Thank you for your prayers throughout the day today. According to the nurse, Emily's pains were a "normal reaction" to being physically exhausted. The past week has been intensely emotional and has worn out both of us, but especially Emily. Rest assured, though - we are doing as well as can be expected.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) - "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Here are some stats to ponder (according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention): in the US alone, there are approximately 4,247,694 births each year. Of those 4+ million babies, 0.1% of them will be diagnosed with anencephaly. If you're like me, you're thinking, "0.1% is a VERY low number!" But if you do the math, 0.1% means 11-12 babies in the US are diagnosed with anencephaly on a daily basis. And of these 11-12 babies, approximately 11 of them will either be aborted or pass away from other complications instead of being carried to full term. This means that approximately 212 anencephalic babies will be carried to full term each year. It is our prayer to be in that select few. Do you know anyone suffering from this condition? Or maybe another life threatening condition? I encourage you to lift them up in prayer right now. Unless God heals our little Caroline Grace, she will leave this world and have eternal life in Heaven moments after her birth. What about you? Have you considered your fate when you die? Life is precious. And short. But life with the Father is eternal.
Romans 6:23 (NIV) - "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord."