Sunday, September 27, 2009

Love these kind of days

Today has been an awesome day for all three of our beautiful little girls. Ashlyn once again proves she is a fighter. Today she has urinated well. We were so happy to hear this great news as she had not been urinating much at all yesterday. She has urinated approximately 203cc's to this point. We hope and pray that she will continue to pee pee well. Thomas always playfully tells her every time he sees her that "if you pee pee, mommy and daddy will be able to take you home". I think Ashlyn has heard daddy and really wants to go home. Grandma Benedict (my mother) kept telling us this weekend that Ashlyn will have a great day on Sunday. She was right and I guess we should never doubt a Grandma's intuition. At today's visit, we were able to hold little Ashlyn for the second time. It's always such a spiritual and a bonding experience when we hold our girls. While I'm holding them, I'm in awe. I'm amazed as I watch them. As I look into their beautiful faces, I feel at peace and am full of love. What a special blessing they are!

Haley had a great day as well today. They were able to wean her O2 down to 40%, which is awesome. Rachel also had an a great day. Her last chest x-ray looked really good and they have increased the amount of breast milk she is getting. Rachel really likes to lay on her tummy. She looked so cute today laying on her tummy. She was wearing her cute pink hat.

Over all this Sabbath day has been great for our family. I know that there is a loving Father in Heaven who is hearing all our prayers. He will do what is right for our little family. He doesn't always seem to do everything I want, but he does do every thing I need, and what is best for us as a family. I know he sees the whole picture and I have only a glimpse. I firmly believe that God will not try us more than what is absolutely necessary for our growth and learning. We have been so blessed through out this whole experience even in our hardest moments. God is in the details of our lives.

Us holding Ashlyn

Mommy loves holding Ashlyn

Daddy adores his little Ashlyn

Rachel so cute on her tummy


  1. Did you ever think you would care so much about pee and poop? ;) Glad to hear the girls had a good day yesterday! There will be many more to come, I'm sure!

  2. Congrats on the good day! I love that little hat on Rachel--cute, cute, cute.

  3. Once again, horray for pee! I'm so happy to hear about Ashlyn's improvements, she's such a fighter! You and your family are such an amazing example of strength!!

    Praying for you always,

    Christina McKinney

  4. Amanda/Thomas, so glad to hear that the girls are getting stronger everyday. Such amazing little girls, who we can tell want to go home with their Mommy and Daddy. God Bless, Sherri

  5. Loving the pictures and of course Happy to hear more steps in the right direction! Wooooo Hooo! - The Halls (W,E,W & B) KW1

  6. I love these kind of days too! The pictures are so cute... Rachel looks great in her new pink hat. I'm happy to know that she and Haley continue to grow strong. Little Ashlyn is a tropper and will continue to surprise us. Fall 7 times, stand up 8! Congratulations!
    Love, Claudia

  7. Such wonderful news!! I love that picture of Rachel, what a cutie!!
    Michelle in Egl Mt.

  8. great news. keep up the good work girls. I love seeing the pictures of your daughters thank you for sharing them.

  9. i am always so happy to hear your good news! you are an incredible family but i don't think you have any idea how much you are loved by all of us, the StanselJourney fan club. keep up the good work little ones, Mommy and Daddy will be so happy to get you home with them! love, Erma

  10. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. And we hope that everyday will be a great day for them. Give them hugs for all of us.


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