Today is World Prematurity Day. I can't let the opportunity go by to share again our gratefulness for God's healing in the life of our preemie almost 10 years ago, and His faithfulness to our family always.
The night that my water broke at 30 weeks, my friend Kathy shared these verses with me:
I waited patiently for the LORD;
He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in Him.
Blessed is the one
who trusts in the LORD,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, LORD my God,
are the wonders You have done,
the things You planned for us.
None can compare with You;
were I to speak and tell of Your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.
I clung to those verses for dear life during the time I was in the hospital before Ammah Grace was born and during the time that she was in NICU. God was so gracious to us in giving us wonders too many to declare with Ammah Grace!
As often as I feel I've shared Ammah Grace's story, there are always people who haven't heard it. You can read more here, here, and here. We were cautioned by her neonatologists that she might never walk or talk, and that she could be blind and/or deaf. I still marvel, almost 10 years later, at our running, laughing, always-talking, bright and healthy reminder of God's faithfulness and glory.
Prematurity is such a scary thing. The NICU is a world unto itself that no one wants to enter. What a blessing, though, to have the technology and medical advances that we have today, and to have the highly-skilled, compassionate doctors and nurses who work with these tiny little ones and their families.
God taught us so much through those days that I don't know if we could have learned any other way, and I am so thankful for that. I am also so thankful for the many people who helped our families in so many ways during that time, and for the many, many who prayed for her. The "Ammah" in Ammah Grace was my great-grandmother's name. We discovered after she came home from the hospital that "Ammah" is a Biblical place name that means, "God's people". What a perfect name for our little preemie, in whose life God's people played such a huge part.
|Ammah Grace with Bayley at Taekwondo.|
|Ammah Grace recently learned to shoot, and she is hooked! Being coached by Bro. Gary at Mrs. Rhonda and Mr. Calvin's house a few weeks ago. :)|
|She loved it!|
|Ammah Grace at church.|
|A little Sunday afternoon pitch and catch with Dad.|