06 January, 2010

enough is ENOUGH.

Make no mistake about it,
despite the "realities" I'm bombarded with on a daily basis,
I know my son is leaving this hospital a vision of health,
but in the interim his condition is absolute
torture to observe.
.
I'm just desperate to offer him some sort of relief.
That's my singular JOB as a mother, right?
.
To protect and comfort my child.
.
But I couldn't protect him and now I can't comfort him
and that's an absolutely miserable way to feel.
.
He's currently so completely swollen that
they call him the Michelin Baby. . .
.
I have to say that I think the nickname
is the understatement of the century.
.
His skin is just so taut that it looks like it could literally
tear open at any given moment.
.
His eyes look like he has those ginormous marshmellows
tucked up under their lids.
.
It's so bad that I'm not posting a picture
because I'm afraid it is just too disturbing.
.
He bears NO semblance to his former self.
.
Sometimes I cry because I'm afraid
I'm forgetting what he looks like.
.
He's in a lot of danger if his vascular system
doesn't get it's act together and kick it
into high gear pretty soon here.
.
He's just so deathly ill that he's got these leaky veins
and because of that
fluid is leaking into his tissues making him swell.
.
Normally they administer a drug called Lasix,
which is a diuretic designed to increase the body's excretion of urine.
Unfortunately this drug is causing
Gavin's blood pressure to dip dangerously low.
.
soooo. . .
we just need to invest our prayers and faith
into his body figuring this out on its own.
.
So again, let's all
PRAY FOR PEE!!!
.
aaaaand of course healthy heart functioning.
.
So far his heart has been hanging in there,
but in yesterday's echocardiogram we
saw a little distress. . .
.
hoping that AWESOME plasma exchange will help with that!
.
Alllllllll that said:
God is with us!
We are being carried through with courage,
confidence and strength.
.
God is good!
.
Thank you. A trillion times over.
Aaaand one more time,
just for good measure:
THANK YOU!
.
**While I've gotcha here,
please say a little prayer for 7 month old baby Blake
who was inadvertently given a perscription of VALIUM
by the pharmacy instead of his cold med!**
.
**And one more for 10 year old Ashly
who was hit by a car yesterday morning
(right in front of her sweet mother)
on her way to school**
.
Seems like everyone around us needs a prayer and a miracle.
Happily there's definitely a surplus of both!
.
A million loves!
.
Nat

222 comments:

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kara said...

oh natalie. you are a rock. and you WILL be granted the miracle little gavin needs. I KNOW IT. prayer has more power than we could ever comprehend.

Kelli Radmall said...

Still praying for Pee!
Could that baby Blake possibly be Lindy's baby Blake? We are already praying for him today. Whether or not it is him, I can't believe they gave that baby Valium. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Thanks for keeping us in yours. You are too good.

Dorinda Peyton said...

Sweet Sweet Natalie. I've never met you but just felt so bonded to you when I read your posts as I have my very own Gavin. My Gavin is almost five though and already the energetic spunky boy your Gavin will certainly become. As I read your posts, beginning from his sweet arrival until today, I simply cannot imagine the roller coaster that you are riding, nor can I imagine penning the same words about my baby boy. I can only grasp a fraction of how helpless you feel and it overflows my heart with desperate sadness. I am praying and praying boldly for Gavin. Jehovah Rapha is the great healer and despite your not being able to hold Gavin in your arms right now, you know that He is. Not one second of this terrible experience has passed without His complete knowledge or presence. He walks before you preparing your path and yet, somehow, doesn't leave your side. It's a priviledge serving an omnipresent God! I'll be checking back to see how much that little angel is progressing, and praying for his healing, your peace and comfort, the doctor's wisdom, the nurse's love and pee, lots and lots of pee! :)

Larry Reeves said...

I'm so sorry to hear of his current condition. We're praying for pee over here and sending our love and faith your way! Hold on, Gavin! Pee, buddy, PEE!!!!!

Brady and Rachel said...

Oh Nat. What I imagine you are going through is unbearable to even consider, and I'm sure in reality I can't comprehend what all you are going through, so what I imagine does not even close to reality. I am so sorry! The Lord tests Faith in the deepest darkest of circumstances. I would say you guys are ACE-ING that test! Praying Gavin's turnaround comes VERY VERY VERY SOON! Immediately actually! I've never prayed so hard for PEE, to be honest, I can't remember a time I have EVER prayed for pee before yesterday. When you worry you can't remember what little Gavin really looks like, remember your husband's amazing pictures he took of Gavin and you back in Hawaii (I hope you have them somewhere handy on your phone, computer, etc, blog) and look at those. The angels, both earthly and heavenly will continue to carry you through, including the rock of an angel by your side (Richie). Never give up. Though I know you won't. We are Praying specifically for whatever you need us too. We look forward to seeing you guys this summer in Hawaii with all 4 of your sweet boys!

Becky said...

I've been stopping to pray for your sweet little boy all throughout the day at work! Thank-you so much for keeping us so updated so we constantly know what to pray for.

Emily Ruth said...

I posted a Praying for Gavin button and html code on my blog. I hope thats okay to use the sweet image of your precious baby. (Let me know if not)

http://fromthegridandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/01/prayers-needed.html

There have been 5 specific times today (already) that I've felt impressed to stop and pray for Gavin and I know I'm in good company with hundreds who have acted on the same promptings.
Sending more love from San Diego.
~The Childers

Anonymous said...

I am continually amazed by your strength! It is truly the hardest thing for a mother to watch her tiny baby suffer and not be able to comfort! I wish when I was in a circumstance similar to yours (but not nearly so serious) that I would have been so strong. You are an amazing example!!!

klbuley said...

Thinking of you!!!! HOLD ON! Help is coming.
---long time reader,
Kristen B

Kari Crowe said...

Praying for pee.

Vanessa Lee said...

i'm praying for gavin and am believing with you. he will be well in the name of Jesus!

Lillian said...

Your faith is so inspiring! Our family is praying for your sweet son, and even my 18 month old daughter folds her arms whenever I say his name now. We love you and are praying for you and have such great faith and hope that he'll make it. God IS good! And our Savior is with Him. He's fighting with Gavin. You're right! And your beautiful son is putting up an amazing fight. And he will win! Keep hope alive, and thank you for inspiring all of us through this trial. You're amazing. We keep praying for Gavin and you and your husband and the rest of your sweet family.

Thanks for the constant updates. It's good to know how he's progressing--and he's doing exactly that.

GossamerJewelBox said...

Hey. You know, I don't know you, but I ran across a "Pray for baby Gavin" status update on Facebook, and I came here to find out about him.

I know that right now, there are no words that will comfort you. That, in some ways, you are just alone, and you can't do a thing for your baby. I know how that feels. And I know that you might not have the chance to read this, but I hope, by the grace of God you will have a moment and stumble across this post because hopefully, some of what I have to say might help you, and your little one fight.

