Everyone’s Story welcomes this week’s guest, Debora M. Coty, speaker and author of inspirational non-fiction books. I “bumped” into Debora on Twitter and knew right away I’d love for her to guest on my blog. A BTW: one thing I absolutely love is how Debora signs her emails as well as works it into her writing (as you’ll see)… she says Papa God. Don’t you love it!! Please welcome the New Year and Debora. We’re looking forward to chatting with you.
Debora’s Invitation For You:
“I will be giving away several copies of my new Too Blessed to be Stressed: Inspiration for Every Day in a drawing of everyone who subscribes to my Too Blessed to be Stressed blog (found at my website, www.DeboraCoty.com) during the month of January. I would like to include Everyone’s Story’s readers by warm invitation.”
Dangling Dreams by Debora M. Coty
My daughter Cricket had a dream. Ever since she was a little girl “milking” her baby dolls (her term for feeding them), all she’d ever wanted was to be a mommy.
Cricket held tightly onto that dream after marrying her high school sweetheart, all the way through college, and even through years of infertility tests, treatments and surgeries. Papa God finally blessed Cricket and her husband Josh with a beautiful little boy, Blaine, and they were happy, so very happy. That was miracle #1.
Years passed and Cricket began to yearn for another baby to hold in her arms.
More tests, expensive treatments, and another painful surgery. But no baby. Four different fertility specialists told her all possibilities had been exhausted and there would be no biological baby in their future.
Heartbreak. Disappointment. Countless tears.
After much prayer for guidance, Cricket and Josh decided to enter the foster-to-adopt program. They filled out countless forms, submitted reams of paperwork, and went through numerous home inspections. They were told not to get their hopes up; most fostered children don’t end up being eligible for adoption. The process could take years before they ended up with a forever child of their own.
All the while, Cricket never stopped praying for the miracle of another precious baby, even as she pushed through mountains of red tape.
Then the day arrived for the last scheduled home inspection before all requirements for fostering a child were completed. But that inspection was never to be. Cricket had to cancel the appointment because she was so sick.
She was so sick because … she was pregnant. Miracle #2.
Cricket got sicker and sicker. She was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), a severe form of 24/7 morning sickness which usually subsides during the second trimester. But Cricket’s didn’t. By her sixth month, she was hospitalized with IV’s. Her baby bump was barely visible and she was too weak to walk more than a few yards.
After 39 “collapsed” veins due to dehydration, a PICC line and pump were inserted to supply liquid nourishment directly into her abdomen. It seemed to be working at first, but two weeks later, Cricket was rushed to ICU with fever and convulsions due to a dangerous virulent infection. To save her life, doctors were forced to give her medications they don’t usually give pregnant women. No one knew what effect they might have on the baby.
Things look very bleak indeed. Our family gathered around Cricket’s hospital bed and prayed for the fulfillment of the miracle of this precious baby struggling for his own life in utero while his mother fought for hers.
But wait … Papa God was up to something.
At this same time, seemingly out of the blue, a pregnant, unwed 20-year-old approached Josh at work and asked if he and Cricket would consider taking her baby. She, too, was six months along and felt that she could not keep this product of a one night stand. She had been praying about what to do and felt that God was directing her to Josh and Cricket, who could provide a loving, Christian upbringing for the baby.
Another baby? Josh was hesitant to bring the issue up to Cricket for obvious reasons – she was practically on death’s door. But it turned out to be just the impetus she needed to propel her through the next three months: the beautiful, glowing, blessed light at the end of the tunnel.
The birth mother invited Cricket to attend the baby’s birth and cut the umbilical cord. No amount of illness could keep Cricket from being the first to cuddle that sweet little baby girl in her arms.
Two weeks later, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Twins from different mothers. Miracle #3.
Is there an unfilled dream dangling in your life, dear BFF (Blessed Friend Forever)? Have you gone to the Fulfiller of Dreams about it? Because you know, if Papa God has placed a dream in your heart, nourished and kept it there, there’s no such thing as impossible.
For if God wills it, He fulfills it … against all odds.
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Debora Coty is a popular speaker and award-winning author of numerous inspirational books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed series. Her newest release is a 365-day devotional, Too Blessed to be Stressed: Inspiration for Every Day. Visit with Debora (and enjoy lots of fun freebies) at www.DeboraCoty.com
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