June 26, 2010, 2:30 am  –   The phone rang, and I grabbed it up with a start.  I was immediately at full awake and alert status for I was fairly certain this call would be “it.”  My sweet daughter-in-law Tara had been timing contractions for days.  My heart raced as I heard the latest update.

June 26, 2010, 6:00 am  –  We pulled up to the emergency room entrance.  As we wheeled through the hallways and hit the elevator, my “professional birthing” instinct said it wouldn’t be long!

June 26, 2010, 8:09 am  –   His sweet little body swooshed safely into the doctor’s and Daddy’s hands.  Daddy stood by to cut the cord.  Ryan Douglas Cherry was here!  7 lbs. 13. oz., 20 ins. long.  Prayers of thanksgiving and joy filled the room as we celebrated the miracle of life.

June 26, 2010, 1:00 pm  –  Our pediatrician opened the door to our room for an unscheduled visit.  He held our sweet bundle in his arms.  There were concerns, he said.  Not everything appeared to be right.  Tests would need to be taken.  Results could be weeks away.  We must prepare ourselves for difficult news.

June 26, 2010, 1:05 pm  –  Another Frontline Mama was born.  Tears flooded her face as resolve set in her jaw.  No battle would defeat her.  No diagnosis would steal her love.  She would fight for him and not let anything stop His plan.  For this was her precious gift from God.  Planned before time itself to be a blessing.  Destined to glorify his Father.

July 2, 2010, 10:00 pm  –  As we wait, we marvel at the Father’s grace.  He holds are hands as He comforts our hearts.  And once again we hear His word echo in our souls:  “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.  Plans to give you a future and a hope.”   Welcome Baby Ryan!  God has given you an awesome future!  We love you!

Love,  Your Frontline Grammy


About frontlinemama

I am a mom who is passionate about equipping moms and parents to help their children through the challenging times we live in today.

2 responses »

  1. Tara says:


    Thank you so much for your encouraging words. My first child, my daughter, Lilibeth, also was diagnosised with an epilepsy disorder at 5 1/2 months. Praise the Lord that we have been seizure free for almost 6 months with no meds and she is progressing well. I can totally relate to find all of the special gems mixed in. At first, it was very scary, and then when we were hit with the possible diagnosis for Ryan, it was doubly scary. But God has been so faithful.

    I will remember your words as I continue to await the results of the blood test and as I keep up fighting for my little man. You are such a blessing.

  2. Lisa, your family is in my prayers as you wait and beyond. Please feel free to pass along my contact info to Tara if she is looking for someone to talk to. I have walked the road that she is on – new mom, something “wrong,” worry, fear, trust, waiting…

    My firstborn, Braeden, arrived in this world with clear and definite abnormalities (his left arm was “not right,” he did not lift his head from his tummy until 13 months, he did not walk until almost 3 years, potty training took until age 7, and so on). We have spent countless hours of his 12.5 years in the offices of various medical specialists and rehabilitation workers. Finally, at the age of 5 1/2, we received an actual diagnosis – cerebral palsy with epilepsy. Braeden will always have physical limitations, speech struggles, and there is no telling how far he will progress cognitively before that progress ceases for good.

    Having a child with special needs and/or medical issues is like receiving a gift wrapped in packing paper. At first, we may not really want to open that gift because the wrapping doesn’t look as pretty as we hoped it would. But once a Mom tears into that paper to see what’s inside, she will discover unimaginable treasure! Sure, there will likely be a number of cubic zirconia gemstones mixed in with all the treasure – each will bring new disappointment – but the real diamonds and coins of gold make the gift worth every moment of discouragement.

    God bless,

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