I received the following email from my friend Rosana ~ she gave me permission to post this on my blog.
To all who have been praying for our family,
I am SO sorry I have not sent an update sooner. Over the past 2 weeks I have often felt the need to but lacked the strength and courage.
As most of you know, on Nov. 15 at 9:09 am, God blessed our family with the birth of Canaan Josiah Foy. Our precious gift weighed 3 lbs 14 oz and was 16 1/2 inches long. He had dark eyes and a head FULL of black hair.
The doctors had prepared us for what they expected, but thankfully, God blessed us with something better. The deformities were not as severe as anticipated. In this mother's eyes they were very minor. They had expected our son to only live a few minutes and be in great distress. Instead God gave us 53 minutes with our son. He was never in any distress. Every minute with him was peaceful.
We only settled on his middle name a few days before His birth. Josiah means Jehovah heals/Jehovah supports. At 10:02 am the same day, God chose how He would heal Canaan. Now we are looking to Him to support us through the difficult days ahead.
We have been told that we will have good days and bad days, but right now I am still at the point of good moments and bad moments. We try to concentrate on the blessings and grace we have received, and they have been many, but it is still hard not to dwell on our great loss. It is by no means an easy loss to deal with, but I cling to the hope that things will get better.
We greatly appreciate all of your words of encouragement and deeds of kindness over the past couple of weeks. We know that is one of the ways Jehovah is supporting us during this time. But even more than that we thank you for your prayers - the prayers you have already spoken on our behalf and the ones we trust you will continue to speak in the future.
They are our lifeline at this point. We cherish the prayers of God's people and the intercession of the Holy Spirit on our behalf as we continue our walk on this earth without our son.
We are confident that our Canaan is now standing on two strong legs with two perfect hands raised in praise while his now strong lungs allow him to sing praise to the God who has healed him. We look forward to the day when we and the rest of our children will join him and spend eternity in the presence of God. It is our strong hope that each of you will be right there with us.
If any of you have any doubts about where you will spend eternity, please do not wait. Life is too short for that. Talk to someone TODAY!!! We will be glad to talk to you and share the sweet forgiveness and love of the Lord with you. Right now allow Him Lordship of your life. You will never regret it.
God does not promise His children a life free of trouble and trials, but He does promise to get us through them. He is showing us that right now.
"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10