Saturday, June 21, 2008

Our Miracle Baby!!




We are here....the last 24 hours have felt like a whirlwind. But, we have our precious Eliana with us. How do we even tell y'all what your words of encouragement and gifts of getting us down here mean to us???!!!! We are SO OVERWHELMED by this community of people.....thank you for your love and generosity.

Sweet girl was released from the hospital today, and then she was brought to us at our hotel. I didn't know what to expect.....we were both pretty nervous. Then, the second I saw her....peace just flooded over both of us. God saved our sweet baby's life. It was such a freak thing.....but the Lord was guiding her every single step of the way. The sweet foster mom took charge, called our facilitator.....and then he called the ambulance as soon as he saw her. She was pretty much lifeless in the ambulance....and they started her on oxygen. All I can say is that the Lord heard the cries of His people!! I weep just thinking about it. She is so special. He has an amazing plan for her little life.

She is still recovering.....pretty weak and tired. She will NOT let us put her down (which is okay with us). So, sleeping might get interesting tonight. Pray that somehow she is able to rest. Pray for her little lungs....that she does not get any infections. Her breathing is a little raspy tonight, but other than that....she is AMAZING!!! Is she not just so beautiful?!

I will keep the updates coming!! Please continue to pray for complete healing. Thank you friends....we love you all more than you know. We would not be here in Guatemala today if it wasn't for you. Thank you Lord for saving our baby....she truly is a little miracle!

Love you all,
Lindsey

56 comments:

JuJu - said...

so thankful to hear an update and to know she is OK:)

April said...

So happy to hear, Eliana looks so at peace resting on your shoulder, she knows she is safe now..Just praying for blessings over you all and that Eliana is healed quicky and the Lord keep her in 100% complete health...

Amy Clemons said...

All I can say is praise God. I am so thankful to hear the good news.

Anonymous said...

PRAISE JESUS!!!
- erika

The Heinrichs said...

Finally what I needed ---pics! She is just so adorable and her smile lights up the room even as she fights to get better!!!

And Chris...the carrier is so YOU! Geez I can't wait to meet you all!

Love you! Deanna

Lisa Johnson said...

I am so happy to hear that she is doing well! Praise God for hearing our prayers and taking care of her until you got there.

Oh..pillows are your answer. I held my little one for a LONG time with colic and reflux. I always slept with her on my chest with pillows propping me up like an armchair. :)

Make sure to put some under your elbows.

Candy said...

OH GIRL the Tears I have cried for you over your ENTIRE adoption process...and this TOTAL MIRACLE just blows me away. I too believe God has SPECIAL plans for Miss Eliana. I am so HAPPY you are with her and she is doing so well. HUGS and you know we can't wait for MORE pictures

kristin said...

praise God. i'm so glad she is okay, and i'm so glad you are able to comfort her... what an unbelievable journey. i'm so glad you're together forever now...

Scott Moore said...

GREAT photos! BRP!!!!!

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

I'm so happy that Eliana is okay! I can't imagine how scary this must be for you! Praying for your precious, beautiful daughter!!!

Jessica said...

She fits prefectly in your arms! Praying for to heal quickly. Praying for all three of you to get a lot of reat tonight and tomorrow.

The Redman's said...

Wonderful, wonderful news!!! What an amazing gift for you guys to be with Eliana, now... FOREVER!!!!! Praying for continued healing for Eliana!!

God bless.

-Suzi

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your sweet baby girl. I just read your story and so glad to hear you are together and Eliana is doing better. Lots of snuggling is so great for healing. :)

Denise (connected from Praying Them Home)

Robyn said...

I am so glad to hear that Eliana is doing well. I will continue to pray for all of you!!

Robyn

Maria said...

I am so happy to read this update from you. :) Praise the Lord that Eliana is doing better. I'm sure she must be very happy to be in your arms.

Trish said...

God is SO good. I am so happy to see this update. Millions of years of Mother Nature can't be wrong....just do what feels right as parents now....you'll always do the right thing if you follow your gut. It is so obvious in the pictures how much Eliana loves and needs you. God will continue to guide you. Feel better soon, Eliana!!

gracie :) said...

Oh, she is such a sweet baby girl! It is written all over her beautiful face. So happy that you guys were able to get down there so quickly and get Eliana in your arms. Have a wonderful week as a family you guys...and hope she gets out of PGN VERY SOON!!

The Huffs said...

Thank the Lord! She is so beautiful and looks wonderful as you are holding her! I'm so happy for all of you! What a precious little girl! Again, thank the Lord!

Felicia

Bobbi said...

She will heal just fine now that she is in your arms.

Hope that she bounces back quickly.

Thank God for your miracle. You have been needing one for quite some time.

Mommy said...

Praise the Lord for this wonderful news! I came here from Oatsvall Team. We have been praying for your daughter and will continue to do so.

Katie said...

So relieved to hear she is okay and she is with you forever !! Big Hugs !!

Lee Anne and John said...

What wonderful news!!! Thank you for the beautiful pics. Now you three are together for ever!
Lee Anne

The gFamily said...

It is so good to see her in your arms! She is beautiful and I feel like that is an understatement! I pray that she is completely better very soon! I hope everyone was able to rest!!

Melissa said...

Eliana looks great! Thank you, Lord, for the healing you have already done!

Lainie said...

Thank God! She IS so beautiful! We've been praying every step of the way, and will continue.

Love you,
Lainie

Andrea W. said...

We are praying for you! Give Eliana lots of hugs and kisses for us!

ManyBlessings said...

Awww...it's so good to see that baby in your arms forever. Praising God for that little fighter, her foster mom, and your facilitator. Hope you were able to sleep some last night! God bless you all!
d:)

Christina said...

