I am a new fan in MD after catching only your portion of Oprah today. Thank you for praising God in those few minutes and letting your faith shine through. It absolutely did. I pray for you peace, the kind that comes only from God. Oh, and congrats on your brand new baby daughter. : )
Matt & Ginny,I am moved beyond words for your loss of Eliot. But almost as equally moved by your strength, your love, to each other as well as to Eliot. Although I do not know you, I am estactically happy for you both in the upcoming birth of your second child!!! Congratulations and wish you all the happiness you both deserve.
Who could ever have enough of the Mooneys? I'm currently watching Oprah waiting to see Eliot!!!!! Love ya'll!Kim
Mooneys, It was strange to flip on the TV after I put my baby girl down for a nap and see your faces on Oprah. It has been many years since those K-Klassic summers! I know your story has touched millions and I pray that this Oprah exposure will bring many more strangers and old aquaintences back into your circle of prayer and support. Sending you big hugs and congrats on baby Hazel from Indiana.Emily (Inniger) Seevers
I will try my hardest to watch oprah on friday. I saw your story today and am so proud of your witness for Jesus. I know that neither oprah or celine truly understood where your strength comes from and how you are able to face each day. Hopefully you will be able to actually talk more on friday and share the hope of seeing Eliot again that we have in Jesus! May He bless you and keep you! Your story caught my eye because I have some friends who had named their son Elliot and he went to be with the Lord this spring. He had a cystic kidney. After he was born he lived for 2 hours with them in the hospital. Thank you for sharing. I know your faith has provided much strength to other families walking through this same pain.
remember me when you're famous, ok?
I would like to thank the two of you for sharing your story with the world. On April 2, 2008 my husband and I were blessed with our miracle daughter. We were told during our pregnancy that she may not survive and we were given the option of termination. Our faith in God is so strong, and we knew we were hand selected by Him when he blessed us with the pregnancy. God hand selected you and knew you would appreciate the beauty of life and all the miracles in it. Eliot was put on this Earth to bless many people's lives, and I am thankful that God chose you as his parents to help him celebrate and enjoy every minute that he lived. I know that Eliot will help you celebrate the upcoming birth of his sibling as well. He will always be with you! www.TheRuffners.blogspot.com
Matt & Ginny,I can not tell you how much your story touched my heart when I saw it on Oprah!And I am so moved by your love to each other and to Eliot as well as your courage and trust to God. In my language (Swahili) we say "Damu nzito kuliko maji = the blood is heavier than water meaning People who are related by blood have "certain instict" that connect them so I believe Eliot will be happy to welcome his sister/brother Congratulations and keep that strong love forever.You inspire us.
Ah! Congratulations on Hazel's birth!! I can't wait to see more pictures of her. God Bless!
I just finished watching the segment and came here to say hi...I agree; they did an amazing job letting you tell your story...
I just saw Eliot's story on Oprah! Thank you for being so courageous and sharing. 99 days of a beautiful light!RanaExpecting from Ethiopia
Hi Matt and Ginny! Just watched you on Oprah- and I definitely think God was glorified in the telling of Eliot's amazing story. You guys did a great job.Praying that people will continue to see Jesus through the video and the story!Love, Heather (Holliday) Kendrick(Matt- we worked in Conway K-Life together (I was Kelli's roommate)...if you remember me!)
Matt & Ginny-Y'all are awesome! That is so exciting to be able to share the blessing of baby Hazel as well... Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us, especially those of our families that have walked through this T18 ourselves. We love you guys and are so thankful for the Lord's great faithfulness!Blessings,Kenzie
Great job! Eliot is still impacting the world for Christ! Enjoy baby Hazel--I am so happy for you both.
I just (and I meant just) saw the live show of Oprah with you guys and Eliot's story and was so pleased with the way they told your story! I bawled my eyes out although I already knew the story! Loved It!!! Can't wait to see Hazel's debut on the show Friday if they do an update! God is Great!!!!! Leigh (Kirby) Collins - AXO with Ginny
What an amazing testimony of faith! I have followed your blog for a while and was so excited to see the video on Oprah today. So many people were able to see the work of our Lord through this. Thank you for sharing this with the world!
Just saw you guys on Oprah. They did a fabulous job of telling Eliot's story. He has impacted so many and now even more. Praise God for him. Can't wait to see you on Friday's show and see baby Hazel!!!God is so Good!!!
You guys were FABULOUS!!! I have been reading forever, not sure if I have commented before. I loved how moved people were...Eliot has truly had world-wide recognition now. I am praying for all the people who will now go to your blog and hear the TRUTH of who Jesus is! Yay God!Amy in NC
After watching Oprah today I had to get online and look for your blog. I was moved how you celebrated every moment of Eliot's life. I am thrilled with the blessing of Eliot's little sister and know that he will be watching over her. May god bless you and your family.Beverly, Matt & Kaylie DuBois
I am here in California waiting for Eliot to come on the show. I will definitely be watching Eliot II on Friday for sure. I love Eliot and I love you Mooneys.Love, Laurie in Ca.
I had never heard about baby Eliot until I watched Oprah today. What a beautiful story and how wonderful that you shared it with so many. Eliot was a very lucky little boy to have such wonderful parents who gave him so much love in his short life. You have also given a reminder to all of us to enjoy every single day we have. Everyday is a gift that we need to make the most of. Congratulations on your new baby girl or boy. What a lucky child to have the two of you.Jane
I have been following your family's story for a long time and was so excited to see the update on Oprah today. I was overjoyed a few months ago to see you were expecting and went online after Oprah today and had fresh tears all over again. Your daughter is beautiful and I cannot express how happy I am that you can experience another beautiful journey with your second child. Congratulations to you both. I wish all three of you a long, happy, and healthy life together as you continue to celebrate your cherished first-born. I pray that Hazel will one day know what a special big brother she has.
