Sunday, March 18, 2012

sunday.

shilo's still intubated, and hanging out in the picu.  i spent the weekend at home with abigail, and jason spent the weekend here.  i will maybe write more about that when my brain feels less mushy.  i have lots of really deep and profound thoughts lost somewhere in all of the medical information that's also jam-packed into my head.
but for now, i feel somewhat refreshed, and extremely thankful for the amazing friends and body of believers we are a part of.  oh, and i really like my three year old.  there's nothing to help you relax after three weeks in the hospital like a conversation about nipples, chest, and naming off each of her friends so i could correlate which mama breast-fed that particular friend.

113 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you were able to rest and spend some much needed time with sweet Abigail. Keeping your family in prayer.

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  2. Thinking of you all. You're amazingly strong and beautiful. :)

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  3. Sending your family lots of support and strength.

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  4. You are so beautiful and so strong. You are in my thoughts. Best wishes.

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  5. So much light and love to you and yours, I hope you know how inspiring your strength is, and how much we are praying for you

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  6. I just read about your story from Love Bomb. It's the worst when your child is sick and in need of surgery (been there, done that) so I wanted to stop in and say that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you!!

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  7. your love and family are in my prayers <3

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    1. Lovebombing you to tell you that your family is in my thoughts. I wish you all the best for your child.

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  8. Stay strong! It's great to hear about the joy of children. Sending good vibes to your family.

    Love, Emma

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  9. Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

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  10. Sending lots of love and prayers your way!

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  11. Thoughts and prayers to your family. I've seen some really amazing things happen in the past week through the power of prayer and families, friends and even strangers coming together sending good vibes.

    I hope you get that well deserved vacation in the summer, all four of you together, how it should be.

    Best wishes.

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  12. Thinking of you guys... I'm sending you all strength! :)

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  13. Much love. Sending you love and light. Stay strong. I don't have any children and can't imagine what you are going through. I pray that you and you family will pull through this. *big hugs*

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  14. I really hope everything works out in the best ways possible, and I've got you and your family in my thoughts.

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  15. I'm praying for your family!!!

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  16. I am from Love Bomb also. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your beautiful daughter.

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  17. Lots of prayers, blessings and love your way!
    Keep strong xxx

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  18. Thinking about you and your family and sending you love.

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  19. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. xoxoox

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  20. Wishing you strength during this difficult time!

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  21. I am sending you and your family and especially Shilo an abundance of love and light, and many loving wishes for a successful surgery.

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  22. So much love and prayers for your incredible family.
    <3

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  23. May your daughter have a successful surgery and get well to come home with the rest of your family, stronger and brighter than ever.

    ~Nicole
    from The Madlab Post

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  24. Visiting from Heidi and Love Bomb, we're sending prayers, love and strength for the days ahead. God Bless you all.

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  25. You are doing all that you can by simply being there, loving with all your heart, and praying for the best. I went through many hospital stays as a child, and no matter what I was going through, just having my mom at my side gave me the strength and courage to know everything would be all right.

    You are surrounded by support and well wishes (as you will soon find out if you haven't already, you've been Love Bombed!) We are all pulling for you and your family! Keep being the amazing mom that you are!

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  26. Three-year-olds are always a good time (with the possible exception of when they're tired or cranky). I'm glad you got a chance to rest and recharge a little bit. I know it's a real strain to try to balance a sick child with everything else that needs to be done because I watched my parents go through it - and in their case it was easier because I didn't have anything so serious. I hope Shilo's surgery goes smoothly so you can relax a little more, without worrying too much about medical issues. You guys and your sweet little girls (both of them) will be in my prayers.

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  27. Praying for peace of heart and mind for you and your husband, wisdom and skill for the doctors, restful healing for Shilo, and boundless joy for Abigail. Your family and your story is close to my heart, although we have never met. May you be richly blessed!

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  28. I'm sending up prayers for your little one. May God bless you!

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  29. I am so sorry for all that you are going through with baby Shilo. I am going to continue to pray for you, your family, and all the doctors that are caring for this lil' one. I believe in the power of prayer, so I am going to ask all those I know to offer up prayers, too.

    As a parent of two children with severe chronic/persistent medical issues, I know the struggles you are going through. I am offering you this little poem/prayer to help ease some of this.

