To start off, I would like to disclaim that I am not a writer by any means. English was never one of my best subjects. Over the past Fourth of July weekend, I visited my family along with Tim’s family. Many people asked about Mason, his heart defects, his therapies, his development, etc. So, for those of you who’d like to follow along, I decided to create a blog about Mason to keep everyone updated.
I guess I should start from the beginning and share our journey. Tim and I were married in August of 2010.
In April of 2012 we bought a house.
The next logical step for us- fill the spare bedrooms! In October of 2012 I quit my job and joined my mom full time at Absolute Real Estate as a Realtor®. This allowed me to have more flexibility and eventually be at home during the day with our kids. In December of 2012 we decided to start “trying” and to our surprise, got pregnant the first month! Life couldn’t have been more perfect.
In April of 2013 we went in for what we thought would be a very exciting appointment- to find out the sex of the baby. What proceeded to happen that day is still all a blur. We met with three different doctors, had two ultrasounds, and had a lot of medical terms thrown at us. We left knowing that our baby had two heart defects and that we needed to have genetic testing done to see if there was a bigger issue. A month later, results of the genetic testing came back and we found out that our little boy had a 99% chance of having Down syndrome. We were shocked, scared, sad, and overwhelmed.
Never in our lives had we dropped to our knees and cried out to God the way we did after finding out those results. The beautiful part was that God met us in that place. God gave us grace and strength to get through that difficult time. He was (and continues to be) so faithful to us and blessed us in so many ways. Our families, friends, and church body wrapped their arms around us in a way that only God knew we needed. We have been connected to several families and local groups who have children with Down syndrome and what seemed so scary to us in the beginning is now an exciting journey.
God chose to mature us quickly and we have learned so much. A couple verses that we have clung to are Psalm 139: 13-14 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” We know that Mason was created perfectly even with his heart defects and disability. We also know that this verse applies to us. That God created Tim and me to be parents of a child with special needs. He’s been preparing us for this our entire lives. We take great comfort in that. Another verse we have clung to is Philippians 4: 6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Though we don’t understand why this has happened, God has truly given us a peace and a joy through all of this.
In August of 2013, Mason was born!
Doctors told us to prepare for the possibility that Mason would be in the NICU for 2 weeks. But after 6 days, we were able to go home!
We love Mason so much and know that he is surrounded by all of you who love him so much as well. I’m so thankful that God has placed all of you in our life. Many of you have already played such a big role in praying for Mason and supporting and encouraging Tim and I throughout this journey. We cannot put into words how much it has meant to us.