Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Another Chapter in our Journey Begins

This journey started on March 18 when Brittany's water broke, a new chapter began on April 24 when Gaines was born, another chapter began on July 8 when we were transferred from DC, and now another chapter of this journey begins Friday. Gaines is coming home! Brittany and I will arrive at the hospital at 8:00 AM and his discharge should take about 1-3 hours. He should be in our home by Noon on Friday. Unbelievable...it took 142 days but we are finally taking him home from the hospital.

Brittany and I will never be able to thank all of you. You will never know how many of your comments touched our hearts and kept us strong through the storms. There was a time when we weren't sure if Gaines would come home...a time when we prayed for God to spare him. It is because of all of you, all of his prayer warriors, that he will be coming home this Friday. From the bottom of our hearts...thank you.

54 comments:

Stephanie Day said...

Congratulations! So happy for all 4 of you!

Karen said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! That is stupendous news!!!! Can only imagine how excited (& scared, maybe) ya'll are feeling right now. How exciting to have your 2 little boys under your own roof!

Will just keep on praying for total healing of Gaines and for a smooth transition to HOME.

Still praying in Oneonta

Jill said...

Congratulations!!! I'm sitting here with tears of joy for all of you. I will tell you from experience that leaving the NICU and bringing Gaines home will be the strangest combination of joy and fear you can ever imagine.

Ashley & Stephen Bauch said...

I have been following your story since the beginning-I'm SO happy for all of you!! Congratulations!

Andi said...

I have been following your journey for a long time and I am so happy for you both. Wha ta wonderful feeling to know your baby boy is coming home. Congrats from Springfield MO!!

Ashley Jo Anglin said...

Awesome! I cannot believe it has been that long. Yay for Gaines going home and I will keep praying that he just gets stronger!!!

A Growing Family said...

I have been following from day one and have loved watching God;s unique story for your lives unfold. I am so excited for you and know that Friday will be such a special day for your little family of four. What an exciting new chapter!

Shannon said...

I've been following for so long...YAY for you and your family!!!!

What a special, special day.

Please take pictures...I want to see that baby face:)

The Riedel Family said...

That is so WONDERFUL! The Lord is so great!! Can't wait to see this new chapter in your lives!

Marva said...

I am crying as I write this........How wonderful! Praise the Lord! What a true miracle......

Blessings always!

. said...

Praise the Lord!!!

Granna Girl said...

This is great news! I've been following Gaines' story from the start. Please update us every once in awhile and let us see how everyone is doing. God bless you and your family.

Deanna said...

I just choked up with a few tears reading your WONDERFUL news!! I am so happy for y'all, and will continue the prayers for a smooth transition. God is so good. Oh, and Roll Tide!!! : )

Makila said...

Congratulations! Still praying for all of you in Iowa!

The Ellis Family said...

Congratulations!!! I know that Friday night will be the most unusually peaceful night of sleep you have had in a long time!! Just to be under one roof.

Oh and by the way, you were one day sooner than we were in bringing him home! We were 143 days.

Congratulations on all of your amazing milestones!! Many more to come.

Kelly

Jennifer said...

congratulations!! i know ya'll are glad to be going home on friday.

this is such a wonderful answer to prayer!!

Amy Strickland said...

I am not sure how I came upon your blog but I have prayed each day since March for your family. I am so happy that you will finally all be home. Thank you for sharing your journey and allowing me to strengthen my faith. Good luck and please keep us posted as your bundle of joy grows. May God continue to bless all four of you :)

Beth said...

...and we will still keep praying! Congratulations!!

Hewett Happenings said...

Praise the Lord!!! I am so excited for all of you. I know this has been a long journey, and it certainly isn't over, but as you said, and new chapter is beginning.

Still praying in Oklahoma...

Andrew and Lauren Hess said...

Wonderful, wonderful news! I am so happy for you guys. Much luck and love to you all on Friday. I will be praying for a smooth transition home. It will be the BEST feeling in the world to have your whole family in the same place.

Lauren Hess

Giggles said...

Amazing! I am so happy for you all. Thank you for allowing us into your lives at a difficult time and for allowing us to follow the miracle of your precious baby boy! You have a special family!

