Posted (Tina) in All Posts on August-22-2007

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers throughout the day.
Ella is doing well this evening – – and we pray for her stability throughout the night. Her pain medications and sedation medications will slowly be reduced over the next few days.
You can’t tell from the black and white pictures, but she is beginning to look better! Our little tangerine has now turned into the little Michelin baby.
So, the next steps are going to be safely reducing her body fluid. This can’t be done too quickly, so we’ll need to be patient.
Praise God that she has made it past the 48 hour window from her big surgery too!
But she is sooo swollen – – her face, head, back, arms, etc. She has so much extra fluid in her body. Her left eye is still swollen shut from so much fluid and being leaned to one side.
After the procudure today, they were able to position her with her head straight up. Already, she looks better! If nothing else, her parents feel better. We cannot imagine being in one position for the last 4 weeks – – yikes!
Dr. Kays again confirmed that Ella continues to do well and is progressing in the right direction, albeit slowly. He is “pleased” with her progress at this point.
We know that everyone is praying for Ella, coast to coast, and that is having a direct impact on how well she has been progressing.
Thank you Lord for this day, for our baby girl, and the love of friends and family.
p.s. “Therefore we do not lose heart….For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)

Char Snyder Jordan on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:06 pm #

Here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept, like a summer shower he will give us his wisdom. Thanks to those who remember this baby and her parents who follow the holy spirit. We love you, we will continue to petition the Lord for your beautiful baby girl. Get some rest because the travail has just started. We are continually with you In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen Love, Aunt Char and Jim

Grandma West on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:45 pm #

Baby Ella ! you look so much better,so cute I can see you in there when you open that little popeye of yours and look around. Praise GOD you are doing so goooood! All of us at the west end of the Family still praying and sending LOVE. All of you are so amasing. GOD BLESS, MOM or Grandma

Angie on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:51 pm #

Sweet dreams baby Ella! Praying for lots of rest and healing over the next several weeks! Can’t wait to let your Mommy & Daddy hold you :)! Hugs & Kisses ~Nurse Angie

Brendan on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:56 pm #

My company sends out a “Daily Reading” every morning. Here is today’s

Matthew 6:34, MSG
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get
worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”


The Hubble Space Telescope sends back infrared images of faint galaxies that
are perhaps twelve billion light-years away (twelve billion times six trillion miles).

Astronomers venture a feeble estimate that the number of stars in the
universe equals the number of grains of sand on all the beaches of the
world. The star Eta Carinae outshines our sun, in the same way Yankee Stadium outshines a cigarette lighter. Five million times brighter!

The star Betelgeuse has a diameter of 100 million miles, which is larger
than the earth’s orbit around the sun.

Why the immensity? Why such vast, unmeasured, unexplored, “unused” space? So that you and I, freshly stunned, could be stirred by this resolve: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV).

The Christ of the galaxies is the Christ of your Mondays. The Starmaker
manages your travel schedule. Relax. You have a friend in high places.
Max Lucado…Next Door Savior

I would like to add the following:
The God of the 14ers, is the very same God who holds in His tender and mighty hands Sweet Baby Ella, and her faithful parents Josh and Tina. You see, Josh and Tina figured it out…you only lean on something when you know it will hold you up.

Kelli Billman on August 22nd, 2007 at 8:59 pm #

And God Bless you Nurse Angie! We loved the picture of you with Ella! Thank you for the care you’ve given this sweet baby girl and her parents!

Kelli Billman on August 22nd, 2007 at 9:02 pm #

Well said Brendan….well said.

Kelli Billman on August 22nd, 2007 at 9:10 pm #

Josh and Tina,
Do you have an update on baby Evan? Last we heard (Aug. 1) he had been moved to the level 2 NICU. We continue to keep he and his parents in our prayers for the healing of his liver. Thanks for the update if you have one!

kristin on August 22nd, 2007 at 9:34 pm #

Tina and Josh,

I recognize that beautiful little girl! She may be swollen but she has the look and tenacity of her parents! Tina, I think you have looked at me with one eye once or twice when you were trying to teach me how to make a spreadsheet! God bless you Sweet Ella!!!
Love you all, Kristin

Eusey Family on August 22nd, 2007 at 9:41 pm #

Sweet Ella, so nice that your Uncle Rick and I got to speak with your mommy tonight. You look so adorable -puffy and all. We love you so much and are praying for healing day by day. We know this is not a sprint but a marathon – (kind of like the 14ers), you just need to run a bit (or climb a bit) each day to finish the marathon. We KNOW you will get to the finish line. Angie, we do not know you, but love you! Thanks for your special care and love of our niece. Hope to meet you sometime and give you a big HUG.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

Shannon, Rick, Megan, Richard, Claire, Ryan and Shelby too


Joel Snyder on August 22nd, 2007 at 9:46 pm #

Ella, I can’t believe that you look so good. I am praying for that steady progress and in no time you will be well. Tina and Josh hope you are getting better rest. I am home on a break to take care of my babies. I will check in on the site in the A.M. I Love and Miss all three of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Grandpa

Mollie Rosing on August 22nd, 2007 at 9:55 pm #

We’re so grateful that Ella has positively progressed past the 48 hour mark and that Dr. Kays (and Josh and Tina, of course) feel good about her progress. All our love, the Rosings

Laura Blackwell on August 22nd, 2007 at 10:44 pm #

Checking the site twice daily to update prayer warriors you don’t even know. =) Praying for you and sweet Ella, laura

Joan Odell on August 23rd, 2007 at 6:39 am #

Keeping an eye on all three of you throughout the day until bedtiime. Prayers are unceasing and so very happy how well she is tolerating everything and moving forward. Your miracle baby Ella was sent to touch all of our lives – what a beautiful thing to see so many strangers in so many parts of our country come together under Him to provide prayers and strenth for each of you – and what a beautiful miracle to watch the two of you live His love and teach all of us. I thank God for the three of you and all of her caregivers!! Lord Bless and hugs – Steve and Joan

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