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It has now been several weeks since the message board has been updated.  The messages shared so far will continue to be shown here, but new ones will not be added.  Thank you again to all of you who have shared your support, both publicly and privately.  It has been (and continues to be) greatly appreciated.

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You don't know me but I've been following your story and just wanted to let you know I'm praying for your family.  I drop by your blogspot often for updates and what to pray for.   
~Wendy~
A friend of a friend
 

Dear Jason & Kelli,
We have not written in awhile, but have still been praying for all of you from Florida.  I couldn’t help but respond today after I read about you wanting to be happy about Callie’s one-year-birthday coming in Nov., but at the same time having some memories from this time last year when you were faced with so many challenges.   I think anyone would tell you that you wouldn’t be normal not to have those feelings.  You and Jason suffered a tremendous loss so it’s natural to still feel that pain sometime.
Paul’s Dad passed away over 30 years ago on Oct. 19th.  Throughout our marriage, I have always been amazed how he never feels the need to visit his Dad’s grave or have some kind of remembrance of him on the day he died.  He reminded me that he cherishes the man that his Dad was and tries to do something useful to honor him on that day like fix something(he was an engineer), especially on his birthday.  Now, I try to do the same thing in memory of my Dad on his birthday, Nov. 21st.  He loved fried chicken so we eat fried chicken.
So, as you celebrate Callie’s birthday and remember your other precious girls, just claim the awesome victories in your life that God has accomplished this year—every need met, every prayer answered, every tear felt.  You all continue to be a light for Christ to so many others so don’t forget how God is using you “to work together for good!”
Love,
Your Niceville Florida Cousins
Joan, Paul, Julia & Meredith 

 
Just wanted to tell you that your family is still in our prayers at Sav-A-Life East, in my Tuesday night Bible study and my Sunday school class...and my personal prayers as well.  Thanks for reminding us of the anniversary's at this time.  I'm sorry for the sadness of your losses.  Only ones who have been there can truly understand and you have met many.  Thank you for keeping us informed in your blog.  I check it every morning and every afternoon.  Really!  Please continue to trust the Lord and to be patient with one another and love each other.  I'm sure the stress is incredible at times.  Your commitment is to the Lord to love one another.  In your weakness, allow His strength to uphold you.  And when you really get angry, bite your tongue!  God bless you both, and Wyatt and Callie
In Christ,
Jan Monski

Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you!  I just love the new pics of Jason and Callie.  She is just beautiful....just beautiful.  It's so nice to see her so big.  I adore her smile.  We love you guys and wish we were closer so we could see you.
Love, hugs, and kisses,
Kristi, Guy, Conrad and Teague
 

I stumbled upon your website while searching some March of Dimes information.  What a miracle from God you have!  I had a baby at 28 weeks in March of 2006.  He (Max) weighed 1 pound 15 ounces, and he was 13 inches long.  We stayed at University of Alabama Birmingham hospital for 91 days, which pales in comparision to your lengthy stay.  It was amazing to see God perform miracles daily in Max's life.  I enjoy hearing from other parents who have experiences having preemies.  I'm sure you would agree with me that no one can fully understand what it is like unless you've experienced it first hand!  Max is two and a half now, and is in perfect health.  They are certainly miracles!  I am looking forward to keeping in touch with you!
Abby Crews, Geneva, Alabama

 
Thank you for taking us on your journey.  We have enjoyed reading everyday what was happening.  I have cried, laughed, and PRAYED through it all.  Please know that we (even if you don’t have time to keep us posted) will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.  You all are an awesome family with lots of prayer power.  There have been a lot of prayers for us from your parents, so we KNOW that God hears when you pray.
Love to all,
Bob and Barbara
P.S.  Hope Wyatt will soon get to pull Callie in the wagon!

