COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS

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I have been waiting for months to introduce you to the new man in my life. His name is Anderson Truesdale. I’m not disclosing his last name for privacy sake. This little boy has a very big name to grow into!  Anderson was my father’s middle name and his mother’s maiden name. Truesdale is a family name of Jonathan’s. He was born October 22 and since then he has rocked my world! Anderson is my first grandchild. I have prayed for this little guy for decades. Anderson’s entry into this world was quite normal but he was a little early. They call newborns like Anderson late-term preemies. He has all his fingers and toes and a head of black hair but his little lungs are a bit immature. The picture above was taken when he was just a couple hours old. 

Not long after this dear little boy was born the delivery nurse discovered that he was not breathing properly. Then came streams of doctors and hospital staff into the delivery room to check on “our little baby”. After a short time he was whisked away to the NIC-U where he lived for the first nine days of his sweet little life.

Not the plan my daughter and son-in-law had in mind at all. Jonathan spent the first day of Anderson’s life going from the NIC-U to the maternity ward attending to both mother and baby.

Anderson was plugged into machines and put in an incubator with warming lights. He was giving oxygen and a feeding tube and lots of attention.

Those nine days were filled with tests and conjectures and long days and nights. Jacqueline was discharged from the hospital but chose to stay with Anderson living in a small, stripped down room in an adjacent hallway that was being renovated to be near her baby. Sorta creepy and desolate.

This was not in the plan! Not in our plan at all! But God… I’ve come to love those two words! But God is sovereign and was in complete control! He had the plan!

As a mother, I was not only concerned about my first grandbaby but my precious daughter too. During a quiet moment we  talked about how SHE was doing she said, “I have decided to count my blessings and to focus on how God is working in this situation”! My mother’s heart leapt for joy at her wisdom and spiritual maturity!

REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS FOR YOU. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Jacquline went about the new normal of her day with peace and grace and lots of thanksgiving! She was able to care for her son in the NIC-U and love on him with a “peace that passes understanding”.  

During the time Anderson was in the NIC-U we all counted our blessing!

Here are just a few, a very few blessing we could count: 

  • The hospital Jacqueline and Jonathan chose had a NIC-U
  • The hospital staff was fabulous!
  • Anderson was getting the best care
  • The hospital had a great restaurant
  • Anderson’s care in the NIC-U was phenomenal!
  • Anderson was the healthiest baby in the NIC-U
  • We were able to pray for all the babies in the NIC-U when we prayed for Anderson
  • This was a bonding experience for the new parents
  • I was able to be with J and J and got to hold my little grandson and help
  • We live within driving distance of our grandbaby
  • Anderson has hair like his mommy
  • He has a long torso like his daddy
  • And a thousand other blessing upon blessings

Here he is only 7 days old in the NIC-U. Finally no oxygen or feeding tubes!

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It’s not easy to count our blessing, especially when things don’t go the way we plan. But blessings are all around us. God’s love for us is always there and never failing.  

The closer we walk with the Father and the more we know Him through His word the more our eyes are open to His blessings! 

Anderson and his mommy and daddy are at home now. Lots of wires still hooked up to him, but he’s doing fine!

As for me, I will never be the same! I am undone and totally overcome. This little boy is such a tangible blessing. He has stolen my heart!

 This is one GiGi (my grandmother name) that just keeps counting her blessings! And Anderson, you are on the top of my list!

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Now I am praying the verse that was said about Jesus. I am praying this for Anderson just as I prayed for his mommy and uncle when they were children… AND HE GREW IN WISDOM AND STATURE AND FAVOR BEFORE GOD AND MEN. Paraphrased from Luke 2:52.

This week’s memorization verse:

BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL, AND FORGET NOT ALL OF HIS BENEFITS (kind deeds). Psalm 103:2

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Update: Anderson is doing wonderfully! Thank you so much for all your prayers and well-wishes! Here he is at 5 weeks old!

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And here he is with his Mommy (my sweet daughter Jacqueline)…

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242 Comments

  1. Congratulations to you and your family, Yvonne! Anderson is just precious and definitely a blessing! Enjoy your new bundle of love, Gigi! May God continue to bless him.

  2. May God bless little Anderson all the days of his life. And may he continue to pour out blessings on your family. Congratulations on this precious little grandson!!

  3. Your family is so Blessed and I feel your joy! Congrats on a beautiful grandson and an amazing name! What a great time of year, don’t you think? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your precious family!

  4. Congratulations to you, Yvonne, and your entire family! Such a beautiful baby and one lucky little boy to have such a loving God and family to watch over him! Grandchildren are the greatest gifts and give us incredibly joy!

  5. Oh he is so beautiful! What a blessing indeed! I’m so happy he is well and so is your daughter!! That is one lucky baby to have such a wonderful grandmother!! God bless you all! xo

  6. Beautiful little child. You have to be so proud. Congratulations to all your family. Praise God for His love and faithfulness.

  7. Oh, Yvonne, what a blessing indeed! Congratulations to you all! Not to dampen the mood, but I wanted you to know I was thinking of you this past week, and you have my sympathies on the loss of your fur baby.

  8. We went through this in June with my little granddaughter, Dottie Kate. A particular nurse, Amy, helped us through everything. She is God’s angel on earth. Now, Nana has joined a crochet group that makes little bonnets for wee folks in the nicu as one was gifted to Dottie during her time there. Faith is such a blessing at times like this. God bless you for sharing this; that is one cute little boy!

  9. Congratulations, Grandma and welcome to the club!!! Grandchildren are a blessing in a way you could never have imagined! So happy to hear all is well with everyone and you’re able to relax and enjoy every minute of this amazing miracle! We are blessed!

  10. God is so Good! Blessings to that beautiful little man and his loving family. How exciting for you Yvonne. My first grandchild was a preemie also – 7 weeks early. He is now 11 years old and so proud he is almost as tall as Grandma. God Bless you all!

