Sunday, March 15, 2009

jonah and the perfect day - sunday, march 15th

Once upon a time in a land not so far away, a land that flowed with aquaphor and vaseline gauze, there lived a little baby boy named Jonah.

And for some reason that only God understood, people all over the land loved him. People all over the whole world just prayed and prayed for him - people from most of the United States and places far, far away like Germany, Australia, India, China, Pakistan, and even the United Arab Emirates. For some reason, Jonah had stolen their hearts and had them wrapped around his itsy bitsy finger. (We say for some reason that only God understood, but Jonah's mommy thinks she understood a little bit, because she felt the same way that all of them did, and she fell more and more in love with him every day).



And one day, after so much praying and praying, Jonah had a perfect day.

It all started when mommy and daddy arrived at the hospital around 9:30 in the morning. Mommy got him out of bed when they arrived, and his family snuggled him ALL DAY LONG.

First, he got mommy and daddy snuggles.

Then, he got snuggles from...

Aunt Sarah...



Aunt Kim...



Pop...



Nana...



and finally, Aunt Shaina.



He took all of his bottles like a champ.



He spent many hours with his eyes open, lovingly gazing at his parents. He spent the whole day pain free and content.



And finally, when the time came for his bandage changes, his mommy put him in bed (for the first time in 11 hours) and prayed over him. And all the people all over the world prayed for him. And guess what? God heard each and every prayer, and He answered them with a big, fat okey dokey. And Jonah was pain free during the whole ordeal. He got his hair washed and looked just as cute as a button.



And then his mommy kissed him, and he smiled.



It was the perfect day everyone had been waiting for. And then Jonah's mommy and daddy went home thanking God for the wonderful day He had given them and thanking all the people in all the world who had prayed that it would happen.

And little baby Jonah fell fast asleep, dreaming of the day he could come home, and have the very same kind of day in his own house, in his own clothes, with a little Deac-the-dog lovin' mixed in. And he thought to himself, "Maybe that day is not too far away."

The End

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Jolene said...

What a great day, thanks for keeping us updated! Hope Jonah has many, many more perfect days ahead!

MrsD said...

Thank you Jesus, who loves us all more than we can know. Hugs to Mom and Dad from a stranger in Oregon.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Thank you Lord!!!
That is so incredible awesome to read. I have never posted to you but I have been praying. I am so incredible happy to hear about Jonah and his perfect day. I can't wait to hear about the day he gets to go home from the hospital and I really can't wait to see the man God wants Jonah to be.....how awesome will that be.
Still praying in Southern Arizona. Trudy

Rebecca said...

This is such wonderful news. He is such a beautiful boy. Praying for many more days like today!

Anonymous said...

Precious. Praise God!

RLR said...

Wow, Patrice! It is so good to hear the news about Jonah's perfect day!
God is GOOD!

Mindy said...

Congrats on having a "perfect" day! I hope you have many more. I know the NICU is a roller coaster and it's so nice to have a nice even slow ride after some really scary ones. Jonah looks so cute and I love seeing those smiles!

Alyssa said...

Thank you for letting the world pray for your little boy. He is as cuter than a button! Praise God!

AmberS said...

This made me teary eyed. I am so happy you finally got the day we have all been praying so hard for. I love the first picture. He is such a handsome little man!

Anonymous said...

I cannot even express how happy I am for you and Matt (not to mention all of your friends, family and internet friends). What a great day. His eyes are absolutely beautiful and how wonderful that he is seeing his mom more often. May he continue to heal and be free of pain.

Thank you for taking the time to share....and post pictures!

Kimberly
WI

Desha said...

YAY, Jonah! I have been praying that God would send you some encouragement, and I am glad He did. Jonah looks AMAZING! I love seeing his eyes open. He is such a handsome little man. Glad I checked in before bed!

Anonymous said...

This made me cry tears of happiness. I have continued to pray for Jonah and your family. I will continue to pray, and I hope things continue to go well. Your faith in God is truly an inspiration. Keep it up! :)

Cathy Brown said...

I have never posted before. I found your blog from another one. I live in Taylorsville NC. Just couldnt help but post tonight when I read this. I have thought about Jonah for the biggest part of today and I didnt know why, now I do God is still on the throne and going strong. Loved the pictures, the first one was my favorite. Hope there are many more perfect days to come.

jaime s said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story! Praying for more (countless actually) chapters in this wonderful love story!!

You are a wonderful mother!!!

dg darling said...

When I saw that picture of him gazing up at his mommy tears filled my eyes. So sweet! So beautiful! I am so happy for you as parents and for sweet Jonah. May your perfect days start piling up. The prayers will continue...

Jennifer Pelkey said...

My favorite post ever! Thank you, God, for such a perfect day for Jonah, his mommy, his daddy, and all of the family that loves him dearly! Every day I check this page...so anxious for more good news...for more precious pictures...and I just don't think he could get any more beautiful and precious and sweet....but the next day, it happens...he gets even cuter! We just love him! It is our prayer that you will have an even more perfect day tomorrow!
Jennifer, Darren, Matthew and Charlie Pelkey

Cara said...

GOD IS SO GOOD!!!! Thrilled to hear of Jonah's perfect day and am praying for many more!!!!! Crying tears of joy for you guys!!! Once again, GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!

Janel Waters said...

PRAISE GOD!

I have stalked your blog all day, hoping for a positive update. I was on the verge of giving up and heading to bed, but I checked one more time and now I get to go lay down with tears of joy!

It was such an amazing day for you guys! I just LOVE it!! I also noticed that Jonah didn't have his tubes anymore!! I really hope that is a good sign! I am just so happy and excited for your whole family!!

