Posted (Tina) in All Posts on May-22-2008

Ella had a good day. It was fairly typical for her except that she went back to the NICU…this time, it was for a celebration.

We hung out on the conference room for about 2.5 hours. During that time, we were able to connect and visit with many of the nurses and respiratory therapists that cared for Ella. We even had a chance to see our two favorite NICU receptionists. Although they did not take care of Ella directly, they greeted us every day at the front desk of the NICU.

It was nice to see familiar faces. Honestly, it is strange to think that the most familiar faces for us in Gainesville are those from the NICU.

We bought a tasty cake to celebrate and thank the NICU staff. I’m so glad that we were able to stop by one last time for a visit. It confirmed what we already know: Ella is a miracle girl. We know it each day by looking at her priceless smile, but it was confirmed by many of the staff. Although it has only been a few months, they confirmed that Ella is looking good and on the right track.

Josh has one more day in Gainesville before heading out to Colorado early Saturday morning. Ella and I are going to miss him so much!

Please pray for safe travels with good weather during his trip with Doug and the cats. I will be updating the blog when I hear from him throughout the day. Also, we still have quite a bit of work to do to get ready to move. Pray that we get it all finished!

Dawn ( Tamara's friend) on May 22nd, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

Hi Josh and Tina, It is amazing that you are leaving behind this part of your journey. I had hoped I would get to meet this little miracle in person…although I feel like I know her. I have prayed, cried and prayed some more for Ella. She has blessed me and changed me. One day 30 years from now I will read about Ella Renae and all that God has done in her life and the amazing things she will be doing for Him and I will smile and know I prayed for her and witnessed a miracle in the making. I often tell people who are seeking God to come to your site so they can see what an AMAZING GOD we have. May God continue to make His face shine upon you and be gracious and give you peace. Safe travels and God speed!

Thank you for being servants to all of us who read about Ella…it has been a ministry to many. Blessings – Dawn Tucker

The Laz Fam on May 22nd, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

the days to come will be hard, but with a good purpose ~ and you know much about how that goes! you will all be in our prayers.
love ~ ktjb

Janiss on May 23rd, 2008 at 2:08 am #

I’m wondering who’s gonna be with you girls while Josh is away? 🙁
I’m praying that everything will be okay.

Lots of love and prayers,

The Dirirm Family on May 23rd, 2008 at 4:20 am #

How special to celebrate with those who helped you all so much. We will be praying for your trip. Can’t wait to read that you are home safe and sound.
The Dirrim family

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on May 23rd, 2008 at 5:29 am #

We’ll be praying for a safe trip for all of you and will continue to pray for God’s will to be revealed to you.

Katy Nilsson on May 23rd, 2008 at 6:07 am #

Ella is looking great and I am sure she will love being home with you in Colorado. Ani and I are already planning a ‘business’ trip to Denver so we can see you. Safe Travels.

John & Estela Williams on May 23rd, 2008 at 6:32 am #

Our prayers will be with Josh, Doug, the Cats, you and Ella this entire weekend and next. We pray for safe travels to Colorado and back to FL for you and Ella. Love you guys and can’t wait to love on all 3 of you!

the Lizotte family on May 23rd, 2008 at 6:48 am #

It sounds like everyone had a great time. I will pray for Josh’s safe trip home. Big hugs!!!! LL

Eli Brown on May 23rd, 2008 at 8:56 am #

We are praying for safe travels on the next step of this crazy adventure.
We love you guys

Joel Snyder on May 23rd, 2008 at 12:01 pm #

Ella, You look so pretty in your dress for the party. It was great that you had a chance to thank all of those wonderful “ANGELS” that helped you get well while in the NICU. I am on my way to your house this afternoon and I am praying for your Dad and Doug to have a safe and uneventful trip to Colorado. I will check with you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!

Tara Hayes on May 23rd, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

I am praying for a safe and uneventful trip HOME! Yea. I know you have got to be SO excited. May God keep you and bless you every step (and mile!) of the way…can’t wait to get an Ella update. How will I get any sleep the next week without my nightly Ella updates?

Barbara Bour on May 23rd, 2008 at 6:04 pm #

Josh and Tina
Thank you for the honor of treating your precious gift. I learned many lessons from your angel including listening and responding to her cues. She is an excellent communicator to those of us who stop to listen. She is a very special child and a blessing to all. Have a wonderful trip back to your home. You are wonderful parents. I am delighted that I was invited to come into your home.
Ella, stay strong and let me know when you decide to roll over by yourself….it is soon to come. Love and healing energy to you, Barbara

Layne on June 15th, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

Hello Wests!

I was thinking of Ella the other day and thought to check her blog! My, how she’s grown! And look at that hair!! I’m not sure if you remember me from the NICU (Lord knows you met a lot of people there). I took care of Ella as a nurse in the NICU at night and as a nurse practitioner student during the day. Kinda like a super hero, with the alter egos! lol! 🙂

Anyway, I just wanted to drop in and say hi and tell you that she looks great and I couldn’t be happier for you and your family. I wish I could have been there for the NICU reunion but I graduated in December and now I’m a nurse practitioner in another NICU about 3 hours away.

I’m glad you were able to finally get back to Denver and it sounds like she has a good medical team on her side, not to mention great parents! Congrats again on Ella’s progress. Lord knows she had a rough go of it for such a little one but she was strong and I can already tell she’s a little trooper. I wish nothing but the best for her!


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