  11. Praise be to God for all of our blessings. I have walked the same path that Jacqueline walked: 44 years ago. My precious firstborn was a late term premie with hyaline membrane. He grew into a wonderful 6′,2″ healthy man. Those first scary weeks sent me to my knees; begging my Father to please let my baby live. All through his life during the tough times I would remind him of those days when every thing seemed to be against us…..but GOD heard and answered our prayers.
    Thank you for sharing and for allowing the Holy Spirit to prompt this memory and show me how He has held us through the years. This has been a hard week for me and I so much needed this reminder.
    Praying for full health for Anderson!

  12. I cried with joy for you. As Nana to 3 wonderful grandkids, I know the feelings you are experiencing as you look at your little miracle. I love his name and he is one lucky little fellow to have you as his GiGi.

  13. Congrats to you GIGI…I know what you are going to be saying when u count your blessings this Thanksgiving!!! GOD works in mysterious ways .Praise the Lord! I have 4 grandchildren and think of them daily, they certainly r a blessing.?

  14. What an amazing story. I am so happy for all of you. You are truly blessed. What a beautiful Thanksgiving and Christmas your family will have with God’s bundle placed in your lives. What a precious gift!

    1. Yvonne Congratulations A beautiful boy and a blessing from God. You are entering a whole new phase of your life now that you are a grandmother. I have nine with the latest being born Sept. 1st. He too spent some time in nicu but is fine now and home with his 7 welcoming siblings. (yes I did say 7!) Enjoy every minute .They grow really quickly. It is a wonderful time. God Bless you and yours.

  15. Yvonne,

    Congratulations to you and your family on the birth of your little angel, Anderson!!!!

    May you enjoy many moments with this little one making memories for all of you to cherish. God bless!

  16. Congratulations to all the family on the birth of your grandson Anderson. You will absolutely relish in your role as first time “GiGi”!

  17. I am blessed to be “Mimi” to two grandsons. I shall always remember seeing them for the first time. My first response was Thank you,Lord for your bounteous blessing. I am sure yours was the same.
    When a first grandchild is born, a grandmother is also born,and you will never be the same.
    May the Lord bless you all with His boundless grace!

  18. Congratulations Yvonne. Your Grandson is adorable. You brought back memories of my Grandson’s delivery and time spent in the Nicu. Very scary. Our little Ryley is now 4 1/2 and is a delight. I count my blessings every day for having such a sweet child in our lives.

  19. You brought tears of joy and happiness for you and your family. Thank you for sharing and my God continue to Bless you and your family.

  20. Congratulations GiGi and to your family on your
    precious Anderson,he is truly a blessing.May God
    watch over him always.

  21. How beautiful he is and your story. But every single baby is a beautiful gift ,an Angel given to our care. Enjoy every second with your family. This tends to put things in proper perspective. The dust and dustbunnies and dog hair that rolls across the floor like tumbleweed no longer matter. God bless.

  22. Oh, just love that beautiful little face [and name], and want to kiss those baby cheeks. Thrilled for all of you. Each one of our six grands are so precious to us. Have been praying for everyone since your announcement earlier. Such a joyful time. Enjoy every moment and help and encourage your sweet daughter to rest.
    Psalm 139. Baby Blessings to all.

  23. He is beautiful and a blessing indeed…God is so good! Grand babies are the greatest joy!
    I am also Gigi and I love hearing sweet little voices calling me…I have nine year old triplet grands!
    Enjoy every minute!

  24. He is precious and as a grandmother of a sweet grandson myself, I can’t tell you how blessed you will feel as you watch him grow.

  25. Thank you for sharing your family’s story and how to see the blessings in your life My granddaughter has had cancer twice at age 8 and 11. Faith and finding the blessings all around us helped all of us in our journey through it You are a blessing to all of us.

  26. What a Blessing , My first grandchild was born on October 21 , 7 years ago 10 days late and 1 day short of my birthday (Anderson and I share birthdays)! Since then we have been blessed with 4 more and another is due in . Unlike you my Grandchildren live in other states. We live in ,( I am so very thankful for skype and sell phones). My one daughter lives in Tennessee and one in Virginia. Our youngest Daughter was married last October and for now lives about 20 minutes away. Each Grandchild is a Blessing & a special gift from our Heavenly Father, like our children they are God’s and are on loan to us for such a very short time! We need to treasure every moment with them… (Anderson will be in my prayers as God mends his tiny lungs)

  27. CONGRATULATIONS to you and your whole family…what a beautiful and adorable baby!!! God is so good and will look after that sweet boy! May God bless him with the scriptures that I pray for my two grandchildren…Psalm 91:11 and Jeremiah 29:11!

    Enjoy that wonderful little boy…and now you get to buy toys again! God bless you all!

  28. Held my breath while reading your story. So happy for you and your family for the blessings you have received. Spoiling your new little person will add another sparkle to your eyes. Congratulations to you all!

  29. Oh Yvonne, thank you for sharing your beautiful grandson with us. He is just wonderful with that sweet face and head full of hair. Are are truly blessed and so is he to have you for his GiGi.

  30. Blessings to you, your daughter and especially baby Anderson as he continues to grow. I, too, was blessed this past June 28 with my first grand baby girl, Selah Grace. She was a little over two weeks early and only 5 lbs 12 oz when she was born. Oh how they are the richest blessings of all. HOW did we get along before they arrived to fill up our hearts? Prayers for continued growth and health and God’s hand in Anderson’s life!

  31. Congrats to you and your beautiful family! He’s absolutely adorable. Being a grandmother is such a blessing. Enjoy every minute of it!

  32. Congratulations! So many comments but had to add mine. Anderson is so precious, and there’s nothing like being a grandma. Enjoy him and love on him.

  33. Congratulations on your new grandchild! So glad to know he’s come through the first challenge of his life so well. He’s adorable and has been born into a close loving family which is so wonderful! I just became a grandmother for the first time just over 6 weeks ago!

  34. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! The little fellow that made me a grandmother just turned 20 years old. Three more boys and two girls followed. Nothing brings me more joy. Baby Anderson is so beautiful. Keeping him in my prayers.