Matt and Ginny,Congratulations on Hazel!! I watched Oprah and cried as if it was the first time I had watched Eliot's 99 days of life (which I have watched a thousand times). I was so proud to know you, to know him even if just through your blog. I was so proud that you got to share Jesus with the world and I was so proud of my Mary Grace and that we were blessed with our miracle child too. I bet so many people are now curious of Jesus who never have been before and I bet searches are being done about Trisomy 18 - "incompatable with life" People will choose life who may not have without meeting your sweet Eliot. May God continue to bless your family.With love in Christ,KimI will be watching on Friday!!!
Matt & Ginny,I found you through Oprah. I cried, and I smiled. M first child was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. My outcome was very different, we lost Reagan at just over the 1st trimester. I had no idea, that I had lost her, that she had Trisomy 18 or really what had happened, the rug was pulled out from under us. I made a scrapbook of ultrasounds and cards to help me. It does help, it doesn't fill the void, but it helps. I also am so happy for your new addition. We now have two children. I am thankful everyday. When my son was born I was freaked out something would happen. Even today as he is close to his 3rd birthday, I worry. I have to tell myself to have faith in the Lord. I especially like the quote at the end of the video from Job. Keep up the good work, you are wonderful example. I don't know what to say or how to express it well. I am glad I found you, I will cherish going through your blogs...Ginny I especially liked the one about hand sanitiser, you put the words right in my mouth. Thank you...when your child isn't born...like Eliot...people have a hard time understanding your greif. They feel you should just get over it. It is a life altering event. You heal to an extent, but things are not forgotten they are surreal and can be vivid in a matter of moments. Today when I cried and watched the video, I also smiled. Again Thank You!
I was so excited the minute Oprah started today and I saw Eliot's picture. I knew immediately it was him even though I had no idea you guys were going to be on Oprah! You have no clue who I am, but I have followed your story and sent others your way. I lost my first son and work for a charity that helps families with pregnancy and infant loss so your story is very special to me. As soon as I saw Eliot's adorable face, I got chills knowing his story would be told to such a wide audience. Congratulations! And a huge congrats on your new baby!
I saw you on Oprah. I had never heard about your sweet baby boy or your story before. Like everyone else watching I was sobbing! I was very suprised to see you are in Fayetteville. My husband and I lived there in 2006 and moved to a town south of there to buy a house. We both still go to Fayetteville for work and school. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story and a small part of your life with the rest of the world. I went immediately to kiss my little girl and baby boy. Oh, CONGRATS on your new baby girl! I saw that she has been born.Melissa R.
I saw you on Oprah today and even though I had seen your video before I cried. Your story has touched many people. My son is 100 days old today and from your story I have learned to take each day as it comes and bless every moment.Thank you for sharing Eliot with the world! You are an amazing couple and I wish you all the joys in the world with your new baby girl.
I've seen Eliot's video before from a link elsewhere and it's just beautiful. I was so suprised to see his picture on Oprah and coulnd't place it. Once the video started I knew. He is a beautiful boy and you both celebrated his life so wonderfully. Thank you for having the courage to share his life with us.And blessings to the new baby she's beauftiful.
I just saw your story on Oprah. What an amazing baby boy you were blessed with. You guys are amazing - what wonderful parents you were and will be again. God bless you.
WOW you guys!! I have watched Eliots video many times but I have to say that I loved seeing how it touched Celine and Oprah today. Eliot has that effect on everyone who meets him!! So precious and such a testament to how good our Lord is. How beautiful was it that someone turned you guys and Eliots video in to her show?? Truly a God thing here and oh so sweet. I hope to see you there on Friday, I will be watching for sure. I hope that you two are enjoying every grunt and sound and movement that Hazel is putting out there for you each day. God bless all of you today.Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.
To God Be the Glory. Thank you for sharing your beautifully touching journey - and showing how Miracles do Hide through our special, precious babies! Thank you for being ambassadors for our Lord and Savior....Jabe's Mom!
I watched Oprah today and heard your story. I watched YouTube, and read your previous blog about Eliot. What an amazing experience and beautiful testimony to the beauty of a life and the grace of God. I don't always understand why things happen the way that they do, but I know that God is always in control of the lives of His children.I plan to watch on Friday again. Blessings to you and your precious new daughter.
Always encouraged by the way the two of you reflect Christ. We love you guys!! Tell Hazel we will hold her in the near future.Kate
I'm certain to be watching Oprah on Friday. Saw today's episode and even I have watched that video so many times, it never ceased to amaze and make me cry at the same time. Once again, thank you for giving us the opportunity to know your son, the beautiful life that he had, and showing us your very positive attitude towards life. You serve as a beautiful inspiration to many, you're all heroes, so for that, thank you. God bless you always!
Matt and Ginny, I saw you on Oprah today and found myself looking you on the computer tonight. Words cannot explain how your story touched me and made me relize how lucky I am to have a healthy baby boy. I could only hope that I could be as strong as you guys were during suck a tough time. You are so amazing how instead of felling sorry for yourselfs you cherished every moment you had and it is just amazing! I guess that I am just trying to say that you are amazing people and I hope that you find peace because you gave your little boy everything you could and you didn't let anything get into your way and if only more people could be like you. May god bless you and your family and thanks for sharing your story it touched many people including me and my family. God bless and good luck with you new baby girl!
I watched the portion of Oprah with your video on it, and I just wanted to say how amazing it was. It truly changed me by the end of it. You two are truly amazing people. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter.
