Friday, January 27, 2012

{This Moment}...and a Prayer Request

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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I know this is usually supposed to be wordless, but I have a request.

This sweet little set of babies are Tobias (left) and Edith,(right).
They're my precious little nephew and niece.
Born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation, they've been through quite an ordeal, and have had a rough start.
They've pulled through a lot, are now almost 5 months old,  are doing very well.

They have frequent tests, eye exams, ultrasounds, everything to make sure that they're on track, developmentally.

We've just learned though that sweet little Toby has continued to have fluid on his brain, and just it isn't draining properly. It's putting a lot of pressure on his tiny little brain, and it can no longer be left to wait and see, so he has to have surgery to implant a shunt to drain the fluid.

The surgery is this coming Tuesday, the 31st, at MacMaster Children's hospital.
It's a relatively simple surgery, but it still means

A baby in pain

A baby who has to go 12 hours without food or drink

A mother who has to watch her baby go that long without food or drink, and who has to 
try  to console him

A mother and father worrying

A sister who can't cuddle her twin brother

A brother who can't cuddle his twin sister

A mother who has to figure out how to take care of twin babies, in a hospital setting, without a bed for herself, for 48 hours or more.

Please pray for:

The doctor who will perform the surgery

Toby before the surgery, while fasting

A quick recovery

My sister and her husband

Success of the implanted shunt.

Thank you!


  1. Hi!
    Beautiful shot! I'll be thinking of them. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  2. Oh! You didn't mention this! I will be praying. It's just heartbreaking to imagine how that will be for Elise and Toby especially. Big hugs to everyone.

  3. Sweet photo! And I will pray for your little nephew :)

  4. Thank you for sharing - I'm glad you put words to this moment (which is absolutely gorgeous, by the way!) I'll keep little Toby in my prayers.

  5. They are absolutely adorable. I'll be praying (so glad you shared).

    xo, laura emily

  6. I will keep your nephew and your family in my thoughts. Beautiful photo by the way! :)