Friday, March 14, 2008

We're Home!

"You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 118: 28-29

I am very happy to report........COY IS HOME! Sorry for the delay in posting for those who have been checking all day---I didn't have time! All I have to say is "WOW! I'm tired!" Last night (Thursday) Chris and I did "Care by Parent" at the hospital...this was the first time we were Coy's "caretakers" all day & night...it was a very long, but awesome night....

This afternoon we said our bittersweet goodbyes to the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff in the NICU and made, what seemed like forever, our drive home!

We are settling in and are adjusting to having a baby in the house! Today was so surreal. Words can't describe how I am feeling right now.

Please continue to pray for us...pray for all of us to adjust to home life! Pray for Coy to breathe, eat, sleep, pee, poop, and grow...

We are so overwhelmed by all of your love and support!

Here are a few pics from today.......
Leaving the hospital...

We're HOME!



Stretching out in his craddle..

36 comments:

Jenny said...

Darling, just darling! I can't believe the changes since I first started reading your blog! Our God is an awesome God.

Have a great weekend with that little one!

Jen

Destini said...

Yeah! I'm not sure what else to say! Praying for you as always as you make your adjustments having Coy home.

Vicki said...

This is the best entry yet!!!! What an awesome God and what an awesome family you are! Enjoy your time with baby Coy. As others have said before, they grow up way too fast. Love and prayers, Vicki Willis

Allison said...

Wow! I am so happy for you all. The power of God absolutely amazes me. I am so glad your little guy is home!

The Silva's said...

He is absolutely beautiful, and you can see the joy beaming off your and Chris' faces! We are so happy to hear that you are all home safely. God bless all of you as you continue this journey in the surroundings of your own home. Get plenty of rest and take tons of pictures. We look forward to see more updates on Coy and ead sbout all his "firsts".
Prayers will continue to pour over Coy, you and Chris, as well as the rest of your families. Wishing you all the best!
Love,
Megan, Jesse, AJ and Jay (who still prays that Coy will not scribble on the walls)

Anonymous said...

ALL I CAN SAY - "WELCOME HOME COY, WELCOME HOME"!!!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

Anonymous said...

I am sitting here in tears. I dont know you and your family personally but after reading your updates i feel like i do. I am so glad you all are home and prayers are still with you and your family

Anonymous said...

Oh this is wonderful! I read your blog daily and this is the best news I have had in weeks! Please continue your blog, I will miss little Coy if you stop now. He is so fat and cute! God Bless you guys!

debbies311 said...

I've followed Coy's progress with your blog and I'm shedding tears of gratitude and joy for your sweet little family. God truly has blessed you all and we all do pray that Coy will continue to grow to be a strong healthy boy who will be knocking out home runs soon!!
Sincerely,
Suzanne Roberts' Mom
Debbie

Anonymous said...

Just checked your blog after looking at Joseph's and SO HAPPY that Coy is home with you! I can't imagine what that feels like for you both. Praising our Lord!

Anonymous said...

Welcome Home Coy!!!! After staying up until 1:15 am CST looking for your "We're Home" post - I finally went to bed, but was soooooooooooo GLAD to see that you are home. Coy will probably be very glad to be in his own home, quiet, lots of attention, and where he belongs! I cannot wait to see him grow, continue to prove doctors wrong, and enter the "terrible twos!" He is adorable! Hallelujah!

The Hulett Family said...

Welcome home Coy!!! How wonderful it must be to have him home with you both and be able to feel like a family all together. Now you get to experience the joys of all nighters like the rest of us (hahaha). We will continue to pray for Coy's continued healing, his strength and for him to keep growing!!! We will also be praying for you and Chris and your strength. God Bless you guys!! Congrats on being HOME!!

Reyne said...

Congratulations Chris and Ann Marie! I can only imagine the joy you are feeling right now. The pictures are beautiful - your faces are beaming! Coy is a very lucky little boy to be surrounded by such a loving family whose faith has been so strong and unwavering through all the ups and downs. I will pray for you and Coy, that he will continue to grow and mature and that you will all settle into a routine. Cherish him and eachother. God has truly blessed you all and worked miracles in your little boy! Please continue to post so that we can all see his progress. I love reading your blog and all the pictures!
Love and best wishes!
Reyne

Katie C said...

I am so thrilled for your wonderful family! What a fantastic answer to prayer! Coy looks right at home in his cradle.

Renee Miller said...

Congrats Ree and Chris!!! Welcome Home Baby Coy!!!

Amanda said...

I cannot even express the joy and thankfulness in my heart. Thank You Jesus for this big miracle in a little bitty body. Although I have to say in that last picture he looks so big to me! Yeah, Coy! You are such an awesome little guy! I will be praying for your adjustment to life at home.
Love,
Amanda

Anonymous said...

