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He's here! Seth Erre (or, as my daughter calls him sef-e-sef)  arrived the day after Christmas. We delivered at UCI Medical Center and Seth ended up staying a week in their NICU. Mom's C-section went well as did surgery to correct Seth's intestines. He and momma are home now and we are adjusting to life with 3 kids.

 I have been learning a lot. He has Down Syndrome. Despite our prayers, God saw fit to give him to us in this way. I have learned that 92% of the people who receive the diagnosis we did, when we did, choose to "terminate" their pregnancy. Over the last 10 years, the numbers of Down Syndrome births has plummeted dramatically as technology has increased to the point where genetic disorders can be diagnosed earlier in the pregnancy. 

To be honest, I can't believe anyone would turn one of these little ones down. Seth is amazing and God has given us the grace to be completely joyful that he is here. It is so much easier for me to deal with him face to face, rather than just working through the implications of some abstract diagnosis. God has been faithful to answer our prayers: a short hospital stay, red hair (my wife asked for this so he would look like our other two kids), no complications from surgery, and no sign of the many long term health complications that often accompany  this disorder. 

But, most importantly, when we look at him now, we don't see down syndrome, we see Seth. And that is all I could have hoped for. No doubt there are many dark days ahead, and much more to grieve; but today is not one of those days. 

Thank you to the many of you who have commented, prayed, and joined us in the journey... 

Comments

A huge congratulations! God is indeed good.

Congrats Mike! I'm very happy for your growing family! We have a jewel in my family with Down Syndrome as well. She's just that; a jewel.
-Fly Nye

Congrats Erre family! you will continue to be in my prayers, God is Good and God is great! so glad to hear all in good health!

Congratulations! Saw the photos of Seth on your Facebook page. The kid is awesome! And love the photo with his sister and brother. Yes, your kids definitely have the red hair gene (better than having the no hair gene, which I believe comes from the dad's side).

You probably know this (I didn't, so I looked it up), but Seth's name means "placed" or "appointed." This little dude has been placed in your family by our gracious God. May God give you joy and strength as you take this amazing journey with your appointed one.

Congrats Mike! You are an amazing family and an encouragement to all of us parents to see past what it is that we wished or hoped for our kids but to see them for what they truely are. Gods perfect gift!

Josh

Dearest Mike...
I'm glad that I get to be one of your honored friends to hear about the birth of your glorious God delivered son. I'm very touched by your story. It redeems my hope in humanity in such a disasterous time as I read the wall street journal. I'm blessed to hear of your trust...as God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. I affirm you in this journey. One of my best friends who shines in her glorious senior years, birthed a down syndrome child nearly 40+ years ago. They never thought that she'd live past her teens. She now is the delight to her mother and father in their Golden Senior Citizen years. I smile when I see batman tied to the bottom of the kitchen chair legs and seeing her parents make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to take her to disneyland every month. She likes routine! She even snuggles with them on the weekend she visits now that she is an adult and living in an assisted living facility. She does her own laundry and goes to school too! But my favorite is...she never stops smiling...never! And faithful...she sits in the front row of church with her parents the past 30 years. Is this not joy or what! I'm kind of jealous! jen

Dearest Mike...
I'm glad that I get to be one of your honored friends to hear about the birth of your glorious God delivered son. I'm very touched by your story. It redeems my hope in humanity in such a disasterous time as I read the wall street journal. I'm blessed to hear of your trust...as God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. I affirm you in this journey. One of my best friends who shines in her glorious senior years, birthed a down syndrome child nearly 40+ years ago. They never thought that she'd live past her teens. She now is the delight to her mother and father in their Golden Senior Citizen years. I smile when I see batman tied to the bottom of the kitchen chair legs and seeing her parents make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to take her to disneyland every month. She likes routine! She even snuggles with them on the weekend she visits now that she is an adult and living in an assisted living facility. She does her own laundry and goes to school too! But my favorite is...she never stops smiling...never! And faithful...she sits in the front row of church with her parents the past 30 years. Is this not joy or what! I'm kind of jealous! jen

Congrats Mike!

Congratulations on your new family addition! May God richly bless you through Seth.
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My husband, Jay, and I were attenders and lifegroup leaders at RockHarbor before we moved to Colorado a couple years ago. We were back over Christmas and were so glad to have the opportunity to go to RockHarbor for Christmas Eve. This was the first time I had heard you speak of your son, Seth, and all the complications he was facing. Your words and your hope and faith in a good God in the midst of your circumstances made me cry. RockHarbor is truly an amazing church and so blessed to have you as part of their team. Though we don't miss southern CA, we do miss RockHarbor and it's people dearly. Anyways, that is much off topic. I really wanted to say congratulations on the birth of Seth! I'm so glad the surgeries went well and, wow, it's amazing everyone is home already! Your family will continue to be in our prayers.

Jenna

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husband to Justina; father to Nathan, Hannah and Seth; pastor and teacher living in Southern California; author of 4 books, the latest of which just was released and is called 'Why The Bible Matters.'


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