By: Jennifer Murray

Today in Verbs

Today I walked through the doors of a hospital that became my address for 36 days, nearly 3 years ago…

Today I scrubbed my hands with the same soap smell that I associate my newborn preemies with…

Today I travelled down the same hallway to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that became my 4 sons’ address for the first 3-5 weeks of their lives.

Today I embraced a fellow quad mom and felt an instant connection and friendship…

Today I looked at Maddox, Jack, Emma, and Parker with wonder and awe at their tiny, yet perfect little bodies…

Today I witnessed many families who face a very difficult road ahead…

Today I visited with nurses and sonographers who cared for me through 32 weeks of a high-risk pregnancy…

Today I hugged the man who safely delivered 4 miracles one February Day…

Today as I remember the uncertain days of the NICU, I am once again overwhelmed with gratefulness this season for 4 gifts that cannot be purchased, packaged, or wrapped. 

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Brad changing his first diaper ever…wonder how many he’s changed since?!!!!  – February 2007

7 Responses to “Today in Verbs”

  1. Suzy
    December 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Aw, if I'd known you were going to see Sumners, I would have told you to tell everyone I said hello! I need to take the kids to visit them when H1N1 restrictions are lifted (and RSV season is over).

  2. ASHENFELTERS
    December 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    God is so good to us! What a neat post! Merry Christmas!

  3. Marianne
    December 15, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    I LOVE this! So glad you were able to go and have such a special time! *Hugs*

  4. Hughes & Company
    December 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    I remember those "incubator diaper changes." It was over 9 years ago, but it seems like yesterday. I'll never forget the nurse that was with me. She sensed my hesitation to change the diaper, so she asked, "Have you ever changed a diaper before?" I laughed. (She had no idea how many kids I had babysat and changed over the years.) I simply answered, "Yes, but never on a preemie and NEVER through the back of an incubator!" To top it all off, it was a dirty diaper too! That was quite an experience! Glad you got to be there to be an encouragement to your friends! It's one of those things in life that is hard to explain without going through it yourself. I can remember another NICU mom that was next to me and telling me that she was praying for our family just as she was her own. That type of encouragement is priceless!

  5. Stephanie
    December 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    How wonderful that you were able to go and visit a new friend! I'm sure the support you give her will help her so much through these next few months!
    What a crazy trip down memory lane though!!

  6. Ross Family
    December 17, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    What a blessing to read your post today and be encouraged once again to be thankful for my own four blessings. Thanks for sharing, thanks for giving of your precious time to help others and encourage them. You are a motivation to so many people just by sharing your witness! Thank you.

  7. King Quads
    December 19, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Awesome. This brought back some memories – thank you.

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