Thursday, December 8, 2011

Live, from the hospital

This is Matt Peppley, reporting live from UW Labor and Delivery, Sixth Floor, Room 4. We have been officially checked into the hosptial since 9 pm on Wednesday, December 7th - a day that will live in infamy - and still no baby. Of course, that is good. We don't want her to come too soon. We have met about a dozen doctors, resident doctors, and student doctors, and a few nurses too. So far we like them all.

Our nurse for the night, Carmen, is taking a last set of vitals and then we will be left mostly to our own resources. Hopefully we can get some measure of sleep tonight.

Alissa was given some meds to help her cervex loosen up, and in the morning between 6 & 8 we will start petosin (spelling? who besides medical professionals know?). The goal is to have Anna be born during normal business hours.

I want to warn you that we may not be able to post much - if at all - for the next 24-48 hours. So we apologize in advance for keeping all of our faithful followers in the relative dark.

Also, I want to say thank you - again. I imagine that's not the last time you will hear me (or Alissa) say that, so get used to it. We are overwhelmed by all of the comments on this blog, on Alissa's Facebook page (Matt still hasn't joined the 21st Century...), and all of the other places we are hearing from you. We even got a comment from Finland! How cool is that!?!?

We also love to hear about all of you who have gone through similar trials and have survived. You have paved our way, so now we know how to succeed! Thank you (see? I told you...).

I'm going to sign off for now. Hopefully you will hear positive news sometime tomorrow.

Love you all!


  1. I just knew about you from the newspaper... All the blessing for you in this day and forever. You're so brave... keep fighting for life and family!!!
    Regards from a chilean in Bolivia.

  2. I got here through a Chilean newspaper online, I live in the US but I'm from Chile, so I know for sure not only in Finland but also in South America (and of course here in the US too) people will be praying for your sweet miracle baby!!

    Have not read all the blog yet but have you ever read the book by Angie Smith "I will carry you", she went through a similar experience with her daughter.

    I pray for God's will to be done and for all of you to have the strength and humbleness to accept it.

  3. Matt - You and Alissa, and of course Anna are constantly in our hearts and prayers today. Thank you for sharing your story with us so that we can watch your faith being lived in such an active way - demonstrating God's endless grace and mercy to carry us.

  4. Matt and Alissa Hello, my name is Guadalupe and I'm from Argentina. Only today I learned of your situation. I send a big hug and lots of light to remain strong and united! They are an example of strength.

  5. Matt & Alissa,
    I was unable to sleep last night due to praying for you! I'll gladly give up my sleep to pray for friends. Alissa, we were on the same wing our freshman year at NNU (NNC then). My maiden name is Davis. May God's presence and peace surround you all today. I'll keep praying...know that you are loved!

  6. Matt and Alissa Hello, my name is Sandra and I´m fron Argentina.I´m praying for you!!

  7. Matt & Alissa,

    A friend of mine (Jamie Monti McKissick - who went to your high school) posted a link to you two on Facebook - an online interview that went over the News. I love it when God's love and His gospel is proclaimed for all to hear through Godly testimonies. God has truly given you a testimony to share with others. I'm overwhelmed by the strength the two of you have -- and peace. Only through the Holy Spirit! You both are a true encouragement to the body of Christ. Many prayers for you both, and your family as you enter into the last hours of this pregnancy -- and as you welcome your beautiful daughter!

    Lara -- from Wisconsin, living in Germany :)

  8. Matt & Alissa,

    My husband and I remember you both from our NNC days, and were saddened to hear the news of all of your trials. As a mother of 2, I am amazed by your incredible strength and courage to take things one day at a time and fully put your trust in God's hands. We are praying, today especially, for a miracle. Whatever happens, we will pray for the Lord's touch on your lives.

    Tracy & Erik Quissell in Boise, Idaho

  9. I just discovered your blog/story today, and have been lifting your family up in prayer all morning as I've read through your blog. In reading the comments on this post, I see you both went to NNC... I grew up a block from there. :) At any rate, I'll continue to pray for a miracle, and for God's blessings, comfort, and peace for all involved and touched by Anna.

  10. Hi Alissa & Matt,

    I just heard of your story on KING 5. We too, have a miracle Anna (and an Isaac!) and I wanted to let you know what you already do, that GOD IS GRACIOUS. I am praying that He will bless & encourage your family, revealing Himself to you through the life of your precious girl, whether it be a short or, as we all hope, long time.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord shine His face upon you and give you peace!


  11. You're in all of our thoughts and many prayers today.

    Love, Bryon & Karen (Swanson) Knight

  12. I am praying for you, for a safe and healthy delivery and a miracle for precious Anna. I found your blog on my friend Karen Knight's Facebook page. I pray that today is only the beginning of Anna's miracle.

  13. Matt...I saw the chatter on facebook regarding your family and somehow found my way to your blog. You may not remember me, but we went to college together. I just wanted you to know that ever since I read about your situation, I've been praying for your sweet baby. May God surround you with His peace this day.

    Kristi (Brackett) Miller

  14. I am here via Karen Knight just to say that my prayers here in England are joining with all the others for you all, and for your precious daughter.

  15. I found your blog via another blog who heard about you through a facebook friend of yours! My daughter is 16 months old with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and also she has a restricted atrial septum. She was given a 20% chance to live when I was 24ish weeks pregnant. She has had three open heart surgeries so far and has her last one still to go! She is doing amazing!!! Her blog is Feel free to ask any questions! God is so good!

  16. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I found your blog through an old co-worker and NNU gal. She's your sis in law, Kim. My heart aches for you and your sweet baby girl. We're praying for a healed, miracle Anna! Love from Idaho!

    Lisa Boschma and family

  17. Alissa & Matt:
    I am from Tumwater & your video has been all over facebook. I havent stopped praying for all of you. Right now, God has ALL OF YOU wrapped up in his loving arms. In our weakness, HE is strong. God IS good and he is ever so faithful. Right now, my brother who is 19 is at Tacoma General Hospital (has been for 3 weeks) batteling Ulceritive Colitis. We are practically living up there and surviving on an abundance of Fatih & positive attitudes as hard as it is. I pray my brother gets to come home for Christmas FULLY HEALED & I pray Baby Anna experiences another miracle!
    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
    Praying for you all,
    Lots of love and blessings- Alicia Gonzales, Tumwater WA

  18. Dearest Allisa & Matt,

    Our prayers are with you today and always. Your story was brought to my attention yesterday, and ever since, I've marveled at your tremendous faith, strength, courage, and grace. God bless you, Isaac, and your beloved daughter ~ Anna Joy. I pray that you're feeling God's loving embrace and comforting peace, especially today as you learn the new direction for your lives. You are not alone.

    Love in Christ,
    Gretchen Salzman & family
    Boise Idaho

  19. Our prayers are with you always.