 
Those pictures of her and her "apple hat" are adorable!  She is just precious!
Thanks
Evangelia Brown
 
Praise God that y'all are home now!  Hopefully Callie will adjust and get into her routine soon!  Thank you Lord for healing her little body and for giving all of you such strength.
Prayers from Birmingham,  The Simmons Family
 
Kelli:
I hope you enjoy today with Wyatt and Callie. It's been a long time coming.
Take care of yourself!
Tracy
 
Jason, Kelli, Wyatt, and Callie,
We heard the last few weeks have been very tough on all of you.  We are hoping and praying for you all.  We pray that Callie continues to strengthen and be her happy self again.  We pray that you all get some peace and rest.  And, Kelli, I pray that you and Wyatt are able to make many special memories in the days and weeks to come.
Hang in there. 
Steve, Morgan, Jake and Henry Espeland
 
Kelli & Jason,
We are glad to hear the good news of Callie's recovery.  We're also glad to hear that Wyatt is doing well!
We will continue to send positive thoughts your direction as well as our prayers.
I am amazed by both your strength and faith.  Your children are lucky to have you both.
Sincerely,
Kim, Duane & Dominic
 
Jason and Kelli,
   Your faith and strength truly give testimony to how good God is.  He walks through everything with us and since He has already been there, He knows exactly what we need.  I have no doubt this road has been filled with fear, anxiety, elation, sadness, lonliness, and utter joy.  Callie is blessed to have you as parents.  My family prays for you often!
Cammie Bryant Eanes
(I hope you remember me from Trussville)
 
News of the successful ASD closure & heart cath has brought tears to my eyes!  We are praising with you and continuing to pray as she heals! 
Richelle Simmons (in Bham) and family
 
FANTASTIC news!  I've been quietly continuing to follow your updates, and pray for your family, all these long months (though seldom send a comment).  With the awesome news about Callie's successful ASD repair, I just couldn't stay silent any longer.  WOOOOHOOOO!!!!
She's such a fighter, and I pray that she will continue to grow stronger with each day.  Did the doctors give you a good explanation regarding her (~1 pound) weight loss?  I'm hoping they told you something that could put your mind at ease.
Thank you so much for keeping us updated, so we can most effectively pray for your sweet little girl (and for the rest of your family!).
With love,
The Woodrows (friends of the Stones, in Alabama)
 
Jason and Kelli:
Wonderful, wonderful news! Your excitement is palpable, and that's such a relief for all of us worried about all of you.
May Callie continue on the fast track to her cozy crib at HOME!
Tracy
 
Medders,
I've commited to praying for Callie and your entire family today. I will be on my knees praying for a safe procedure, wisdom for the doctors, and peace for you as you wait upon the Lord.
Your sister in Christ,
Elizabeth Tangquist
 
Read your blog tonite and I want to let you know our prayers are with all of you.  and little Callie with her surgery tomorrow.  The pictures of her are just darling.  Thank you for posting them and keeping all of us updated on Little Callie.  I do not know you but I have kept up with all the readings of your blogs, and seems like I am just part of the family  worried about little Callie.  God Bless
We are lifting you all up to our Father right now...and continue to do so daily...
Love,
The Ferrill's in AL
 
Dear Kelli, Jason, Wyatt & Callie,
I’m sorry we haven’t written in awhile, but we have continued to follow your blog and prayer requests.  Although we know this(being back in the NICU) is not as convenient as being at home, we praise God for the wonderful care that Callie is receiving there.  Wyatt will be fine and I’m sure he knows you are where you need to be.  We’ve enjoyed the precious pictures of both of the children.
I recently got a letter from Aunt Pansy(Jason’s grandmother) and she told us about moving to Assisted Living.  She sounded very content there. I know that will be helpful for Charlotte.   My mother lives in Assisted Living also about 3 miles from our home.  She wears a locket around her neck with a picture of herself and Aunt Pansy when they were at Auburn in the 1940s.  Although they can’t visit each other anymore, their special bond is still there. 
Our girls(age 8) continue to pray for Callie every night and have enjoyed seeing all the photos of her growing.  I remind them of the precious miracle she is all the time.
We wish you “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Great is they Faithfulness, Lord unto me.”   I have been singing this old hymn to my girls since they were babies and today they can claim it for themselves.
We will especially be in prayer for Callie’s heart cath. Next week. 
Love,
Joan, Paul, Julia & Meredith
Niceville,FL
 
