06 January, 2010

Praying for You.


As we join our prayers together for my son,
most of us strangers,
I feel profoundly connected to each and every one of you.

The very depth of my gratitude
is of course impossible to describe for
there are no words to do said gratitude even a breath of justice.

Please know,
I'm praying for you too.

I'm thanking God for your goodness
and pleading to him with all my faith and love to
bless your lives with all the love, joy,
peace and prosperity you deserve.

I'm praying for harmony and health in your families.
Peaceful happy hearts and joyous daily experiences.

I'm praying that you feel the loving arms of your
loving Father in Heaven
around you as you go through this and every day
and as you weather the inevitable storms of mortality.

These prayers are the only way I know
to express a gratitude for which there are no words.

So I continue to pray. . .
and cry.
Tears of gratitude and love
for your kindness.

I've always known that prayers ARE heard and answered,
but I never understood the power prayer had to
seal hearts together
. . . until now.

All kinds of love coming your way,

Nat

PS. Your comments mean the world to us. Though we obviously aren't currently afforded the time to respond to each one personally, please know that we do read EACH and EVERY one. They uplift us tremendously. They bring tears and strength and glory to God. THANK YOU.

**Today we'll be printing your comments and taking them to the doctors and angels in the PICU. They deserve to know just how much faith is being extended, from literally all over the world, in their behalf.**


165 comments:

theheartofachild said...

I found your blog through a friends' blog asking for prayers for Gavin. Praying for a miracle and breakthrough!
Jenny

Kelli Bramble said...

Your faith brings me to tears, thank you. I'm praying for your family.

Shanna said...

I ran across your blog through a friend and I want you to know I am praying for your little baby. I am so sorry you are having to go through this. May god bless you. Shanna

Anonymous said...

prayers coming from Minnesota for your son... God Bless you and your family

c r y s t a l said...

Continuing to lift Gavin up in prayer in Arkansas.

God is good. All the time.

Teresa said...

Prayers being said and will continue to be lifted up for the healing of your little son. God bless you all.

Jason, Shaunna, and little B said...

This story is amazing, you are amazing Natalie!! A true inspiration!!

Mali said...

I friend directed me to your blog a few days ago and I've been following it and praying for your baby. We had a miracle in my family last year and I'm confident that the same will happen to yours! I posted on my facebook and this morning a lot of moms at my kids' school said that they read it are also praying for your son. Hang in there! Soon it will all be over and you'll have your healthy baby in your arms.

Laura said...

Praying for your son Gavin and his medical team and for strength for his family.

{aw} said...

Hi Natalie, A friend recommend your blog to me a while back as I'm trying my hand at photography & I've loved reading it ever since!

Once I started seeing your tweets about baby Gavin, my heart has been touched so deeply. Your faith is so admirable and I'm sure God looks down on you & smiles at His child who is trusting in Him! What a witness I'm sure you've been to all those you've come into contact through this whole experience.

Praying for baby Gavin today & for your family to continuosly sustained by the love that is surrounding you and praying for those hearts that might be getting a glimpse of God's love for the first time through you :)

-april

katie said...

sister norton,
we are sending many prayers from New Mexico, for you, for Gavin, for your family. after looking through your blog i feel as though you aren't a stranger, but a sister {within our Heavenly Father}. my testimony of faith, prayer, & hope is strengthened by you.
love, sister katie mcpherson

Kristen said...

Nat,
You are such a fighter.
YOU WILL BRING YOUR BABY HOME.
love you,
Kris

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your son Gavin and your beautiful family. Stay strong for your family, Natalie, and know that you are not alone.

Paige said...

I seriously have not stopped thinking about you and your family for the last few days. I constantly am saying little prayers for little Gavin and so glad to hear he is doing a little better! Know that I will continue praying for you.

Paige

Anonymous said...

Natalie, please try to stay strong. You and the whole family and believe that God doesn't make mistakes. Baby Gavin is God's precious gift and is a child of God. Everything is in His hands.

God Bless

-Ray

Heather C said...

sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family

Michelle said...

I have my facebook and twitter accounts praying for you all and the doctors and nurses. And a gold star goes to your doctors and angels for thinking outside of the box with the plasma transfer.

All my love and hope...
m

kara said...

i have faith that prayers are answered.
my prayer is for healing for little gavin.

Barbie said...

My daughter, Mary, from Honolulu Mommies, called asking for prayers for your son, Gavin. We are praying here in Georgia. May God wrap His loving, healing arms around Gavin and keep him in His care. May God continue to bless you and answer all your prayers. We will be following your beautifully written and inspiring blog.

Melissa Gartner said...

God is in CONTROL!! I can't wait to see more miracles work in and through each one of you. I know through all of the this God will be glorified. Thank you for being an example of FAITH. I am PRAYING!!

sheena said...

Natalie--you are amazing. Really! Your faith and testimony bring me to tears. Your words have touched the world, made us all stop to think....thank you:)

hugs and prayers!!

ps. people are so good. I posted your prayer request on my fb and it wasn't long before I started seeing it reposted from old highschool friends--I have not seen them in years! And they are requesting prayers for sweet baby Gavin as well.....:)

MelissaKoren said...

