Thursday, August 5, 2010

Carried

I love all the special details surrounding Colson's birth.

How significant his actual birthdate is. The thirteenth was never even an option (in our eyes). His due date was July 28th (Reese's was August 28th). My doctor talked with us about the 19th, 14th, then the 8th (if the amnio showed his lungs were ready on the 7th). We were so disappointed when his little lungs weren't fully developed, but the Lord knew the perfect day for Colson to come into our lives. He's so good.

When Jason and I went for my appointment on Monday the 12th, the doctor said she could do it the next day! Of course we could not say no. ; )

Eleven months to the day Reese went to Heaven Colson was placed in our arms.
My regular doctor was out of town, so another doctor did my c-section with Colson. The same one who delivered Reese. I can't say enough wonderful things about both of these women. They will forever be a part of my heart. They have walked with us through our darkest days this year. Again the Lord knew that the same physician who delivered Reese would need to deliver Colson. For herself and us. How special!

Jason sent her this text at 12:49 Tuesday. ; ) My c-section was scheduled for 1 pm. Of course we knew she had no control over it, but it was funny.
We were both a little antsy.

This doctor was the first person to touch Reese and the first person to touch Colson. It was also so significant because she wanted to show Colson to me herself after he was born instead of letting Jason! I loved it.

Before Colson was born while we were in pre-op (I was also in the same pre-op section and bed with Reese), the doctor looked at me and said, "Who's praying?" I said, "Everyone!" I thought she meant who was praying for us and that was the first thing that popped into my mind. ; )

She then said, "I mean who's going to pray for us right now? I'm not going back into that operating room with you until somebody prays." I knew I couldn't make it through saying a prayer out loud, and thankfully my dad stepped in. Those who were in the pre-op with us circled around and held hands while he prayed. What a powerful moment. One of the most sacred times of my life.

My dad prayed about how he believed Colson's birth was really a culmination of what began in May 2009 when I was so sick. I can't wait to see his days unfold before us, and I'm so honored to be his Mom.

Another GOD thing about Colson's birthday is that Lisa would not have been able to take pictures for us on the 8th. This really helped me when we found out Colson wouldn't be born that day.

We didn't even ask her to take pictures for us. She contacted us a few months ago asking if she could take them when he was born. She said so many of her hospital visits are sad, and she wanted to be a part of this joyful moment with our family. Of course we said yes!
I especially love all the pics of Jason and Colson. ; )
A few people just a little ready to meet Colson. ; )
Westin was ready to meet his new best buddy, too!

When we brought Colson home, I realized how such a big part of me died last summer. The part of my heart that looks forward to things and loves to plan. When we came home after Reese was born, I walked past my calendar for weeks without opening it because I knew I would have to erase things I had planned with her. It was so painful.
It's amazing to look ahead to things now knowing Colson will be with us.

I know Colson is just as special as any precious life GOD creates. His love for each baby is so deep! Thank you for your faithfulness in praying him here.


The Lord brings death and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and raises up.

1 Sam. 2:6

58 comments:

Mrs. Jenk said...

I love that our God is a God of details. Knowing he planned the day, the doctor and the bed, helps us all to know he plans the big stuff, too.

Lauren said...

Katie, this was the sweetest thing in so many ways…. And a story of God’s redemption that has unfolded right before our very eyes. I love you, girl!!! :)

Mallory said...

To me all those little things are "God winks" or as we taught kids in VBS this year, "God Sightings" ...when you saw God in spirit. I have no doubt about the fact he was a HUGE part of your delivery. God is SO good and sweet little Reese was his sidekick the whole time. Colson's gorgeous!

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing your story. It reminds me how amazing God truly is, and how much He really cares about the details. Colson is absolutely beautiful and perfect. It's a good thing I hadn't put my makeup on yet, 'cause I bawled my eyes out reading this post. Happy tears of course..........blessings!

CrysHouse said...

Katie,

I lurk on your blog, and have never posted a comment, but today I just can't refrain.

Thank you for speaking hope into my life when you never realized you were doing it. I'm thankful for that hope and believing that God can do immeasurably and abudantly more than all I've ever asked or imagined. He sure has in yours.

Carolina Girl said...

Wow! The tears are flowing here in TX.

KatieB. said...

That is an amazing story! Colson is a very special young man and I have no doubt God has big plans for his life.

ktjane said...

This post was so beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart as I thought about how far God has taken your family!

The Conway's said...

Such a great story! It's so rewarding to look back and see how everything worked into God's plan....PERFECTLY!!
Love this!

The Mama said...

