Monday, March 30, 2009

it's about grace

Janneke's name means grace of God. The idea of grace, whether you Believe or not, is about being embraced and loved in spite of or even because of our weaknesses. Here's a thought from Henri Nouwen worth sharing: It is indeed through our broken, vulnerable, mortal ways of being that the healing power of the eternal God becomes visible to us.

And His power has become visible to us once again through the little life of Janneke - and everyone sharing with us, supporting us. No one is perfectly formed or perfectly behaved, yet God's grace is extended to us and covers us with Love. And so, we in turn, share this gift of grace with each other, loving and helping each other (even when we don't deserve it).

Janneke continues to grow and thrive in the Mac NICU. She is cared for by great nurses, docs, and OTs (occupational therapists). Last night, her PICC line was removed. She no longer needs IV/bloodwork access at this time; we will discuss in the future the idea of a porthacath should she need it. (Big sister Rachel is scheduled to get one this year.) The main goal this week is to help her feed by bottle. This is going really slow, but we remain hopeful that she will learn. As for other challenges or concerns, only time will tell. Rachel's growth and development over the last three years was not predictable - neither is Janneke's future.

Thanks again for all your warm fuzzies and prayers.


Mike and Marcella Meinema said...

Love your words for grace. I think it's amazing that you can write inspiring words to us as well. I hope we can be that inspiration for you as well. Thanks for writing. I hope you feel the grace of God continuously.

Alissa said...

You have indeed chosen beautiful names for your girls. I fervently pray that your prayers for Janneke's oral-feeding progress will be answered. With love and hope, Alissa

Lisa said...

We pray His grace will fill you with the strength you need from day to day as you care for all your little girls.
We love to see her pictures and hear your updates.
Thank you.

The VandenBurgs said...

Hi Ralph, Sara, Emily, Sophia, Rachel and Janneke ~

Thinking of you and praying for strength and courage to face each new day with all it's unpredictabilities. Also praying for Christ's nearness and comfort during these that's predictable!

love from
Ron, Rachel, Rebekah, Andrew & Emma VB

Anonymous said...

i have seen Janneke Grace at Mcmaster this past Tuesday and looks like she is doing very well! I will countinue to pray for God's little miracle. <3

mariah hoekstra

Gray said...

Hello Mr.Pot
My family and I have been praying for you.

Chantal said...

Hello Mr. Pot and family
My family and I are praying for you. May God bless your family.
From: Chantal Rauwerda

Anonymous said...

Jonathan deVries
We are all thinking about you and praying. I hope that everything will work out with your daughter Janneke and that God's grace will come on to your family and give you a miracle.

Anonymous said...

Aaron Wiersma,CONGRATS,
We're thinking about you and were praying for you. Hope everything is well. Taylor L. says hi too.

Anonymous said...

hey Mr.Pot! How are you? School is boring without you in sicence. But congrtaes on a new baby girl! We miss you very much and wait for your return.

xox alex, pozojevic.

Anonymous said...

Emily Van Marion, Praying for you and your family in the weeks ahead.

Megan said...

hey Mr AND Mrs pot & girls
congraulations on the new baby girl.

My family has been praying for you

hope everything is well

Anonymous said...

Hello over there its Elliot Koudijs here. Congrats on the new baby. We are praying for you everyday. May God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations mr. and mrs. pot This is Rachael Kuipery. I hope everything goes well with Janneke and that she will grow up to be a healthy young girl, best wishes. We are praying for you

Anonymous said...

congrats on your new baby Mr. and Mrs. Pot! my family and i are praying for you in this difficult time. she is a wonderful gift from GOD.

Miranda L.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pot family!
My fam,ily has been praying for you!
May god bless you and your family!

Have a good day!

Nicole T

Anonymous said...

Hello, its Adam Vanden Dool. Just saying congrats. I wish everything goes well and just to let you know we are all praying for you, your family, Rachel and Janneke.
See you, hope seeing you in church one day and Janneke.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pot family!
It's the Potac family, our prayers go out to you and may God bless you in the years to come. And congratulations on the new baby girl!

Anonymous said...


Congrats on your new baby from Taylor Langendoen and his family. We are constantly praying for you. Hopefully Janneke can start to eat from a bottle soon!

All the best