Thursday, August 07, 2008

Prayers for Preston

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Baby Preston was born on my sister Elizabeth's birthday, July 30th. He's been Emma's room mate the past few days and he and his Mommy and Daddy need your prayers. Preston was born with a rare heart defect which leaves his family with the difficult decision of either a very high risk surgery to give him a single-ventricle heart or to have a heart transplant. He's an adorable little guy and his parents are strong Christians asking for prayer on his and their behalf (actually, his dad asked for 14,000 prayers because he heard that's how many hits there were on the day of Emma's surgery-- so... let's give him exactly that!! Double and triple up for this little guy!!). And I kind of feel bad coming home with a healthy little girl because I badly want to stay here and walk through this with them, support them, and 'hold their hand' as they fight for their little one. They are such strong people though and I know that they don't need me... they are doing so well with gathering information about the different options, talking through things, thinking in reality scenarios, and... most of all... relying on God to give them a clear direction and understanding of His plan for their child.

Preston has two big brothers as well, ages 4 and 7, who are home with grandparents while Mom and Dad stay by Preston's bedside and pray him better. Please pray for Julia, Chris, and Baby Preston! They will make a carepage soon and I'll link to it as soon as I get it.

p.s. Preston's parents have the link to come read your comments :)

72 comments:

  1. please let them know we're praying... i'm already on it & will continue to be.

    - michelle (d.c.)

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  2. Praying for Preston, he is in God's hands ~ , God is with Preston, helping him every minute, sending a lot of positive energies and good thoughts to his family...
    Kleidy

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  3. Prayer going up for Preston from me.

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  4. Preston is on the prayer list here at our house Love Mom

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  5. I will pray for Preston and his family. He is beautiful.
    --Kim

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  6. Prayer for Preston from Texas

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  7. Prayers for Preston from Alpharetta GA

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  8. Absolutely! There's always plenty of time to pray for another precious one! We're on it!

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  9. Prayers for little Preston and his family...

    Susan in Ky

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  10. Praying for Preston right now.

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  11. What a terrifying decision to have to make! I will be praying.

    Kayla

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  12. Dearest Julia, Chris, and Baby Preston,
    Not knowing you, yet tears are flowing for your baby. I promise that we will be praying for your beautiful son. My heart is just breaking for your situation, but God knows what is in your tomorrows...Lean on Him with all your understanding.
    Praying for Preston ~Lauri St.Pierre & Gunnar

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  13. Praying for Preston.

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  14. Barbara & familyAugust 8, 2008 at 7:04 AM

    Praying for baby Preston & his family

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  15. prayers for Preston and his family coming from us- he's an adorable little guy, in our thoughts and prayers....

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  16. We are praying for Preston and his family in Ukraine!

    Christina

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  17. Julia and Chris,
    One of my son's middle name is Preston and I have a friend who just adopted a baby and named him Preston, so this will be easy for me to remember! I have already prayed for wisdom and discernment for you as you have a very difficult decision to make. I pray that God gives you complete peace in your decision, and clarity. God can certainly make the answer perfectly clear. I pray that God would sustain Preston's heart until it can be fixed. He is precious!

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  18. We are praying for Preston. He is so cute!

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  19. aww.. I will pray for the sweet little guy!

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  20. Lifting Preston and his family up in prayer.

    Natalie

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  21. Please have them contact me at www.olivia-ann.com

    My daughter has a single ventricle and has had the three heart surgeries for it. She's a typical 4 year old and the joy of our lives. Please, please, please have them contact me!!

    My prayers are with them!

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  22. Baby Preston and family

    We are praying for you littl man. Jesus is holding your sweet heart in his hands...We are praying for you...

    Rita

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  23. Hi Meredith,

    Why isn't your blog @ the gifts website?: giftsds.segullah.org

    You should be there, your family is such an amazing example of love...

    All the best ~
    Kleidy

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  24. Please let them know I will be praying for baby Preston and his parents.

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  25. He is adorable - my prayers are for little Preston and his family for guidance.

    In His Love,
    Janice Reed

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  26. Hi

    I have read your story and blog with great interest. We adopted from the same orphanage way back in 2002.

    Two of the other kids with Down that I saw in 2006 have died in an institution after their transfer.

    I don't like it when people say that our daughter is lucky to have us....but nevertheless I hope you appreciate the sentiment when I refer to you and your family!

    Take care
    Lynn

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  27. Praying for baby Preston and his mommy and daddy as they make this very difficult decision.

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  28. Sweet babe! Even his teddy bear is praying. I am praying, too, from Kansas.

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  29. He is precious...we will include him in our prayers too! Such a sweet little one.

    Michelle (RR)

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  30. Praying for a beautiful little boy, and for his parents who have such a hard decision before them.

    With love,
    Erin

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  31. Praying for Preston right now, and for his parents as they seek to make the best decisions for him.

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  32. Preston, you are a beautiful miracle of God. We are praying for you and your family during this time. May God bless you and your family and they feel God's love all around them. We are so glad gave you Emma as a roommate so you could be encouraged and see a miracle. May God bless you.