Natalie & Family -
My good thoughts to you are infinite, I can't imagine what you're going through. But I'm moved more than I can say (apparent at the very least by a strangers comment on a strangers blog) to think in this time of angst for you; you would stop and pray for us too.
You are inspiring & encouraging. I hugged my 4th grader a little harder and called him my baby boy - to which he rolled his eyes - and I am sending all the positivity I can each day.

melissakoren

Sarah Cate said...

SarahCate from CM here- Natalie- my family is praying for your Gavin, for your family & for his team of docs too. There IS power in prayer!
Sarah

katie said...

Lots and lots of prayers from Mississippi!
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

onelatenight said...

Natalie,

I can't even describe how strong you are to me. You are making the most of the most terrible situation I can imagine. You and your family are so brave, and I know that you are taking on each day with a renewed sense of faith.

I can say that you and your little one are in my heart and mind each day.

Good news is going to come each day for you. I know that is true.

XO. Kyla.

Amelia and Justin said...

Amazing things are in store for you and your family.

Your story is such an inspiration for me. My husband and I are praying for you, your family, and the miracle-working doctors who are tending to all of you.

Anna aka.Beach_Mama said...

I heard of your call for Prayers from a Tweet that Mike Colòn sent out. Know that our Prayers are with you and your sweet little boy.

stephanie said...

sitting here with tears in my eyes and a heart wrenching for you. steadily continuing to pray for gavin's healing at every reminder of him. may god continue to give you strength and peace. god bless you natalie.

xo
stephanie

Ankur said...

Praying for a quick recovery of Gavin.
Ankur
India

Kristy said...

Praying from Florida, and spreading the word. Gavin is a strong little guy, and you are a strong Mom! Hang in there!

Laureen said...

praying for Gavin and all of you as well...

I was called upon this morning for a NILMDTS session...and I was thinking of you and your baby...I feel confident Gavin will pull through - I just don't think God needs two special angels so close together...

hugs and prayers to you all,

Cristi said...

just said a prayer for Gavin and one for you :) God is with you both and will get you though it.

Anne said...

I'll be praying for you and your family. May God do a miracle for you and heal your son. I know he can do it, if he wants to. I'm praying he will bless your family through this difficult time.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Kristi said...

we are praying for little baby Gavin from California.

You are a truly amazing powerful women you're strengthen and testimony is amazing to me - and wow you have inspired me to be a better member and believer of prayer.

Gavin will be strong!!

PamE said...

Indescribable relief - - and praise to the almighty that He answers prayer; we can KNOW with every part of our being that we are His children, just as Gavin is your child, and He hears our pleas.

PRAISE is the best way I know to respond to your awesome news.

Expect more prayers from me, for continued and complete healing.

Shepherd Family ACAL said...

You are amazing! I continue to pray for your family and the Doctors and nurses working with Gavin. I pray that inspiration will guide you all in healing your little guy. (also posted on my FB)

Anna K. said...

I thought of little Gavin all night, and each time I woke up I said a prayer. The faith of your family is so strong, it is very inspiring. Gavin must have a super strong fighting spirit because I can feel his strength from over here! We are praying for you guys and I have faith good things will happen!

Monroe and Laurie said...

Natalie and Richie-

Monroe and I dedicated our fast this past Sunday to sweet Gavin. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you at this time.

Monroe & Laurie McBride

Chris Noronha said...

Stay strong! You and Gavin are in my prayers over here in Toronto, Canada.

Linked over from the DPS... We are all praying for you and Gavin!

Stephen Knuth said...

my good friends via twitter told me about you and scarlett told me how you two connected so well at mikes workshop in Hawaii a few years back. Scarlett & I pray every night and we have been praying for your son. I strongly believe in the healing power of the holy spirit and I know that he will be healed by the living power of the holy spirit of our lord & savior jesus christ. God Bless You!!

Tauni said...

Nat,
I am in awe at your faith and strength....but that IS how miracles happen. Keep that faith going strong, and go Gavin go!!! The power of prayer really is incredible. We are praying for little Gavin, your family, and the Doctors and nurses.
All of our love, faith, hope, and prayers,

Tauni

bri said...

I was reading the DPS blog when I came across the content about Gavin. I am so sorry to hear that you are in this season of life. It is a hard season to face at any given time but when it is your child involved... it hits DEEP.

I know GOD is a BIG God and HE cares deeply for HIS children. He is watching over you and your family. He sees His little Gavin and is holding him firmly. Your faith and prayers (as well as all of ours) will not be dismissed. He hears them all and in time there will come an answer, in a still small voice. He will come to you!

Praying for a MIRACLE and for our FATHER to hold you all tightly!

Love and Blessings!

debsphotographs said...

many hugs and much strength sent your way. thinking about you and your family...hoping and praying.

deb

Jack Fussell said...

Praying for you and Gavin!

Sarah Rico said...

