Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Our youngest grandchild, James VanKesteren, was not expected to live.  77% of babies born with AVM (a vein malformation) die during birth.  So as I boarded a plane to Canada two years ago, I was praying for a birth but knew it may be a death.  

Read more about his birth here.  


Tomorrow James turns two! Yesterday he went back for a check-up to Toronto's Sick Kids' Hospital. The whole neuro team gathered to witness their miracle baby, now a toddling toddler. It was basically James' graduation. Parents and medical team beamed together.  "I don't think we'll ever need to do anything for James now.  His brain looks fine!  Just come back in a year for an MRI," the doctor said.

So Thanksgiving has a special meaning to our family.  Not that we haven't had trials since James'.  His Dad, Dave, defied medical odds this year by surviving an ear infection that leached to his brain.  Meningitis is deadly too.  Then more recently James' big brother, Caleb, had a seizure.  He's doing fine now too.  None of the 3 stem from the same thing. But in every case, God was in the details. 

Read more evidence of His hand on us here. 

Now. . .with birthday cupcake all over his sweet face!

Looking back, our faith in God was strengthened.  "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord." 

But today we are THANKFUL that He GAVE!  LIFE. . .His and theirs! 

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