In my haze of pain and nausea, I almost forgot that today, Wednesday, September 8th, is my youngest nephew's 4th birthday!! I can NOT believe he is already four, but it is true! About this time 4 years ago, our whole family was sitting in the waiting room at the hospital, right outside of the Labor and Delivery area, waiting on our little 'miracle boy' to finally make his grand entrance into this world. And, yes, he truly is a miracle!!
You see, my brother and sister-in-law were married in 1998 and began trying to conceive almost immediately after they settled in as a newlywed couple. However, month after month, then year after year, they remained unsuccessful. Both went to a variety of specialists and each doc did a whole host of tests on each of them in a futile attempt to figure out what was going on. My poor sister-in-law went through a million different procedures and took a ton of different medications, all in hopes of having their own baby. However, no matter what they did, they just could not get pregnant.
Fast forward to 2006 - At this point, they had pretty much exhausted all efforts of having a baby of their own without spending ridiculous amounts of money, which they really did not have, on more invasive procedures like IVF. Therefore, they started to consider adopting and/or becoming foster parents, which would also be expensive, but they thought the odds of finally having a child were much, much greater. I can remember one particularly long phone conversation with my brother about this and listening to him discuss their options. Then, just a week or two later, God showed up BIG TIME, like He always does, to prove that HE is the One in ultimate control of these things and HIS timing is always best!! As it turns out, when my brother and I were talking, my sister-in-law was already pregnant!
For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise You because I am
fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together
in the depths of the earth,
Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.
~ Psalm 139:13:16
Eight years, one month and seven days after my brother and sister-in-law said, 'I DO', they became the proud parents of a precious little baby boy. That little boy is now a little man and he is the light of their lives and an incredible blessing to our entire family...even if he IS a bit silly!! :0)
WE LOVE YOU -
'To Infinity and Beyond!'