Saturday, May 24, 2008

why i'm doing this...

hi friends=)

i have entered the blogging world-something i never thought i'd do in a million years. here's why...on january 3 we got such fun news: we had baby #1 growing in my belly=) we proceeded with the typical first trimester experience-constant nausea, sleepiness beyond belief, being entertained by the unpredictable hormones=) as april 2 approached, we were so excited with anticipation of finding out what we were having...i honestly did have that little mama feeling that it was a girl, but i had no idea how reliable that little feeling was, and being the planner that i am-i just couldn't wait to know for sure. april 2 came and we settled into the ultrasound room and were told that it was indeed a baby girl in there! the excitement of knowing was quickly dampened when they told us they were also seeing a pretty severe birth defect. it's called a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and there's more to come on what exactly that means...but basically with what we've been told, there's a pretty big chance she won't be able to live very long once she's out of my belly. more to come on why that is as well...

now i get to the reason i'm doing this. i kept debating on how private of a person i was-i always thought of myself as pretty open but it felt strange to think of displaying our deepest thoughts and feelings on the internet as we process what might be one of the most trying times we ever go through. however...we have been blown away by the amount of love and support expressed to us since april 2. there are so many people praying for us and i finally came to the conclusion that this is a great way to keep people posted on how we're doing, where we are emotionally with all of this, and what specifically people can be praying for. it has been overwhelming in the most wonderful way to receive so many letters and emails and phone calls, showing us how the body of christ is joining together with us GLOBALLY (thanks shelly) to carry us through this time of preparing to potentially lose our daughter just as soon as we see her. so, with all that said, please read on if you care to-we appreciate you so much walking with us during this time, and we can't thank you enough=)

we love you all...

katie and donnie

13 comments:

thedunns said...

You both amaze me!!!!! Nobody should have to experience what you are going through & know that you & your sweet family are in our thoughts & prayers daily! Catherine is lucky to have you as her parents & I know you are blessed to have her as your daughter!

We love you!
Sara & Richard Dunn

Emilie said...

Katie! Catherine's life and your story is going to bless so many people. To God be the glory! I love you so very much! love, Emilie

Beth G. said...

Katie- I am so glad you started a blog. Natalie told me about your precious baby girl and I pray and think of you often!!! God is going to bless your family even though it may be hard to understand. I LOVE the name Catherine. It is one of my favorite names!! God bless and I will for sure be a reader of your blog! God bless... Beth (Perkins)

Erin said...

Welcome to the blog world, Katie. Secondly, I am so thankful you decided to share your story with teh public. I really pray that you find comfort and peace through this. I love you!

hannah and tony said...

Emilie couldn't have said it better, to God be the glory! Many, many prayers your way.
I love you,
Hannah

Keith said...

Katie and Donnie,
Thanks for writing. We really want to know what's going through your heads so that we can better support you in prayer. Elaine and I love you so much.

Keith and Elaine

katie said...

katie-
i don't know if you remember meeting me, but i am a family friend of the turrigleos. lauren told me your story, and as the mother of a 16 month old girl i cried reading your blog. know that i will be on my knees for you - and that God will draw you closer during this journey. please let me know if there is anything i can do. also - i wanted to let you know, a fraternity brother of my husbands (conor) and his wife boothe have been trough something similar. their blog is conorbootheandgirls.blogspot.com - and i know she would love to talk to you about all this.
praying-
katie (boyd) compton

Destin and April said...

Katie (and Donnie)
What an awesome blog! :) We will be praying for you. Much love.

Chavonne said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You will be in our thoughts. I admire your strength so much!

Brianne said...

...Awaiting a Miracle...both yours and Gods! I have just said a prayer for you and will continue to do so until your little miracle arrives.
Brianne
(a friend of Cori and Hannah)

Katie said...

Katie and Donnie,
Mark and I are so glad to hear that you, Catherine, and Donnie are enjoying your time together! We love you so much and have only been able to hear bits and pieces from Kay. Reading your blog has been so inpsiring. Your strenght and faith are incredible. Catherine is so blessed to have you two in her life! Our prayers are with you! Love and prayers, Katie, Mark, and Ellie Nicholas

ELLYN BAERGEN said...

KATIE AND DONNIE, WE JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT YOUR SITE TODAY FROM YOUR MOM. THIS IS A WONDERFUL, HEALING THING YOU'RE DOING, AND VERY BRAVE. WE HAVE NOT BEEN IN TOUCH LIKE WE SHOULD, BUT KNOW THAT WE LOVE YOU AND ARE SENDING POSITIVE THOUGHTS YOUR WAY, AND EXTRA ONES NEXT WEEK. LOVE, UNCLE DADDY AND ELLYN

pattihogg said...

katie and donnie,
my daugher, baylee manske, sent me your blog. you two are amazing people and i pray that the three of you will make beautiful memories together for many, many years to come. my prayers are with you in the days and weeks to come.
Patti