Hi Jason and Kelli,
I visit your page every few days, but I haven’t looked since last week.  My heart just broke when I read Callie was back in the hospital.  We pray for you all continuously, but we will be more specific in our prayers that the heart cath will be done in God’s timing. 
Kelli,
I can’t imagine what you are going through with all the worries and concerns that continually flow through your mind.  I am praying that God will give you strength and take away your worries and concerns.  Just know that He IS in control even though sometimes you feel He isn’t.  You are the most wonderful mom in the world!  You have been through so much  but continue to take such wonderful care of your children.  You are an inspiration to me.  I am so thankful you were able to enjoy a wonderful afternoon with Wyatt a few days ago.  I know that meant the world to you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all daily.
Love,
Stacie Hall Chapman – MSU
 
Dear Kelli & Jason, we at SALE have never stopped praying for you.  "Our" little Callie is certainly a fighter!  I wish I had the answers to your 'why's'.  But, our comfort comes in knowing the One Who does have all the answers.  He has you in the palm of His hand.  We continue to pray for wisdom, strength, healing and rest.  Just keep keeping on, and know that you are loved.
Jan Monski
 
Kelly and Jason,
I was just thinking about you all again.   I had kept this and thought
about it again this afternoon.  It was something that I saved a while
back.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me."
John 14:1
Often we anticipate trouble before it comes. What may happen transforms
into worry. Worry creates fear. God wants us to give Him all of our
cares, trusting Him with our anxiety. When we worry we are not trusting.
God loves us with perfect love, and in the midst of that perfect love
there is no fear or anxiety. His Spirit dwells within us. Not a spirit
of fear but of power, love and sound mind. We have peace when we trust
in His love, ability, promises, and faithfulness, regardless of what may
or may not come our way. Prayer Fill my heart with Your perfect love,
casting aside all of my fear and anxiety, doubts and worry. I choose
today to trust You, regardless of the possibility of what may be. My
expectation is in You.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Debbie & Jeff Hodgson
 
Just wanted to let you know that we have been praying with you, celebrating the accomplishments and aching with you when things aren't going as well.  As a mom that went on 6 months bedrest with twins about when we started hearing about your pregnancy I feel strangely connected.  I am a distant member of the MOM group living in Perham, MN - but hope to get to the meetings to meet some of the members when I can (and pray that you will again be home with your family).  God bless you and your family.
Celeste
 
Kelli and Jason,
  It seems like just yesterday that Rob and Kimi and Greg and I saw you Christmas shopping at the mall with Wyatt.  Things were so easy then huh?  So much has changed since the last time we were able to see you guys!  Although we have never written to you we check your blog daily.  Kelli, over the last two years I have cried and laughed with you so many times!  When you get tired and lonely please remember that you have so many awesome prayer warriors here in Trussville alabama who are just longing to fight this battle with you.  I promise you that every every single Sunday when I step through the doors of FBC Trussville some of the  first words I hear are about our precious Callie.  Please know how much we love you and pray for you.  I don't have any wonderful words of encouragement.  So, I will leave you with some scripture that helped me when my mom was sick...
"I will look up to the mountains-does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made the heavens and the earth!
He will not let you stumble and fall;
the one who watches over you will not sleep.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel never tires and never sleeps.
The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both NOW and forever." 
Psalm 121
We love you Kelli, Jason, Wyatt and Callie!
Beth, Greg and Noah Williams
 
Hello Precious Medders Family, 
We are NICU friends of your friends Ashley & Eric Wood in Birmingham.  Ashley and I became mothers together during our many weeks in the NICU back in 2005, and we will always share birthdays, joys and sorrows, and our faith.  Although Lawson came into the world a month before my twins, Ashley & I shared the same due date.  We also shared the experience of watching God miraculously heal our tiny babies, and let us bring them home.  Ashley shared with me your story last year & we have prayed many times.  I wanted you to know that we are praying now for all of you, that His healing hands hold precious Callie and heal her heart and lungs.  Also that He give you peace, rest, and unwavering faith that He can do anything.  Callie is a beautiful, strong angel who has much good to do on this earth!
God Bless each of you!  Richelle & Chad Simmons
 
Kelli and Jason,
Life continues to throw sharp curves at your family and you keep walking the walk.  Beth and I read your blog and discuss it often, we cry and laugh with you, but we are always in awe of your committment, honesty and courage.  Thank you for continuing to share your life with all of us, it can't be easy to find the words or the time to share your heart.  Callie has become family to us and we pray for her daily as she comes to mind.  We wish we could be there to lend support.   I look forward to the day that we get the Medders and Patterson kids together.  We are proud of you, and we love you all!!  Give Callie and Wyatt a big ole kiss from us.
Sandy and John Patterson

