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Dress Up
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Click to see a larger photo Mondays and Fridays are really hard for me, because we have no plans all day. Now that we have Evan, it's that much more challenging to figure out things we can do around the house that will keep Noelle relatively quiet while he is napping, or keep her occupied while I am nursing or taking care of Evan.

Today I transferred all of Noelle's dress up clothes from a box that we had been storing them in to a big plastic bin. She now has too many to fit in the box. Moving them from box to bin apparently made them like brand new to Noelle, she was very excited to play with them again. She wanted me to help her get dressed.

First we put on a pink leotard over her clothes. Then a yellow Belle dress, then a blue Cinderella dress, and then she wanted a green mermaid dress on top of that. At this point she said, "I'm picking out a lot of items!" I kept asking if she needed anything else, and 2 purses and 3 necklaces later there wasn't much left to put on. I asked one more time if there was anything else she needed, and she thought for a second and said, "Someone to dance with." She chose Mr. Teddy Bear and her outfit was complete.

That's a fantastic picture...could her cheese get any bigger?

andy matthews - October 24, 2008 12:31 pm

So much fun. There are times when I absolutely love being the mom of a toddler!

Heather - October 24, 2008 01:49 pm

you should come over on a friday. we have nothing to do that day either. i have a little one that needs to sleep and a big one that just wants to dress up. a perfect match!!!

Poppy Driskell - October 24, 2008 03:50 pm

I love it, reminds me of the times I played dress up with my cousin Stephanie!! What a great photo. Hey Noelle, Cowabunga Dude! I love you!

Grammy - October 24, 2008 05:20 pm

I'm jealous. I can't get Clara Beth to even put on a tutu. She screams and says "NO TUTU!!"

Tiana - October 26, 2008 08:52 pm

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Update on Evan
File under: Evan Joseph
Click to see a larger photo We had an appointment with Evan's cardiologist this afternoon, and everything is basically the same it was at the hospital. The aorta looks like it should be narrow but it doesn't measure that way. His blood pressure in his legs should be a bit higher, but it's not too far off. So, at least for now, he still doesn't need any surgery! We were thrilled to hear that.

The doctor will have us come back in 3 weeks to do another echo and see how everything is growing. He still feels there is a possibility that it will measure narrow in the future, so we will just keep taking him in for check-ups until he proves he is a-okay. We will keep everyone updated!

In other news, Evan is already up past his birth weight. He weighed 9 lb 5 oz today. I guess he's eating well!

good news all around :) We'll keep praying that things go well, and evan can just continue to grow :)

*sara* - October 15, 2008 03:47 pm

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The First of Many
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My parents headed home this afternoon, and Andy's mom won't be here until tomorrow night, so right now it is just the four of us here at home. I was sitting in the living room holding Evan, Noelle came out to watch a show on the other couch, and Andy sat next to her to read a book. I looked around and thought this was the first of many nights that will be just like this. My family, gathered together, doing our thing. I could picture a few more kids cuddled up on the couch, or maybe doing a puzzle on the floor, or reading a book in the chair. I thought about Charlotte, what she might be doing. She'd be a year old this month. Holding my little boy definitely brings her to my mind, all the things I will never see her do. I am blessed to have Noelle and Evan to raise here, and I pray God blesses us a few more times! It is an awesome feeling to have my family sharing a typical Monday night.

Thank you to all of you who prayed for us and offered comments of congratulations and blessings. I apologize that many of the comments did not get posted until today. We recently changed to a comment approval system due to a bunch of spam, and didn't have it set up to notify us when we had comments needing approval! All of your wonderful comments should be there now. Thank you!

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New photos of Evan and family...
File under: Family, Evan Joseph
Just wanted everyone to know that there's some new photos of Evan's homecoming over in the Photos section.

I am so glad you have your new baby home with you and that surgery was not required. Praise God! I love the picture of Noelle & Evan. Congratulations!!!

Phyllis Koenig - October 11, 2008 07:13 am

I'm in Sunday School Class with Diana and Dean. They have been such a blessing to our class. I wanted to extend my congratulations and let you know that our class was praying for Evan after we received word from Diana that he might need surgery. I'm elated to hear he didn't need surgery. You have a beautiful family, and I wish you the best.

