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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #45 on: August 29, 2010, 09:26:41 PM »
Lord have mercy!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #46 on: September 01, 2010, 11:00:24 PM »
Hosanna Maryam was born at 12:03 p.m. today! 4 pounds, 5 ounces. She is a beautiful gift from God! I am deeply grateful for everyone's prayers and encouragement. Please continue to lift little Hosanna up to God. She has a few hurdles to overcome right now, but we know she is divinely blessed. I will keep you apprised of her progress.

My wife is doing fine. She is my hero, and the bravest and most beautiful woman I know. I don't deserve these tremendous blessings. The mercy of God endureth forever.

(BTW, we changed our baby's name slightly after learning that in Ethiopian Orthodox tradition it is not repsectful to name a baby's first name after Our Lady the Virgin St. Mary. Our Priest said "Hosanna Maryam" was a good name, and that we can call her "Hosanna" or "Hosanna Maryam." We will most likely just call her "Hosanna.")

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #47 on: September 01, 2010, 11:12:14 PM »
Congratulations and many years to Hosanna and her family! What a sweet baby girl!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #48 on: September 01, 2010, 11:13:57 PM »
Thank you for updating us! I have been thinking and praying about your guys most of the day. She is a beautiful girl! What a blessing!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #49 on: September 01, 2010, 11:51:46 PM »
What a beautiful girl!  And I love the name Hosanna!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2010, 02:13:23 AM »
Hosanna to the King of Israel.  Hosanna for the King of Israel.  Glory be to God forever.  Amen!

Congratulations!  :)
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2010, 04:32:37 AM »
Congratulations GMK!! God bless little Hosanna Maryam and your entire family. May the Holy Virgin see to it that baby Hosanna Maryam overcome those hurdles you refer to.
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #52 on: September 02, 2010, 07:02:10 AM »
Congratulations.  :) God Bless you all.

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #53 on: September 02, 2010, 08:57:40 AM »
Many Years! What a wonderful little treasure.:)
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #54 on: September 02, 2010, 09:19:22 AM »

Congratulations!  Many, many happy years to the entire family!

Look at all that great hair!

Wishing you all the best!  May God ease her through the hurdles she has to get over, and grant little Hosanna Mariyam and her family many years of health, joy, love and peace!

Lord, have mercy!

Many Years!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #55 on: September 05, 2010, 05:47:02 PM »
Hosanna - what a beautiful name for a beautiful child!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #56 on: September 05, 2010, 08:51:21 PM »
Thank you for sharing. May she be blessed beyond measure for your faithfulness.

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #57 on: September 06, 2010, 12:25:04 AM »
Glory to God!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #58 on: September 06, 2010, 03:04:59 PM »
May God grant little Hosanna Maryam and her parents many years!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #59 on: September 06, 2010, 07:47:43 PM »
Hosanna in the Highest! Congrats on your beautiful daughter! We are expecting a girl in January, please keep us in your prayers.
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #60 on: September 06, 2010, 11:38:03 PM »
Congratulations and Many Years to Hosanna Mariyam!!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #61 on: September 10, 2010, 01:13:48 PM »
Hosanna Maryam was born at 12:03 p.m. today! 4 pounds, 5 ounces. She is a beautiful gift from God! I am deeply grateful for everyone's prayers and encouragement. Please continue to lift little Hosanna up to God. She has a few hurdles to overcome right now, but we know she is divinely blessed. I will keep you apprised of her progress.

My wife is doing fine. She is my hero, and the bravest and most beautiful woman I know. I don't deserve these tremendous blessings. The mercy of God endureth forever.

(BTW, we changed our baby's name slightly after learning that in Ethiopian Orthodox tradition it is not repsectful to name a baby's first name after Our Lady the Virgin St. Mary. Our Priest said "Hosanna Maryam" was a good name, and that we can call her "Hosanna" or "Hosanna Maryam." We will most likely just call her "Hosanna.")

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #62 on: September 10, 2010, 04:04:59 PM »
Congratulations!   ;D  God bless.   :angel:

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #63 on: September 12, 2010, 12:06:00 AM »
First, let me say how grateful our family is for all of the prayers, encouragement, and support from so many of you on this forum. We have felt your prayers, and we know that God is hearing and answering them.

We received Hosanna's test results on Friday. She has Trisomy 18, which is also known as Edwards Syndrome. The statistics are discouraging: newborns have a 40% chance of surviving to age 1 month; infants have a 5% chance of surviving to age 1 year; and there is a 1% chance of surviving to age ten. But there have been rare instances where people with Trisomy 18 have lived to be 27 years old.

It seems that Hosanna will have severe mental retardation, and we already know that she has a congenital heart defect. There are also many other potential problems that can accompany Trisomy 18.

That being said, we know that God is bigger than statistics. Little Hosanna Maryam is a beautiful little baby with the sweetest disposition. She has such a soft little cry, and is not fussy at all. She sleeps, stretches, yawns, and cries a little when she is hungry. My wife has been able to successfully breast feed her, but Hosanna usually drinks breast milk from a bottle because she burns too many calories if she breast feeds every time. Her weight has been fluctuating between about 4 pounds 2 ounces and 4 pounds.