Natalie -
I don't know you personally but I do know GOD is MIGHTY!!! Gavin and his amazing family are on my heart of hearts and in my prayer of prayers. You are all in the prayers of each and everyone in my family and circle of friends too! Isaiah 43: 18-19

Kerri said...

Prayers for Gavin, for you, and for those caring for all of you are coming from my part of the world. The good news is encouraging. We'll keep praying.

Pablo said...

Praying for Gavin, you, and all your family...

Pablo

Lori said...

I'm sitting here at my desk in tears grateful to our Heavenly Father for Gavin's improvement as my heart goes out to you for all you are suffering. Please know that love, thoughts and prayers are all coming your way.-Aunt Lori

Nisa said...

Every time I read your posts, I cry. Oh my goodness, you have so much faith. I have been keeping you all in my prayers and continue to do so. In an earlier post, I think you said it best when you said 'go Gavin go'!

Julie - Fine Tooth Comb said...

Just learned about Gavin's condition, Natalie. I'm praying for him (and you).

The Boob Nazi said...

I'll pray for you and your son. I hope it all ends well.
My brother survived against all odds, and I believe it was a miracle. Medicine can't explain everything.

April said...

Dear Natalie,

I have been reading your blog for a while. I love your photography, enthusiasm and outlook on life. I have been praying for you and Gavin and the rest of your family. Your unwavering faith inspires me! You will continue to be in my prayers.

xoxo,
April

Melissa said...

Go Momma GO! Keep staying strong, keep encouraging that baby to get better, keep encouraging all of us to petition the Lord for you and baby Gavin. God sees your faith and so will the precious staff at the hospital. Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine!!!!

Andre and Lexi said...

I found your blog through a friend on Twitter asking for prayers for Gavin.
I know that little guy of yours can pull through! What immense STRENGTH you and your family AND of course Gavin must have, you are all in my prayers and thoughts through this trying time.
Please remember God will never give you a trial that you arent capable of bearing, and from reading your blog posts I have re-confirmed my belief in that statement.
Love and prayers are with your family from ours here in Las Vegas.

Karla said...

Natalie... I just wanted you to know I have been checking your blog for updates literally morning noon and night. Sending our faith and prayers to you, Richie, and Baby Gavin. Your strength is an inspiration. Much love... Karla

Sarah Maxey Photography said...

I have been praying for little Gavin to get through this!! I'm so glad to hear he is peeing!! Never thoguht I would say that...

Continued prayers to you guys!

Sarah in Kansas City

LeeXane Photography said...

So happy to hear WE have improvements! I say we because as you well know, you're not in this alone. You are the strongest person I have come across since my mother. Just know that your strength will keep your son strong. GO GAVIN GO and GO GOD GO!

Dawn B said...

what a beautiful, beautiful post. I found your blog through twitter, and I am so grateful I did. So many prayers are being prayed for Gavin and your entire family. Your faith, love and encouragement for others while you are going through such a tough time is such an inspiration for everyone who reads your blog. Reading your post just warmed my heart. Much love to you and your family.

tammie said...

came over from dps. your little guy is in our thoughts and prayers. you have an amazing spirit and determination and faith that inspires me.

Krista Hansen said...

Still praying for you and your little one. Congrats to the doctors and wonderful nurses for the successful exchange. As an RN and a mom, I know that miracles happen every day.
My 3 year old sends his prayers and his nickel to "Baby Gavin". Because, you know, nickels always help you feel better!
Hugging my babies tighter today.

Chase said...

Hey Nat, I've just spent the last 45 min reading your blog and can't believe everything you've been going through. Your blog is a true testament to the power of prayer. No doubt the Lord is guiding those doctors and nurses on what to do. What a great testimony builder for all those who read your words! You, your family and especially little Gavin are in my thoughts and prayers. :)

lovingmylife said...

I am continually bringing baby Gavin to the Lord in prayer! I pray for peace and patience for you and Richie, guidance for the Doctors and nurses and strength and health for sweet Gavin. Stay strong!

Elizabeth said...

You are already blessing our family by being able to pray for your little guy and watching his miracle happen and by your amazing example of faith that Heavenly Father can heal!
We are all praying!

Morse Family Kailua Hawaii

Katie said...

Hi Natalie. I'm a friend of Heather Mildenstein's from massage school. We have been earnestly praying for your little boy. I hope that if ever I was in your situation, someone who didn't know me would do the same for me. We are rallying for his health and strength, and peace for your family. I know that you live in HI and it must be hard being in a foreign place with so much going on. I live in Salt Lake, can I please bring you guys a home cooked meal? At a time like this, I'm sure that anything helps, and I would love to do it. It would be the least I could do. Please email me if you have time. Or text 801-835-2147 katherinepease@gmail.com

suvarna mollerup said...

Dear Natalie,
Came here via DPS. Just wanted you to know Gavin will be in our prayers and thoughts, your strength and faith are truly inspirational.
god bless

Christopher said...