Medders,
I accidentally happened upon your blog this past weekend, and read about the last year of your life in the course of several days. My heart broke for your family and got excited with every improvement Callie had, even though they were in the past. When I finally got up-to-date in real time yesterday and learned that Callie had been placed back in the hospital the grief I felt for you was unbelievable, even though I have no connection to you. The tone of Kelli's blog was so deflated, I worried so much for you even though I don't know you. I will pray for you all. You have two amazingly strong children, Wyatt for handling the separation so well and Callie for fighting so hard to survive. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading about Callie's improvements.
--
Ashlee
 
You don't know me, but my name is Iana and I am married to Brian Ham. Brian, Kellie, and 'Carrow were friends in high school and 'Carrow and I became friends after Brian and I got married. 'Carrow emailed me with a prayer request for you guys last summer and she included your blog address. I have been checking it almost daily ever since, reading about your life and journey. I cannot imagine what the last year and a half must have been like for you guys and I am continually amazed at the strength of your faith and your willingness to be so transparent with everyone.
I will continue to pray for you ALL - for strength - emotionally and physically - and that you will find comfort spiritually. Most of all, I pray that sweet, beautiful Callie will soon be healthy and back at home with her family in Fargo. 
~Iana Ham
 
Wow, Kelli! I know you don't know me but I check up with you nearly every day!!
I'm praying for you , Jason & Callie that things will get under control and the doctors will figure out the best course of treatment and that you will be back in Fargo with Wyatt before you know it!!
God IS in control ~ just keep remembering that Kelli. He knows what Callie needs and he also knows what you need.
Know that prayers are being lifted up for you today.
Cheryl Ezell 
 

Wow!! We are praying fervently for all of you.  Once again it is getting difficult for all of you.  But we KNOW that God still has all of you in his powerful, capable hands.  Please know that none of you are forgotten!! We are praying, praying, praying!!! We look forward to God answering our prayers and being glorified!!!  We love you guys!!
The Martins

My prayers are with you, may God intervene and help Callie recover quickly!  I am also praying for the family, I can not imagine how stressful this time is for you.  I will also say an extra special prayer for little Wyatt...his world is so safe,  but I am sure he worries about his little sister also.  Thank God for grandparents close by...they always jump in and help.  God bless you all expecially little Callie! 
Susan Osland
Breckenridge MN
 
Hi,
While we have never met, I have been praying for your sweet family for months. Each night as I sit down to the computer I go to your blog and look for updates. My heart broke when I found out Callie wasn't well and back in the hospital.Please know that I am praying for your family and hope that Callie is well soon. Hang in there! 
Michele H.
Phoenix, AZ
 
Kelli, Jason, Wyatt, and Callie,
I can tell you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted right now, so I will pray that God will miraculously give you rest, strength, comfort, and peace in a way that only HE can.  I hurt so much for your family.  Life is very tough for you right now, and oh, how I wish I could ease the heartache you’re going through.
We love your family,
Dennis and Ann Hill
 
Kelli and Jason:
May Callie's stay in Minneapolis be a quick one. I hope her doctors can give you the answers you seek and get the little lady on the road to recovery in a hurry.
Take care, 
Tracy
 
Hi.  Just a quick note to let you know that we are praying for your family right now.  The Haman Family
 
Dear Medders Family,
I've been reading your posts for a long time and write occasionally. I just want you to know that I'm still praying for you and the new challenge in Callie's care. May God provide exactly what she needs from her specialists in the cities and give you the peace of mind and rest in knowing that she is in good hands.
You are the best parents for her . . . I am continually amazed at how you pull it together for your sweet Callie. Even tho it is a struggle (especially your quiet times) know that there are others praying and pulling for you when you don't have the strength to pray on your own.
God bless you!
Jodi S.
 