In September, my daughter, who was then 18 months old pulled a dresser and television over onto herself. The details about her and that day are unimportant, except to say that her skull was nearly shattered and she spent several days in the PICU with tubes, and braces and a lot of unanswered questions. Indeed, the doctors and nurses at Primary Childrens Hospital are Angels.

My daughter was given countless priesthood blessings. I was given a few. And she recovered remarkably. Aparently, most children die on contact. My daughter was a miracle child. After 3 days, there was only one real problem left- the right side of her face had a nerve that had been pinched and she could not move the right side of her face at all.

As a mother, I know you can empathise with, not only my joy and infinate gratitude that my sweet angel girl would for certain live, but also for my desire for her to be 'normal'. I felt guilty for wanting to ask my Father in Heaven for anything more than the miracles he had already given her.

The last night in the hospital, the nurses let me sleep in her room with her, and I spent the entire night not quite awake or asleep. And the whole night I begged and begged and begged. If he would just give Scarlet one more miracle and heal her precious little face, then I would NEVER ask for a single miracle again. EVER.

The answer I got to my begging astounded me, and I know for sure it was my Heavenly Father who told me this, because it really isn't anythign I would have thought up myself.

He told me that that was ridiculous and that my promise was false because 1. I am the mother of 3 children, all under the age of 4, and there will be even more children. There will likely be other accidents of various kinds throughout my many years of motherhood, and I will, in fact, ask for a miracle again. And 2. Why in the world would my Father, who wants everything in the world that is good for me and my children, want me to stop asking for miracles? That part was all in my head in pictures, but the next part was in words, and I remember the voice. "Ask away, and let your faith prove me true."

Like I said, I don't know you. I have never met you, I have only been reading your blog for the last half hour, but I can tell that you have faith that is probably stronger than my own. I am rooting for you and your family, but mostly for your son. The answer to MY prayer wasn't really just for me. And so I pass it along to you:

Ask for miracles, and let your faith prove Him true.

Lorraine said...

Nat, just wanted to let you know I posted the need for prayer for Gavin on my facebook status and have tons of responses tonight of strangers to you who have promised to pray & they will. How awesome that though none of us know you personally, the Father who connects us knows exactly who we are praying for when we lift Gavin up to Him. He's promised to go before us and level the mountains and break through gates of steel, He knows the plans He has for us, ... to give us a hope and a future. Praying for continued grace and strength and rest for you and your husband and those who stand by to support and love you.
Lorraine B

Rachel Clarke said...

Praying for Gavin and those two other little ones. My heart just wrenches for your families. I pray for peace and comfort for you guys as well as healing and lots of peeing and vascular health for Gavin.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

I came over from DPS and Darren's post... Had to laugh about all the pee talk. :) My son was born 8 weeks premature and we lived in fear of RSV - he is now a very health 7 yo. Thinking good thoughts for you too!

Best,
Aimee

Tiffany said...

Natalie I just heard about Gavin. Our prayers are with you and your family. We had a very similar experice when Tosh was born and I totally know what you are going through. Just remember Heavenly Father knows you and what you stand in need of. He got Scott and I through it and I know he will be there for you and Richie. You are in our hearts and prayers. You have a great attitude and I know you can and will get through this.

Midwest Mommy said...

I have been praying for the last two days. I will continue to keep your little guy in my thoughts and prayers.

Michelle said...

Thanks for the update...I've been stalking your blog all day for little Gavin updates! {{HUGS}}

katie said...

praying hard in Mississippi. Go Gavin Go! You are an inspiration. Praying so hard....

Angie said...

Natalie, I found your blog through a friend's facebook post and I wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers have been with you and Gavin all day. As a mother myself, I can't imagine how hard this is for you, but your strength is amazing. My prayers are with you, Gavin, and your entire family at this time.

ashley said...

thanks for giving us another reason to believe in miracles. it's so sweet to hear little ones pray for baby gavin! we are rooting for you guys!

Beth S said...

Hi Natalie. I've just read your story and little Gavin's and my heart goes out to you and your family. Remember angels walk with us everyday. Stay strong. Sending love, strength and prayer your way. I'll be watching to see how you make out. Take care. Hoping for pee and a miracle to heal all for you.

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Lisa said...

so i prayed for a little baby named gavin last night. a little baby who is the exact same age as my little henry (born november 4th 2009...what is gavin's b-day?). i can't even imagine what you are going through right now. it is at this point that you want to cuddle them and kiss their cheek so much that you can't stop. please know how inspired i am by your faith and i will continue to be praying for all of you.

stef j. said...

still totally praying for you... every meal time, nap time, and spontaneously throughout the day.

addi finally just asked, "who's baby gavin? we pray for him... lots of prayers?"

we love y'all.

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your little man all the way from a little town about an hour out of Sydney, Australia. My thoughts are with you. Discovered your blog through Scarlet Lillians request for prayers for Gavin from Facebook.
Marsha x

Kristen said...

Nat,
You have friends in Tonga praying for you. Just wanted you to know.

'ofa atu,
Kris

Stephen M. R. said...

Natalie and Richie, I'm in NYC now and praying for Gavin there. I have faith and I believe in miracles. Lots of love.

Biktor said...

And He is really with you and He is going to give you peace and happiness.

Holladay Photo said...

oh no- we are so sorry to hear about this...kids being sick or hurt is truly one of the most horrible things in the world. when atticus was an infant he developed pneumonia when someone brought their sick child over without telling us. we were horrified and that was minor compared to Gavin. hang in there, good energy going to everyone. you guys will be done with this soon!

patria and mark

missy said...

oh natalie...I am molly's friend in california. just wanted to tell you that I am praying for you and Gavin (and the rest of your boys!).

I am in the hospital too. My little 15 month old has pneumonia. Fighters. our little people are fighters aren't they?

praying, praying...xoxo

Hey Ho it's Ashleigh Noel said...

I am Lindsay Ross's friend...since we were 5.

I just wanted to comment.
When my daughter was 4 weeks she was put in the PICU with a severe case of RSV. She was deathly Ill-but after 8 days she was able to come home. I can't imagine how you are feeling. I am praying for you, your husband, your other children and your sweet babe.
Try to get rest. Try to keep the faith. Keep your chin up and remember the divine plan. Sealed together forever. He is yours. He always will be. I will pray for him and his little body to fight this, and to fight hard!
with love-
Ashleigh Hansen

Danya said...

Praying HARD for you and Gavin up here in Montreal. I'm calling in all my angels to watch over him and help him heal. I believe in miracles!

Jill said...

I don't know you personally, a friend posted a link to your blog from hers. But I did want to say that I'm so sorry... there's little worse than feeling helpless when your kids are struggling like this. You have my heartfelt prayers and very best wishes.

Alex Monroe said...