Chad and I have been faithful readers of your blog every day since Coy arrived in December and have prayed for this day to come for so long. We are so happy for all three of you and pray that every thing goes well as you settle in at home. Many Congratulations!! - Julie Hawkins and Chad Brown

The Van Fam said...

What an awesome thing to hear! Me and the rest of the blog-world has waited so long to read a post like this one as I know y'all have waited so long to write one! Welcome home sweet Coy and Mommy and Daddy. I can only imagine the overwhelming joy the two of you must feel. It's exciting for any new parent and quadruple that after 3 months!!! YEA! What a precious gift and what an awesome prayer God has answered!!

We will continue to pray for y'alls strength and endurance and pray that Coy is just as happy to be in a quiet and calm home!!!

Blessings,
The Vandagriff Family

Melissa said...

Wow! Everything about those pictures were so awesome! I'm so happy for you!

Have a wonderful weekend at home!

Melissa

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'm a friend of a friend and I've been following Coy's progress. I am so happy for your family! God is good - all the time! Have fun with your little guy. :)

God Bless!
Kimberly

Lil' Jay & Family said...

Hooray....Praise the Lord! Words can't even begine to describe how happy I am for you family. This was a long time waiting and you have been such a trooper through all the ups and downs. Enjoy every moment of this special time! Always Tracey

Heather said...

Yeah! Congratulations! What an amazing journey ya'll have made, and thanks to God that Coy has been the trooper that he is! I've been checking this blog daily since mid Decemeber, so a part of me feels almost like family even though I only know your sister! Thank you so much for your daily story and keeping us uplifted! Congratulations again to your awesome family! Welcome home Coy!

~Heather R.

Anonymous said...

Crangratulations! Praise the Lord! Coy is finally HOME!!!! Charlie (my 15 month old) is wondering why Mommy is cheering and crying! Enjoy this special time.....you deserve every minute of it. Prayers and love will continue to pour your way!
Ashley (Hayes) Farrell

Anonymous said...

I meant congratulations....not crangratulations! I am just so excited, its hard to type!!!
-Ashley :)

Anonymous said...

This is so awesome... I have been waiting to read this for so long. I am so happy for all of you. God is just amazing!!!

Shari Cagle

The McKees said...

what an amazing journey ya'll have been through. God Bless you and get some rest.
smiles and love,

The McKee gang

Crafty Hoosier Gal said...

CONGRATULATIONS! This is the best blog entry yet!! I am so happy for you, and will continue to pray for little Coy's growth, health and y'alls happiness. Enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

GOD IS AMAZING!! Coy is beautiful and we are all so happy for your family!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Melanie Prevost and family!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Coy! Chris and Ann Marie he is beautiful. God has blessed you both in countless ways and in return you two have blessed us through your faithfulness. Thank you.

Muggle Mom said...

I can't believe this day is finally here!!! It's so exciting! God is AMAZING!!! TIme to fatten up his thighs to go with those cheeks!

Erin said...

God is good yall!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Chris and Ann Marie - God has heard and answered your prayers. Baby Coy has brought so many of us closer to God, he has helped us to remember a reason to pray every day! I am thankful that you have been a part of my life (even though you don't know me, now I feel honored to know you!), and look forward to hearing how baby Coy is growing in grace and strength, and becoming the young man God intends for him to be! God has and will continue to do wondrous things through your little man!

John said...

I am so thankful that you guys are home and well. Kelly has been keeping me up to speed at what is happening! God is so good, even in our hardest of moments and our darkest of souls... He somehow finds a way to give us exactly what we need.

blessings and peace-- hopefully we can see each other soon

john

deniece kelley said...

I have kept up with all of your progress through Aunt Veniece and of course Kathy's emails. Words can't express the joy I have for all of you. I reported in my Sunday School Class about Coy's homecoming. You should have seen the smiles. Many have been following your blog and were aware of the homecoming. They have been praying all along as we have and are not surprised by God's amazing love and His miracles. You all will be in our continued prayers. Know that we love you and look forward to the day we can see all of you. Until that time comes we wish you a very smooth transition from the hospital to home. Love always, Deniece

Todd Kolkhorst said...

Chris and ree...
I just now got back in college station, from being in colorado for spring break. I knew coy was coming home on friday, but was so upset i couldn't read the blog. The first thing I did when i walked in the door was come to my computer and read the words "we're home!" I busted into tears. Maybe it's because I am tired from a 19 hour car ride, but i think it's because now i can say it...

This is God's victory, and I am so glad so many of us can rejoice in it with yall!

Love yall both so much! He's home! he's home! he's home!

-Todd

Anne said...

We are so HAPPY for you guys. I have been keeping up with your blog; a friend of mine shared it with me. Sorry we never got to say good buy, but Vincent was discharged on March 1st. He too is doing very well. It is hard to believe "our" due date of March 28th is nearing in a short 10 days. Who would have thought!?! Our family will con't to pray for y'all. God Bless,
Anne & Brian