shed a few tears over the faithfulness of Lord. Know that we will be praying and asking everyone we know to join us tomorrow as the three of you go through the second biggest day of Ella’s life. Love ya

Dana & Lauren on August 19th, 2007 at 9:26 pm #

Lauren saw baby Ella today and said: “she is so cute and tiny”. She is praying for her to get everything in her tummy.

You will be in our thoughts — Lots of updates tomorrow please! People you don’t even know are praying for this little one. I have shared your website with friends and family and all are following little Ella to recovery. Great Video. You are so creative! Much love to you all…

Dana, David
Lauren & Emery
The Chambers’ Family

Bethany Saul on August 19th, 2007 at 9:56 pm #

Josh & Tina,
I talked to Lisa Correia tonight and she gave me this website. I am so thankful for the updates in time to pray for Ella’s surgery tomorrow. I will be up at 5:00a.m. (Pacific Time) to begin praying for Ella, you both, and the doctors and nurses as she enters into surgery.
Isaiah 40:11
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.
She is absolutely beautiful! It was so special to see her face after so many months of praying for her. I’ll check for updates tomorrow.
Much love for all of you.

Virginia Dam on August 20th, 2007 at 12:24 am #

Sweet Ella-
I know you are a fighter and you will have a successful surgery! I am sending you all my positive energy! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Billy Brown on August 20th, 2007 at 1:38 am #

We’re praying that God be mercifull and protect Ella and guide the doctors and that they know exactly how best to proceed for her safety!

Billy and Christy in Nashville

Teresa Quinn-Reed on August 20th, 2007 at 2:01 am #

I’m with my family camping,but had to sneek off to check on Ella…we all will pray for her surgery tomorrow. She is such a strong girl! Love you guys! Teresa & Family

Chad Owens on August 20th, 2007 at 4:50 am #

we’re on a 31k dialup in Madang, PNG but we’re trying to stay up with her progress. I’m loading the blog sans images and cut and pasting it for offline reading.

We’ll be praying for over 7000 miles away for tomorrow’s surgery.. which should be happening in a few minutes.. we’ll start praying now!!!

The Roberts Family on August 20th, 2007 at 5:36 am #

It’s 5:30 am Pacific, and I am up early, listening to the rain and praying for Ella.

Grandpa Jack on August 20th, 2007 at 5:46 am #

We both awakened at 3:50 AM PST and are asking and believing Ella will be healed by God’s powerful hand and he will guide Dr. Kays in all he does for our precious Grand-Daughter.

Thank you Jesus!!


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