A List Maker's Life: Be Encouraged

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Be Encouraged

This week has again been busy with appointments for mom and baby.  Although I was extremely anxious about seeing my own OB for the first time since my ultrasound he was incredibly kind and took extra time to talk through my many questions. Then, today we headed back to the maternal fetal medicine specialist for an ultrasound recheck and consultation. 

To this point our top prayer requests (as shared early in June) are : the fluid in Gabe's brain will remain stable and/or decrease,  he will grow strong until it is safe for his delivery and surgery, and his paralysis will be limited or non-existent.

The doctor's message for me today was "be encouraged," as ultrasound pictures showed the size of Gabe's brain has almost doubled in the last 4 weeks, the fluid level in his ventricles has only increased from about 10 mm to 12 mm.  That means, in proportion to his head size the fluid levels are less significant.  We are certainly praising God for this answer to our prayers - to your prayers.  It works.  He works!

We ask that you continue to keep this request in your thoughts in the weeks to come.  We are also going to pray very specifically from this point on that Gabe will overcome the statistics and have full kidney, bladder, and bowel function upon delivery.  In addition, we will have a test in about four weeks to determine whether or not Trisomy 18 is present.  We pray for the peace not to borrow trouble by worrying about that diagnosis until we know for sure.

As a personal request, we are also praying for wisdom about the decisions we make for Gavin and Anne Hope's schooling in the fall as Gabe will likely arrive just about the time school begins making the logistics a bit tricky.

In my plea to encourage you all to continue storming heaven for Gabe, I'd also like to introduce you to a couple other babies who have also been in my personal prayers.

Lewis - In his 3rd week of life, he has been working diligently on growing and healing. Today was a big day for him and his parents as they anticipated a possible shunt re-adjustment surgery.

Brooklyn - Her dear momma, who has become a friend and encouragement, was one of the first answers to my many prayer requests after our diagnosis.  Brooklyn is expected to arrive in less than a month and is continually in my thoughts and prayers as well.

For Gabe, for our friends, for all of us - we continue to hold to the truth in Luke 1:37, "For nothing is impossible with God."

Believing it,
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  1. Prayerful thanks in letting us know how to continue to lift Gabe and the rest of the family in prayer. So much to consider in your upcoming school year, just know we are here to help in any way. I too read Brooklyn's mom's blog. It has given me another window of understanding what you and Kev are also going through. Love you all!

  2. I would just like you to know that I have a friend locally who has a son with Trisomy 18. Kayden just turned 9 last week.

  3. Thanks for the update Katie. Gabe, you and your family are in our constant thoughts and prayers.

  4. You never cease to amaze me, my list-maker friend!

    Many, many prayers are sent your way daily from over here in Maryland--we'll keep 'em coming for as long as you need 'em.

    How can we not be encouraged?!
    Hugs, hugs, and more hugs.

  5. Yes, be encouraged! God is amazing and powerful. So much to tell you about our experience with prayer this week. Email to come soon! :)

    Praying for you always,

  6. And thank you so very for asking for prayer for us. You are awesome!

  7. I will continue to pray for baby Gabe! "be encouraged" sounds good to me!

  8. So glad to hear of encouraging news!

    Will continue to pray for you all daily!

    Love and Hugs!

  9. So glad you have already seen answers to prayer and heard encouraging news! And thank you for the very specific ways to pray - we are continuing to lift up Gabe, you, Kevin and kids. Peyton and I pray Luke 1:37 for you every night. :)

  10. Lighting prayer candles like crazy for Gabe and all of his family, you're always in my thoughts♥

  11. I want you to know that Amelia and I haven't stopped praying for a second for sweet baby Gabe. We're sending you love and light and happiness. These are all such wonderful, encouraging things to hear. So, so happy.


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