Thomas and Jamie said...

Crying and thanking the sweet Lord for his enduring mercies and grace on your family!! HALLELUJAH and I mean that wholeheartedly. If it wouldn't wake my son up, I'd jump around and scream right now!! YEA YEA YEA YEA YEA!!!!!

Amanda said...

Praise God!!!! SO excited for your family!

Erica said...

PRAISE GOD!!! So very happy for you! What a WONDERFUL weekend the 4 of you will have together!!!

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The Stairs Family said...

Ive been a follower since you first started the blog and am so excited for you guys tonight. I am so excited this next journey is beginning and I really hope that you continue with the blog, I would definitely miss you guys!!

Bailey said...

Great news! Congratulations and I hope all goes well between now and then!

Jessica said...

Im so excited for you guys!!!! I cant wait to see pictures of him at HOME!!!!

Linda said...

I am SO happy for all of you. Bet you can't wait anymore. Congratulations!!

Donna said...

Oh, what exciting news! I will keep praying for a smooth transition and for healing for Gaines.

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

This is my favorite post ever!!! I have goosebumps!!!

Lollipoplin said...

Hooray! Congratulations!

Hokie Grandma said...

We are thrilled with this news. We pray God continues to hold you all in His mighty hands.

King J's Queen said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations!

chornady said...

Congratulations, God is so good!

Tiffany Lockette said...

Oh, I just got major chill bumps reading your post. I am so very happy for all of you and so proud of Gaines. I have thoroughly enjoyed following your blog and the progress Gaines has made is just truly amazing. It has been a long road for you guys but you made it, you get to bring your baby boy home. Now a new chapter begins. I hope you continue to blog so that we your faithful followers can watch Gaines as he grows. Congratulations, you guys deserve only happiness in the future.

Trish said...

Wonderful news!! I am so happy for all of you. Looking forward to pics of the big day & Gaines at home.

Emily said...

blessings to you and yours! That's awesome news!

Grammy Jane said...

So grateful for God's watchcare over each one of you. I'll be praying for this next step of your journey.

Lori said...

What wonderful news! Tears of joy are on my face as I write this. Please keep us posted on things, we've all become so attached to your family, for it will be like losing a friend, one we have come to love and pray for daily.

Coach's Wife said...

Sitting here with tears in my eyes! So happy for your entire family and pray the transition goes smoothly. God is great!

Charlee said...

That is SO wonderful. Praise the Lord !!!! We will continue to pray for you as you start this new journey. Give him a hug and kiss from all his Andalusia prayer warriors.

Becky said...

Tears of joy!!!

Brooke said...

This is so exciting! I've been reading since the beginning and am SO THRILLED to finally see those words. Please keep up the blog. It would mean so much to so many.

The Williamson's said...

This is wonderful news! Congratulations!! I'm so happy for y'all and I'll be praying that everything goes well during this transition. I can tell by reading that y'all are wonderful parents and you'll do a great job at hom with him. I know you will be over joyed to finally have your family under one roof. Again, Congrats!!

Heather Alison said...

What wonderful, wonderful news to have all of you under one roof. Thanks for sharing this journey with so many and bringing glory to God in the process. I trust He will continue to guide and provide for all of you as you walk with Him.
Heather, at GW

Diana said...

SO happy for y'all! It has been quite the journey with a wonderfully happy ending! I will be praying for your transition home that it will be smooth. Let the good times begin!

Heather Blood said...

I have been following your blog for a while now and even though I am a stranger to you I am so happy for your sweet family! I hope things continue to go well with Gaines and that the transition is a smooth one!

Mary said...

Congrats!!
What exciting news. I hope the next chapter of your story brings nothing but happiness and smiles.
:-)

Laralee said...

What wonderful, wonderful news. Praise God!

Still praying!

Kristi J said...

How incredibly wonderful and exciting! Congrats guys!

Julie said...

Praise God!! I am shedding tears of happiness for you right now. Again, praise God!!! Such wonderful news :)

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Amber. said...

What great news! It was SO great reading this post!! I have been reading your blog from the beginning and it's so awesome to see how far God has brought your little guy. All the best! I will continue to pray for your family.