Lori Gordon - October 12, 2008 04:43 am

Wonderful news that we were all hoping to hear! Welcome home Mr. Evan!

Suzanne - October 13, 2008 09:11 am

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Baby Evan is home at last...God is good!
File under: Evan Joseph
Click to see a larger photo At long last, Evan is home where he belongs. The word came down last night that he would be transferred into the normal nursery, monitored to make sure all his vitals were good, then he could go home sometime this afternoon.

The reality was that Jaime was woken up by the nurse bringing him to her room, then telling her that she was processing the paperwork for his discharge. After a frantic 2 hours of getting everything ready for him, I went to pick both of them up from the hospital and brought him home.

This was the first time Noelle had a chance to meet, and see, her new brother. She was full of questions, and other things. She wanted to give him presents, she wanted to put down the cover on his carseat so that "he could sleep" (which he was already doing), and she just wanted to hold him.

We're so glad that he's finally home with us, and we want to thank all of our friends, and family, and total strangers that took the time to pray for us. Thank you, and God Bless!

Beautiful! What a great picture of God's mercy and grace. Noelle looks every bit the "little mother". Can't wait to get my turn at holding him and hugging Noelle. Love you. Grammy

Grammy - October 10, 2008 02:08 pm

What a sweet picture. So glad Evan is home!

Lindsey - October 10, 2008 02:11 pm

You guys make really cute kids!!

Stephanie Chapman - October 10, 2008 02:23 pm

I've been praying for you guys. I am glad you guys are home and safe. I cant wait to meet the little guy. I will keep you guys in my prayers as you get adjusted.

Major Chisholm - October 10, 2008 05:56 pm

What a great pic! We prayed our hearts out and Knew God would be victorious. Your trust in God is inspiring to us and looking forward to holding him.Congrats! love Dan and Sandy

Dan and Sandy - October 11, 2008 10:19 am

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Mama I'm comin' home...
File under: Evan Joseph
We got the news today that we REALLY wanted to hear. Evan's potential heart issues are at this point a non-issue!!

The ultrasound took place early this afternoon, but wasn't officially analyzed until 4 or 5 pm. Jaime and I went to the NICU to spend as much time with Evan as we could. While we were there Dr. Janssen, the Cardiologist (and Assoc. Professor no less) came to talk to us. He explained that they did all of the measurements for Evan's aorta and everything is clear. His exact words were "it looks like it should be narrower, but it's not". It couldn't be put any clearer than that. They would like Evan to come back for a check up in one week, one month, and 6 months to make sure his measurements continue to stay in the normal range.

The doctor wanted to monitor him overnight to double check some of his vitals, but they've officially moved him out of the NICU, and into the regular nursery. This means that we can take him to our room, walk around with him, and just act a little more like a normal family and less like a mom & dad visiting a sick kid.

Lots of thanks to Jaime's parents for their diligence and patience, and love for us over the last few days. Without them here, we would have had a far rougher time. Also, thanks in advance to my mom for coming up next week to help us out. It's going to be a huge blessing having the help and support of our closest family members.

Finally, thanks to all of you out there that prayed for my family in general, and my son specifically. In the words of the band P.O.D., "Without Jah, nothing". Without the love and support of "strangers in life, brothers and sisters in Christ" I feel confident that my son would be in surgery now.

Praise the Lord! I can't wait to see pictures with Evan and his big sister! Jackson and Jeremiah loved seeing the most recent pics. We love you guys and are so glad you're getting the family time you've been waiting for!

Jonathan - October 09, 2008 07:56 pm

Ditto! PTL!! God is good, all the time! Tomorrow will be a great reunion at the Matthews home. I would love to be a fly on the wall when Noelle gets her first look at ReagonorEvan :"). Love you all, lots of kisses from Grammy comming your way.

Grammy - October 09, 2008 08:08 pm

Praise God!!!!!!!!!!

