Wednesday, September 20, 2006

2 Months of Joy

Well, today- Wednesday, September 20th- marks 2 months of Eliot’s life. A cookout will mark the occasion. We’ve decided there is no way to adequately celebrate the joy that 2 months of Eliot has provided. Ginny and I are so thankful that we know our son. We know his faces, we know his noises, we know that bath time and baby massage are his favorite daily activities.

Thanks to everyone who sent postcards. We’ll post some pictures of all the cards and birthday bash soon.

This week brought an all-new round of triumphs and challenges. Eliot has finally had more success going to the bathroom. After quite a bit of experimentation, he is doing much better in this department. Also, he has done well with his increased feedings and continues to add rolls faster than a Baptist potluck. Finally, after many dead ends, we were thrilled to find a food pump that better suits Eliot’s needs.

Eliot has had a stopped up nose this week, which may sound inconsequential, but has made some things more difficult. Breathing, feeding, and resting can all be frustrated by a runny nose. Feel free to offer up a prayer for the little guy’s nose. With that said, Eliot is doing well and continues to amaze.

As you can see from the pictures, Eliot has managed to suck his thumb. We saw his desire to do so develop about 2 weeks ago, and we would give him a little help. Because his hand is clenched, getting the thumb actually in the mouth was quite a task. We tried not helping him to see what he would do, and, although, as you can see, he sometimes thumbs his chin instead, he is figuring it out.

Eliot continues to teach, and we continue in our pursuit to pass on the lessons learned.

I must admit that, until recently, I have never longed for heaven. Don’t get me wrong, it has always been somewhere I eventually wanted to be; it sounded great and all, but, honestly, I enjoy the here and now just fine. I looked at heaven as through a telescope. It was a nice place, not too distant, the surface of which reminded me of my current surroundings.

Scripture describes the feelings that we as believers should have for the afterlife with these words: longing, burdened, & groaning. Whatever my affections for heaven were, these words would not be an apt description for them.

Enter Eliot…he is my reminder, my illumination. This world is out of kilter. Not quite right. Eliot’s head bobs with each breath. His heart has a hole in it. The list continues from there.

For the first time, I long for heaven. I want to be there. I want it worse than any desire that I have ever experienced. This world will no longer suffice. I am restless for that which lies beyond.

Eliot has revealed the distance from earth to the afterward. He has taken my telescope and fashioned a magnifying glass- and the true distance from here to home has been exposed.

so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life…
We…would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
II Corinthians 5

Matt & Ginny Mooney

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Renee said...

Happy 2 month birthday, Eliot.

Your thoughts on heaven and the way your precious son has put it into a different perspective brought tears to my eyes. It's amazing how our children can change us when they are just babes.

Kate said...

Happy 2 Miraculous Months to sweet Eliot! Your post was so moving; a perspective that really gripped my heart.

Arnspergers said...

Good morning from the Arnspergers. We can relate to the heaven perspective. Abigail was my telescope that made me realize that it was the place that we wanted to be...

Praise the Lord beautiful Eliot is 2 months old! Happy birthday!

Peach said...

Happy, happy 2 months, Eliot, Matt and Ginny.

Thank you for the insight on heaven. I've not been "burdened or "groaning" for heaven either. May Eliot give us all perspective and a longing for our eternal home.

Anonymous said...

Happy 2 month birthday, Eliot.

Rachel Norris said...

Happy 2 Months Eliot!!! How cute that he loves his thumb! We long for heaven with y'all. Thank you Matt for the reminder..this is not our home! We continue to pray-
Rachel (Jeff and Samuel too)

Anonymous said...

Happy 2 months! What an amazing journey parenting is and what an amazing testament the three of you are to our Lord. May God continue to bless you and your sweet little boy.
Love and prayers,
Sarah Fautheree

Michaela Files said...

Happy Birthday Eliot! How exciting it is to celebrate not only another day or another week but another month. We continute to pray for you and your family, and we look forward to every Wednesday. Have a great birthday cookout. We love you, Michaela, Jake, Kate, & Liz

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Eliot!

Stilling praying for all of you. Thank you for your weekly updates.

Leslie Knight
Monroe, LA

Kelley said...

I rejoice in Eliot mostly for what he has taught you (and us) about God. He is a precious gift in and of himself, yet his Father has chosen to use him in ways far beyond his helpless mortality. Your thoughts this week were fairly amazing, Matt. I pray you and Ginny enjoy countless more birthdays with Eliot!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY HAPPY TWO MONTH BIRTHDAY, ELIOT! Oh, how I cannot wait to see you all again! Have a great cookout and celebration tonight! Your words about Heaven are wonderful--thank you for a great reminder. We love you!
Kate and Wes Walker

Amy D. said...

Happy 2 month Birthday, Eliot!

Hope you all enjoy the cookout! Thanks for being brave enough to confess that before Eliot, you didn't long for heaven like God wants us to. I have the same confession, though every now and then God takes me through something that increases my desire for it. I still have a ways to go in that area. Isn't amazing how freeing it feels to be in a difficult situation and long for heaven? Thank you for sharing your life and lessons with us each Wednesday!

Praying for y'all,
Amy and Matt D. (friends of Cary Murphy)

Anonymous said...

