Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ask and You Shall Receive...

This is why we ask...

In the last blog, Jeff and I were at a very low point...we asked you to be praying that Jacob would improve and work his way off or close to off the ventilator. That this was the only way the surgeons would move ahead with the second surgery. The surgeons seemed to think this might take months. That was two days ago...

As of last night...The attending doctor came by Jacob's room last night around 7:15 and informed us that Jacob has made such great progress on the ventilator and said, "He is not where I expected him to be." He also said that he had talked with the surgeons and told them about how far Jacob was off the vent, and they seemed to think the second surgery may be some time next week. I think everyone is amazed. But we know who is doing the working...

The Lord says, "Ask and you shall receive" and we asked you to pray for those specific things...Thank you for praying for our son! We cannot explain to you the gift that you have given us by just being fervent in prayer for Jacob. Because of your prayers we get more and more days with our precious Jacob. We get to change diapers, read stories, pray with him each night before we leave, and watch him touch lives of the nurses and people around him. What a precious time we have had...more than we could have hoped for. But at the same time, we ask God for more. So, humbly, we ask you to continue with us in petition to God for our little one.

Keep praying that Jacob will grow stronger; that his heart will continue to pump blood to his lungs and not strain because of how small his right lung is. Pray that during surgery, his liver will tolerate being in his abdomen and that he will be patched up in his diaphragm. Keep praying for his right lung, that it will expand and grow new tissues faster than the doctors can explain. Also, that after surgery, Jacob will be able to bounce back and that we can be on the road to recovery with fewer downhills on this part of the roller coaster.

On another note, we had some wonderful moments with him in the last few days. We got POOP! I know it's silly, but that means that everything works. Our nurse on Thursday was overjoyed with us in that moment and said, "Thank you God for Poop, Amen!"

We also got to see him open his eyes, look around, and begin to be more alert. This is because they are weening him down on his sedation and pain medication, and he is tolerating this well. Enjoy these pictures of our little JET!
See those beautiful eyes!!!
Here's all our contraptions in the room...we're high maintenance.
A picture of Jacob with his zebra and the oscillating vent behind him...
the vent is what we need to get rid of...

29 comments:

  1. Our God is so good and so big!!! I will keep praying and keep him on our prayer list at church and school. I hope you have a great day visiting with him. He is so cute!

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  2. I've been praying that your next post would tell of more miracles & it has! Praise God! Thanks for keeping us updated. What a gorgeous baby boy - love those open eyes!! No matter what those wonderful doctors say, my bets are on God & Jacob - I think the two of them are a pretty good team! Hang in there, your faith is such a strength for Jacob & everyone who knows you!

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  3. Praise the Lord! Jacob is adorable and you all have been on my mind and in my prayers. I will continue...
    amy maze

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  4. Amazing! Thank you for sharing the latest news! Chris, Sam and I continue to pray for Jacob every day. We love you guys!

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  5. Jeff and Julie,
    Praise God! I'm sitting here crying tears of great joy and I've been on the phone sharing the news with friends.
    Prayers are yours.
    Give a Jacob a gentle high five for us! :)
    Catherine says to tell you, "We like your zebra."

    Love and prayers,
    Suzanne
    and Catherine Rowe

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  6. Shouting out praise to our Great God for your little boy! We are so thankful and amazed at Jacob's fight and the story he is writing on so many people's hearts. Go Jacob Go! Praise to your God who is at work in you!

    Praying with faith,
    Benjy and Carolyn Brednich - Reece, Chase, abnd Pierce (even our young boys are praying for Jacob and asking about him!)

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  7. I check each day to see what specific prayer needs you have. Thank you for providing specifics for all of us as we petition. Jacob is beautiful. We continue our prayers. Praise God for this good news!
    In Him~
    Sharon and Keith Nikolaus (Woodmont and Shannon's mom and dad)

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  8. praise you God for you can do such wonderful and marvelous things. we see your power and we pray for more. bless this baby and his parents. bring them peace. bring them healing.

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  9. His eyes are beautiful! I continue to be amazed by God's work. I know he is giving you, Jeff, and Jacob strength. We are continuing our prayers for you, always.

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  10. What wonderful news! Praise God! Enjoy today knowing how God is working.

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  11. Too Cool!!! We are still praying for you constantly.... It is fantastic to hear how well little Jacob is doing! God is Good, ALL the time, and he works great miracles and Jacob is one of those GREAT miracles..... Love you!
    ~Hugs~ Marie

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  12. It is with sincere humility that I offer a prayer of gratitude! God is good!

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  13. God is so good! I can't wait to see how God will keep showing his amazing power! Love the sweet eyes! :)

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  14. Jeff & Julie & Jacob,
    Awesome News!!!! This is great and we thank God with you that Jacob is defying the odds and that God is ever present to hear our prayers!!! We continue to pray for you. Thank you for the update. Jacob is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  15. i have tears streaming down my face right now as i read your good news. God is so good and I am so thankful for the amazing proof Jacob is of answered prayers. We will continue to pray for your precious little beautiful boy :)

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  16. Praise, Praise and more PRAISE...Thank you Lord, now if we could ask for just a few more things...

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  17. Praise God for Jacob's progress. He is so beautiful. He looks like both Mommy and Daddy with those beautiful eyes. We are still praying for you. Be Strong Jacob!

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  18. Wonderful news! We continue to pray for you and your beautiful baby boy. God is so good. His power is amazing. Thank you for sharing the good news.

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  19. Jacob is proving who is in control - Our God! Im so excited for each new experience you are having with him! Those eyes are beautiful! Hugs and kisses! Debbie Scobey

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  20. Crying with joy for you guys, for another positive day, for another day of time with Jacob that is a surprise, and praying for more and more. Much love, Megan

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  21. Julie and Jeff,
    Thank you for the update. I, too, appreciate the specifics on how to pray. We are praying and will continue. Thank you for your faith and reality moments you show us. Remember you are loved and our God holds you in His gentle hands.
    Holly, Angie's mom

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  22. Julie and Jeff,
    What cute pictures of your little guy. He's totally adorable and quite the handsome stud!! We are praying for you and that God will have his miracle hand with the surgeons on Jacob's next surgery. We love you three and are praying for you each day. Our thoughts are with you.

    Love,
    Ryan & Jeremy

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  23. Julie,
    Thinking and praying for you and your precious little boy each day! Darci and Jimmy

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  24. Praise God Julie! His had is definitely with you and Jacob right now. I will continue praying!

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  25. PRAISE GOD!!! We'll continue to pray for your little JET!!! Fight Jacob FIGHT!!!

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  26. What a beautiful boy. And quite the fighter as well. We continue to pray for Jet every day. Thank you for keeping this site updated it means so much to be able to follow along on Jet's journey.
    Much love-
    Megan C.

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  27. God is Great! What faith Jacob is already spreading by being so strong and overcoming all odds. His life has such great meaning and purpose. We will continue to pray for all of your request.

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  28. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow--every minute you have with Jacob and every step he makes in progressing toward his surgery and recovery! Still praying for you here at Westwood!!

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  29. Praise GOd for poop! It is a great thing. He will continue to be in our prayers.

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