Thursday, October 23, 2008

Believe it or not...

We are attempting to get the word out to our friends since we know they will kill us if we do not tell them. With no further ado:

Oprah is doing a segment on Eliot on the show coming up on Tuesday, October 28 (this date could change, and we'll let you know if it does). The show is on "Miracle children" and Eliot is the only one not still on this earth. Honestly, at first we were hesitant when approached with the whole idea. However, having already taped the show, we feel honored to tell Eliot's story through this platform. The Oprah crew did a great job throughout of simply telling Eliot's story and nothing else. And we are appreciative to them for the opportunity.

So, spread the word if you want, and tune in as the Lord continues to take a little boy and make Himself known.

60 comments:

Renee said...

As I am not normally an Oprah fan, I don't usually watch her show - but I will make a point to watch on Tuesday! How precious that the LORD opened this door for you!
Sweet blessings!
Renee

Michelle Jamie said...

Will do!

Jilly said...

In July, a sweet couple in our Bible Study group gave birth to a Trisomy 13, and he lived for 5 days. I will spread the word to our group about Oprah's segment as I know they will enjoy hearing Eliot's story.

Mommymeepa said...

I will be tivoing the show. Thanks for letting us know. How exciting. Will they be showing your video? I love that.

I have a blog and posted your blog post on there and one of my favorite pics of Eliot. You can check it out on www.mommymeepa.blogspot.com

Have a blessed day,
Melissa

Julie said...

How amazing. I can't wait to watch and share in Eliot's precious life again. Thanks for sharing so much of yourselves and children.

Lisa (Myers) Hartsfield said...

How exciting!! I will make sure I watch!!! Sweet Eliot....still making changes in the world today. How proud you must be of both your babies!!!

Lisa
Mansfield, TX

Heather said...

I'm not an Oprah fan either, but I can't wait to see it...and pass it on! Thanks for sharing the info!

Mindy said...

I am so pleased to hear this...I will definitely be watching. You don't know me, but I have been following your blog(s) for a while now, and I have been so touched by your story. Thanks for taking this step to share Eliot's story with the world.

Randi said...

I will make sure I am tuned in!
Randi

Laurie said...

I don't care for Oprah either, but will make it a point to watch Eliot's segment on Tuesday. I will be praying it speaks to peoples hearts about the value of each and every life too!! Eliots 99 days were HUGE and full of blessings. I hope Hazel is bring more joy than you can contain!!

Laurie in Ca.

Rachel said...

That is so cool!!! I can't wait to see it and am happy that so many people will get to hear your precious son's amazing story!

Jeno said...

I am not an Oprah watcher but have been spreading the word for all to tune in on Tuesday.

I have been very blessed by Eliot's life and legacy (ever since I saw 99 balloons on TBN about a year ago). I have been keeping up with all your blogs since then.

You and your wife are amazing! Congrats on baby Hazel, she is absolutly adorable!

Wendy said...

WOW!!!! This is very exciting! It is amazing to be able to see God at work!

Graham said...

I so wish we could watch. I'll see what I could do no operah in East Asia. I think of you often even my husband talks about you. He really wanted to name our son elliot.

ashlei cox warren

Anonymous said...

Who knows...maybe Oprah will feel God's love through Elliot's story...let's all hope so!

Tiffany said...

I just have to take a moment to tell you that you have touched my heart right through to my soul. I recently viewed the 99 Balloons video at my national nursing conference (Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing) as an example of the importance of ritual. What a beautiful job you did in capturing your precious child and all of the ways you celebrated his very BIG, yet very short life. I, too, am a Christian and was absolutely put on this earth to walk the journey of having a sick child with the amazingly courageous families I serve who have children with cancer. You have provided such an incredible example of savoring each and every day and of honoring a life no matter how short. My practice has been impacted greatly by your story and I pray that I can inspire the hope that I have seen in you, in my patients parents.

You are a true blessing - i cannot wait to see this story! Congratulations also on the birth of your daughter!

Mandy said...

It is so good to find you here and know of your recent blessing. Hazel is just beautiful! I will set my DVR and record Oprah on Tuesday. Eliott makes her show worth watching that day. God bless you. I will stay in touch with you here.

Mandy Hopkins
GA
www.madelinegracefoundation.com

babyrndeb said...