  35. Oh, you and your family are so blessed! What a beautiful and may I say handsome baby! God is good and he continues to bless and nurture Anderson in his care. Enjoy and rejoice your new little one!

  36. Yvonne,
    Congratulations!
    Gigi fits you to a “T”, dear friend!
    Prayers for your grandson Anderson, Mom & Dad and your entire family!
    Blessings abound in mysterious ways!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  37. Good morning Yvonne, thanks for sharing. Anderson sure is precious. Our God is so awesome! Psalms 103 was my scripture this morning. May God continue to bless us. Blessings

  38. Congratulations Yvonne aka GiGi on the birth of your first grandson…babies truly are gifts from God to be cherished. I had a similar experience to yours and was blessed with a full recovery for my precious little guy. Anderson is a beautiful and very fortunate little baby to have you for a grandmother. Being a grandmother is the best gift You can ever receive—your heart is filled with more love than you ever imagined and it makes you realize how many things in this life are taken for granted” By the way, My hands are now full with 8 little hearts to love and cherish. All my best wishes for a lifetime of happiness and joy!

  39. Your story brought back memories of just one year ago for me. My first Grandchild, just a little early, and a couple weeks in the N-ICU. My little Lucy turned 1 in September, and what a blessing she is! You do learn to savor every moment because no one but God knows what is in store for you. Ask prayerfully, believe you have received it and it will be yours. Enjoy your little bundle!

  40. Thank you so much for sharing this little precious blessing! I will join in prayer for him and his parents and all of your! He is is so so precious! May the Father continue to heal him and bless this entire little family!

  41. Keeping that sweet cutie in my prayers. We are so blessed to have modern medicine, are we not?

    He will be just fine, I know it!

    As for me and my grand-daughter, today is her baptism day!

    Please say a prayer for her, and for my whole family as we celebrate this Sacrament.

    Thank you – God bless you and yours, Yvonne.

    Hugs. ♥♥♥

  42. Being a grandparent is a gift in itself from the hand of God. Our son’s 2 children were both premature…his first, a boy, was born near the end of the 2nd trimester at 1.5 lbs. We rushed 700 miles to get to see him and me first thought when I saw how small he was, “He’s smaller than some toys kids play with”. We were allowed to reach into the incubator and touch him but not pick him up. My husband laid hands on him and prayed. When he did that he noticed that his heart monitor did a huge jump, so he prayed again, and it did the same thing. We knew he was our miracle baby! During his stay at the Children’s Hospital he was sent up for surgery 4 times and each time they returned him saying there was nothing wrong. After discharge he was to return for surgery for a hernia. My son was told that all boys had to have that surgery without exception. Well, they returned at the appointed time and there was no need for that surgery. Our son was told that he was the first boy at that hospital who didn’t have that surgery. Praise God!! Well, Austin graduated from high school last year and is a healthy strapping young man…he’s over 6′ tall and one would never guess that he began life at 1.5 lbs. Sorry that this got so long but I felt I had to share how special it is to be able to pray for another generation. In praying you, too, will be blessed beyond measure.

  43. God bless little Anderson! When I open your post and saw his picture I squealed for joy. I’m so happy for you and your family.
    Congrats to J&J.

  44. Congratulations Yvonne! So happy baby Anderson, mommy & dad are all home and doing well. Continued blessings to you and your family. He is beautiful!

  45. Thanks for sharing this story. That picture of little Anderson peeking out of the blanket is adorable! Congratulations!

  46. Welcome to GiGi world. Not what we thought, our celebration would be about. iIts is he getting better today. I found myself in the same world almost 46 years ago in Dallas, Tx. One hospital in town with a NUI, with a 10 bed unit.

  47. What a beautiful baby boy with a wonderful name! I follow many stories of sick babies and am always thrilled and encouraged by the workings of God. So very grateful for answered prayer for your Anderson! My first grandbaby is 18 months old, and I’m telling you, each new word and antic brings so much joy! She has now learned to blow kisses over Facetime, and I smile so much, I’m sure my face might crack! Enjoy each day with this little fellow, for you know how fast they grow! xxoo

  48. Thank you, Lord, for this little angel. Welcome to the world, Anderson! You are fresh from God. May you always be a man after His heart.
    As for you, Gigi, yeehaw, and welcome to grandmotherhood! Take it from this Yaya [my grandma name], you will love watching him grow and being part of his life. How does Bobby feel about having a grandson?
    Blessings to all, Karen from Oregon

  49. He is beautiful!!!!! So glad he is healthy and growing! Love all that hair! His name is awsesome!!

    Having had my firstborn in PICU for five days after his birth for respiratory distress, I can relate!

    I can’t believe you were able to keep his birth a surprise for this long!! Must have been quite difficult to share such a joyous event!!

    May God continue to bless him and may his life bless you all! Such a beautiful blessing!!!

  50. So thrilled for you, Yvonne, and the entire family. Mega-congratulations! I’m glad our little boy is doing better now and will pray that he’ll continue to grow and thrive. You’re going to love be a grandma–as you’re already discovering. We have three granddaughters and one grandson–all under the age of 9. There are so many rewarding and loving days ahead for you! Just as was in the case of our own children (and I speak for both of us), you won’t believe how quickly they’ll grow!

  51. Yvonne, I know the blessing and love you have as I had the cutest first grandson, who still has my total heart and he is in college now! When he calls me, my heart still beats a little faster. Lots of prayers have been said since he was born and he has become the Christian young man I dreamed he would be. I know your heart.

  52. Congratulations to your family. What a handsome little guy. I pray that he is at home and completely healthy soon for Mommy, Dadddy, GiGi and everyone to compete for snuggle time.

  53. Congratulations to you and your daughter and of course grandpa and Daddy. He is so cute. October 22 is the day I was born also. You are going to enjoy being a gran parent so much. God bless you and your family.

