A 1st for Josie

Josie reached a fabulous milestone recently - her 1st birthday! April 30th was a definite day of celebration for her family.

Praise God!
So, a few updates about how she's doing:

* Weight is 21 pounds, 8 ounces - Josie is being fed through a feeding tube in her belly called a Button. Her mommy feeds her every 1-2 hours.

* Less than 10% kidney function - it looks like they most likely will not be doing dialysis and will wait instead for a transplant. I'm not sure exactly what all the criteria is that she has to meet before she'll go on the transplant list or why not dialysis at this time - if/when I find out, I'll pass that info along as well.

So, dear friends, please continue to keep sweet Josie in your prayers.

Lord, you love this child as You love all children. Bring healing to Josie, who is not well. Stay by her side and comfort her through this trying time. Keep her parents ever mindful of Your loving presence. Bless Josie with Your powerful healing, and comfort her family. Thank You for hearing our prayer!

St. Gerard, who, like the Savior, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many from disease and even death, listen to us who are pleading for this sick child. We thank God for the great gift of Josie and ask him to restore this child to health if such be his holy will. This favor, we beg of you through your love for all children and mothers. Amen.