Posted by: Bo | May 7, 2008

Trying to get settled


We are sorry for the lapse in news.  After the kids and the grandparents left, it was time to take care of a little business.  We also lost our hospital computer and internet service.  In the last couple of days we got Stacy set up at the Ronald McDonald House.  This will be home base for the Salt Lake Goveas.  Before a week ago, our extent of knowledge on the Ronald McDonald House was the collection box at every drive thru in town.  Threw our change in there but never thought what it might be.  Well now we know what an awesome charity this is.  There is a house close to the university and then another annex down the street.  Its a cross between dorm living and a bed and breakfast.  We have our own room and bathroom and share a kitchen and living quarters with other families.  They have laundry facilitites and provide all your food!  Every night a group comes in at 6:00 and prepares dinner for the whole house.  And every Tuesday a woman comes in to play the piano!  They only charge $10 a night.  The cost of each room is $50 a night, so they raise the other $40.  All the families have kids who are receiving treatment at one of the area hospitals.  Some stay a few weeks while others are here for months.

Bo will be heading back this week to be with the Overland Park Goveas.  The kids have really done well with their gandparents and we are so appreciative of their help.  It has been hard to have our family apart.

The Marys are stable right now and doing well.  The Dr.s continue to be amazed with how well they are doing.  The have quite a reputation around the hospital……those strong twins from Kansas.  Ellen opened her eyes yesterday, but not long enough for us to take a picture.  She is starting to move around like a real baby (that is 1lb 4oz.)  Her weight has gone down since birth, but that is pretty normal.  They are feeding her 2cc’s of formula every 6 hours now so we expect her to start gaining some weight.

Elizabeth gained a lot of weight during the first week because she was not peeing and was very bloated,  she got up to 1 lb. 8 oz….she looked like she could pop.  Thank goodness the swelling is going down,she is now around 1lb 3oz.  You can count the ribs in her chest.  They are trying to get her off the ventilator so she can breathe on her own.  We tried a couple days ago, but she tired out so they had to put her back on.  When we left last night they had found a little mask that was small enough to fit her and then kind of retro fitted it for her little nose.  It is real important to get a good seal.  This mask is so that she can have a little bit of air flow.  One step away from breathing on her own.  Once this is successful, she can start formula as well.  Trust me, she needs some meat on her bones!

 We appreciate the continued prayer and support for our family.  Love Bo and Stacy 



  1. “the disciples asked Jesus, ‘who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’
    He called a little child and had him stand among them. ‘I tell you the truth, unless you become like the little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever, humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of God.
    And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me….’
    Mathew 18:2

    Bo & Stacy thanks for the update….glad you found the RMH bed & breakfast.

  2. Bo and Stacy
    I have continued to monitor the Marys progress on your website. It is an awesome testament to God that they are progressing so well. You are so blessed to have such a great prayer network. I have also included your family in my prayers. I love watching God’s miracles!! Just know that your friends at IMA in Wichita are thinking of all of you!!

  3. Hi Bo and Stacy…I look so foward to your updates on Elizabeth and Ellen. The picture of Elizabeth with her eyes open is priceless. What beautiful eyes she has. It’s so wonderful to continue hearing the amazing progress the girls are making. Stay strong and continue to believe and trust in God. He will guide you through. We continue to pray for each one of you.

    Love you all,
    Jerry, Melinda, Taylor & Payton

  4. We are keeping up with the blog and are so encouraged by your news. We thank you for the inspiration that you are giving all of us. May the Lord and His Mother continue to bless you and keep you. And P.S. The Marys are beautiful….no surprise there!

    Love and Many, Many Prayers of Gratitude,
    Bruce and Mona Snider

  5. So far,so good. We enjoyed the pictures your Dad sent. We are praying for you and will continue to follow the progress on your blog.