Hi Natalie, I am Arica Young's little sister. I am praying for little Gavin. And you. I have seen a situation similar to this before, from the perspective of the 13 year old nanny. I can't say I know what you are feeling and going through, But I can say that I know the feeling of loving a perfect little infant abundantly and then (in my case) watching them be swept away. I KNOW and pray that this will not happen to you, and I offer my deepest, most sincere sympathy to you, along with constant prayer. Hoping for good news!!

Tracy I. said...

Love, hugs, thought and prayers to little Gavin and the rest of your family from the Ingram Ohana.

Lauren said...

Having a daughter {named "Life" before she was born} who was on ECMO and doctors without a doubt believed would not make it, I feel strangely connected to your story. May God's power rest on Gavin and may he heal his sweet body for his glory. Praying along side the thousands of others...

~Psalm 91 was a great encouragement to us when we were in the dark valley. May it bring you hope.

Blessings beyond measure.
~Lauren Larsen

Yaminette said...

Boston has Gavin covered in prayers in Jesus's name, AMEN.

a mermaid said...

You've all been in my heart and constant prayers all night and day. So worried but so very hopefull. We love you!

Thomas and Stephanie Robertson

Kiley and Amy said...

Little Ava and I are praying.

Linda said...

We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers from Edmonton, AB Canada.

David said...

I pray that God will grant healing, health, strength, and mercy to Gavin. I commend you for your commitment to his well-being. God bless you and keep you. In Jesus' name. Amen

IanLozada said...

Just wanted you to know I've been praying for you the last 2 nights after seeing a friend of a friend's tweet. Keep believing. Our God is a God of compassion.

sabofamily said...

(((hug))) and my family is praying for pee!!
I live far away (in Brazil), and know a friend of yours (Damaris Santos-Palmer) and just felt the need to leave you a virtual hug.

Mariko said...

Natalie, You and Your Baby are Amazing.
Capitals are necessary here.
And I am definitely praying for you both. Hopefully we'll be seeing you both soon in Hawaii.

Trisha Chan said...

hang in there norton family!!
remember, God doesn't give us more trials and tribulations than we can handle. He will deliver! and He is SO GOOD!

Lindsey Briggs said...

Natalie,

I don't know you and I don't know if there's anything I can say that would be of any comfort to you, but I love you and God loves you. We prayed for baby gavin tonight and all I can say is God is with you what ever may come. Yours is a great faith, and faith can move mountains and heal sick babies and broken heart. Jesus is the Christ and I pray his healing power surrounds you and your family.

God bless you and Baby Gavin.

Buckland Family said...

Natalie, you are amazing! You are such a great example to me. We are still praying over here for your little guy. Thanks for the updates! XOXO!!!

Karen said...

Thank you to Damaris for including me in this great circle of prayers for your very sick baby. I have recently been thinking of these verses of scripture in Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Anchorage Alaska Temple today and added Gavin's name for prayer. I've had children spend enormous amounts of time in PICU so my heart and tears are with all of you. ~Laurel in Alaska

Carolyn West said...

Natalie,
I have been praying intensly for Gavin and for your family, especially you, as a mother to see your baby struggle so!
Dear God,
Bless this baby, wrap your healing hands around his sick little body and bring forth the strength he needs to pull thru, Keep gentle watch over his parents and his brothers and grant them peace in this time of great trial, little Gavin needs their strength as well, God, bless the doctors and nurses to do all they need to do and make the right choices!Dear God, keep little Ashly and Blake in your healing arms as well,
Amen!
Much love,
Carolyn (Steph's cousin)

Anonymous said...

The last time my son was in the hospital he was having problems peeing. So the medically complex team dropped some peppermint oil on some cotton balls. A couple were put in his diaper and a couple up by his head on the pillow. One time it worked quickly and the other time it took awhile. Worth a try.~Laurel

Terry and Bethany Green said...

prayer is a powerful thing and then when you add millions of prayers from all over the world you can only expect great miracles. I know faith is sometimes a challenging word to comprehend but it is with FAITH that you will make it through this. I have great faith that we have a loving father in heaven who is watching over all of us and our little ones. He knows our every need and performs miracles daily. This is your time for a miracle. thank you for sharing this hard time with all of us bloggers. It is humbling and inspiring. My every prayer is with you and your family that you may feel comfort and that your sweet little angel boy will continue to fight and win this great battle.
Bethany

Ananda said...

Praying for you and Gavin, and YES, he will leave the hospital WHOLE. Even though I don't know you, visualize a random stranger giving you a great, big supportive hug.

Lori Preece said...

Hi Natalie:
I am Erin Low's Mom in California. I am now praying for Gavin too. I have seen so many miracles in my life. They do happen, believe in them! Our Heavenly Father does want to bless us and I am praying he gives you the desires of your heart.
Lori

lovingmylife said...

My heart aches for you! Praying for pee!

Ingrid said...

I have been following your journey. My heart and my prayers go out to you courageous mother, and to your beautiful, beautiful baby boy.

Noelle said...

We are praying with and for you guys Natalie!

Cheryl said...

Prayers for continued strength for your precious son to battle this illness,prayers for continued wisdom for the medical staff that surround your son and prayers for you and your family that you sense the prayers of others and the love of God every moment of every day.

Amy Gregory said...

We've been so worried about little Gavin, and all of you. He is constantly in our prayers. Your family has been through so much. We just love you guys and pray that he will improve. What a scary ordeal. Know that you are in good hands at Primary's. Call us if we can help watch your little boys. Love you all, Stuart & Amy Gregory

EricandLauren said...

I was called tonight by a dear friend and asked to read this story because she was so touched by it. My family is keeping Gavin and your family in our thoughts and prayers tonight and every night. Just having a baby myself with minor breathing problems after birth, very minor to what your baby is dealing with, but as a mother I know how absolutely terrifying something like this can be. So just know you got a lot of people pulling for you, I have a huge family. I truly hope that everything works out for your precious baby, hang in there! Please keep us updated for we will be back for new information! Much love from Georgia!

Anonymous said...

Baby Gavin is lucky to be under the wonderful care of the angels at PCMC. My son had to have multiple surgeries as an infant and I am so grateful for the skill and love they have there. Our prayers are with you.

Natalee said...

Dearest Nat,

I gathered my little ones around me today and we said a prayer for baby Gavin, several times today. My little Mahina has never been more reverent during a prayer. She knows how important this is. Your faith is such a testimony to all. May God and his Angels continue to be with you. Sending a big virtual hug your way. All our aloha,
Rex and Nat

Anonymous said...

I am praying for you and your family. May the Lord, our God bring comfort, healing and a miracle. I pray for strength for you and your family, for the doctors to figure out what is wrong and for a miracle.

Casting Faith Photos said...

Praying for Pee!! And I've put you on our prayer list at our church, keep the faith and may God's grace be upon you. From Deep South Texas/Mexico Border, Katie

Desiree and Lars said...

