Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Well, unfortunately for you all, I, Matt, have returned to the typing. If you missed last week’s post from Ginny, I would suggest you read it. Have I mentioned that my wife is my hero?

On to the man. Eliot continues to amaze and continues to find new ways to steal our hearts each day. He was weighed for the first time since his pediatrician visit. Drum roll please…..7lbs. 3 oz.! What a heavy weight. It is great to see him growing and his food has been bumped up to account for his appetite.

Another fun Eliot-ism. We only give Eliot his pacifier when he is feeding. This is done in order to aid in digestion and allow him to associate sucking with his belly getting full. Recently, 10 minutes prior to his feedings, he will pucker up his lips and work over his imaginary pacifier until mom or dad come with the real thing. Now, maybe all kids do this, but that’s precisely the point.

Just a few items to pass along:
➢ If you’re new to the site, you can check the archives for more information on Eliot’s condition, Trisomy-18.
➢ We continue to be humbled by the prayers and posts, and ask for continued prayer for Eliot’s life.
➢ We try to provide an update and pictures each Wednesday.

We continue to celebrate each day of Eliot’s life with a birthday party, picture, and a prayer of thanks. Each day continues to be a miracle, and we are asking for many more. Two months of miracles is approaching fast. Ginny and I have sought ways to commemorate the significance of a month. For Eliot’s 2 month birthday (September 20), we are asking whoever wants to do so, to send him a birthday card. Please no gifts or anything like that, just a card. If and when you drop it in the mail, we would ask for a prayer for Eliot.
Eliot Mooney
215 W. ILA St.
Fayetteville, Ar. 72701

As requested, we continue to relay the lessons gleaned from our son. The joy of Eliot’s life is a resisted truth. We battled (still do), crossed our fingers, prayed, fasted… you name it, I can guarantee you we at least entertained the idea of doing it, if Trisomy-18 could potentially be fended off. But without all that Eliot is, we could not experience all of the joy that he is- and he is unspeakable joy.

Don’t get me wrong, our prayers still go up to a God who can heal; but whose faithfulness is not dependent on whether or not He does.

You see, the truth will sometimes gag you. Not too long ago, as many of you already know, we had to drop a tube down Eliot’s throat. Without the tube he could not eat. Needless to say, he coughed, cried, gagged, and cried some more. He fought us with all 112 ounces. However, we willingly gagged the boy that we love so much, because we love him so much.

We must watch that which we resist, because the hand of the one who drops the tube can be trusted.


Anonymous said...

Morning, Guys!
Eliot, are you a morning person or a night owl? Or both?!? Your new pics are great, especially bath time.
It'll be a bit early for his 2 month b'day, but Uncle Larry and I will be there early afternoon on Saturday.
We're loving you as you three remarkable Mooneys continue to witness to us and the world.
Aunt Renee

Sheila said...

I was directed to your blog several days ago and check often for updates. You all amaze and inspire me. Truly. Thanks for sharing, and kiss the little one for me, please.

Bethany said...

We are praying for you in Florida! God is using you and your family. Keep resting in Him~

Mrs. Olivia said...

Good Morning! My Wednesdays are always blest with my devotional from you. Eliot,I feel the same way in the mall that you do...can we go now? Looking forward to the big birthday next week. Thank you so much for allowing all of us to see the wonder and mercy of our Lord. His ways are not our ways, and aren't we grateful Love and prayers, Mrs. olivia

amy said...

Guess I'm going card shopping! Welcome back Dad. Love the bath picture. Looks like Eliot enjoys his bath too. Thanks for reminding us that gagging has its' eternal purpose. I look forward to every Wednesday to hear the latest Eliot life lesson. Love ya'll tons

Aunt Amy

Monica said...

I read your updates for the first time yesterday. I was so moved by all of them. I must agree, Matt, Ginny is a hero as are you. My faith has been challenged by yours. You both are so strong and I know not only are you loving Eliot with every bit of your being, but each other as well. I have been praying for all of you for a while and will continue daily. God Bless You this week. May it be full of blessings like the past ones.
Monica McKenzie Tolson

The Arnsperger said...

