The last few weeks have been … stressful … to put it lightly.
Hunter was born on March 29, and it has since been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, highs and lows, joys and tears.
However, there has been one thing that has stayed constant the entire time – God’s goodness. When I take a step back and look at everything that has happened within the past month, I stand amazed. Even though there has been lots of scary times, many “what ifs”, and plenty of anxiety, God has continued to show Himself through it all.
Let me just give you a few examples:
-Hunter was admitted to the NICU 24 hours after he was born. The doctor initially expected him to be in there for at least 2-3 weeks. Hunter fought hard, God proved Himself, and he came home within a week and a half with no long term complications to be expected.
-Figuring out health insurance for Hunter was stressful in the midst of Hunter coming early, Cody changing jobs, and me quitting my job. God pulled through and we got Hunter covered.
-Even though health insurance is covering a good chunk of Hunter’s NICU stay, we are still responsible for more than we ever had planned for (no one ever plans for their baby to reach his max out of pocket within a week he/she is born!). Randomly, we received several unexpected checks from various people and places. God always provides.
-On top of having to pay our max out of pocket, we got a $1200 ambulance bill from the company that transported Hunter from hospital to hospital saying that our insurance didn’t cover the claim. I was so upset by this and it was stressing me out hardcore. They never asked us what ambulance company we wanted to use, and that was the last thing I was thinking about when my baby was sick. Yesterday we got a letter from our insurance saying it was a mistake, and that they were covering it. Yes, God is good.
-Cody’s last day of work was supposed to be March 30, and he was starting his new job April 8. He decided to take a week off in between jobs in case Hunter decided to come early, or if nothing else, to enjoy a week off. Hunter decided to come on March 29, and Cody was able to have the entire following week off when Hunter was in the NICU. Because of Cody’s new job training, I have no idea if he would’ve been able to be with me at the NICU as much as he was if Hunter were to have come a week later. I don’t know how I could’ve done that alone. God’s timing is perfect.
-Every single doctor and nurse we had was absolutely amazing. Of course we occasionally had a couple that weren’t our absolute favorites, but as a whole, they took care of Hunter and us so well. I get teary eyed just thinking about it!
-Our church family and friends have been incredible. They have made meal after meal for us and have continually been praying for us. Since we don’t have family in town, this is truly such a blessing.
I don’t believe all of these things to just be “coincidence”. No, not at all. Yes, there are hardships and struggles in life, but God always brings us through them.
God is good, my friends.