Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A milestone unforeseen

A tooth.

No. I'm not kidding. I have no idea how he managed to pop a bit of tooth through! Matt and I are amazed...

I'm happy, but at the same time, we're worried because he seems to be deteriorating.


  1. A tooth!? That is amazing...

    I'm sorry to hear he seems to be deteriorating.

    I'll be praying.

    We love you.

  2. Dear Susie - I am one of the anonymous thousands who read your blog and I do so every day with love and amazement. While I am not very religious, your dedication to God and Jesus inspires me each and every day. You, Matt, Oceana and Joshua are in my prayers constantly.
    The tooth is so neat!!

  3. May God be with you in the days to come. I cannot imagine what these days are like for you. I hope you feel the love and support of all those praying for your son and family. Joshua's life has been a blessing so many that you have touched with your blog. God can do anything, Joshua has proved that we do not know everything and that God is in control. Joshua is a blessing for your family and so many others.
    I hope today is filled with Joy and Peace for all of you.
    Cindy, mom in Connecticut

  4. I'm a blog reader and until now nothing more than a reading lurker but I have to comment on yours. I don't have your faith but yours is inspirational and has certainly made me see things in my life in a totally different that way I guess your faith has worked its wonders on one more person. I would just like to wish you and your family all the very best in whatever the future holds and to add never give up hope, after all, you never thought you'd get this far. Keep your chin up girl, youre in my thoughts.


  5. wow! that's crazy! hope you're trying to get a picture of it! He said "I"m going to experience as much as I can!" yay Joshua!

  6. A tooth!! Way to go Joshua! My little one is the same age as Joshua, I can't imagine him having a tooth!
    Yay for Joshua!!
    Oceana's eyes are beyong gorgeous in that last picture.
    Love and prayers from Ohio and a fellow Jan. 08 babyfit member.

  7. susie - hi! sorry it's been so long for a comment! i've been reading & updating on where you guys are at - we are praying for peace for all of you! i appreciate your honesty on your blog, it's refreshing. thanks for the feeding tips on fenugreek (sp?) - it's helped me too with my milk supply in going back to work! though i wish i could express more, my heart is overjoyed at every milestone and aches for you and what is to come. we would like to receive your updates about your ministry...standing with you in prayer, your friend Anna

  8. Wow, a tooth, now that's amazing. I am praying for all of you Susie and for your hearts as Joshua goes through changes in this plan God has for his life. I thank Him for the 66 days He has blessed you with so far, and for the loving parents you are to your children. I can't imagine how hard this is for you but I know He will give you strength for each day to get through. Asking Him to carry you close and make His presence known in every breath you take and remove the fear and worry as much as possible. May He be your everything in everything and protect you. I won't stop praying.

    Love, Laurie in Ca.

  9. LOL...I so did not expect that! A tooth?? Just another testament to how strong your peanut is. My Lord! Teeth are huge ordeals in our home usually accompanied by an ear infection, rash, up at nights, etc. Your little man never even complains. He's amazing.
    I'm sorry to hear you think he's deteriorating. That must be terribly sad and scary for you. I hope you can keep in mind how much love and comfort Joshua will have whenever his final days might be. I was thinking about how much dignity he gets to have. Imagine if we all got to spend whatever our final days were in the comfort of our Mommy's arms--feeling her skin, hearing her heart beat, smelling her smell, and knowing there is no other place on earth that is as great.
    I hope that you find some comfort in knowing that there are thousands of us who are with you during your journey. Hugs!

  10. A tooth! Whooda' thunk? I just recently stumbled accross your blog and have 'caught up' on your beautiful family and mission in New Zealand. #1. . I'm mom to a 21 month old little girl too so I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing Oceana's pictures. Is she just gorgeous or what???? I love her most recent 'eyes' picture. Our Ally has similar eyes but Oceana's super light hair and New Zealand tan makes her super striking.
    #2. . .I've enjoyed seeing your knitting projects. I sew and knit but I'm more adventurous with sewing. I'm dying to make Ally some summer dresses. If you sew I've got an awesomely simple pattern idea to make little girls dresses from thrift store men's button-up shirts :) Let me know if you're interested and I bet you could make some awesome ones for Oceana since you're so creative.
    #3. . I laughed out loud at your orange-pepper dinner disaster. Mine involved pepper too! My mom used to make wonderful beef stroganoff. . .I try to duplicate it for my wonderful husband and well, imagine yours without the overwhelming orange essence. LOL! yea. . .just pepper. Pepper stroganoff is how we refer to that incident now. Live and learn :)
    Please don't worry about making this 'viewable' on the blog. . it is long and other people already know how beautiful Oceana is :). . I just wanted you to know that I was touched by you, your beautiful family and your journey. Many prayers are coming your way from Ohio as you continue to soak up the blessing that is your Joshua. What a gift these past two months have been!