I am getting your package in the mail tomorrow morning! I emailed Amy the videos of how to use the adhesive remover, but feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.

Sleep well Williams family!

Janel

Kristie said...

Aww how cute...What a thankful way to end the day.........To see him pain free......Thank God!! He is so cute I love the first pic with you and him. Do me a favor next time you see him give him a kiss for me and my baby girl Becca Lynn.

We love Jonah and are daily praying for him as well as my church is to. He is on their prayer list.

Kristie

Anonymous said...

Amen! I can't even explain it - I pulled up the page, and breathed a huge sigh of relief when I saw the title - Jonah and the perfect day. How do you love a little baby you don't even know? I cried as I read the update. Thank God for answered prayers - may the rest of the days be like today. I also pray for strength for you and wisdom for the doctors treating Jonah. He is precious.
God Bless all of you,
Trish
Ohio

Allie Garcia said...

PTL! I love the way you wrote that, and I love Jonah- in Las Vegas. Your story (Jonah's story) is especially close to my heart because my hubby and I are both YL leaders, and have been for quite some time. Our paths may have even crossed at some point. Just know that Jonah is being prayed for and is loved, and we think of you guys often, even though we are strangers. Were praying.

Ki said...

And all God's people said "AMEN!"

Katherine said...

So incredible! Such an answer to prayer! What a great feeling ... my heart is about to burst into a million pieces. The pictures are priceless!

Tracy said...

How Beautiful!! Love it!! I'm SO happy and excited for you and Jonah :) I hope the days ahead continue to be good ones!! He looks like he was just soaking up all the love from everyone.

Lisa said...

Hello Precious Little Jonah! I had been waiting up to read the good news from your mommy and daddy about todays wonderful turn of events. I will continue to pray for your recovery and for your mommy and daddys continued strength and good spirits.

"Jesus loves you this I know, for the bible tells us so"....... Jesus's love is very apparent in you little one, especially today, and you in turn baby Jonah, sure did let your little light shine with the wonderful day you had and smiles for your loving mommy and daddy.

I just hope and continue with prayer all the days ahead will only be good ones. Please know you are in my thoughts and heart at all times.

Sending you all much peace.

Lisa - China Grove, NC

singing mama said...

oh my , he is so beautiful there are no words!
Praise GOD for your perfect day today!!

(and praying as always)

Luv singingmama

Laura said...

Jonah is beautiful! You are both amazing parents. He is in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so happy you had such a wonderful day with him!!!

Amy said...

Tricey, I hope this is one of many, many to come. Our God is good ALL the time. Can't wait to get my snuggle time with him. Sleep well.

Diana Lopez said...

wow Praise the lord...he is so beautiful and finally able to see him with out all those wires and tubes around him, makes him look even more beautiful. God is good..All the time....

Jennifer said...

So glad to hear about the great day that Jonah had. I love the way you wrote the blog. A perfect story to end the weekend.

Vonda said...

I just found your blog through someone else's and I was literally drawn to read Jonah's story. My heart breaks for y'all right now, but I am astounded at your incredible faith and the strength I know God is giving you right now through all of this. I have prayed for Jonah over and over again today and I will continue to lift your precious baby boy up to our Heavenly Father. I wept last night when I read all the way back to your Feb. 27 post. Patrice, may the God of comfort and Healing wrap you in His loving arms right this very minute and may you and Matt feel such a peace. I am also praying that God will touch little Jonah's body and heal your sweet boy.

I am thrilled y'all had such a wonderful day today!

Vonda Livingston
San Antonio, TX

jarcarhar said...

What a great Lord's day...thank you for sharing both requests and triumphs! We are celebrating with you and praying for your tomorrow!

Laurie said...

Thank you, Jesus, for Noah's good day.

P.S. Please send many many more.

Jess said...

That is the most beautiful story I have heard in a long, long time. It should be published in a magazine. I do pray that there are many more good days like today.

Anonymous said...

May the Lord bless you with many, many more days like this. What a beautiful day that we all were blessed to share with you.

A long away stranger in CA.

Megan said...

That was beautiful. Praise the Lord for such a wonderful day! May there be many, many more to come!

Daniel Bradshaw said...

As I tossed and turned and could not get to sleep, I figured I would check to see if there was any updates. It is so wonderful to hear the good report. God will continue to listen and answer prayers. He is wonderful. We love you guys. I wish you could see Ben as he scrolls down the blog to see all of the new pictures every day. He can't wait for the day he can give Jonah a hug!

Daniel

PS Matt, I do not think it a coincidence that Jonah had his perfect day on Selection Sunday. Of course it might just have been the Duke victory!

Sandy said...

Praise the Lord! Praise the name of Jesus! Thank you God for Jonah's Perfect Day and thank you for his wonderful, loving, and BELIEVING parents. Lord, we continue to believe in you and your mighty healing power for Jonah. We believe in you for peace and joy for Patrice and Matt. Hallelujah!

Danielle Holtzman said...

Tears of joy are flowing for you and your sweet baby boy! I am so impressed by your strength and courage... what a wonderful mother you are! I am so glad that the prayers of so many (including me!) have been answered and that you got to spend a glorious day with your beautiful baby! Praying for many, many more "perfect days" and a good diagnosis this week. Prayers from Kansas... Danielle

Kate said...

Jonah is TOO cute! Congrats on the perfect day. Hopefully more and more will be in the near future!!

k@lakly said...

Quietly following Jonah and your family. I am so happy to read of this perfect day for all of you. I hope there are many more to come, a long lifetime of them.