We are going to love Hosanna and care for her the best we can, trusting God one day at a time. The hardest thing to deal with is all the uncertainty and the unknowns. But she is a blessing from God, and I can tell that she is surrounded by angels. I know that she is already God's servant, bringing glory to Him and reminding us of the beauty, fragility, and sanctity of human life.

Again, please know how much we appreciate all your prayers and kind words of wisdom and support. I will keep you updated on little Hosanna's progress and development.


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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #64 on: September 12, 2010, 12:35:01 AM »
Thank you so much for updating us. You will continue to be in my prayers.

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #65 on: September 13, 2010, 09:19:27 AM »
Congratulations, and many many years to your whole family!  She is beautiful!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #66 on: September 13, 2010, 09:23:20 AM »
Inspiring, Gebre!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #67 on: September 13, 2010, 10:06:57 AM »
Lord, have mercy!

May God always watch over your littlest one.

She is so beautiful and happy...it's hard to believe she has any issues, at all.

God bless you and your entire family. 
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #68 on: September 13, 2010, 11:35:18 AM »
That being said, we know that God is bigger than statistics.

Amen.  Everytime I pray to the Blessed Virgin, I'll remember Hosanna.
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #69 on: September 16, 2010, 10:30:40 PM »
That being said, we know that God is bigger than statistics.

Amen.  Everytime I pray to the Blessed Virgin, I'll remember Hosanna.

As will I! Amen!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #70 on: September 17, 2010, 01:44:06 AM »
Hosanna came home today! :)





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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #71 on: September 17, 2010, 02:33:31 AM »
That is a beautiful picture Gebre!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #72 on: September 17, 2010, 07:27:17 PM »
Lord, have mercy!  May God grant you the grace to endure and the blessings to love even in the midst of suffering.
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #73 on: September 17, 2010, 08:29:51 PM »
Very sweet picture! I wish you much strength and courage as you care for Hosanna.
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #74 on: September 17, 2010, 08:46:05 PM »
What a sweet baby.   :)

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #75 on: September 30, 2010, 04:53:50 PM »
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOSANNA!!!

You are now four weeks old! You are already defying the odds (doctors said it was unlikely that you wuld survive one month.) We are so proud of you! You are a blessing to us, bringing peace, joy, love, and light into our home and into our lives. I look at you and see everything that Our Lord would have me become: innocent, pure, completely dependent upon God, and completely open and receptive to love. We know you are in God's hands, and that you will fulfill His purpose for your life. So many people are praying for you! I love you Hosanna Maryam!




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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #76 on: September 30, 2010, 05:03:08 PM »

Happy One Month Birthday Hosanna Maryam!

May the Lord have mercy on you and your family!

What a sweetie!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #77 on: September 30, 2010, 05:24:18 PM »
Precious peace to you, your beloved wife and your precious little girl Hosanna!  Happy Joyous Birthday!! Praise God for His life giving Spirit!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #78 on: September 30, 2010, 05:31:46 PM »
Happy 4 week birthday Hosanna!

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« Reply #79 on: September 30, 2010, 05:45:59 PM »
Happy 4 week birthday! May the Lord permit us to learn of His love for us through our love for her!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #80 on: September 30, 2010, 05:49:01 PM »
What a sweet child.   :angel:  Happy four week birthday! 

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« Reply #81 on: September 30, 2010, 10:40:21 PM »
Glory to God! Many Years to Hosanna Mariam and the parents!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #82 on: September 30, 2010, 10:42:09 PM »
Happy birthday to the darling girl!

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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #83 on: September 30, 2010, 11:09:36 PM »
I know that all your prayers have greatly contributed to her success thus far. Our family is deeply appreciative!


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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #84 on: October 01, 2010, 02:02:48 AM »
Glory to God!

May God bless the little Hosanna Maryam! God grant her many years!

Through the prayers of the Most Holy Theotokos, St. Gebre Menfes Kidus, and all the Saints, have mercy on the little child Hosanna Maryam!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #85 on: October 01, 2010, 03:07:12 AM »
God grant your beautiful Hosanna Maryam many years.
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #86 on: October 01, 2010, 07:46:56 AM »
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #87 on: October 01, 2010, 09:10:18 AM »
Many years!
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #88 on: October 06, 2010, 09:36:18 PM »
May the Lord continue to grant her strength, support, and, above all, the abundant love that He gives you to share with her.
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Re: Please Pray for Baby Mariyam
« Reply #89 on: December 12, 2010, 01:12:02 AM »
Brother in Christ, Gebre and Family:

Having eight children (one of whom has Down Syndrome), we know a little of what you are going through and feeling.  But, thanks be to God, you have the Christian answer.  Keep reminding yourself and your wife about these things and continue to pray to see God's powerful grace in this entire situation.  If you do this you, your wife and Hosanna Mariyam will all be triuphant no matter what the earthly results.  Please know that I and my family will join the others who are praying for you and your precious little girl.

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