Hi Jason, Kelli, Wyatt & Callie,
I'm so sorry to hear of your struggles with baby Callie.  We are sad to hear that you're making another trek to MSP, but glad you are in the care of folks who know you and your daughter.
Our thoughts, prayers, and wishes for a speedy homecoming are with you.
Sincerely,
Duane, Kim & Dominic
 
Dear Beautiful Family of Medders,
You all remain in my prayers each evening when I visit with the good Lord. I never know quite what to pray for when it comes to your busy family, so I always simply pray that you receive what you need that day. Whether it be healing for Callie, energy for Mom, patience for Wyatt, guidance for Dad, peace for all of you, or anything else, may you be blessed with what you need. Thank you for sharing your feelings so deeply - you keep me grounded and keep my life in perspective.
With love and compassion,
Rebecca Kurowski (and Family)
Sartell, MN
 
Jason and Kelli:
I just got back from a long weekend that involved a stop in the Cities (and a few recalls of my last trip to the Cities, which involved meeting an amazing young Southern gal) and saw your recent blogs.
Please know I'm thinking about you and sending some strong healing vibes to Miss Callie. I wish both you and Callie weren't having such a rough stretch right now, and I'm hopeful that brighter days are in the very near future.
Take care of yourselves. 
Tracy
 
Dear Kelli,
I haven't posted in a while but I want you to know I still continue to pray for little Callie every day! What a fighter she is! And what great parents (and big brother!) she has! I just felt like God was urging me to write you and give you a bit of encouragement today! ...I love reading your blog because you truly express how you are feeling: good and bad and yet you can read between the lines  and see that you have a deep faith and strength. Kelli, have a such great sense of humor and I love your pet names for Miss Callie, too! From experience, I believe laughter, even in tough times, is truly one of the best "medicines" out there! I bet MISS PRISS will get a kick out of reading about herself one day! What a legacy you're leaving her!... Just from your remarks, I believe your deepest desire is for Callie to get strong and well so that you can just do the normal  everyday things others, (like me), often take for granted. Just taking the kids to WalMart for instance!So, that is my prayer for you today, that it won't be long till you can do just that!!! ...As a mom of 5 and grandmother to 4, I cannot imagine what you have gone through for the past year. My little grandson is a preemie--he was born in December of this past year, and while he is fine now, just experiencing his hospitalization for a couple of weeks was heart wrenching for us-- I cannot imagine how hard it has been for you having Callie in and out of the hospital so many times. While our grandson was in the NICU at St. Vincent's Hospital, I would look around at all the parents and grandparents in the unit rocking their little preemies or just staring at them, with joy as well as worry in their faces. I remember how the weights were posted on above the beds and how excited my son was at every ounce my grandson gained and the worry on his face at every ounce lost. The NICU is like it's in it's own little world--full of tiny little babies whose every breath and movement was monitored and analyzed. A place of  great joy and also, sometimes, a place of sorrow.  I thought of you often as I visited my grandson there (and all the days you spent with Callie in the NICU). I really didn't realize what it was like in a NICU until my grandson was there. It made me realize, even more ,how very hard it has been for you and your husband all those many days. People forget sometimes, that there are NICU's all over the USA filled with tiny little persons, like Callie, fighting for their lives. Please know you're all being lifted up in prayer, as always, and I'm praying that this hospital stay is a short one. 
Blessings and prayers
Janice Fry
Hoover, Ala.
 
You are in our thoughts and prayers.  Glad to hear you are getting some rest.  Stay strong!
Jennifer Andreachi and family
 
hello favorite people,
I am breaking for you and just crying with you right now.  I have started a new job and have not been able to get on the computer so i had since the 6th of august to catch up on.   i don;t know what to say but I know a God who does!  Kelli don't say anything or say everything!  it is ok to wrestle with God,  We may never know why your little precious angel has to struggle so much but keep trusting!  You and your whole family have been an amazing example!  Do you know what several people who are not christians read this blog and they can see you are real and that is a testimony....YOU are admired and people see Jesus through you everyday!  I am praying for you! I am headed to church and i will update our class who all love you very much and pray for you all the time--they ask me all the time and some read the blog before me! ha! 
I wish i had all the words to say to help this situation.  i don't.  But you are loved and you are prayed for!  HE has a plan greater than any of us can see.  I think about the example little Callie is and she has not even spoken a word yet.  She has changed lives!!!!!!!!  AND YOU ARE HER MOMMY AND DADDY  how cool is that! 
All things work together for the Good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8 :28
For I know the plans I have for your declares THE LORD!!!!
we love you all! 
Rebecca and Billy
 
Hi Medders family,
I don't really know what to say, but after reading your last couple of entries I wish I could just give you a hug.  Please rest in the arms of our Father...picture yourself sitting on His lap, with his arms around you, and just rest. 
Praying for you. 
Jessica Winters (Tim Martin's sister)
 
I have emailed you a couple of times.
I just read your comments about being too tired to have a quiet time or do anything spiritual. I totally know what you feel like!