I'm just another stranger....praying hard for you, Gavin and your family. Stay strong hunny...I totally admire your strength!! God is good!

amanda said...

my little family has prayed for gavin tonight, prayed for your family. i hope God moves in a mighty way for your little gavin!

Carey said...

Sending more prayers and wishes of healthy for baby Gavin and for the other children you so graciously mentioned. Stay strong and keep the faith.

Jenny Bracken said...

As a mother of three boys my heart breaks for you and what you are going through with your little Gavin. You dont know me but i want you to know i am praying for you, Gavin and your family. All 3 of my boys started out this life not held by me but by the miracle workers you call Angels. All 3 were born early and what got me through those weeks was knowing that my Heavenly Father was ALWAYS there. NO MATTER WHAT!!!! You are such an example to me.....Lots of LOVE and PRAYERS from Southern Utah:)

L y s h a said...

We're praying for your sweet little guy and for your entire family. (From Auburn, AL)

melissa oholendt said...

This morning I ran across a plea for prayers for your son by a friend and literally sat in the shower and sobbed. Your story touched my heart so profoundly. When you told your son, you WILL make it through this, do NOT give up and you said the angels squared their shoulders I could find no better analogy (and it wasn't even an analogy!) for God smiling down at you and give you (and the docs and your boy!) the confidence they needed.

I saw your tweet just a minute ago about your hail mary for Gavin and I am praying as fervently as I know how for another miracle.

You are so so loved, your boy is so so loved.

Andria of Andria Lewis Events said...

I am SO praying for your strength during this time. Sons are so super special to us moms. As God moves His hands let us be calm in spirit with his decisions.

Muah! Much, much love!

Simply Divine Photography said...

Dear Natalie,
I just came across your post today...I am praying so hard for your little boy. We lost a son and I would never, ever want that to happen to anyone I know ever again.
My prayers go up for little Gavin...and my heart and prayers also go out to your whole family.
May the powerful healing of God prevail in his life and give him back to you new and whole again...
I will also pray for Blake who was given the wrong perscription and for 10 year Ashley that was hit by a car...Dear God let all these children be okay.
I send a heartfelt hug your way...
May God be your comfort and strength...
Love Susan

Hannahlee said...

I just saw your recent tweets and burst into tears. Please feel the love from Washington for you, your family and the dear little one. May God bless you - thanks for your beautiful example of peace.

Mary said...

hi there natalie,

i've been following your blog for a while and my heart is upside-down just reading about this, what you're going through. i hope you can be encouraged knowing that we prayed for you in praise band practice last night here in hope town, bahamas. my husband and i are keeping you in our prayers many times throughout our days.

peace be with you.

Emma said...

I don't know you, but as a mother... I read your story like we were sisters and ached for you. I felt proud of your strength, amazed at your trust and desperate for your son. I will pray for you and hope for you and your sweet baby boy.

Anonymous said...

just want to say i'm so sorry. my family will keep him in our prayers tonight. my friend posted your link on FB & i can't really see what i'm writing right now cause of all my tears. my heart goes out to you. prayers work. God is good. through these tough times all we can do is leave it in his hands.....
xoxo

Amanda Carrin said...

I found your page through a facebook friend who posted a link to your blog along with a request for prayer for your baby/family. We live in Kansas City Missouri and I always look for ways to love and support others through Christ's love. Please know that a family in KC,MO, is praying healing, peace, and the power of the Lord over your situation.

God bless,
Amanda Carrin

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, I know Demaris and I read her blog. she mentioned your son on it. You and I have babys born in the same month of 2009. I am sooooooooooooooooooooo sorry you are going through this and I am so sorry for your baby. It is the hardest thing in the world to watch them suffer. You are an amazing parent and I know the Lord has a plan for you and your baby. I will definitely pray for a speedy recovery. My heart goes out to your family and I wish there was more people could do for you, but prayers are best and prayers will be sent.
much love
Amanda Jones

Darcy @ m3b said...

Praying for Gavin from Des Moines, Iowa.

Praying for peace for you and your family.

xoxox,
Darcy

Sara G said...

Sending Gavin and your family lots of positive vibes and prayers. I believe Gavin can keep going strong and overcome this, he's already shown what a little fighter he can be. I can add my family to the pee prayers too, because as life would have it, we are praying for the same thing here for my brother. I'm hoping we can both celebrate a P party soon.

Michelle said...

Praying for Gavin in Spokane Washington.

((((hugs))))

thoughtful day said...

you are amazing and my prayers are with you and pee. i have so much love for him as if he were my own. my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brooke said...

Praying for Gavin and the other children you are around <3

The Sandy Bottom Crew said...

Hi there! I was referred to your blog from a friend and i just want you to know that you are sooo right. God is Good. And our prayers are with you. I too live on the North Shore. Mother of 3. If you have time my blog is www.rebokbeck.blogspot.com.
Hang in there!
{Becky}

Laureen said...

prayers for you all from British Columbia, Canada. I'm SO sorry little Gavin is having to fight so hard and go through so much...may your faith bring you comfort,

laureen

Barb said...

We're praying for your sweet baby here in Fargo, ND.

liko said...

lasix, yes, faith was on that after her surgery. baby gavin, keep fighting. he's trying, don't give up and get too tired yet!!

Anonymous said...

Praying for Gavin in South Florida. My love, hope and prayers are with you and your family during this time. God Bless. ~ Jessica ~

liko said...

and i know what you mean about not wanting to take pictures of him like that. you don't want to remember him under those circumstances.

Anonymous said...

I'm blubbering like a baby as I write this...love and prayers from San Diego ...

Anonymous said...

Stay strong and hang in there!!! Praying for you and your family...

Katie Martin said...

I am praying now...praying....

Heidi said...

Praying for Gavin. So hard. Nonstop. We love you!
Love, Heidi & Adam

Holli said...

Oh, natalie! thinking of you constantly and truly hoping and praying for gavin. much love, holli

Danna said...

your family has been in my thoughts all day, my heart is hurting for you all and I am sending every ounce of positiveness for baby Gavin and a miracle recovery that I can.

xoxox

Aurora Photography said...

Praying for you and your sweet Gavin *HUGS*

Amy said...

Been praying for Gavin, your family, and the PICU staff and getting others to do the same. I love your faith in all of this...

Just praying and waiting.

Nicole said...

I am praying for your family. Thank you to DPS for sending out your story.

Keep hanging onto God, and in those moments that you can't, I promise He is hanging onto you.

Gavin is a handsome little man. Even if your mind forgets once in a while, your heart never will. =)

Nicole

kristen said...

Praying with faith for sweet Gavin, and for you, Natalie.

(And for Blake and Ashly.)

-brittany- said...

I can not even begin to fathom what you are feeling right now! Continued love and prayers from tn! xoxo

Joy Nudd said...

Praying for you in TN. I was a NICU nurse before I turned photographer. It takes me back to the strong babies and parents and all what you are going through. I just saw your recent tweet and through tears I am praying hard and ask God for peace.