What a blessing it is to see her in your arms and know that she is healing. Prayers are being sent your way for her complete recovery.

lisa kindred said...

We have prayed, and He has heard our prayers. We are so thankful to see little Eliana so peaceful in your arms. She really is where she belongs. Enjoy this time together as a family! So happy for you!

Love, Lisa

Kerri said...

So glad to read the good update! Hope Eliana continues to recover well.
Thinking of you all...
Kerri and Ruby

JonesEthiopia said...

Thank God. Take care, you three.

GWEN OATSVALL said...

what amazing pictures of love ... she looks right at home now and i am sure she will rest because she feels safe and loved in her parents arms ... we will continue our prayers till you are home !!!!

Anna said...

It is SO wonderful to see pics of you all together as a family!!! Praise God Eliana is out of hospital and going ok. She is just a gorgeous little sweetheart and you guys are just the most wonderful parents for her!!
Take care and so good to hear your news,
Anna

LouLou said...

You know how much I love all three of you! I am praising God for the miracle of Eliana!!!!! She looks fabulous. It was wonderful hearing her little squeals last night.... She is amazing. I will be calling in a while and see her almost in person!!!! Give her kisses and both of you hug each other for me.

love you.

Andrea said...

God is GOOD!

keelstar said...

Thank you Jesus for saving sweet Eliana and allowing her mommy & daddy to be with her in Guatemala! We know that you have great things in store for her precious life and that her story will touch the lives of many! Blessings to you all and prayers for continued healing for your doll baby! Life is such a gift! Keely & Savannah

nikki said...

So happy to hear she is in your arms and doing well. We will continue to pray for her recovery!

John & Michelle said...

You are lifted in prayer from Illinois! Just found you through Oatsvall Team. We'll look forward to following the rest of your journey!
Michelle

Tikey Betters said...

I know Deanna Heinrich and when she sent an email regarding your beautiful daughter, I was so pleased to hear that God has given Eliana the strength to pull through this ordeal. The pictures are so adorable, she is an angel. God Bless all of you.

-Tikey & December

*Overflowing* said...

Praise the Lord! I was so happy to see her smiling face this morning! God is awesome indeed!! I will continue to pray for your sweet family as you are seperated for a short but necessary time. I know God will do amazing things during this time apart. ~stacy

Joanna said...

I'm so thankful you are with your baby girl. Just reading your post gave me goosebumps. God really does here our cries. Thank you for the update and pictures amist this stressful time. PRAISE JESUS your sweet girl is alive and well. Love the pic of your hubby with the carrier, too!

A Team said...

SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT!

Praise JESUS!

Kristen Borland said...

praise the Lord!

MMrussianadoption said...

just found your site via Holly's. Thank goodness your daughter is alright.

~Laura~ said...

Thank God she's okay! I haven't been able to get you guys off my mind. Still praying for you. ((hugs))

Cheri (prounounced like the tree, like the fruit, as in Cherry Pie) said...

All I can say is yippee, yawhoo and praise God. Eliana is on the mend now with y'all there!!!!Cheri

Kelly said...

OH MY GOODNESS BIGTIME PRAYERS for her continued healing! We have been out of town and didn't hear about this until today. I am so happy you're there, she's out of the hospital, and recovering. I know you guys must be so exhausted from all the worry. {{{{BIG HUGS}}}} Lots more prayers coming from our way!

sillysmiths said...

linds-I'm so excited that you guys get to hold that precious baby!! How much longer on the adoption end of things? When does she get to come home??? I'm praying for all of you guys. Love ya!

Mackenzie's Forever Family said...

Like you'd put her down, even if she'd let ya.. come on... No seriously. I so enjoy the fact that you two are down there with her. What a gift. Enjoy this special time with her by yourselves because when you get home your house will be flooded with people wanting to meet her. We continue to pray for her healing.

Holladay Family said...

That is so interesting to me that she vomited in her sleep and choked on it because that exact same thing happened to my two year old about two weeks ago. He was sleeping in his crib and I heard him choking. I got up and found him blue with his body convulsing. I couldn't find my cell phone and had to "take it on" by myself (my husband was out of town). I finally got him breathing again (after I woke him up and got him to vomit) and then took him to bed with me. An hour later the same thing happened but I was next to him and caught it quicker. I realized the reason it was so life threatening was he wasn't opening his mouth and just choking on the vomit. The next night he vomited in his sleep again, but this time I told him before he went to bed that if he needed to vomit he needed to open his mouth. I know how life threatening this situation is. I am grateful for the life of my son and your precious sweet Eliana. I pray you will be able to bring her home SOON! She is an angel and deserves to spend every second with her forever family. May the Lord bless you while you are in Guatemaula and keep you safe.

Amy James said...

I love when I pull up google reader and it shows your blog has a new update, especially right now. What an awesome story God has given and continues to write for your family. I feel blessed getting to be a part of it even if it is only through the internet. Maybe next time you guys are in LR I might run into you and meet your sweet baby girl. What a blessing for you guys to be there in her time of need. May God guide and bless you each and every step of the way.

emily said...

Wow, I go out of town for a little over a week and look what happens!! I am so thankful that you are there and with her and that she is getting better. Sweet girl.

Kathi said...

I came over from Gwen's blog (and I think I wrote you before); but I'm glad Eliana is on the road to recovery and that you were able to go down there to be with her

Amy said...

So happy to read that she is doing better and with you guys! Sweet girl!

Sarah said...

So so happy to know she is in your arms! I love that picture of her on your shoulder... she knows she is with her mommy and daddy! And that daddy... he is one funny guy! Love his stance with the baby on his front - LOL!

I don't think I would put that angel down for one minute... soak up that precious miracle! What a story for her someday!

Dena said...

She just looks perfect in both of your arms!