Our little girl Esther Frances Holtrop was diagnosed with CDH when I was 21 weeks along. I gave birth to Esther at UW medicine April 12th, 2012. Esther's fight for her life began the moment she born. We had many moments we almost lost her. She was transported to Children's Hospital in Seattle and lived for 20 days, passing May 2, 2012. We are thankful for the story that God wrote in our lives and only hope that he gets all the glory in this.
We can hardly express in words how excited we are to carry another miracle the Lord has brought into our lives. He has truly turned our sorrows into joy. I was sitting by Esther's grave the other day talking to her about how excited I was, wondering how excited she was that she was going to be a big sister. Our God is so faithful and redeeming. We are 18 weeks along and busy cutting trees for our new wood stove, building to store the wood and trying to find any free materials out there that will help us build. God continually providing as I wait for my job to start and Jason works hard with his patients at the hospital. With the changes in our world, the elections that just ended, we are reminded over and over again that our God WINS in the end. So thankful for that. We have no reason to worry. To daily go to him in our strength's and weaknesses knowing he will always carry us through. Some of the best news came for Jason and I a few weeks ago with our ultrasound in Seattle. We found out our baby is completely healthy and that we were having a little girl. We are more than thrilled. So excited that we are going to get to "raise" our girl. Another perfect girl the Lord has given us.