A sweet sweet girl sent me an e-mail today. In all honesty I am amzed in the supportive e-mails I am getting today - so so many sweet emails - God is good! On her blog I found a recent post with great inspiration. Thank you Lauren - I hope you don't mind that I'm sharing some of the verses that helped me.
"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song." Psalm 28:7
"Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy." Psalm 126:5
Nehemiah said, "Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!"
Friends & family, Jade & I are doing very well because of all your prayers for strength. We are beyond excited for baby Ollie to be a part of our lives, and a part of our family & friends' lives. Do not grieve for us because this baby IS a blessing Down Syndrome or not. We are still celebrating the miracle that is our child in any form he or she arrives in. Ollie is our child, and Ollie is absolutely perfect in God's eyes.
We are finding research that is bringing us much hope, and we are confidant that God will get us through this because he only gives us what we can handle. Keep the prayers coming for our entire family, Ollie's heart, & any doctors/nurses we may one day meet. Also, for my sake please squash any rumors that Ollie may not survive until birth. Ollie is strong and kicking all the time, and no Dr. has ever said this should be a concern to us. We believe the heart defect is operable, or may heal on its own. We don't know much about Ollie's heart, but we will know more on the 26th.
Also - check out this link. God Bless these people - you brought tears to my eyes today when I realized what was happening. Your prayers ARE working & I am thankful for you all even though I may never know who you are.