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Monday, November 28, 2011

A New Purpose

My purpose in starting this blog was to share things I was learning in my role as a wife and homemaker, in hopes of blessing, encouraging and learning from other homemakers along the way.

Several months in, my life was completely changed by the premature birth of my daughter. Little S came 3 months early, at 27 weeks, weighing 1 lb. 15 oz. In many ways the experience was devastatingly painful, but as with all trials in the life of a Christian, it was also a valley of great learning and affirmation of the truths I hold dearest. God is still completely sovereign, He has a purpose in every circumstance He brings the Christian through, and He lovingly cares for His own.

One of the hardest aspects of my trial was the great feeling of loneliness- all of my close friends and family members had delivered healthy, full-term babies. Although I did meet several parents in similar circumstances during our time in the NICU, none of them were believers. And what true comfort can come apart from Christ? There was mutual sympathy and support, but no real soul-sharing comfort.

Since my daughter's homecoming, I've heard of two other families recently thrust into similar situations- friends of friends who I don't know- and my heart goes out to them. I know the pain, the fear, the uncertainties, and the roller-coaster nature of the NICU. I long to hug them, to cry with them, to comfort them with the comfort with which I have been comforted by God (2 Cor.1:4).

In a desire to offer resources to other believers who happen to also be parents of preemies, I will be using this blog as a platform for just that. I still intend to post wife, mommy, and home things, I'm just adding something new to the mix. Something that is very much a part of me since the Lord chose to bring it into my life. Eventually I hope to have a wealth of material designed to encourage and inform NICU mommies, including guest posts from other women who have been there, done that. Stay tuned...                 

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