Heather @ Sugarplum Garters said...

so happy to hear that jonah finally had a perfect day! trying hard not to cry as i write this... we'll all keep sending up prayers asking for more days like this one!

Karla said...

Praise God! I am so happy for you all! This made my weekend. =) A definite answer to our prayers.

AND, the pictures are so awesome - he is such a cutie!

Babs said...

I have a tear a joy for you and your sweet family rolling down my face. God has blessed you this Sunday. Your son will one day break many girls hearts... and he is getting practice now! Bless your sweet Jonah.

Anonymous said...

Great to rad about your wonderful day!!! We pray for you daily.

Please consider sending your blog to a book publisher one day--you write so well, we feel like we are there with you!! I know many would be moved/helped by your story!

Julie Elander
Searcy, AR

Cynthia said...

OMG, I am just bawling now after reading this post! I'm seriously starting to feel like I know you guys, crazy, huh?! I will pray for MANY more perfect days!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Aw, that is the best bedtime story I have ever heard. You should make it into a book for him.

dana

Sara said...

What a wonderful, beautiful baby boy. I can only add my own hopes that he will soon be able to go home with his mother and father and grow up to live a long, healthy, bountiful life. I've been reading your blog for the past couple of weeks, and I stand in awe of your amazing bravery and faith.

LitterOf1 said...

What a wonderful bedtime story! Jonah looks even MORE adorable every single day, but that pic of him smiling at you gave me happy mommy chills. You and your son are more than an inspiration - you are a masterpiece. I can't wait till he's home with you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord for giving Jonah and his family the perfect day. May many more follow. And thank you for the beautiful testimony of faith and love as told by Jonah's Mommy. Amen.

Laura said...

Wonderful story - WONDERFUL GOD!

Amen!

SW WI MOMMY

Anonymous said...

You've been in my thoughts and prayers since I started reading your blog yesterday. My heart filled with joy to read about Jonah's perfect day.
You've made a huge impact on a very hormonal pregnant woman in NZ.
God truly blesses us all.

Helen, Christchurch, NZ

Jenny said...

Oh my, Praise the Lord!, and Yayyy for our little hero! This is the most wonderful story ever!

We love you Jonah!! and we know that our wonderful Lord has such an amazing life in store for you!!!
Still praying for you all!
Jenny and Doug from Oz
xoxoxoxox

Brooke said...

Praising our Lord with you tonight! Such wonderful news, and praying for another perfect day tomorrow and also for the diagnosis. Love seeing photos of him with his eyes open, he's adorable!

Angela said...

This is wonderful news! The photos are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them. Our family will keep you in our prayers daily from Oregon, Angela

Sarah J. said...

Oh he looks so good! I love that last picture of him smiling. What a sweet brave boy he is, already.

wonderful post, wonderful Lord.

amber said...

YAY! What a huge blessing! It's such a joy to be able to read this and I'm SO happy for your perfect day! God is so good! I will be praying that you can take baby Jonah home very, very soon and have many, many perfect days at home!

avbernat said...

I stopped by your blog right before I was headed off to sleep, and I'm so glad that I did. I am so grateful that Jonah had a picture perfect day. Jonah you are absolutely adorable and I cannot wait to see pictures of you home in your mommy and daddy's arms sporting the new gear they have ready for you. Praise God for such a joyous day! My prayers were answered for you little Jonah for today, but my prayers will never stop or falter, it will only get stronger till you are home where you belong. With all of our LOVE! HUGS! KISSES! AND PRAYERS!

The Bernat Family
California

The Wendt Family said...

I'm a constant checker of your blog, literally like 9-10 times a day because you post at semi-random times or if something bad or good has happened as an additional update.

I'm so extremely happy that the Lord heard our prayers, and that you guys had a perfect day. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a lot more perfect days on the road to him being home to make many many more perfect days. God has a big plan for Jonah, and he surely working in my heart.

Thanks for the updates and allowing the world to be prayer warriors for your cause.

The Wendt Family said...

I'm a constant checker of your blog, literally like 9-10 times a day because you post at semi-random times or if something bad or good has happened as an additional update.

I'm so extremely happy that the Lord heard our prayers, and that you guys had a perfect day. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a lot more perfect days on the road to him being home to make many many more perfect days. God has a big plan for Jonah, and he surely working in my heart.

Thanks for the updates and allowing the world to be prayer warriors for your cause.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers continue to be with the wondrous Jonah and with his amazing parents! He is the cutest little boy :)

Marine Momma said...

YAY! so happy for the fairy tale day! he is SO adorably cute!!

Kristina said...

The Lord is GREAT!!! I am so happy for all of you that Jonah had such a great day. See, I KNEW today was going to be great :)
Praise God! I pray Jonah has MANY more of these happy, content days ahead.

Renelle and Cole said...

Praise be to the Lord above!!! How exciting for you! :)

Alexandra said...

Ive been a lurker for some time now and tonight is my very first comment! I have been thinking about baby Jonah all day today and waiting for an update, I too will sleep a bit more soundly tonight. Such a sweet sweet boy you have. Sending lots of love and peace to you and your family all the way from Oregon!

Sus said...

Sweet love Jonah. Praise our Father in Heaven for His many blessings on you, your mom and your dad. My eyes are wet with joy and my heart racing with glee that you have been pain free. God's love will do that to you! Praise Him above all names.

Pete, Alison and Charlie said...