Even though we have never met, you hold a special place in my heart. I work at one of the few hospitals in southern California that has a perinatal hospice program and have watched Eliots video many times. I've shown it to people at work as we strive to grow our program and make what we do a special reality. Thank you for sharing your life and little son with us. I will watch on Tuesday and be thinking of you.
Debbie

boltefamily said...

As a mom of two children who blessed this earth only for a short time I am so excited to see Eliot's story on national TV. It is amazing how these babies touch so many lives! God Bless You all!

Chris, Kristin, and Emily said...

it's been so long...i am terribly behind in keeping up with everyone after a family loss. i just found your new site from 99 balloons that i have checked often!

i am excited to hear eliot's story on oprah tomorrow...glad that i got here and found out in time to tivo it.

i am happy to hear that you both have been doing well. congrats on passing the bar and starting your new jobs both in the "real" world and the Heavenly one too! i have been keeping up with ginny's jewlery site.

i am more than thrilled to see and hear of hazel's entrance into the world. i know that this time is exciting and bittersweet at the same time. athough i know one child cannot replace another, i pray that you find a new joy in her life as you experience the happiness you both deserve. congratulations! i am so happy for you both! i have been praying for months since finding eliot's site and reading ALL of his story!

praying for you still and wishing you the best of luck!
kristin (old sorority sister of ginny's)
krosson_proverbs3130@yahoo.com

Leigh Collins said...

Eliot's touch is still alive!!!! WOW!I cannot wait to watch this episode - I already TiVo every show so I will be watching it! I've been meaning to leave you (Ginny) a message on FB to tell you congrats on the precious new little miracle, Hazel (love the name BTW) - she is absolutely beautiful! What a blessing!

The Sabbatinis said...

Hi Ginny-

I added you to our blogspot and I will tune in tomorrow for Oprah! Please say a prayer for us. I am going in on Wedns. to be induced! Hazel is precious!!

Astraea said...

The DVR is set. I pray Eliot's story will open some eyes to the power, beauty, and Grace of God. Thank you for sharing His Glory.

Emily said...

I don't usually watch Oprah's show but I will be watching today! I can't wait to see your story because I believe that little Eliot has been used by God & will continue to be used by God!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I just watched you on Oprah... oh my goodness. I hold my newborn baby girl and praise God Eliot had a Mom & Dad like you, to shout the goodness of God every moment of his life. You are precious. I will be thinking of you as you bring your new baby into the world!

Much love,
Stephanie

igotluckey said...

will watch

Anonymous said...

Just saw the Oprah show......amazing!! Praying for you all!

the chiclets said...

i just watched Eliot's story on Oprah, and i can not tell you enough what an inspiration you and your wife are. we are expecting twins. god bless Eliot in heaven, and your new baby here on earth.

The Robinson Girls said...

I was standing in my kitchen this afternoon, and I heard Oprah on in the other room. I thought, "wait, i've read these words before... is this?!" and it was y'all. I am so happy that you were able to introduce your son to the entire world- way to do it in style. Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your second child- I didn't know that you were still blogging but glad to get an update on your sweet family.
Garrett
Tallahassee, FL

Anonymous said...

What an amazing baby! He even got Oprah crying:) Great segment! Will watch on Friday also! Your son was beautiful! Congrats on the new little one also!
Katie in Maine

Liz said...

I am so excited for this opportunity for Eliot's story to be told. He was certainly a miracle baby! God be glorified no matter what! Hazel is adorable too by the way.

Tashia said...

Just amazing. I have seen the video before and I still cried. Elliot touched so many lives and I am so glad he now has a little sister he can watch over. You are such an inspiration.

Deanna said...

I just saw your spot on Oprah. I feel blessed to have seen your video and hear about your strength. You are amazing people and I wish you the best with the new little one.

Rachel said...

Ya'll did great on Oprah today. I will be sure to pray for you guys as you are on again this Friday. I pray that sharing Eliot's story on her show will bring others to Jesus.

bellaboo mom said...

I saw your segment on Oprah today, let me tell you, it brought me to tears! You all have been so blessed! It warmed my heart to see your precious Eliot and how he touched so many in such a short time on this earth. I am so amazed and inspired by your faith! It is wonderful to know that God has blessed you with another precious child. I pray that God blesses your family for bringing your story to the world.
God Bless you.
Deb

MissPie said...

Dear Matt and Ginny - I saw the Oprah segment about your wonderful son, Eliot, today.

I just wanted to share with you how much Eliot's story touched my heart.

