Let's Start at the Very Beginning...

On September 15th, Katy and Andy found out that Baby Jacob has a life-threatening condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). CDH is a very serious condition in which a hole in the diaphragm allows abdominal organs to move into the chest restricting lung development. In Jacob's case, his liver is also squishing his heart and displacing other organs. CDH occurs in about 1 out of every 3,000 pregnancies and has a mortality rate of 50%. To make matters more complicated, Jacob has Right-Sided CDH which only occurs in about 10% of CDH cases and is typically more severe. They are so blessed to have found this out when they did, or Baby Jacob would have surely died at birth.

They will be delivering at UW Hospital in Seattle and later transferred to Seattle Children’s. Thank you to everyone who has already begun praying, and everyone who will now. Baby Jacob is blessed to have all of you thinking and praying for him.

Happy Half Birthday, Sweet Jacob!

Apr 25, 2012

 "The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." Psalm 28:7 

The Lord has been so good to us!  We are so very blessed to have our little Jakey! His smile is infectious and oh, so heart warming. His eyes are so full of love. I can't tell you how he melts my heart every time I look at him. He is changing every day. He just started putting weight on his legs a little over a week ago and now he is pushing himself up constantly while we are holding him. He has a long way to go when it comes to rolling over or sitting up, but he spent two months in a hospital bed so we'll give him a little more time to catch up. He is getting so good at using his hands to play with his toys and grab things he sees. He squeals with his brother and sister and thinks Hazel is hilarious! Hazel was the one who got Jacob to really crack up for the first time. We managed to get some video, but it just isn't as great as the very first laugh before we could grab the camera.


I'm just so grateful for all that we have. Although the last six months have been the toughest of our lives, we are lucky because it could have been so much more worse. God has blessed us with many small miracles along the way, and this journey has only brought us closer to Him. 

"You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy." Psalm 30:11


  1. Happy, happy half birthday, Jacob. Loved seeing the videos... nothing more beautiful than baby giggles. So wonderful to have a glimpse of your little family, Katy, and your own sweet, grateful laughter. Blessings surely abound.

  2. Thanks for sharing such joyful moments! We rejoice with you.