Heather and I said a prayer for baby Gavin (and you and Richie) last night and this morning as a family. We will continue to do so until Gavin is all better and back to being a healthy happy baby!!

Candace said...

I am at a loss for words. I've just read all of your posts on Gavin and my heart is breaking for you a million times over. I have posted a blog with a link to your blog on my personal blog. I am praying for Gavin and your family and the wonderful angels that are working so hard to save him.

Rachel Clare said...

I have a 6-week-old and your story is really hitting home to me. Lots of love and prayers for your baby.

sarah said...

Your strength and faith is inspiring! We are still praying for all of you. Our little boys have been asking about baby Gavin. So excited to read about the latest encouraging developments!

Tibidabo Photography said...

praying for ALL of you! hang in there! you ALL are awesome! go baby Gavin! santa rosa california

Anonymous said...

My 3rd daughter got RSV when she was a robust 33lbs... after the LONG hospital stay of about 12 weeks, we brought her home... a simple 17lbs. As a father who has seen this, my prayer to you and your family is simple. May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

AMEN, and take your precious baby home soon!
Blessings from Omaha, NE.

Nancy T said...

You don't know me, I don't know you, but God knows us both and it is to him I will send prayers for your sweet Gavin.

Gena Ciz said...

I was sent a prayer request by a friend on facebook, and after reading Gavin's story, I literally have goosebumps! Your faith in God touches me so deeply! During the most horrible time in a Mothers life, you are so strong, and collected! You are my hero! I have 7 sons, who I am so blessed to have always been healthy and happy! My heart aches for you, as a Mom, to know how helpless and exhausted you must be! I am sending all the prayers that I can Gavin's way!! I pray that God wraps him tightly in his loving arms, and gives him the strength to fight as hard as he can! I pray that the doctor's are blessed with the knowledge and strength to keep pushing him to fight, and also that they find the right track to take with his treatment. I pray that you find the comfort, strength and peace to keep pushing forward through each heartbreaking moment, but also each hurtle he overcomes! Thinking of you, and praying hard for Gavin to pee!!! many blessings to you!
Gena Ciz

Kelly said...

As a mom who had a 5 week old in the hospital 10 years ago, and survived on the prayers of those around the world, I am holding you, Gavin, and your family as well as all the doctors and nurses and hospital staff in my prayers.

Jen Berry said...

in our hearts and prayers. can't imagine your journey and can't fathom your strength.

Burnhams said...

Hey Nat- This is Emily (Zwick) Burnham. I am so sorry to hear about little Gavin. I am amazed by your faith and strength. It makes me want to be a better person. I was actually a PICU nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital a couple of years ago, before I had two little boys of my own. I want you to know that all of the medical knowledge and experience can not compete with a mother's intuition and faith. I learned so much from the mothers of my little patients, who were so in tune with what was going on because they knew their child best. Gavin is so blessed to have you as his mom. I am praying for you guys. He will pull through. The PICU is a special place that is close to my heart. Miracles happen there all the time! Love you!
-Emily

dixie said...

Hi Natalie, I am Echo's mom, I have been checking your blog twice a day. I am telling everybody I know to remember little Gavin in their prayers. You have a wonderful family. I know the Lord is blessing all of you...including all the wonderful docs and nurses! Thanks for being a strength to me! Go get em Gavin!!!!

Janny said...

Your strength will transcend to baby Gavin and those around him... may he recover soon *hugs*

Brendon said...

Prayers and thoughts are with Baby Gavin and family.

nicole green said...

i tweeted and facebooked your blog in hopes all of my friends will read this! you and your family will continue to be in my thoughts!! lots of love, nicole <3

Rachael said...

Continuing to pray for you guys! I've been asking everyone I know to pray for you. My sister put your Gavin's name in for a prayer request with KLOVE. They are a Christian rock station and have preachers come in and donate their time to pray.
Stay strong and know that he WILL make it through this!

Julia K. said...

Your faith resounds. Your strength is incredible and inspiring. Your prayers are being heard. Know that more are headed your direction every second.

Cathy said...

I came across your blog from a friend blog. Baby Gavin, you and your family will be in my prayers. Praying for God to show us another miracle. My little grandson's name is Gavin so your Gavin has a special place in my heart.

Anonymous said...

I will pray for you and your sweet son, and I am so thankful for how open you have been in allowing so many strangers to join in this experience with you. It strengthens so many and increases my faith in humanity, there are so many good, loving, faithful people out there. It is truly a testimony that God does hear and answer prayers!

Ciara said...

Every blessing to you and your beautiful family, Natalie. Thinking of you all, and especially Gavin, of course.

cc said...

"I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living."

words can't express my heart's cry for your family. thank you for sharing your battles and your faith during such a difficult time, you and gavin are bringing more light into this world than you can know.
its a true joy to witness God's grace being poured out onto your family. you have the strength of a thousand moms because of Him.
keep fighting, nothing is impossible.
praying at you from south africa!!

Stina said...

Oh Natalie, I never pray, but now I do, for you and your son. Intensly!

Jenny said...