Wow! I remember praying for you guys and Eliot when he was born. I worked at Greentree Community Church with Kelli Canatsey/Wilmot and our staff prayed for you guys all the time. I was watching Oprah today and saw Eliot's picture before the story began and I said, "Oh my gosh, that's Eliot!" What a blessing to have another child! How exciting...I have tears of joy in my eyes!!! Congratulations! I can't wait to see/read how God is working in your lives!
That video made me cry. Thanks for sharing it, best wishes to your family :) Let us know when the new baby will arrive! =)
Hi Matt, Hi GinnyI was so glad to see you both on Oprah. Ginny, every pregnant woman should look that good right before delivery! Hazel is gorgeous, congratulations. I just wish they hadn't edited your video at the end. I have watched it many times and have links to it on my blog. Still the tears flow...but also in joy to celebrate Eliot's beautiful life. God bless you and your familyCheri
matt and ginny,oh my goodness. thank you for your hearts and your love for the Lord and your precious baby Eliot. i watched the oprah show today and within 2 minutes was balling. i am 10 weeks pregnant, and i just wept at the thoughts that flooded my mind as i heard your story - how devastating, but how beautiful, how sad, but how just like God to use Eliot to teach you and the world about true love, perseverance, commitment and faith. you made what most would consider a tragedy, a beautiful example of trusting God and leaning not on your own understanding. Wow. you have inspired me beyond measure...that i can trust God and should always trust Him with regards to my baby on the way. it's hard to admit we have no control over their lives, but we don't - only He does. and i thank you for sharing your journey and eliot's life with all of us so we could be blessed and moved to trust Him continually...to make the most out of every day...to rejoice always and trust that He uses all things for the good of those who love Him. thank you, thank you, thank you. and congratulations on your new baby girl...God is so faithful!in Christ,Erin D.Houston, TX
Matt and Ginny,It was wonderful to know today that so many people worldwide got to know your precious Eliot and witness the power and strength of our Lord in you! Hazel is beautiful and I pray that she is getting a routine by now- What a gift with words you both have and what a blessing to see how God is using you all for His glory- Take care-Love and prayers, Mrs. Olivia
Matt and Ginny, What an amazing God we serve!! I was thrilled to hear(Lee Ann Guest James emailed me) that Eliot was making a world wide appearance! Even though I do not watch Oprah anymore because she has gone WACKO, I tuned in to see your precious Eliot shine for Jesus. I have seen 99 balloons several times, and everytime I cry. I love how it touched their very core. Also exciting is that people will come to your blog and read about a Mighty God who loves them, and wants to know them intimately. Thanks for sharing Eliot with us, for being so open and real, and letting God use you in a mighty way! Congrats on your second little blessing! Aimee Plummer Fannin
I just watched your video on oprah.com. Thank you so much. I lost my identical twin daughters in July. Seeing your story has really uplifted me today. Eliot's life had such meaning- thank you for sharing.
I feel so blessed to have "met" your family through the Oprah show today. I had never heard of Eliot's condition prior to this, but as a mother I am so sorry for your loss. It is unimaginable to me. I found it interesting that while I watched this piece with my 7 year old son, we all wept and you looked at peace. Once the balloons were released and the show cut to commercial, my son turned to me and asked " so the baby lived for 99 days?" He followed with... "it would have been really cool if he lived one more day, then it would have 100 days being in love with his mom and dad, then 100 million days in love with God! But 99 days probably made him really happy, too." Life and death in the eyes of a 7 year old! It made me smile to hear he was putting himself in Eliot's shoes instead of how I was thinking from a mother's perspective. I wish all the luck and happiness that God has to offer with this new baby! She comes fully equipt with a guardian angel! With respect,Jacquelyn & Daniel Lake Elsinore, CA
Matt and Ginny,You are an exceptional couple and I think you possess what is best about Americadeep - faith, joy in life (even with all its wrinkles) and positive attitudes. Your message and Eliot's championship life has undoubtedly touched and changed lives in unimaginable ways. Keep it up! And Ginny, tell us more about your jewelry business. I would love to be able to see some of your work when you find the time. I know with a new baby that won't be easy!
Thank you for sharing your story on Oprah today. I was touched beyond words. Thank you for exposing your faith in the Lord in such a gentle way. It was just the reminder I needed today that God is in control.
That is great. I thought the show was excellent. I ugly cried along with Oprah and Celine even though I had seen 99 Balloons many times.
Saw the show. Awesome. Will look for the update. Congratulations on Hazel!
Dear Matt & Ginny, I found your video August 22, 2007 when it was recommended by my hospital. We too had an early diagnosis of Trisomy 18 for our baby Katherine . I have watch your video many late sleepless nights and have been moved deeply each time. I was so moved that I emailed the Oprah show in January 2008 your video clip and mentioned the Trisomy 18 diagnosis for babies. I missed today's show, but I hope to catch a re-run. I hope to speak with you sometime in the future. My husband & I wish you many blessings for you, Eliot and you new baby Hazel. God bless.
wow! what an amazing segment. i am so proud to have known you (Ginny) and happy for this new outreach to other families that can learn from y'alls strength. i know you cherished EVERY SINGLE DAY with Eliot when iread through all the old posts the first time. you have been an inspiration to many others and given so much encouragement to those families that struggle with any diagnosis. looking forward to the friday show!many prayers for you!kristin
I always tell my self I should never watch oprah because it makes me cry almost every time and by some randomness I changed it over just seconds before your video played and while I nursed my 3 month old son and putting the dresses on the princesses for my 3 year old daughter and I watch and cried and my daughter was so concerned and didn't want me to cry any more and when she saw your Eliot she thought it was her brother since he had a rough start and spent many weeks in the nicu. You both are such beautiful people and so inspirational thank you for your story my children are getting extra hugs and kisses today, your story is really touching and beautiful thank you so much!