Thank you for reminding us that "the One who drops the tube can be trusted."

Beautiful son...we are falling in love with him too!

The Keeters said...

It's amazing the capacity we have to hold all of the joy that a child can bring us. We continue to check for Eliot's updates and continue to fall to our knees in prayer that His hands stay wrapped around all of you. They certainly have been found in those tiny clenched fists... Continue to keep the Son in your eyes; your testament to His faithfulness will be a legacy for the Mooney family that will not be shaken. With love from Texas, The Keeter Family

The Imperfect Christian said...

My Trisomy baby (21)came into the world at 3 pounds 4 ounces. She will be a year old soon and weighs a whopping 13 pounds 8 ounces! I know what an accomplishment it is!!

Way to go Elliot! Put that weight on boy!

Kim Burton-Norman said...

Oh, and He CAN be trusted!

Psalms 27:13 says, "I would have fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." You truly are seeing His goodness in your land of living...

When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly. May you be guided by the light of faith every step of the way, in this land of the living...
xxxooo Kim Burton-Norman

Kristi Farmer said...

You all have increased my faith b/c of the faith that you have no matter the circumstance. As many would see this situation as a negative event, you see it as a blessing. That is what sets you apart. I too see sweet Eliot as a blessing and continue to look forward to see his precious face every Wed.
Thanks for your blogs-

Bethany said...

Hey Eliot(and family!)...I just wanted to let you know that I am still praying for you. After my first visit, I could not get your amazing story and the amazing grace and love from your parents out of my mind. I hope and pray you grow old enough to read and understand the words of thousands of people all coming together to pray for YOU. You are special. One of my favorite verses is "Before I made you in your mother's womb, I chose you". God CHOSE you. YOU. Just the way you are. He chose you. He loves you and embraces you. In a couple weeks time, I too have grown to love and adore a little boy that I have never met. Thank you for inspiring me. I will be back next week to check up on you. Until then, keep amazing the world and showing God's love and faithulness one breath at a time!!!

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
I love you both so much. God bless you, God bless you. You are such faithful witnesses, and I know He is fully pleased with you. My prayers tonight are too deep for words, but I know the Holy Spirit is taking them before the Father. With all of my heart, I love you and I bless you in the name of Jesus.
Love you all, Karen

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad that i found your site a couple days ago, and we were looking forward to today so we could read more about the mooneys. our family loves praying for you all. matt, i tried to email you but it was returned to me. we love you. nimra and family

Erin from NY said...

Hello Eliot and family. I LOVE the bath time picture, so dang cute. Hes such a handsome little man. I will be sending out a card for Eliot to celebrate his big 2 month birtday!! I look forward to every single wednesday. until next week baby eliot <3

christy said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with all of us. Our church family in Hattiesburg, MS is praying for you and thanking God for each miraculous day. Life is such a treasure.

Christy Edmondson McMurrian

Anonymous said...

I loved your thought of the hand that drops the tube can be trusted. Funny how we know these things but need constant reminders, so thank you!
Max and I would love to drop by soon and see your little heavy weight guy! i'll give you ring, ginny, and see when would be a good time. until then, thinking of y'all! amy teague

Kate said...

God will do what he has promised! Praying for you Matt, Ginny and Eliot, all daily. Card is on the way to join in on this miraculous celebration. He is soverign! Kate in GA

Stephen said...

Mooneys--there are times when the Lord puts people in your life that you just connect with and we are glad that He has allowed our lives to cross paths. Thank you for stretching our faith and sharing your lives with us. We continue to pray for you often and are thankful for your friendship.
love you all, stephen and family

Julie C said...

Hi Eliot!
you are a handsome little guy!
Matt, Genny, and E-dawg...just wanted to let you know I'm still a-praying for you all!!!

julie curtis

Tad Thompson said...

You guys are a blessing to all who read about this life journey you are on. Be blessed and know that you and Eliot are in our prayers. By the way...Mandy and I love your parents - Ron and Sandra.

Tad and Mandy Thompson

Peach said...

Wow! Thanks so much for these devotionals each week. Know that you are ministering to so many through your words, your insight, and your simple love for your sweet boy.

On His Adventure~