  54. Congratulation! Your grandson is beautiful! What fun you are going to have with him! I am glad he is home from the hospital and healthy. Congratulations again! God is good!

  55. Yvonne, congratulations to and your family. Years ago Jacqueline Kennedy lost a son with the exact same situation,and I lost my first born also with the same condition. Yes it is so wonderful a true blessing that medicine has come so far that there is much more of a chance to save those precious little late term premies. God bless you and your family. I have been waiting to hear this news for weeks! He is beautiful and I love his meaningful name!!!

  56. He is beautiful! Congrats to all! The NICU is both the scariest place in the hospital and the absolute BEST place in the hospital. So much good work goes on there! My first grandchild spent over 100 days in there! And yes, emotions go up and down constantly. So happy that he’s home and doing well. I will be praying for him and his entire family.

  57. My dear Yvonne…my grandson came into this world in much of the same way as baby Anderson. He is now almost 10 months old and all over the place. The care and concern given from the NICU nurses and doctors (not only to the newborn but also the family) is beyond anything I have ever seen! Congratulations to your family for the gift of a new life..may this gorgeous little boy grow to be healthy, happy, and loved beyond the moon! And for you…WELCOME TO THE CLUB GRANDMA!!!

  58. OH Yvonne, what an beautiful baby! I am so thankful he is going to be ok.
    I sobbed through your story of complete love for your grandson. I am going to be a grandma for the first time in May. He or she has already captured my thoughts and prayers, and stolen my heart. I am bowing in humble adoration, to the giver of life. MY GOD, HOW GREAT THOU ART!!!

  59. Congratulation to your son and his wife on the birth of their son. God bless this treasure and grant many years of good health embraces by his loving family.

  60. So happy for you and your family! He is a beautiful blessing! I have one grand baby, a grandson, five months old, he also had a rough start with his mom. They are both doing amazing and they are true blessing to our family! There is no love like a grand baby! God bless!

  61. Such a wonder our grand babies are! Congratulations on your sweet boy! I love the picture of him with one eye looking up at you! So cute! As each one of my sweetlings were born I was so filled with the joy, wonder and Thanksgiving of it all. I bought journals for each one of them (before each of their births) so that each person that was waiting with anticipation for the birth could write a welcome letter to him or her. We even played a game where each person gave their guesstimate of the time they would be born, the weight and length of the child. After they went home, through the years I have written down their accomplishments, their tears, funny things they said or did, verses that God laid on my heart to share with them, or thoughts or notes from sermons, books, Bible footnotes, etc. When it’s full or when the Lord takes me to be with Him, their books will be given to them. As 6 of 8 of my sweet ones live in other states, I can share part of our lives and the wisdom of God to them….with constant ‘I love you’ thoughts written to them. I know you will thoroughly enjoy this precious boy! ❤️

  62. Yvonne, you continue to inspire as God takes you and your family another step closer. Congratulations on your beautiful grandson!

  63. What a cutie :-). Congratulations !!!!!!! Get ready to have your heart melt MANY times…..so much so it will bring on unexpected tears! It happens so often for me when I watch my grandbabies at play….their facial expressions….when they learn new words…..when they run up to me and hug me (without being asked)! When you can actually have a conversation with a 3 year old :-). I thought I would never have grandchildren, then all of a sudden both my daughter and my son surprised us!!!! We now have a 1 year old, a 2 year old, and a 3 year old! Whew! We’ve been busy these last 3 years, but wouldn’t have it any other way. We are truly blessed. (I am ALSO called GiGi). :-). Enjoy!!! So very happy for you!!

  64. Congratulations!!! Just this last week the lord put you and your daughter on my heart so I sent prayers to you. Glad to hear baby and his parents are doing well. So glad to know you all live close, it’s not fun not living close to your grandbabies. That was so great that you were able to be there and pray them through their first bump of parenthood. The joy you and Bobby must be experiencing along with Mom and Dad. What presious gift you all received and be blessed with this Thanksgiving and Christmas . Hugs
    Be Blessed.

    1. Pamela, Thank you so so much for being such a good friend to me! Even though we have never met I feel we are real friends. Your faithfulness to StoneGable means so much to me! xo

  65. Warmest congratulations on the arrival of your Magnificent Little Miracle, Gigi.
    Thanksgiving will take on extraordinary new meaning for the Pratt Family this year.
    Enjoy Anderson as you praise Him, from whom ALL blessings flow.
    Hugs and joy?

  66. Dear Yvonne! Congratulations to you and Grandpa and mommy and daddy! What a beautiful and precious gift of life God has blessed you and your family with. Baby Anderson is so handsome. How proud you are and your heart fills with so much love for him.
    I, too, Welcome you to Club Grandma! God,s Love and Blessings to you and your family.

  67. Welcome to the “grandparent” club. Being a grandparent is wonderful! When our grandchildren were younger we had set up a large playroom for them plus had designated boy’s and girl’s guest bedrooms for their overnight visits. Just think of all of the decorating ideas to come with this newest family member. I know you will cherish your special gift from God as this infant brings great joy to your family.

  68. Congratulations and God bless to all of you! Enjoy every minute with him. Grandchildren are truly a blessing. Welcome to the grandparents club!

  69. I remember my first grandchild’s birth as well. I walked with my daughter as our little boy had some serious health issues and even had surgery before nine months old. No one can ever understand that instant love affair you have with this tiny little person until they’ve experienced it. We care deeply and we pray hard. Our’s is now 7 and enjoying a robust life along with his 3 little brothers. We now have 8 grandchildren with one more on the way. Love stretches and grows as each one comes into our lives. Welcome to the fold of Grandmotherhood!

  70. God is so good! I am praising Him along with you for His goodness and faithfulness in bringing this new little one into your family and for continued health for Anderson.

  71. Congratulations on the birth of your grandson. I am sending prayers to you and your family for his continued health and well-being. May God bless all of you!

  72. Congratulations to your family! I became a new grandma on September 16th. There’s nothing like it! I’m praising with you! What a blessing from God! Thankful Anderson is doing well! There is truly a lot to be thankful for!!

