Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Thank You To All Our Readers

We have been working on this video montage since late July, in anticipation of Elias coming home. The transition home obviously met us with a few bumps on the road, so that managed to delay the project a touch. We finally were able to complete it and upload it online to share.

This is a chronological photo presentation depicting how far Elias has come in such a short time.  From his birth On May 1, 2008 & his 5 1/2 months in the NICU, to his first days at home! We are very proud of his resilience & strength. He overcame some very rough scenarios, a few that nearly cost him his life, but he always bounced back wonderfully, amazing everyone. His strength, along with our readers' love and support, are what have gotten us this far. While our journey is truly just beginning, and we understand the rough times we face ahead are looming on the horizon, it is reassuring to know that so many individuals care. We greatly appreciate all that you say and do. There are no words that can convey the humble gratitude our family shares for each of you. Even though you may feel as though you have not contributed in a way deserving of such accolades, remember, there is more to embracing a situation than with action. In our case, it is truly the little things that stand above the rest. I honestly believe you can not fathom these feelings until you have lived through the darkest of moments, only to resurface towards the light. It is a special feeling to accept those simple things we so often take for granted, until such a time consumes our lives. Each day is a blessing and Elias helps fill it with unimaginable emotion. Thank you all again for everything! Enjoy!!


  1. I love the pictures, and im so glad you posted them. The tears they bring to my eyes and how they remind me so much of our son. I have to work tonight leave in about an hour and wont be home until after midnight but i will surely still will be thinking of you guys and i will pray before i get to go to sleep. Thanks so much for sharing he has came such a long way and will continue day by time. Time is your best friend.

  2. Oh how wonderful, I think Elias is such a precious angel and he sure loves that Donald Duck toy doesn't he?

  3. What a precious little angel boy you have. You're all in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad you found my blog!

    God Bless!


  4. Just wanted to say 'thank you' for the comment on our blog. I can't quite imagine how you stumbled across it, although I'm unfortunately quite familiar with the kind of journey you've taken with Elias. Our son spent 4-1/2 months in the NICU himself...although for different reasons...and had a near-death episode or two. (Our daughter then took a similar course 2 years later.) I've found that it lends you a lot of perspective in life. All of a sudden, some of the things that stress other people out become laughable. I know how hard it is to take things one day at a time and 'wait and see' how things will turn out for your child who had such a rough start in life.

    All the best to you and your family...and to your precious little boy!


  5. Thanks Kayla. I think I know why my name came up. I had a premature baby that had many problems, esophagus and tracheal probs, aspiration, Severe GERD, respiratory emergencies, etc. I've made comments on other blogs where they understand what it's like living with a child like this but don't actually post or talk about his prematurity or his issues much on my own, if at all. Most folks don't really get it or care to get it and for me it's just not worth the effort or time to explain what we've been through.

    Are they doing surgery soon or have they already? I know a bit about it because some of the symptoms line up with the symptoms my son experienced and they had to rule out atresia. We've done our share of NICU time and being in and out of hospitals for several years but my son is doing great now....of course he's got different diagnoses than your son. The pictures of your son just break my heart and make me smile at the same time. I hate seeing all that was done to these precious babies, and frankly it brings back tough memories, but at the same time it's amazing to watch their progress too!

    I wish you the best of luck and if you ever want to talk to someone that's been near where you are feel free to drop me a line anytime! I have great Dr/hospital recommendations in a few states as well!

  6. Wow. That was an incredible experience watching all of that. I kind of felt like I was watching a movie in the theater - what were all those songs? I need the playlist because I feel like I've heard all of them. Awesome. Also, two things struck me - Elias really really wants to be here, and his parents are going to make him laugh a LOT as he grows up. I also wondered what you'd say if Elias says one day that he wants a REAL Donald Duck? LOL!


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