That's brilliant news! Just what we've all been hoping and praying for! Jonah really is getting more and more handsome every day! We're hoping for many more of those perfect days, and that you're all back in your own home really soon. With love from us in Cardiff, UK. x PS We've been reading your blog since Jonah was born - can't even remember how we found you - but we check in every day now!

Anonymous said...

What a great day for you all. Hope everything is going well in the future With good thought .Gerdur in Iceland

Melissa said...

Thank you, God! I am soooo glad to hear about Jonah's perfect day! I bet you guys probably slept the best last night that you have since he was born. And I swear, that boy gets more and more handsome every day...he's as cute as a button (or should I say 'way cuter than any button', since I haven't seen all that many 'cute' buttons?). Anyway, you know what I mean! I am so happy that you got a perfect day with him, and I am so happy that you have this blog where we can all go on this wild journey with you. We may not be there in person, but know that we're all there in spirit and that we're all praying each and every day that each and every day will just get better and better...

Love & hugs...

time.4.joy said...

He is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute. And you know what? Even in Austria they are praying! I check your site every day, and we pray. We have also a lillte boy, Noah (8 months)and because of all my motherfeelings, I pray even harder. In HIM, Joy

Anonymous said...

jlmcq said:

Oh my goodness, Patrice, it looks like no one else is going to tell you this, so I guess I will do it.
The title and the beginning of this post scared me to death !! When we went to bed last night, there was no update yet and my 7-yr-old daughter (who has been watching over my shoulder and asking me about Jonah every day)spontaneously included him and your family in her prayers. So, the first thing I do this morning is get up and check for an update. When I see this title and the new blog design, and the first few sentences which seem to be written in past tense like a fairy tale, my heart just sinks... I am reading, crying, and thinking that where this is all leading is that Jonah's perfect day ends up with him being perfected by Jesus... what a relief to get to the end and see all good news!!

How miraculous that Jonah is doing so well!! But for heavens sake, don't scare us like that again!!

-JLH

j3k said...

The power of prayer is amazing! He looks absolutely wonderful and so do you!

Hearts and Hugs
Marie

apettitt said...

I am so happy for you Patrice and Matt!! I pray that Jonah will have many more perfect days and that you will get all the snuggle time in the world. Love you guys!!!

Lisa Worthington said...

We cry when Jonah suffers and now we cry when he has the perfect day. I am beginning my school day with tears of joy, rejoicing the Lord for giving you the first of what I hope will be many perfect days with Jonah. The prayers will continue!
P.S. For the first time ever, I will be rooting for WFU in the "big dance" to bring your family one added bit of joy! :-)

alan pardoe said...

Patrice. God Is Good All The Time.With you and your family.Father please heal this child Amen.Please pop over and pick your award?????.Thank you for bring this to our notice May you be blessed with God's peace and joy and Jonah will be home soon. From St. Poddy.

melanie said...

Best news ever to wake up to on a Monday morning. Now it has become one of my favorite stories...but thankfully, it is no fairy tale. YAY! Dare I say it...could Jonah be a DUKE fan? ;-) Love you all and see you Tuesday.
Aunt Melanie

brightleigh said...

What a wonderful thing to wake up to. Thank you Lord, for loving Jonah, Matt, and Patrice. Thank you for blessing them with such a great day. We ask that you bless them with many more days like that in the future. Patrice, thank you for the sweet pictures and the precious story of Jonah's day. This post was surely worth the wait! I think the blog looks great, BTW. Much love and prayer coming your way! Have a great day!

The Bright Family

Anonymous said...

Praising God for your wonderful day yesterday! I just read it and what an awesome way to start out my Monday!! :) We'll keep on praying and praising!

Angie Schurter

Natalie said...

Wonderful news!!!! Jonah is such a cutie and I'll be praying for him.

Angela said...

Thank God! My 6 year old daughter has been leading us in prayer for Jonah since she saw his picture. Whether we're saying a meal blessing or praying for her grandmother going through chemo or bed time prayers or anything else, she always prays for Jonah and reminds others to pray for him--EVERY time. She spent almost 4 weeks in the NICU, so we think she knows just how to pray :-)

Thank you for letting us share in your miracle.

nancy said...

Jonah is screaming, "Get me out of here" He is as tired of this hospital as his mommy and daddy are and is just ready to go to his new home and meet DEAC! He said, "I will show them I am the bravest little boy in the world"! I feel the time is getting close to going home with his mommy and daddy where he belongs and esp. after days like "Super Sunday" The pics are awesome and he doesn't even look sick at all! My fav. is the first and last pic! You look amazing as always and it is so good to hear the joy in your voice! I have been gone for several days and could not wait to get home and read the latest since last Thurs. night. I was praying for some good news and when I opened up the blog, the title on "The Perfect Day" was so uplifting that I ran in the den to share this with my husband just like it was me going through this! Well, in all honesty, we all are! Jonah has become our baby too! I have never felt the connection with a baby I have never met, but it's because of you, Patrice and how you are sharing him with us every step of the way! I agree with several more readers, its like a book I am reading and I just can't put it down! Praying for more "perfect days" with Jonah.
Oh, how he is progressing and I know you and Matt probably had the best night of sleep since he was born!

Hugs from Ayden (Nancy)

Elizabeth said...

Patrice, I have been following your blog for weeks at the advice of my best friend, Karen Safley. I am so glad that you had a great day, deservably so! I pray for your family each day.

Elizabeth

LoveLladro said...

I have tears in my eyes from this post... what a wonderful story! your first picture really struck me... your just a mom that wants to hold and cuddle your baby. it's so easy to forget that part and focus on all things medical but seeing that picture just brought it all home! thank the good Lord you and all your family had this great day with Jonah and thank you for sharing it with us!

