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Lessons from Matthew & Isaac – Our CHARGE Syndrome Journey

For such a time as this…welcome Isaac Gabriel Troupe

So, not your typical day. Life was going on as normal as life can be in our house, and all of a sudden…

Theresa and I are proud to announce the arrival of Isaac Gabriel to this world. Born this morning (May 6) at 8:37 a.m. and weighing in at 5lbs 3oz. Not what we expected today…almost a full 6 weeks earlier than “planned”. And I mean to emphasize planned. We just had this conversation on our way back from U of M on Thursday about how we can sometimes take on the roll of God and plan, plan, plan. By doing so we can nearly put God in a box. We prayed that His will would be done and all of the details would work out. He did just that. He chose the time, He chose the place.

One song that came to mind as we have been gearing up for this journey was one by Wayne Watson…For Such a Time as This

chorus: For such a time as this, I was place upon this Earth, To hear the voice of God and do His will, whatever it is. For such a time as this, for now and all the days He gives, I am here, I am here. And I am His, for such a time as this…

We have been preparing, praying and waiting for such a time as this. A great scripture to go along with this thought is found in Exodus:

But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth Exodus 9:16

Now, for the prayer to support and the chance for God to be lifted up: For Theresa, who wants to be with Isaac all the time…she needs to heal and for managed pain. For Isaac, who is doing really well considering he is 6 weeks early…for the surgery he will face in the next few days on his esophagus and trachea (to attach his stomach with the esophagus). For a noticeable heart murmur and no test results yet, for the other pieces of CHARGE that we have not been able to look at or identify yet. He does have a cleft lip and palate but only on one side. He does have the classic CHARGE ears like his brother! Most of all, that he will remain the cutest baby ever…the next 48 hours will be our next hill to climb.

I will update in a few days…but please pass this along. We are grateful that we are where we are, in Grand Rapids…God knew all along that we would be needing our “support team” here with family and our church family.

Many have asked if it is okay to share this blog about our Lessons from Matthew…not only is okay, but we emphatically ask that you would. We welcome any chance to show how good God is and how he is working through the power of prayer. Conveniently use the “Share” buttons at the bottom of this post. If you want to join in praying for our family and getting updates on our journey, join us by filling out your information at the top of the right-hand column.


  1. Marge

    We love you folks, and are praying….

  2. Marge

    Congratulations—God’s blessings on all 7 of you!!!! Praying for a new BIG house!!!

  3. cheryl Devries

    wow! what a surprise! Congrats to you all.

  4. Ellen Fbadict Howe

    welcome xxxx many hugs and prayers form aus

  5. Tuny Pierce

    Welcome Isaac. God has blessed you with wonderful parents. – Tuny Pierce

  6. Cejcalvin

    Congratulations on a new addition!! Beautiful name!! We have a Gabriel and an Isaac. : ) I heard the pastor mention you in prayer, and then Brian Novak posted about you all’s journey. So, here I am. Please know that your precious family will be lifted in prayer, here at the Johnstons. (Craig and Stacy)

  7. Nancy Hartshorne

    Congratulations Kevin, Theresa, and family! Little Isaac is beautiful!!!

  8. CathyCarrollisme

    Congratulations! Welcome little one! Lifting you all up in prayer.

    Cathy Carroll

  9. Kellyisley

    My prayers are with your whole family, I hope the best PLAN works for you and Theresa and Issac. God truly does have our backs, and he will take charge,,pardon the pun, butour job is only to have faith,and beleive, god bless you all and keep us updated
    Kelly Isley

  10. Pamela Ryan

    Dearest Troupe’s….congratulations on the arrival of Isaac Gabriel–who clearly “heralded” himself in!!
    He is beautiful and all the best coming your way especially over the next few days…Theresa…
    I will be expecting to hold him, too!!!! 🙂

  11. kawfolks

    Congratulations love & strength coming your way to get through these initial days of finding everything out and getting the big surgeries organized…xoxoxxo (Love his name!)

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