Joy and Garrett Nudd

(PS. tried to post earlier, sorry if it posts twice).

Sarah Kuhner said...

I am a NICU Rn and have seen little ones struggle through so much. Stay strong for Gavin and love him with every ounce of your being. It is amazing the miracles that I have seen. They do happen! Stay strong in the LORD. He will uphold you with His mighty right hand. I will keep Gavin and you in my prayers.

monica pingol said...

praying for your baby, natalie!!! may god's strength carry you through this stressful time and your baby boy become even stronger and healthier once this is all over. =)

Gina said...

Hi Mrs. Natalie! You don't know me but I have fallen upon your blog through Rachel Whetten. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet adorable family! I too have my very own Gavin. He is now 9. Time flies. This last October my healthy active son was in the hospital with an pneumonia. He was extremely sick and at one point had a seizure. This was nothing I have ever experienced before. I have had 3 healthy kids. But at that point in my life prayers offered by others and my own as well is what got me through! And also my faith in God's plan. I know the Lord is aware of you at this time and your precious Gavin. What a sweet spirit you have been given. My Gavin is active and healthy once again as I know your Gavin will be as well. You are an amazing mother and example Of Jesus Christ. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and sincere prayers. With all my love...Gina Fredinburg from Salem,OR

Alex said...

Hi Natalie....I heard about your precious Gavin from an old friend via facebook. I work as an ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) coordinator here in Atlanta at the Children's hospital. We do CVVH (continuous venovenous hemofiltration )as well when the kids aren't peeing on their own. Is Gavin on ECMO for his respiratory and cardiac failure? What about CVVH to help with his fluid overload and renal failure? I am willing to help anyway I can. Please let me know if I can help or answer questions. My number is 678 748 0531. I am a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ as well as a Mommy like you. I am lifting you and your precious treasure up to our Healing Lord. Please call if you want. I realize the difference in time zones, but as a RN I do not care about that. You are welcome to call me any time!
In Him,
Monika

eph2810 said...

Stopping by from DPS...Praying for your little Gavin, you and the rest of your family...

Also adding Blake and Ashly to my prayers.

Jen said...

Prayers for pee, prayers for Gavin, prayers for the doctors and nurses, prayers for your family, prayers for you!!!

A mom in Knoxville TN

Stacey from Texas said...

Natatlie - I don't know you nor will I probably ever meet you but you and Gavin are constantly on my mind. I have a little boy the same age. I am and will be praying for strength for you and for healing for Gavin. Hang in there! God is always faithful!!!

Anonymous said...

Jehovah God, Father of that is seen and unseen, hear my prayer. Your Holy creation, Gavin is fighting for life, life that You alone bestow and control. You conquered death, You gave us the Christ for our salvation, You alone are the Alpha, the Omega, the beginning and the end.

I Pray that you take the blood of Jesus that saves us from eternal damnation and wash this lovely child free of any illness and infirmity. Father, who is the enemy to attack Your holy gift? Who are the sons of perdition, the fallen that would strike Your heel?

Father, place these unconfined spirits into the souls of swine and drive them from their place. Take them and cast them into the oblivion that awaits them. Father, take this child and raise him up as a living witness to Your mercy and grace that endureth forever.

You who makes the sun to rise and the moon to cast its glow, rain down on Gavin a light that is too wonderful to describe. Glow on Gavin, the light that shines in the darkness and the darkness comprendeth not.

IN THE FAITH THAT IS ABOVE ALL FAITHS, IN THE HOPE THAT IS THE HOPE OF HOPES, I PRAY IN THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE ALL NAMES:

YESHUA HA MESSIACH, JESUS THE CHRIST,

AMEN.

GAVIN, YOU ARE LOVED.
GAVIN YOU ARE ADORED
GAVIN YOU ARE GOD'S.

LOVE,

MICHAEL

Christi said...

Big prayers from Cedar Hills UT. We are thinking and praying for baby Gavin and your entire family. Strength,Pee and healing:)

Shannon said...

Sending all of my warm thoughts and love your way, and passing your story on to everyone I know. Hang in there, dear.

Alison Green Gappmayer said...

From Bozeman, Montana...following your blog...heart breaking. Praying for Pee here too!! Your an inspiration to many, and your faith is amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Friend of a friend... you're all in my prayers. <3

Alyse French said...

Praying with faith in a God who knows everything we need before we even think to ask it. And is capable of far more than we could ever imagine or deserve.

Becky T said...

I'm praying, praying, praying for you all and have since I was linked to your blog yesterday. Your faith is incredibly inspiring and it sounds like your little babe is truly being cared for by angels. Lots of prayers coming your way from Louisiana....

stephanie said...

I keep thinking of you guys! reading this i am struck with the similarities to what my mother is going through right now. if her skin is pricked she leaks fluid and the lasix makes her sleep day in and out. as hard as it is to watch my mother with this edema and pain in her body i can not imagine watching my child this way. i am with you, i KNOW Gavin will leave a stronger man than he entered, so i am sending you all the strength to breathe and stay positive. xo

Joey_M said...

I saw your story on DPS. Please know that I am praying for Gavin, for you and your family, and for the doctor's talent/wisdom. I will also pray for the other kids that you mentioned needed prayer! I also posted your request on my FB page. Please know that you are being lifted up right now.
God's Peace,
Joey

Laura and Kyle Green said...

Natalie,
We're praying for your sweet baby Gavin. I have a nine month old baby boy and he is my bundle of joy. I can only imagine how you're feeling as a mother. Keep your strong faith. Thank you for being such a wonderful example.

Love,
Laura (Mapleton, Utah)

Sprittibee said...

Praying for your sweet baby. My heart goes out to you.

Elaine said...

Yesterday I woke up and realized that my sadness and irritability in life is because I have lost sight of God. I told myself "You need to reconnect with God."

Tonight I stumbled across your blog (through being a fan of your photography page on Facebook), and as I read your posts my chest tightened, my throat thickened and my eyes teared. Your story is one that could be any other parent's out there.

Through the duration of reading your posts, I was inspired and amazed by your strength and faith. And you have definitely helped me in my quest to reconnect with God.

I will be praying for Gavin and your family, every quiet moment my mind pauses to speak to our Father and thank Him for what He does for us.

Prayers to you...

Sarah said...

Natalie, I was pointed to your blog via a friend. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I have been praying for Gavin and your family. Praying for healing, family peace, for PEE and wisdom in the Dr.'s and nurses who are treating him.

Autumn Beck said...

I'm here b/c of a tweet. I said a prayer for your precious boy. It's all I have to offer.

Much love,
Autumn

dixie said...

Still praying and letting all I know to pray!

Mindy said...

We are praying here in Missouri for your little ones healing.

Erinn said...

