A Year of Miracles.

How do you prepare, or anticipate, the unknown? Do you–rather, should you?

Over the past year, we have had nephews and nieces cookin’ in mama’s tum-tum [both sister-in-laws]. There were concerns with both pregnancies nearly the entire way through. With the twins, within the first weeks of knowing they were coming, we thought we had lost them. Again and again, there were complications that most likely meant they weren’t going to make it. Teague, born just this last week, had abnormal ultra sounds most of the way through. There were concerns for abnormal development and potential genetic disease.

However, today, we are Auntie and Uncle, yet again, to three beautiful, healthy, miracle babies. The twins were born two months early, and thrived like no one could believe, to get out of the NICU and return home way before expected. Our little Teague came into this world with no abnormalities. The specialists were on hand at delivery to perform various exams to evaluate his needs. They were blown away.  What they thought they would see–small abdomen, webbed fingers, problematic brain functioning, etc. They found nothing. He is a fabulously healthy little man.We have witnessed three miracles, beyond the mere miracle of a baby.

Teagan Marshall- November 29, 2012. 6.5lbs, 19in.

Teague Marshall, 6.5lbs, 19in, November 29, 2012  Daylin Rae, 3lbs. 3oz., and Kellan Samuel, 3lbs. 6oz- September 21, 2012Daylin Rae, 3lbs. 3oz., and Kellan Samuel, 3lbs. 6oz- September 21, 2012

It’s been a challenging year for the Van Essen clan. Ups and downs. Unkowns. When there were terminal diagnosis, I saw my brothers and sisters move forward with incessant prayer. Prayer that lead to trust in the God of all things. And through that trust, peace that His purposes will be accomplished. And through that peace, joy in that they got to take part in His work.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.                            Philippians 4:4-9

What we know, now more than ever, is that Our God is good, powerful, and merciful.  Praise be to Him for these little gems.


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