My Daughter Gave Birth to Quadruplets!

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Psalms 112:1-2

Friday, June 4, 2010

Things are Changing/Things are Good

For me, this week brought big changes.

Ever since we found out about the quads, Tom and I have been praying for God's direction. Although the whole multiple experience is full of the unexpected, there are some things we know. We know that Sarah and Tony will need lots of help. We know she will have major surgery after being on months of bed rest. We know that there will be four premature newborns who need care around the clock. Also, we know that Tony will need to work whenever and wherever possible to meet the financial burden. Since no other workable solution has presented itself, I have decided to resign my full-time teaching position in order to help. It is hard to do. The ministry results of teaching children to follow Christ are immeasurable until eternity, and the paycheck is nice, too. However, the fact remains that it is the right choice. It is the only choice.

While weekly appointments are routine, I am always nervous. Thankfully, the week 21 sonogram went well. The technician was able to locate all four heartbeats, the fluid around the babies looks good, and the test results for premature labor were "amazing!"

In the meantime, Sarah seems to be growing right before our eyes. She is very uncomfortable and struggles to find a way to rest. The weight of the babies must be pressing on nerves and arteries, because she is very light-headed and nauseated. The only liquids that she can drink are apple juice, ice water, and an occasional caffeine-free coke. Milk, ice cream or yogurt all make her ill.

My mom went to lunch this week with a Bible Study friend from the past who is in ministry. This friend visited a couple of churches recently--Methodist and Catholic--that are both praying for someone who is expecting quadruplets. Mom asked a few questions and discovered that it is our Sarah! I am so grateful for the way God's people everywhere are taking the time to pray for my daughter. It makes this nerve-wracking journey much more bearable and definitely more exciting. I love watching God at work.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

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