Sunday, March 23, 2008


I haven't been able to blog recently.

Our youngest girl, Gabrielle, or "Gabs," as we call her has been sick and running high temperatures. In fact, last thursday as we were letting the kids play outside while the weather was pleasant, I heard Sandra cry, "Nathan!"

I came around to the front of the house and saw her holding up her little one year old body. She was unconscious, and her lips were blue. I gently shook her and called her name, but she was unresponsive. Sandra picked her up and cradled her. We saw her eyes roll back into her head and her body started convulsing in seizures. I have never bee so terrified--for the first time as a parent, not knowing what was going on, I was afraid of loosing her.

Sandra told me to call 911, and the paramedics took her and Sandra to the hospital where they where her temperature was brought down. She is doing better, but she has not been able to shake the fever.

Tonight our five year old son, Malachi prayed: "Jesus, I know you're the goodest man ever. I remember when Gabs was born and I saw her and she was so cute...she still is so cute. Please make her to not be sick any more."

I ask any readers of this blog to mention her in your prayers!


Kenni B said...

Nothing in this world like the pure prayers of a child.

Pray I have.

Chris said...

Hi Ivan (Nate?)

I'm not sure how I ended up at your blog tonight but know that I've been praying for Gabrielle and for your family.

Could you post an update? I'm sure people are wondering how she is doing!

Anonymous said...

You are in my thoughts. As a father of four . . . man, I'm there with ya. Do keep us posted.


nate said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Gabs is doing better...having a hard time shaking the fever, but she now has pnemonia.

I am humbled by all your concern, thoughts, and prayers!!!

Amanda Rickman said...

i'm praying dude, for Gabs & you two as well. i guess that's all i can do from here. I say that..."all i can do"...I have to remember that it's really all you NEED me to do! Ever underestimate prayer? I just did...briefly. Forgive me God.

I'm praying.

Sure about one thing said...

Nate - Amanda updated me. I am praying for Gabs. The Lord's promises are our armor and protection. He is faithful and "the goodest man ever".

nate said...

Thanks Amanda and Amber, sooo encouraging! It is hard not to doubt the power of prayer at times, but we know easier times lie ahead!