    "The Blessings of Patience and Comfort"

    Realizing my helplessness,
    I'm asking God if He will bless
    The thoughts you think and all you do
    So these dark hours you're passing through
    Will lose their grave anxiety
    And only deep tranquility
    Will fill your mind and help impart
    New strength and courage to your heart.

    So take the Savior's loving hand
    And do not try to understand -
    Just let Him lead you where He will
    Through pastures green and waters still,
    And though the way ahead seems steep,
    Be not afraid for He will keep
    Tender watch through night and day,
    And He will hear each prayer you pray.

    So place yourself in His loving care
    And He will gladly help you bear
    Whatever lies ahead of you
    For there is nothing God can't do...
    So I commend you into God's care,
    And each day I will say a prayer
    That you will feel His presence near
    To help dissolve your every fear.

    by Helen Steiner Rice

    I am also sending you friendship wrapped in a huge "Cyber" Hug and my support.

    God bless you all!

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  30. I really admire the way you are staying positive and thankful during what must be a very difficult time. You are a great example of trust and faith! Sending lots of love and prayers your way!

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  31. Sending you strength and love!

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  32. Wishing all of the best to you and your family.

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  33. So beautiful to read about the love in your family. It touches me deeply to know how family can support eachother going through times that no-one should have to go through. I can just try to imagine what you are going through, it must be so hard. I wish you all the strenght to all of you, kid get well soon!!! And let the love you express nurture you thrugh all. Warm heart Anna

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  34. Thinking of you...

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  35. Sending you and your family prayers and lots of love and light.

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  36. Sending love, prayers, joy and hope to you and your amazing family. Your love and dedication to your husband and daughters is so obvious. Praying that God will give you moments of peace, joy and rest during this difficult time. God Bless!

    Love from a love-bombing stranger in California,

    Erin

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  37. Ginger Barnaby DeMossMarch 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Praying for you and Shilo and your family. My son Kaleb had his AV canal surgery back in November he was in for 25 days afterwards(about 20 days more than expected)....I remember the pain of not being able to hold my child....keep talking to her, she knows you are there and love her<3

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  38. Your a great mom hang in there. Sending you prayers!

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  39. Praying for healing for Shilo and for rest for you and your husband!

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  40. Sending a lot of love and good thoughts to you and yours as you prepare for this surgery. COntinue to be strong but also lean on those close to you for help during this hard time. I will keep you all in my prayers. Take care!

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  41. Sending oodles of love and light to you, sweet Shilo, Abigail, and Jason, to give each of you strength and comfort during this difficult time. xoxo, c

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  42. I can tell by your up beat post, that you have been transformed by the renewing of your mind. You carry a peace that passes all understanding into that PICU with you. ( I didint mean to rhyme, I do that some time). There is no doubt in my heart that you are making an impact on that hospital full of people longing for,Love,hope,and healing. God LOVES you like crazy, Abi, Jason, and sweet little Shilo too. He is so honord to call you His, and so so proud of you. Keep living out love as a display for all to see how awesome God is, how awesome you are, and how awesome a family sold out for Christ is. Big big Love and hugs to you and your family from your brother in Christ. Keep it up, God believes in you, and I believe in you.

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  43. Sending love and prayers for your family! Shannon

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  44. It feels like there are so many people in need of love and support and most importantly, prayer, right now. I want you to know your family and especially Shilo will be in my prayers!! A mother's strength, resolve and love for her child are amazing things, and I have to believe that somewhere, in someway, Shilo is aware of your presence. Hang in there! We'll be praying that you are showered with love and that God strengthens your faith and gives you grace to handle all of this! And 3 cheers for Shilo to come out well and stronger on the other end!! Hip-hip-hooray!

    God bless!
    - jonathan -

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  45. Sending prayers to you and your family - hoping that you have lots of love and light *hugs* (Love Bomb)

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  46. I'm so sorry to hear about beautiful Shilo's illness! Riley's is one of the best places in the world for her to be, though. I actually work on the campus Riley's is on, so if you need anything, my email is attached to this, and it would be my pleasure to help in any way possible. Please do take advantage of it if you feel it may ease your burden a little.