Wow! I am sooooo moved by your story. I can't tell you how I felt when I watched it today. I lost my baby at 22 weeks due to him having no kidneys or bladder. You are so incredibly blessed to be able to spend 99 days with your son. I look to my son as my guardian angel. He has gotten me through a lot. He is also my 1 yr daughters angel. You are so strong and I especially liked when you said that "I'll be sad later" not many could do that. But what a great outlook. I wish you the best with your new daughter. Take Care--Leondaleonda_b@hotmail.com--feel free to email me sometime. I would love to talk
P.S. I also had wanted to commend you about how during the segment it was stated that Eliot had changed your lives. I never knew Reagan, but she has changed my life forever, as well. I just wanted to share. While pregnant with her, I was going to school to change my profession from Accountant to become a Teacher. During my pregnancy I encountered a teacher who had approached me about special education and I had laughed her away. After I lost Reagan, my perspective changed, and after my first son was born, eight months later, I accepted a special education position. That job also changed my life. She may have left this Earth for a better life, but she still continues to touch my life.
I am stunned, and I am in awe ... 3 days before Christmas 2001 our baby was diagnosed with trisomy 18. No one we knew had even heard of it. We waited in pure agony thru what should have been a glorious time, only to find out it was a false positive. Your grace and strength in the face of this is beyond amazing. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl, and on all the other blessings God will surely send your way. You are both an inspiration, and please know Eliot will forever remain in our hearts as a reminder to always be grateful for all that we are given. Bless you, bless you.
Thank you for being who you are! I was sitting in a pool of tears after watching your video "99 Balloons." I immediately e-mailed all my friends your YouTube video so they could experience what I did. The two of you are remarkable people and God chose to give you Eliot for a good reason. I realized today that all the things that I complain about mean nothing and I am truly blessed to have my health. When I have children, I hope to be half as great as you. God bless you and I will be praying for the health of your baby girl or boy.
Matt Mooney,Sometime we have to catch up and I will tell you the amazing story of how I heard about Eliot. God is amazing. Congrats on your little girl. We are pregnant with our 4th and praying for a little girl. We have 3 crazy boys right now. I have tried to get up with you for years and haven't been able to find you, can't believe I found you on Youtube!!!!K-West CoCounselor(Mike Fox in case you forgot)email@example.com
Wow-------thank you for reminding me how thankful we should be everyday!
Matt & Ginny--Thank you for representing the Body of Christ in such an amazing way today on Oprah. It was so evident that His grace was your confidence and the lifter of your heads. May your family continue to touch the lives of millions!Del and Chelsea Sloneker (Fayetteville/LR, AR)
Matt & Ginny, I am deeply moved by your story of your beautiful son Eliot. Your strength and love for Eliot and eachother is something that will last forever. I wish you all the happiness in the world with Eliot's new baby brother or sister. Thank you again! This story has changed many lives. God Bless.
I was so inspired to see you on Oprah today. I lost my baby daughter due to prematurity in Feb, and now am having another baby. It gave me a great sense of peace to see another family who has gone thru something so similar to me. I am so thrilled I found your blog, and I send my thoughts and prayers for your new lil girl!
My Tivo is set! I can't tell you how amazing you both are.....I hope you know it! Thank you for the good cry today. I feel so different after seeing your story on the Oprah show....I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw your tummy.......I thought...yes, yes! They're going to have a brother or sister for Eliot....and then when I made it to your blog and saw the happy news I rejoiced once again! I'm so happy for you...and for Hazel to learn of her brother who was here for 99 days....be well.....and may peace be with you always!
Well, who could get enough of Eliot?!?
Thank you for glorifying God even in your most heartbreaking moments... May He bless you all the days of your lives. Sonja
Oh, I am so glad! And you know they must bring you back once the baby is here!Stephanie
Matt and Ginny- I too had stopped viewing Oprah prior to hearing that baby Eliot would be highlighted today. I spread the word at MOPS this morning... I'm fairly certain viewership went up for her program today :) It's no surprise that Oprah wants to do a follow up with you... and meet baby Hazel herself. I'm so glad they showed 99 Balloons!!! Though, based on the hits on YouTube... there couldn't have been very many who hadn't already seen and fallen in love with Eliot before. God Bless you guys. Praying for you... still :)
Hi, I'm from Italy and I'm very moved by the story of your little Eliot on Oprah, I'm a mother... I'm sending you a little kiss also for your new baby.Ciao,
It was so wonderful to share in Eliot's life again, even though I do not know you. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us. I have read Eliot's story on his blog over and over many times and it was so wonderful to see him again through your video. I can't wait to see you both on Friday.You are amazing people and wonderful parents. Eliot and Hazel are very, very lucky!Many blessings to you!
As I watched Eliot's video on Oprah yesterday, my newborn 3 1/2 week son in my arms, I was not just crying, I was bawling. God does bless us, doesn't he? Eliot is BEAUTIFUL! And God blessed him with WONDERFUL parents *hugs* to you both! Congratulations on the recent birth of your beautiful daughter Hazel. I can't begin to tell you how much your family has enriched my life. I sent Eliot's video to everyone I know because everyone needs to see true beauty and the face of God in a child. Thank you for telling Eliot's story...he has touched so many more! You are in my prayers forever.Love in Christ-Karen
I've been keeping up with you guys for a while now. My son had many of the "soft markers" for T18 first seen during a routine screening. Reading your story and watching your video helped us a lot. Praise God, our Sam did not have T18 and was born free of any health problems. But I can't tell you how comforting it was to read your story and see how you guys were coping when we were facing the possibility of the same diagnosis. Congrats on your second child. Can't wait to see her if you are on Oprah on Friday.