Kristen said...

God is listening. So thankful that all of our prayers were answered.

Andria said...

Oh, this post made me cry! He is so gorgeous and he looks so content in this picture. I hope he has many more perfect days (and at home, too)! We have been praying for your Jonah every day!

another Williams family in Illinois

The Fugate's said...

Patrice, what a beautiful prayer come true! I am crying sweet tears of joy this morning as I read this and see the adorable pictures. I say this in all caps cause I'm shouting praise to the Lord.....HE LOOKS AMAZING!! OH FATHER, THANK YOU FOR HIS HEALING! I know that yesterday brought much refreshing and comfort for all of you. I bet you all 3 had the best nights sleep ever :) We are continuing to cover you in prayer.

Anonymous said...

I have tears in my eyes reading your post. Tears of joy for God is good!! Praise Jesus! We are all praying for Jonah and you and Matt and your family. Jonah is a special child like no other and God has given him to you. As I walked this morning I lifted my heart up in prayer for Jonah. Were it not for Jonah maybe I wouldn't have remembered to pray but I did. Give that boy a hug for us.

--Karen in Boston

Dell5 said...

The post we have all been waiting for! What fabulous news. God is GOOD!!! Praying today is the same.

Susana said...

What and answer to prayers! Thank you for your loving post. I am so happy for the wonderful and amazing day you spent with Jonah yesterday. Praying for many, many, many more! Love and prayers....

Landrum Crew said...

Praise Jesus!

Tiffany said...

I am filled with joy!! Thank you God for Jonah's perfect day and for answering the prayers of so many! Please let there be many, many more perfect days for many years to come. I am so happy for all of you and cannot wait to see little Jonah go home and to meet the sweet little guy who is loved around the world!! God's love is truly amazing! All our Love from FL! Tiffany

Christy said...

Thank you for the honor of praying for your BEAUTIFUL little boy. And what a precious, precious post. Thank you Lord for such a wonderful day!!!!!
Christy in Arkansas

http://safe-haven-blog.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

I've never posted, but follow your blog daily. May you have many more perfect days in the future with the handsome son you deserve. Continuing prayers for baby Jonah and his family.

A friend in PA with her own twin sons

Anonymous said...

What a touching post! I am crying tears of joy for you right now! I pray it was just the first of thousands of perfect days to come!

Baby Bird said...

HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT AN AWESOME STORY!
AND WHAT AN AWESOME GOD!
We are rejoicing with you and that this perfect day repeats itself over and over:)
LOVE & HUGS! Aimee Pence

Staci said...

YEAH JONAH!!!! PRAISE GOD for perfect days :)

Brianna @ Heart(h) Management said...

We praise You, LORD!!!

mom2LEAA said...

Praise God. May these days of contentment continue and may your son continue to heal and grow. Sending prayers from Connecticut. Found you via Kelly's Korner. Will continue to keep you all in prayer as you travel this unknown road.

Cindy

Kevin said...

I was so happy to hear the good news this morning! You had me teary eyed!!! I hope and pray it continues and Jonah comes home soon!

Tara and Chris said...

What a wonderful story to read! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I find myself checking your blog a few times a day looking for an update and some good news. I continue to pray for all of you!

Twice Blessed said...

I had tears in my eyes reading this post and seeing the pictures. I'm so happy to hear what a great day you all had as a family! I will keep praying he will be able to come home soon.

Lauren said...

i checked all day long for an update, and when there wasn't one by 11, i figured (hopefully) you must have had another good day. didn't know it would be the perfect day, though! praise God for that! we prayed for jonah at small group again last night and will continue praying for his pain management and for the diagnosis.
and i LOVED the pictures and storyline and the blog makeover. it's all just beautiful.

Laura said...

So,so,so HAPPY for you guys! Sounds like Jonah is loving the human contact. I love seeing him gazing into your eyes.

Laura S.

kimmie said...

wonderful! the pictures are great, especially the first one which pretty much melted my heart :) ~Kimberly (Randolph) Waller
WFHS c/o 99

Peyton said...

Oh man, I just can't keep from reading this over and over again and looking at the pictures over and over again. This makes me so happy and really brightens a Monday morning.

Toni :O) said...

God bless you and your family. Here's hoping you have many, many more days just like this perfect day! Hang in there and keep the faith as I know I do!

Goldylocks said...

Thank you Lord!

Your entry brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for you, and so proud of little Jonah. He is one true fighter.

Amanda Sikes said...

This wonderful news brought tears to my eyes as I remember all too well what it is like when things start looking up. My son was in the NICU and I will never forget the day things finally went well and he had a "good" day.

Praise the Lord! We are still praying! God is so very, very good!!

Martin Family said...

Praise God! Reading that made MY day! May everyday be as wonderful from here on out!

Anonymous said...

What is it about this baby? This one child who has captured the hearts of so many. I don't even know how I came across this blog, but he has indeed got me wrapped around his itty bitty finger. What a God we serve. What a God we serve. What a God Jonah will come to serve as he grows under the loving care of his parents.

Charity said...

That is the best thing I have heard in SO long!! I am so happy your family and for sweet baby Jonah!! God is so GOOD!!

The Van Ordens said...

God is good!

Stephanie said...

Oh how wonderful!!!!! I am praying for endless perfect days!!!! for all three of you!

I love the new blog look..it's awesome.

I'm still praying for Jonah!! :)

Yvonne said...

What a sweet post - I have stayed in the shadows, but popping out just to say that I have been thinking about you, following your blog and praying for Jonah - I'm just outside Chicago.

