Monday, March 29, 2010

Days and Nights with Finn and Soulation Retreat

We've had baby Finn home with us for 2 weeks now, after his 2 week hospital stay. We're realizing the one month anniversary can be more challenging than we thought.

Would you pray for us as we brainstorm ways to get a little more sleep. Jonalyn's body has been particularly worn down, something she realized this weekend with her 100 degree temperature. We ask that we'd have creativity and sensitivity about letting each other sleep and teaming up (especially in the wee hours of the night).

Dale is working hard to find a place to host our two Soulation retreats this summer. Would you pray for us to find a lodging that would fit all our guests and would be miraculously more affordable than the going rate at Steamboat? We have many details to get together and we need good prioritizing to make these happen in a timely manner... and with a new born around!

We need strength this week to persevere in caring for Finn and in our own Soulation responsibilities.

Grateful for you,
Jonalyn and Dale

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Home with Finn

We're delighted to let you know that Finn is home.  His strength is growing. He's even off oxygen except at nights. Tomorrow we hope to have him oxygen free.

Jonalyn's strength continues to grow, as well. She even took Finn for a short walk down the driveway today wearing him in her new Moby wrap.

Tonight Dale is holding down the Ask LIVE! fort while Jonalyn continues to enjoy maternity leave.

Would you join us in thanking God for
  1. Finn's health (the pediatrician this week said he looked perfect!)
  2. Jonalyn's endurance (despite only snatches of sleep she's been able to nap regularly and even begin to feel more like herself!)
  3. Dale's sensitivity (I, Jonalyn, have felt so served by Dale's frequent trips to town for groceries, Dale's love and involvement with Finn-- read more on this at Dale's new blog on fatherhood)
Would you join us in praying for
  1. Jonalyn's carpal tunnel to fully heal (she's been very limited in typing, journaling, knitting--even changing diapers is difficult).
  2. A publisher for Jonalyn's next book on female friendships. So far we nearly have one offer. This is so encouraging!
  3. Dale's endurance as he handles much of the correspondence for Soulation while Jonalyn continues to recover. Each night he burns the midnight oil and writes for his new blog, as well. Would you pray that this work of crafting his writing would continue to be rewarding for him?
  4. Our book, Coffee Shop Conversations, will be releasing in 2 months. We still have work to do to promote it. Would you pray for our developmental volunteer, Mike, and the pertinent staff at Zondervan to be timely in their preparation and marketing? It's so easy to miss the narrow window of promotion.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Baby Finn

We wanted you to know that last week our lovely boy arrived in this world, Finn Davies Fincher. To read a little about his name check out my blog or Dale's blog.

We've had a wonderful labor experience. Jonalyn delivered all 9 lbs 12 ounces of Finn at 2:41 pm last Tuesday, March 2, 2010. We were amazed, delighted and so thankful for the swiftness of labor and the chance to deliver him without any pain medications.

There have been some bumps along the rode, however. Jonalyn suffered from post-pardum hemorrhage and is still regaining strength as she stays at the hospital with Finn.

Finn has had a rough week too. Though he is strong, his lungs were giving him problems. God has protected his life by appointing attentive nurses to see his struggle and he was moved quickly into the nursery (similar to the NICU in larger hospitals) He's been on 7 days of antibiotics and oxygen.

The strain of being apart from each other and for most hours, from Finn, watching him and being very helpless to help him (beyond nursing him) has been hard.

Would you pray for us to draw near to God and trust him as we await the final (we hope) round of tests tomorrow? We will find out if we can take him home around lunch time. Even then we have to complete a final night with him to prove his strength and health.

Right now we feel so grateful he is getting better but not sure if we can (or should) get our hopes up of taking him home. We long to be home with him so much.

To read a much more detailed day-by-day account of what we've been going through see Dale's newly created blog on being a father.