When my hubby was in the hospital in 2005, I was so torn between being a mom to my 3 little boys and being a wife and being a Believer. How do you even begin to express how you feel to God and pray the "right" prayers and ask the "right" things? When you are so exhausted you can't even stay awake when you sit to eat or go to the bathroom?
I had a good friend tell me that God understands where you are at. He knows you are so tired you can't even think straight. He will answer the prayers you have, even before you ask.
Don't forget that we are supposed to "rest in the Lord!"
Hugs!
Kirsten Olson
Washburn
 
Kelli,
I'm certainly praying for you at this time after reading your Blog.  Life is not easy all the time, and it seems like your life is caving in.  Remember this--when you reach the end of your rope, reach for the hem of His garment!
Robert Ferguson
 
Kelli,
I have avoided e-mailing since I know how overwhelmed you are but I just want you to know that even if you can't pray--there are thousands of us out here that are "filling in" for you.  I do see that your blogging is a prayer and I think you have a real sense of what is going on in your prayer life.  It is hard when you are exhausted and worried.
Callie and your family have remained on our church prayer list for over a year and will remain on it as long as necessary.
Blessings,
Nancy Todd (your Aunt Sandy's friend)
 
Dear Kelli, Jason, Callie and Wyatt,
I am so sorry we haven't been as faithful to send you messages of encouragement as you have been to keep everyone posted about Callie and the whole family.  We keep you in our thoughts and prayers everyday.  Tyler and Kristen ask God every night in their bedtime prayers to help baby Callie get better.  My heart aches for you that everything is so hard right now.  The uncertainty, lack of sleep and fear must be so very exhausting and draining causing your mind to go in circles trying to get control of everything.  Please don't feel that you're at fault for being spiritually tired and not knowing how to pray right now.  God understands the difficulty of the situation all of you are in and knows you can't focus as you feel you should in the midst of chaos.  He knows what you, Callie and everyone needs and knows what's in your heart even when you can't pray.  He is in control and will continue to hold onto you even when you feel that you're losing your grasp on him.  We pray for not only healing for Callie but for rest and some measure of peace to carry you through this hard time.  Try not to be so hard on yourself for not being able to spend as much time with Wyatt as you would like.  He knows you love him unconditionally and that is the main thing a child needs from his parents.  The quality time will come.  We love all of you very much and will continue to ask God to strengthen you and give you what you need even when you are too tired to know what to pray for.
Love Robin, Chris, Tyler and Kristen            
 
Jason and Kelli,
You don't know me, but I am a nursing student at NDSU. I have followed
Callie's story since December, after hearing about it from a fellow
student. You are so strong, both mentally and spiritually, having come
through every obstacle. I am praying for you, and for Callie, that life
will again gain a sense of normalcy...that you can just enjoy being
parents to two of the most adorable kids I have ever seen.
If you ever need anything that I might be able to help with, please let me
know. I also happen to be a CNA at MeritCare on the oncology floor(7S), so
if you need anything while you are there, I would love to help out.
I will keep you in my prayers and follow the site faithfully.
All my best,
Lindsey
 
Kelli,
    I am sorry that you are going through yet another valley. You and your family are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your struggles with all of us who follow your blog. There is no shame in asking others to cry out to God on your behalf. The rest that you have while spending your quiet time with God, is a gift from God. Never feel guilt from that. Thank you for up dating and Callie's health as well as your needs will be in my prayers.
God Bless You,
Heather
 
Kelli and Jason,
Carl and I just read your latest blog and we cried with you. We can not
imagine all that you are going through. But we will continue to remember
you in our prayers. It is so wonderful to have a heavenly Father that
knows all our cares and sees each tear that falls. May He grant you both
the peace that only He can give and the strength of mind, soul, and body.
Carl and Becky Grimmett
 