Becky said...

That is just so sweet...and wonderful...and, well, I have tears welling :-) Prayers continuing in Illinois!

michelle said...

Praise God!!! Continuing to pray sweet baby Jonah has many, many more perfect days ahead!!! God is so good!!!!

Randy said...

This was very encouraging news. Health can be very tenuous... treasure each day God gives us.

Gene and Annie said...

What a blessing to read! I can't wait to tell my little ones about Jonah's perfect day! They will be so excited... they love praying for baby Jonah! I pray it's the beginning of many more to come! He is such a cutie!

Jenn said...

Jumping for Joy!

Amyb99 said...

What a wonderful day! I pray that Jonah continues to have days like this and before long, days like this at HOME where he belongs. Continuing to pray for Jonah's healing, comfort and continued strength. God bless.

Amy in PA

Laura said...

Praise God! My heart is overjoyed for you. I pray that Jonah (Mommy and Daddy, too) have many more days like yesterday.I will continue to pray for you all.

Carol Spears said...

That was so beautifully written. It is obvious you had a song of thankfulness in your heart. What a wonderful and God blessed day that was!! Thank you so much for the way you share about your precious baby Jonah!

lesliesloan said...

That is just wonderful...I think that I have been praying for you to have this day since you asked for prayer surrounding Jonah!

I am so glad that you had Sunday! I hope for many more.

Kim said...

The tears of joy are flowing! So happy for all of you! Praying you through!

Rachel said...

All I can say, on top of our prayers for sweet Jonah, is what a BEAUTIFUL little man. He's so precious I wish I could give his sweet little head a kiss.

rameelin said...

The report of the Lord is "yes" and "Amen!" Thank you Jesus!

Loved the story of today. Loved the pictures from today! He looks remarkable. His color is better and he looks content. I'm so thrilled. God is surely working!!!

jandkland said...

And all the world read Jonah's fairy tale, and they rejoiced because they knew that it wasn't just a story, but a beautiful tale of something completely true and beyond understanding. They cried when they read it, and rejoiced, and cheered for him and his sweet family, whether they knew them in person or only as brothers and sisters in Christ. And they continue to pray that he will indeed live happily ever after!

--Kelley in Georgia

Mommyto3 said...

Way to go Jonah!!

Nora Lee said...

So so happy for you all! I have been praying and checking on Jonah since I read his story in the Journal. Praise God for one of many wonderful days to come!

Jalita* said...

oh!! I am so thankful to read this update... God is good!

KristiJ said...

Giving thanks to God right along with you! What a wonderful report. May this just be the beginning of more awesome days ahead for your family!

With prayers and love from Virginia!

Speirs Family said...

Praise God!!!!!!!! Thank you Father for the undeserving grace that you bestow upon us all everyday!!! You are an awesome God!!!

We are sooooo happy for you, Matt,and Jonah today.

Julie said...

Praise God! Your post moved me to tears. I have been praying for days like this and there it is!!! I love all the new pictures of Jonah - he is so darn cute!!! I love the last one of him smiling at a mommy kiss...precious! Warms my mommy heart knowing the joy you are feeling! Here's praying many more good days to come!!!!

(P.S. I love blog re-design - looks great!!!!)

RockinMom said...

Praise the Lord! :)

emily said...

God is so good! He hears our prayers. Even prayers of those who don't know little Jonah but love him tons!

Anonymous said...

Praise be to God! Hope this is the first of MANY more perfect days ahead. Still praying in Alabama.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day this was! GOD IS GOOD, I pray for many more wonderful days for Jonah and his family. Thanks for the updates, I read daily and pray for you all. He is so cute and you are right he has touched the hearts of so many people and our Great God above is looking after Baby Jonah!

Praying daily for Baby Jonah & Family, Amy

Monkey Tots said...

Perfect! It is getting better day by day I am so happy for you and Jonah :-) Thank you Lord for the prayers bestowed upon Jonah and his family. I pray he has this same pain free day again and again until he gets to come home.

the*4*of*us said...

That is just amazing!!! He is so beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Last night when I checked the site and did not see a new update I hoped it was due to you having a wonderful day filled with Jonah lovings! And it was! I pray for you guys several times a day. Jonah is an adorable little guy! He's got some great parents and family he is a lucky guy! Hoping and praying for more "perfect" days ahead!!!!
Carrie

The McCullough's said...

We pray you have many more perfect days to come! Praise God!

Anonymous said...

I am so very, very glad, and I hope you both were able to sleep soundly.

Anonymous said...

I read your post with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. How awesome it is to see the power of prayers and the loving intercession of our God. May Jonah continue to have pain free days and nights; many MANY more snuggles with his family; a full tummy; and a (soon) homecoming. Our prayer group included all of you in our rosary last night and will continue to lift you up to the Lord.

Anonymous said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! What a wonderful day that the Lord made. Not surprisingly, this mini-miracle occurred on the day that we celebrate Him and ask Him for His forgiveness and blessings. This story brought much needed tears of joy to those of us all over the world that have been lifting up Jonah for a while. As always thank you for sharing and we will ask Him for many more days like this to come. God bless! Dawn M.

Jill said...

What a terrific way to start the day, reading this terrific post. He looks wonderful, and seeing all those smiles around him seem to be catching.

Here's to another great day.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for your perfect day. May you have many more! Thank you for sharing your precious Jonah with all of us. We are still praying!

Anonymous said...