  73. God is so very GOOD! I have decided that the love and loving of a grandchild is ” the sweetest love you can experience on this earth” in human relationships. God bless you all as you experience this love and what it means to share that as a family!

  74. Congratulations, Yvonne on the birth of your stunningly handsome Anderson! He truly is a miracle and your testament of faith touches my heart! I will include him in my prayers looking forward to the day that he goes home with his parents. He is blessed to have your love, Gigi! Sending you wishes of joy!?????

  75. What a handsome baby boy. There is nothing like a grandson and I know God will be watching closely. The love all around him will sustain him. Congratulations.

  76. Yvonne, congratulations on your beautiful new grandson! What a little doll.
    I too am known as Gigi to my 4 sweet grandchildren! When I hear that name spoken, it is music to my ears.
    I went thru a similar experience with my youngest grandson 2 years ago. The suffiency of God’s grace during that time was overwhelming! Now, he is a healthy, happy little guy that brightens each moment of my day!

  77. Dear ‘GiGi’, I have been praying for Anderson’s arrival since your email conveying prayers for our sweet little grandaughter Thea. He is a cutie-patootie and will surely brighten all your days….forever ! There is nothing grander than becoming ‘GRAND’ ! God bless your little boy and all his family. Tom Turkey will have to share center stage this Thanksgiving with baby Anderson…in a few short years it will be his turn to recite the blessing ! Enjoy each and every moment being a Grandmother…it’s indescribable joy!………Smiles…….’Neimi’

  78. Such a wonderful reminder to all of us, wherever we are, struggling with out own unexpected struggles! I love to keep a journal and look for blessings hidden in every day. Your first grandbaby is just beautiful! I’m so thankful he’s doing well now! Enjoy every little minute, all of you, for we as mothers know that next year he’ll be 16!

  79. We, too, had our first grandson taken to Nic-U, and he spent a while in the hospital. He is now a handsome, healthy young man. He is a blessing to our family and he is about to graduate from college. Where did the time go? He calls us from college and when we hangs up he says, “I love you so, so much.” Melts our hearts. Prayers for you and yours.

  80. Well Anderson is quite the little charmer!!! Congrats to the new mommy and daddy and of course to Gigi! I could never understand just how special grandchildren are until I had one of my own. Magical in all lovely ways. Blessings to your beautiful family!

  81. Oh hAppy happy day! We had a little 3lb premie who stayed in for 18 days 45 years ago! I know how your daughter felt both blessed and afraid at the same time. And I know how you feel now that you’ve been smitten by a grandchild’s prescience. ? welcome to the club. You’re gonna love it! I can’t wait to see Stonegable come alive at the holidays when he’s up and zooming around. ?

  82. Oh, Yvonne, such a precious bundle! Baby grands are THE BEST! I know your GiGi heart feels like exploding! Praying the Lord brings Anderson into full health and vitality. May you all enjoy this sweet boy! ❤

  83. Congratulations! It IS a wonderful blessing to be a Grandmother! What a beautiful baby and pray he will continue to improve

    I share the same birth date as Anderson. I am now 82 years old and I only weighed 5 lbs at birth as I arrived a little early also. Have had good health all thru the years and thank God for that. My only grandchild is now almost 18 years old and graduating this school year. What a joy he has been all the 18 years!

  84. You are in for the ride of your life! Our first grandson, Anderson(my maiden name) spent some time in the NICU also. He’s 14 now healthy and HARDY… all 5’8″ and 150 lbs of him! Every minute with him is pure joy. You are going to have so much fun at every stage of his growth. Enjoy! May you all be blessed on this journey.

  85. Congrats Yvonne on this beautiful blessing from God! Praise for the delivery nurse who noticed he was having trouble breathing…her swift action made a difference in the life of Anderson. I thankful for all your blessing and that Anderson’s mom and dad relied on their faith during this trial. This will surely bless them as they raise this child.

  86. Congratulations! I’m a MeMe of 5 (3 grandsons & 2 granddaughters). I couldn’t understand loving anyone more than my own children (1 son & 2 daughters) until I had my 1st grandchild. Enjoy and God Bless your family!

  87. Precious!! Yvonne.
    You are right about your life never being the same. It will be more wonderful than you could even imagine. I am sure you all demonstrated your testimony for the Lord during Anderson’s stay in the hospital.
    We had a similar experience with our 4th grandchild. Our sweet Cate was in the Nic – U for 14 long days. Our family also experienced the blessings your family did. At that time, my daughter had 3 other young children all unde the age of 9. We all pulled together and God worked it out. My daughter stayed with her for many days until exhaustion set in. Then we were able to establish a schedule where one of us was with her around the clock. It became a special time and memory for us all. God has it all in control.
    You will be a wonderful grandmother. I am sure you will be sharing many more memories with us. Grandchildren are the best!!!
    Claudia

  88. So glad all this had a positive outcome. One thing for sure, birth never goes as planned for any of us.

  89. Congratulations to you and your family! What a lovely post, your Thanksgiving will be bountiful and joyful! My grandmother name is Gigi, also

  90. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His tender mercies never come to an end—they are new every morning, new every morning. . . great is your faithfulness oh Lord, great is your faithfulness.” Thanking God with you as someone who was formerly a worker in the NICU and now a missionary!

  91. Congratulations on your precious grandson! I have been blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, 3 boys and one girl! Our daughter had our first grandson when we were only 43 so we feel doubly blessed that hopefully we will be around to maybe meet our great grandchildren some day! She always knew she wanted lots of kids so we feel lucky! I describe grandkids as being the cherry on top! Your new one is so precious! I would love to snuggle with one that little again!

  92. Congratulations! I call grandchildren our rewards for raising children. Enjoy every moment. I will add little Anderson to my prayer list ??

  93. Yvonne, your life will never be the same. Our first was born 17years ago this month. Being a Grammie has made my life richer. Now we have five from 17 to 5. The 5 year old had problems also. I learned then that its not uncommon with little boys. Often times they’re lazier about that.
    Many blessings to you all and years of enjoyment spoiling that sweet little bundsle. Keeping you all in our prayers.