My husband and I are expecting our first child, a little girl, in March. We learned last week that there is a chance she has Trisomy 18.

Eliot's story gives us so much hope and comfort. And so much peace to know that if our girl is faced with the same challenges Eliot faced, her life, however long or short it may be, can be filled with immense joy and love.

Thank you for sharing Eliot's story.

M said...

You are such an amazing testimony of God's love. I made special arrangements to watch Oprah today, i will watch Fri for the update. Eliots life still touches this world! Thank you for sharing his life with us in this special way!Michelle

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Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
My family is asleep and I am watching the 10:30PM rerun of Oprah.....and I am crying! I am so so sorry for your loss. What I love the most is that not only did you get to the tell the world about your precious son you also got God on Oprah! Your faith is so present in your video. What an awesome tribute to Eliot and God! I know they are both so proud of you both everyday! Congratulations on your little boy or girl to come. That is one lucky baby! I will be checking back to see what you have! Take care.

TeDavi said...

I am so proud of you guys, and I'm sure Elliot's life will impact the world. He's such a special child of God and I'm glad his testimony will be aired. It's a success story and I'm glad it'll be shared at the same time as the stories of miracle children that are alive on Earth. I look forward to seeing Elliot in Heaven.

Emily said...

Okay, so I've been boycotting Oprah, but leave it to Eliot Mooney to make me cave. :) That's the way to get Jesus' name on Oprah!!!!

What a beautiful, beautiful legacy your boy has! I first watched his video in the last days of my pregnancy with my baby girl, whom we had been told had a serious neurological condition threatening her life, and in her five days on this earth, I knew to celebrate each and every day partly because of your precious example. How incredible.

Eliot, you're a great big brother. Give Miller Grace some tips and tell her to get ready! Our baby's coming in April! :)

Emily said...

Okay, so I've been boycotting Oprah, but leave it to Eliot Mooney to make me cave. :) That's the way to get Jesus' name on Oprah!!!!

What a beautiful, beautiful legacy your boy has! I first watched his video in the last days of my pregnancy with my baby girl, whom we had been told had a serious neurological condition threatening her life, and in her five days on this earth, I knew to celebrate each and every day partly because of your precious example. How incredible.

Eliot, you're a great big brother. Give Miller Grace some tips and tell her to get ready! Our baby's coming in April! :)

Jenni said...

I just watched your segment on Oprah..what a truly touching story. I was selfishly upset for a brief moment when an Amber alert cut into your 99 Balloons film, but thank goodness for the internet--I was able to watch it. What a beautiful tribute to your son. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

joefitz said...

I just saw the Oprah spot - so touching and inspiring! Best wishes with your new baby.

mark said...

Thanks for telling your story. Just saw it at 2AM on Oprah and the tears are flowing. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!
Mark

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I came home to find my 12 and 15 year old boys crying in the living room. They had just watched Eliot's story on Oprah and insisted that I sit down right that second and watch. 10 minutes later all three of us were sobbing, not in sadness however; in awe of the love and faith that you both showed. All three of us learned more from your family in that few minutes than we could ever imagine. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes and please know that your family will be in my prayers.

huhlaroo said...

i found your websites after watching the oprah show and what an amazing testimony is the life of eliot! after it was over i went in search of the 99 balloons video so i could share it with my husband and we sat and watched it and cried, actually sobbed, together. the truth and conviction (in a good way) that it brought was incredible. we just recently had our first son, gideon, 4 months ago after 6 yrs of trying and 2 miscarriages and we held him and watched and listened to eliot's life and we were reminded once again of the amazing gift of life we've been given and every time i look at my son i think of eliot and appreciate you all opening your hearts and story to the world. life is a precious gift and daily that is forgotten, thank you for allowing eliot to remind so many, including us. we take so much for granted and let so many important things slip by, but God certainly has used eliot to be a reminder of treasuring it all!

blessings to you and to little hazel!

the pearson's

Kim Durham Photography said...

Hello. My name is Kim Durham[obviously lol] and I'm a photographer from Northwest Arkansas.
My reason for contacting you is my sister came over this evening and told me your story. It touched me to the core of my soul. I'm a believer in faith and paying it forward...God has blessed me beyong belief, I'm so gracious for his gift that he bestowed within me of photography.
I would like to offer to you and your amazing family my services for FREE, for as long as God continues to bless me with my talent.
If you havent had belly shot's I'd LOVE to do those!
Maybe we could talk about a baby club?

all this is of course, if you dont have a family photographer or a favorite photographer.

