And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Zechariah 13:9
Benjamin Oak, our oldest child, is now 21 as of January 1st. Ben's beginnings were not that as other newborns. When I was 27 weeks along in my pregnancy, I went into labor. I was, of course admitted to the hosp., put on medication, strict bedrest, and with the news that I had an incompetent cervix and would be in hosp. till I had the baby. My due date was March 30 - 3 months away. However, after 2 days, it was obvious that this baby was not going to wait and I had an emergency C-section. Ben was born weighing 2# 4oz. It was a very rocky road, with times of him having to be put on life support and weighing as low as 1 # 15 oz.. To make a long story short, he spent 98 days in the neonatal intensive care and was finally able to come home (2 days after his actual due date), weighing 4 # 6 oz., on several meds and a heart monitor. Ben suffered with alot of respiratory illnesses and spent time in the hosp. quite a few times. He slowly outgrew most of the health issues. Now Ben is 21! And a very nice young fellow! We are very proud of him and love him dearly! We know that God had a purpose for the journey that Ben traveled in those early years and He has a plan for his future. God has been good!
This is Ben at 6 weeks old, weighing 2# 14 oz.. Dave's finger tip was the size of Bens hand.
This is Ben now! A very handsome dud!
Happy Birthday, Ben!
Until next time...............