My short 2 cents

Hi friends and family! I just wanted to write a quick post…get some of my thoughts out there to you guys.

We had a rough morning. Even though we tried to keep our hopes under logical control, we were very expectant to have Eli home by now. We all had our mini grieving processes there in the hospital Family room.

We are recovering well, trying to put a plan into place for any future days where Eli may need to stay at the NICU. Also, we are trying to take advantage of more rest time – using our situation to any possible advantage it may offer and surfing on the “silver linings”.

We know you are all praying for us and we just continue to need and stand in those prayers. As I was telling Nathan’s mom, the emotional roller-coaster far outweighs the physical pain right now.

However, in the midst of the pain, we have sooooo many blessings. First, Eli and I are both alive and recovering well! It may be a little slower for Eli but he could be in much worse shape. I’ve nicknamed him the “NICU Heavy-weight champion”! He’s at least double the size of most of his baby neighbors. Not to mention, he’s so beautiful (if it counts for me to say that :) ).

I also want to mention the St. Mary’s doctors and nurses. They have been fantastic! I am so grateful to them! I had one of the best (if not the best) OB’s deliver Eli and then immediately kick the whole under-staffed floor into action for my hemorrhage recovery. I remember back to around month 5 & 6 of my pregnancy, I wanted so bad to labor and deliver at the Madison Birthing center – no matter the cost! Nathan just didn’t feel peace about that decision. Yes, most of it was financial but he also had the concern of “what if something happened?”. Well, who would have thunk, but sure enough, we did have “something happen” and had we delivered at home or the birth center, I may not be here to talk to you now. So, even in the long labor and drama, we continue to see where God is carrying us through this. I am trying to look ahead at how God will use this for His good purposes. Nathan and I have certainly built more intimacy and trust as we continue to strengthen our “team”. I couldn’t have asked for a better more loyal and caring birth partner or father for my son. He gives 200% even in his exhaustion. What sweet days we will have when Eli is home and our family of 3 is together at last!


  1. Cindy Bentz said,

    April 26, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    It’s so good to hear from you! I praise God with you in preserving your lives through the St. Mary’s staff! Whew! Only God could have foreseen your difficulties and placed you where you were.
    By the way, I’ve been wanting to call you but I know you need your rest and that when you’re not resting you’re probably at the NICU with Eli. Feel free to call me anytime whenever you want to talk or want some company.
    Love, Cindy

  2. miracle said,

    April 26, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Hey Doll,
    I am so thankful that you are healing well and that the baby is in the best hands that he could be. Thank goodness for your provision at St. Mary’s. Thank you for sharing how you are doing.

    I’ll keep praying for you all. I’m sad that Eli is not home yet, but relieved that he is in such a wonderful place. I’m glad that you are able to see how God has arranged the birth for you. I have faith that though the current frustrations are hard to handle and very sad, that God is in them too.

    I love you.


  3. Bekah said,

    April 26, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    What a beautiful post, Kelli. I’m so proud of you. I hope Eli comes home soon!

  4. carol and margaret nichols said,

    April 26, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Ones, We have been checking here daily and are grateful to feel the connection to you even if it is through cyberspace. You’re wise to “surf the silver linings” and hopefully soon you’ll be nothing but “smooth sailing”. Tonight we saw the entry re the mobiles and we were really touched. “Proud and impressed” was what Uncle Larry said. George D. Nichols, great patriarch and mobile maker extraordinaire would be very pleased. I can almost see him smiling. So, switching metaphors, “hang in there”!! Love, Aunt Carol

  5. young chang-miller said,

    April 27, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Ah, you’re making me tear up! You know that’s not allowed! ;) Glad you’re getting some rest time. Hang in there, he’ll be home soon!

  6. kylene said,

    April 27, 2007 at 11:28 am

    i’m glad eli’s coming home. great post, kelli. i’m praising God with you!

  7. kendy said,

    April 27, 2007 at 11:44 am

    I was so glad to read your post. I cried! I’m so glad that you are alive and Eli. He is beautiful by the way. I love him already. I am so glad to hear that he is going to get to come home. If there is anything I can do from here I would be happy to.



  8. Melissa Griffin said,

    April 27, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Kelli, what an absolutely beautiful message. It’s amazing what God does in us, with us, through us. Eli is just precious – and he looks a lot like you! Enjoy your honeymoon with him at home – it’s wonderful :-) Peace to you – Melissa

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