We miss you precious jewel, shining star in our hearts
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We miss you precious jewel, shining star in our hearts
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Ruby: "Oh yeah, its Estow _(she can't say her r's so it sounds like Estow) and then she would laugh and pat my belly.
Yep that's Brian on the bottom. Most of the time he is the horsey, however he isn't as young as he used to be. But he loves it! We got back from Iowa Wednesday night and i went to see Dr. Cook again on Thursday morning. Have i mentioned how wonderful he and his staff are? Really, i feel so taken care of. I have to go see him weekly so they can keep tabs on me and make sure i am in good health. We also take a peek and see how Esther is doing. Yesterday she was ok. Her heart is still beating but there is less amniotic fluid now, which i think means her kidneys and things are slowing down. She is having to work so hard! Fluid keeps increasing. We did also get the results back from our amnio that we had at Swedish last week. It confirmed that Esther does have Turner's Syndrome. As best as i understand it, this is a genetic mutation of the 23rd set of chromosomes, that make up the sex of the baby. She should have two X chromosomes and she has only one. This is a blessing to find out for future babies, this means that it is random and the likelihood of it happening again is the same as for anyone. So there is no problem between Brian and my chromosomes. As for Esther, according to the statistics, she has a 1% chance of survival. That statistic does not matter to me, but just letting you know where we are at, unless the Lord intervenes and wants to heal her. And i believe he has the power if he so chooses! Thanks for your continued prayers. I tell everyone that i know that is why i am doing ok. Well not all the time, but you know what i mean. The Lord is near, he is present and is walking with us through this. Thanks for walking with us too:)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Some have asked how to pray specifically, and i would say tomorrows ultrasound, consultation, and amnio would be the specific prayer requests. There are risks with amnios, (and no, the needle does not go into her, just the fluid) but again, i am trusting God with all of that. I am not going to take the responsibility on myself. Of course we are praying for a miraculous healing, if that is what would bring glory to God!
This is really cool: One of my friends looked at the last ultrasound picture we posted of the profile of Esther's face, and said that above and to the right, looked like a silhouette of Jesus' face! I saw it too, and it brings me so much comfort. One of the questions i have had is, is she in any pain? I am hoping and praying she is not in pain. After i saw that, i am comforted to know that Jesus is right there with her! Like he is with all of us. :)
Thanks again for keeping us in your prayers and for your steadfastness. Isaiah 26:3 is one of my favorites that got me through a dark time earlier in my life. It says -"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you." Verse 4 goes on to say "Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal."
It is all we can do:) Monica
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Isn't she beautiful?! I also think she has big feet like her dad:) But what do i know. Oh yeah and during the ultrasound we decided she has the Roosendaal nose. Sorry peanut! Auntie Al was calling her peanut, so im really glad we gave her a name. hehe -But peanut is real cute:)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Ephesians 3:14-20 ends with an amazing verse, and my moms favorite which says" Now to him who is ABLE to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. " We praise him not because he will heal Esther here on earth, but we praise him because he is ABLE. He has the power too if he chooses. Either way she will be healed, whether here on earth or ultimately in Heaven.
Yesterday was a sad day, today was a better day. God is always good! I am thankful for all of the support and for my mom, who spends every day with me.
Thank you for your prayers!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Although I will not be on staff anymore, Brian and I will continue to be involved in the mission in Lynden. From the outside, not much will look different. I love the mission of Young Life and its heart for kids and communities, and I love the Lynden community. As you know, God has done some amazing things in our community of Lynden this past year. We would not be where we are without all of our amazing volunteers and supporters!!! I will continue volunteering on the Lynden High School Young Life team, and leading the team there. Brian and I will also continue together in ministry as volunteers on the Lynden Committee, helping to encourage and lead in the growth of the ministry of Young Life in all of Lynden. We are passionate about this and are excited to volunteer together.
We have clearly been lead in this direction, and we have total peace about this decision and believe it is what is best for us. I am excited to have time to do other things. To help out friends and family watching kids. I will probably clean some houses to make some money. I am excited to see what the Lord has ahead for us!
Blessings to you all!
In His Grip~Monica