You have such an amazing ability to tell your story. I can only imagine not even being able to look at the calendar. I am so thankful that we serve a God who provides and a God of HOPE! Praise the Lord for Colson! I hope he brings the smile back to your heart. I pray for you to always remember Reese, and to always treasure Colson.

Becky said...

I loved hearing those details Katie! God certainly honored your faithfulness to Him during those terrible, dark days after Reese went to Him. You have such a neat family and a great support group. You are very blessed.

Wendy said...

Love, love, LOVE this post! Every single bit - so true. Very interesting the way things work out...and what a different perspective "hindsight" brings! So happy for you and your beautiful family! And the picture of the "paparazzi" meeting Colson literally made me cry! What joy all wrapped up in one little picture!!! Yay!

hi-d said...

Thanks for sharing the details of your life. I love hearing about them.

So sweet that the Dr. wanted someone to pray. It's amazing what an impact, Reese,You & your Entire family has made on people...ALL for the Glory of God.

Blessings!
hi-d

Kelly said...

Yes, indeed, God is good and he makes no mistakes. The details around Colson's birth are so amazing. Coincidence, I think not.

Melissa said...

What an amazing story. You make me teary eyed. God's timing is always spot on even when we don't see that. You're such an inspirational lady, I wish you were my neighbor. :-)

NennysPage said...

I love the "God" moments in our lives! We usually tend to realize they are God moments after the fact when we are quiet and reflecting. Again, so happy for you guys!

Rebecca (Sam's wife) said...

girl-this made me cry. so neat how God worked things for you for His good. He is good all the time.

Linds said...

this post made me teary eyed. God is the Great Restorer. The doctor sounds AMAZING.

tiffany said...

Oh Katie - When things are tough and I'm feeling sorry for myself because I'm overwhelmed and just want a break from the craziness, you remind me what a gift my children are and how blessed I am to be their mom. I am so happy for you and your family. God is good, indeed.

Jennifer said...

God is in the details. This brought tears to my eyes. I am glad so much has been restored. Congratulations on your precious blessing! He is adorable!

Jennifer said...

God is in the details. This brought tears to my eyes. I am glad so much has been restored. Congratulations on your precious blessing! He is adorable!

Madison said...

This was beautiful. God does carry us through our darkest times, and He is there to celebrate with us in the victories.

Sarah Sharp said...

Wow. I really wasn't planning to cry, but many of your posts seem to do that to me! I guess I should have learned my lesson after nearly a year of reading. :)

What a beautiful birth story for Colson. What a beautiful family you have!

I love to see how God orchestrates our lives. He gave us our second son before we were planning him and he was early and stayed in NICU. So many things happened after I found out I was pregnant with him and during both of our hospital stays that I know God planned out perfectly. He is SO GOOD!!

Brittany said...

Just beautiful! So glad to see you so happy!

Clementsville: Population of 4! said...

Thank you for sharing these God moments, it's so special to us all too! So sweet!!

Jill said...

my word, i just can't read a post of yours without crying!! :) So incredibly thankful for little Colson's life in your family....he's absolutely beautiful (even if he's a little boy i still say that! ha!) Praise Him :)

Southern Girl said...

What joy it brings to the Father when we praise Him in all circumstances! You and your family have definitely had some major storms, and I've been amazed at your ability to praise Him through it all. God bless you for your faithfulness to Him. Congratulations, Colson is beautiful!

Christi said...

Your family is so beautiful.

God planned all of these details. We are so blessed to have such a loving God in our lives and for all the "perfect" people he places in our lives and journeys.

I'm especially thankful that you can look at your calendar again and look forward to more years of firsts again. I am thankful to be a blogger friend who will get to see Zachary and Colson grow up online...while Reese is always right there too.

The Buchanan Family said...

Great post!

Karen said...

Such a sweet post, Katie...your heart is so apparent in your words. Your babies, GOD's babies, are all so beautiful and I am so blessed to follow you in blogger world. Continuing to pray each day for you!

Happiness Is... said...

I love this post. He always knows what we need before we do.

Kelly said...

I love this post for so many reasons - but the part about Dr. S made me cry. She has been a very special person in my life and I'm so thankful she is a Christian. I know the loss of Reese was probably hard for her too so I'm sure it brought her so much joy to deliver Colson.
God doesn't have to give us such specific, special details - but I love it when He does!

Amanda said...

Our wonderful God is everywhere! Dr. Seale is also my doctor. She was the one who saw me during my miscarriage in March. She stood and prayed with me right there in the room. She still my doctor and I won't give her up! I am now 16 wks today! I love how God brings the perfect people into our lives. I am blessed God guided me to a faithful doctor. He knows what he is doing!
God Bless!

Amy said...

