Thursday, November 1, 2012

Baby Josiah's NICU Grad Shoot!

Please enjoy our inspirational photos and consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. Our programs include an online support group, the gift of photography, group events and meetings, information, and email support. Our mission is to connect parents and let them know they are not alone. We thank our supporters, volunteers, and donors for allowing us to touch the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families. We pray these special memories will help the parents to remember how strong they are while overcoming an extremely difficult time! 

A note from mom:
"Our precious baby boy is named Josiah Nathan. He was born June 18, 2012 at 30 weeks and 6 days. He weighed 1 pound 15 ounces when he was born. Josiah means "God has healed" and Nathan means "gift from God". Both of these names and meanings are special and significant to his life. My husband left for a mission trip to Uganda June 10. The next day, my doctor called and told me that I needed to go to a hospital in Temple (about an hour and a half from where we live) immediately. She told me that our baby was not growing in the womb and I would have to deliver him any day. Thankfully, my husband was able to get back before I had to deliver. I stayed in the hospital a week before I gave birth to Josiah by c-section. We lived in Temple for the summer while he was in the NICU, and we were so blessed to have a house to stay in for free. He was there for 6 1/2 weeks, but spent most of the time just growing. We are thankful that he did not have any "major" problems and that he progressed really quickly to meet his goals and be discharged about three weeks before his due date. Though it was a difficult experience, we were blessed in many ways by friends and family coming to visit and bringing us meals. God answered so many of our prayers and filled us with joy in such a hard season. The nurses were fabulous and took such great care of our baby boy. We were blessed beyond belief through the whole process and couldn't have asked for a better experience, given what it was."

Volunteer Photographers:
Lindsey Louise - College Station, Tx

A note from photography volunteer Lindsey
"Meeting Josiah and his parents was such a blessing! Josiah is 4 months old and is such a sweet little boy. He was asleep when the session started and then woke up once he started getting moved around. He was never upset though, he never cried. I noticed right then that he has an incredibly sweet and quiet spirit. What a joy he is! His parents were so sweet also, braving the mosquitoes and doing every pose with their little boy! They have an unwavering faith and although I know their time in the NICU was hard, they leaned on our Father in Heaven and became such a great testimony for the strength that comes out of the NICU. I hope that the joy in all of their photos reflect the love of our Father. How sweet his love for us is!"

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