Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on December-6-2007

Ella is doing fine. She did have a positive day. I had a good time interacting with her and even spent some time with the occupational therapist, learning techniques to help Ella progress mentally and physically.
I was also able to visit baby Par down in the NICU 2. It was so great to see him in person! He looks like such a little man! And yes…he totally looks like his dad, Rusty…sorry Liz =). When I was there Liz started bottle feeding him, and it looked like he was taking to it pretty well. Thank God. Hopefully they will experience this trend more.
Regarding the title of this post, it is an expression of how I’m feeling at the moment. I’m tired tonight. I left the NICU around 11:30pm. I’m feeling a bit anxious for a few reasons.
First, there is no comfort in having the wife so far away these days. I can’t wait for her to come home on Saturday.
Second, I got to hang out with some of our favorite nurses, who are so incredibly special to us, and we’re going to miss being around them. Not only because we love them so much, but because they love our girl so much. I pray and hope that we can find a support system in Colorado that will be as incredible as these nurses have been.
And the third reason flows along with my heavy heart. Jonathan is not doing well. We trust the Lord that this precious boy is in His hands, but it is so difficult to see this kind of situation. I saw Jasmine for a moment as she was leaving the NICU, and she even asked if I was going to be around tonight. I said I was, but I didn’t see her come back while I was there.
Please pray for her. This is an incredibly difficult thing to go through.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
May our Lord’s peace be upon Jasmine, Chris, and the rest of their family this evening and in the days to come.
2 John 1:3
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.


Tammy on December 6th, 2007 at 11:18 pm #

Dear Josh,
I am so sorry that baby Jonathan is not doing well. The burden of your own childs illness is a heavy load, and then naturally you are concerned about baby Jonathan.
You have watched his progress from a far, yet you have been very, very close.
There are simply no words that I can type here to lift that burden from your heart, ease your mind or remove the pain and sorrow that you are feeling for those friends with whom you have bonds beyond our understanding.
So I will give thanks and pray for Ella’s continued progress.
The Lord is full of kindness and mercy, and I will pray that he will lift the burdens and ease all heavy hearts.
Take good care or yourself while Tina is away.

God Bless

The Laz Fam on December 6th, 2007 at 11:41 pm #

Thank you for sharing with us all the news, of Ella, of Par, and of Jonathan. It is an honor to be asked by God to help lift the burdens of parents in pain, even ones we have never met. We pray for steps of progress, be they large or small, for all three little ones.
At His Feet ~ KTJB

Kristen on December 7th, 2007 at 7:23 am #

Even from a distance we share deep concern for Jonathan and his parents. We will pray with you.

Eusey Family on December 7th, 2007 at 7:32 am #

Hang in there Bro. As you know we are never alone, especially now. Our prayers will reach out to baby Jonathan. One last thing. It is so good to miss your wife…just think of life if you didn’t miss her.


Good morning baby Ella from Richard. Rain woke him up early which in turn woke me up early.

Joan and Steve Odell on December 7th, 2007 at 7:33 am #

I am so sorry that Jonathan is having such difficulties. Dearest Father, we lift this little one to you. We know you are holding him in Your precious hands and we ask for Your healing touch, guidance for Dr. Kays and loving support for Jasmine and Chris. In Christ’s name – Amen. Hold tight Josh – she’ll be home soon. Praying that Ella continues to heal and strengthen and the trip home comes soon. Try not to worry about who will be in CO to help her. The Lord will open those doors and the right people will be behind them. I don’t know what research the two of you have done but CU Medical Center and Children’s have a very incredible group of nurses and doctors. Our daugher-in-law is a Physician Assistant for CU Med Center at the Stapleton facility. If we can assist in any way just let us know. Prayers and hugs – Get some rest, Josh – Lord Bless – Steve and Joan

Auntie Shannon on December 7th, 2007 at 8:19 am #

which in turn woke me up early. Josh, I am in my office with tears coming down my face. I can’t imagaine the pain you are going through not only for your sweet girls recovery but also for the wonderful friends you have made at the hospital from the nurses to other parents. We will say some extra prayers today for baby Jonathan. I too am glad you miss your darling wife- Rick is right, it sure beats the alternative!

Big hugs from rainy California.

Shannon (Ella’s favorite Aunt) : )

Williamsburg on December 7th, 2007 at 8:33 am #

Even a tuna/catnip party doesn’t quite take the place of a wife, does it? Sorry it’s been a heavy day for you; so hard sometimes to carry the burden of a heart of flesh rather than one of stone, even tho it does beat the alternative. As we have prayed before, we’re continuing to thank God and praise him for his character in which we trust when the days are difficult, while also asking for healing and relief. Such a relief to have Ella in a better, stable place and that you’ve had good times with her; we are also in continuous prayer for Jonathan and family; hard as it is, I sense that it’s a privilege for the West’s to be there for the other families. We love you. XOXOXO

Lisa Correia on December 7th, 2007 at 9:18 am #

i’m so sorry to hear about Jonathan. I can’t imagine going through that. I’ll be praying for his family. Hug your beautiful girl for us! Her Colorado friends can’t wait to meet her!!
lot of love!!

Joel Snyder on December 7th, 2007 at 10:36 am #

Ella, I just talked to your Dad on the phone and he is coming to see you. I am excited to hear you are progressing. I am saying a special prayer for Jonathan and his recovery. I will check on you and your Dad later tonight. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!

Char Snyder Jordan on December 7th, 2007 at 9:26 pm #

Josh it is so hard to see others in the same way you and your family could have been. We will pray for Jonathan and his parents.
Perhaps you and Tina may have to stay in Florida for the first few months of Ella’s homecoming. I don’t have the answer but God does. He will lead you to an answer for your little family. We hope you can take a bit of a rest while Tina is away. You are almost there. She will be in your arms tomorrow. I would find it difficult to be away from Jimmy. I know it is difficult for Tina to leave her babies. The most important part of her life. We will pray for an answer to your delima. Our love to you always. Aunt Char and Jim

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