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.
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