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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Happy 3 Weeks, Rebekah!

5/11/09 – DAY 21

5/11 11:30 am - The baby dedication was wonderful and we are so happy Rebekah got to go! Wanted to give an update on our baby but I have to say first that I am rather discouraged and running on an empty tank from sleep deprivation. The caffeine does not seem to be helping and I feel like she is having more severe spells that, short of a ventilator, are not going to stop. God has been so good to give us these 21 days with Rebekah.

Rebekah continued to have 'spells' all day. I made sure each of the boys had some time with her.

Isaiah and Rebekah. Josiah couldn't wait to hold her too.

Jeremiah holding his sister. He played with her hands, looked into her eyes, and enjoyed loving on her. Josiah came and gave her some kisses too.

Elijah loves and adores his baby sister. Noticing a trend to the pictures? Josiah was just patiently waiting his turn to hold Rebekah.

Finally Josiah gets his turn.

5/11 6:10 pm - Isaiah 41:13 (NIV) - For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
5/12/09 – DAY 22 - HAPPY 3 WEEKS, REBEKAH!

5/12 7:42 am - Psalm 30:5(b) Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Happy 3 weeks, Rebekah!

I am sorry that I cannot write a thank you note to all of the people who have been caring for us and lifting us up in prayer. I sent this thank you email below to my church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, but it is a thank you note that really applies to everyone who has reached out to us.

Dear MOPS sisters,
I was greeted this evening with Natalie Evans bearing gifts of diapers and formula for Rebekah. WOW! What a surprise! I don’t know if Natalie noticed, but I was tearing up and really touched by this gesture of pure love.
Rebekah truly is a testament to the power of God and answered prayers. I pray that each of you will be able to meet this very blessed child and see in person the handiwork of God. Being her mother is truly an honor and a privilege.
I thank Jesus for each of you daily. Thank you so much for all of your love, support and prayers. I cannot express how deeply I appreciate each and every one of you, and I am humbled each time I receive another reminder of how many people are caring for us during this journey we are on. Remember that each of you are fulfilling your own calling with each gesture of love and support that you show another. Gal 6:2 says ‘Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.’ You are all truly a testament to this!
In Christ’s love,
Susan Budd

Here are the diapers and formula we received for Rebekah.
Eph 5:1-2 "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. "
Acts 20:35 "In every way I've shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for he said 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'"
Matt 25:40 "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me"
Galatians 6:2 "Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
Prov. 17:17 "A true companion is loving all the time, and is a brother that is born for when there is distress."

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