Forgive the drama…We’re really excited over here!

“Well, it looks like I’m gonna have to let you go.”

Usually the beginnings of bad news.

“Stephen, you just graduated today.”

Excuse me. What?

Y’all…after 11 years…Stephen was released as a patient from the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department of Baptist Hospital!!

We didn’t see this coming. Thought we’d be doing x-rays for years. Figured this final door of our story would keep swinging open.

But not today!

I hugged Dr. Couture. Had to. Couldn’t help it.

We met in 2007 when he dropped the world’s biggest bombshell on my lap. All while I lay fighting for my own life in the ICU. He handed me procedure names and unanswered questions. And phrases ending with “we won’t know for sure till it’s all done.”

I processed and cried and waited for days. In a world without a husband. In a world that may end without a son.

But for grace…

You know what Dr. Couture told us yesterday?
-They only do this surgery in infants every other year (because they don’t normally make it through the trauma that caused the injury).
-There are only 10 metal plates like Stephen has in the whole world. 10!!! And our boy is wearing number 9 or 10.
-He would never forget Stephen.

And we’ll never forget him. A doctor fresh out of medical school. Who took on a nearly impossible case. Who can’t look at our son without saying, “Amazing.”

But mostly we’ll never forget how faithful God was. In who He sent our way. In how they got there. And in what He used them to do.

We’re over the moon over here. All tears. And shock. And yes…it’s been 11 years but by God’s grace, it’s done.

I know God loves us. Really. I do. I’ve based my whole life on that one big fact. But today…it feels all new and real again.

We serve a God who just keeps loving us. And just keeps being faithful. And just keeps amazing me through His beautiful (but not always easy) plans.

Wow…

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“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20,21)

 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)

 

 

 

 

 

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An Adoption Story!

Last week an adoption happened!! And it was one we’ve been waiting on for a long time. No, we aren’t bringing a baby home yet. Even better……God adopted Stephen, our oldest, into His family!

Last Monday night I was tucking Stephen into bed, and he said, “Mommy, I want to believe in Jesus as my Savior.” It was unexpected, so I felt confident the Holy Spirit was working. Stephen’s “known” the Gospel for years.

Being a good Mom, I bailed and called the Kids’ Pastor in.=) Seriously, I did want Jeremy to have this moment with Stephen, so I left to entertain Caleb and Jonathan while the two of them talked.

Jeremy took him through some verses, and Stephen explained what each one meant. Jeremy then went through the ABC’s of salvation with him. When asked, Stephen said he wanted to accept Christ. He prayed and asked God to save him.

Stephen shared his adoption story with me, Jeremy and I prayed with him, and I wrote the details in his baby book. One amazing thing about this story is that Stephen accepted Christ on a Monday. We have chosen Monday as the particular day where we beg God to save our boys. On the Monday prayer card beside my bed, Boys-Salvation, is written.

The really amazing part is that this lazy Mama slept in last Monday morning thus skipping her prayer time for Stephen. Do I think prayer matters? Yes. Should we pray our rears off for our kids? Yes. But in His grace, even on the days where we forget to pray, God still works. On Mondays, when we sleep in, He still saves! That’s grace, my friends. Grace in Stephen’s life. Grace in my life. Oh, I have so much to be thankful for!

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April 30-He gives and takes away

There were 2 babies due on April 30. One was due in 2006. The other in 2008.

The first came 20 days early, and we cried. The second never came, and we cried. The first we named Stephen Andrew. The second we called our Heaven Baby. The first God protected. The second God called Home.

We love the first and are amazed at God’s goodness. We love the second and are amazed at God’s faithfulness. There were plans for the first. There were plans for the second. Both plans were perfect.

The first we get to hold, laugh, and run with. The second we will one day hold, laugh, and run with.

Sweet Stephen, you are loved. God’s grace has amazed us. Sweet Heaven baby, you are loved. God’s grace will amaze us!

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