Susannah Joy made it past the twenty four hour mark. She is still in very critical condition and unresponsive. She needs for her blood pressure to stabilize. There are other concerns the doctors have, but if the blood pressure isnâ€™t where it needs to be, the other issues donâ€™t matter. We are grateful for all the prayer support and encouragement. We serve a God Who works miracles for those who trust Him. We are seeking to fully trust and look to Him.
Itâ€™s late but I wanted to post a short update. We were all able to see Susannah Joy this evening, so precious, still, and helpless. Nathan, and Melanie are doing quite well considering. It was a very bitter-sweet evening. Thank you so much for praying. God is so good, always good.
In going through this my heart goes out to the families who have gone through something similar, but were alone, without the Lord Jesus and local support. Without family and friends is one thing, but without the Lord Jesus is unimaginable. We are grateful for you prayers. Bless you.
In Christ Jesus,
Susannah Joy was born March 21 at 4:10 am. She weighed 5 lbs 2 oz.
Susannah was born not breathing and is having major complications. Much effort is being put into her care, but it is unknown if she will pull through. We would covet your prayers for Susannah and Melanie and I.
The project continues. Last week the weather was very conducive to working outside and we accomplished what we needed to. All of the children were eager to help and it was delightful working with them. It was our first experience with under-floor rough in plumbing and we found it to be a lot of hard work digging in the compacted clay.
Mary and Anna did not want to be left out and asked to be able to work with the rest of us. We had the sweetest fellowship while we worked. We receive quite a few emails from ladies asking how ladies can still be modest while wearing dresses/jumpers. You can tell from the photos that it wasn’t a problem for our girls. I’m delighted that my children are happy to work beside their father and not seeking to go off and waste their time. Working together is such a blessing for all and besides that, we learned a lot in the process.
Melanie and baby continue to be doing well. Melanie is having more contractions and getting more uncomfortable in general. But, we hear that’s how pregnancies go. 🙂
The most recent Dr’s appointment was very positive.
We continue to be blessed with care from my family. Even during the house building project there is always someone at least available and often over here. Recently a deliveryman brought something to the door and was ringing the doorbell. Melanie called across the street and Sarah came running over to receive the package. My mom, with all she has going on, spends time visiting with Melanie, cleaning, tidying, and whatever else needs to be done over here. Mary and Anna are becoming quite skilled Momma/baby-sitters. My grandma sends meals over, is great company for Melanie, and continues to take care of our laundry. We are so grateful for the care we are receiving. It is allowing Melanie to stay down and rest–exactly what she’s supposed to be doing.
Spring with the Moodys went to our proofreader today! The proofreader will have it forÂ three weeks. I then have two weeks to work through the edits and prepare the book for the final format.
The house work is coming along! Last Thursday afternoon, the foundation walls were poured. The whole family was out to watch the exciting eventâ€”it was so wonderful to see the house really taking shape. Mary was our little baker last week and supplied the workmen with cookies and brownies.
Today, Dad rented a TracHoe so that we could dig a trench for the sewer and drainage. While Dad, John, and Joseph worked on the trench, Christopher, Anna, Jesse, and Mary waterproofed the outside foundation walls (looks like blue paint!). There is still a lot of work to be done tomorrow; please pray for the guysâ€™ strength and that the job will get done! As soon as our part is done, weâ€™ll turn it over to the contractors who will do the flat work (i.e. basement floor, etc), and then framing the house in. Weâ€™ll take it over after that :-).
Most of the family watching the pumper lower down!
Ready to watch the action!
John–I think he used a shovel a fair amount today!
Our wonderful Daddy!
Mary and Anna waterproofing the foundation
Jesse and Christopher working together
Joseph — down next to the foundation working!
Honey found a steak bone and was happy to hold onto it. We finally convinced her to “drop it” with dog biscuits….