Since so many of you have been following our story from afar, we wanted to give a quick update regarding the month ahead for us...
This Monday, October 8, we will go in for Brooke's scheduled c-section. I believe it's scheduled for 7am. From there, we are going to soak up as much time as the Lord allows us to have with Eliza. A friend has offered to take family photos and the kids will get to meet and play with her as well. We may get minutes, we may get hours, we may even get a few days. We have no idea what to expect, but we are totally prepared to be unprepared.
Eliza's funeral will be on Saturday, October 20 at 10am. It will be held at our church in Norman – Providence Road Church. The next day, we are going to take some time as a family and get out of town for a while.
We can't stress enough how grateful we are for all of you who have been there for us in this. I can't imagine walking through this alone... apart from the people of God or from God himself. He has been near to us during this season, and we anticipate that to be true moving forward as well. For we often don't know how or what to pray, but the Spirit has surely been interceding for us. As have many of you.
Though we know we are about to experience a great loss, we have already received so much. There have been so many kind words, so much generosity extended, so many prayers prayed, so much love from so many people. It has been a sweet gift during the worst of times. And even when someone has reached out, not knowing what to say or maybe saying something they didn't mean to say, we know that they are saying those things because they care. We are so deeply loved – both by the Father and by you. And for that, we are eternally grateful.
I know many of you are thinking, even now... What can we do? How can we help? Right now, just keep doing those things. Keep praying, keep reaching out, keep extending love in the ways that you have. The difficult days are just beginning.
So much has been hard and terrible about all this. We would never wish to walk through this, even if we had known all the love we'd receive from others. The new friendships we've formed as a result of this have been so, so good. But I'd prefer to have never met those people and see Eliza's first steps.
And yet... We know there's coming a day when Eliza will have kidneys and lungs that are fully functioning. She wasn't – and isn't – an accident. She is being formed right now in Brooke's womb and is being fearfully and wonderfully made. In the new heavens and the new earth, our King will be on his throne. We will rule and reign with Him forevermore, including Eliza. And in that day, our tears will be no more. Death will be no more. Pain and suffering will be no more. Long with us, friends, for that day.