Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Thank You & Blessing

Dear Family & Friends,
A Letter of Thanks to all who have served, prayed, and loved us!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for the thousands of prayers lifted up in the name of Jesus for our family these past few months! We also want to thank the many people who brought dinners, watched our boys, transported the kids to preschool, cleaned our home, left encouraging words, sent gifts, and were the hands and feet of Jesus to us. We could not have made it through the months of January & February without all of you! God heard our prayers for Abby’s safe arrival & Melissa’s safe delivery.  Our precious little girl; Abigail Mae Williams, was born on 1/14/2010 and weighed 4 pounds 8oz, she has strawberry colored hair, blue eyes and according to her “Nana” looks just like her mommy!
Melissa was induced due to severe pregnancy induced hypertension two weeks after being placed on bed rest. Those two weeks were critical for out little girl who did not grow in weigh, but that time allowed her lungs to mature for her early (35 weeks) delivery. Abby arrived quickly; literally falling out on the bed within 30 seconds of Melissa’s first real contraction without the doctor or NICU staff present. Abby spent 1 week in the NICU gaining weight and Melissa’s blood pressure has finally, after 3 months, returned to normal without the need of further medication! The miracle of it all was that the placenta and cord were so damaged by the PIH that the placenta could have torn at any moment; God’s hands were all over Melissa and Abby’s safety. A mere 10 days later, Abby was rushed to Cooks Childrens unable to breath due to a severe case of RSV. She was intubated and placed on a ventilator for 7 days and then spent another 7 days on oxygen before being discharged. Abby came home weighing a mere 5 pounds, 2 oz at one month of age, but in the last 7 weeks has gained an additional 6 pounds! Praise the Lord! She has been healthy and happy, growing and gaining, smiling and spitting up ever since!
The Lord was so gracious to see us through these difficult two months of health problems and used many friends and family to get us through. Thank you all!
The Williams – John, Melissa, Drew, Gabe, & Abby

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