How amazing are you that you are going through such a difficult time and still manage to be so insparational? How much it made me reflect on my own life and family when I read your story is a true show of your spirt. Thank you for sharing your trails with everyone. I'm praying for that little sweet baby boy! I keep all of you in my thoughts!
I also know that PCMC is a miracle hospial and there is no better place for him to be so he can have his miracle recovery.

Junior and Marissa Shum said...

Natalie, I've always looked to you before as an amazing woman of faith but reading of your situation and the way you are enduring it blows me out of the water. You truly are an unmovable pilar of faith. You, Gavin, and your entire family will truly be in my prayers and constantly on my mind. Your faith combined with the faith of the hundreds of others joining with you will guide the doctors and nurses that are caring for your son. I know you probably have plenty of help with all your family but if you ever need me to come pick up your other three boys for the day, please don't hesitate to call or email. I will be there no matter what. shummy_2004@yahoo.com
Continue to stay strong and cling to your incredible revelation.
Love, Marissa

Tess said...

I'm saying so many prayers that my faith is starting anew. I can not imagine the feelings you must be going through. Much love coming your way!

rachel said...

Come on Baby Gavin. I send my love and prayers.

Robyn said...

I am thinking of you, Gavin and your family and just wanted to let you know of the impact your situation has had on me. I will be holding my babies a bit tighter after this.

stacy said...

Lately, it seems like everything I speak confidently and put out into the world happens, so here goes.. Baby Gavin is gonna make it. He's going to survive. He's going to fight and fight and fight and he's going to WIN. You're going to carry him home and watch him grow into a big strong healthy man. There it is, universe. Make it happen.

Rachel said...

Oh Nat I had no idea. It hurts me to read what you guys are going through, but I too feel a sense of comfort. I know Gavin will be well. You just hang in there and know that my family is praying hard for you and your family. Gavin, hang in there buddy. We are all praying for you.

Shannon Hanks-Grandia said...

I do not know you, but just saw your blog from FB. My son was in a similar situation just two short months ago. He has some health problems and that along with the H1N1 and Puemonia caused acute kidney and liver failure. I am not familar with the illness your son is experiencing, but am well aware of trying to hold my son over 30 pounds swollen from liquids because his body had shut down. We stared for hours at that catheder bag and nothing. We had to cut his hospital bracelot off because it was cutting off his circulation and he was in a coma like state. I will also tell you that I went on FB and asked for prayers and the responce was completly overwhelming. My son is proof that miracles do happen. He just turned 3 in December and is doing incredibly well. To say it was touch and go is an understatment, but God had a plan. I will be praying for your little guy tonight and all those around you. Spending time in the hospital ecspecially the PICU, opens your eyes to so much grief and sadness.It also allows you to witness the healing hand of God and the miracles that occur everyday. Praying for peace and strength tonight.

stacey said...

I don't know you and I don't even remember how I found your blog, but I feel connected to you. You and I are both memers of the same "club", the one that means its members have sat and prayed over their little baby in the hospital. My daughter was born at 30 weeks and spent 8 weeks in the NICU. I KNOW that she is here today because of the power of prayer. I KNOW that. No one can tell me otherwise. Her name was in 8 temples across the country and had countless people praying for her. I KNOW that her doctors knew how to treat her because of those prayers. I KNOW that miracles occur in ICU units. I've seen it. My daughter is proof of that. Your family is in my prayers. I KNOW how much they help. They are tangible at times. I KNOW that I got through those 8 weeks in the NICU because I was physically, spiritually and emotionally being lifted up by those prayers. I hope that you continue to feel them.

snaphappee said...

I'm praying for Gavin and your family. Hugs and prayers from Western Montana.

Allison said...

Natalie, my heart goes out to you and your sweet Gavin. Every time I read your blog I get so emotional, yet full of hope.

many prayers from me.

daughter of the King said...

Hey, I heard about you through a friend of mine on twitter- So so so sorry to hear about your baby boy, and all the trouble he , and yall, are going through right now. Im praying hard for him!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love from a fellow Christian, and believer in the miracle of prayer,
Mercy

kerjay said...

You are so strong and your little Gavin too. He will pull through this, I can feel it. I will pray for your baby boy so that you can once again hold him in your arms.

Bethany said...

There is something indescribable that connects mothers--I haven't ever met you, haven't experienced exactly what you're going through, and yet I very literally felt a piece of your deep anguish and your immense hope as I read through your blog. This mother's faith is joining yours in prayer for Gavin's miracle recovery. Hugs and blessings...

erin said...

natalie-

your family has been in my thoughts since i stumbled across your story on twitter. on new years day my boyfriend and i were driving with our 3 months old daughter and hit a patch of ice and flipped our vehicle going over 50mph. we all were rushed to the er and our daughter spent the night in icu. we were all able to come home and besides being bruised, we are doing well. life works in mysterious ways sometimes, but the power of positive thought is unbelievable. try to keep your head up and know that there are people out there pulling for you!

Donna said...

There are so many of us out here that don't know you, but are inspired by your faith. We will continue to pray for strenght for you and your family.

Taylor Gardner said...

Natalie,

I don't know you, but you have uplifted me with your faith, inspired me with your wisdom, and strengthened me through your example of courage. I have already prayed for your little Gavin as I have come up to speed with his struggles. I will continue to spread word and send petitions heaven-ward on his/your behalf. Thank you for sharing your faith with us.

If it offers you further validation or encouragement for a miracle, my cousin, Clark, should have died on three separate occasions during his horrific ordeal a few months ago (www.superclarkkimble.blogspot.com). As you already know, miracles can make reason stare. Never give up hope!

Joshua 1:9

Your newest cheerleader,
Taylor Gardner

Sharon said...

Praying the God will give you the miracles you are praying for AND carry you through this storm. He is faithful, just trust in His love. Lots of love and hugs to you and your precious family.

Devin and Shira said...

we will keep the baby and your family in our prayers. little gavin is so lucky to have so much love and support from family and friends. we hope to hear good news soon.

Carli said...

I don't know you, but I want you to know that I hav been crying with you and praying very hard for your son!

Cameron and Sarah said...

I don't know you but I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for your family and that I know first hand that the power of pray is the most powerful thing anyone can do. My husband was is a really bad accident and was in a coma for 2 months while i was 6 months pregnant and nothing got me through it but getting on my hands and knees and praying. I can't image the pain you are going through but i do know that the Lord is with you and your family and you baby. God bless you and your family

fsumaria said...

PRAYERS AND STRENGTH YOUR WAY!!!!!!

Paul said...

I don't know you, but you're in my thoughts. I hope baby Gavin pulls through. Fight Gavin!

Jessica Hanaumi said...

Prayers for you, sweet baby Gavin. My heart is FULL of hope for you. Though I've never met you, I know you are such a precious boy. How lucky you are to have such an amazing family!

Hugs, Kisses & Love,
The Hanaumi Family

Lydia said...