  11. Isn't it incredible that as we are living, we are dying ... and vice versa. Joshua is getting to do almost all of the "normal" newborn things, and most importantly, he feels your love and concern.

    Imagine being a baby... being Joshua ... and even though there might be pain or discomfort, he can still feel his Mama's warm breath on his face as you rock him to sleep. Imagine how comforted he is by that. What a lucky baby to have been born to your family.

    Precious boy ... I dread the day when I open your blog to learn he is gone.

  12. A tooth?!?!? What a surprise for such a young baby!

    Oceana's picture in the last post is GORGEOUS!

    I will certainly be praying for you all as I go about my day today. I know Joshua will be on my heart and in my mind constantly. (I'm the one who has a Joshua as well.)

  13. WOW!!!

    Another 1st.

    Praying for you guys!


  14. I wanted to pop out of the woods, and tell you that since you posted on babyfit, I've visited the blog a couple of times, and everytime, I feel the joy and the pain, and my eyes fill up with tears.

    Joshua is a little miracle, and our thoughts are with you.

  15. Woo Hoo!!! A tooth!!

    Celebrate every little thing. He had a first this is a joyous occasion.

    My prayers are with you.


  16. Maybe the tooth explains why his milk input has decreased... I'll pray that it played a part in his not feeling well, and that he stays here in your arms for a while and filling you with tons more love and happiness, and a few less worries.

    In Canada

  17. Add this to Joshua's accomplishments list.

    And if you are still breastfeeding - WATCH OUT!!! lol

    Jan from Texas

  18. HAHA on the new tooth and congrats! My oldest daughter was born with two teeth.
    And yes Oceana has gorgeous eyes she is a beautiful little girl. I am praying for her during this time. While she may not know exactly what is going on she senses that things are different with mommy and daddy. I pray that God sends you people into her life that can come and play with her so you can enjoy loving on Joshua.
    Rachel in PA

  19. Wow, well done Joshua. The little fella really is full of surprises for you.

  20. He is such a busy boy! He is lucky to have you and your loving family. He is really working at getting things done here! Always constantly praying for you and your family and for the comfort of baby Joshua.

    Elyse, my 2 year old daughter, is sitting with me while I write this and insists that I tell Oceana "Hi". So, "HI!" from Elyse to Oceana.

  21. I read this on another blog and thought of you and your precious family. It is kind of long... Praying for you all!

    My Child~
    I know everything about you…Psalm 139:1
    I know when you sit down and when you rise up…Psalm 139:2
    I am familiar with all of your ways…Psalm 139:3
    Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…Matthew 10:29-31
    For you were made in my image…Genesis 1:27
    In me you live and move and have your being…Acts 17:28
    For you are my offspring…Acts 17:28
    I chose you when I planned creation…Ephesians 1:11-12
    I knew you even before you were conceived…Jeremiah 1:4-5
    I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…Acts 17:26
    You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
    I knit you together in your mother’s womb…Psalm 139:13
    And brought you forth on the day you were born…Psalm 71:6
    You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book... Psalm 139:15-16
    I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me…John 8:41-44
    I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love…1 John 4:16
    And it is my desire to lavish my love on you…1 John 3:1
    Simply because you are my child and I am your father…Matthew 7:11
    For I am the perfect father…Matthew 5:48
    Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand…James 1:17
    For I am your provider and I meet all your needs…Matthew 6:31-33
    My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…Jeremiah 29:11
    Because I love you with an everlasting love…Jeremiah 31:3
    My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Ps. 139:17-18
    And I rejoice over you with singing…Zephaniah 3:17
    I will never stop doing good to you…Jeremiah 32:40
    For you are my treasured possession…Exodus 19:5
    I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul…Jeremiah 32:41
    And I want to show you great and marvelous things…Jeremiah 33:3
    If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me…Deuteronomy 4:29
    Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart…Psalm 37:4
    For it is I who gave you those desires…Philippians 2:13
    I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…Ephesians 3:20
    For I am your greatest encourager…2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
    I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…2Corinthians 1:3-4
    When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you…Psalm 34:18
    As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart…Isaiah 40:11
    One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes…Revelation 21:3-4
    And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth…Revelation 21:3-4
    I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus…John 17:23
    For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed…John 17:26
    He is the exact representation of my being…Hebrews 1:3
    He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…Romans 8:31
    And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
    Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
    His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you… 1 John 4:10
    I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love…Romans 8:31-32
    If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me…1 John 2:23
    And nothing will ever separate you from my love again…Romans 8:38-39
    I have always been Father, and will always be Father…Ephesians 3:14-15
    Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…Luke 15:7
    Love, Your Abba, Almighty God

  22. I'm not sure why, but I can't see the tooth picture. (all the others come up fine) That is great news though! As always, your family is in my prayers.

  23. You and your family are so inspiring. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.