March 2012 initial letter

Dear Friends,

It is with heavy hearts that we come before you today asking for prayer and support in regards to our precious unborn child. On Monday, March 12, Bethany had an ultrasound which revealed that the baby has a very rare Neural Tube Defect knows as Acrania. This defect occurs shortly after conception and is typically discovered at the end of the first trimester. With this condition the baby’s skull from the forehead to the base of the neck does not form or develop. This condition then progresses to become Anencephaly, which is where the brain does not develop fully or is destroyed by the acidic amniotic fluid. Babies with this condition are typically stillborn or die shortly after birth. We know many of you will probably want to research Acrania and Anencephaly more; we would like to warn you that this is a very disfiguring disorder and the images provided on the internet are very graphic and disheartening.

As you can imagine we will be facing a daunting road ahead with lots of difficult decisions. We ask that you pray that God grants Eric and Bethany wisdom and strength. We also ask that you pray for our family members who will be making this journey with us. We strongly believe that God does not make mistakes and know that He has a specific plan for our baby and for our family as we go through this situation. We are trusting that He will provide strength and peace.

We will be meeting with Doctors on Wednesday afternoon to find out more information in regards to the baby and Bethany’s overall pregnancy. At this time we do not have any other information to give, but will try to let you know information as we find things out.

Thank you for your Love and Support,
Eric and Bethany

I will Praise Him Still
Fernando Ortega

When the morning falls on the farthest hill,
I will sing His name, I will praise Him still.
When dark trials come and my heart is filled
With the weight of doubt, I will praise Him still.

For the Lord our God, He is strong to save
From the arms of death, from the deepest grave.
And He gave us life in His perfect will,
And by His good grace, I will praise Him still.

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