Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on December-8-2007

Ella’s Mom is home! Yay!
Tina made it back unscathed from traveling coast to coast. OK, maybe a little scathed, because she only got about 2 hours of sleep last night (ouch).
Ella Renae had a good day. Her stats still seemed a little elevated for my comfort, but her clinical signs were good. She was not really fussy, her lungs didn’t sound junky, and she was smiley and happy to see me. I spent most of the afternoon with the Bun and put her to sleep before going to pick up Tina.
Tina was flying in to Gainesville so I didn’t need to go far to pick her up. We grabbed quick bite and headed back over to the hospital. Our girl was still sleeping when we arrived.
Tina also made me feel better by confirming that her stats were OK. I know, I know…some of you nurses out there were trying to tell me that it was ok, but I’ve just seen it go the other way so many times before, that it was hard to not feel that way. Having Tina as a gut check confirmed that it doesn’t look bad. So, the one nurse who said she’d buy us dinner, if Ella started to decline, is off the hook. =)
We didn’t stay long with Ella because she was contently resting and Tina was totally wiped too. We decided to head home, which I was excited to do because I had a little surprise in store for Tina.
When Tina opened the door to our apartment she was greeted with some unfamiliar lights. I felt inspired to go get us a Christmas tree and decorate it as a welcome home present. I got up this morning and went to Home Depot and purchased a live tree, a few strands of lights, and a tree skirt with Frosty on it. Also, I had the assistance of a very good friend who was kind enough to lend me some ornaments.
Tina was very surprised and happy. She’s wanted a live tree for awhile, so I knew this would go over well. The last time we had a live Christmas tree was over 11 years ago! I’m basking in the glow of it as I write this post. Having the tree up really makes it feel like Christmas.
Thank you to all who have followed us so diligently on this journey. Your prayers and support are appreciated every moment of every day.
p.s I have not heard any updates on Par or Jonathan. Continuing to lift up both in prayer.

Melissa on December 8th, 2007 at 7:13 pm #

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Ella is sure looking great. What an awesome early Christmas present.
I’m glad that Tina made it back safe and sound and that was such a sweet surprise Josh. I can’t wait until you are able to take Ella and surprise her with her new home. It sounds like that day is getting closer and closer.
We are getting some snow in Colorado and it is cooooooold!!!
I never stop praying for Ella and prayers go out for Par and Jonathan too. I pray that all of them would continue to progress forward.
What fighters they all are.
I hope Ella continues to get some rest so that her body can continue to heal.
You need to get some rest too so you can remain healthy.
Love, Melissa

Williamsburg on December 8th, 2007 at 8:54 pm #

Cold. Well, yeah, if you consider 18° foggy, snowy degrees cold…brrrr. A perfect night to be inside, basking in the glow of the fire and the tree and so excited that you guys have one too – with a very precious ornament on it. So glad Tina got home safely and that Ms. Ella is resting and comfortable. Love to you across the snowy miles. XOXOXO.

Steven and Terri Trainer on December 8th, 2007 at 10:19 pm #

Tina, we’re happy you made it back safe and sound. When you’re away, your man is not complete ;). So glad you have a touch of Christmas cheer…and a gift already under the tree!! Praying for you daily – TT

Char Snyder Jordan on December 8th, 2007 at 10:24 pm #

Josh sorry to wake you up this morning. I thought you would be up at 8 or so. I need an address in Florida to send a lovely gift that was given to me for Ella. Happy all is well. LOL Char

The Laz Fam on December 9th, 2007 at 12:58 am #

what a lovely sight! Sounds like you two are living out Paul’s words in Philippians 4, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances…” We pray for your joy to be your strength.
Christmas Blessings ~ KTJB

Joel Snyder on December 9th, 2007 at 4:32 am #

Ella, Thanks for keeping your Dad company while Mom was away. Steady progress is great and I bet you will be glad to see your Mom today. Josh nice move with the tree it looks great and I bet it does feel more like Christmas. I will check on the three of you tommorrow. Still saying prayers for all the babies. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jean Sexton on December 9th, 2007 at 6:19 am #

Josh, Tina and Ella – You are a remarkable family! If only we could package the essence of the love you share and give to the so many “Love” needy families. Something so simple as accepting God who is Love shouldn’t be so hard and it’s free. Your family is a “store window display” for those looking for happiness. Thank you for sharing your lives with us and showing the way!

Char Snyder Jordan on December 9th, 2007 at 4:07 pm #

Hi T and J. Nice to talk to you on the phone. Good to hear the familiar voices. I told Tina that Jean Meecham’s # incorrectly. She lives in # 54. Sorry about that. Keep on, carry on. You two are awsome. All our love, Jim and Char

Fran Jarrett on December 9th, 2007 at 4:29 pm #

Oh Josh, the tree looks incredible! What a wonderful surprise and terrific welcome home for Tina. And your “Special” decoration is the best!
Again, thank you for sharing with us and bringing us all closer together.
Love to all, Fran

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