Julie - October 09, 2008 08:45 pm

I am so glad that everything is okay. You have definitely been in my prayers. Please, please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Can't wait to spend more time getting to know Evan! P.S. Ever since we got home from the hospital, Ella has been playing with and taking care of her babies. Evan really made an impact on her :)

Heather - October 09, 2008 08:48 pm

What wonderful news!! Such lessons our family has learned over the last five years in regards to our four children (and lack there of for a while!). What a blessing to be able to look back and say, "Remember when..." Even when the "..." equaled failed fertility treaments, Charlotte's death and Evan's potential heart problems, we can look back with confidence that God is in control. May we look forward with the same confidence, no matter what the future holds for the Matthews and the Bartlings. We CAN'T WAIT to meet our nephew!!!!!!

Mindy - October 09, 2008 09:02 pm

YAY! I'm so glad for you guys. It must be such a weight off of your minds to know he's in the clear.

Ariana - October 09, 2008 09:11 pm

PRAISALUYAH! We're gonna have Evan on the prayer list for Sunday. God's got His hand on your family. Keep us posted. Chad, Kelly & Family

Chad Garinger - October 09, 2008 10:53 pm

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On second thought...
File under: Evan Joseph
Click to see a larger photo Not 5 minutes after I called Andy to tell him Evan had been cleared to leave the NICU, I got a call that he wouldn't be able to be released because they didn't have the staff in the newborn nursery to take in anymore babies. We were told we'd have to wait until the next shift to see if they'd have enough nurses at that time.

Another 5 minutes after that, the NICU Doctor came to my room and apologized for the craziness, but said that the cardiologist had looked at the echo and taken some measurements, and felt that there is likely an issue after all. She explained it to me, but I was so confused that it was hard to take it all in. Within a 30 minute time frame, I went from thinking Evan would be in my room tonight to thinking he might need surgery on his aorta.

I am not a doctor, so I don't know exactly what the situation is or how to perfectly explain it, but here are the basics. While we are all in the womb, there is a special blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus that allows blood to bypass the lungs while we are developing and not using them. After birth, that vessel closes as the lungs start to take in air. Evan has patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA, which basically means that it is taking longer to close. As it is closing, however, the cardiologist is concerned about a coarctation of the aorta, or a narrowing. Based on the echo he knows that the aorta which is supposed to take on the work of the ductus arteriosus is definitely narrow, but until the PDA closes completely he won't know how much. The PDA closing could cause it to narrow even farther than it already is.

So, they will do another echo tomorrow to see if the PDA has closed, and if so, to see how narrow the aorta is. If it stays the same, they may or may not have to do surgery to repair it, as it is kind of on the borderline. If it gets any narrower, they will have to do surgery. The doctor said it is a surgery done through the side and would take 1-2 weeks in the hospital to recover from. At this point all we can do is love on Evan, pray for his PDA and aorta, and wait to see the echo.

Again, sorry for all the confusion, we were just as confused as all of you! I'm glad to take our friends and family along on the ride, we need you with us!
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Continuing to pray for you all!!! Thanks for the updates.

Misty - October 08, 2008 06:55 pm

I'm on my knees praying.

Natalie - October 08, 2008 07:16 pm

Jaime and Andy - Congratulations on your adorable baby boy! Tiana and I are praying for you and Evan in this tough time. Our nephew had a similar cardiac problem, also discovered right after he was born (5 years ago - he's doing great now). Although I'm not a pediatrician or a cardiologist, I would be happy to help talk with you about this any time. (Your description and figure are entirely right). I work at Vanderbilt, so I can try to stop by sometime tomorrow and see how you are doing, grab you a meal, or whatever would be helpful. You can also call me at five hundred 5769. Take care.

Chris Lee - October 08, 2008 07:30 pm

we're praying..thanks for taking the time to keep us updated.

*sara* - October 08, 2008 07:37 pm

Jaime, We're praying too. I've been there and it's scary. Take care!

Leah Garrett - October 08, 2008 07:46 pm

praying for your little boy!

Poppy - October 08, 2008 07:50 pm

Hey Jaime and Andy, we are praying as a family for evan and for both of you..for wisdom and knowledge for the doctors and nurses and for God's hand on his little heart. Jael also prayed for him tonight. Love, Aimee and Matt

aimee - October 08, 2008 07:58 pm

we are praying for sweet Evan that the Lord would take perfect care of him (and you!!).