  94. I was thinking of you posting posts daily. Putting things on Instagram and telling us great decor ideas and now my heart goes out to you. You kept up on all your work while your heartstrings were being stretched. Dear a Lord, Thank you for this child given to this family. Keep Anderson growing. Strong. And soon his lungs healthy and whole. Give all involved peaceful sleep. Especially Anderson. Thank you for our StoneGable blog leader who is an inspiration in testimony during trials and triumphs.
    In Jesus Name
    Amen

  95. Awesome! Praise our God for such a blessing. My maiden name is also Anderson! If you think grandchildren are special, wait hold on for the joy when that wonderful blessing provides you with a great grandchild!! I have two of those and one on the way!! Oh the joy!! When our little Adelisa, now age 1, was born she had am-bionic band syndrome. She was missing some fingers and was told that she would not walk. But God!! She is being seen at the Shriners Hospital in Greenville, SC and with braces is now standing and walks when you hold her hand!! So many blessings and things to be thankful for.

  96. Congratulations to you all. Blessings to your 1st grandchild, & when I’ve been asked when we first became grandparents how it feels, my response was ‘it’s instant love’. May you enjoy each moment, GiGi!

  97. Yvonne, congratulations on your first grandbaby! God’s blessings on little Anderson and his family. I know you can’t wait until he is running around Stone Gable laughing and playing.

  98. Yvonne, I was so relieved to see this post. Have had you on my mind and waiting to see all was good with your family and especially Jacquline and Johnathin and baby. What a precious little nose and that hair. Brings back so many memories, as I’m sure it does for you and your husband also. God is so good, enjoy every minute with him and your precious children.

  99. Congratulations! He is absolutely beautifully perfect in every way. Thank. You for the prayer. I will start saying that over my grandson who was born early 3 years ago and my granddaughter just born the end of September. Bless you and yours. Saying prayers.

  100. Sounds like Anderson was in a big hurry to meet his loving and doting family! God bless Anderson and his whole family!

  101. Congratulations on the birth of your precious grandson. Two of our grandsons were born early. They are 18 and 15 now and they are wonderful boys. There is nothing that compares to being a grandmother. They have your heart from the moment of conception. Enjoy him and treasure each moment. God bless.

  102. You know what? That is one cute baby boy! I know you will take deep breaths and enjoy every moment as he grows. It goes by so fast. My first grandchild will soon be playing in her 3rd State Volleyball Championship and we continue to savor every moment.
    You have sssooo much too look forward to 🙂 Thank you for sharing and we all rejoice with you!

  103. What a beautiful story! I am so thankful Anderson has done so well. God bless you all.
    There is a question I ask “new” grandmas. The reason I ask it is because when I held my first grandchild for the first time, I was very aware of what I was feeling right at that moment, and it made me wonder if all grandmas felt like I did when they held their first grandchild for the first time.
    So, Anita, how did you feel the first time you held Anderson? What was going through your head and through your heart? I would love to know your response.
    Again, God bless you all.
    And P.S. Our 18th grandchild is expected in March of 2017. Praise the Lord!!!!

    1. Holding my grandson for the first time was overwhelming. He was less than one hour old and I was thinking this child is my child’s child.And he is also part of me! Of course we did lots of praying too!

  104. Yvonne, so happy for you! What a precious little bundle of love God has given you to love and pray for. Such a sweet little guy! Just love his “big” name! We will pray that God will continue to heal Anderson. God Bless you all!

  105. Oh, Yvonne. What a little sweetie. It is amazing what they do to your heart, even if you have been forewarned! I have experienced the tenuous preemie situation, both as a mom and as a grandma. Without the Lord on our side, the rollercoaster of emotions and thoughts could really do us in. I will be praying that little Anderson will grow into his name’s meaning: a manly, brave warrior. God bless!

  106. Welcome to the wonderful world of being a grandma, Yvonne! The blessings u r already experiencing r beyond words. Like u, our first grandchild arrived early & he was in the NICU eleven days. What a faith-building time for all our family. He is almost eight years old now & his sweet Mama has had two more babies who were also born @ 36 weeks. We r all SO very thankful for the incredible doctors & NICU staff! May your precious little one touch all of your lives in amazing ways. As the song says, “A Baby Changes Everything”…especially the birth of the Lord. May u & your family have a blessed Thanksgiving & Christmas!

  107. What a wonderful story of this little bundle of love. Yvonne, I know your heart is bursting in joy and it brings back great memories of my one and only grand child as she came into the world. Welcome little Anderson, you will be much loved!!

  108. Congratulations to the Pratt household ,what a beautiful baby boy. Anderson is so blessed to have such wonderful grandparents. Enjoy everyday with your little miracle Yvonne, they grow all to fast. This past weekend we had the opportunity to have our two granddaughters spend the night with us. Wonderful memories were made ,the girls iced cupcakes, played in the freshly raked leaves in the yard, read their favorite story books, played hide and seek, and went to the attic and discovered hidden treasures from their Mom’s cildhood. Our children are our rainbows and are grandchildren are our pots of gold. God bless you and your family.

  109. Dearest Gigi…this Mimi to 5 knows the feelings you describe. Anderson will be loved by many but especially by you! So thankful the Lord is ever faithful and yours prayers are being answered!

  110. So happy about all of your blessings, especially your first grand!! Anderson is so fortunate and you are one proud GiGi!! We will continue to pray for him as well as y’all and all those NICU babies and their parents!! Our Father God is watching over all of us and we so appreciate Him all the time!! Welcome to the grands club!! I too always keep my wonderful grands close to me (5) & love our daughters even more because of them, along with their husband’s of course!! Have so much fun with him this wondrous holiday season!!