HI guys. I followed your story on Eliot's site and have watched that video A LOT. It was beautifully put together. Each time I watched it I cried; that was no different that seeing it again yesterday on Oprah. I'm so glad that someone sent it to her! I loved Ginny's remark about "I can be sad later". What a positive, mature remark to such a difficult situation. God bless the both of you and again, congrat's on the new baby. Hope all is well and I know how much you are enjoying it.Diane
I am an old reader of your 99 balloon blog and an old reader of your SV blog. I have watched your story about Eliot many times and shared it with so many of my friends. I was so moved AGAIN by the story on Oprah. Thank you for telling and sharing your story. Congrats on the arrival of Hazel she is so pretty. I will be watching for an udated show and will continue to read your SV blog. Thank you for sharing your love of God through both of your children with each story you right.
Matt & Ginny,I am so grateful you decided to share your story. I love your faith & your love. Thank you, you have no idea how much you have impacted my life. I'm so blown away by the two of you!
Matt & Ginny,I watched you guys on Oprah yesterday and prayed that God would be glorified through Eliot's story. I truly believe that He was and that He will use your story to draw people to Him. It's hard to make sense of God's plans sometimes but He is so worthy of our trust. Thank you for sharing Eliot's sweet life with us and congratulations on the upcoming birth of his new brother or sister!Hugs and prayers from FL!Mandi
I followed Eliot's blog for several months and I'm happy to know that you guys are updating again. Congrats on the sweet baby girl. I am sure Eliot is so proud of his new baby sister. As I was checking blogs this morning, I came across many people commenting on the Oprah segment. This is one of several that I read. Thought you would like to see: http://brendaacuncius.typepad.com/my_weblog/Eliot continues to touch people across this nation!
You guys are just amazing. I loved seeing Eliot (and of course both of you) on Oprah! It is so cool how God is using all of your lives to speak to people...Way to go Eliot!
I saw you on Oprah yesterday, and I wanted to thank you for letting the world see your story. Your faith shines and gave hope to so many. I too have seen God's hand work in ways that to the world looked impossible. My almost 8 month old son is only here today because of God, and he's doing things doctors said he never would. You all will be in my thoughts and daily prayer. Praying peace and love from the Father fills you, and that you are daily reminded that His glory shines through all of this! Eliot's little life was not in vain, it meant something to many! I am truly blessed. Congrats on your new baby girl! I look forward to seeing more pictures! :-D God bless you always!In his Grip,Sarahmama to:Jesse -4Kathryn -2 1/2Liam - almost 8 monthsand baby comming April 2009www.xanga.com/sing4Jesus83
I saw your blog about Eliot months ago. I was led to it by another friend. I'm amazed at your courage and strength. I wish that you could of included Eliot's "girlfriend" in the Oprah story. Your families are simply amazing. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.
I have been a long time follower of Eliot's blog. I found it through the Robinson's blog (I have grown up in Fayetteville and still live here). When I saw Eliot's picture at the beginning of Oprah yesterday I was so excited! You both did a wonderful job and look forward to seeing you again on Friday's Oprah. As God continues to use Eliot's story here on Earth, it must make you so proud. Congrats on the baby girl also. She is so beautiful! Praying for Friday's show.Kate Floyd
I watched your story on Oprah and was in tears the entire time. I can't even imagine the loss you feel. But you both are so inspiring. I have two little girls and after hearing how much you celebrated each day of little Eliots's life, it makes me want to be a better mother and take in all the precious moments of life. I am so happy for you to have a new special spirit in your home. Thank you so much for your strength and faith in God. Lindsay in NC
I saw you on Oprah yesterday and I felt compelled to share with you how moved I have been by your story. Your courage to share Eliot with the world is a gift for the rest of us. I have been reminded by your story to enjoy the little moments with my children each and every day. In these little moments is where love and joy reside. Thank you thank you thank you for reminding me what is truely important. I will remember your story and Eliot every day.I wish you every happiness with your new daughter and the little moments that she shares with you.
Oh....it was soooo great!! Ginny you look beautiful!!! I was saying to myself....I know its a girl and her name is Hazel Emerson Mooney :)I will watch Friday as well! Eliot's sweet face made me smile all over again! How proud you must be of your boy.Lisa
Matt and Ginny,All my friends here in Chicago are talking about how moved they are by the video and your story.Praise God! Your trust and complete faith has given Him so much glory.Love you!Katyo
Well, I am only 15 but my aunt sent the 99 Balloons Video of Elliots story to my mother and she had me watch it. I was so amazed at your guys faith and your praises for God. I love children and plan on having some one day. This story really touched me and helped me realize that no matter what the circumstance is it's still important to have faith and praise god. I'm so sorry for your loss, but congrats on your new addition.God Bless You & Your Family!Catie
Matt and Ginny,I am praying for your family..your son has touched my heart forever, how such a small boy could be so strong, and hold out that long. I'm only in highschool but seeing all of this on Eliot has made me cherish every minute of my life and appriciate everything i have. I have a little sister and thinking of this, wow you both are so strong.. hang in there! and congrats on your new baby(= - Olivia.
Thank you for sharing the journey of your precious son. I am touched. I know what it is like to celebrate the month birthday's. I made my son a birthday cake when he turned 18 months old. Our son is now 3 years old. He is also a miracle. I forwarded your story to someone whos precious daughter also went to be with Lord. Thank you for the scripture at the end of your video. Blessed be the name of the Lord.Evelyn www.caringbridge.org/visit/samuelmann
Thank you for sharing the journey of your son. I too celebrated each day. On my son's 18 months birthday, I baked him a cake that said "Happy 18 month Birthday". It may seem silly but I know you appreciate the meaning. Our son is now 3 years old and was diagnoised with Thanatophoric Dyplaysia. Praise God that in his weakness God is made strong.Thank you for sharing that verse at the end of the video. I emailed the video to someone who's precious little girl also went to be with the Lord. May that verse bring her comfort.
