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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIOT! I cannot believe I am the first post this morning :) I had to get kids to school so my mornings are much earlier! The prayer for today from the children's calandar is this: FAITH - Lord, help my children to fight the good fight of faith, taking hold of the eternal life to which they were called." 1 Timothy 6:12Many more birthday's to you Eliot!! Prayers still coming from Arlington, TX Lisa Hartsfield
Hey there! I should have checked this last night. As the lady at Arsagus somehow confused my decaf order so I was up until 3:30am poking my eyeballs out or wanting to do so anways. I did use the time to pray, perhaps that is why God staged the "all-nighter" since I don't do that often enough, and of course Eliot was at the top of my heart. So you were not alone last night Matt and Ginny in your "awake time" nor were you in your prayer time. Thankful for you three...Much love and many prayers, JB
Julia Pelton just sent me and e-mail with a link to your blog. My heart breaks for you guys and at the same time rejoices. I pray that you will continue to know His strength and experience JOY. Add 4 more to the amazingly long list of people praying for your beautiful family!Kelly (Sprayberry) Akers
Praise the Lord for He is worthy to be praised.....I thought and prayed for the three of you Sunday and thanked God for your 31 days with Master Eliot, what a blessing. This is a great family portrait and I love your update. Matt, you and Ginny continue to amaze me, love to each of you.
Dear Matt and Ginny,I am a friend of Judie Myers-Ledbetter, your Mom's "soul mate" as she calls her and we work together at Merrill Lynch.I have been following Eliot's progress since day 1 and I cannot tell you enough how much of an inspiration you are to me. This little baby is a gift from God and if you have given him back to Him, the Father will do what is best for Eliot. Of course, you are in our thoughts and prayers every day and I do believe in miracles. You already have seen many miracles and I truly believe you will see some more. You are blessing so many people with your faith in God and how you are sharing it. This little baby is an envoy of God.May He continue to bless you!Many hugs and kisses for Eliot, I wish we could hold him.Nicole
What a wonderful family picture! Ginny, you have bounced back so quickly. I can not tell you all how thankful and excited that we are each time we read the updates. Eliot is doing so well, and it sounds like you all have the parenting thing down too. I have to tell you that there is not a day that goes by that we are not thinking and or praying for you all. I continue to be amazed by what I read and see. Eliot is a miracle in every way. I also have to tell you that you all have strengthened my faith and my prayer life. What a testimony your family is to everyone. I am continually reminded that God is in control. You all have also reminded me that each and every day is a gift from the Lord. Once again, we are so excited for you all. Hugs and kisses to Eliot. How precious it is to hold a baby. We love you all. Michaela and Jake
He's beautiful! You are so blessed. Thanks for including me in getting to know the fam! My thoughts and prayers are strongly with you all the way from Charleston, SC! Nicole (Nelson)McLaughlin
What a great photo! Cheering you on Eliot, Happy Birthday!! I continue to join you in prayer. You guys are in my thoughts.Tim Adams
Good morning Eliot-Wednesdays are now my favorite days, because all of us in Montana get to see your progress.What a lucky boy you are to have parents like Matt and Ginny. You will never know how much you are loved-- but then again, do any of us? Thanks for being you- we think you're perfect, and we're learning a lot just by watching you.Steve and Ash
What an absolutely beautiful family! Gattle, you look exactly as I remember you (gorgeous and full of life and positive energy, of course). I am so glad you emailed all of us to tell us about Eliot. I only wish I had known sooner but no worries, my prayers now will make up for the time I missed. I am so proud of how strong you and Matt are--it is very humbling. I'll be looking forward to Wednesdays now to keep up with your precious blessing. Please know that I will always be here for you and your family will be in my prayers. Much love! Holley Johnson
Eliot,What a treat it was to sing Happy Birthday to you on your 1 month Birthday. Molly is still asking where did baby Eliot's balloons go?? Thanks for sharing such a big milestone with us.Bret, Jayme, & Molly Walker
Matt and Ginny and Eliot!!!I love you guys. Happy birthday Eliot! Wow! What a celebration. Isn't the Lord so sweet and purposeful in His gifts. Thank you for the updates. I look forward to every Wednesday. We are praying for you and praise God for your sweet Eliot.Love, Karen and Casey
Matt, Jenny, and Eliot-I have just read through your website in tears, not because I am sad, but because I see the grace and faithfulness of the Lord woven throughout your lives and your journey over the last few months. I am encouraged by the miracle of Eliots life and I am so encouraged by your faith, Matt and Jenny. It is so true that sometimes the path God chooses for us in not what we would choose, but it is amazing the joy and peace only He can give when we walk through the valley of suffering. Thank you for sharing your story. I will look foward to wednesdays now too! Know there are more praying for you in Georgia!Rachel Wood Norris (Jeff and Samuel)
Matt and Ginny,I am a good friend of Travis and Christy (from Pine Cove) and have just learned about your precious Eliot. As a mother of 3, I am in awe of your faith and joy in the midst of such uncertainty. You are living witnesses that our Heavenly Father is the ultimate sustainer of life and joy and peace. Thank you for sharing your "lessons learned" with all of us. We are truly blessed by your efforts!We'll be praying up a storm here in Dallas!
