The miracle baby turns 7!!!! Happy Birthday Aaron! Everyday you remind me that God is still in the business of miracles that only He can do!
You are Great God! You do miracles so Great! There is no one else like You … There is no one else like You!
I am so thankful for a great God Who still does miracles so great! And today we celebrate first of all our great God! Today, we also celebrate one of His miracles so great … Aaron Joseph Bunts. He is seven years old today and we are reminded of all God has done and we stand amazed.
On June 12th of 2011 we received a call from Crystal (our oldest daughter) that she was on her way to the emergency room because she had not felt the baby move in the past couple of days. She was 31 weeks pregnant with a baby boy … in other words, the baby was not due for 9 more weeks. At the ER they immediately found a strong heartbeat but kept her there to monitor the baby as he was laying in the bottom of the womb not moving at all. After monitoring her and the baby for several hours and, after doing biophysical profiles on the baby, the decision was made to deliver him early by C-section.
A neonatologist and her team from Toledo Children’s Hospital were called in for the delivery in order to take care of the baby. They really had no idea what they would be facing.
He was delivered early the morning of June 13th … he was born dead: no heartbeat … no breathing. The medical team worked diligently to resuscitate him and were successful, but he was a very sick little baby. His first two Apgar scores were 0 and 2 … they never got around to doing the 3rd one because they were busy just trying to stabilize him.
It took about 4 hours to stabilize him enough to transfer him 20 minutes across town to Toledo Children’s Hospital. As they were preparing to leave, the neonatologist made sure that the transporter was brought over so that Crystal could see and touch her little baby boy … and then told her that Aaron was a very sick baby and that he might die; this might be the only time that she could touch her baby alive. What news to receive about your newborn baby as they whisk him away to another hospital.
I remember so many things about the next weeks and months …
I remember wanting so desperately to be there but we live in Chicago and we had our son’s 3 children … so, it took a little while to get ready and get on the road. I also remember that we had some fantastic people there in Toledo who went up to see Crystal, David, & Isaac and to pray for them and our little Aaron in our absence. We are so grateful for Todd & Donna Hostettler and Ed & Becky Marroquin!
I remember that David (our son-in-law) named him Aaron which means “mountain of strength.” And then Isaac (Aaron’s then 5 year old brother) named him Joseph which means “the Lord provides.” Aaron Joseph: this certainly proved to be a very prophetic name for the fight Aaron was facing.
I remember the first time I walked into the NICU room where Aaron was … it was like walking into a tomb of death. I watched and listened as the doctors and nurses didn’t give our little Aaron any hope to survive, much less thrive … and I watched and listened as they prepared Crystal and David for the worst.
I remember all the machines … how swollen he was … how bruised he was … that he didn’t move at all because he was medically paralyzed.
I remember how much I loved him from the very beginning.
I remember having to get God’s perspective and to trust Him … even not knowing the outcome; it was a journey of trust.
I remember Amber (our younger daughter who is a NICU nurse) breaking down in tears after talking with Aaron’s nurse. Amber’s tear-filled words to us were, “He is really, really sick and I don’t know if he will make it”. We were so thankful to have Amber by our side during those critical days.
I remember holding Crystal as she cried and cried wondering if she would ever get to hold her little Aaron while he was still alive.
Then I remember God leading us to start speaking His Word of life over Aaron. We spoke His Word to Aaron. We sang His Word to Aaron. We put His Word in Aaron’s room.
“Aaron, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God did a great job creating you. And God already has a book written about you … he has a purpose and a plan for you.” (Psalm 139:14, 16)
“Aaron, God has a plan for you, a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”(Jeremiah 29:11)
“Aaron, God spoke the Word that healed you, that pulled you back from the brink of death.” (Psalm 107:20)
“Aaron, God heals you of everyone of all your diseases! ’Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits— Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases.’” (Psalm 103:1-3)
“Aaron, Jesus took the stripes on His back for your healing … by His stripes you are healed.”
