This is the amazing story of our micro preemie, John Craig. He was born on November 30, 2005 at 24 weeks and 5 days gestation. He weighed 1 pound 8 ounces and was 12 inches long. John is a true miracle and an inspiration to all that meet him!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29.11

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Our Life!

I came across this today and thought..........how perfectly put!

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may even learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy but after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandt's.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, go away... because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

5 comments:

Jeannine said...

WOW!! That is so true about many things in life. A life is so precious and we need to enjoy everything about that special child and realize they came to us for a reason. I am always amazed at what a positive person you are. I admire all that you have done with John and what an amazing little boy he has become. Keeping you all in our prayers! =)Jeannine

Anonymous said...

I cannot express how blessed I feel to have you as a "daughter".
Pat

sarah said...

I've read this before, but I think it is beautiful. Thank you for posting it. I think it really sums up what our life is like as preemie parents; it can be extraordinary if we just accept that it isn't what we had planned for. I know John is MORE than you could have hoped for, and he is so blessed to have such loving parents. Enjoy "Holland," I know I am.

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Anonymous said...

Jill

You never cease to amaze me with your constant strength. You are truly a wonderful person. You never let me down I know I can ALWAYS count on you to make me stop and realize that life is good and to always stop and smell the tulips!

Bette from Buffalo