Praise Jesus for your bold testimony of His Grace! You have encouraged countless brothers and sisters in Christ and "not-yet" beleivers! Ginny, I am so honored to say I know you. We went to college together and took a road trip to Seattle (Bebo Norman concert). You have been faithful and bold for Him -- thank you for your awesome example! Congrats on your beautiful little girl! In HIM, Jamie (Edwards) Morscheck
Matt and Ginny, I saw your video 99 balloons on Oprah yesterday with my mom, and I was extremely moved by the video and your story. You two are extraordinary people who have an amazing faith in God. You are both amazing parents as well. Eliot was most certainly sent here for a reason and he shined God's light for not only you two to see, but now all of us have seen it. It amazes me how God works. Eliot was such blessing and I will continue to pray for your family and your new little daughter and that your life is truly blessed by God. You two deserve all the happiness and joy in the world and I know God will bless you both with that. :)
I saw your story on Oprah and I am truly moved by your faithfulness to our Lord Jesus. So many times the ememy will use situation like this to distroy families. Your story has really inspired me. God is so amazing. My heart goes out to Oprah and other non believers because the type of strength and peace your family has displayed only comes from the true living God Jesus Christ. Congrats on the new baby. Continue seeking Jesus!
I saw your story on Oprah and I am truly moved by your faithfulness to our Lord Jesus. So many times the ememy will use situation like this to distroy families. Your story has really inspired me. God is so amazing. My heart goes out to Oprah and other non believers because the type of strength and peace your family has displayed only comes from the true living God Jesus Christ. Congrats on the new baby. Continue seeking Jesus!God bless, Ari
Although Eliot there was error in Eliot's development, there was certainly no error in the parents that were chosen for him. Thank you for you video. It was something I needed to remind me that the time to celebrate is now and sadness is for later. Eliot's story is inspiring. The strength he had to beat his odds...what an amazing kid. Congrats on your daughter. She is blessed already.-Ev Straker
Although Eliot there was error in Eliot's development, there was certainly no error in the parents that were chosen for him. Thank you for your video. It was something I needed to remind me that the time to celebrate is now and sadness is for later. Eliot's story is inspiring. The strength he had to beat his odds...what an amazing kid. Congrats on your daughter. She is blessed already.-Ev Straker
I am moved by your story...please pray for a couple in North Carolina! You can visit their sight at www.caringbridge.org/visit/hannaholliday Their daughter has AML Leukemia and the prognosis is not good. She is such a beautiful little girl. The family is searching right now and could really use our prayers! Thank you for showing how to love God through the "storms"
Could you please pray for a couple here in NC with a daughter with AML Leukemia. They are really searching for answers right now - if you could take a second to read their journal entries - you could see how badly they need our prayers! The website is:www.caringbridge.org/visit/hannaholliday Thank you for showing us people that know the goodness of God through the "storms" of life!
Please visitwww.caringbridge.org/visit/hannahollidayThey desperately need our prayers. They are really searching. Thank you for showing how to love God through the "storms".
Please pray for a little girl in NC. You can visit her sight at www.caringbridge.org/visit/hannaholliday Her parents are really searching and could really use our prayers. Thank you for being an example of how to love God through the storms of life. Debbie in NC
I re-lived Eliot's life all over again when I watched Oprah. You gys continue to touch the lives of so many and I continue to use your line, "I can be sad later." You inspire be with your energy and attitude.Christina (Graffeo)
Matt and Ginny, I am so glad that Anna let me know about Oprah's special on miracle children. I cried tears of joy watching as I knew that Eliot's life was again getting the chance to change the lives of others. What a true miracle he IS! I pray that you are settling in well with Hazel and will be waiting to get home and watch Oprah's update Friday. Much love,Holly and Adam Johnson
I saw Oprah yesterday and was just thrilled to know your sweet Eliot is still impacting this world for Jesus. I found your blog for Eliot a long time ago, just after he had gone home to Jesus.I am not sure if I have commented before or not but... Then last November, at our 20 week ultrasound we were given an "incompatible with life" diagnosis and told our baby would live only a few hours at best. He is 8 months old today!!!Eliot and you guys were a great source of encouragement to us through our whole pregnancy. Many congrats on baby Hazel. continued prayers for your hearts and healing as you raise your 2nd child.
I am sure I will sound like a broken record after all of these amazing comments- I am 22 and from Salt Lake. Myself and my family are members of SOFT, or Support Organization for Trisomy. We have conferences ever year and they are absolutely amazing. My sister was two weeks from her heart surgery date when she died, and this organization has helped me so much keep her alive in my life. Visit trisomy.org for more info and photos. The President, Barb VanHerreweghe lives in Rochester and has a 27 year old daughter with Trisomy. I was inspired by your story. Always glad to know someone else out there can understand.
Great job the other day :) I can't wait to see the update! I hope you get an opportunity to tell how you used Elliot's life and the lessons learned from him as a springboard for ministry to others.God bless you ALL.
I love all these comments. I got 2 phone calls during Oprah of people bawling their eyes out. Sweet Eliot boy, your life meant a LOT. Can't wait to see Hazel - where do you go after being on Oprah during your first month of life?
