I don’t think I have ever been so thankful in my whole life as I am this year, for obvious reasons!
I get a sense of what Abraham felt like when he was asked to sacrifice his only son. Obediently he set forth to do as God had asked. Undoubtedly his heart was heavy and filled with terror yet he chose to trust God — no matter what. At the risk of sounding like a cliché t-shirt, “Been there, done that.”
We quickly learned all the statistics about trisomy 18. We’d seen the mentions of “incompatible with life”. We were offered, but NOT ENCOURAGED a supposed “way out” of this. Instead, William and I chose to submit to God’s will. We set off on a journey filled with great sadness, fully expecting to say goodbye to our baby girl very shortly after we’d just said hello.
Now here we are 7 months later. I can hardly put into words how blessed I feel, how thankful I am to be walking down off of that mountain with my baby girl safe (and squealing) in my arms! Thank you, thank you, thank you, God!!!
I’m so incredibly thankful for these people!!!
“Don’t lay a hand on that boy! Don’t touch him! Now I know how fearlessly you fear God; you didn’t hesitate to place your son, your dear son, on the altar for me.”
(Genesis 22:12 MSG)
I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.
(Psalm 69:30 NIV)
EVERYONE LOOKS SO HAPPY AROUND YOUR TABLE, SO THANKFUL FOR A YEAR OF BELIEVING AND TRUSTING IN OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS AND HIS LOVE FOR US. WE WERE SO BLESSED TODAY ALSO. WE WENT TO OUR NIECE’S
HOUSE FOR DINNER, AND WE WERE WAITING FOR OUR SON TO GET THEIR WHEN THE PHONE RANG. IT WAS A STATE PATROL, AND OUR SON WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT. PRAISE GOD HE IS OK. IT WAS QUITE A SCARE, BECAUSE I WAS ANXIOUS THAT HE WAS NOT THERE YET, AND I FELT LIKE SOMETHING WAS WRONG. MY MIND KEPT GOING BACK TO YESTERDAY, TWO OF OUR FRIENDS LOST A CHILD EACH IN THE SAME TRUCK WRECK . SINCE THAT WAS SO CLEAR IN MY MIND, OF COURSE WHEN CARL WAS LATE, IT MADE THE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY MORE VIVID IN MY MIND. WE WERE THE LUCKY FAMILY THOUGH, OUR SON IS STILL WITH US. ANYONE WHO READS THIS, PLEASE REMEMBER THESE TWO FAMILIES IN YOUR PRAYERS. WE ALL HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR, AND WE SHOULD PRAISE OUR GOD EACH AND EVERY DAY FOR HIS BLESSINGS. I JUST WANT TO SAY I TOO AM THANKFUL THAT LITTLE NORA ROSE IS DOING SO GOOD, AND THAT SHE HAS SUCH A WONDERFUL, LOVING FAMILY TO TAKE CARE OF HER. SHE IS ONE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE BABY GIRL. I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH. PRAISE GOD FOR WATCHING OVER ALL OF US. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.
This blog, that precious baby, your words, the unmistakable love in your family that shines through the pictures, and your very real faith always brings things home to me in a way that few others do. God bless you and your precious family Aleisa and please know we are all very thankful to get to see that sweet baby’s smile every day too 🙂