"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;"
Eph 5:25

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Holly Needs Your Prayers

I haven't blogged much in the past few months. You see, our family has been going through a crisis. Early last fall my wife and I learned that we were going to be parents for the sixth time.  Considering the fact that we thought we not only were finished having children, but that my wife was in the beginning stages of menopause, this was remarkable news.

Naturally, we felt nervous, thrilled, upset, ecstatic, and every other emotionally charged sensation known to mankind. Eventually we settled in and were happy knowing that we would be adding another member to our overcrowded, loud, loving clan.

But our happiness would soon be cut short with a devastating diagnosis. Our unborn baby girl had a chromosomal condition known as Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18). Most children with this condition do not survive long enough to be born, and most of those born with it die before their first birthday.

Still, we reminded ourselves that God is good, and He works all things together for good. We gathered our prayer warriors and got busy. From that moment forward we had incredible peace, no matter the outcome.

Some of my coworkers organized fundraisers for us and convinced me to begin a GoFundMe page for those who wanted to contribute directly to us.  I established a modest campaign to raise funds to pay at least a small portion of our expenses.

Soon it became clear that our sweet baby girl would need a level 3 NICU to give her a better chance of survival.

FAST FORWARD:

She was born a couple days ago in a large hospital in an even larger city, and she is getting the best possible care from the best medical team available at the best hospital available.  She is experiencing issues with her heart and lungs, but she's holding her own so far.

All this care comes at a great cost. Soon we will have to reconcile the bills and come to terms with the monetary cost of all the doctors and nurses who are at our disposal day and night.

I ask you to pray with us
  • that our little girl will enjoy a good quality of life, no matter how long she may be on this earth, 
  • that she might be able to come home with us so we can live with her in a somewhat normal place, if only for a short while. and
  • that God will provide the means for us to pay the bill.
Below is a link to our GoFundMe page. Please consider making a donation and/or posting our fundraiser on your page.  God is good!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

http://www.gofundme.com/HollyBittnerFund