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Early days with my little guy

1. I’m grateful for Seth’s continued good health
2. I’m grateful for Emily’s tremendous outlook on the entire situation. She is definitely demonstrating godly character as she depends on the Holy Spirit for strength. She is living out what Paul says in Romans 5:13.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

3. I still have a feeling of loss when I think about the things Seth and I may not get to experience together due to some of his potential limitations. I can state it this way:

I have a pretty good idea of things that he and I will probably miss out on. I’ve looked forward to doing some of these things with my son years before I became a parent. However, I’m also sure I don’t yet fully understand what Seth and I WILL get to experience that we would not have otherwise. I confess that all of this thinking is quite selfish in some ways and reveals a lack of trust in God’s plan. So, when I get over feeling sorry for myself, I redirect my energy to praying that Seth would know Jesus and be a righteous man. What could be more fulfilling for a dad than this!

Proverbs 23:24
The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.


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After Seth’s Birth

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I still hold fast to what I wrote on December 16th.

For now, my prayer is that the Lord would give our family exactly what we need each day and that we would trust in Him completely.

Psalm 13:5-6 (New International Version)

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.

6 I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me.

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Seth is here!

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Friends and Family,

God has blessed us at the Fun House with a wonderful baby boy. His name is Seth. We are thankful for his life and rejoice even now in the ways God will use him for His glory. He was born at 8:55 p.m. and weighed 6 lbs 11 ounces. Seth was born with a chromosomal defect called Down Syndrome. Although over half of Down Syndrome babies have heart defects of some sort, Seth has a strong healthy heart and impressive muscle tone! We know the challenges ahead will be many in raising little Seth, but we also know that God can use Seth’s life to draw men to Himself. That was our prayer before we saw Seth today and continues to be our prayer. We want Seth’s life to be used to proclaim Jesus to a lost world. For Jesus is our only hope and we
trust in Him completely. Rejoice with us as we praise God for this gift.

Seth is here!

We are proud of our son!

Seth is here!

What an awesome gift from God!

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Finding Peace Again

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I think Joel’s dad said it best to me when he said that we’ve received Christmas a little early this year- our family is blessed to have the powerful Emmanuel- God with us- at our side. He hasn’t left us or forsaken us- or even Seth for that matter.

Last night, Joel and I were able to weep together- maybe even mourn for what opportunities our little boy may not have, the trials our family might endure. But the Lord promises us in Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may last for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

Funny how I can actually take comfort in the fact that Down Syndrome is a completely random event– it can happen to anyone at anytime. That just speaks to the Lord’s will for our life. He ordained this. Even if it is nothing, He wants Joel and I- and even you- to endure this time to be drawn to Him or to come to a saving faith in Him for the first time in your life.

So, I woke up with great peace this morning. I am at peace knowing that whoever Seth is, He is chosen by
the Lord to be my son. And I rejoice in this gift! Ella and I went to buy him a soft blue blanket today- just like her pink one. I hope he loves it as much as his big sister loves hers.

The Lord is speaking to me in so many ways today- His presence is so thick in this house. Throughout Ella’s pregnancy, this first time mom was anxious like any other- and I leaned on the words of that song that we sing so often, “Blessed Be Your Name.” Joel and I discussed it yesterday on the way to our appt. We cried, knowing that whether we would have “the sun shining down on us or facing a road marked with suffering,” we would boldly proclaim, “Blessed be the name of the Lord!” Roger called last night to discuss Sunday morning’s song set with me and said, “You know- I am feeling led to sing Blessed Be Your Name this Sunday.” (Oh Lord, you are so interested in helping us through this!) More tears……well, this morning, as I finished my time with the Lord and turned on some music to get the day started, what started playing? That song. I fell to the floor and wept again, knowing that this is my word from the Lord- He is faithful- He is all powerful- He is deserving of our praise- He is good to us no matter the circumstance. I will probably be crying more than singing on Sunday morning- but let it encourage you that the Lord has given us this word and for that I rejoice and have great joy!

For those of you who may not know, I am directing a contemporary choir at our church this year- we have a large group of faithful, loving people. Tonight at choir rehearsal before we started, I felt led to share with the group the burden that Joel and I have been carrying this week. They surrounded us in prayer- lifting up one voice after another as they prayed detailed prayers for our family and our son. The peace that washed over us was immense- for the first time this week, I felt normal again. What a blessing it is to us that we don’t have to bear this burden alone! The testimonies and encouragement that followed overwhelmed me as people committed to praying for us in the coming months and told us of similar situations where the Lord had worked miracles for others. I even had people tell me that they have been praying for us over the weekend and through these past two days, just because the felt the Lord laid us on their hearts- only to find out tonight why. Praise God!

Keep praying for us- we’ve got our highs and lows……But my heart is steadfast in the Lord’s faithfulness to me, Joel, my sweet Ella and my precious Seth.

JOYFUL in the Lord, Em

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