In his image,
Be blessed!
Kim Durham

Photographer

Karen the Californian said...

I rarely watch Oprah, but I DVR her show in hopes of seeing something that touches my heart. Well, I just happened to see on DVR today her Miracle children episode, and just had to find out more about Eliot. What a beautiful boy he was. My eyes are still swollen, and my Kleenex box is considerably lighter now. Thank you for sharing your journey with me in ninetynineballoons. I look forward to the rest of the story. And congratulations on Eliot's baby sister!

Anonymous said...

I have to say your story REALLY touched me. I have shared your video with friends and family. I heard of your family through Oprah and I bawled the entire time. I have three sick children at home (with colds) and my patience had been wearing thin until i watched your video and it really brought me back to reality and made me ever so greatful. Thank you for sharing your story, it really touched our family.

Jenny Jill said...

The show honoured you and your story. Thank you for having the courage to share it.

I have mourned both my parents and found that there is honour in a Celebration of Life , as you have done. Truly inspiring.

Best of luck in the future!

Anna said...

Hi Matt and Ginny! I saw you guys on the Oprah show this week and decided to see the longer video of Eliot on Youtube, as well as view Eliot's blog. You guys are amazing. God is amazing. I felt so moved after watching the video and hearing your story that I just wrote a blog about you guys :) If interested, you can read it at sixstringepiamk.blogspot.com Congratulations on your new addition!!! :) ~Anna

happy gram said...

i am SO excited. many months ago, i sent an email to oprah mentioning eliot's story. i don't know if that was helpful, but i believe that God can use eliot's story to bring HIS GOOD NEWS to oprah and her fans! i am out of the country so will have to catch a rerun! God bless! jan

kristen said...

Matt and Ginny, I saw the story of eliots life on Oprah and you have truly touched my heart. I had a baby girl on Oct 3 and was suffering from a little depression afterwards. After seeing you on Oprah I decided to open my eyes to what life is truly about. I look at my girls completely differently and feel so blessed that God has given them to me. thank you for sharing his story of his life to all of us.

Anonymous said...

Matt and Ginny,
What a wonderful tribute "99 Balloons" is to the love between parents and a child. I have a dear friend who gave birth to twin girls a month ago and one baby has Trisomy 18, like Eliot did. You two are well aware of what they are going through right now---then times two! I know it would mean so much to my friend and her husband to get a word of encouragement from you. Would that be possible? They are both Christians and know they will see their little girl again but it is still very difficult to let her go so soon. I will forward an email address or street address if you would be willing to contact them. Congratulations on the birth of Hazel and may God bess your family richly.

Misty Rice-Baniewicz said...

Im bummed I didn't know about this to catch it in time.... is there away to catch it on youtube or can you post a copy of it here?

happy holidays

Anonymous said...

i never watch oprah but my mom told me to put it on, i was so happy to see something in the media about trisomt 18 a word i learned nov of 07. i was pregant with my 3rd child and had my routine blood tests, they told me my son would be born with trisomy 18, my husband and i were devistated. the doctor wanted me to have an abortion 5 mos into my pregnancy. we decided that we were meant to be this babys parents and kept the pregnancy.my son dean was born april 7th 08. He was perfect in everyway and trisomy free.He is 9 mos old now and a wonderful little boy thank god i didnt listen to the doctors.
Dwhite39@nycap.rr.com

Anonymous said...

I like Oprah!
I love Eliot!!!

catarina said...

Hello, im Catarina, from Portugal, and i was watching oprah right now (we have a channel that puts the show on air everyday)and it was the episode of the miracle children. i had to search for the site about Eliot. So touching and it was, after all, so brave of you, the way you deal with everything. So entusiastic about each day with him..and that is what life is about. But i must tell you that i cried a lot.. You gave a meaning to his life, even if he was so young to understand. Maybe he had more love and attention around him than some people have in their entire lifes. Im just writing to wish you all the best with Hazel! Appreciate each day with her, the way you did with Eliot.

Have a great life.
Catarina.

Elizabeth said...

I learned of your Angel son on a re-airing of the Oprah Show. Congratulations on your new life. And Thank You for opening my heart to Eliot. Love and Luck, Elizabeth, Michael and Gabriel Michael.