What makes us love total strangers?

The Morrison’s story came out in March of this year and captivated people hearts. I can’t believe that people all over the country still check the internet every day looking for updates, pictures or any kind of detail about this baby. The amount of comments on the latest blog prove that you do! If I’m being honest, I know that if I wasn’t personally involved I wouldn’t still be following the story but, that it not the case for some of you! WOW…I’m amazed. This is clearly an incredible display of kindness and genuine concern. What makes people love total strangers? To allow your heart to captured by a story, by a family, or by a miracle?…is that it? Are you struck by the obvious miracle that has unfolded? I know I am. My faith has been challenge and grown through this year. My friendships are stronger and I’m glad for that. I’ve asked hard questions and have made peace with the fact I won’t understand the Lord and His ways…but He is good!

Anyways, all that to say thank you. And I hope that the next time I see someone in need I show as much kindness as strangers have shown the Morrisons. It’s a beautiful thing.

Please keep praying for Sylas.


Kathleen - September 16, 2007 - 4:30 pm

For my own part, the answer to your question is simple. Ryan and Brianna are my brother and sister in Christ. The fact that I haven’t met them doesn’t really matter. The Bible says one of the ways the world will recognize Christians: behold how they love one another. We’re related by the blood of Jesus. I’ve been very impressed by the wording of their comments to the press. There has been no way for their faith to be taken out of anything they’ve said. What a testimony they’ve been!

Kim Donnelly - September 16, 2007 - 9:33 pm

Wondering whether Sylas is still in critical condition? Hoping he’s been upgraded?

Stacy Bailey - September 17, 2007 - 12:02 am

I have followed this story simply because I have been in the situation of having sextuplets and losing two of my sons. I can sympathize to a degree with the Morrison’s. I wish them so much happiness and strength for the days to come. I hope Sylas comes home soon, he is beautiful!

Cecilia - September 17, 2007 - 3:00 am

Any decent human being would send out love and comfort to those who are suffering. I wish I could take the whole world in my arms and ease its suffering. Sadly I can’t.

Amanda - September 17, 2007 - 8:47 am

My thoughts exactly from the first post here. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ and I love them thru Him. My prayers are heard by The GREAT Physician and He answers. I am so thankful to see these pictures. What a sweet blessing. I am SO thankful they still have one, and that they had some time with the others. What a precious family. Thank you for keeping us posted. I, too, have checked their site (and yours!) daily since they have been born. I surely hope Ryan and Brianna have it in them someday to document the road they have been on. Blessings…
Amanda in Ohio

Sue - September 17, 2007 - 8:51 am

We are all tied to each other in many ways. I have been following the Morrisons and praying for them. About two years ago me and my husband were spending many days at Children’s Hospital visiting our twin girls. They are amazing miracles and we thank God every day we get with them. This family is so strong and amazing. We pray that little Sylas comes home soon!

Katrina Blatz - September 17, 2007 - 11:48 am

Ever since first hearing about this family I haven’t been able to NOT check on them. There are 3 other familes of sextuplets that now all the babies have been born. I have not been able to stop praying and am completely in awe with all of these familes. I cried when each one of these precious Morrison babies passed on and also now for another family who some of their 6 have gone to be with God…. It is truly heartbreaking to me.

I love the new pics of Sylas and Brianna thank you so much for sharing them!!!

thekla - September 17, 2007 - 3:26 pm

As the Kathleen said we are family in Christ and when one hurts or goes through adversity , the most of us feel for that person.When I look at Sylas, I praise God.You right about not understanding Gods` way as His was are not ours.At times like this one would want to question, but we just need to know God does know what He is doing.Jeremiah 29 v11 says He knows the plans He has for us , plans not to harm us.I am just so happy for the Morrison family .You can see the happiness as it glows from Brianna`s face.Miracles like lttle Sylas helps us to keep focus on God to realise He does answer prayer.Miracles do happen.

Cheri Patton - September 18, 2007 - 10:50 am

My interest in the Morrisons is very personal. I’m a mama of twin girls born week 26 of my pregnancy. I know what it’s like not to know if your children are going to live or die. Our daughters went through nearly everything you can as a preemie. We faced heart surgery when they were four days old, brain surgery for our daughter, Cadence, due to a brain bleed, lengthy use of the ventilator, eye surgery for our daughter, Madeline, and a terrifying sudden sickness for Cadence. Fortunately, both of our girls are alive and doing extremely well today. Neither one of them will face any kind of life-long disability. In fact, they are testing at their actual age rather than their adjusted age. God is good. After 101 and 105 days, respectively, our girls have survived their hospital stay and continue to flourish. I pray that Sylas will enjoy the same success. I can only imagine what his mommy and daddy have endured with the loss of his brothers and sisters. Although we feared we would lose our girls, we never had to face that devastation. Thank God Sylas is alive and, seemingly, well today since he is on the cannula and able to be held! I will continue to check on the little guy until I hear he is home with his family, where he should be.

carey - September 18, 2007 - 8:35 pm

I do check in from time to time to see how the Morrisons are doing. I posted to them way-back-when because although I was only pregnant with one baby, I too, spent quite a bit of time at ANW. I had my son, Beckett, at 22.5 weeks and he did not make it, so when she did deliver at that time, I was thinking about them all the time and hoping for the best.