Your Family is in our prayers! And Gavin's Name will be in the Temple! Bless you, Bless Your husband, Family, and all those wonderful Doctors and Angels.

Momma Tracy said...

You do not know me, but I have been praying for your son because a friend informed us of your situation.
I believe God is the Great Physician, He hears our cries, He honors our faith. And in the name of our mighty and wonderful Savior, Jesus, I come in agreement with you asking God to heal your son and to wrap his loving arms around you and your family! God is good ALL the time! You will be in our constant prayers.

Tracy
Amarillo, TX

jillycrystal said...

Dear Natalie:

You're a brave mom. I knew about your baby today on DPS blog, then I remembered that my mom struggled to give birth to me. She was 40 yrs old and she had lost 3 babies but I was born against all hope.

We live in a poor country but LOVE can do everything: make faith strong, enlighten the minds of the doctors and fight against bad things.

I don't know very much about medical stuff but I DO know there are only 2 medicines that can heal everything: Love and Faith, and you and your family have both of them.

Praying for Baby Gavin and sending you a big hug from Guayaquil, Ecuador (South America)

Jill Kuri

Mart -n- Marci said...

Thanks for being a shining example of positivity and faith. I am praying for you and for Gavin and for your sweet family and for the doctors and angels treating him. My baby was in NICU 10 years ago also, and I know how that feels - it's something nobody can understand who hasn't been there, but I hope it helps you to know that she is 10 years old, alive and kickin' today - and you'd never know she was there. I believe he will live, and thrive. I have faith for him too. And, you will return to your lives again. Hang in there. It's just a moment in time.

Lindsay said...

Richie and Natalie you are amazing people i hope that you know how special you are. Gavin is a strong little boy he will pull through. He is in Gods Hands.

when my nephew was born he had holes in his heart and the doctors said that he probably wouldn't make it. but through alot of prayer and faith and fasting and giving it to the Lord 4 open heart surgury's later at 4 months old he was completely better. He is now 12yrs old and beautiful.
Miricles happen i know this. i just thought i would share that story with you.

you guys rock!
we love you so much.
linds mcbride

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

Praying for you, your family, your son's medical staff. May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness and trust in Him.

Felicia Lynne said...

I've been following your blog for awhile but I've never commented. But I feel like I should now. I am praying for you multiple times a day. Praying that you will all get through this and the lessons learned will help bless many other people. All will work out in the Lord's time. :)

Julie Cannon said...

PRAISE GOD for the miracles HE is delivering! The doctors need to know that we are not only praying for little baby Gavin, but also for them. For a supernatural wisdom to pour over them as they care for Gavin. For the ability to make tough decisions and adhere treatments that will heal this little boy. For peace as they try the experimental procedures that they will in fact be paving the road for what is to come. So we continue to pray, for Gavin, for your family, for the angels and for the doctors! Keep the miracles coming..one by one, this little boy and your lives are becoming a testimony that are all glorifying HIM.

J,D and Little B said...

Natalie.... I can't stop thinking about you and Gavin. You are so inspiring and strong. Gavin is strong because you are a rock. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you out here in Hawaii. I have a house full of toys right across from the beach and I am more than happy to help watch the boys! let me know anytime! You are amazing and so is Gavin.
Praying for lots and lots of pee!

Nick said...

Praying for the strength to return to your little one and strength for you to overcome. Praying for God's Grace to continue to bless all involved. Thank you for sharing your stories. I discovered your blog through a mutual facebook friend.

Blessings from Arkansas!
Nick

Jenetta said...

Natalie - Your story touches my heart as I sit here with my little 4 month old girl. We are praying for you! What a difficult thing it would be to see your little one so close and yet so far away.
Your experience has made me realize how precious this life is and how we shouldn't waste a moment of it. I am praying for the day when you can take Gavin home and hold him safely in your arms and rock him to sleep. We will put your names on the prayer roll at the Seattle Temple as well. God bless you!

Jenetta

Kim Shepherd said...

I'm praying for your little Gavin, you and your whole family.

Amy said...

Our whole family is praying for you to have strength to endure, and for your sweet baby boy to pull through.

I admire your courage and strength. The PICU is a scary place to be with a tiny infant. We only spent 24 hours there with our infant son 4 months ago, but it was tiring,I can't imagine how you are feeling right now. Thank you for posting this story.

Amy Anderson Provo Ut

{Erica} said...

Today my little ones asked about your little one. We explained to them a few days back that we needed to pray for him and since then they make sure to pray for him with all their hearts and in all their prayers - which is about 10 times a day :)

the power of prayer is real and it works.

go little Gavin...GO!

Terry said...

Your mom e-mailed me days ago and asked that I add my prayers...for the last few nights little Gavin has been first on my list. I also asked your brother Gavin and my son Jon, who is with him, to send down some breaths of strength if they could...
I was moved to give blood today, something I haven't done in years, but seemed to be a fitting way to say "thank you" to your angels.
Take Care.

Lisa said...

