Jasmine and Candace headed off to church camp on a rainy cold Friday night, which they've been excited about for weeks. They'll be well looked after for the weekend by our Urban Vineyard friends http://www.urbanvineyard.org.nz/jm/ who have been a wonderful prayer support to us over these past months and who care for us as if we'd been in the church for years. We are very grateful for the way they have so quickly embraced us as part of their church family and also provided practical support in the way of meals, transport and looking after the girls. Jasmine and Candace called in to see Samuel before they left for camp, so here's a few photos of the 'girls' with Samuel and one of Candace's 6th birthday party at Urban Vineyard's children's church a few weeks ago.
Friday, June 12, 2009
It's Friday evening (Day 6) and Samuel finally came off the ventilator that has been helping him breathe for most of the past week. So we now get to see his handsome face again and also heard him cry for the first time as the arterial umbilical line, used for blood pressure readings and drawing blood, was removed. He is working hard to breathe on his own after a week of help from the ventilator so they're going to turn him over onto his tummy to help him breathe easier, although his respiratory rate and oxygen intake are in the normal range. Here's a short video clip so you can hear his first cry and see him getting used to breathing on his own.