Thursday, June 03, 2010

Thank you, God

My youngest child Thomas graduated from high school last week. I wanted to stop and say, "Thank you, God." Thomas's birth was such a time of celebration. We have two daughters, now 28 and 26. Our third child was a baby boy. Oh, how I'd prayed to have a son. But Robbie only lived twenty minutes. He was born with a rare birth defect called anencephaly--meaning absence of the brain. We had a small graveside service for him and I can remember thinking, I'll never smile again. My heart will never heal. This hurts too much.

I'd decided that's it. No more children. But slowly, very slowly, I began to feel a tiny spark of faith to try and have another baby. Two years after Robbie died, Thomas was born.

What joy! "It's a boy!"

I've been praying a certain prayer for Thomas since he was born..."that he grow in wisdom, and stature, and in favor with God and man." The Lord is gracious. He's answered my prayers.

I wanted to share my joy with you all today.

Has the Lord answered a prayer for you?

So much love,


Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a beautiful story to start my day! I'm so happy for you--for your youngest on his big day, and for the way God loved you through your sorrow, and for your gorgeous family.
Great to meet you! (Through Camy's twitter link!)

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Yay! Congratulations, Thomas!

Julie, I'm so grateful for God's blessings even after heartaches.

Love and BIG hugs,

Julie Garmon said...

Thank you Rebecca and Lisa. :-)

Love to you both.

Jamie said...

Congrats to Thomas on his graduation, and what a blessing he is!

Stephanie Morrill said...

Oh, Julie, your post made me so teary! How brave you were to try again.

Jenny B. Jones said...

Congratulations to you and Thomas, Julie!

Julie Garmon said...

Thanks, Stephanie, Jamie and Jenny. Hugs to you all.