Lindsey - October 08, 2008 07:58 pm

We are praying so hard for y'all and little Evan!

hunter and mimi - October 08, 2008 08:06 pm

We can't begin to tell you how much love and how many prayers we're sending your way. Jackson really picks up on the concern in our faces and our voices, and he was visibly concerned tonight. He can't wait to meet his new cousin. We love you and baby Evan!

Jonathan, Mindy, Jackson, and Jeremiah - October 08, 2008 08:08 pm

We love you so much. We're praying... xoxo Sarah PS I am here for whatever you need. Please call me for anything, I've got plenty of time and space if you need someone to watch Noelle or the dogs.

Sarah, Chad and the boys - October 08, 2008 08:31 pm

We love you so much. We're praying... xoxo Sarah PS I am here for whatever you need. Please call me for anything, I've got plenty of time and space if you need someone to watch Noelle or the dogs.

Sarah, Chad and the boys - October 08, 2008 08:31 pm

We are praying for Evan, Andy, Noel, and you. With all the Koenigs on your side everything will go God's way.

Ruby - October 08, 2008 09:26 pm

I am a friend of Joan Matthews. I am praying for your little guy. But have faith he will be fine, it is almost better if they do the surgery as apposed to finding out later there are more complacations because of it, so have faith God is looking over him and everything will be fine. Plus you and your son have the power of prayer in your corner, I have passed this on to everyone I know who prayers.

Melissa - October 09, 2008 06:23 am

I am praying for you guys! I used to work in the Pediatric ICU and with the "heart" babies. Just know that if Evan will need surgery...it is one of the most common they perform...and one the quickest to recover from. Besides that, Evan is in God's hands and He is the ultimate healer. Love to all 4 of you!

Tara Cunningham-Birk - October 09, 2008 07:54 am

Jaime, please know that Bryan and I are praying, all throughout the day as the Lord brings Evan and you guys to mind. Please give an update soon.

Lana - October 09, 2008 11:27 am

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File under: Evan Joseph
Andy mentioned in his post yesterday that Evan is in the NICU, and unfortunately he is still there today! When he was first born, he had trouble keeping his color and a bit of labored breathing. They took him to the nursery to do a quick check on him, and soon after brought him to the NICU to give him oxygen and do a few tests.

Tests for infection came back negative, but they put him on IV antibiotics for 48 hours as a precaution, so that will go through Thursday early morning. He was only on oxygen for a few hours, but he is still not breathing like we want him to all the time. He has had two chest x-rays, and both came back not 100% clear but also not with anything to be concerned about. He is also having trouble learning to eat, since it involves breathing and sucking all at the same time. It's hard not being able to feed him myself, although I've been able to pump some and give him a few bottles in the NICU.

This morning Andy and I were able to be in there with him while the doctors were doing rounds, and as they checked him over they heard an "extra heart sound." The doctor noticed it yesterday but thought it sounded typical for a newborn. Today, however, she thought it sounded more like a congenital heart defect, and so they have ordered an echo to be done this afternoon. She said about 50% of the time these things heal on their own, and in most other cases it is just something to monitor as opposed to something he would need surgery for. No use speculating, though, as we'll hopefully hear back from them later today with the results.

I won't say that I'm nervous, because I know he is in good hands, not just here at Vanderbilt but also because he belongs to the Lord. No mama likes to hear that something might be wrong with her baby, even if it something that might have no real effect on their long term health. I hate that he's in the NICU instead of here with me, and that there is a chance I won't get to bring him home with me tomorrow. I definitely want to ask for all of your prayers for my little guy, that the echo will either reveal nothing or something that will heal on its own. That his breathing clears and he learns how to eat better. That he will get to come home with me. We will keep you all posted!

And if you haven't seen all the pictures yet, make sure to check them out. He is a beautiful little boy.

I just got off the phone with Jaime who informed me that they've decided that everything looks good and they're working on the paperwork to move him in to the regular nursery. This means quicker access to him, he can come and sleep in Jaime's room, and she can also breastfeed him herself. Thank you for all the prayers and support from all of you.

