Wednesday, May 18, 2016

God is good and faithful! God is the giver of good gifts!

"Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him."
Psalm 127:3 NLT

One week ago today our 12th grandchild was born.  As with all our 'babies' we were so excited that our baby girl was expecting again!  Grandchildren are amazing.  I love my kids with my entire being; but those grandbabies...words cannot describe my love for them!

Anyway, Deanie (my precious baby girl) called us around 10:30 or 11:00 on Tuesday night.  She said she thought her water had broken (she was only 36 weeks into the pregnancy) but she was gushing blood.  Talk about fear jumping right into my throat!!  She said she was on the way to the hospital and I told her we would meet them there!

In the meantime she heard back from the doctor who told her to go to the nearest hospital and not to go to the hospital where she planned to go.  She called us and so we turned around and went to that hospital.  There, they hooked her up to the fetal monitor and monitored baby.  They eventually brought in the equipment to do a sonogram.  (We were at this hospital for what seemed like forever.)  She was told everything was fine but they wanted to keep her overnight for observation.

Now, I don't know what you know about pregnancy but there is NOT supposed to be any bleeding going on much less gushing of blood.  I wasn't comfortable and Deanie certainly wasn't.  Our hubbies were not happy either.  She had told them from the start that she did not intend to deliver at that hospital.  They assured her she was NOT in labor and not to worry.  

She & her hubby made the decision to leave and go ahead to the planned hospital, 20 minutes away.  When they left the first hospital she 'was not in labor' and was dilated to only a fingertip.  In the 20 minutes it took to get to the hospital of choice she was dilated to a 3 and in active labor having contractions as close as 2 minutes apart.  Not in labor...yea, right!!  The wonderful staff at the planned hospital discovered that the baby was breech and that she had had a placental abruption.  This is where the placenta begins to tear away from the uterine wall; it is very dangerous!  The doctor on call pretty much called this an emergency and felt the best course of treatment was to do an emergency c-section.

What!!  My baby and her baby...God, please intervene!  Of my 12 grandchildren this is the only c-section, only the 2nd one I haven't been able to see born, and the only breech.  I was frantic...but trying to be strong for my girl.  They prepped her quickly and then whisked her away to surgery.  My oldest daughter was there with us, I looked at her and said we didn't even get to pray with her!  So for the next 30 minutes I sat there and prayed.  I was so scared.  Jenifer was scared.  My hubby was worried, Deanie & her hubby were scared!  All I could do was pray!

"I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.  Before you were born I set you apart ..."
Jeremiah 1:5 NLT

God formed this baby...He knew when He formed him that this is how the birth would go.  I thank God that WE didn't know beforehand!  Can you imagine if you knew that your pregnancy would end like this...what a stressful pregnancy it would be for sure!  Not only did God form this precious bundle of joy but He has set Him apart.  He is called; he is blessed!  God has a plan and a purpose for Him!!

Finally we got the call that he was here!  Everyone was doing well!  Even though baby is considered a preemie, he didn't need to be in the incubator nor did he have most of the other 'preemie' issues.  The only thing he had trouble with was keeping his temperature up enough.  Mommy just snuggled him skin to skin and kept him wrapped up!  

God is good and faithful!  God is the giver of good gifts!  Here is our precious gift!

Edward James Combs 
Born:  5/11/16
At:  6:03am 
Weight:  5lbs 14.3oz
Length:  17 1/2" long
Head circumference: 12 3/4"

This precious gift is truly a treasure!  

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PS:  My baby girl and her hubby got married on my birthday, May 11, 3 years ago...and Baby Edward was born on his mommy & daddy's anniversary AND Nana's birthday!!!  Truly a gift from God!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fog on the water...shortly, it will be gone...

"14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?  Your life
is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone."
James 4:14 NLT

How often have you heard someone say, 'Life is like a today, gone tomorrow.'?  I've heard it many times and many times I've said it.  The thought behind this statement is that life is short.  

We live in a neighborhood that is a circle...not a cul-de-sac...a circle.  When you drive into the area, there is 1 house on each side of the street and then the street 'Y's' off and you have to go left or right.  On the opposite side of that the street comes back together.  The picture on the right is a picture of what I'm talking pull into the 'circle' from the main road and go either left or right.  Some of the people who live in this area are a little crazy.  The will pull in from the main road and drive 40-50 mph through the neighborhood.  It is a 20 mph posted limit.  There are children in the area.  

Last night around 11 p.m. we heard a car fly off the main road and into the area, spinning tires and out of control.  Just a few seconds later, there was a huge bang!  We immediately know what happened...we knew it was inevitable...someone was eventually going to have an accident...kill a into a house or something!  My hubby and I ran outside and sure enough in the approximate area of the red on my drawing above, a car had flipped.  The young man...he couldn't have been 25 years old...was thrown from the vehicle and onto a neighbor's lawn.  Several of the neighbors were gathering, emergency personnel had been called but it was not good!

This young man...drunk...not 20 minutes earlier had been taken home by the police...managed to get the keys to his mom's car and then got on the road...flying way too fast...and then in an instant...his life was gone!  My heart hurt so bad...his girlfriend came running from her house a few doors down...2 lives an instant!  We did our best to comfort the young lady...just a child it seemed...later, the young man's family showed up...his 16 y/o brother and, a sister...hysterical...we prayed with them.  

Life is so short...and for this young man it was just a mere snippet of what could have been!  There will be no grandchildren...this young girlfriend...will she get over this...will it affect her future relationships.  Life is like a vapor...a for a little while and then it's gone.  

If you never understand anything else, please understand this one are loved.  Your life matters!  Even when you don't think anyone in the world cares about what happens to you, there is One that loves you more than you will ever know.  The One is God, the Father-Jesus, the Son-the Holy Spirit!  God gave you's a life that you are to care for and cherish.  No, that doesn't mean things will always go great.  Yes, it does mean there will be good times...and bad.  But God gave you this life and it is a gift from Him.  It is our responsibility to cherish and take care of it.  We are not promised tomorrow.  This young man...he didn't wake up yesterday morning and say well, this is my last day on earth!  I'll guarantee you that if you'd have asked him at lunch if he'd still be here for breakfast, he would have said YES!  But ... it wasn't to the fog, his life slipped away.

Remember that there is no guarantee on our life.  We all have an expiration date...the day when our breath will leave us and our heart will no longer pump our blood.  The only thing in this life that is for certain is that once you are will die!  Cherish and take care of the time that God has given you.  

Treasure each moment with your family!  Tell your family and friends that you love them.  Make lasting memories.  You never know if it is the last time you will see them.  I'm not trying to be a downer...I am just trying to remind each reader of this that God loves you.  He has blessed you with this life.  Take it seriously.  Have fun...but take care of YOU...somebody will miss you when you are gone!

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