Today is a day I’ve long wondered about, curious what it would be like. It has been peculiar indeed. Peculiar and delightful. Today, Eliana Faith turned 24 weeks old. She woke with a smile that never left her face until she lay down to dream tonight. She laughed with her daddy more than she ever has and sat herself upright for long lengths of time. Not a sniffle in sight, Eliana is in perfect health. Her development is right on track and even ahead in some areas. She’s sweet, strong, and smart. She’s more than everything we ever hoped she would be at this age. We truly are blessed to have our Answer To Prayer.
And yet today has been strange. Today Eliana is the same age Isaac was when he went home to heaven. I remember that day so vividly. It was a day of strong emotions, last moments, and goodbyes. But not today. Not this 24th week. No, today was a day of laughter, joy, and blessings. As I held my perfectly healthy, beautiful daughter, I felt overwhelmed. She’s made it. She’s with us and growing more each day. There have been times since Eliana’s birth when the fear of loss would come knocking at my heart, whispering lies and trepidation over me. It would come suddenly, speaking “what ifs” and doubts over the future. Would she make it to the 24th week? To her first birthday? What awful surprises lay just around the corner?
I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m growing in trust and knowledge of the One who holds my future. God surrounded me with grace to walk through Isaac’s early homecoming and His faithfulness is ever before me today in the form of Eliana. To many, today is just another day of a parent with their child. But to me, it is and will always be so much more. Today, Eliana turned 24 weeks old. It is a sweeter gift than words could ever say. As the old children’s song goes, “God is so good. He’s so good to me.”