Posted (Tina) in All Posts on May-7-2008

Today was a good day for Ella with her physical therapist. Also, she did pretty good with the bottle and eating her pears.

More than that, she was simply in a great mood. This makes the work of being a mom a bit more rewarding. That smile is just too much!

As of today, we were able to secure a PT for Ella back in Colorado that will come to the house. We are still working on an OT to help with feeding skills.

We have 2 appointments set up for pediatricians. We’re hoping that it will become obvious as to which one we should stick with once we meet in person.

Only 17 days until Josh leaves for Colorado. And Ella leaves Florida in 20 days. All of us are excited to go back home.

The days are passing fast which is good, but there is a lot to do and limited hours in the day. Please pray for strength and endurance as we try and do “normal” life, coordinate selling items on Craigslist and packing the remaining items.

We thank Him for our baby girl.

Sometimes out of nowhere it will just hit me. We have been through so much this past year, all 3 of us.

Looking forward to the next chapter.

Philippians 3:13-15
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

Shannon on May 7th, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

Ahhhhh she makes my heart melt. Saying lots of prayers for any easy transition.



Grandpa Jack on May 7th, 2008 at 8:49 pm #

What a darling miracle this precious little Ella is to the world and to me!!!!!
I am so happy she is doing so well!!
Love to you all

Joel Snyder on May 8th, 2008 at 2:25 am #

Ella, You sure are a happy camper these days. I am so proud of the steady progress you are making everyday. The weather here is starting to become nice and that will be good for you. Manny and Taco say hello. Tina and Josh I am praying for strength and endurance for the final days of this chapter. I am confident that all will work out the way it should. I will check on all of you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Brittain Family on May 8th, 2008 at 6:24 am #

She’s doing so well, you guys–what a tremendous answer to prayer! Our prayers are with you as you coordinate this next big journey together and we thank Him for working things out detail by detail. It’s terrific that Ella has flourished so much under your care and that she’s stable and ready to face this transition with you. She’s definitely growing stronger and cuter by the moment–is that possible???! Thank you, Lord, for your continued watch care over this family who puts their trust in You!

Lisa Richmond on May 8th, 2008 at 7:36 am #

T&J, those are BEAUTIFUL pictures! I will pray for your safe journey home! It is SO overwhelming..the timing..wondering how it will all come together etc…It will..At least that’s what I’m praying for! I can’t even figure out an exact date for my family! Life is SO ambiguous! I am just praying for an “easy light” to shine on my family for our journey.My biggest worry for our 22hour drive home….My 15 year old daughter wants to do the driving!!! (she does have a permit…but that doesn’t make it necessarily “safe”) 🙂

Your Ella…she is amazing!

Have a blessed day!

Gloria & Red Jacobsen on May 8th, 2008 at 8:26 am #

wow!! What a smile! What a baby girl! What great parents WHAT A AWESOME GOD!! lots of prayers for all of you!

Steve and Joan Odell on May 8th, 2008 at 10:09 am #

A real American Beauty Rose!! We are so excited for the three of you – going home!!! How wonderful these words must sound – Prayers – Steve and Joan

Christe Mitchell on May 8th, 2008 at 10:13 am #

Miss Ella you are so so precious and I just Love your smile! I pray you, Mom and Dad have a wonderful day and in a few days a safe trip home. It has been quite an amazing year.

Deb Carnsew on May 8th, 2008 at 3:00 pm #

I’m so looking forward to meeting all three of you when I come to visit my newest granddaughter in August! Ella, keep smiling and making progress. :)Josh & Tina – prayers and best wishes for a safe journey back to Denver!

Deb Carnsew(aka Lori Vodnik’s mom in Tucson, AZ)

Dawn Franck on May 8th, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

Those are just the cutest pictures, she has such pretty blue eyes! We will be thinking of you guys over the next month and praying that your move goes smoothly. Lots of Love, Dawn Mike and Alli

Laura Marold on May 8th, 2008 at 3:16 pm #

She is just adorable. Wow, you both have so much to do. Looking back it’s tremendous what has been accomplished!! And what an amazing result–she is so beautiful!! Love, Laura M.

Ron & Daphne Hollowbush on May 8th, 2008 at 6:48 pm #

Ella Renae, you are a precious baby. That big smile could melt an iceberg. For a number of reasons, we have been off line lately, but we have continued to pray for you and your mommy and daddy. We are so happy that you will be going home soon. I know your granddaddy cannot wait to see you. You are one special baby. LOL Ronad & Daphne

Anne on May 8th, 2008 at 9:19 pm #

Selfishly, I’m sad to think you’ll power down soon and leave us in the dark! We’ll be going through “Ella withdrawal”!!!… But great for you guys… to be going back to your home and with such a special cargo! Safe travels.

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