You've got my prayers! When my son was 5 months old, he got RSV and was in the hospital, My 18 month old daughter also got RSV at the same time, but wasn't hospitalized. We were able to bring him home after a week, though. Christmas Eve. Though we battled it for two months, nebulizer treatments, steriods; all for two kids. :'( I know what you're going through! Hang in there! :)

Chene said...

Praying, even here in South Africa!

Lara Cheney said...

Natalie, not sure if I have met you once before but I know Molly, Echo and Robin quite well and they told me about your blog through facebook. I also know some of the other ladies through Lunch Ladies. Letting you know that there sure is a lot of outpouring of love from Laie for you. As a mom you never think you would need to pray for pee but I am definitely praying for you and gavin.

mary elizabeth said...

natalie,
i have followed your blog as a lurker for over a year now. i was shocked to read about gavin--your angel.
prayers, hugs and good vibes are being sent your way from colorado.
with love,
mary beth graff
www.mbgpics.com

The Linfords said...

Natalie, you are such an example to so many. Keep up the faith. You are an amazing mother! I have a three month old girl of my own and you are an inspiration to me. We will keep sweet little Gavin and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Linsey (Orem, Utah)

Judy said...

Natalie, I learned about little Gavin's condition through Amninus3 and want you to know that your family will be on our church prayer line as of 9am this morning as soon as I get to the office! We are on the west, central gulf coast of Florida, in Brooksville. I feel your anguish, but also your God-given strength. Please, Lord, hear our prayers. Judy

Anonymous said...

oh the greatness of our loving heavenly father, the wonderful and beautiful plan he has given to us through his son. You are wonderful people who have blessed my life with your faith and testimonies. Love is an amazing uniter, it holds strong to principles that are infinite and eternal, it has brought together all for a special purpose. God bless you Nortons and your dear baby Gavin, we will continue to pray for your sweet baby with all our hearts and might, that he may be spared as a testament of a living God who is indeed mindful of us. Love you guys.

Victoria said...

I am a friend of Damaris', which is how I found out, and I wanted to let you that it takes a lot strength to get through it, and it takes even more to have absolute hope that he is coming home. Keep that faith in God. I am praying for you, your son, and your family.
Know that our prayers are with you. God Bless.

CharlieSue said...

Praying SO hard for you and your family and the wee one.

Leila Khalil |Wedding Publicist| Be Inspired PR said...

natalie.. i dont know you personally but im moved by Gavin and his fight to live and so in awe of your faith and trust. i am sending my support to you. God has a plan. hugs,
Leila

TJ said...

Hi Natalie!

Wishing all the best for baby Gavin. May his Guardian Angel be there to help make a miracle. :)

Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Natalie,

You are an amazing woman. You're family is amazing. Gavin is amazing. We support you all and desire to match your great faith. Hold on! Love and angels are all around you and that hospital too!

Virginia said...

Dear God,
Please protect this sweet baby and give him strength and courage to fight his illnesses. Let his family be clothed in comfort, faith, and love. Please also give strength to Ashley and Blake and all other children who are fighting for their lives.
Amen.

Nat- I believe in the power of prayer. Your strong faith in God and his overwhelming love is inspiring to all. Please be comforted in knowing the multitude of positive thoughts and prayers that are coming your way!

The Hunt Family said...

you don't know me, but I feel like I know you and your family from how much I have read over the past day or so.

My heart aches for you...Gavin can do this. Babies are amazing, kids are amazing. YOU are amazing. What an incredible mother... and a strong mother to be forced into taking this on.

My family here in So. California is thinking of yours and wising Gavin a fast recovery.

Hoping your cup over-runnith with pee as soon as possible

~Suzy

Delibu said...

I am praying for Baby Gavin, for you, and all your loved ones. For all those that care for your little boy. I AM praying and I know we all are been heard.
Thank you for your faith, for your strength and humility.
I kiss my children in your name fully aware that soon you'll have your whole family rejoicing on G-d's mercy.

Nikki~Kaneohe, HI said...

Pee Gavin Pee! You can do it little one. Natalie, our hearts are still with you and your family... things will get better.

Bobby Earle said...

Praying for your son ;)

Amanda Branam said...

Praying for your family and your sweet baby boy! Your faith in God is so inspiring. I'm sending as much good vibes as I possibly can from California!

dubya said...

Wow. You are such an inspiration and example of faith! I admire you for your MAD strength right now!!! Thank you for being that amazing rock to others of us out here going through our own personal struggles! I can't imagine what you are going through right now, but am so inspired by your love for your son and your faith in prayer and miracles. I know they can happen as well. Thank you for reminding me of the power in prayers and that all things are possible with God's help. Praying for you across the country that you will be carried by His strength no matter the outcome of this tragic trial!!! :) Hang in there. xo
a fond blog reader :)

ncbcymtechie said...

I heard about your kids from DPS and I just wanted to offer my prayers. God is always good and may He be with you and bless you.

Keep the faith and know that many DPS-ers like me are praying for you.


Elliot

Widiger Family said...

Hey Natalie and Richie, we've tried to call on your phones but in vain, we totally understand how busy you are. We just wanted to personally telling you that you guys are in all of our prayers. I posted on my blog and on Facebook, so hopefully more prayrers will be coming your way. Our heart is aching, especially with the fact that our baby Kyrill is just a month older. I wouldn't be able to be as strong as you are Nat.

May God bless you and baby Gavin!

Brandi Hamerstone said...

I found this through Facebook, through a photographer that I am friends with on the application. I don't know what prompted me to read her blog post but here I am now, after having viewed it and clicking a link to your blog. My journey with the Lord has been long but I am currently at a place where I can say that I trust he will do everything he can for those who believe and hold on to their faith through even the hardest times. Your job as a mother is to love, to care and to comfort. Sometimes, when all else fails, loving, with all your heart will make the difference. You do and it will make the difference. I stopped everything I was doing and prayed for you, for strength, for guidance through this hard time, for love and support for you and your entire family, for peace and for the health and happiness of your child. Amen.

Christian said...

Dear Natalie, I don't know you personally, but I hope from the bottom of my heart that little Gavin gets better soon. You are in my thoughts...

Mandy said...

I just found your blog through a friend. I am so sorry for what you're going through. You are in my prayers for sure. Sadly, I know very much the pain you're in. My son spent 40+ days in the PICU with RSV and pneumonia complications between the ages of 7wks-4 months. I haven't been able to read much of your blog this morning but I read about the swollen and puffiness and can so vividly remember those days. My son, Grady, is now a happy healthy 2 year old. I will pray for Gavin to heal, heal heal.
Mandy

cAM said...

I'm so sorry that you are living this reality right now. Sometimes life seems unbareable. As I read your blog, my heart pulled me to tears. I have three little ones of my own and I can't imagine what you must be feeling. Our prayers are with you and if I can do anything else for you, please tell me

Vivian said...

You...Natalie...are amazing. Even in the midst of this life-threat to your son you can stop to witness the crises of other families. With humor and grace. I pray, in my own way, for your and your family. This is much closer to my heart than you know.