Hi, Kara and I saw Eliots video on (Especially Heather's site) and we cried and cried. You are an inspiration !! Love, Sherri & Karawww.caringbridge.org/oh/kara
Dear fellow parentsI just became a parent 7 and a half months a go, i have a perfect little boy, i am very thank full for that...i never watch tv (not to say ophars) but...that day i did and i ma very glad that i did, i was so moved, so full of hope and love by you that i had to write to you to say : you are my heroes!!! When we became parents it is so much love, and you give so much, so that to overcome all that and be able to give it is extraordinarily.Eliot is a blessing he is in good hands and looking for you from "there" he is a angel and Good bless you.with all my hart.
Matt & Ginny,I stumbled upon your blog and the 99 balloons video earlier this week. I know a little girl who died on September 1 at 3 days old from Edwards Syndrome... Your story has been a great encouragement as I process the reasoning behind her short life.I have worked at a church for 3 years now, but no schooling or ministry experience could have prepared me for the feelings I have felt over the past two months. Thank you for sharing your story - its been a blessing.Katie
I watched your segment on Oprah yesterday and cried all through it. What a wonderful tribute to your son that you did with the letters to him. And...congratulations on your upcoming new baby! Wendy
Ginny, Matt - Congratulations! So very pleased to know that your willingness to share your hearts and your son (and now baby Hazel) with the world has had such an incredible response. God truly has chosen to work through you and Eliot to reach so many people, and I pray that He will continue to do so. You guys are awesome :)Sara T./Houston
Dear Ginny & Matt,Thank you so much for your bravery in sharing your son's life with the world! I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like to have spent 99 days with your son, and then for his time on earth to have ended. Just watching your tribute to him on Oprah and youtube.com has turned me into a puddle, as well as everyone else that I've showed it to, and reading your past blogs on your other blog site have had the same effect. I had not heard of you or Eliot prior to Tuesday's Oprah show, and I have not been able to get you out of my mind since then. I've watched the 99 Balloons tribute a few times now, and what comes to mind every time are my two kids (2 yrs. & 6 months), and without going on and on (as I'm known to do :-), I just want you to know that you and Eliot are my heros; he was so adorable, not to mention an amazing fighter! And of course congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter, Hazel. With sincere respect, and warmest regards, Bianca
Matt and Ginny,I cannot tell you how much I relate to your story, and how glad I am that you shared it! I'm a fellow sister in the Lord, a fellow T18 parent, and I even came from (and have family in Arkansas). Your experience was so familiar, and I was crying and cheering the whole way through, because I KNOW -- the beauty, the pain, and the glory. Thanks so much for sharing with the world.
Hi you don't know me but I heard about you on Oprah. My husband's Aunt and Uncle just had a baby born with Trisomy 18. Here is their blog.http://allyouneedisasmile.blogspot.com/
Matt and Ginny,I happened upon your blog through a friend's facebook who's status said you would be on Oprah today. I had some time here at work and started reading your blog, I then began reading Eliots blog and was moved to tears. A few hours have gone by and after reading post after post I was stunned when I read Ginny's post on January 10, 2008. Not only is that my birthday, but praying to God and asking him for a life that isn't normal is something I've prayed for myself since I was 12 years old. I am now honored to read your words and your story, to see the gift God has given you through Eliot and your new little one. My life is changed through your story and countless others will be as well. I thank God for you and will pray for you in the coming days.
Hi,I watched Oprah on Tuesdayand gave thanks to God. When I heard the silence and the sobs in the audience, I could feel God's presence there. Thank you for letting God use your family. He is working in a mighty, mighty way!Randi Booth
My son sent me the 99 balloons video clip with the note "I don't think I've ever seen anyone describe the joy and the dedication of being the parent of a T-18 baby so beautifully." We're one of the families who has been blessed with a beautiful granddaughter who was born with Trisomy 18, and who turned eight years old this year. Despite her medical fragility, she continues to bring joy to our lives, just as Eliot brought such joy to you during his short life. Congraulations on your beautiful new baby!
Thank you for sharing your experience with the world. You have truly shown that we can do all things through God who strengthens us! Congratulations on celebrating the life of such a beautiful baby, your Eliot. God knew what he was doing when he gave Eliot to such an amazing couple. I wish you both and your precious baby Hazel all the best. Peace be with you!
Thank you so much for sharing your story on Oprah! So much can be learned from Eliot's short life! Congratulations on sweet Hazel, she is beautiful!Blessings!
i just saw you guys on Oprah. I was a little annoyed when Mark said "90-some odd days." Eliot lived 99 amazing days and each and every day was remarkable and worth noting!!! Congratulation on your new wonderful addition. And thank you for your wonderfully refreshing perspective on life. I hug my son (who was also born oct 14th 2008) a lot more throughout the day because of your story, and i also thank God for such a beautiful blessing.Sarah in SoCal
I had watched Eliot's video many times but seeing it on 'the big screen' on Oprah made me cry all over again. Your strength and faith is amazing. Thank you for sharing your story!!!! Hugs for Hazel too!
I am so moved by your strength! I am so happy that Oprah had your update on today because the 10/28 show was interrupted by local breaking news. Thank you for taking your love and strength and teaching others. I had never heard of Tristomy 18 until today...You are truly an amazing couple and congrats on the new baby girl!!!
again, proud of you and happy for you both. eliot is proud, i'm sure of all three of you.
I've never been so touched by anything in my life like I was by eliot's life, your story and video. I'm an attorney in LR for DHS and a UA alum. I think rEcess is ABSOLUTELY awesome. It makes me wish I was still in Fayetteville so that I could volunteer. God bless your family of four.
That was one of the most moving videos I have ever seen. Reflecting upon it afterward, I imagined God sending down this precious gift for the world to behold for only a short time. And, then seeing a burst of colorful balloons floating his way in gratitude. I have a special needs child and your video made me take pause to be thankful for the honor I have been given, despite the daily challenges. Thank you!