I'm a friend of a friend, and I've been following your journey daily. I've had several NICU babies, one who is still with me, and two who are not. I've cried at your story, and in turn all over again at my own, but just reading this post makes every bad experience fade away, and I'm left with nothing but joy for how far Jonah has come! You're all three very strong, and I have no doubt you have been as big a blessing to your two boys as they have been to you.

Jen said...

"Everything Glorious" by the David Crowder Band played on my computer as I read your post. Seemed perfect in the face of such wonderful news. Here's to thousands of glorious days with your sweet, sweet boy.

Cindy said...

I love the picture of you and him at the top...he is focused so intently on you! What a great day, we will be praying for many many more just the same! He is so stinkin cute, it is great to finally see his blonde hair!

Marie said...

Ours prayers are being answered! I whooped for joy when I read the perfect day post. I will continue to pray for you all daily, and will rejoice in all of Jonahs victories! May you have many many more perfect days.

All of us in Texas are praying for you.

Anonymous said...

What a perfectly beautiful post - it brought more tears to my eyes than anything else, but joyful ones at that. Found your blog through KellysKorner (and found her through someone else & so on & so forth) and have been reading and praying for all of you. Jonah is never far from my thoughts & prayers. I pray more days like today are in his near future and that God heals him from this awful disease and mends your hearts as he mends Jonah's body. Blessings to you & many prayers from Connecticut.
~A former preemie/NICU Mom

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! So happy that everyone had a perfect day. Praying for lots of perfect days. Jonah looks great!

Gail
Annapolis, MD

teacheroftwos said...

I stumbled onto your blog while blog surfing and sure enough feel in love with Jonah's story of survial. We have such an awesome, amazing God who is just working in so many peoples lives. I love to read and hear stories about the miracles he is performing. I posted a link to Jonah's nlog on my blog and I know that he will be prayed for by all the people who visit my blog as well as myself. I am glad he had a perfect day and will pray that those perfect days continue.

Anonymous said...

I thought your blog had touched me before. Not nearly as much as seeing todays blog. I cried, I laughed, and I was awestruck at how absolutely adoreable he is. I think it is pretty appropriate that the Lord gave you such a good day with Jonah on a Sunday. :)

Amy said...

He looks so great! I can't believe how alert he is. I am so thankful to God for sustaining you all, and protecting little Jonah. May today be just as good.

Amy
Tennesee

Merri said...

Praise the Lord, prayer truly does work! I pray that was the beginning of many, many more perfect days and that Jonah will be able to come home with you very soon!

Kyleigh said...

This is amazing. Such a blessing, praise God

Anonymous said...

I am filled with tears of joy and I don't even know you, Patrice!
Jonah is such an angel. What a wonderful day! Praise the Lord! We'll keep praying in Pittsburgh, PA! Love, Kathy

Nicole said...

Praise God for the awesome day He gave you - for the gift of your son - and for your faith on this amazing journey. While we've never met here on earth and may not meet until one day (a long time from now!) when we are all in heaven - I found your story through a friend's caring bridge website... I have been praying, praying, praying for you and Jonah. I will continue to do so and can't wait to read good news and updates via your blog. Many blessings and hugs from the Bishop family in central Indiana!

growntoglory said...

Beautiful--praise God! Like so many people reading your blog, you don't know us but we feel so committed to praying for Jonah and you both and your families. The Skipper family in Kansas

jcclifton said...

Thank you Jesus for a day like that. Oh my, he is so beautiful. I love that picture of him looking at you. I am praying for you daily and these prayers are from North Florida!

Heidi said...

I am so happy Jonah had a good day yesterday, may god bless him with a miracle and heal his body. He is an adorable baby.

Elizabeth said...

We are sending up prayers from Virginia as well. I am so thankful to see such progress...hang in there...blessings

The Strosniders said...

yea God! yea Jonah!
i loooooove the eyes-open pictures, he is just a doll baby! :) praying that these days keep on coming!
LOVE!

anglswngs said...

I am crying with joy for you and your beautiful little butterfly.

Anonymous said...

Many people ask for signs and wonders for proof there is a living God - People of God know that He exists and answers prayers.
JONAH is the beautiful response to both! Praise God!

Nicci said...

I have been praying for Jonah to be healed and have perfect days! I am so excited for your family and what is in store for the three of you!

Anonymous said...

Patrice and Matt!!! This is FANTASTIC!!! I'm sooooo glad to hear it! The beautiful pictures made me cry (in a good way, of course!) I can't wait till you can take that little bundle of precious home! I love you guys (all 3 of you!) and I think of you all the time :)
much love,
Tracy

Anonymous said...

Awesome! We had a special prayer for Jonah and family yesterday at church. I stood in on behalf of Jonah asking God to give him a miraculous touch. GOD ANSWERS PRAYER!!! Thanks for sharing what a wonderful day Jonah had. We will continue to pray for Jonah and your family. May he have many more great days ahead!!! PRAISE GOD!!

ashpuck said...

I am overwhelmed with joy right now! Stay strong little Jonah and keep smiling at your mama.

Susan said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!! I am SO HAPPY that you had a wonderful day and Jonah had a wonderful day too! He looks SO HAPPY and content. I know it must've just felt awesome to have some "normalcy" amid all the chaos. Praying for many more days just like this one!

I'm so LOVING him!!! I know I'm not alone in saying I would love to have some Jonah snuggles myself!

Cindy Lou said...

Our God IS an awesome God! Immanuel Baptist Church in Clemmons, NC is praying hard for your beautiful baby boy!

Melanie Sparks said...

"How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy He gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days because He lives."

