Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jereiah 29:11

Hey guys...I am finally on here to post myself! It's been a whirlwind the last few days and I so appreciate Hailey posting on my behalf. She is the best friend a girl could ask for and I just love her. Last June she was posting for me after my ankle surgery so I think that we may just hibernate for the entire month next year!

I can honestly say that this has been the most exhasuting day of my life. If you told me a few months ago that I would have a child at Egleston's I would have looked at you like you were crazy. I had a perfect pregnancy and took for granted that we would have a normal delivery and be home with our girl in a couple days. On Friday night as we were headed to the hospital I made Scotlon take a picture of me going out the door (I actually made him take a few). I am grinning like an idiot and holding my belly because the next contraction had just started. I look back on those now and wish that I could go back and capture that light-hearted feeling for just a second. Tonight, I would settle for anything lighter than what I'm feeling now.

Alaina was transfered to the NICU at Egleston's tonight. Scotlon rode down there to meet the team and make sure that she got settled in okay. I just spoke to him and she is all tucked in with her new doctors and nurses. For the next 24 hours they plan on trying to just keep her stable and let her rest since she's been through a lot today. If all goes well tomorrow (or later today technically) they will discharge me from the hospital and I will be able to go down and see her. There are so many different variables that are playing a part in her health right now. For the next couple of days we are trying to get her well enough that she doesn't have to go on the ECMO machine. There's only a short window that they can introduce the ECMO though so they may have to just so she doesn't miss that window. It's so much information to take in and we're still trying to process everything.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. I am speechless at the number of people that are lifting up our sweet girl. Scotlon and I are overwhelmed and incredibly blessed by all of you. Please continue to pray for healing for Alaina and for strength & peace for us. We know that He has a plan and we will continue to follow Him faithfully.

Jeremiah 29:11~For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Sweet Jesus, I ask that you put your healing touch on our baby girl. You are the Ultimate Physician and there is no docotor on this earth who can heal her the way that you can. Touch her with your hands and let her feel nothing but love pouring over her. We are placing her life in your hands, Lord.



Anonymous said...

I love you, Stephanie, and we are praying for you all.
Here are words to a great worship song, that keeps running through my mind......

The Healer

You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease

I trust in You
I trust in You

I believe You're my Healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You're my Portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need

Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands

I believe You're my Healer,
I believe You are all I need,
I believe You're my portion,
I believe You're more than enough for me,
Jesus, You're all I need

Sarah said...

Love you, Stephanie. Praying, praying, praying.

Michelle said...

I just wanted to let you know that we are still praying for you guys. I have been trying to check in a few times a day to see how everything is going. i am so sorry that you are going thru all of this. But like you said there is a reason and a bigger plan for us. I think we take things for granted too much these days. We find out we are pregnant and are so excited but scared for those 1st 12 weeks then they say we are out of the woods so we let our guard down. Not many people know this but when we went for our 20 week ultrasound with Austin we were told that there was a problem with his heart. We went from so excited to scared to death that something could be wrong with our angel. I went thru the remaining 20 weeks of my pregnancy not knowing what would happen when he was born. Thank god he was just fine. But I do know some of the pain you are going thru. I kept finding myself asking why us, what did we do wrong.... Know that you are not alone and that your baby girl is at the best place possible and will get amazing care. Also, know that we are hear and praying for you.

~*~ Allison ~*~ said...

I love you girl!! I wish I could just wrap you up in a great big hug & take all of this away.

But we serve an AWESOME God and He will use this to bring glory. What a testimony Alaina's birth story will be.

This song always calms my aching heart:

Bring the Rain
Mercy Me

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty

Many blessings,

Stephanie G. said...

Obviously you guys are surrounded by people who love you both dearly and would do ANYTHING for you. If you need somebody just to call and cry on the phone with, call me girl. I'll just listen, won't say a thing (unless you want me to ;o) Remember what I said the other night, God never wastes an experience, and you are going to be stronger for this...and be able to share an amazing testimony of faith and God's ability to move mountains when it's all over. Hold on girl. And call us, your friends, when it seems too much to handle. Love you bunches!

JWM said...

Allison (our former small group leader) has kept us up to date on Alaina's condition. We are praying hard for her and for you and Daddy to have peace that God is in control and is the ultimate father and will cover and protect her. God bless you and may he provide his strength to you to get through this.

All our love!
The Mionies

Heather said...

Sister Cat,

My heart is with you! You and your amazing family are in mine and Matthew's prayers. You know I'm a phone call away. If you need anything at all, call me. I'll get there as fast as I can! I love you bunche, but know that our Amazing Father in Heaven loves you that much more. May His strength carry you through this hard time. Remember Romans 8:28. You are loved by God, and called according to His purpose!!

Luv ya bunches!
Mother Mary Heather

Melissa said...

I am still praying that your little girl is healed, what you posted rang true with the birth of my baby girl as well. My pregnancy was fine, labor was fine but after being born she had airway issues and everything changed...we were transported to the Childrens Hospital and she was in the NICU for a month. I know what your going thru and am praying your little girl gets strong and healed.

Brittany said...

We're praying for you Stephanie and your sweet baby girl...she is just precious! It really breaks my heart that you, Scotlon and Alaina are having to go through this.

Joe and Abby said...

We love you and are praying so hard for you guys!!! Please keep us updated!!

Ames said...

My best friend of so many years,

We are praying and there are people all over this country praying for baby Alaina. People who have asked me daily how you're doing and how she is. when I haven't had an answer I have asked them to pray for healing and for peace. People who don't know you from Adam's house cat but in some way or another have been touched by your family. ;) We love you so much and Grandma Battles (jerad's grandma) has you, Scotlon and Alaina on the prayer circle at their church. You are on the prayer circle at ours. I stand in awe of His magnificent power and His unending love. While I have been unable to hold your hand physically you have never left my heart. What an awesome testimony you and your beautiful girl will have as she grows up. We love you SO MUCH!!

With love from Mama & Daddy Christopher; Mark, Meredith, Kennedy and JohnMark; Nana Lou; Marla & Cale, The Battles family and Jerad & I. We all send our love.

You never gave up. ;) I love you Steph.