Sarah went to the doctor today. She gained two pounds! Compared to a single pregnancy, carrying four babies has made her the size of someone two months further along.
He did another sonogram and all of the babies have strong heartbeats. He was encouraging and informative. He thinks she has a good chance of carrying the babies long enough if she will rest and if things go well. Her activity will include walking to the bathroom and taking a shower. That is about it. He thinks her morning sickness will get better in a couple of months, which is great news. At the next visit, we should find out if we have boys, girls or both. Can't wait! After that, she will have to go every week for sonograms.
I was very worried about the next two months since I am teaching. Today, my sister offered to take care of Sarah and Callie until school is out. I am so thankful for that answer to prayer.
Yesterday was wonderful! We had an Easter Breakfast, a good service and an Easter Egg Hunt. We have the best church people anyone could ask for. They are prayerful and encouraging. They are family. As people came up to offer their support, I felt as if my cares were lifting. I have had this experience a few times in my life. The only way I can think to describe it is that I feel as if I am floating on prayer. My feet barely touch the ground!
I've been thinking a lot about hope and how important it is in life. Satan loves to discourage us and make us think that our situations are hopeless. He wants us to feel like we have to find our own solutions to our problems, and should give up when none are apparent. That first doctor, for example, told Sarah and Tony not to tell anyone--including family--that there were four babies. Secrecy would make it easier for them to choose abortion or selective reduction. Satan appears to be trying to end the lives of these children before they even enter the world! How often do we keep things secret that should be shared in order to gain counsel, comfort and prayer? We should always call on God, church and family for support when we need it in order to keep God's perspective. Isolation breeds despair, but prayer breeds hope.
I shared Sarah's miracle with my college students. One of them asked if he could lead the class in prayer for her. I wish I had it on tape! He has a deep, soothing voice, and his prayer was amazing. He prayed for God's protection and plan. He prayed that the babies would change the world with their faith and their love for God. He asked God to make them part of a godly heritage that would last for generations. It was beautiful blessing! I do wonder what God will accomplish through this "one in a million" event.
It is exciting to live for God. You never know what surprises He has around the next corner. Thanks for praying and being a part of it.