Thursday, January 29, 2009

Life in the NICU

I haven't had (or taken maybe ) the chance to post this past week because I have been a little busy watching life fly by sitting in the waiting room by the NICU here in Tulsa.


To say the past two weeks has been wild would be certainly an understatement!

I know anyone who reads this most likely comes to my little blog through Kelly's Korner so I don't have to explain what all has been going on in our lives since about January 16th!

To add to our already thrilling time here we have also experienced an ice and snow storm this week.  Much of our hometown is still without power and we are thinking of them.

Harper's grandpa and  her other set of grandparents are on their way back here today.
The thought of seeing those beautiful eyes were more than they could take!!! 

Harper, as of today, is eating and doing so well.  You will have to go to Kelly's blog for updated pictures. Harper has been moved to a "hospital" baby bed and she had on "real" clothes today...all firsts!   She looks MAVVVVV-a-LUSSSSS!!!   Especially to her Nonny!!

I don't even know where to begin to tell of God's blessings we have experienced in the past 10 days or so.  It absolutely defies anything I  have seen or known about personally.  All I can truly say is  that I have seen the actual hand of God move........in our lives and everyone who knows about Harper.  And the truth is, it's not about Harper,Kelly or any of us.  It's about the Lord and how He loves us and wants a relationship with his children.

I wish I had the time to list all the wonders and blessings I have experienced.  May I will later.
I did want to share a scripture that to me sums up my feelings.  Please keep praying so we can take Harper home  soon!   Thank each of you who have done so much for us without even knowing our family personally.  It has been a God Thing!

"But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God.........On Him we have put
our hope that He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.

Then MANY will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."

2 Corinthians 1: 9-11


37 comments:

Nicole M Wood said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!

I am a blog friend of Kelly's. I just love your daughter. She has been a wonderful sister in Christ for my husband and myself. It has been amazing seeing Harper and being able to witness to others thou her.

I love your family and we are still praying for you!

Becky said...

It's sooooo good to hear from you. Oh my goodness.....is that little Harper not the cutest thing you have ever seen.

God continues his goodness daily, does he not. I am just in awe.

I cannot wait til Kelly updates so we can see Harper in her baby bed and real clothes.

Still praying for you guys daily!

Patty said...

What a perfect verse!! Thank you for sharing that today! I have been praying that you all will get to take Harper home by the beginning of next week!! She is beautiful! I had tears in my eyes when I saw the update yesterday!

Still praying!
Blessings,
Patty

Katie said...

I know how amazing (I wish there was a more powerful word to use there) this whole experience has been for me...I can't even imagine how much so it has been for y'all! Knowing with all my heart that God's hand was at work with and through Harper is an incredible feeling. That scripture is beautiful!

I can't wait to see Little Miss Harper in REAL clothes!!! I loooove that ADORABLE picture of her that Kelly posted yesterday of just her sweet little face with what looks like a sweet tiny smile on her mouth. I bet y'all are just EATING HER UP!!

Julie said...

I LOVE the scripture you shared. I am writing it in my adoption notepad that I keep in my purse.

I have been thrilled and awe struck observing God's prescence over your family's life over the past 2 weeks.

p.s. I hope I may get to meet you Saturday!

April said...

Hi Judy~
I checked Kelly's blog first thing this morning and I saw the photos of her and Scott giving Harper a bottle...wow...is she ever precious! A true miracle from God, that's for certain! Sounds like everything is plugging along beautifully...Praise the Good Lord! I'll be praying that Harper gets to go home soon! God Bless You All!!!

kate said...

that face of Harper's makes me want to pinch the computer screen! I'm coming to Tulsa on Saturday and can't wait to hopefully hug your neck! kate

NINA said...

Hi Kelly's Mom! I'm a reader of Kelly's page and I hope you don't mind but I'm trying to find a way to email a gift certificate to Kelly! A couple of my close friends and I wanted to get a little something for Kelly (a treat Just for Her) and we are afraid there isn't enough time to send it in the mail (with Harper's Wonderful progress... which we are overjoyed about) so we would like to email it. I hope you can help! My email is nbucciarelli@gmail.com. You have a precious granddaughter and your daughter is a wonderful role model to all of us!! Many thanks, Nina

p.s. I emailed your husband this morning - I know all of you are very busy and I don't won't to be a bother so I apologize for the double emails :-)

Mandi said...

Oh, I just love those verses! Thank you for sharing them with us. I love you and your family and pray God will continue to do a mighty work through Harper.

Lauren Kelly said...

Judy- I'm soooo glad she's doing so well. What a miracle baby :)

Patty said...

Nonny - Congrats on the wonderful progress Harper is making! I am a reader of Kelly's blog and I've been praying for her and your entire family every day since the arrival of Miss Harper!

Harper is absolutely precious and Kelly is an amazing inspiration to women (and families) all across this Great Nation (as is evident by all the comments on her blog!). Thank you for sharing such an amazing story with all of us and letting us feel like we are all part of your family.

Take Care and keep us all updated!

Sending Love from California!

Mags said...

I have been following Harper since she was born. What a beautiful baby. One of my girls weighted 9lb 10oz when she was born and looked so like Harper. God bless all your family.We are praying for you all.
Mags N Ireland

Anonymous said...

HA!! Well, I found Kelly's korner through this terrific blog! Judy, we continue to pray for Harper and I look forward to that list of all of God's miracles and blessings because each one will reinforce more and more in many hearts that God is an AWESOME GOD!! Love you guys! Laura for the Mudds

Kelley said...

Harper is just beautiful! She has touched so many lives in these passed 10 days! God is good and in control.

Heather said...

That is just the perfect verse for all that has happened! We love you and Kelly and the whole fam...and are so thankful for the miracle of Harper!

