Baby Rowen has arrived!

13265973_10208489783055133_1644048410854290157_nFor those of you who have not heard, Rowen Eugene Halferty arrived at 10:53 p.m. on Wednesday evening, May 25.  After a hard and long labor and delivery, Rowen made his entrance into this world.  As parents we were so excited to welcome him along with our family and many friends!  After two days in the hospital we brought Rowen home.  The highs and lows of parenthood became very real that same night around midnight.  While feeding, Rowen stopped breathing and had what we later found out to be a seizure.  Rowen was rushed by ambulance to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.  Baby Rowen was admitted into the NICU and we stayed one week there with him as they ran tests and monitored him closely to determine what had caused him to stop breathing and have these seizures.  He was diagnosed with epilepsy and has been put on medicine to control the seizures. Through all of this God has been faithful to answer prayer for Rowen from people all around the world.

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After the hardest two weeks of my life I am so thankful for this little guy. Motherhood is incredible. I literally went in to survival mode in the hospital; not thinking of myself but only of him. Nothing was harder than seeing him hooked up to all of those machines while he was in the hospital…even living in the jungles of Papua New Guinea! I’ve never held a baby who instantly calms when on my chest and just wants to cuddle and stare at me all day. I am just so thankful that he’s home in my arms this morning. Praising God for His divine interventions in our lives!

Through all of the past months of pregnancy and especially the past two weeks we have experienced God’s faithfulness through some very difficult times.  Thank you for being so faithful to pray for us.  We need your partnership and are very grateful you share in our journey with us.  We ask that you continue to pray for us as we adjust to being parents of a newborn and learn more about God’s faithfulness through the difficult things of life as well as the incredible experiences.

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Baby on the way!

Lightly Photography, maternityWe have been patiently waiting for baby Rowen to get here the past nine months and that time has finally arrived! Sarah has been having high blood pressure the past few weeks and has been on bed rest so the doctor wants to go ahead and induce her a couple weeks early. So Rowen should be here this Wednesday, May 25th! Please pray for a safe delivery, for her blood pressure to go down and for a healthy baby boy.

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Naming A Baby

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This is my friend Elise. We have been friends now for a little over a year and it is customary in PNG for a good friend to name your baby…so she asked me. At first I had no idea what to name a baby…but then it came to me, Lydia (after my good friend) Grace. It was such an honor. She loved the name, and said it was very unique for PNG.

Elise wanted us to take her to the hospital when she was ready to have the baby, so she began walking to our house at 6am after having contractions all night long. 3 miles walking up and down steep hills to get to our house, and she had to stop to go pee in the grass. Then, the baby came…in the middle of a field! She laughed, “Luckily I took my friend with me so that the baby didn’t land on the ground. She caught it midair!” What a miracle this baby is! Many babies are born this way in PNG…pray for these babies and their mothers.

Adoption

Adoption is such an amazing process. When our good friends Jonathon and Shelly started their journey towards adoption Evan and I committed to walk with them the entire way. I wanted to document this special event in their lives so they could forever remember what they went through and show their baby someday. Well this day came a little bit quicker then we all anticipated! We were overjoyed and I met them in Abilene to begin the process. It was an open adoption so they were able to meet both the birth mom and the birth dad. These two were such amazingly strong people. It really was an event that I will never forget, filled with emotion and love.

He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD. Psalm 113:9

-Sarah

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