Friday, August 17, 2007


We put up new pictures of Jeremiah. Follow the link from before...

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Welcome Jeremiah Daniel Peterson!

Dear friends and family,
  We know most of you received e-mails from our parents, but we wanted to send out our own mass-announcement that Jeremiah Daniel Peterson was born at 10:15pm on Wednesday August 8. He was 7lb exactly, 20.5 inches long and is, in our opinion, the most beautiful baby EVER! Thank you all so much for your prayers!
  Our doctor had been pressuring us to schedule a cesarean section and we really weren't comfortable with that, since we wanted the baby to have the chance to turn and go on God's timing. We had to decide Monday if we wanted to do a c-section then (still before the due date) or wait and plan one for later. God's timing came Wednesday night when Teresa's water suddenly broke at 8:00(ish). Things progressed quickly (especially the contractions!) and we got to the hospital at 9:00. The doctor was ready to do the c-section (as the baby was still feet down). He was born at 10:15 PM. We were able to have Jeremiah brought to us and he stayed in our room for the next few days, until we left for home Friday afternoon. We are so excited to have our son with us and praise the Lord for his perfect timing and his creation! We are thankful to all our friends in the D.R. who have supported us and visited us, and our family and friends at home who have also supported us with their love. Teresa's mom will be coming Sunday night and her dad will come the following week. Daniel's parents will come visit a little later in September. We are excited to show Jeremiah off to his grandparents!
We posted pictures online here.
We will continue to post pictures there and send updates!
God bless,
Daniel and Teresa

Friday, August 03, 2007

Farewell Mishu

(Written Friday, August 3)

Over the past week we noticed that Mishu was not well. He was becoming very lethargic and was sitting funny (including in water). We had taken him in to the vet a few weeks ago because he had some blood in his urine, but that went away and seemed ok. Yesterday, the vet realized that his bladder was hugely swollen. He did surgery and discovered it was full and nearly bursting. After draining the bladder, the doctor realized the urethra was clogged with blood clots, so Mishu had not been able to urinate for some time. The doctor was going to clean the urethra today after recovery from the first part of surgery, but Mishu died this morning.

As somebody whose never really had pets before, I (Daniel) had never really understood how much a pet becomes part of your family. It was a very sad loss for us, especially because Mishu was at the vet's for the past 3 days and the last we saw him, he was miserable. We had no idea we were saying good-bye when I brought him in.

It's a strange paradox how life and death continues on. While we are both very sad about losing Mishu, we're also overjoyed at the imminent coming of our child. We had talked about how good Mishu would be with children, but that is not to be. Already we miss his snuggling, following us around, and awkward sleeping positions. Chai clearly doesn't understand, but we can see that she is acting differently since he's been gone too.

Farewell Mishu/Fluffy/Garfield/Fatso/Kitty/Mini-Lion. We miss you.