Sunday, November 2, 2008

Thankful

I'm sitting here in Gadese's hospital room watching her sleep with Christiana by her breast. I'm in a completely exhausted state of awe for so many reasons. The last 17 hours have been incredibly hard and filled with many emotions. My heart is swimming in gratitude. I had no idea God's greater plan when we first listened to His call to bring Gadese here to America. Only He knew that her life and Christiana's depended on that one choice made 6 months ago. It is without any doubt in my mind and that of the hospital staff that they would both have died today if they were back in Ethiopia. Praise God for His Mercy!

I know everyone is wanting more information on Christiana. As I know more I will let you know. We should know hopefully in the next few days if her circumstances are genetic/chromosome, or something that will require surgery or simply massive trauma during attempted delivery and uterine environment. I can say, I have already witnessed God's hand mightly upon her. Many of her facial features have already changed beautifully.

I am humbled beyond measure to be a part of God's plan in this way and I continue to be blessed to have you all praying for Gadese, Christiana, her family in Ethiopia and ours.

Peace

18 comments:

Leslie said...

Oh, praise God. Is there any doubt that He knew all along? Praying for both of them.

Becky said...

Steffany,
I cannot imagine the range of emotions you are experiencing right now. I have been on edge and praying so much throughout this day. I marvel at God's provision and these precious lives that have been saved! I will anxiously await more word on the baby's condition. In the meantime, I am praying often and you are never far from my thoughts.

Becky

Paula said...

More prayers are with Gadese and her new baby. Welcome, Christiana.

Cassie said...

what an amazing story...for all of you. incredible way to see god at work. thank you for following his promptings steffany.
continuing to pray.

Candace said...

You are so beautiful Steffany! Thank you for your updates and for your hand in so many lives! You and your family have touched so many! We are praying for Gadese and Christiana and for you!

Jen said...

God's sovereignty has me in awe...as do you and your family. There are many people who get those nudges from God, those callings, pulls, whispers....but not many listen and we are so thankful you did. We are praying for Gadese and Christiana, for your family and for Alex so far away...All of our unity, Jen

Kelly said...

praying, here...what is it??? Thank God you are here!!

amy smith said...

don't even know what to say.
just know that i am praying for you, and gadese, and that sweet baby girl.
and so thankful that you listened.

Michael and Michelle said...

Praising God with you tonight!

Michelle

Leah Dooley said...

I'm so glad you are part of this story & allowing us to be also.

Ali said...

Thank you so much for all the updates! I'll keep on praying for Gadese and family, and it's good to have specific prayer requests. My grandma used to tell us about the strings in the tapestry. That we are all strings in a tapestry that God is weaving, and we can't see the picture or how we all fit into it from where we are. Sometimes we get glimpses though. Anyway, I'm praying :)

crispy said...

Thanks for the update. Praising God that you listened to the Holy Spirit all those months ago and brought Gadese home with you. God's plan is perfect.

Let Gadese know how much we all care for her and love her and wish her a big congrats on the new baby.

Robin said...

Wow....I continue to be amazed at how God works all according to His plan. Thank you for being obedient to His prompting.

We'll continue to pray for Gadese & Christiana.

emily said...

God is so good in all of His purposes, long before we have any clue--- I love how He orchestrates our lives so perfectly! I am always so encouraged by your willingness to be used as a vessel for Him Stef.

Keep us posted!

Jenny Fox said...

Steffany,
PRAISE GOD!! What is the name of the hosbital she is at? Can I send flowers? Give Gadesa and Baby loves for me. Call when you have a minute. Jenny

Amy said...

Wow, wow, wow!
I'm praying for you all.

Kami said...

Give Gadese and Christiana my love! I am saying a prayer that they both recover quickly and that there aren't any long-term complications. Take care of yourself!

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Praise God she is okay!