Saturday, June 14, 2014

with gratitude...

"We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.."  1 Thessalonians 1:2

Before chapter 2 begins, we are overflowing with gratefulness for...  

~ the calmness, urgency, and gentleness of the first ultrasound tech who discovered an issue with Jude

~ the dear midwife who called to assure us Jude is in His hands

~ the fetal echocardiogram doctor who kept referring to our baby as a "little person" 

~ the doctor who placed the cold washcloth on my head and ultrasound pictures of our little man in my hand as I began to pass out following the diagnosis

~ the sweet geneticist who was the first to embrace my tears with kindness 

~ the cherished church family who gave us a baby shower to celebrate the created life of Jude despite the uncertainty of breath this side of eternity 

~ the doctors and nurses who have given us their personal phone numbers and direct lines to help us feel more cared for

~ all of our neighbors who have been so eager to help us in any way

~ the fetal diagnostic ladies who loved me so personally twice a week

~ the neonatologist who refused to charge us for the visit

~ that sweet young lady who made us a picture framed artwork of Psalm 139:14 

~ my mother-n-law who came to change and wash the sheets on all of our beds, pack away my maternity clothes, and the sweet kiss she gave Jude upon arriving

~ the saint's countless prayers lifted up to our heavenly father in Jude's behalf

~ our sound and stable church family and friends who have been there to embrace us...they continue to support us with unconditional love and uplifted prayers 

~ our sweet family God has woven together and the devotion times drawing us nearer to one another and ultimately to the Lord

~ Paul's work associates who have sent cards and offered an encouraging word and help along the way

~ Paul's customers who have bestowed grace beyond words

~ the many who are generously helping with expenses for travel and lodging 
~ the eager teams in Norfolk and UVA who have greeted us with care and escorted us to each appointment with kindness  

~ a loving lady who dropped off her crystal for us to sell and put the proceeds towards "the baby fund"

~ all those who are sending encouraging cards, phone calls, and text messages

~ that gal who makes delicious apple pies

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
for you."  1 Thessalonians 5:18


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