    Much love,
    Angie

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  47. Big love to you and your family!

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  48. I wish you and your family the very best. Keep up the amazing strength. You have done so well and I know you'll be able to make the best out of the situation. You can do it. You are strong. Shilo is a beautiful child and I will keep her in my thoughts.

    Lots of love,
    Connie

    dropalovebomb.com

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  49. Stephanie- Love BombMarch 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Sending you lots of love, such a beautiful family with a beautiful story.
    Your family are in my prayers.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  50. Prayers to you and your beautiful family. Glad to hear you got some time to rest--take care of yourself.

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  51. So so sorry about all you have to go through. But your struggles are never in vain. Sending so much love your way!

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  52. Keep holding on! What a blessing your little girl has to have such an unwavering mother who loves her so much! Sending prayers your way for peace, a successful surgery, and a quick recovery. Sending hugs!

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  53. Jehovah makes the impossible possible - I am sure you see that when look into the eyes of your little ones! You have such a lovely family. You are an inspiration and blessing! (Sending prayers up and hugs your way)

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  54. Your children are beautiful. I peeked at your blog a bit and snickered at the adoption (is she yours?) comments you posted about. One of our children is also adopted, so I get it!
    Sending your love, prayers, and hugs to all of you from Wisconsin!

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  55. You are so loved and blessed! <3

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  56. I am praying for you and your family.

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  57. Praying for Shiloh, I hope everything goes smoothly and you can feel at peace.

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  58. Sending lots of love and lots of hug to your family and little Shilo. Its the small ones that have more strength than any of us can imagine. <3

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  59. Be strong, hild on, and know you have plenty of people thinking about you and wishing you love and positivity and strength. You are not alone.

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  60. Hold on- always in the knowledge that so often we cannot see the greater things at work that God controls-hoping for strength for all of you....have faith xx

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  61. What a BEAUTIFUL tiny life you're part of! <3 Hang in there mama, it sounds like you are incredible!

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  62. "Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together
    when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength"
    Love Sarah x

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  63. sending you and your family lots of love and support! keep up your amazing strength during this time.

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  64. Thinking of you and wishing you strength and love.

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  65. Sending much love and prayers from our family to yours. I love the picture on your blog - our son (now 15 with Down syndrome) had long hair as an infant, too. Hang in there - it gets better!!! -Jo & Family

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  66. Sending love and healing thoughts to you and your family. May you find strength through your faith and love for each other.

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  67. I just want to tell you that Shilo and her family will be in my prayers. Remember that God is with you and will never let you down. I hope everything comes out just fine and Shilo will be home soon.
    Receive lots of love from Mexico.

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  68. Sending love & prayers your way! May God bless baby Shilo and help her have a successful surgery, and speedy recovery.

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  69. God Bless you! My prayers are with you! I know that God will protect you! I love you and look forward to hearing about your recovery.

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  70. I am sending your baby love and prayers. I had a sister who had Cornelia de Lange syndrome and had to have open heart surgery the day she was born prematurely. I feel for you and your family, knowing the struggle and pain my parents went through during the first few years of her life. I wish Shiloh the best and hope that you all are able to be a happy family very soon. You are an amazing mother and a beautiful human being.

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  71. Sending you lots of love and strength through this difficult time xx

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  72. You are a great mom! Love your beautiful family - even without meeting you. Praying for sweet baby Shilo and your family -- have been since you entered the hospital all those weeks ago. God will give you what you need for each moment -- praying for peace, protection, strength, healing, compassionate and competent drs and nurses -- and that you will feel your heavenly Father carrying you through this. So sorry you are having to be in this place...you are loved. Lisa

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  73. May the Lord show the strength you need to get through this difficult time and may the Lord work through your child to show you the way to his strength. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! God Bless you! Put this child in the Lord's hands and allow him to do what is best for this child.

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  74. Stay strong. Sending you lots of love!

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  75. Wow. I can't believe how much you and your daughters have to deal with, and the grace and strength you're facing those challenges with. You're quite an inspiration. I'm sending you hope and love. Take care.

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  76. Thinking of you guys! You're all so strong and wonderful and courageous.

