Do Miracles Happen?
As a mother of a miracle, I would say, “Yes, miracles happen.” If you had asked me in 2004, did I believe I would experience a miracle, I wouldn’t have been sure. I’d heard of miracles happening in other countries. But, would I personally experience a miracle?
It’s not because I didn’t know God wasn’t capable of performing a miracle. There are 100’s of examples in the bible and many missionaries stories to prove otherwise. However, the idea that God would intervene in my life with a real miracle never occurred to me.
My Year of Change
That is until I needed a miracle. In early 2005, my excitement overflowed as I checked in for my first sonogram. We were thrilled to find out if our child was a boy or a girl. Seeing the blur of black and white images swirling on the screen gave me no clues. As we waited for the doctor to share the exciting news, I had no idea how my life would change.
We found out we were having a boy, but the news of a potential dire diagnosis floored us.
Fast Forward: August 2005
The doctor stated, “Your child will die.” Right then, I decided the doctor’s prediction would not define Samuel’s future. By God’s grace, he had already exceeded expectations of surviving birth with a lethal form of dwarfism. We received our first miracle: life itself.
My next hope would be for Samuel’s survival. There were no reports of long-term survivors past 7 years old. Another doctor told me of a baby boy with TD who had better lungs than Samuel, and he had not survived. We were told to be prepared for the worst, but I clung to the hope of a second miracle.
As described in my memoir, Miracle In My Living Room: The Story of a Little Mann, the next six months proved a challenge in many ways. But glimpses of hope appeared, often in mysterious ways. In one particular incident, Samuel wasn’t able to clear his airway. A nurse we never met came to Samuel’s aid. She cleared his airway. After many offers of thanks, she left…never to be seen again. We often wonder if she was an angel.
A New Day Dawns
On February 2, 2006, I received an answer to prayer when my son came home from the hospital. Many staff warned us he could be re-admitted within days or even the same shift. But my heart knew otherwise. God had given me the gift of peace and assurance in the face of unsurmountable odds. He gave me my son and the miracle of life.
At age 9, we received another miracle. My son became the first child with Thanatophoric Dysplasia Dwarfism to live without the aid of a ventilator for many years. He is still vent-free. Samuel’s story has inspired another family whose son is also now off the ventilator.Hope Lives. Miracles Happen. God is still at work. Click To Tweet
Samuel is now 13-years-old. His story has gone throughout the world. From Russia to Australia and many points in-between. From being on the Learning Channel to being featured on Special Books by Special Kids with over 2 million views, his story continues to inspire hope. Hope, that nothing is impossible with God. God is still doing miracles today.
Special Books by Special Kids Interview:
As we enter the holiday season, remember the ultimate miracle, the birth of Jesus. Be encouraged the wonder of a miracle. What miracle are you hoping for? Or have you ever experienced a miracle yourself? Post your story below. You never know who you will inspire and encourage.
Reviews of Miracle In My Living Room: The Story of a Little Mann:
“I don’t say this too often but I would put this on a “must read” list. I honestly thing it would touch the heart of anyone.” Randomness With Rachel.
“It is hard to put down..but, I have to. 🙂 I feel like I am there with you and at points my heart breaks…my heart smiles….Loving each word.” Cecilia Marisett
“I finished your book last weekend. I loved how you were able to clearly show how God gives us peace no matter our circumstances – and you and your husband have been through some fires. I appreciated your realness and honesty that your journey was not perfect steadfastness in Christ, but rather how you and your husband encouraged and lifted each other up to God. And being a pediatric nurse myself, I reveled in feeling like I was right with you in the journey of many miracles – reminding me of many patients & their families I cared and prayed for.” Staci Morgan
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