What an amazing story you are living. Your faith astounds me! And what a little fighter you have on your hands! My prayers are with you, your family, and all the medical personnel that are around you. You are amazing!

Nicholas and Brittani said...

Natalie,

I found you through one of your childhood friends Rachel. I too have spent more nights in the ICU with a baby than I wanted to. I know what it is like to look at your baby and not be able to express our love the way we would normally through hugs and kisses. I know what it is like to leave with after a medical battle with a beautiful baby in arm. I pray you will experience that soon! You are an amazing mama and an amazing woman. I read your blog and you have a beautiful way with words. You seem so geniune and kind and your faith in God is incredible. I am learning so much about faith through you. I have posted a prayer request on facebook and have my family praying as well. We know that miracles are out there and that you and sweet baby Gavin and your family are difinitely deserving of these miracles. You are in the best place for healing there at Primary's. My younger brother is in that PICU all the time and we have witnessed amazing things happening there. Medicine is a miracle all on it's own, and coupled with your faith and devotion to God and your family you deserve to win. We will continue to pray for you and your family, for comfort and healing.

Love,
Brittani Lunnen

Clara said...

I'm so sorry you and little Gavin have to go through all this. God is good and He does listen to our prayers. I join with you in praising God for your little one and asking Him for a healing. God loves you and blesses you! Clara

Anonymous said...

Although you don't know me and I don't know you except through your tweets and blog (not quite sure how I found you other than hobby interest in photography), just wanted to say I've been checking your tweets and blog posts at least two to three times a day since I read about your baby.

Prayers go out for all the hands and medical minds working on Gavin's behalf.

--Marilyn
Northern VA

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I found your blog a while back and check it now and then. One of my CM friends mentioned you needing prayers - I have since read your postings and I am overwhelmed to see your strength through such a difficult situation. I will be praying for Gavin and all of you!
Blessings...

shara said...

i also found your blog by a friend that i have and when i read it i was touched. i am a mother of a 2 year old and just recently had a miscarriage and i know what the love a parent is like and how hard this must be on you but also what you can do with that love. we are also praying for you and hope that all goes great for you guys and gavin and that there is a miracle in store for you.

Kelsey said...

Just read about little Gavin. My thoughts are with you and your little guy. What a fighter! Go Gavin GO!

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tara said...

I cry with you for each update. I am praying for him, for you and for him to pee. God Bless, prayer is powerful.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

My little niece was just in the hospital for severe pneumonia for 3 weeks & almost died, but praise the Lord she is okay and recovering! I totally believe in the power of prayer & will be lifting up your little one in prayer!

{babyflairboutique} said...

i'm amazed and in awe of God's divine appointment right now. i happened to see a tweet of yours, because a very distant friend of mine had re-tweeted it. so, i came to your blog and have been praying for gavin all day. i can tell by reading your most recent posts that you already know this, but: nothing in this life, no matter how HUGE or how insignificant, happens if it is not expressly and only for YOUR good, and for GOD'S glory. oh how God will use this trial to change/redeem/bless/bring together SOOO many lives! that is what i am praying for... and believe me, it has already touched my life profoundly, as i'm sure it has so many others who have commented here (and maybe who haven't commented). blessings and prayers and hope and love, in Jesus name, from San Diego :)

Anonymous said...

I don't know you personally but love your photographs and have visited your blog many times. I want you to know that me and all my friends including my whole seminary class are praying for baby Gavin. We all know prayer works and are cheering for your family and Gavin. He can do it!

Love,

Kids praying for Gavin from NorCal

Pauline said...

I came here from DPS. I am praying for Gavin, for a complete recovery, and for you and your family to have all the strength and peace you need.

Anonymous said...

We came across your blog thru a fellow mommy asking for prayers! We are praying for "Gabin" My son says Gabin instead of Gavin, anyway, we are praying for you here, all of us. I have asked my Mother-in-law to put you on the prayer chain in Northern MN as well. Keep strong momma, daddy, siblings, & Gavin.

shari berry bo-berry said...

Natalie,

I can hardly believe you have the time to say thank-you right now...but am impressed at how you are handling everything with such grace.

Thanks again for keeping us all updated and I hope you can feel the continual love and support we're sending from here in Huntington Beach!

xoxo to Gavin!

Love, shari

Megan and Keli'i said...

Nortons,

I don't know how I just heard about this, but I am so sorry. You and Gavin will be in our prayers. Let us know if there's anything you need help with, anything at all. Sure love you guys.

Kelli Nicole said...

Your Gavin is mentioned in every one of my prayers. He'll make it! Can't wait to see pictures of that blessed little boy surrounded by his brothers.

Liana said...

Been following your blog updates and wanted you to know I am praying for Gavin and your beautiful family. Praying for pee and for continued improvement. Love you guys,

Liana (Kongaika) Kinikini

The Muse ... said...

Hi Nat..

My thoughts and prayers with you and your family. He is still an infant - a guy who hasn't learnt about fear yet. He will come out of this stronger and will be a really cheerful happy bundle-of-joy to you. I do hope the worries do not cloud these most precious moments wirh your cherished little hero :).