Jamie, I am praying for you and our BS put you on the prayer list this morning! Please let me know if there is anything I can do.. It is always so encouraging to hear your strength in God and His care for your children. Praying! Misty

Misty - October 08, 2008 12:20 pm

Jaime, I will be in prayer for Evan and put him our prayer at choir. God does have him in his hands, you can't ask for a better healer! We love you all.

Carol - October 08, 2008 12:40 pm

Sorry to hear of possible complications! Jackson said today, so sweetly, "I want to see baby Evan." We had just bought some goodies for him : ) Jeremiah thought you were going to be at our house! We'll prayerfully await more news.

Mindy - October 08, 2008 12:45 pm

Thinking of you and praying for your peace of mind... I really admire your steadfastness through this, and I'm with you -- in all things, we can see Jesus, when we look (or at least open our eyes)! So I'm praying that you'll the Infinite will reveal itself/himself/herself/whatever to you through all this. Do keep us posted -- so nice to get an update straight from the baby mama! :) That little dude has an awesome mouth. And nose. Heck, he just has great facial features in general -- as in, he actually looks like a person, not a mushy baby face.

Kristin D. - October 08, 2008 01:09 pm

From one NICU mom to another, it's hard to see them in there, but they do come out. Levi was a NICU baby for 3 1/2 weeks & now he's everywhere. We'll be praying that Evan is able to depart the NICU soon. I know it's no fun for anyone.

Steph, Joel, Levi & Baby N - October 08, 2008 01:28 pm

Congratulations to you all! We love your choice of names! We'll be praying for his health.

Trena - October 08, 2008 07:18 pm

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Welcome my son...the world will be yours some day.
File under: Evan Joseph
Click to see a larger photo Let the world take notice, today my family celebrates the birth of my son Evan Joseph. He was born at 4:12am on October 7, 2008, weighs 9 pounds, 4 ounces and is in fine health. He?s being monitored for some minor breathing related issues due to his rapid delivery but other than that he's doing well.

Jaime thought that she felt some contractions last night around 9pm but didn't think all that much of it. But then around 10 when they started to get more regular we started paying closer attention. About 11:30 we timed them out and they looked to be about 4-5 minutes apart. Jaime still wasn't all that concerned so we went to sleep, pretty sure that we'd be woken up soon.

ABout 1:15 Jaime woke me up saying that it might be time to start making movements towards heading to the hospital. We put her in a warm bath to make sure that this was the real thing, and to help ease her discomfort. By the time the bath was done, we were at 3 minutes between contractions. It was time to head to Vanderbilt.

We checked in and were immediately taken to our room, we waited MAYBE 10 minutes total. Checked into the room at 2:56 and met our midwife on call about 15 minutes later. After a quick exam, we were informed that Jaime was already dilated to 8cm. Our midwife, SOheyl, suggested that if she could break Jaime's water, this birth would kick in to overdrive. We decided to go for it and Evan was born not quite an hour and a half later. There were moments that Jaime regretted the decision to go for a natural birth, but she was amazing, and there wasn't time for much else anyway!

As I mentioned, the NICU team felt that his breathing needed to be monitored so he's under observation there until further notice. We know he is being well taken care of there, and we look forward to

We're currently in Vanderbilt, room 4124 for anyone who might want to drop in and say hi. Just make sure to knock!

A son! What an amazing blessing to have your new infant in your arms - healthy and strong! I know that Jaime has been so ready for a while. And here he is.

Renee Johnson - October 07, 2008 07:15 am

WELCOME TO THIS WORLD, Evan!! We can't wait to meet you! Jaime is a hero. Hold on tight... the thrill ride that is your life just entered a whole new level!! We love you!

Mindy - October 07, 2008 07:18 am

Thank you God for this wonderful gift! So happy to hear of Evan Joseph's arrival. Way to go Jaime!!!! Glad to hear everyone is doing well and I can't wait to meet him.

