December 20, 2007

Happy 1st Birthday!

Exactly one year ago I sent out this email to coworkers…

I am in the office this morning, but will be working from home this afternoon, stepping out at 1:00 to take my wife to yet another appointment. I will be back online shortly after.

I was completely clueless as to what was in front of me. One year ago I was wandering around the NICU staring at our little babies who shouldn’t have been born yet. I wanted to be a proud father, but proud didn’t really seem appropriate. I remember looking at all of the machines and thinking that this was now my life. This is never going to end. That day I put things in God’s hands. I must say, in the course of one year, all of our prayers have been answered.

When I look back on 2007, it was truly an amazing year. There are about 3-4 months which I have almost completely blocked out. I remember the bits and the pieces, but I am perfectly happy not recalling the details. Around May, things started getting fun. The medical equipment was gone and we became a ‘normal’ family. Since then, time has started accelerating and the babies have been doing something new almost every day.

I want to thank everyone who has read and made comments on this blog, it has been a big part of us being able to cope with everything that we have faced this year. This site is going to be something I will continue for a very long time and will someday be my gift to the triplets. Consider this a birthday card. Sign it by leaving a comment. Even if you don’t normally leave posts on here, please make an exception this time. It will be fun for these guys to see all the people who were following their progress.

On Wednesday, Greta brought the triplets to the Christmas lunch at Arbortext. Afterwards, she took the triplets over to Briarwood mall to see Santa.  What a difference a year makes!


Julie said...

Happy Birthday, Gabbie, Niklas and Lukas! I can't wait to see all three of you - I miss you so much! (and Jason and Greta, too :)

yournextstylist said...

Happy Birthday kiddos! You've come such a long way and I have never seen such happy, smiling faces!

Kevin said...

Happy 1st Birthday! I can't wait until you are old enough to play football with me. I'll teach you Michigan's new spread offense (I'm sure they will be dominating the college football world by the time that you can read this). You make so many people happy.
The Godfather (or at least 1 of them)

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIKLAS, GABBIE AND LUKAS!!! I can't believe it's already been a year, we're so greatful that you are happy, healthy babies! Can't wait to come to your birthday party and celebrate all of your milestones. We love you very much!

Love Auntie Sarah and Uncle Adam

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday! I know we've all been checking the web for updates this year (this includes Chris, my mom, my sister, and co-workers as well.) Gabbie, Niklas, and Lukas are adorable and have come so far. They are truly a miracle.
-Shannon Nitchie

Anonymous said...

Happy 1st Birthday! What a year it has been for all of you guys! I have truly enjoyed reading the blog all year - it's very entertaining! Take care!!

-Kristi Cameron

COTD_Girl said...

Happy Birthday to Gabbie, Lukas and Niklas! You three prove that miracles are real. I look forward to reading all about all the other miracles of life that you experience!

Anonymous said...

I keep thinking about this day one year ago. I was so sad; it certainly wasn't the day I had envisioned in my mind. With such an uncertain future, it was months before I could truly celebrate and feel like a grandma. It is so wonderful! Thanks to everyone who prayed and continue to pray for the babies. You inspired us and gave us hope.
Greta and Jason you are great parents. I appreciate your constant perseverance and dedication to the babies. Can't wait for many more birthdays to come.
They are truly a Xmas miracle.
Love Grandma and Grandpa Myers

Bev Fink said...

Happy Birthday to those three beautiful miracles. You have all been so blessed. Greta and Jason,thanks for making Mary K a grandma. She was driving us crazy!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Gabbie, Niklas and Lukas! And congratulations to you, Jason and Greta on surviving this past year. I work with your dad and brother and have enjoyed this outstanding blog during the past year. You have been in my thoughts and prayers from the start. Jason, you will need to publish this as a book to help others facing all that you faced this past year. My cousin is a writer and you write with the same amazing eloquence that he has. Have a marvelous Christmas and an outstanding 2008.

Paula Audas

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to three angels sent from god.
From one of Grandma Mary's crazy friends (Julie)

Anonymous said...

What a remarkable year for all of you. God has truly blessed you with these beautiful children. Happy Birthday Niklas, Gabby and Lukas - I enjoyed spending time with you over thanksgiving and getting to know each of you. I love this picture and would really like one if you have an extra. Please!!! Greta and Jason keep up the great work. I look forward to hearing more and seeing more pictures in 2008. Love you all - Merry Christmas. Aunt Nancy

Anonymous said...

Happy First Birthday everyone. It has been wonderful to read the posts and I have to say I still look forward to them. The love they contain is hard to put into words, but remarkable and awesome will have to do. May God continue to bless you all and a toast to all of you, your friends, and family for this happy day.
Andrea Strzyzewski

Joe & Leslie said...

Happy Birthday Gabbie, Niklas and Lukas!
It so great to know you're all healthy & happy!
You have wonderful parents!

Love Your Friends~
Leslie, Joe, Brendan & Kyla

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to the cutest babies in the world! We look forward to playing with you this summer at the cottage!
Love, the Davis Family

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Lukas!

Happy Birthday Niklas!

Happy Birthday Gabbie!

Niklas is so cute in this pic! See you at your party!

We love you!

Uncle Ben & Auntie Em

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Gabbie, Niklas and Lukas! What a miracle the past year has been! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Lindsey Anderson (Aunt Sarah's friend)

Anonymous said...

Happy 1st Birthday Gabbie, Niklas and Lukas! Enjoy your cake, you deserve it! Lots of love,
Kristen, Mark, Alexander and Anthony Damiano

Amy Fawn said...

Happy 1st birthdays to the cutest and loveliest little bundles of joy! You are all truly miracles and have brought so much love and laughter to all who have been blessed by your births one year ago.

Much love always,

The Edwards Family & Bailey-Dog

Anonymous said...

Happy 1st Birthday, Niklas, Lukas and Gabbie! We've been reading this blog and you have been in our our thoughts throughout the year. The progress you've made is really amazing, and so is the strength you all have - you and your parents. Many, many happy birthdays to come!
With love,
Olga, Eddie and Viktor

Anonymous said...

Greta and Jason;

I have been thinking a lot about you and the babies these past few days. Happy birthday and God Bless you all.

Judy Stark

Anonymous said...

Hey, little guys. Happy Birthday to you all. Time certainly goes by fast, and we are happy to see the progres you have made. Lily and Angelina visited you often and love playing with you. You are truly blesses to be here and have such courageous parents as Jason and Greta!

Christina, Albert, Lily and Angelina :)