Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From the Carders

First of all, we want to thank Ann for keeping this blog updated. She has been doing a great job and we really appreciate it. She’ll probably continue doing it for a while as things remain busy around here.

We want to write more and we’ll never be able to thank everyone enough for all the support you have been throughout this entire pregnancy but especially during these past several days. Your prayers are being felt and God is filling us with peace. We have a long road ahead of us so please keep praying. Thank you for all the calls, visits, food, gift baskets, letters. We are overwhelmed at how God is taking care of us. I believe God looks down on His children and just loves watching them take care of each other. Everyone is just scurrying around and taking care of whatever we need. It is very humbling being on the receiving end of all the generosity. But we want you to know your generosity is resulting in thanksgiving to God and glory to Him.

We had a great day today. Ella started feeding through a feeding tube. We won’t know how her organs react to it for a day or so. Feeding is a very big hurdle for babies that have this surgery so be praying that everything works the way it is supposed to work.

The surgeon met with the “wound care team” this morning (a team of doctors and nurses who specialize in wound care – “wound care team”- fitting name). They will begin using a new type of dressing (ranch instead of thousand island – thanks Ann for that joke). Seriously, they will be using a new type of dressing that hopefully will help her incision heal quicker. It will provide negative pressure that will continuously suck out any unnecessary fluid in her abdomen. They will put this dressing on tomorrow and try it for a couple weeks. Pray that her incision heals quickly.

Again, thank you for all the prayers. We love all of you and we’ll continue to keep you updated as things progress.

Amy, Rick, Eva and Ella


Courtney said...

Thinking of and praying for you guys constantly! We so look forward to Ella's continued recovery and eventually her debut at small group! Won't that be a special day?!!! We're missing you guys!

Anonymous said...

Great joke, Ann. We're so glad to hear about such a big day for sweet Eva. We love you all and are grateful for every small victory.


Nancy Giurlanda said...

So glad to hear sweet Ella starting her feeding today and we are praying that all goes well with that and for her continued progress. I sure wish there was something I could do in some way to help you..just know you are all in my heart and how very much I love you and I pray for continued good news (and good jokes, Ann !!)

Chris & Amanda Farrell said...

We are thinking about you guys and praying for you. What a beautiful family you have - 2 sweet little girls!

Thanks Ann for all the update blogs - it has been so great to hear all the details and specific prayer requests.

-Amanda Clark Farrell

Jamie Ridgell said...

We are continuously praying and thinking of ya'll every day. We are so thankful to hear that Ella is doing to great and that Amy's B/P is better. We love you guys.
- Jamie

mindy said...

Each day...more good news. Just so thankful that everything is progressing smoothly. I look forward to seeing you soon! Hugs to all, but especially my sweet Eva!

Kedra said...

We love you & will keep praying for full healing! Praise God for the recovery so far!

Smang said...

I have been thinking of you often and praying for you and little Ella. I came across your blog right after Gavin was born and saw that he and Ella share a birth day. He was born early in the morning. I know how hard it is to have your little one in the NICU and I am praying for a quick recovery for her. I was praising God when I heard how the surgery went well. I'll continue to pray for all of you. Much love, Angie

Anonymous said...

The Boilla Family is praying hard for sweet baby Ella. Jake says his own special prayer for her every night. We love you guys!

Bogle said...

Hey Carder Family,
Adam and I have been praying for you guys every morning. I am glad to get the updates from your blog. I know you guys have so much going on right now and are probably a bit overwhelmed. I just wanted you to know that we are thinking about you guys and praying for you daily. We can't wait to meet that sweet little girl and are excited to get to be with you all again soon.

Adam & Leslie Thomas