Our Miracle Baby!

Actually, Caleb is not ours, not in the sense that we

Caleb

Caleb

are his mother and father. He is our great grandchild, our eighteenth. His mother, Melissa, is our grandchild and our son, Alan, is her father. That’s how this story begins.

Melissa went to private school and was raised in the Christian faith. She lived near us and to this day, I

Melissa and her miracle baby.

Melissa and her miracle baby.

remember her birth, and watched her grow into a beautiful, young woman. She decided to attend a college that was far away from home, in Utah, and that’s where she met, Scott Wardrop, the man she loves and the father of Caleb.

Four years ago, they had a darling little girl, Evy, then

Evy has a brother.

Evy has a brother.

following many heartbreaking miscarriages their miracle baby was on the way.

In their own words, they relate their story here:                 “At a nine weeks gestational ultrasound, Caleb was found to have a cystic hygroma (fluid on the back of his head and neck) and with further testing was diagnosed with a very rare chromosomal condition, Trisomy 8. The medical professionals offered us little, to no, hope. They told us it was very unlikely for him to make it to birth. If he did survive, he would suffer severe birth defects and challenging disabilities. The physicians strongly recommended terminating the pregnancy. However, we

Caleb was born a healthy, normal little boy.

Caleb was born a healthy, normal little boy.

decided to put our sweet, little baby’s outcome into God’s hands and ask for a miracle.

” Astonishingly, at the 18 week ultrasound we were told they couldn’t find anything wrong with our baby; in addition the cystic hygroma had disappeared. After his fetal cardiac echo, they told us his heart was perfect! At the 26 week ultrasound it was further confirmed that Caleb was thriving with no apparent problems, despite what they had predicted. Though he did try to come early, Caleb made it to full term!

“Caleb beat all the odds that were stacked against him. This journey with our little boy taught us to have more faith and less fear. Thank you for celebrating with us in our miracle.”

Melissa and Scott’s families knew there was great concern for their baby, but not to the extent of the prognosis. This situation was between them and God, in whom they placed their trust, and they didn’t want

The Wardrop family is celebrating a miracle in their lives.

The Wardrop family is celebrating a miracle in their lives.

anyone to change this, or convince them differently. We all prayed, and our faith has grown along with theirs. I asked Melissa if I could share their story and she answered, “Yes, I want as many people as possible to know what God has done.”

By the way, Caleb means bold, fearlessness in the face of overwhelming odds. In the Bible, Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into Canaan. When the spies returned he and Joshua said the people should trust God and go into the land. The other ten spies said conquering the land was impossible. This story can be read in Numbers, chapter 13.

You may have had questions about rather or not God answers prayers. It is a mystery and sometimes hard for us to understand. But we are told to pray in God’s will and He will answer. Obviously, he willed that Caleb should live.

As great-grandparents we are very excited about the life of this little boy. We may not live to see him grow into a man, but we will pray that he lives up to his name and puts his trust in God. He is one person who will hear again and again how God intervened to make his life possible.

“Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayers, God heeds prayers, God answers prayer and God delivers by prayer.- E. M. Bounds.     

 

20 thoughts on “Our Miracle Baby!

  1. I had to see and hold this miracle. Donna and I, with our son Zachary, make the trip in June. I drove more than 4,000 miles. Caleb’s photo was placed on the visor to keep us motivated for the many, many hours on the highway.

    Our trip included sightseeing and had many highlights, but Caleb stole the show! I cannot describe the joy and thankfulness I feel, and give our Lord and Savior all the thanks and praise for this, His great blessing. We will never forget. We will always hold this child close to our hearts, and will watch with great expectation to see what plans God has made for him. Please keep him, and our family in your prayers.

    On Father’s Day we participated in a service at their church to dedicate Caleb to his Creator. Such joy!

    The words of a song keep repeating in my mind. “God is not dead, He surely is alive, He’s living on the inside, He’s roaring like a lion.” He is able. Caleb is testimony to that!!

    His proud grandpa,
    Alan
    (Mom, thanks for sharing the story. Hopefully, you will also be able to hold this miracle in your arms soon. You will look into his yearning eyes and be reminded of the goodness of our God!)

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  2. What a wonderful testimony of God’s love and healing! I am so grateful that Scott and Melissa trusted God with this sweet baby’s life. Thank you for writing about this. We all need to continually hear about God’s faithfulness.

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  3. Melissa Wardrop ▶ Shirley Updyke
    God gave Caleb an amazing story! He intends for people to know His miracles and great works! In the last 12 months, my family literally experienced a series of amazing miracles, Caleb of course being the most impressionable!
    God has provided and intervened for us in ways we could never imagine!
    Our biggest lessen, fear vs. faith… Not an easy journey, but we learned with God all things are possible! Modern day miracles do happen!
    We will never be the same, God has revealed his strength and power in a way we will never forget!
    My first step in moving forward in this pregnancy was to claim Jesus. I posted Jeremiah 29:11 and Psalms 139:13-16 on the side of my fridge with Caleb’s 9 week ultrasound pics displaying his cystic hygroma.
    Underneath naming God as Creator, Maker, Life sustainer, Comforter, Healer… Lord and King beginning and the end… This is where our faith journey began it’s still hanging on the side of our fridge 12 months later.
    I pray Caleb’s story sends encouragement and a message of hope.
    Thanks for sharing in the joy of our miracle!
    Thank you Nana for getting Caleb’s story out there!

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    • Thank you Melissa, mother of Caleb, for writing. People will be very encouraged with your story of faith in our God of miracles. Love hear more of the details of your journey in trusting God, it should be shared with many.

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  4. How beautiful! Praising the Lord with you all. So wonderful to hear how Melissa is doing – I remember when she was born and making dresses for her. Thank you for sharing this miracle of Caleb and family. Love and prayers to you all.

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  5. Well…let me sop up the water coming from my eyes…he IS beautiful…<3. This truely is a miracle at it's best…God will direct our lives even when we can't figure out how it's possible. A person of faith in God as the All Powerful is an unwavering force to be reconded with. Like you said in a comment…so many miracles go unnoticed because people refuse to recognize His work in thier lives. This faith of Mellissa and Scott is a testament of thier love and trust in the Lord. There is nothing they will not be able to face. So many lives will be changed…especially those of thier children. Putting God first…trusting Him with all that life presents. God Bless your family…!!

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  6. Missy sent me a birth announcement for Caleb, but I had no idea that all of this happened. They sure went through allot, but their faith in God is strong and their beautiful baby boy is a testament to this. I’m happy for Missy and Scott and congratulations on another Grandchild. 🙂

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  7. What an incredible testimony thank you for sharing at present I have several friends that are in the middle of desperate situations I stand with them in the name of Jesus and covering their loved ones and situation they are facing in prayer God is faithful prayer works may Caleb grow up to be a mighty man of God and prayer. WARRIOR

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    • Thanks for you comment, Ellen. My heart goes out to couples facing situations such as this one. Caleb is being brought up in a Christian home and already knows God and is learning to love Him. Thanks for your wonderful wishes for him.

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