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Little Ones to Him Belong

December 20, 2007

…they are weak, but He is strong.

We have a tiny unborn niece who is very weak right now.

She desperately needs the strength of the Great Physician, as do her parents.

Yesterday my sister-in-law received the news that her precious baby girl has Turner’s Syndrome. There are varying degrees of this condition, but in this case, the doctors don’t expect this sweet little one to be with us to the full forty weeks of her mama’s pregnancy… if she does, she isn’t expected to live long here.

We are praying for a miracle. We know God can do it, because we’ve seen Him do so before. We also know that when He chooses to take someone dear to us, He gives peace that we cannot understand and an unbelievable amount of comfort by His presence. We’ve seen Him do that, over and over and over again.

Please pray for my dear sweet sister-in-law and her husband, as well as for the rest of the family. We are all heartbroken, yet not without hope.

Sarah has written a post on her blog, telling the full story with the details I was unsure of… and once again displaying the comfort and goodness of our Lord. Feel free to keep up with the story of our niece there. Thank you for your love and prayers… Sarah read your comments here today and I know it is will be a blessing to her to know that people none of us even know (as well, of course, as many we do!) are praying for her.

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  1. Delaineysmom says:

    I can relate on a very personal level with what your sister-in-law is going through. My daughter, Delainey, was diagnosed with Turner Syndrome in utero as well. This was first suspected because of a cystic hygroma and upon further investigation, also a heart abnormality. This was our first pregnancy and this information was very hard to understand, but we just had faith that things would work out ok. We were given the same discouraging odds and were even “advised of our options”, which was not even a consideration for us. Even if there is only a 1 percent chance, we knew that our girl should be given the chance to be that 1. We were told that even if our girl was able to make it to birth because of the hygroma, we would need to undergo several high risk heart surgeries for what is called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Maybe we were in denial, but I call it blind faith…. we just knew in our hearts that it would be ok one way or another.

    After my 30th week of pregnancy, the hygromas stopped increasing in size and by the grace of God, they then began to dissolve week by week.

    When Delainey was born, she was not the tiny, sick baby we had been told to expect. She was almost 8 lbs and a fireball of energy. No hygromas. They took Lainey directly to a local Childrens hospital to prepare for immediate heart surgery, but upon her arrival, they did one last heart echo and found that our little girl no longer had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, despite 10 or more heart echos in the previous weeks including one just days earlier. She now had a much less severe heart condition called aortic coactation which was corrected with one surgery and it wasn’t even an open heart procedure.

    The point of my story is to say that God does make miracles and I have been blessed by being able to look into the huge blue eyes of one of these Miracles everyday. I see her blond, curly hair bouncing as she runs down the hall and I remember the many times that complete strangers have commented on her “angel hair”…. she is our angel and we know that she has real angels of her own that have been protecting her always. Of course, I am all too aware of how much of a blessing we were given and I cry for the parents who do not find the “happy ending” in a TS pregnancy. But, I just want to give hope and show that Miracles are possible through God’s great plan. I will pray for your sister-in-law, her husband and their unborn baby girl.

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    December 21st, 2007 at 8:13 am

  2. Haus Frau says:

    Our God is faithful and His mercies are new every morning. I’m believing in a series of miracles and will be praying for this precious child and family. <><

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    December 21st, 2007 at 8:28 am

  3. Megan says:

    Ashleigh- I’m so sorry for my horrible assumption! I re-read your last post and feel so ridiculous for assuming, I’m sorry. And even more, for what you all are going through. I will absolutely be praying for a miracle, we KNOW that the Lord can and DOES heal and restore. When I was pregnant with Jake, they wanted me to have a D&C and said he wasn’t “viable”. God had another plan for this little life. …I’m praying

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    December 21st, 2007 at 11:46 am

  4. joyfullyhis says:

    *hugs*
    How heartbreaking to find that out! I will pray for them and for the precious baby girl too. I’ll be praying for a miracle too! For we truly DO KNOW that God can still work miracles! He does all the time….
    I’ll be sure to keep up with her blog so I can see how God works in
    this situation.
    Been thinking of you a lot lately, Ash… you’ve definitely been on my mind a lot- esp as Jan. gets closer and closer….
    ((hugs)) again

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    December 21st, 2007 at 4:02 pm

  5. Mrs. T says:

    *hugs* praying for them and for you.

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    December 21st, 2007 at 7:54 pm

  6. Sara says:

    praying

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    December 21st, 2007 at 9:38 pm

  7. Heather says:

    Ashleigh,
    My heart breaks for your sweet sister-in-law. I recently read a blog of another young mother who lost her baby girl to a similar chromosomal syndrome. (Her daughter’s was called “Edward’s Syndrome). Just thought your SIL might find some encouragement through reading her story. She is obviously a woman of faith. Her blog site is: http://conorbootheandgirls.blogspot.com/2007/10/not-by-might.html

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    December 23rd, 2007 at 7:36 pm

  8. Happymama says:

    I just left her a comment on the post you linked us to. We will keep her and Josh and this little baby girl in our prayers.

    ~Kristi

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    December 26th, 2007 at 10:03 am

  9. Kimberly says:

    We all know that God is a God of order. He does nothing just for the sake of “just doing something.” I have added your baby neice to our prayer list and your sister-in-law. The Lord will do what He sees best, but He is the God of miracles.
    Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
    Much love and prayers

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    January 2nd, 2008 at 7:52 pm

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