Many hugs..
Tanvi Shah

Tyler and Erin said...

Our prayers are with you and your family.

Ally said...

Norton Family,
I know that Heavenly Father loves you and knows your family. He will help you and hears all the prayers on your behalf. I know this.
You will not be alone, and those prayers will bring you much strength and joy.
I will be one of many.
xoxo

Kelly said...

I am a fellow photographer and came across your blog today. I enjoyed getting to know you thru previous posts.

I live in Texas and am sending great big TEXAS sized prayers your way for you and your entire family!

May you have peace that surpasses understanding.

Emily said...

Natalie--I think of you and baby Gavin at odd times all through the day, and I have said so many prayers in my kitchen for the two of you . . . for all of you. You have so many friends that love you. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

We are praying for your little boy, Gavin, and your entire family. A big hug from our family to yours!

Jessie said...

Thoughts and prayers going up from Las Vegas.

leisa said...

Natalie and Family-

You're found the Prayer of Faith and it's power... We're adding our prayers to the many others for Gavin and for you and your family.

There is much love coming out of the Laie community for you guys... as classes started today on BYU-Hawaii you were mentioned and talked about and I just know the Lord is hearing all these prayers and sending his many angels down to lift you up, carry you through, guide the hands and minds of those working for your son.

I'm so grateful for the miracles you've already seen. Thank you for reaching out and asking for help and sharing the miracles... the faith of MANY will be strengthened and have been through you guys... mine has already :)

with much aloha, love and faith,

Leisa Tapia

Faith said...

Family and friends sent me your blog. We are praying for Baby Gavin. I am also sending your blog to a very special place in northern Vermont called St. Anne's Shrine. They have answered many of my prayers and I know they will pray for Gavin to get well. We will continue to pray for all of your family to stay strong for your precious Gavin.
Faith

KaSs MiLeS said...

My sister-in-law emailed this blog to me this afternoon.
Prayers are coming to your little Gavin from Payson Utah.

Eric said...

Natalie, my thoughts and prayers are with you from Sydney.

mandy said...

So awesome to see so many coming together for one awesome family!! Cant wait to see you and that baby safe and sound!! Love you sooo MUCH!
Mandy

Dolly said...

As I am struggling today with the emotions of my six year old daughter Izzy, who just arrived in Riyadh with her dad... I decided to take a diversion to read up on your latest with Gavin because obviously your situation is MUCH MUCH HARDER than mine.

Your words on this post could seem unoriginal or corny to the spiritually dead reader but they SPOKE to me so tenderly and profoundly as if they were only written for me.

I am extremely caught up in the management of my three children, mine and my husband's international careers and how to arrange all of our lives...

While all these things are important-- the story of the Norton's at Primary Children's Hospital are a graphic reminder of making sure every moment and every decision is decided with the utmost listening ear toward Heaven and the host of angels who are watching over us.

If your next post could be about how to convince my nearly 17 year old to "just trust me" in helping guide his life, then that would be a personal miracle. ; ) It doesn't even need to come from me.... ANY angel who could help him would be GREAT.

I'm going next door to check on Cardon and see if he wants to come and make the Limaide that we had planned for yesterday.

Lot's of love to you and Richie!

(word verifier said phots- pretty cosmic for your blogger as it was just missing the second "O". I LOVE your baby phot_s of Gavin!)

Rebecca said...

Hooray for PEE!! And for Gavin having such a wonderful mother with firm roots in her faith. The world is praying for you and is astounded by your strength of character and faith in God. He will protect you and carry you through.

Becca in Atlanta, GA

Stephen Knuth said...

I contacted the prayer team at my home church and they are praying for Gavin today. Their prayers healed me and healed those with brain tumors. I know it will work!!! God Bless You!!

Stephanie Smith - 831 Photography said...

Continuing to pray for Gavin, the Doctors and Staff and for you and your family!

From one Mommy to another, we pray...and connect! Amen for the blessings God has already bestowed and continued prayers for healing and more pee!!!

Blair Van Bussel - { Blair Nicole Photography } said...

Praying Praying Praying!!You, your family and your little one are in my constant thoughts!

Anonymous said...

You have shared so much with your tutorials on photography. Today, I'll join my though and hope for the well being of you childrens.
Hugo

Alicia said...

Natalie, I want you to know that your faith has strengthened me. Thank you for being brave enough to let us be a little part of this trying experience and allowing us to cry with you wherever we are. My prayers and thoughts continue to be with your precious Gavin and your family.

Charlotte and Jared Nelson said...

You don't know me, but you're in our prayers. I can't even imagine what you're going through. We have a little girl and it kills me to hear about sick little babies. I hope for more little miracles for you guys.

Caroline Ghetes said...

Hi Natalie & family. I just cannot imagine what you must be going through right now. I hope that Jesus will give you the miracle that baby Gavin needs and that He will bring His comfort to you. I am so sorry for what you are having to go through and I just hope and pray that everything will be okay.

jorgy said...