Kathy said...

Perfect scripture Judy. This has been the most wondrous thing I have ever seen with so many people involved and pulled together. It was good to hear from you. Mom and I can't quit talking about the pictures Kelly posted yesterday. Harper is so beautiful and alert. I see Kelly in her. Hope Steve got in safely.

tam7777 said...

I'am glad to hear how well Harper is doing. We are praying for all of you.

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

it has been such a blessing to witness god's hand at work through your family. i'm so happy for all of you!

Amanda said...

Hi Nonny! I began following Kelly's blog the day of Harper's birth. I have been in prayers for her and your entire family since. Throughout your journey, I have also been on a journy of my own, suffering a 'missed' miscarriage at 14 weeks. The verses and joy I have read in each of your, Kelly's, and your husband's blogs have been so encouraging to me, and so uplifting. I have loved seeing little Harper fight and win. Each update has been a bright spot in my day:) I'm so glad God gave me another baby to pray for when there was such a loss in my own.

Robin said...

I feel like I have known your family forever..Caroline and I really did get such pleasure in coming to see all of you in Tulsa.. We have been praying for precious little Harper daily.. so glad Kelly is getting to hold her baby.. Our God is an awesome God.. He heard our cry and answered.. Can't wait to see you again this summer. Your sister in Christ, Robin Hughes from Sanger, TX

Jessica said...

Little Harper has the cutest bow shaped mouth! I wish I could kiss her myself! : )

Betsy said...

I have been so amazed to watch this whole story unfold. It is truly a testament to God's love and his faithfulness. I can only imagine what it must have been like to have actually LIVED it! This will be such a wonderful story to share with Harper...how God's hand on her little life blessed so many and brought some to a new life in Him!!! Amen!! :)

Kendra said...

AMEN!!!!!!!

Paige said...

I love that verse you shared. May God continue to bless little Harper and your family.

Stephanie said...

We are so thrilled with your family over the miracle Harper has been experiencing and the way the Lord has used her precious little life already to bring glory to His name! So glad for these last couple of days and the wonderful progress she is making. I know you are falling in love by the second with your new grandbaby! Enjoy every minute and give her a kiss from all of us in blogland!!

Jenna said...

It made my heart so happy to see your name in bold in my Google-reader. :-) I just loved the verse you shared and am so glad that ya'll's sweet Harper-girl is improving daily. She is a little miracle babe and truly the most darling thing I have ever laid my eyes upon. :-) I know she makes her Nonny SO proud!!!

Continuing to pray for ya'll and love ya'll dearly!!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What an awesome scripture! I'm sure you all are still on cloud 9, since Harper has opened her eyes and is doing so much better. I was so overjoyed to see Kelly and Scott holding her and it actually brought tears to my eyes. I am still praying for all of you and especially that Harper will get to go home soon. Harper has certainy touched many people in her short life. Love & blessings in NC!

Beth said...

I have been praying for Harper (having found Kelly's blog through Angie (Bring the Rain).

I too, am a new grandmother...my granddaughter, Grace was born January 10th and I know just how you feel about your little sweetie! She is a gorgeous girl and I am so happy for you and the whole family!!!

Fran said...

I'm just sitting here seriously fighting off some tears!!! Your precious daughter, Kelly, and that beautiful baby, Harper, are all over my heart these days. I praise Him with you!!!

We will always pray.
So much love,
Fran

leslie said...

I am a reader of Kelly's blog. I know you have been a strong hold for Kelly during this time! New motherhood has so many emotions with it and I can only imagine what life must feel like during this time. I truly believe that Harper is a living testament to the power of prayer! I feel so blessed to know Kelly through blogland. I also will put your husband and you in my prayers today!!

In him!
Leslie

pinkmommy said...

The faith you all have displayed (for many many to "see") is amazing to me.

The bible says about Abraham, "He believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness."

Your family has publicly shown that you believe God and it has blessed me every day I log on.

Rachel said...

I am Rachel (mom of 7 children). I came across your Blog last week. I was reading...you use to teach special needs:o) Our oldest Scott has Down syndrome. We do homeschool. I am always excited to meet people who have taught Special needs children,. Praise the Lord for you!

Amanda (McNeely) Vestal said...

It was so nice to meet you yesterday at the hospital. Kelly is so very lucky to have such wonderful, supportive parents. Brad and I will continue to pray for your whole family.

Leigh Ann said...

It is still hard for me to wrap my mind around all that has happened! I agree how thrilling it has been to see the miraculous hand of our God working through little Harper and the rest of you. I'm so thankful!

So...do you think she looks like Kelly? I DO! She is so beautiful!

Mab said...

Your granddaughter is just absolutely beautiful! Such a miracle. It has been a joy "knowing" Kelley and all of you through the blog world.
I enjoy reading your blog. :)
Enjoy every single minute of being a "Nonny." (I love that name!)
Arlene in Baton Rouge, LA

tara said...

i wish i could explain how happy i am for your family and the great things God has done for sweet harper. it has warmed my heart and strengthen my faith just to watch it unfold. i had never heard of kelly or visited her blog until the night harper was born, i read about her from angie smith's blog. like many other bloggers i haven't been able to get them off my heart or mind. i am currently 15 weeks pregnant with our second child and can't imagine what kelly has been through emotional. lastly thank-you VERY much for sharing the scripture, i need to read and soak that in MORE thank you know. as i said earlier we are expecting, and have a four year old little boy. sadly my husband who is a pilot for united airlines found out just yesterday that due to the exonomy, he will be furloughed (layed off) in two months. as a stay at home momma i am truly scared for our future. so thank-you from the bottom of my heart for your warm words and faith.

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