What a wonderful testimony you were to the grace of God. Enjoy your precious baby.
Hi there. I am a NICU nurse at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nshville, TN. After seeing your story I have been so touched by your family. You gave me a renewed inspiration in my job and reminded me that each day we can give a parent with their child does matter. You are inspiring parents and I wish you the best with your beautiful new baby girl. All my love and gratitude...Alisha
Matt & Ginny, After I got home from my daughter's grave sight I turned on the tv to find your beautiful son's story. Elliot's story touched my heart in ways most will never know. This May I lost my daughter to Triplody. It is a really rare Chromosone disorder that is fatal. I wanted you two to know that your story and the way you handled things really hit home for me. I was sooo happy that you chose to celebrate his life and the day he went to Jesus!! Congrats on your new baby and may God bless you.
Wow... my friend told me about your video, and I just watched it on youtube...and absolutely sobbed my eyes out. I am so thankful that you knew the Lord was holding you through that, and that you will use your precious little boy's life as a testimony... I don't have words to do justice what I want to say... but... bless you and your new beginning!Julie Presleyjulie_presley48@yahoo.com
A friend told me about your video on Youtube, and I just absolutely sobbed my way through it. I am so thankful that you had the Lord to hold on to during that time, and that because of HIM, you can use this all as a testimony. There are not words to say what I want to say to you, but... God bless you and your new beginning. Julie Presley
I know my message is one in hundreds, but after learning about your family on Oprah today (I tivoed!) I forced my husband to sit down with me to watch your story. As parents of three young ones, all conceived through reproductoin medicine, we thought we understood blessings and each day we cherish our children as much as we know how. After seeing your story, you bring a whole new meaning to devotion, love and strength. You are the true meaning to "mother" and "father" and unconditional loving care. There is no doubt that Eliot lived a full happy life in your hands. God Bless you and your new baby on the way. I have been moved more than I ever thought I could...
I just viewed "99 Balloons" today. I was so touched by Eliot's courage and your willingness to share your faith in God with the world. Our family has experienced His miracles this year, as my two-year old grandson was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia. It's drawn us all closer to God, and we celebrate EVERYTHING now in our family! Congratulations on your new baby girl!
Your video moved me to tears while watching Oprah. I have a little one that is 3 months old so I think that is why it had such an impact. Thank you for your strength and courage for sharing this story. May God bless your family. I hope you don't mind, but I am posting a blog with your video on it. Congrats on your baby girl. May the Lord bless you all the days of your life.Much love,Bri
Thank you so much for sharing Eliot's life with us. You have forever changed my life. You are the most beautiful family I have ever seen. I pray God's richest blessings on you, and I pray he will continue to use you to impact on the world.
I saw 99 balloons on myspace a hour ago. So glad you have this and I'm able to leave a comment. Just wanted to say sorry for your loss with Eliot and congrats on your new daughter. Hope all is well with you. You will forever be in my prayers. Take care, lots of love, and God bless.
I received an invite several months ago to watch Eliot's story on YouTube. Although we will never know each other, I couldn't help but feel close to your family as I heard your voice and looked at the two of you loving your child. I was thrilled to see you on Oprah! And moved again when she shared Eliot's story with the world. One thing Ginny said will forever stay with me - We can be sad later. WOW! How blessed you both are to have recognized that and to celebrate every minute of those 99 days with your beautiful baby boy. I congratulate you on your baby girl and wish you all the happiness you deserve.Thank you for sharing your story. With gratitude,Sophia Marchi (Chicago, IL)
I learned about Eliot's story early this year when a friend sent me the YouTube link. I was so moved by your love for Eliot . . .so touched by your spirit. I was thrilled to see you on Oprah and congratulate you both on the arrival of baby Hazel. One thing that Ginny said on Oprah that will stay with me forever is . . . "we could be sad later". WOW. Very powerful and so true. I honor you both that you live your life this way. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you and your family much happiness, love, and laughter.Warm regards,Sophia Marchi (Chicago IL)
How's Hazel? Any new pics you could share with us. Loved watching you on Oprah. I have joined forces with Michael Hennessey to do all future races in the name of Trisomy 13 and 18 to raise awareness about these children and their heroic families. I have posted about Eliot, posted your video, and linked to your blog on my blog. If you would like to follow my journey my blog is www.mommymeepa.blogspot.comYou are all in my prayers. Take care, Melissa
Update us on Hazel!!
Hi, I was just wondering if you have a spare moment to give words of advice or love to my friend.She just found out that the angel she is caring inside her has Trisomy 18. Here is her blog;http://thehigginfam.blogspot.com/Thanks :)
Just watched your segment on Oprah.I can't stop crying, not out of sadness but because of Eliot's beauty and you,his beautiful parents. You, your son and your faith humble me.
Ginny, I paid a tribute in part to you and women like you on my blog, November 17th entry. I praise God for you.
You're pro-life message is profound! You and your wife have such a strong Faith in God and it shines through in your actions and words! May God continue to bless you and your growing family!God bless!Michelle in MO
I have been reading through Eliot's journal.... It has been two years since you had to open your hands and let go.... yet everyday is a continual letting go process... This journey through grief is an amazing journey... somedays you wonder why? Other days you say Thank you so much Lord for letting us have _______ for as long you did.... Thank you for sharing your hearts and being honest. That is hard to do with grief.... not to just say oh we're ok.... We know.
A friend had Eliot's video posted on her Facebook, and as I sit here and sob both tears of happiness and pure pain, I am thankful for the message you share. You don't know me, and my situation is different, but I'm hoping God's grace and strength is the same. Thank you for sharing your lives with the world and allowing us strangers a glimpse at your beautiful son's life. May God continue to bless your family.
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