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Henry’s Heart

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hey friends,

Josie and I are returning to the closest semblance of  normalcy we can muster. Jude is home-home, dinners are not defrosted or on-the-run (for the most part), and Henry is starting to show (favorable) sleeping patterns. We just recently remembered that we are church planting. We are going on walks. Jude is saying “ma-ma” & “da-da” with reckless abandon.

I thought I would share the latest on Henry’s health – so you can praise God in your prayers, and continue to ask his protection over Henry. Henry recently had a cardiology follow-up (see sci-fi photo above). Some of you know that Henry was diagnosed very early with two congenital heart defects: a moderate Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), and a *slight* coarctation of the aorta. Doctors said surgery was a sure thing – but monitored heart growth while he was in the NICU.

Back to his cardiology check-up. The cardiologist was very pleased to renege on his promise of surgery. It appears the VSD has become so very minor, that surgery will not be required. And the coarctation is no longer a concern. There is a slight murmur still – but it is not a major concern. We don’t need to describe to you how humbling and relieving this is to us. God’s abundant mercy to Henry feels awkward – no other way to describe it. We are thanking Jesus.

Henry’s next check-up (in a week) relates to his lung disease, BPD – and it is then that he could be released from his oxygen. Please pray for this. What a relief this would be to us (and Henry!).

Also, please pray that Henry would develop well: sight, muscle control, alertness. We are so far pleased with his development, but we still need to be in vigilant prayer about this.

Love you all,




In Uncategorized on May 11, 2011 at 1:55 am

Hey all,

Today we took Henry to the BPD clinic (for his lung disease), and they decided to stop his medications, including his diuretic. That means that Henry is only receiving oxygen. This is good progress, but please be in prayer that his body withstands the transition. Also, we are only to use the apnea monitor for night time. Less cords during the day. Such a relief.

Henry weighs 8lb 7oz at the moment, which is rather amazing (Jude was born around this weight full term). We are thankful that he is growing and feeding well. Please continue to pray.

We will keep you all updated.


Joe & Josie

Hey, I’m 3 mo. old now

In Uncategorized on May 1, 2011 at 1:42 am

(and my eyes are blue)