oh my, what a GORGEOUS family! We continue to look forward to Wednesdays for an update. What an inspiration the three of you are - Many, many prayers from L.P. Renee Schneider
Matt & Jenny--What a beautiful family photo! Happy Birthday Eliot! I am continually humbled to read your updates and wisdom; what love the Father bestows upon you daily! To arrange a surprise party--only God could come up with that so artfully!I'm sitting here in my office looking at a placque that says it so well--"People see God every day; they just don't recognize Him..."You are experiencing Him up close and personal.With love, Kim Burton-Norman
Well we certainly know where Eliot got his looks from.... because he is way too handsome to look like Matt. Know that we are praying for you guys and that I love you all! HAPPPY BIRTHDAY ELIOT! (the extra P is for PARTY) Also, thank you guys of the blessing that you 3 have been to me thousands of miles away.scott
I am truly amazed by your strength and grace every day. Happy Birthday Eliot! Many wonderful memories to come for the three of you. Love and prayers,Sarah Fautheree
What a beautiful way to look at life. I can't help but want to cry and rejoice at the same time! Your time with Eliot reminded me of my favorite saying from my cousin "life is not about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain". You and Matt have truly learned to "dance in the rain". You all have continued to be a blessing to me and I thank you for sharing your most precious time with us. God is truly teaching us all through your son. My prayer is that God will continue to bless you moment by moment with peace and strength and continue to perform miracles with Eliot. For those that do not believe in miracles, they haven't met Eliot! Can't wait until next Wednesday to hear what great things He has done.
Happy Birthday Eliot! What wonderful friends you have to help your family celebrate your birthday in such a special way! Your family picture is wonderful- of course Aunt Amy had some handsome subjects to photograph. We continue to rejoice at Eliot's daily successes and pray for his strength and health to improve. Our lord truly says well done to you all- we say well done back toHim for His continuous love and peace- Hope you have a great week! thanks so much for the updates- love and prayers. Mrs.Olivia
I somehow found your blog (I'm a complete stranger) and just had to tell you I am praying for you two and Eliot. It's easy to tell what a blessing he is to you and to all who meet him. You offer us a poignant reminder that NONE of us are promised tomorrow and we must take JOY in each moment we are given. Thanks for sharing Eliot with us, and we are praying. I always think of this verse when I look at my own special needs child:"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:13-16.
Susie Lovekamp sent us a link and asked for prayer for your precious little boy. He is gorgeous! I will eagerly look forward to reading your updates on Wednesdays. You have been added to my prayer list. God Bless your sweet family.Natalie (Macon, GA)
Hey Mooney Family, We are friends of Cary Murphy. She requested our prayers for you and told us of your blog. I can't tell you how neat it is to follow Eliot's story. My husband and I are about 14 weeks pregnant, and we have had some complications to where we came close to losing the baby at the beginning. We are not out of the woods yet, but the baby is doing quite well. I've struggled with a lot of fear, and following your story has given me encouragement to trust God with this child's life. Or should I say God's faithfulness in your story has encouraged me... You've given us the idea to start a blog so our family and friends can know how to pray for our little one, too! Well, thank you for sharing your life with us, and you'll be in our prayers. Here's to many more bdays for Eliot!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!Eliot, hope your birthday was great! You have inspired more lives in 31 days than I have in 27 years. Matt and Ginny, your strength encourages me daily and you are in our prayers.Love you guys and hope to see you soon. Jeff
Hello Eliot and family! I am a friend of Mandy's and heard all about you since the surpise announcement of your conception! I have a 7 month old boy of my own, who is a doll also! I only visit your blog every week or so because I am overwhelmed with emotions everytime I see your pictures. I would like to briefly explain that you and your Mom and Dad are a true picture of love and joy! I am uplifted by your spirits, faith, and true embrace of every moment with each other! I do pray for you all and know that God has you cradled in his arms. God Bless you! Happy Birthday! Gena Pierce, Ft. Smith, AR
Matt, it's been forever since I've seen or talked to you. I guess since our FSC days. I found out about your page from Judie Myers-Ledbetter. I come on here weekly and read your updates and I am amazed and uplifted each week by the faithfulness of our Lord. I cry every time I read your updates. Thank y'all for sharing your story with all of us and for reminding us how precious each and every day truly is. I will continue to pray for baby Eliot and for the two of you. God Bless!
