Two months ago, we shared with you a situation we were facing. Brittney was having strong, painful contractions which indicated she could start labor much too early. Two months ahead of the due date would have likely meant death for our child and so we made an appeal for assistance and prayers, that we would come to the United States and seek treatment and have our third child. You all prayed, you shared with us generously, and God responded. Not only did the contractions stop within a few days of being in the United States, Brittney ended up carrying this baby longer than either Hannah or Jonathan. Then, on Friday, the 2nd of August... it happened!
|Warming up before a bath, little baby Hostetter was alert and attentive. The delivery was so fast and easy that she suffered very little bruising or compression.|
|Perfect little feet... it is truly amazing the way God forms us in our mothers womb, that from a microscopic mix of cells and DNA, we come out so beautiful. It is a wonder.|
|Bath Time! Baby's first bath was given by Nurse Jennifer. While she didn't care for the actual bath, it was fun to see her calm down and really enjoy having her hair washed, though she doesn't have much.|
|Carys has quickly determined that she'd much rather be snuggled when she sleeps than to sleep all alone. We don't mind too much, except when it means that we only sleep in 90 minute chunks, he he.|
|Join us in saying a prayer of thanks for Jennifer. She was really fantastic and you could tell she cared for Carys.|
|First Bible Time! From here on out, it is our mission to bring up this precious gift in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, teaching her God's Word and how much she is loved.|
That's it folks, how our newest member of the family made her grand entrance. We want to once again say a huge THANK YOU! for all the prayers throughout the pregnancy and the trials that we faced. We want to say thank you also for the financial assistance which helped make this possible, bringing us to the United States when things were looking bad. We also want to say a huge thank you to our God, who formed this child and who loves Carys even more than we do. We know He will answer our prayers to bring about the best in her life and to help us train her up to be a powerful part of His kingdom!