I thought I’d write a blog post so no one forgets me J Shawna has done a wonderful job of keeping things updated and driving the 50 days of prayer for Seton. I, on the other hand, have fallen down on the job a bit as I cling to the merry-go-round of life, spinning faster and faster.
As I reflect on our life and journey over the past year, I am flooded with memories and emotion. From Shawna and I standing in our living room sobbing after learning for the first time what we were about to face, to preparing the celebration for Seton’s first birthday party, we’ve experienced more of life than I ever thought possible. I am overwhelmed.
So many instances, both good and bad, have shaped my heart, my personality, my existence. These are some moments I want to share…and never forget:
Devastation of thinking life could end before it starts
Realizing every thought of control I had was a farce
Witnessing the miracle of birth and the look on my wife’s face as she saw our son for the first time
The overwhelming power of family, friends, and community
Inexpressible pain and fear as I woke so many mornings
Unmerited Grace and Mercy
Cherishing moments holding my son, fiercely praying those opportunities wouldn’t cease
Bringing him home to live when we had been told he’d surely die
A new understanding of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
Graveyard nursery shifts
Family vacation at Dairy Queen and a nursing home
Knowing the best food at the hospital (and the names of most of the staff)
The firsts of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Hanging out on the couch watching TV
Pictures, pictures, and more pictures – I don’t say cheese
The baby mullet that mom wants us to cut
The perfect symphony of simultaneously shooting snot-rockets from both nostrils while destroying a diaper
And to that effect, how much poop a baby makes (seriously - it’s just milk)
I could continue, but I won’t prolong this for you.
We still long for “normal” milestones of life like smiling, crawling, and playing, but our hope is securely
placed, and we will persevere. So much progress has been made, and there’s so much more to come.
I can’t say too much that I haven’t said before, but some things bear repeating. We’re blessed. We’re humbled. We’re amazed.
Our family and friends tell us we have a testimony. I’m not sure what to think about that, but I feel like we’re a privileged part of a living example of our God at work. If anyone else sees it too, praise God.
Thank you for walking with us, thank you for praying for us, and thank you for loving us.
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Today's prayer request is for Seton's future and our future as a family. We look forward to many more years and birthdays to celebrate with our boy. He is such a joy and a blessing to us each and every day.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever – Psalm 107:1