Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on September-9-2007

Ms. Ella has found her gator spirit in the form of a bear. Nurse Michelle presented our baby girl with this stuffed animal, as well as a Gator blanket, to confirm once and for all that Ella is a true Gator Girl.

I know our friends just north of us would like to think otherwise, but when you’re born in Gainesville, Florida, you don’t have any other choice. And yes, the Gators did triumph over the Troy Trojans last night while Ella was holding her bear. =)

Ella remained stable throughout the night. Her blood gases looked good this morning (cO2=49, pO2=121). The fluid output in her chest appears to have gone back up a bit though from 80 on Friday to 127 yesterday.

This is not the direction we want her fluids going. I’m holding out for a clerical error myself, but we’ll see what tomorrows output is. We’ve not had a chance to talk to Dr. Kays about it either, so we are curious about his thoughts on the matter.

Yes, it is Sunday, and Tina and I have enjoyed listening to sermons by Dr. Charles Stanley. We’ve downloaded a series of podcasts and noticed that there we some archives that we hadn’t listened to.

The message for July 8th was titled “How to Listen to the Word of God”. This is the message we chose to watch today. The sermon itself had an incredible impact, but the story that we viewed at the end really touched home.

The 7 minute video below is titled:

As children of a Sovereign God,
we are never victims of our circumstances.

It spoke to our hearts so deeply, and we know it was no coincidence that God had us view this particular message today.

Listen closely to the words of Dr. Stanley at the end. These words resonated so strongly in our spirits that it brought us both to tears. Praise God for speaking through Dr. Stanley.


Click here to view the entire sermon titled “How to Listen to the Word of God”

Lesli on September 9th, 2007 at 11:50 am #

….well, okay. She DOES owe an awful lot to Gainesville, so I suppose we will just have to accept that Ella is a gator (with a small g). We will do this under the condition that Ella roots for Georgia for any game that the Gators are not in. Because, after all, we did drive 12 hours to see her, keeping ourselves awake by singing “Turn Around, Bright Eyes” to each other at 2am….all to bring UGA to her which point she made a marvelous turnaround… Does that sound fair to sweet Ella? We understand that she must root for the Gators on October 27th when they play Georgia.

And you do understand that you have given birth to a Southern girl, which means that you are now obligated to follow college football at a near-fanatical level for the rest of your life, right?

Just want to make sure we are all clear!

Love, Lesli

Joan and Steve Odell on September 9th, 2007 at 12:27 pm #

Yes = His word is sovereign, He never runs out of the resources to keep each of us in His hand and knows all our needs. Ella you just are so beautiful I would love to touch your little arms. Mom and Dad please continues to recognize when you need rest and refreshing. He will be beside all of you. Our prayers continue and we rejoice with every step she makes. She has taught so many of us about so many things our Lord. Happy Sunday, Lord Bless and Hugs. Steve and Joan

Yvonne & Peter on September 9th, 2007 at 2:14 pm #

Dear Tina & Little Ella:

We just talked with Mom & Dad and read your blog.–you’ve been in our prayers & thoughts and we’ve all been sending long distanced healing for quite some time. Our LOVE is with you all at this time. We know you are well supported and watched over by Angels both human and ethereal. Hang in there!
Much Love, Yvonne & Peter and furry gang.

Joel Snyder on September 9th, 2007 at 3:06 pm #

Ella, Just getting ready to go to work. I am so glad to see you and that bear. You are truly my “Gator Girl” keep up the good work and Taco,Manny, and Grandpa will be saying our prayers for more fluid reduction. J&T have a nice weekend and thanks again for the update. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Brittain Family on September 9th, 2007 at 4:48 pm #

Our kids all want to know how baby Ella is doing every day. We are so thankful for how she is growing and healing each day–she looks fabulous! Know we still have some praying to do and we’re really trusting that this fluid issue will resolve itself THIS WEEK and will be praying toward that end. Our little 2-year-old, Lily, has decided that Ella is better and needs to go home. (Actually, she wants Ella to come to our house, first.) We all think Ella is a very brave baby to stay in her hospital bed and are very happy that she has so many good caregivers throughout the day and night! May Dr. Kays and staff have much wisdom to know how to care for little Ella creatively and skillfully. We pray for His blessing on all of you as you continue to wait upon Him. Enjoy each precious moment. Thanks for blessing us, too!

Williamsburg on September 9th, 2007 at 5:09 pm #

Princess CinderElla, you may root for whomever you please, whoever helps you continue to grow and get healthy and show us some more of those gorgeous bright eyes as long as it’s not Nebraska =) Just kidding – for you, I’d make an exception even for them. So grateful for your progress, even with the occasional detour, and for the way God is ministering to your precious parents’ hearts, and to us thru all of you. Love in Him always – XOXOXO

Christina DuHart on September 9th, 2007 at 8:11 pm #

Hi Guys, Haven’t written anything in awhile however we have been checking on Miss Ella frequently. We are happy to hear she is progressing so well. We’ll keep praying for her fluids to come down.
Lots of love the DuHart Family

Angie on September 9th, 2007 at 9:03 pm #

Oh sweet Ella! Yes you have no other choice but to be a Gator Girl – remember we pumped all that Gator blood through you while you were on ECMO?! 🙂 I pray you just had a one day relapse on those fluids and tomorrow will be better. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs & Kisses to Ella ~ Nurse Angie
P.S. Watch out UGA – there’s a Gator in the bed, ya know what they do to dawgs! CHOMP..CHOMP 🙂

monika on September 9th, 2007 at 10:01 pm #

dears, charles stanley is a vessel of LOVING WORD;he really sends us our HOLY SPIRIT with exactitude for our very need. our HOLY SPIRIT is helping and comforting you in every are so blessed in marriage and family. all my love and prayers, monika

Char Snyder Jordan on September 9th, 2007 at 10:57 pm #

Sure did like that video. We are hoping and praying that the Gator Girl rallies tomorrow for more forward progress. We love you and miss you. LOL Aunt Char and Jim

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