Medders Family,
I have been following your story since the beginning.  I have not contacted you yet but have been praying for you from day one.  After reading your blog today Kelli, I just felt it was time.
You amaze me with the strength you pull from your belief in God as well as the strength you have in your marriage.  It is quite astounding.  I will not pretend to know how you are feeling.  I do know that you are doing the  best you can.  You are a wonderful mother and your children are lucky to have you.  I too, have felt that I just cannot pray anymore and I don’t know why God is constantly testing me.  As far as making time and memories with Wyatt.  I know that must be so very hard on you.  I cannot relate to your story but having been a single mother of 2 I can relate to the memory making.  Between working, cooking, cleaning and keeping up with required homework of a 1st grader, that left very little time for my younger son.  It would break  and warm my heart when at the end of the day, when I only had the energy to comb his hair with my fingers as he would fall asleep.  He would look up at me and tell me he had a great day with me.  Sometimes that is all I had time for and somehow it seemed to be enough to pull us through. 
I don’t know what I thought I would say to you but I am thinking and praying for you every day.
Rani Mark
Fargo, ND
 
I will be praying for you!  Don't ever feel like you are griping or complaining, you are dealing with so much and it is important to share your heart so all of us can pray for you.  I pray that God will give you the strength for today.  One moment at a time.  I wish there was something more tangible I could do to help your family.  But since I can't, I will pray and ask God to help you in ways only He can.
Amanda Martin
 
I have been reading your blog since before your girls were born and many prayers have been said for you.  In some ways your blog has helped me.  You see, my youngest daughter just had a boy 10 weeks early.  He lives in Fargo and he is doing well.  He weighed in at 2 # 15 oz and is now home and weighing 5 # 11 oz.  As some of the problems arose in the NICU, I knew what was going on as I had learned from your blog.  This made things not so terrifying.  Not that we were not frightnened, because we were.  He was on a cpap for a few days and later develped a staff infection so had a set back.  But, as I said, they are doing well now.  It is just to wait and see what the future brings.
Now as for the oxygen flow.  I know Callie is very small and my husband (who just happens to be oxygen dependent) is a larger man...he has his oxygen flow set at 4 liters all the time.  If he has his portable tank and is excerting himself or if he is excercising he turns it all the way up to 6 liters.  So, I guess what I am saying is I think that Callie is not being hurt with 2 liters and more can be had if it is needed.
My prayers are with your family and with Callie!  Good Luck next week in the cities!!
Susan Osland
Breckenridge, MN
 
Hi Kelli and Jason! 
I was so bummed to see the latest few blog entries- the last time I visited was on the 22nd and it seemed like things were really improving for Callie's respiratory needs.  I'm sure Dr. Han will be able to give you some answers on Tuesday as to what was going on, if it was even cardiac related.  Its pretty easy to assume that any symptom Callie shows has the potential to be catastrophic, as we saw all throughout her stay with us in the NICU, but now that she's been home for so long, we have to give her a little more of the "benefit of the doubt."  I saw Callie's heart rate and respiratory rate go up many times because I simply got her too warm.  Try not to imagine the worst, and see what the appointment with Dr. Han brings.
On a brighter note, look how big she is!!!  I can't believe she's almost 10 pounds now.  And she really is so beautiful =)  I love the picture of Wyatt listening with the stethoscope.  You do such a great job keeping Wyatt involved in Callie's care and development, I bet he is the proudest big brother ever.
Good luck on Tuesday!  I miss you all so much, but I especially miss my (not-so-little-anymore) Callie.  Each one of you is in my prayers.
Love you all,
Nurse Jenn
 
Dear Medders Family,
My name is Sherryse Mayo.  I emailed you quite a while back.  I just wanted to say how happy I am that Callie is doing better.  All those prayers seem to be paying off!  I hope that she continues to grow and improve and that you can take her to her really home soon! 
I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers!!
Sherryse
 
As a mother of two girls (ages 3 and 6 ½ months) I know how busy life can be, but my busy is minimal compared to what you handle on a daily basis. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story. Thank you for putting my challenges into perspective. Thank you for reminding me of how blessed my family is. And thank you for reminding me that God is in control.
Blessings,
Missy
 
