At birth Stuart could have been sent by first class mail for three cents, but his parents preferred to keep him rather than send him away. (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)
This post is for Coy on his birthday. One year ago today Coy was born nine weeks early and weighing in at just under three pounds. He was a tiny little guy but strong! I remember praying hard for Coy and his mama while rubbing my own pregnant belly where I could feel Benjamin’s little head. I prayed and prayed and prayed for Benjamin’s little friend and for my friend too. It was a long, hard road, but Coy’s mama showed everybody how love, joy, a positive outlook, and deep faith can bring peace to difficult times. She was amazing. And Coy was amazing too. Today we got to see just how far they have all come on their journey as Coy played with his friends and clapped with icing all over his hands. It was so much fun! And I only cried a little.
Lots of babies are born early and small, like our friend Coy. But following his mama’s example, we are grateful for being in a century and in a country where medical advances make it possible for premature babies to survive. We are thankful for the ultrasounds that showed what they needed to know to save Coy’s life. And we are thankful for helicopters and hospitals and organizations like the March of Dimes and the Ronald McDonald House. Most of all, we are thankful to God for His great mercy on behalf of one so small he could have been sent by first class mail for a postage stamp!