My Miracle Baby is 12!

Please indulge me a bit as I get a little emotional: Tomorrow is Andrew’s 12th birthday! My heart is full as I think about life with him all these years. I keep telling him to stop growing up but he just won’t listen. :/

Andrew Certificate

This is Andrew when he was 5 years old.

Did I ever tell you the story about his birth? I was looking through some old posts but didn’t see anything, which is strange because I could have sworn I’ve written about it here.

You see, the doctors said Andrew wasn’t going to make it so “technically” Andrew shouldn’t be alive. Sometime (probably within 24 hours) before his birth, Andrew swallowed meconium (“baby waste”). Then, after laboring for 24 hours, I gave in and decided to get an epidural (I wanted to go natural). When I got it, Andrew’s heart plummeted and I had to have an emergency c-section.

As soon as he was out, he was whisked away to be worked on. I didn’t have my glasses on so I couldn’t see him; all I saw as a big blob. He was on 100% oxygen and the doctors said it didn’t look good. BUT, God had a plan. Michael got everyone he could think to pray. His best friend from college, who was also the best man at our wedding, had the prayer request added to the prayers of the faithful during Mass at Franciscan University.

So, obviously, he made it! In fact, he was able to come home from the hospital with me! Also, there were no residual effects from his trauma at all. He is smart, sometimes a smart alec!, funny, caring, and growing into a lovely young pre-teen. 🙂 I look at him now and I am amazed at God’s goodness.

Andrew when he started 6th grade this year.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t in God’s plan that we have another child and that sometimes makes me sad. I wish Andrew had a brother or sister to play with and grow up with; however, I am so grateful for Andrew. I can not image him not in my life – even on those days when I want to pull my hair out because he is having one of his tantrums! He is such a blessing and I can’t wait continue on his journey with him as he grows up to be a man. 🙂

31 Days of Prayer – Healing & Protection

Today I want to share a prayer that has touched me in deep ways. It is a healing and protection prayer that  my husband gave me before we were married. When Michael was in college (Franciscan University of Steubenville), he received this prayer from a priest, Fr. Hilz. This priest gave out this prayer to everyone who went to him for confession.

31 Days of Prayer - healing and protection

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I first shared this prayer a few years ago and it quickly became one of the most popular posts on this blog. From the responses I have received, in the comments and privately, this prayer has been a blessing to many people. Therefore, I have decided to link to this prayer today.

There are so many people who are in need of healing and it is good to ask God’s blessing and protection on us and all that is ours. And, I pray that this prayer is a blessing to you, too. at the end of the prayer is a link to print out the prayer (no opt-in required). I hope you will print out the prayer and pray it regularly.

Healing and Protection Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for all You have given me and ask forgiveness for my sins. Please cover me with the protective Precious Blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ (Exodus 12:7), and increase your Holy Spirit in me with His gifts of Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Discernment (1 Corinthians 12:4-11), Guidance (John 16:13) and Hunger for Prayer to help me know Your will and surrender to it more completely. (Titus 2:14)

Holy Spirit, please remove more blocks in me to receiving and sharing Your love and grace;“…Continue Praying…

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