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Dear Friends,

Gabriel Johnson Guthrie was born July 16, at 11:57 a.m. Thebirth was quick and very smooth. Little Gabe's breathing and heartfunction are very good, and he had no need to be admitted to intensivecare.

He is a sweet, beautiful boy who weighed in at 6 lbs., 13 oz., and is 18 3/4 inches long. He reminds us in many ways of our daughter Hope, with several similar physical characteristics to his sister, who was also born with Zellweger Syndrome. He is very peaceful and already so easy to love.

We chose his name because we believe that he, like the angel Gabriel, issent from God and protected by God. We will not be surprised if he hasheavenly messages for us to hear if we will listen. And significantly,whenever Gabriel appeared in the Bible, he reassured his stunnedaudience: "Don't be afraid!"

Giving him the middle name of Johnson is our way of honoring Dan and SueJohnson and is a reflection of our love and respect for them, as well asour appreciation for the many ways they have taught us, encouraged us,and served us.

We're taking things not only one day at a time but hour by hour. We've been relearning the skill of tube-feeding and he is doing well with it.

So many people ask us how he is doing, and our best answer is that he is very stable. We are well aware of the painful reality that these arehis best days, and that his condition will deteriorate from here on. So we'redoing our best to enjoy every minute with him.

We are so incredibly thankful to be surrounded by the love and prayersof so many. We have much joy, mixed with heartache, ahead. It isfamiliar territory but all brand new. Thank you for sharing our joy assurely as you have shared our grief.

-- David, for Nancy, Matt, and Gabriel Guthrie
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