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  77. Staying close to our beloved ones is the most important thing of all and I'm certain your children couldn't be feeling more loved than she is feeling now. May this World be filled with people like you: caring, supportive and tender to our toddlers and may your love and heart be strong enough to get through this hardship.

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  78. Love your positive attitude. Stay strong!

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  79. Sending prayers of strength and healing for your whole family. God bless!

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  80. I'll keep your little one in my thoughts. I'm sure she's in good hands. Stay strong during these hard times. *Hugs*

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  81. Sending you and your family love and prayers at this time.

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  82. Wishing Shilo a good surgery with a fast, healthy recovery and all the best to you and your family:) Take care. Peace and love.

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  83. Dear Andrea,

    It's tough to see what you and your family are going through at the moment. I pray that the grace & peace of God and the love of Jesus will both fill and keep your hearts warm in the darkest times.

    The Love Bomb squad is rooting, praying, hoping, wishing and believing with you that OHS will be a success for little Shilo.

    Take heart, Andrea. We love you all.

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  84. Sending lots of love and healing light to your family! You are all amazing, god bless you all!
    xoxox
    petra

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  85. You are an amazing family. With your friends, family and the trust in your own strength you will manage this crisis and come out stronger and more grateful for the gift of life than ever before.
    All the best for all of you.

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  86. Wishing a healthy, swift recovery for your little one. You are in my thoughts, sending you lots of love.x

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  87. Sending my best to your family, I hope all goes well with the surgery and that the rest of the family can keep each other smiling!

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  88. May every breath bring you peace and love. Sending healing thoughts and prayers to your family.

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  89. I am keeping your Shilo and you and the rest of your family in my prayers for healing. God bless you xx

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  90. Wishing your family nothing but peace and love. Stay strong.

    Jess

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  91. Sending your family thoughts and prayers!!

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  92. You are a strong family. Thank you for sharing your journey - know that there are so many of us right behind you & praying with you. Keep the faith X x

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  93. Hang in there. This will only make you and your family closer and stronger.
    I know it must be very difficult but please stay positive. You will be in my prayers. She will heal. May God bring you peace and comfort during this temporary struggling time.
    Much love.

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  94. Hey there guys. Just thought I'd send some love your way :) keep strong!

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  95. You guys are amazing. You guys can do this.
    Praying for you,
    Allissa

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  96. Terry from ArkansasMarch 23, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    I wish you and your family all the best as you face this crisis in your lives. Rest assured that your children (everyone!) knows that you are doing everything that a body can possibly do - and the LOVE! I can almost feel it from here. Be strong - as I can see that you are - and remember to take one day at a time - or one hour or one minute or one moment - whatever it takes to survive! I send my love and support your way and pray that goes well for you and your family!

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  97. Sending you and your family my love and prayers. God bless!

    Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

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  98. Praying for Shilo that she gets better & is able to come home as soon as possible. Praying for u & ur family for strengh, love & hope. Also praying that her Dr.s realize that they have a beautiful child needing not only thier wisdom of healing, but their comfort as well.. & that her mother has been more than patient w/ them & start showing better bed side manners...U r so strong! Keep faith in ur heart! God bless!

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  99. Wishing you and your family the very best outcome and many happy years together. Your normal-and-boring life is an inspiration.

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  100. Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

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  101. Wishing you strength and calm during this incredibly difficult time. God will never ask more than you can handle.

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  102. I'm team Shilo!!! Stay strong and it seems to me that you have a beautiful family that will draw on each other to get through anything!!

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  103. Thinking of you and your family, especially sweet Shilo! Sending big hugs your way!

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  104. Shilo and your whole family are in my prayers. You will be in my thoughts. Angie xxx

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  105. Sending lots of love and prayers your way, you have a beautiful family xxx

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  106. Sending love and positive thoughts. Shilo and your family are in our prayers!

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  107. I want to wish you all the very best. I am keeping you all in my prayers. You are a very courageous family.
    Sending love and prayers,
    Lu (Drop a Love Bomb)

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  108. I am praying for Shilo, and for you.

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  109. Even though I dont know you personally, I send you total support! I hope you can feel the sincerity and that it helps (:

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  110. *hugs* You have mama strength and you will figure it out.

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  111. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family! Much love to all of you!

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