I am pg with twins now (on bed rest and at 26.1 weeks), so for a couple reasons I have felt a connection to them.

Thank you so much for the updates and shairng your talent on this blog.

April - September 19, 2007 - 10:32 am

I have wondered the same thing as you have. I have been thankful that the internet has indeed entertwined the body of Christ in a much greater way than there had been back in the day. I get excited and encouraged to see others who serve Jesus, exclaiming His goodness and His faithfulness. It indeed makes it addictive and I have a number of other “strangers” that I check up on and continue to be encouraged by.

I have also additionally been encouraged by your photography. This summer I really began to realize my interest in photography in a much greater way than just simply putting pics in my blog or in my scrapbooks. In August someone allowed me to use their Canon Rebel to take pics at a family reunion and I realized that I had a real aptitude for it. I really enjoy take portrait photos and spontaneous shots. I am thankful for being able to see your work while I was also checking in on the Morrisons. It has fueled a desire in me that I hadn’t even realized was there and for that I am greatful! For 3 weeks another friend of mine has loaned me his Canon Rebel and I have been thoroughly enjoying the experience!

I am not prepared to put my blog address out here where I have posted a number of my new photo’s that I have, but if you are the least bit interested in checking out what I have been up to, let me know and I will email you my blog address.

Anyway, thanks for posting on the Morrison’s and keeping us updated, it has been a true blessing.

Thanks, April

gerard flynn - September 21, 2007 - 11:32 am



Rachel Williams - September 21, 2007 - 10:59 pm

I still check it weekly…

~J - September 22, 2007 - 10:00 am

Thanks for the update and pictures! I had two very tiny preemies of my own (1.5 lbs and 2 lbs. that are doing very good now) and I am a NICU nurse. I am so glad that the baby is doing so well and looks to be going home soon. This family is in my prayers.

Kristie - September 23, 2007 - 11:24 am

Thank you for the update and pictures. I’ve been following their story because I have my own preemie, and am pregnant again, with a due date just two days before Brianna’s. Sylas is truly a little miracle. I know exactly how you felt the first time you saw him in a crib. I remember when our little girl got moved out of her isolette. It was such a victory.

Laural - September 25, 2007 - 1:32 pm

I had twin girls at 25 weeks gestation (1 pound 8 oz and 1 pound 11 oz) so I understand what the NICU is all about, as well as the ups and downs, the surgeries, and wondering if a child will pull through to the next hour or day. Thankfully our two girls beat the odds and are now almost two years old and doing great. I am so happy Sylas has survived to this point and hope to hear the joyous news of his eventual homecoming and that everything is okay. The Morrisons are so blessed to have him.

Keri - September 26, 2007 - 1:33 pm

I must say, the story of Ryan and Brianna’s little one’s has moved me more than I imagined possible. Yesterday I was at Children’s Hospital for a test on my 2 year old son, and as we were walking down the hallway and suddenly came upon the NICU unit, I just started crying. I thought – I wonder if Sylas is in there still… I wanted to go see if the parents were there and give them a huge hug, but I didn’t want to intrude. I just stood there looking at the entrance to NICU, praying for the family and for Sylas. A security guard asked if I needed help and I just started to cry as I told him how say I am for all those little ones that were lost (although I do think they’re waiting in heaven for their family), and how happy I was for Sylas. I’m sure he thought I was really weird, but I couldn’t help it. I just love this family – that I will probably never meet until heaven.

Emily - September 27, 2007 - 9:05 pm

I started reading the Morrison’s blog when Brianna was pregnant with the sextuplets. I came across a story about her and the sextuplets and wandered to their blog. The entries were quite amusing to read and I found myself praying for their growing family.

When Brianna delivered the sextuplets it brought back so many memories for me and renewed my urge to pray for them and all of their babies. I have two preemies. One spent 9wks in the NICU and the other spent 8mos in the NICU. I felt connected to Brianna as a fellow mom to a micro preemie.

Mary Perez - October 2, 2007 - 10:04 am

How is Sylas doing? The Morrison site is no longer operating. He has been in my thoughts and prayers since his birth. Especially since I work in the NicU and have never seen a baby under 24 weeks resuscitated. My heart goes out to the little guy and all his suffering. He is a fighter and a survivor and I pray he will be going home soon and will be able to live a normal life.

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