  6. Thanks for the update Stacy…I am so glad you found RMH…I think your journey continues to open eyes in your community..I know I will throw in more than my change when I drive thru McD’s next.
    Your babies are beautiful and we will continue to pray for their growth and progress.We will continue to pray for the intercession of their namesake, Our Blessed Mother…and that Her Son continues to hold them in his hands.
    Susanne Miller

  7. Stacy,
    Just think, the girls already have a reputation, I can’t wait to see what they will be like a few years from now! It is the highlight of my day to log on and see how well they are doing. I am sorry that your family is apart right now, but I am glad that you have found a comfortable place to settle in. We continue as a family to follow the progress of the girls and your entire family is in our prayers.

  8. Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper and to give you hope and a future”.

    God’s message couldn’t be put better! He has wonderful plans for your family. Look at all the friends and family reunited and united because of your precious angels. He has tested our faith and realizes that we are all true believers in him and his amazing miracles. He has given us some of the most beautiful gifts to remember this by.

    It is wonderful news to hear that the girls are progressing. We will keep you in our thoughts as Bo goes back to the Kansas family. This will be tough for both of you, but I think we all know your strength. We love the updates. Looking forward to more good news. Love you!

    Love, Lauren,Joseph,Shelby,Joey,Alan,Grant& Lilly

  9. Your strength is an inspiration to so many of us. We continue to pray for the girls, but also for all of your family, as they keep the home fires burning for the SLC crew. We also pray for safe travels for Bo.
    Sending our love,

  10. Stacy & Bo,

    Know that the CYT production of “Godspell” at Rockhurst this weekend will be filled with Ascension kids who have your family in their hearts.

    Kudos to the “party hosts” on Friday night at the Govea Gala…:)

    It’s very cool to see communities from all over the country rallying together, and it’s a testament to your family and the example that you set as parents, sons & daughters that have inspired us all.

    Know that you’re always in our prayers,

    John Solomon

  11. Bo, Stacy and family,

    Please know you are all in our prayers. We check daily to see progress on the twins. What a miracle in progress!! Paul Danaher sent us the link to the website.

    Dale and Lisa Sobba

  12. So happy to hear you’re getting settled. We read your updates and prayer for you and the girls daily. Your faith, courage and strength are humbling and inspiring.
    The Amundsens – Kurt, Mary, Ryan, Tyler & Garrett

  13. We will be praying for you! Remember to keep your eyes on Jesus!!! Say hi to the little babies for us!!!!!

  14. Bo, I just reviewed the food sign ups, couple of clarifications, ‘green eggs’ is code for I have no idea, ……also I see Italian night is June 9th, Patti and I will coincidentally be in your neighborhood, what time shall we drop in…

    glad it is a no blog day, means all is well, the ladies are growing and resting comfortably & God is in his heavens,we are learning to live with less news…it’s okay……AMEN……Peace Pal, Steve

  15. Dear Goveas,
    Each time we get an update we are amazed at the progress your beautiful girls are making. Their strength is an inspiration to us all.
    Please know that your whole family is in our thoughts daily.
    Stay strong and know that you are getting lots of love from your Minnesota family!

    Peace and Love-

    Greg, Denise, Connor, Grant and Meg

  16. Stacy:

    Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that you enjoy your day with your new daughters. If we could all vote you would be mother of the year! You are amazing! Still praying that God is giving you strength and that the Mary’s are getting stronger. We will be thinking of you today and sending you all of our love…

    Love Joseph,Lauren,Shelby,Joey,Alan,Grant and Lillian

  17. Happy Mother’s Day, Stacy! Other than the moms in my family, you were the first mom I thought of today. What blessed children you have to have you for a mommy!
    Always in our prayers…

  18. ….he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.” Matthew 12:48-50.

    Happy Mother’s Day Stacy! You are a great inspiration for all of us and a wonderful disciple as you have submitted to the will of our Father with such grace and acceptance. You put it all in His hands and He has graciously rewarded you with two precious babies. Before all the challenges, you chose to honor our Blessed Mother when naming the girls. She must be especially proud and grateful today as we honor you and all mothers. May you continue to receive many more blessings through the next few months as you patiently mother the babies. I know Bo isn’t there to give you a hug from me today, but go ahead and ask someone to stand in for him. Jerry

  19. Grace, like the bee creates honey to sustain us, yet the STING of truth, updates the old LAW becoming the new covenant……

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