  111. Yvonne you will never be the same are great words. O the love of a Grandmother. Prayers for all of you. I have twelve on Earth and one with Heavenly Father. Such blessings never to be taken for granted. Congrats

  112. Oh my, a beautiful grandson. I told you nobody can describe the love of a grandchild until they are born. Your in a very elite club. My first grandson stayed in the general nursery for a week, that was stressful but the NICU is a completely different story. Thank the Heavenly Father ,you precious baby is home. Blessings .

  113. Congratulations to your family. Such a beautiful little boy. I truly understand the range of emotions you have experienced. My poor daughter-in-law just couldn’t seem to have a “normal” pregnancy but has given us 3 beautiful grandchildren. Their first daughter was born at 28 weeks. Ava will be 5 this month and is our healthy girly girl. Her sister, Ruthie was full term but we new early in the pregnancy that she had a heart block. She now has a pacemaker and much to her father’s dismay is our most adventurous and daring grandchild. She was three this past June. Our first grandson, Bennett, was born at five weeks early this past September and spent five days in the NIC-U. He is growing like a weed. Thankfully they have promised that three children is all they plan to have…lol. We tease them for what they put us through….. but always thank God for his many, many blessings. I shouldn’t leave out our other two granddaughters, Taylor and Claire. Just plain, old normal pregnancies…..whew. So happy for you and your family and the wonderful times ahead.

    P.S. Yours is one of my favorite blogs 🙂

  114. He is just precious!! Thank you for sharing his story and some of his photos with us. I’m not a grandmother yet, but it is one of the things that I’m most looking forward to in my life.

  115. Grandchildren are an incredible and priceless gift from God. To watch your children raise them up to be strong in their Faith and servers of Christ is an added blessing. We had 2 sons and now have 2 amazing daughter-in-laws, 6 granddaughters and 1 grandson, ages 13 to 15 months. They are our ultimate joy. We are so blessed and praise the Lord everyday for his goodness and grace.

    May Anderson be the first of many to fill your beautiful home and family with years of happiness and blessings.

    I enjoy your blog and the passion and love of home and family that you share. Special Blessings to you all.

  116. Welcome to the best club ever, “Grandparents Club”. There is nothing like it! Grandson’s always melt grandmother’s heart, I have 5 grandson’s and my heart is overflowing!! God Bless Anderson and his family.

  117. Congratulations GiGi Yvonne to you and your family! Anderson is a beautiful baby boy and a very special blessing. He’s very photogenic for his young age too! 🙂

    We were twice blessed in August of 2014 with our 1st & 2nd grandchildren . . . twin girls! They were born 4 weeks early, the larger one Sadie (4 lbs 15 oz) did fine but her little sister Lily (4 lbs 2 oz) also had slightly underdeveloped lungs and spend a week in the NICU. Not the plan they had envisioned either. Mommy & Sadie on one floor of the hospital and little Lily up in the NICU, where Sadie was not allowed to go until she was released from the hospital. Once Mommy & Sadie were released it was many trips back and forth from home to hospital to spend time with Lily. So tiring and stressful! However like your J and J, my son and daughter-in-law took it all in stride, counted their blessings and were also very thankful that Lily was also one of the healthiest in the NICU.

    Now the girls are very busy two year old toddlers . . . their parents are still tired and stressed but also twice blessed! 🙂

  118. Oh how precious is this grand baby and how wonderful are Gods plans for us. Congratulations to your family from Alabama. While you are praying for and praising this wonderful gift, please pray for one for my family. My son and his wife so want a child so badly and it appears it just isn’t going to happen for them – I’m praying for a miracle.

  119. Yvonne – Congratulations on your Angel Baby! He is precious. BUT GOD – These are words that I always speak – HE is awesome, present, faithfull and ALWAYS so good! Praise HIS name!

  120. Your new grandbaby is just beautiful! I know the days he spent in the hospital were very hard for you and your family. I’m so happy for you and so thankful that your daughter has the Lord in her life to give her His strength and peace.

  121. Congratulations!! What a beautiful baby boy. Being a grandmother is a special blessing. Thanks for sharing your story and may it be a blessing and encouragement to others.

  122. Oh. My. Goodness! He is so adorable and indeed precious! Isn’t being a grandparent just the greatest? Enjoy every moment!

  123. congratulations! Praying for God’s blessings on your entire family! to Anderson: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He shine His face upon you and be gracious to you and give you peace. May the Lord Lift His countenance upon you. May He grant you favor with God and man!

  124. I am just reading about your sweet grand baby! Congratulations! Nothing is more fun than being a Nana/Gigi! I love being close to my grandchildren….same town, and they went to the same elementary school that I taught at! They sure keep you busy and young! I hope your little one is doing great now!

  125. Oh my what a beautiful little guy! Being a grandparent will bring you more joy than you can possibly know. Congratulations to you ALL!!!

  126. Congratulations on being a grandmother. He is beautiful and you are indeed blessed. The strength your daughter showed was such a wonderful testament to how well you raised her. Blessings to your whole family and welcome to the wonderful world of being a grandparent.

  127. Congratulations!! Anderson is beautiful! I have two grand children; Lane age 4, Aavah age 2 1/2, I too will never be the same person ? Our grandson was born with a rare genetic disorder; MECP2, basically his DNA duplicated itself. The doctors told his all these things Lane will never be able to do but as we know theirs a Great Physician! Lane can sit up now and hold his sippy cup, this is a huge accomplishment! He’s still working on learning to walk & talk, God willing it will happen. The greatest blessing is that Lane is a happy child! He always smiles and he loves his little sister Aavah (she is crazy about him) and he can ‘communicate’ his needs to his parents & I without the spoken word. When he was diagnosed after birth I never dreamed I could look at any part of his diagnosis as a blessing but our God is good and Lane is truly a gift from God!

  128. Congratulations to the whole family! Anderson is a BEAUTIFUL BABY! I am so very happy to read about your daughter’s wisdom in the situation that confronted the family. It made me pray for all of you immediately. GOD is GOOD! The new parents will treasure their miracle all the more for his first “adventure” in the world. May God bless you all! Enjoy being GiGi! (LOVE that name!)