Michelle in Canada said...

I found your blog through a friend and I just had to let you know that I am praying for little Gavin to get well soon.
God Bless you, Gavin, your family and those wonderful doctors and nurses.

Stacia said...

Praying for pee over here, as well. And anything else you all might be needing today. Gavin is a pretty powerful guy already- he's changing lives.

Kristin Vining Photography said...

Oh how I'm praying hard for you and everyone around you right now!!! Praying for strength, health, PEE and HEART!! All love is outpouring to you from Charlotte, NC!!! xoxo

Lu from Brazil said...

Hey, Natalie.
I'm miles miles away from you, but I'm hoping everything will be allright, from the very bottom of my heart!

D. Archibald Smart said...

Nat -- its not the exact same thing, but our son battled RSV as a preemie and we had the same attitude. We KNEW that he was coming home.... And he did.

He's 3 now and its all far behind us. If you want to read a little something positive, check out his blog. http://dandyjack.com

Jenny said...

Father God thank you for healing this little angel boy. I ask that you give him strength. I ask that you give the doctors and nurses wisdom. I ask for the healing that your son died to provide him with. I claim that healing for him and I pray for rest for his family and support where they need it most. Only you can provide all of that and only you know that prayers are more powerful than anything else - I pray for comfort and peace in the healing power of Jesus's name! "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." (Luke 18:27)

Ali said...

Dear Natalie and family,

I'm praying for your sweet Gavin's swift and safe recovery. I have faith that your miracle will arrive soon! May Heavenly Father bless all of you with the strength and peace you need!

Much love from South Carolina,
Ali Flegal and family
(friend of stephanie robertson)

mattandjenna said...

Natalie,
I have been praying for Gavin this morning. I pray that the enemy would release the stronghold over him in the name of Jesus. I pray that the Creator of this Universe would be present in that room and meet your baby boy's every need. I pray that you and your husband would have discernment from our Heavenly Father in every decision you make. I pray for a miracle for Gavin, Blake, and Ashly.

"But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head."
Psalm 3:3

Jenna Daniel

Lainey said...

Natalie,
I've been having chats with the big guy trying to get a miracle for your little guy. He's in my mind all day. I'm awed by your strength and by the strength of your family. Keep the faith. God is God.

Karey said...

Woke up this morning thinking of you and baby Gavin! Praying everything is ok!

Karen said...

We are praying for you in mid-Missouri. Our hearts go out to you, and we are encouraged by your faith and trust in the Lord. We pray that your family is surrounded by Love and Peace and Comfort.

tomiannie said...

I just want to add my prayers and faith to the many already added here. I pray that Heavenly Father will wrap His arms around your little family and give you all the blessings you need.

Trish said...

Gavin, I do not know you, but I cried for you this morning. I am paying fervently for you to GET WELL SOON. It sounds like you are surrounded by love and experience, caring hearts and hands. I worked with Stephanie Cribbs years back, so I saw her post about you. Be strong. Rally. Fight. Survive. Thrive. You, Blake, Ashly and all children are so precious!! (from a mom of two in Atlanta...)- Trish

debsmuddle said...

Hi from the UK
I don't do prayer so I am sending you every positive thought that I can.

Garrett and Allison Reed said...

A friend of ours shared your story with us. As a mother of a 7 month old, I am weeping for you this morning. As a believer, I am praying and believing that the Lord will bring complete healing to Gavin. Your spirit and love for others is amazing...I am praising the Lord for your family!

Lisa said...

Wow, I came over to see some of your latest amazing photoshoots, and now I am crying and praying for your little guy. I don't understand, but I personally know the One who does. The God who created Gavin knows all and sees you right where you are. I will pray!

carlos benjamin - benjphoto.com said...

One of my grandsons was born with multiple problems a couple of years ago. I started a blog to track his progress..... or at least the changes in his condition. We asked for very specific prayers and one by one they were answered.

Just this last month my 11 month old grandson had to have surgery to correct his skull. They had to open his head, remove the top, front quarter of his skull, reshape it and reinstall it. Again we asked for specific prayers and one by one they were answered. He's already feeling up to tackling his three year old brother.

In both of those cases we, like Abraham, told God he could have our little ones if that was his will, but let him know what our desires were. I think that is a key to prayer that many people miss. We do not demand God do our will, but we rest in him knowing that he will do the best thing.

Michelle said...

I am no one special but was sent here by a friend to your blog. I am a believer in the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ, and I come before his throne of grace today with prayers for your little boy, Gavin. Lord, touch him and heal and make this child Your living miracle. I believe You have great things for him. Lord God, please give this family strength and endurance and trust and grace and wisdom. Heal this baby boy that he may grow strong and healthy and glorify You. Amen.

My baby girl (now almost 7) had RSV at 4 weeks old. I spent more than a week with her in hospital, and as fuzzy as that week was, it's almost like I remember every moment and every prayer. I am blessed to continue prayers of healing now for Gavin.

God bless your sweet family to His glory and His honor.

Carolyn said...

Natalie,
I am so sorry!! I cannot begin to imagine the grief you must be feeling right now, I am still praying for you and your family, you have strength and you have the love of the Lord! If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask, Jenny and Steph both know how to get ahold of me, if I can help with the other kids or whatever, please let me know, sending lots of love,
Carolyn (Orme)West

Carl Reid said...

Stay strong for him as well. God is good. From someone who has been there before.

Cathy said...

Still praying! Pee G-Man Pee
We all know you can do it. <3 to the whole family

Kara said...

Dear Natalie, I found you through Echo's blog. Thank you for your strength...your faith...and your conviction. You see, you and I are coincidentally praying for the same thing...pee! It sounds so simply to the rest of the world. Something that most of us do with little thought and effort. Following a rare surgery on my urethra in December, I too have been unable to pee. I am going on my sixth week with a catheter and it looks like I will have to undergo another surgery (after several last year) if I don't see a miracle in the next few days.

I admire your faith and it strengthened me in my own struggles. I will keep your little Gavin in my thoughts and prayers. If there is one thing I am learning from all this, it is that our God is a God of miracles and those miracles have not ceased on the earth today. He knows us and loves us and will always carry us through life's storms if we put our faith in him.

I pray this storm will pass soon for you. You and Gavin have left a mark on the world.

Kelsey said...

No matter what the outcome, Gavin's story has shown me that the most important thing in life is to believe God is there to love and comfort even in the suckiest of times.

Thank you for including us in this hardship.
You, Richie, and especially Gavin are incredibly brave.

Jennifer said...

My neighobor is Nicole Kusano Mosher. We are LDS too and she thought I might want to check out your inspiring blog. I am so sorry to hear about your son. I was a PICU RN for years, I quite after my 3rd baby. I have been there with families and I know how it feels to just need pee so badly. We are praying for you and know that you will be lifted up. Your little guy is loved.

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