Happy Birthday! You’re three weeks old today. I am so proud of all you’ve done the past three weeks. One week ago today we had several doctors tell us that they were out of medical options and that we should begin to prepare ourselves to let go of you. But you said no! And we said no! And most importantly, God said no! The past seven days you have fought hard for your life. And today we’re having conversations about how much stronger your heart is, how much bigger your lungs are, and how we’re getting close to being able to wean you off of your ECMO machine. A week ago, no one here at the hospital would have believed it. What a difference a week makes.
Your health improvement is not the only thing remarkable that’s happened this past week. Your sweet precious life has helped God change the lives of so many other people. I can’t explain it, I can’t describe it and I would never – ever – have anticipated it. Every day your grandparents and dad and I get dozens of messages from people describing how your story has caused them to rethink things in their own lives. Many, many of these people are total strangers to us. They are folks that have found this blog from a friend of a friend of a friend, but they now know and love you like their own. People are praying again for the first time in many years. People who had turned their backs on God completely are finding themselves wanting a relationship with Him again. People are loving their children more deeply, listening better to their husbands and wives, reconciling relationships, re-thinking their priorities, and rediscovering their faith. People who had stopped believing in miracles or the power of hope and love are falling in love with you and as they fall in love with you, they’re also falling in love with Your Maker. I tear up every time I think about it. I would never have asked for this burden or this sickness for you or for me and if I could take it away tomorrow I would. But I am absolutely awed at how God has used a terrible, sad and difficult time to allow for such light, love and beauty. He is good. Your short and precious life has already allowed for God to be glorified and His kingdom to be grown. If He has done all this with you in just three weeks, I can only imagine what He has in store for the rest of your life. There are two miracles taking place right now and they are running parallel to one another. Not only is God filling you with His breath of life and healing, but He is renewing the hearts and spirits of lots of His children through your story. I can’t say enough how proud I am of you. It is truly a privilege to be your mother.
Keep fighting the good fight. I am eager and excited to celebrate your four week birthday, your six month birthday, your one-year birthday, your sixteenth birthday. God has made a huge difference in just one week. I can only imagine what’s in store for the weeks, months and years ahead.
All my love,