That was one of the versus of one of the hymns we sang yesterday at church, and you guys were heavily on my mind. I stessed last night and was so worried, when I had to go to bed without a post. I must have checked the site at least a dozen times yesterday. Then first thing this morning, when I got to work, I went straight to my computer (never mind the fact that 26 high school students were pouring into my room). I could hardly contain myself when I read your post! I haven't posted before, but I have been reading daily (usually multiple times a day). I am local - I teach math at West Stokes High School, in King. I pray for you often, and I recruit other prayer warriors often. I am just ecstatic that you guys had a good day! I can't wait to see what the future holds for you guys! I just know that God has big plans for Jonah! You guys deserve a happy ending, and the world is praying for one. Never stop blogging - I can't handle not knowing how Jonah is doing. Here's to a wonderful day and praying for many more to come!
Melanie Sparks
King, NC

Meghan said...

Patrice - this is so awesome! I'm so excited for you guys and glad that you all got some great time with Jonah. The pictures are great! Michael and I have been following Jonah's progress and praying from the very beginning. He's on our class prayer list at church and also that of many Nashville friends.

Watts Family said...

Now that's a story I could read over and over again!! Hugs for Jonah from Texas!!!

Many Blessings,

Amanda

Mandy and Russel said...

What a fantastic way to begin this day!! I read your blog everyday and always pray for posts like this!! Jonah's great day has brings joy and hope to everyone who reads this blog. Such a great big accomplishment for such a tiny little boy :) Praise God!!

Tribulation said...

YaH!!!! i am so happy to hear that JOnah had a good day.we are all very concerned about jonah and we are praying constantly. hopefully and prayfully, he will be able to go home soon.

Amy Walter said...

Thank you Lord! I am so happy for you and the "perfect day". I am looking forward to hearing about many more! Still sending prayers to you!

Anonymous said...

im so happy he's eating so well! that has been my biggest prayer. I'm also thankful that the doctors seem to be getting better at managing his pain meds! still praying and can't wait until we get to meet jonah!
love you,
nicole (and jayson)

Mindy said...

oh what a blessing!!! I am so happy to read this wonderful entry on a dreary Monday morning.

Yay Jonah!!

Anonymous said...

I was so worried when you hadn't posted late last night - later than you ever had before (I checked). I have cried tears of sorrow for you every day and now there are tears of joy. A little boy has helped draw me closer to God. Thank you Lord for giving Jonah to a mommy who could so eloquently share his story with us! Why are we surprised when we are reminded again and again that He really knows what He's doing?!

Anonymous said...

I am crying tears of joy. Praise God. Barbara

Erin Edwards said...

What wonderful news! :):):)

Jenn said...

Hi, I don't know your family personally, but I came across a link to your blog from a friend. I have been following your blog and praying for your family. Your son is so precious! I can from his pictures that he's changing for the better everyday! Hang in there, I'm sure he'll be at home with you spending infinite numbers of perfect days soon!

Anonymous said...

You don't know how much we all appreciate your updates and your pictures. We are sad when you're sad and we're happy when you're happy (like today!!! Yeah!!) Love, love, love checkin' in for updates each day, especially when it's good news...but even when it's not. Thank you God for incredible blessings.

That Jonah is ONE LUCKY BABY to have you guys for his parents. Wow.

Anonymous said...

Jonah is absolutely beautiful! What a miracle he is. I am praying for his continued progess.

MP Chattanooga, TN

Renata said...

Beautifully written and equally exciting!! YAY GOD!!!

Whitney said...

I received a request to pray for your family from my sister in NC. I have been following your blog for a while now and your story deeply touches my heart. Jonah is absolutely beautiful and a strong fighter. I am so thankful that you all had such a perfect day. We are praying for you in the Netherlands! xx

Carol said...

I smiled the entire way through your "story". Praying for many more days like this and for the happiest of endings to your story! Love, Carol (Praying in Iowa)

michelle said...

Praise God! Praying for many more days like that!

Alisa said...

Tears of joy streaming down my face for all of you. Still praying...

jess said...

So beautiful, so wonderful. The way he is looking at you (mommy) in the picture of you holding him...that is it right there, that look, that knowing...that is the true love between a mama and her beloved boy.

He is beautiful beyond words.

Wishing you and your family many, many, many more 'perfect days'.

momma said...

AMEN!

Mindy said...

Patrice!! I smiled, and cried, and prayed a prayer of Thanksgiving. That prayer included an urging to give you many many many many many more of those perfect days.

Ocracoma said...

I am so very happy for you all. I know you desperately needed that day. You are in our thoughts always. Love, Tony, Amy and Macon.

Beth said...

As I sat here reading this post, tears rolling down my face in pure joy, I questioned how a small little person and his parents whom I have never met, have found their way to my daily thoughts and prayers, not to mention my heart. I know the answer, and it is God.

For whatever reason, God has placed all of us together. To pray, to cry and to rejoice over the daily victories of little Jonah!!

I am a better mother, a better wife, a better friend, a better Child of God, because of Jonah and because of your strength, your love for God, your love for each other!

So, thank you Jonah, Patrice and Matt...thank you for the gifts you have given me!

And THANK YOU Lord for Jonah's "Perfect Day"...and on Sunday no less!! May he have MANY, many more!!

Patti said...

Thank you LORD!!! I teared up, just reading about your day. Jonah has been on my heart every single day and I pray for him whenever I think about it, which is often. God is good and I am just so happy for you that you had a great day with him. He is such a doll.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Well deserved for all of you. He is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you were all blessed with such a great day! I pray that there are many more to come! Hugs from Arkansas!

Christina said...

I absolutely LOVE that story! I hope to hear the same exact one today!

Christina Burton

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