Mindy Anderson - October 07, 2008 07:22 am

Yeah! Congratulations! I couldn't be happier for you! Thankful that everyone is doing well. Natalie

Natalie - October 07, 2008 07:24 am

CONGRATS!!! Guys!!! I cant wait to meet him. Glad everyone is healthy. Much love to the both of you!!! Oh and if you have a third you have to wear that shirt again. Major

Major Chisholm - October 07, 2008 07:26 am

Jaime, Andy and Noelle, Congrats on the arrival of little Evan! We are so excited for your family. May God continue to be your God of wisdom as you parent your second blessing! Debra, Jeff and Anna Rose

Debra and Jeff - October 07, 2008 07:27 am

Hey congrats! Looks like it was the real thing! Glad things went smoothly, and we'll be praying that your transition to a family of four is a fun and exciting adventure!!

*sara* - October 07, 2008 07:55 am

Congratulations! I'll be praying for Evan Joseph's breathing. Can't wait to meet him.

Amy Ware - October 07, 2008 08:03 am

YEAH! I can't wait to meet this little man! Mom, way to go! Dad, you must be proud! I look forward to our little ones growing up together! Love ya all four!

Shannon and Brady Peikert - October 07, 2008 08:23 am

Congratulations guys!! Let the games begin! :)

Wes - October 07, 2008 08:30 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Uncanny how much he looks like Noelle. If you two start having a hard time telling them apart, well, that will just be freaky. And: congratulations, Jaime! I am in awe. Somehow, my crampage earlier this week seems so trivial... :)

Kristin D. - October 07, 2008 08:37 am

Congratulations!!! I love the pix!! Praise the Lord!!! He is beautiful!! Happy for you and looking forward to meeting him!!

Angie Mullett - October 07, 2008 09:19 am

I'm still grinning like a proud Grammy should! From what I can see of him he is cutie, just look at those little cheeks. Kiss Evan for Grammy and tell him I'll see him soon. Love to all, hugs for Jaime! Grammy

Grammy - October 07, 2008 10:52 am

Awesome!!! I'm so excited! I can't wait to meet him. I didn't know Jaime was going for a natural delivery. James - you are my hero. We just took our childbirth class on Saturday, and I think I'll be calling for an epidural. :) Boys are fun - enjoy!

Steph, Joel, Levi & Baby N - October 07, 2008 10:53 am

Beautiful baby boy! Congratulations - and I'm so impressed on that natural delivery, Jaime. Can't wait to hear your story! Will pray for an easy transition home. :)

Suzanne - October 07, 2008 11:09 am

Beautiful baby boy! Congratulations - and I'm so impressed on that natural delivery, Jaime. Can't wait to hear your story! Will pray for an easy transition home. :)

Suzanne - October 07, 2008 11:09 am

Wow Jaime! You're a trooper - natural delivery of a 9 lb baby. I think you're my new hero :) Congratulations! We're so, so happy for you guys!

Tiana - October 07, 2008 11:44 am

Congrats! I'm so excited for you both, and for Noelle! I can't wait to meet Evan. Love you all!

Kelly - October 07, 2008 12:07 pm

Thanks. You can never believe how much this means to me. Love to you all.

Papa - October 07, 2008 01:00 pm

Thanks. You can never believe how much this means to me. Love to you all.

Papa - October 07, 2008 01:00 pm

CONGRATS!! Such fun news to get in my inbox today! Can't wait for Evan and Anna Wells to meet - how do y'all feel about arranged marraiges? :)

Jennie - October 07, 2008 01:21 pm

Congratulations....and welcome Evan! We thank God for you and count your life as one of His many blessings. We can't wait to meet you in person. Much love.

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Joan - October 07, 2008 06:48 pm

What a Great day for yall! Congratulations, You did good naming him too. Nashville just got more popular today than it already was. Uncle Joe

Uncle Joe - October 07, 2008 06:53 pm

Beautiful Story! Can't wait to see you all and see Noel's face as she looks into her baby brother's eyes! Blessings! Praising God with you!

Sherri Goettel - October 07, 2008 08:17 pm

Beautiful! I am so happy for you two. Go Jamie!

Ariana - October 08, 2008 03:27 pm

Praise the Lord! God is good and His love endures forever! I am so relieved that Evan is coming home! I am so excited for you all and am looking forward to hearing more about his progress! Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS!!! Jaime way to push him out and no drugs--WOW!! That is amazing!!

Angie Mullett - October 09, 2008 10:28 pm

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