Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Family Picture

We got this family picture when we were out to see Lucas at his graduation from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. David was able to come up from his training at a small base in southern VA for the one day. We thoroughly enjoyed being all together as a family for the first time since the Christmas of 2006.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

David in Marine blues

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Friday, May 9, 2008

David surprises us with a visit home

David surprised us with a visit home for ten days. He and Tony flew into Chicago and David came by megabus to Mpls. A friend, Jonathan drove him home. What made the visit extra sweet was that David was able to be home for his 21st birthday on May 1st. That was also the National Day of Prayer and he dressed in his dress blues for the local event in Menomonie.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Prayer Request- Coates Twins

The twins are doing well. They doctors determined that they were actually 26 weeks along instead of 22. They have a very good chance of survival. They are both doing very well, but are still very delicate. Both have pneumonia, but that is considered not out-of-the-ordinary for children born so young.

Elyssa had to have surgery to close the hole in her heart. She is doing well recovering. They tried to take her off her ventilator, but her one lung started collapsing, so they had to put her back on.

Austin is doing very well. He has been able to eat some, and the hole in his heart closed on its own.

The parents are keeping up a journal as well. You can keep more up-to-date here. Thanks for being in prayer!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Saturday Adventures!

What do you call squiggling like a worm, through narrow, low corridors on muddy, rocky floors? You got it, caving or spelunking, depending on your experience. Do you always have to slither on your stomach in caves, not necessarily, but ours normally you do! Yesterday caving, I found a new cave that was pretty good. Some places it was quite big, maybe 12ft high at the highest, but still very narrow. We went in only about 100 ft, I'd guess, but hey, not bad for a hole in the rock! Here are some pics from our adventure. (Notice, David has been home for about 10 days, and just left actually today. It was great to have him home on this surprise visit!)