Silent Vigil

Psalm 139:13-18. Praise God for the way He has intricately woven your baby together, first in your womb, and now outside of it. Thank Him for the opportunity to watch His hand at work. Thank Him for forming all of your child’s days in His book, long before they took their first breath! Be comforted that He has a plan for them and is in control.

I have just returned from visiting my daughter and son in law. My daughter gave birth at 34 weeks to preemie twins. It certainly was not what any of us expected. My visit was delayed until they came home from the hospital. I finally traveled to Georgia when my granddaughter came home, leaving her brother still in the NICU; he just wasn’t strong enough to come home yet. I didn’t realize that for almost the 2 weeks I was there, I would be going daily to the hospital to be with my grandson. I quickly found out what an exhausting job this is. I’m sure unless you have been through it, you just can’t understand. I had no idea how hard it would be. It’s quiet in the NICU, as little babies are trying to grow. Parents keep silent vigils, leaning over cribs, talking and praying with their babies. Everyone seemed tense and tired. The nurses were great, for the most part. You really wanted to get to know the nurses you would be intrusting to nurture your baby when you couldn’t be there. Walking out at night and leaving that tiny little guy in that room was hard on me, I cannot imagine what my daughter was going through. He was really doing okay, we were lucky; he just had to get strong enough to eat. There are many preemie babies going through a lot more than and we were grateful his problems were small. Dinner was usually eaten at 8:30 or 9:00 without much energy or enthusiasm. And every day we got up and repeated the day. One day I just placed my hand on that tiny little head and prayed to God to help him get stronger so we could bring him home. And finally he started making progress and at last they declared him ready to go home. What joy and relief.

It is pretty amazing what God can do, but I would strongly encourage all of you to remember these parents of preemies. They are going through a lot and they are exhausted. Remember to let them know you are praying for them; take them a meal or two or three. Your support is more important than you can ever imagine. And I can attest, as the Psalms said, God certainly did intricately create two beautiful little miracles.

Meet Brooks and Elle!

TwinsHave a wonderful week,

Julie

 

Miracles

MiraclesHi Happy Readers!

This isn’t the direction I planned on going today, but God and my twin grandchildren had different plans. This morning we welcomed into the world Elle Margaret and Brooks Gordon! She was only 34 weeks, so they are very tiny and quite a surprise!! I had just talked to her last night at 8:00 and things were fine. Which brings me to the topic of miracles!!! These little babies are proof that God still performs miracles. My daughter really struggled with fertility issues and we weren’t sure this was ever going to happen. But God knows what He is doing and when faith and trust are put in him, we can just sit back and what the miracles he performs. Now I’m not going to tell you the whole story, as it is not my story to tell. But I can tell you a year ago my heart was breaking for my daughter and her husband who wanted a baby so bad. You see, she is a nurse midwife, and this is what she does every day, so to deliver baby after baby and not be able to carry your own, well, I’m sure you can imagine. Our faith is strong, and I had to remind her that God knows what he is doing, but its that “waiting in the gap,” that place between what we want, and when we get to see how it all plays out, that is hard. Well, look at this picture below folks and trust me that God has touched these babies from the first cell of their creation. I only have a really good picture of little Elle. Little man is needing a little more assistance, but he is doing great. Say a prayer for them all tonight please! God is good. We are blessed.

Peace,

Julie

Baby Elle