    Robyn(mommyto2)

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  33. Praying that God will guide Preston's family during this time with their decision, and that from this God will heal little Preston.
    Amy

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  34. Prayers, love, support, and hugs for Preston and his family..

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  35. sending our prayers from Canada.

    Anjie & Adam

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  36. Praying for Preston & his family ~
    Here in New York City...

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  37. Creative Door FamilyAugust 8, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Chris & Julia,

    Creative is Praying!!! We can't wait for you to bring us your beautiful baby boy.

    CD&M

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  38. Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with Preston and his family.

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  39. We are praying for Preston and his family in Italy

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  40. Prayers for Preston from Paris France

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  41. Preston we are praying for you in Clarksville, TN. We're praying for your parents and your doctors as well as the make the best decisions for your little heart. Keep on keeping on sweet one!
    The Garcia Family
    Frank, Renee, Kassidy, Kameron, Kennedy & Keeghan

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  42. Our thoughts and prayers are Preston and his family Madrid Spain
    Familia Cruz

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  43. I found your site through a friend and my heart goes out to Preston's family. Our fourth child was also born with a rare heart defect and has had 2 of the 3 surgeries for a single ventricle. Tell them to trust their insticts and the doctors and God will take care of the rest. Also, take things one day at a time...the details will work out. Be sure to include your older children as much as possible they need you just as much as Preston. We will also have you in our prayers.

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  44. Prayers for Preston and family from London UK

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  45. Im praying for that beautiful baby boy! im sure Gods will be done in him and all the lifes hes tuched!
    Prayers for Preston!

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  46. He is a beautiful baby and God will do what's best for him !
    Priscilla

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  47. Thinking and hoping for Preston. May his family also have some comfort during this very difficult time.

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  48. Prayers for Preston and his family. Look at Emma she is progressing so well and she looks so healthy! God is good!
    God Bless you and your family!
    Cheryl In KY

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  49. We are praying for Preston in Springfield, MO

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  50. Kris Leonia & FamilyAugust 8, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    My family and I have you both and baby Preston in our thoughts and Prayers.

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  51. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God is watching over him
    Love from the parents of Tim Lach

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  52. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.

    Diane (San Antonio, Tx)

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  53. My prayer are with Baby Preston and his family.
    Elaine (Montreal, QC, Canada)

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  54. Baby Preston is in my prayers

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  55. What a cute chunky baby!! Prayers sent his way. What a hard decision.

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  56. Praying for Preston! Sending a lot of positive thoughts to his family. I pray to God that he will fix Preston heart. Your beautiful son is so Precious. Preston is in my prayers.


    Love,
    Kim
    (From Kris Leonia Girlfriend)

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  57. Praying for you little Preston. You are in the hands of God. May He give your parents comfort and the wisdom in the decisions that are made. Give the doctors the knowledge and steady hand in treating your tiny little heart. You will grow stong and healthy to serve Him.
    You are His little lamb for He calls Himself a Lamb.
    Be strong little one. You are truely LOVED!

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  58. I can't believe I missed this. Please let the family know I am praying.

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  59. Praying for Preston and his family.

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  60. prayers going out from Maryland.

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  61. Prayers for Preston and his family all the way from Australia. Xoxo

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  62. Preston, in our prayers and he will continue to be. Such a sweet little baby.

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  63. Julie, Chris and family,
    We are ALL thinking about you and keeping you in our prayers. Preston is so precious!

    Love,
    Your family from Kentucky

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  64. Julie and Chris,
    We have been praying and thinking of you and Preston everyday. I know with all the prayers and thoughts sent your way that everything will work out. I know all of your family here in KY are with you during this time. We will continue to pray and think of Preston.

    Love,
    Trey, Tara, Hadley and Houston Lytton

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  65. Chris & Julie,
    David and I are praying for the both of you and your precious son, Preston. I know God holds him in the palm of His mighty hand. God bless you all during this time of great need.
    David & Jennifer

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  66. chris julie and boys, just wanted to let you know we are all thinking and praying for little Preston he is a beautiful little guy. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.We are so glad to be able to see pictures.you are in our thoughts and prayers Love,Ronnie and Kathy Toler

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  67. My prayers will be with the sweet little baby and his parents. What a beautiful little boy!

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  68. Hi Chris and Julie... this is your cousin in Jacksonville, Allison. After hearing mixed information I finally decided to call Duane a few days ago. He was able to return my call last night and update me on Preston's journey. I know there are many praying and he's come a long way this weekend and so thankful to God for protecting him through this... I emailed bunches of people asking them to pray for all of you as well! I hope you feel the presence of God and the love being poured out in prayer for this little guy and you all as well. They are also praying for your older boys and the family caring for them. Please let me know if there is anything I can do! Love, Allison.

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  69. Hi Chris and Julie. GOD is awesome.I know you are blessed by your faith in a powerful God. He has wraped his arms around you and little Preston. I am praising God for the progress to date. Blessings come down as the prayers go up and certainly we testify of that. God must have a very special purpose for Preston's life. I love you. Cousin Sherron Jacksonville

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  70. this is Ian, and i just want you yo know that me and my wife from india will keep Preston in our prayers.

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