“Aaron, I believe that He’s your Healer. I believe that He is all You need. I believe that He’s your portion, I believe He’s MORE than enough for you! Nothing is impossible with Him!”
“Aaron, you are a mountain of strength and the Lord is providing all you need to be healed. You will live and not die.”
I remember how strong and brave and caring and loving Crystal was.
I remember how David stayed with Aaron to watch over him at night. He was the watchman on the wall.
I remember that Jim and I were scheduled to leave for Colombia, South America a few days after Aaron was born. And I remember knowing that my mission had changed to Toledo, Ohio and to Aaron, Crystal, David, & Isaac. Jim felt he was to go ahead and lead the trip and he and I stayed in daily contact regarding Aaron’s progress … and I remember the cell phone bill. Everyone Jim and the team came in contact with in South America saw pictures of Aaron and were praying for him .
I remember Amber posting on FaceBook that this is every NICU nurse’s nightmare … to have their family experience such a traumatic birth and sickness for their newborn baby. I also remember her saying what a true miracle Aaron really is … and knowing because of what she sees on a regular basis in NICU … that is really saying a lot.
I remember all the people from all around the world praying and believing and speaking words of healing and life. I remember them encouraging and taking care of all of us. I especially remember the Yockey family and how they prayed and believed and encouraged us (as well as how they helped with Isaac and how they brought us snacks!). What amazing people God placed in our lives! Thank you for choosing to take this journey of trust with us!
I remember the day Aaron started making a turn-around toward life and healing. What an awesome day that was! After that first day, the healing came so fast … it was amazing. Some days, something new happened every time we turned around. God’s Words of life were breathing life and health into Aaron. We watched in awe of all God was doing and of how our little Aaron was fighting for life!
I remember watching the excitement and amazement of Aaron’s neonatologists and nurses as he got better each day. They referred to him as “a strong little fighter” and “the miracle baby.” And he is a miracle baby thanks to our God Who does miracles SO great!
I remember the first time Crystal got to hold him … the look on her face … the tears in her eyes … the joy!
And I remember the first time I got to hold him … the love … the joy … the tears … and how tiny he was!
I remember when Jim got home from South America and saw Aaron and how far he had come … and when he held him for the first time.
I remember how excited Isaac was to see his baby brother. It was so precious to watch him and to see how much he loved Aaron. He was so happy when he finally got to hold him. And every time he went to see him he wanted to know if they could take him home “today”. And over the past year it has been amazing seeing how Isaac watches over and loves and challenges Aaron. God knew what He was doing putting those two together! And Aaron adores his big brother!
I remember after Aaron proved he was going to live and Crystal & David were told that Aaron would be in NICU for months … and I remember the day he went home … just a few days before he was 1 month old! God is so awesome!
I remember the nurse that did home visits to evaluate Aaron’s progress crying because of how great he was doing. She told Crystal that they rarely see babies that were as sick as Aaron was … doing so great! God is so great!
I remember Isaac in Cubbies at church when one of the other kids was sharing about getting a new baby brother or sister and Isaac popped up and said, “I have an Aaron. He’s a miracle”.
I remember month after month, appointment after appointment as we got good reports of his progress and development. He is right on target or above in every area … And he just finished first grade! He is a miracle in his body and his developmental progress and he continues to amaze us and the medical profession.
I remember Amber’s kids talking about Aaron being born dead and Eddie (who is 7 months older than Aaron and they are best buddies) popping up saying “that means Aaron saw Jesus for a little while”. Out of the mouth of babes.
So today we celebrate our miracle, Aaron Joseph Bunts, as he turns 7 years old! He is perfect and whole in every way!
And we are all forever grateful … And we will never be the same again after being a part of God’s miracle and this journey.
Thank you God for being Who You are and for Your miracles so great!
Happy Birthday Aaron … Our Miracle So Great!