You guys are the most handsome family I've seen. Happy birthday Eliot!
That is the most beautiful family photo I have ever seen. What a gift this month has been, and I appreciate your willingness to share it with us all.Happy Birthday, Eliot.Amy Unruh
I loved reading your worderful words and stories. I pray for you constantly and cannot wait to meet my precious nephew in only 2 weeks! Love you,Aunt Glenna
I am praying daily and rejoicing in the amazing life created by the Most High!!!!! I am so excited that Eliot just had his one month birthday and can't wait to hear more of what God is doing! God shows us his love in mysterious ways and he has shown me his love for us through your little one! Love you guys!!
Praising the Lord with you Matt and Ginny. Eliot is beautiful! Thank you for the pictures and updates. Uncle Burt and I are praying for you all. More later.Love from us.
Matt and Ginny,I stumbled across a link to your blog a few days ago on another blog. My husband and I have enjoyed watching your precious one progress. We are praying for you!Blessings,Gloria CooleyDallas, TX
Thanks for sharing your journey. It truly gives hope and a reflex of our heavenly father's love for us. This is my third try to leave a comment. Hopefully I have figured it out!!!!Beth Kenyon
Hi Matt and Ginny and Eliot,Thanks for sharing your journey of life and love with us...I work with Kelli Wilmot and we are praying for all three of you! 4:59p.m. each day will never be the same for me..God Bless you and baby Eliot...Celebrating life with each of you from afar!Lots of Love, thoughts and prayers, Lisa Haase
Eliot, You are one amazing little guy and truly a miracle! Your parents are pretty special too! I am enjoying reading about your development and milestones. Please let your mom and dad know how they inspire me and how you are a constant reminder to all of us to treasure each moment. God is indeed good.Your cousins in Houston love you all!
What wonderful pictures of Eliot! I shared them with everyone in the office and the cooing noises and exclamations of "he's so cute!" were heard all around. We're all wishing you well. Thank you for sharing your words, your story and your light. much love, Leigh W., RN
Hi Guys,Happy Birthday to Eliot! You both are so strong, the thoughts and prayers continue. I wish I could get my hands on that darling litte boy. Give him a kiss for me.Hugs to you both, The Kirkmans(Hey to Scott C. WE MISS YOU!!)
I believe.God, touch every cell of Eliot's body.Increase our Faith.We believe, Jesus. Help our unbelief, Jesus.Thank you.We Wait upon the God. We cry out in reverent submission to Him.I am so encouraged by your faith. Your Godliness is genuine. Their is undeniable power in it. I pray for rest for you and peace ruling your hearts. I love you.Jesus sincerely loves you and is on His knees beside you.He is our Praise.: )
HaPpY BiRtHdAy ElIoT!! Im so glad to see that you are doing well. I think about you and your family everyday, and say a prayer everynight. May god continue to bless you and your family. i look forward to the next update. Until next week....
God Bless your little man.
It is so amazing how God seeks to teach us more about himself through the lives of those he chooses to bless...the humble, the little ones, the faithful, the grateful, and even the watchers. For those of us who watch and see the wonders of God through the glimpses you share with us we are indeed blessed. Ginny & Matt many will see and believe because they are watching you be faithful.Eliot, you are making a difference in the kingdom of Christ because you are helping us see the work of God in your life. Thank you little man.Beth
Eliot, Ginny and Matt - What a blessing you all are. I so appreciate the time you all spend to keep us posted on your lives. What miracles God give us!! You all inspire me so and remind me what faith can do. I enjoy hearing about Eliot's progress and about how you all savour every special minute of every day. Give each other a huge hug and know we think of you often. Hugs to all -Mignon Lawhon Heizer - your Texas cousin.
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