February 2009

A lot has happened since I last posted.  I apologize for not keeping up with Hannah’s website as often as I should.

Sadly, Hannah’s baby brother or sister will have to wait until 2010.  At eight weeks, Lori and I found out that we had miscarried.  We’re not sure why this happened, but we are 100% sure that God is faithful.  Whatever the reason, we know that He has a plan and a purpose, and He will use this situation for His glory.  “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NAS)

Hannah continues to grow and is looking more and more like a “big girl.”  Everyone who comes in contact with her can’t get over her politeness.  She just loves everyone so much.  She has the biggest heart of any two year old I’ve ever met.  She is doing great on her two medicines, and we don’t go back to the cardiologist for another two months.

I just finished watching the “Mending Hearts” special on WAFB, and even though we are used to seeing all these kids and know what it’s like to have a child with a heart condition, it still brought tears to my eyes.  I cannot fathom how blessed we are.  Out of all the kids in the special, I am pretty sure that Hannah is one of the only (if not THE only) child who has not undergone heart surgery.  We serve such an incredible, faithful God.  He has blessed us with the best pediatric cardiologist team ever.  This special does such a great job of informing people what it’s like to have a child with heart issues and the incredible things that medical technology can do for them.  If you missed it tonight, I strongly urge you to watch one of the many replays listed here (http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=9867789).  Many thanks to the Jindals, WAFB, Pediatric Cardiology Associates, and all the underwriters who made this story possible.

Thank you all again for all your continued prayers for Hannah.  It’s amazing to think back, look upon our journey, and see how God has been there every step of the way, putting the right people in the right places at the right times.  He deserves all praise!  We are more than confident that Hannah will one day no longer have to take medication for her heart, that she will be completely and totally healed.  Thank you all so much for your prayers and support.

Lastly, please pray for these precious twins, Kate and Cohen Witmer.  I went to high school with their mother, Lindsay.  Shortly after birth, Kate was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and has extensive brain damage.  On top of that, both Kate AND Cohen ended up contracting RSV.  Cohen is doing better, but Kate really needs our prayers.  Lindsay and Eric need a miracle for their little girl just like we did with Hannah.  She is about to begin some experimental Hyperbolic treatments which their insurance will not cover, and Lindsay and Eric are concerned that due to the extended stays in the hospital their health insurance for Kate will soon run out.  We know better than most that God can do wonders — we need to wrap this family up in prayers!  We are expecting God to do amazing things to heal this precious girl and to give her an unbelievable testimony as she grows up and becomes an incredible woman of God!  They have a CaringBridge site set up for her at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/katecohenwitmer.  Let’s stand with this precious family and expect God to completely heal Kate and Cohen!