I hope Callie gets better soon.  We will pray for her!  God Bless!
Jennifer Andreachi
 
Jason and Kelli,
Keep your spirits up. We are praying that Callie will get better soon. Hopefully you will be back home before you know it.
Kelly Rinehart
 
I have been following your story online and hope Callie improves soon.  God Bless you and your family and the incredible strength you have.
Jennifer Andreachi
 
Just a note after reading your article in the Forum and checking your online site. I praise God for the success that is happening for you in Callie's life. Each little bundle is a precious miracle and how wonderful that you have your strength in God to carry you through. You don't know me, nor I, know you. However by the spirit of God I know you and  I pray that the strength that you have in your God will continue to carry you. Thanks for sharing and I am so blessed to see the pictures of our tiny little friend. How precious in His site! Be blessed and walk in that blessing He has given you. Hang on tight to each other.....Let God's love shine strong in your home, marriage and family.
Love and Prayers....Stella
 
I just read the article on the IN-FORUM, and it completely took me back. 11.5 years ago, my daughter Hope was born 15.6 ounces at 24 weeks. Been there with the oxygen hose it tow, with the therapists, and the medication schedules, and all that comes with it. If we had only known then what a happy and healthy young lady she would become! Attached are a few photos of her now. Hang in there it gets easier!!
Brenda Levos
 
I am sure that you don't remember my previous emails but I am still following your blog. I am so greatful that all your prayers are being answered. It is so nice to see those new picture posts too. It is great to see the rolls under her chin starting to develope. I will keep praying for her developement and your families strength as the time passes. You are one strong women supported by an awesome family. I remember a few months ago when you had doubts about how you would continue everything when you were so far away from home. Your prayers for strength were answered. I also wanted to tell you that I have my own photography business here in La Crosse WI. I found out about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep about a year and a half ago. I wanted to join their cause in memory of my brother who died in 1961 from a premature birth but I was too afraid that I wasn't cut out for it. Let's just say that Berkley helped inspire me to finally join. I have now had the honor of photographing 4 little angels with their families. I am so honored to be giving these priceless treasures to these families. Lets just say that Berkley's spirit is still there ( along with Annika and Daley ) still inspiring us too. May God Bless You!!!
Lisa Kammel -NILMDTS affiliated photographer and a blog follower of yours
 
Kelli:
"I have four precious girls – one at home and three in heaven, a delightful, funny boy and a terrific, loving husband.  I am blessed."
You are. And so are all the people who have had the chance to come to know you -- regardless of whether they've met you in person.
I admire you and think you're pretty amazing. Come to think of it, Jason is, too. I imagine that's how you ended up together.
Take care!
Tracy
 
Jason & Kelli,
We're so glad to hear your transition home with Callie is going well (not calm, but well)!
We think of you often as we're walking or biking near your place and will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Kim, Duane, Dominic & Baby #2
 
Hey ya'll!
I must say it is so great to finally know ya'll are home!  Jason, I laughed SO HARD when I read about your
struggle with giving Wyatt a bath and trying to feed Callie~~~and cleaning the carpet!  That has been my life ever since I've
had my 2nd child too!  It warms my heart to read your blog and I am keeping all of you in my prayers! 
hang in there and
"just keep swimming~~ just keep swimming"
(if you haven't seen Finding Nemo then that
didn't make any sense)
Andrea Morgan Smith :)
 
You're doing good Kelli! It really does get easier, even if it seems like it never will. I had to laugh at some of your lists. I have soooo btdt. You're right, the one upshot to g-tubes is feeding is easy and all the time but other than that they are a pain! ((hugs)) Keep up the good work!
--adrienne :)
 
Things we have learned from the Medders:
God is STILL on His throne.
Miracles DO happen
Life is hard.
Life is precious.
Sleep is overrated!!!
Pink is the new green!
Prayer works.
Prayer is still needed.
Be thankful for our blessings.
Living in the moment is all we can ever do… really.
Krisit Brown
 
Kelli and Jason,
I am just thinking of you this morning, and wanted you to know I said a prayer for you and your family.  You are a great couple, and your two children are so blessed to have you as their parents - and you as their mom and dad.  God bless you all, and I hope we can visit soon.
Jimmy
 
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