What an amazing example of faith and hope you are! Precious little Gavin is so lucky to have you as his mom!! I just found your blog today from a family member who posted the link on Facebook and have said (and will continue to say)numerous prayers already for Gavin, your family and the hospital staff. He is definately at the right place, the staff at Primary's is amazing!!

Thank you for your example and the example of your little fighter!! I've shed so many tears from reading and seeing your strenghth & faith as you face a trial that is hard to even imagine for a mother.

Continued prayers coming your way from Utah!

Noni said...

My family and I will be praying for a full and complete healing for your little Gavin.

Noni
San Juan, PR

Wesley Chandler said...

Hi Natalie,

I've never met you before. In fact, I just came across your blog from a different blog. But from what I read on your blog, God has compelled me to pray for your son and your family. I will be doing just that.

May God bless Gavin and your family.

=)

Jennifer said...

Sending all my prayers and love to you and to little Gavin. Your courage and spirit are an inspiration.

Shar said...

My children and I have been praying for your little guy. I'm so glad to hear there has been some improvement with his health. We will continue to pray for a full recovery.

Barb D said...

Natalie and Family,
Just heard about baby Gavin through DPS. Natalie you're one of my inspirations, and I am praying for your baby Gavins full recovery. I almost died from whooping cough when I was an infant (I'm now 45). 99.8% was the mortality rate they told my parents. The power of prayer and the love of a strong family DOES work miracles. I've seen it! Natalie, pray to your brother, I know he too, will watch over Gavin. Praying for you!!!!

Heather said...

Nat -

Your post today brought a smile a mile wide to my face. I'm so excited to hear of his progress and his good news. Since posting on my facebook you've gotten some Kansas City prayers as well. I'm thinking of you and your family constantly as I stare at my 7 week old baby Jillian. We hope that the news keeps getting better and that Gavin is on the road to a speedy recovery. What an amazing, strong mother you are. God knew what he was doing when he made you Gavin's mommy. Keep your strength and your amazing spirit. Much love.

Damaris said...

I went to Hawaii for Christmas and ran into Richie at the visitor center. i told him I wanted to go see you and baby gavin and wanted you to meet my new baby maria. by the time i made it to your house you had left to Utah.

i am praying for gavin and you and Richie and the docs and the boys.

I am still determined to meet gavin.

Kim in PA said...

Found your blog through a twitter link...
My heart goes out to your wee one!
Been through this..nervewracking doesn't even come close!
Would it help you to know my swollen and sick newborn is now a strapping 20 year old? I hope so!
God DOES work miracles! Have faith!

Jenna said...

Natalie and Richie- you guys are amazing. I'm praying for you all. Love you guys!

Deer Antler for Pups said...

Prayers and love comeing to you and your family in abundance!

Dipal said...

Natalie, read about Gavin on DPS. I am sure god will bless his own cute creation. We are all praying for Gavin.

Anonymous said...

Natalie,
I stumbled across your blog by mistake. I am praying hard for Gavin and your whole family right now. Miracles do happen.

Melinda said...

More tears for you, more thoughts and prayers.

enlightee said...

Natalie,

i hope you and family are given enough strength and courage to overcome all these obstacles.

here's hoping that the little one will have pictures of him running in the backyard cheerfully :)

heather said...

Hi Natalie,
this is Heather and Stephanie (Michelle Ostler Shumway's sisters). We just read your update and we wanted to let you know that we will pray for your son. Miracles do happen.

Heidi said...

I was so touched by your posts. I felt I had met you and was a close friend. Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork and your hard times with me.
My tears and prayers are for you and your family.
I add my faith to yours for that miracle.

Diane said...

Natalie and family:
I too have been keeping little Gavin in my prayers and for strength for you and your family.

Laura said...

I've got goosebumps from your words and I can just FEEL God around me and around you, Richie and Gavin. My prayers continue and I've sent the message out to others, to pray for you all too. We won't quit praying until you have your baby back!

Sheila Beal said...

Natalie - One of the first things I did this morning was pray for y'all and specifically pray for strength and healing for little Gavin.

Andy and I check twitter and facebook frequently for updates. We seen you love and hugsl

Saline said...

Hi Natalie,

I saw got your link through a relative of mine asking to pray for baby Gavin. My heart and deepest sincerities are with you all. Your thoughts and words triggered a nerve in my heart. I hope and pray that you will love the Lord in whatever he decides to do. And remember that baby Gavin is in good hands. Much love and alofa.

Robin said...

You have brought a sweet blessing to the end of my day, as I mourn the loss of your precious wonder with you. A stranger who's welcomed into your life through the threads of faith and shrouded in prayer.

Your love is amazing.

God is being glorified in your words and through your pain, as you magnify Him in the midst of great sadness.

Praying for you......

Chance's Mom said...

What a sweet baby. Your story has touched my heart and I will be praying for you. May God bless you and comfort you.

Theresa said...

You are a true inspiration to me as a Christian and as a mother. God bless you and your family... and you are right... you will see your beautiful baby boy again someday. Until then he is watching over all of us.