Monday, April 07, 2008


We are grateful to report that Tovia is doing well and God has clearly been answering our prayers. At the end of this last week we received a particularly wonderful volley of good news. Several tests that had been done to check for various genetic/chromosomal abnormalities came back completely clear. Praise God!
You may remember that we (and the doctors) have been particularly concerned for a swollen small intestine, and this last Saturday's x-rays showed that it has shrunk by about 50% in size. Because of these concerns the doctors have been reluctant to introduce much food into the equation. However, she was started on small feedings of mom's milk over the last week, and we had a happy Sabbath morning phone call to announce that Tovia's plumbing was up and running. This was really good news!

All this good news means that we can keep feeding her and continue to increase the amounts each day as long as she keeps handling it well. It is still a day by day wait, but things look very positive and it looks like we should be able to avoid surgery! We are still expecting Tovia to be in the NICU for a number of weeks, but we are thankful that she is making progress to be able to come home. Jenny is also feeling a little better each day. Thank you for your many prayers, gifts, and kind words.

Praise God for He is kind.


joshua said...

Toby and Jenny,

So glad to hear this update. Tovia is a beautiful little gal. We will continue to pray.


Angie said...

Great news! Will continue to pray for Tovia.

Anonymous said...

She is so beautiful! I can't wait to meet her. My love to you all!
-Lisa Ann

Jordan Myers said...

What a sweet girl! We're glad to hear that everything is going well. Tovia looks like a tiny Sumpter. What a cutie! Please tell Jenny "Hi!" for me!

Rayia said...

What a perfectly beautiful baby girl! We're so glad to hear the good news and that you all are doing well. Please give Jenny my love and please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

-Rayia Soderberg

Anonymous said...

I think she looks like her daddy.
Becky N.

Carrie said...

What a surprise and blessing that Tovia is doing so well!

Carrie (Joseph H's sister)

Nick said...

A shout of praise from Brooklyn for the blessed news. Great to hear that things are on the rise. Hope to see or talk to you all soon. Love the Kozaks (Nicholas, Lori, Kaiya, Naomi, Isaiah)

Jennifer said...

Okay, this is really weird, but I just met you yesterday! I am Jennifer Pfaffl (taking care of Micah for the week)---I have been getting e-mails from you through Valerie Baronkin for awhile now, but I didn't put two and two together until just now when I checked out your church and then your blog...and saw pics of your baby--WOW! God moves in mysterious ways! I had this last e-mail sitting in my inbox, unopened, for sooo long---and it's funny that if I had opened it any time before today, I would never have know who you were! If it's okay with you, I'm adding your blog link to my blog (