  129. Such a beautiful little boy! Thank you for sharing these personal moments with us. Our tiniest blessings are often the mightiest. All the best to the new parents.

  130. Congratulations! He’s beautiful! A gift from God. Enjoy being a grandmother. One of the greatest gifts in life!

  131. Congratulations on your little man & prayers that he will continue to do well.
    I have 7 Grands & my greatest joy 2 Great Grands that I care for daily.
    What a blessing …. know you are filled with joy!

  132. Yvonne…what a beautiful little boy and blessing for your family. The holidays will certainly bring a lot more joy for your family.
    Can’t wait for the day I am a Nana.

  133. Congratulations! And make sure to take care of baby’s Mommy, too, it can take a long time to process emotions and recover from a traumatic birth- especially for a first time mom. But, who am I talking to? I bet you are already on top of that 🙂

  134. I have just discovered u on Pinterest. And yes we speak the same language. I am on vacation at the moment for a few days of get away and recharging and was having my quiet time while my husband slumbers. I love just the little I have begun to read. The memorization verse is wonderful… one I have been praying for my adult children and myself. I want to be closer to the Father. ❤️ This is in response to the precious pic of your grandson. What a precious angel…. truly a blessing!!!! I am not sure how old he is now but pray he is well. Now I plan to delight myself in reading all the wonderful posts I see from u. Thank u for sharing your world and your faith. I feel like I have made a new friend. ?Beverly

  135. He is adorable congratulation grandma grandpa and family, grandchildren are a gift from god for sure. I’ve been blessed with 6 beautiful granddaughters! Bless your new little bundle of joy and your family!!

  136. Congratulations on your beautiful little grandson!!! So charming…. My little granddaughter Eden was born 11/3….they are gifts to the world….Live and Blessings to you all …..

  137. Yvonne, I’ve been a reader of your blog since the beginning. Congratulations on an absolutely beautiful grandson. We have three grandsons and they have made our world full of wonder and joy in our ‘old age’! 🙂 We pray for them, too, that they will love God with all their minds, strength and heart. But I have to share that your post touched me in another way too. I have recently been diagnosed with cancer–it has turned our world upside down. But we believe God is sovereign and while there have been many detours and bumps in the road, I loved what your daughter said to you. I get discouraged easily, but am trying to look for ways to praise Him–simply because of who He is and for His love and care for me. I was glad to be reminded of the phrase “But God”. He can do far more than we ask or think. Thanks for posting.

  138. Congratulations on your new grandson! He is so precious and I know you and your family are thankful for his arrival and for the new addition to your family! I love his name – I’ve always thought it was great when people have a maiden name they can use as a name for their children. Blessings to little Anderson and to you and your family…..

  139. He looks so big already! Our 7th grandchild, a little boy, was born October21. You are going to love this whole Gigi thing – and little Anderson is so fortunate to have a praying Gigi! He is BLESSED! Beyond measure!

  140. I sit here with tears in my eyes… “But God…” Yes, two of the sweetest words in the English language. Thank you… thank you for bringing glory to God through this post. Thank you for being bold in your faith and being willing to be transparent in your trials. Thank you for counting, and listing, your blessings! Our God is good, all the time, even when it doesn’t look like it to our finite minds!

    My first grand baby (a boy) just turned 15 months. They are a taste of Heaven, here on Earth, aren’t they?

    How is Anderson doing?Praying for you all, right now!

    1. Hi Julie, congratulations on our grandson too! I spent this past week with Anderson and he is doing very well! Still on an apnea machine but he is breathing so much better.Thank you for your prayers and asking. I just can’t get enough of him!

  141. Congratulations on the birth of your first grandchild. He is beautiful! I pray for his continued improvement. Grandchildren are such blessings and Anderson is blessed to have you for his Gigi! We’ve have 5 grandsons and 2 great grandsons, each one special in their own way!! Enjoy!

  142. I am so glad your grand baby was blessed by our Lord and will share in the celebration of our Lord this Christmas. God is good!

  143. Praise the Lord! He is good! From one Gigi to another-Congratulations, Yvonne! You are right-your life will never be the same again! Best Christmas present ever!!!

  144. You have been so blessed….. hug him, laugh with him, teach him how to fold his hands in prayer….I have been blessed with two grandsons and two granddaughters….nothing like it……and remember that when your not with them God is! Enjoy GiGi!

  145. Precious sweet child of God
    Makes me smile yet my heart bleeds as my daughter just lost her precious baby girl at 5 1/2 months
    Healing takes time

  146. We went through the same thing with my now 5 year old grandson, the superb NIC-U, Nurses, Hospital, Family and Friends, he had SVT heart problems he grew out of within a year. He is in Kindergarten at the top of his class and a JOY to ALL

  147. Yvonne – Congrats on little Anderson, the one you have been waiting on and praying for! Babies are blessings in life. Anderson has a special GiGi, too! He will change you in ways you’ve never imagined and you will be a great influence in his life. My maternal grandmother was a darling – and I tagged her GeeGee. All the cousins followed suit and we called her this term of endearment all of her long life. She was special in my life while growing up, and I cherish all she taught me.

  148. Congratulations! I love his name and he certainly is adorable. I am hoping and praying with time
    he will lose all his special medical concerns and be a happy healthy little guy. I have one grand daughter
    Lily and I know what you mean. She is the light of my life!

  149. Congratulations’ He is precious. Thankful that he is home. Enjoy him. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are a wonderful blessing. I have 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and another one due in June 2017.

  150. Your daughters response shows you have done a good job.. MANY are being blessed by your faith. We all have to work together to encourage and build up each other. So glad there are different ways to do this. Thanks for helping so many others.

  151. I don’t know how I missed this blog article until now – – too busy I guess. I was going back through this month’s articles to make sure I hadn’t missed any. I’m glad I did.

    He is so beautiful and precious and I hope by now all is well and that the whole family has a wonderful first Thanksgiving and Christmas with him.

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