On Monday afternoon my daughter-in-law, Becky, called me. This was to have been the day she and Michael were to find out the sex of the baby. They were so excited. I could tell by the tone of her voice that something was wrong. She was trying not to cry. During the sonogram the doctor told Michael and Becky that their baby had fluid around the brain and that these babies do not live very long. He then moved the scope downward to check the baby's heartbeat and found none. The baby had died. Michael and Becky were heartbroken. I was, as their mom, and the grandmother very sad also. They turned to the Lord for their comfort. Michael shared that he was looking to God for wisdom in this time. He was reading Romans 8:18 and found great comfort in the words, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Powerful words from our All-Powerful God. I am so grateful that they are learning to go to our Lord for strength and encouragement. She will deliver the baby tomorrow and is looking forward to holding the baby in her arms one time. Pray for strength as they go through this journey in their life.
On Tuesday, Michael officially received word that he was Ensign "select" Amon and would be reporting for OCS in Newport, Rhode Island on December 6. This is something Michael and Becky have been praying about for a long time. This was their joyful news in the midst of their sad news. They will be moving out of base housing before Thanksgiving and getting ready to relocate. Pray for strength and help for them during this move.
Good news for us! We get to spend Thanksgiving with them. I only wish our son Mark, Jamie, Anya and Kekoa could be here with us. Our special time would be complete then. Much of our family will be here to celebrate this holiday together.
I have been blessed to watch Michael and Becky handle a heartbreaking event in their lives with grace and dependence on God. This brings much peace to my heart. Thank you Lord, for walking with my family.