Monday, August 3, 2009

Encouragement, Blog Hop

This weeks blog hop is to post something encouraging. I chose two pictures with short stories behind them.

The first picture is of my first meeting with my son Roo, my first born. I had to have a c-section because of my car accident. It turned out to be an emergency c-sec because of my blood pressure, but he was only a week early.
I was so overjoyed as all moms are when seeing their baby for the first time but this was extra special because I had been told earlier that I would never be able to have kids due to my accident at 16, you can read more about that here and here if you wish. So I pretty much believed the doctors and never thought I would hold my own child in my arms.

He was born with no complications on April 23, 2004. His name, Ruben Mateo, means Behold a Son, a Gift from God.

This second picture is my first meeting two years later with my baby girl 6 hours after she was born.

I had a very complicated pregnancy and her Due Date was Dec 18 but they had to take her on Nov. 28. They also had to remove my gallbladder at the same time because it was full of stones and they told me she would be put on a respirator and the doctor would never really answer my questions about if she would be ok or not.

I was put completely under, which they did not tell me they would have to put me to sleep until right before they rolled me into the OR. There were no cameras allowed because they had to do it in the big OR and not on the OBGYN floor.

Hubby did get to be with me but went up with the baby after she was born.

In the recovery room, no one would tell me how my baby was, they kept saying I needed to rest. I was sure something was wrong or that maybe she didn't make it. So about 6 hours later they rolled me up to the OBGYN floor and I kept asking how my baby was, assuming the worst. The nurses did not know I had not seen her so they quickly brought her in and this was the shot of me seeing her for the first time. I kept saying saying "She's so beautiful" and did the ugly cry.

She had minor complications and had to have surgery at 10 months for a cyst on her throat. But she is a happy, healthy, sassy two year old now and you would never know she had any problems.

So my encouragement to others who have heard from doctors that they can't conceive or that something will be wrong with their babies is that it's in God's hands. I don't understand why some live and some don't but I trust that He knows best and it's in HIS hands.
And most importantly how God brings beauty from ashes. Just when you think you can never be happy because all of the baggage you carry from your past, God gathers the ashes and makes something incredible out of them.

This week's Blog Hop is your favorite quote, spiritual passage , life lesson, saying, PHOTO or encouraging thought. Post your favorite or most meaningful, and then include a sentence or two about what it means to you personally, and how it can encourage other people in their lives.

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Proud Parents of Halainah Grace said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. It has touched home for me.

Many Blessings,

Carrie said...

sweet pictures of some sweet babies. :)

He & Me + 3 said...

Beautiful encouragement my friend. Those are some great pictures with great memories behind them. Even the crying one. Just so emotional. I love it.

christy rose said...

Ok Tears flowing hear! How beautiful! God is good!

confused homemaker said...

Beautiful pictures & story. It's true that beauty can arise from ashes.

the brown couch said...

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Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

For the record: Your "ugly cry" is the most beautiful thing I've seen all day. Incredible. Just incredible. Thank you for sharing.

You are beautiful.

Sarah Dawn said...

You blessed me beyond words today. I too know the joys of holding a little one when I was told it might not happen. And your mommy smile, perfect and delightful, ugly just doesn't fit the joy from the photo.

Delighted to meet you.

Hugs from this missionary mommy,
Sarah Dawn

LAURA said...

Amazing! What a miracle to have two beautiful children when the medical world was pretty certain you would never have any! God is goooood.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great post...Thanks for the encouragement.....I enjoyed your blog....