Katie - I think this is one of my favorite posts. It is such a beautiful story of how "HE gives beauty for ashes, Strength for fear, Gladness for mourning,
Peace for despair"
Our God is ALWAYS in the details - what an amazing testimony of how he cares for us!

Sara said...

AMAZING post. My heart is just overflowing with joy for you!

Fabiola said...

What a beautiful story!!

Every time I feel sorry for myself, I think about you and it really gives me hope. Thank you!!!

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Katie... What beautiful details surrounding Colson's birth~ You are blessed! Thank you for sharing, our post was very sweet!

Laura said...

SO loved this post...keep soaking at all in!

Mer said...

I LOVE THIS POST!!!!!!!!!

Jenna said...

God is so amazing!!! I loved every word of this post and just praise Him for the tenderness and care He gives....praying for you always, sweet Katie!

And PS. that is one HANDSOME little fella you have there!

Dawnette Thomas said...

I have God-bumps on top of God-bumps! (When you see or hear about God's power and you get those things all over your body that resemble goosebumps, I call those God-bumps.) What a powerful amazing God we serve! Thanks for sharing how He mightily worked in bringing Colson into earth.

3LittleByrds said...

Katie, you have such a way with words that everytime I read a post from you it makes me teary eyed. God knew what you'd need and knew the 13th was a perfect day in so many ways. Isn't he wonderful? I'm so glad Colson is giving you back your want to plan things and look forward to them.

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Wow..what a sweet and meaningful post to read this morning. I am so thankful that you have laid your heart out to us for this past year, not only for your healing, but for us to have a deeper appreciation for our own lives. You, Jason and Z deserve this happiness. I know you are cherishing every moment!

Kirby and Anna said...

You've brought tears to my eyes this morning as I read your post. I'm so happy for you and your family! :)

Kathy said...

Katie you are an amazing woman and I am constantly inspired by your strength.

This passage was beautiful and I'm sitting here at my desk crying.

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I feel truly blessed to have found your blog and feel so connected to your family even though we've never met.

God Bless!!

The Morris Family said...

Praise the Lord he does make alive and raises up.....you little Reese and our Joel!!!!

What a powerful testimony of our great God!!!

Cindy

Our Family said...

A beautiful post. God truly is kind and good to us all. So glad you can and do recognize his hand in your life.

Apple of His Eye said...

Tears of joy!! So happy for you and your family Katie! Abundance of blessings to you!!!

Alex and Jill said...

Beautiful post and a beautiful baby boy!! God is most definitely in the details.

And that pic of Westin is ADORABLE.

You are so blessed.

((HUGS))

Leanne said...

Katie....

I just have no words to say!

God is so sovereign and so amazing.

I felt the sacredness, the significance, the Godliness of all of the events you described.

I love our God!

I'm so glad your heart is redeemed.

Praise Him.

Summer and Matt said...

What a sweet sweet blessing Colson is! I love reading how happy ya'll are and how God is truly blessing you and your family! Ya'll are so cute!

ilovemy2bichons said...

Wow. Such an amazing post. I have goosebumps reading this. I'm thinking of you and your family often. Colson is such a blessing.

Todd and Courtney said...

That first picture made me tear up. We have such a wonderful God :)

Karen said...

Such a beautiful post Katie, you brought tears to my eyes. I am just so happy for you. Our God is so good.

Blessings,
Karen

kim_brough said...

"One of the most sacred times of my life." That gave me cold chills.


And I love the one of Colson with all his paparazzi!!!

Mom2One said...

I cried my way through this post. It's amazing how God knows our hearts and our desires and in HIS time He fulfills them. What a blessing Colson is! God is always on time...even when we think He's REALLY late or think maybe He won't show up at all... ;) May God bless you and your sweet family! I just love reading your blog. =)

LexieBee:) said...

Wow! Your story is so inspiring! A total faith-builder! God is good, and always in control!

Melissa said...

I just happened to come across your blog today and have spent the past 2 hours learning about your story. I love this post the most, it touched me so deeply. My little boy is almost 2ys old, he was born 2 months early. My placenta had detached and I was rushed to an emergency c-section and my family was being told to be there for me that it would be a hard day as they could not hear his heartbeat in the ambulance. God blessed us with a healthy 4lb 4oz baby boy. He had difficulty breathing on his own but after 27 days in the hospital he was able to finally go home with us. As I read your story, I just break down thinking of how differently that day could have gone for us and how God continues to bless us every day our healthy baby boy is in our lives! Your strength is amazing and you have truly touch my heart. Thank you for sharing your family with us strangers!

God is good - this is my word verificiation as I am typing this "resses".

God bless your family!!!!

 
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