Monday, May 4, 2009

Grey's Dedication

This past week has been a wonderful/busy/exciting week for the Gibbs Family. It started with some good news on Wednesday, when Grey had his head ultrasound and the results came back great! His ventricles are where they need to be, which means the shunt is working properly!!! We go back for another checkup in 2 months.

This past Sunday we had the opportunity to have Greyson dedicated at our church. This was a big day for Leigh, Grey, and I. We were happy to share it with our incredible family and friends. We were asked to prepare a blessing for Greyson so as the official blogger of the family I guess that made me the official "blessing writer". And so I wrote, and when i was finished I considered asking a friend or family member to read it for me, knowing there was no way to get through it and still look tough. :) hehehe
But I felt it would mean more if it came from Grey's dad, so here is what I said:

It's funny to think how much leigh and i have learned about life, family, friends, and faith from a little guy thats only been around for three months.

From the moment we found out we were going to have a baby boy our longtime dreams came to the surface and we blissfully awaited his arrival... and as all of you know this blissfullness last about 20 minutes. We heard those words no parent-to-be ever wants to hear.

"There's something wrong with your baby"

devastated, afraid, angry, confused, you name it, we felt it.

We felt these feelings for a long time....until finally that moment on february 12, at 7:48 aM we got our first glimpse of our baby boy... and almost instantly those feelings went away. And somewhat to our surprise, he was REALLY CUTE :) And although it was quite possibly the most emotionally and physically draining day we've encountered, it was by far our proudest moment.

our little gibblet..., I wish i had a great story or deep meaning behind Greyson's name, but truthfully we kinda just liked how it sounded, and thought grey was a cool nickname. Greys been thru more than most of us will ever go through and still has an uphill battle his whole life. But we have Hope, and Hope lifts us up,

it lifts us up everyday, and everyday we pray for strength... strength for grey, strength for us, just strength in general to help on those tough days.

But we've experienced what love is, and every single one of you as shown it and we are truely blessed for that.

Greyson has flipped our lives upside down, but in the best possible way. and hes been an inspiration not only to Leigh and I, but to just about everyone that meets him.

And today we have one simple yet significant task, one that spina bifida, or a shunt surgery, or 11 days at the NICU doesnt change. Today, Leigh and I dedicate our baby to our Heavenly Father. And promise to raise Greyson to become a strong, independent young man.

We know that Greyson's a special little boy and will without a doubt, continue to amaze us.

we love you all.

So after blubbering through the blessing,(The minute I started reading, I knew I was in trouble) :) Leigh's Dad lead us in prayer, It was a very special moment for all of us. Thanks to all for sharing that moment with us and supporting our little Gibblet.

love, Leigh, Andy, Greyson

(heres a picture of Grey and his cousins after his dedication)


Ciaran's parents, Jon & Wendy said...

Andy, that was beautiful!! I am glad Grey's ultrasound was good. Trust your instincts as a parent and know the warning signs that you've been taught and read about.

God Bless the Gibbs!!

Jessica said...

That was beautiful!

Nic said...

So sweet and powerful. It's so great to celebrate the ups and through God, we learn to celebrate the downs too and appreciate every aspect of life. So happy for you three :)

Nicole, Jimmy, and Alex Diffee

Joanna and David said...

Such beautiful words. You guys are amazing. Congratulations on such a special day. :)

Oh...and I really do want to know what camera you guys use...I'm in the market. :)

gibbzee said...

Thanks Joanna,

We have the Canon Rebel XSI. It's a really nice camera.
It can be as advanced or simple as you want it to be. The one thing Leigh complains about is the size, it can get heavy depending on the lens you have. Leigh has her own Canon powershot which takes really nice pictures as well. Hope this helps.

By the way, the countdown for you guys has begun!!!
the time is approaching, very exciting!

holly said...

Absolutely beautiful. Grey is adorable, and I love his name! Just decided to check out your blog from being involved on the baby center SB group.

What a nice family!

Jon said...

Hello Gibbs family! I was deeply moved by that beautiful blessing, I confess I blubbered too. :) A bright light shines through your story and your testimony. Thank you for letting it shine!