Our 'Future Sports Star'
1 day old
Our little Nate is turning ONE this week!
What a year our little guy has had. I've been getting all nostalgic and looking back over the past year's photos of him. It's really quite hard to put into words what this last year has meant for us. We've been so blessed with Nate - and he's been such a joy to love and care for. Truly! I know it's easy to think of all the more difficult times, or even just the typical sleep deprivation that comes with a baby (and in our case, has lasted the whole year!!) But honestly, Nate's first year of life has been blessed. Every single one of us is on a journey. And every journey is going to have mountains and valleys. It's just a matter of when. And Who is going to carry you through.
Thankfully we have been surrounded by family and friends who love us and care for us in countless ways. And we have a God who cares and hears our prayers, and a Holy Spirit who intercedes for us when we don't have the words.
We found out about Nate's heart condition at about 6 weeks old. The diagnosis was missed during both ultrasounds I had, so thankfully everything went routinely at his birth, and he was born a completely healthy boy. Looking back at pictures from his first 6 weeks of life is pretty surreal. I see us as a family so oblivious to what was happening in Nate's little body. Before words like heart failure, valve regurgitation, captopril, septal defects and heart block became everyday words in our vocabulary.
The diagnosis came at a God appointed time. My entire family was home. Kerry and Kathy and their family had come to MB for a holiday and we were all getting ready for a Schmidt family weekend away. During this time I needed to be around them, and it still touches me to this day, how they cared for us and prayed over Nate for healing.
Here's the verse my sister Bonnie gave me. I've claimed it. It's on my fridge as an ongoing reminder.
May the GOD OF HOPE fill you with
all JOY and PEACE as you
TRUST in Him, so that you may
OVERFLOW with HOPE by the
POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT. Romans 15:13