I couldn't wait to read the update to see how little Eliot was doing on his birthday! Happy, happy birthday, Eliot! I hope your mailbox was FULL of birthday wishes--you make our lives fuller through your story. My family continues to pray for you. We'll be praying that your little nose clears up quickly so you can breathe, eat and sleep more and keep adding on those rolls!

Natalie, Dwayne, and Meryt Benson

Anonymous said...

Happy 2 Month Birthday Eliot!!! You are a beautiful little baby and God is continuing to use you each and every day. OBU students are praying for you each and every day.

Emily Eaton

one smarmy mama said...

thanks for sharing more, you guys. he's so adorable. you're truly inspiring for other parents.

we sent eliot a card...hope it arrived safely!

a bra that fits & a can opener that works said...

wonderful insight!I'ts amazing sometimes how "in tune" with the Holy Spirit we are when things seem their worst.
Happy Birthday Eliot!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Eliot! So glad you have found your thumb!! Getting cuter by the day.:) My family is still praying for you and your family. I have to admit though, I forgot to send you a birthday card.:( But I tell everyone I know about your amazing life (and parents) and make sure they continue to pray for you. Keep your Mom in line and make sure she teaches you how to dance if you should ever go to Boomers.

Lorelei said...

Happy Birthday Eliot! Such a young fellow to have already picked up on the thumb...way to go "Little EL"!

Aim Claim said...


Happy 2 Month birthday to my precious baby brother in Christ, Eliot.

I am blessed and inspired by your words, your faith, but most of all by your love. Thank you.

Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing the events of the life of your precious son with us! I am praying daily for you both and for Eliot! What a gift!

wendy said...

Again, a teary eyed reader. Matt, Ginny and Eliot, you have touched an endless list of hearts. Thanks for being so loving and OPEN to us and what God is doing in your lives! Happy Birthday Eliot!


Sarah said...

I've been reading your blog for two weeks, I think, but haven't posted before now.

I just wanted you to know that you and your little guy are in my prayers.

Your thoughts on heaven provided an insight that Is nwe to me. Thank you.

Jenn said...

Thank you for sharing and for allowing us to learn from you!

Becky Meredith Page said...

To long for heaven & home is a wonderful gift to give your sweet baby boy on his two month birthday. I'm praying God lengthens every hour with him and that He continues to prove that His purpose for Eliot is great.

Happy birthday, Eliot! You are spoken of often and I am learning from you, too.

Love you, friends.

Minnie said...


What a GRIPPING post! Your description of longing for heaven was astounding.

Jeff Cazzell said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are such a little stud! We Love you and continue to pray that God bless your family!
Matt & Gin, thanks for the updates!
Jeff, Christina, Chloe, Jaxon

Julie Floyd Jones said...

What a touching, heartfelt, and (for me, atleast) gut wrenching posting - I am in tears. I hope that Eliot got the birthday card that we sent to him. We continue to think of you all often.
Julie, Kristian, and John Patrick Jones

Anonymous said...

Thank you Matt and Ginny for sharing Eliot and your lives with us. You three are a real blessing to us all.

Love, Mrs. Leigh

Anonymous said...

Happy 2 month birthday Elliott!

Thanks for sharing all that you are learning. You are also teaching others that don't even know you through this situation.

Thanks, Wendy

Bryant said...

Happy #2 little man. I was told of this family by Christy Farmer at our community group a couple of nights ago. You guys are amazing. It sounds as though you are surrounded by amazing people. I find these blogs to be inspirational in many different ways. I can never quench the stories of families that embrace situations and praise God for circumstances others would pray against. God has blessed you and He has blessed us by connecting us all together. You three are very special.

Monica said...

HAPPY BELATED 2 MONTH BIRTHDAY, ELIOT!! I pray for you all daily. I look forward to seeing Eliot's growth and accomplishments every Wednesday. I also read in amazement at your reliance on our Father God. You and Ginny have a relationship with God that many people will never know. If just one person comes to know Him through the both of you and Eliot, it will be such a great blessing. Bless all of you today ane every day!
Monica McKenzie Tolson

mark robertson said...

Matt, Ginny, and Eliot,
Happy 2 Month B-Day Eliot!!! Hopefully our card made it to your celebration in time. As you know, no matter how good my intentions, deadlines and me sometimes don't match up. Just in case it didn't make it, I'll sum it up. Eliot, YOU THE MAN!!! God has used you to teach us, grow us, and challenge each of us in ways that were not thought of two months ago. May God continue to sustain your needs and allow you to live a life as big as He is.

Anonymous said...

Again, I am so grateful to know each of you and to experience some of the journey with you. You have been in my thoughts and prayers many, many times since I saw you last week. Ephe. 6:10 May God continue to strengthen you with His great power!!!!!


Scott Cable said...

Hey guys, I love you so much and know that there are so many people who are praying for you right now. I know that Eliot has been an incredible blessing to countless people, what an amazing and precious tool in the Lord's hand he has been.

Anonymous said...

I hope it's not too late to post!! I am new to your blog, but not to your story. I first saw 99 Balloons when it was first made. I've seen it many, many times since - just to see your sweet little guy. I want you to know I admire you as parents - you did everything possible for Eliot and loved him every second of his life.
I saw your story on Oprah today as well - and I cried again.
I'm so happy that you've got your daughter and she's got an older brother looking after her (I've got a younger one).
God Bless and thank you for sharing Eliot with us!