2018

He came home 4 years ago…

In November 2014, I wrote about the day we brought our son home from the hospital for the first time. And although he had several… years worth… of hospital stays after this… but there is nothing like the FIRST TIME he ever came home!! I wrote two blog posts about it back in 2014. 

143 days in the NICU  

And 

No More Tears 

This past Sunday, one of our Reverends preached about Romans 8:28… 

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, and to those who are called according to His purpose.”  –Romans 8:28 NKJV

“things happen….. but God!” 

I was listening while sitting in the nursery with the twins. And it was a beautiful and powerful preaching. I was listening so intently that I was reminiscing about all the bad and the good that have come into our lives. I was thinking about God’s Plan and how the Lord knew me and my son before- before- before. And as I was listening… God spoke to me. 

The Lord speaks to me at some awkward times. Like, right in the middle of this preaching… lol. But I quickly turned my notebook over and just started writing what He wanted me to say… 

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November 20, 2014 we brought our Miracle home. I was in shock because we were bringing him home. For so long we were told that we never would. It was told to us that there was no hope for him. And for so long it looked like there wasn’t. But like the song “Way-Maker” goes…. 

“Even when I don’t see it, He’s working. 

Even when I don’t feel it, He’s working.

He never stopped working. 

He’s a way-maker.

He’s a miracle-worker. 

He’s a Promise-keeper.

He’s light in the darkness.”

HE MADE A WAY! When all the test results came back… When all the ultrasounds and scans came back… they all showed that there was no hope. They all showed that there was no way for this boy to survive. They showed that this boy would have such a painful and difficult life. They showed that he would never walk or talk or breathe on his own. They showed that if we kept him alive, he would be living off of machines for the rest of his life. They showed the poor and sad quality of life he would have… 

….But God!! 

He makes miracles. He makes things work. Things that look like there’s no hope, HE brings them to life. When you’re told there won’t be a “quality” of life and there’s no point to even consider to help give life… HE makes miracles. 

Matthews brain scans showed (and still show) the brain bleeds he was born with and the major one he got when he was first born. The scans, to this day, still show that he should  not be walking or talking or thinking. He should not be aware of his surroundings. He should not be able to run or jump or play or live his life to the fullest. 

Matthew is so smart. He is walking and talking and jumping and playing. He is so smart he plays video games. He wants to play baseball. He is learning to write and hold a pencil.

….But God!!

Before Matthew was born, his lungs were one of the doctors greatest concerns. They were afraid his lungs would never have a chance to develop. They were afraid his lungs would never be big enough or strong enough to help him breathe. And then even AFTER he was born, his lungs collapsed!! They were weak and they were broken. Doctors were afraid he would never breathe on his own. They were afraid he would have lung problems for the rest of his life. They were worried that he would need oxygen every day. They thought that he would have chronic lung issues or asthma. 

….But God!!

The Lord breathed life into his lungs. He was off all breathing machines in 10 days!! 10 days! He has had RSV twice. He never needed an oxygen machine at home. And to this day he does NOT have asthma. His preemie lungs are strong! 

“For I know the plans I have for you…..”  –Jeremiah 29:11

 Before the twins were born… after the twins were born…. there were many many miracles I was blessed to witness. But nothing compared to the moment we walked into our home with our son. 

He was home. And today, he is here. 

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For His Honor and Glory…. Matthew will live for Him. We are so grateful! 

Blessings

xo

 

 

 

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