We created this blog to help us document the story of Malia starting at 29 weeks in utero. There have been and continue to be struggles for Malia and for us. It is evident to us, as you will see, that the power of prayer is mighty and God does love us and hear our prayers. We welcome and invite you to follow along with us. Though lengthy, start from the bottom to get the entire story so far.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Coincidence, I think not..

I went home last night to try and get a good night's sleep and get a little work done. One of the IT staff I work with from India (Danny) called me on the phone at 11:44pm, after seeing that I had been emailing, to see how I was doing. Danny said that he could hear it in my voice that I was worn down and assured me that he and staff from our Compassion office there were praying for us. I went to sleep very soon after that praying for Alison and for baby - and feeling some comfort with the reminder that many friends around the world were doing the same.
I awoke the next morning to some incredible news - the baby's heart rate has registered on the monitor with a normal heart rate for 7 hours straight and still counting. Again, this was coming from the monitor that had proved not so reliable in the past week. So we patiently, but excitedly, waited for the ultrasound around lunch time. They came in around 12:30pm and within a couple minutes the cardiologist said "she's officially converted", sweet!! We praised God with this awesome news at the same time praying that she would remain with the normal heart rate. They did reiterate that we weren't done yet and that the fluid on her chest and abdomen were still a concern. The hope was that with a normal heart rhythm that the baby's body would start to process the fluid on her own and it would decrease.
Later in the day we asked the nurse to see if they had the paper showing the actual heart rate change so that we could keep a copy for ourselves.

After cherishing this piece of paper for a while it dawned on me that the time of the heart rate conversion was 11:48. Just moments after being assured by my friend from India that he was praying. Many might pass this off as coincidence, but I truly believed this to be a direct answer to prayer. Specific... urgent...prayers. We have a mighty God who does hear our prayers. I will now be filtering all of my needs on to my friends from India so they can pray for them. : )