The Gift of Self by theresa gray

A Greater Love by theresa gray

The greatest expression of love one can give is the gift of self.  This gift can be given in many ways, from defending one’s country in battle to sitting at the bedside of someone suffering, to reading a bedtime story to a child after a long day at work.   There is no shortage of opportunities for anyone to give this gift, this sacrificial gift that expands our hearts to receive God’s grace.

I want to share a bit about the Kroeger Family who have interrupted their daily lives to accept without question whatever God places in their day as they pray and wait for the arrival of Elijah and Isaac on their scheduled birth date of September 12th. Elijah and Isaac are conjoined by one body, but more importantly they have two hearts, two minds, two souls, and two strong and loving parents along with five siblings who are anxiously waiting.

The days will be long for the Kroeger family as the parents and five children adjust to being away from their North Carolina home and their normal routines. Jason, described by his wife as a faith filled Dad, returned to North Carolina to his job as an insurance agent and is planning his vacation time to return for the delivery of the twins.

Due to the generosity of donations received Jason will be able to take a few days off unpaid to be with Heather and the family.  Currently, Heather and the children have been provided temporary housing at a hotel with volunteers helping with the care of the children and meals.

Unfortunately, they are not close to the hospital and living 20 minutes away. This presents a jeopardy should the twins arrive early.  PLEASE if anyone knows of housing that is moderate in cost and close to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital or Good Samaritan on Clifton, text me (859)496-4149. The Ronald McDonald house is not an option since they have more than four in their family. Also, the length of term needed for housing is unknown at this time, so a month to month lease would be necessary.

I was able to meet all the family after accompanying Heather on all her appointments at Good Samaritan and Children’s.  It was a very long day full of information from various doctors, nurses, administrators, and counselors.  All consulting with each other as a team to deliver Elijah and Isaac safely to their parents arms.

But the center of attention through all this was Heather, the smiley and gentle mother of these two perfect souls who must forge through bravely each day with fearful regarding her babies. Without a complaint from Heather we went from one doctor appointment to another until nine hours later we ended with a team of professionals in one room where they provided in detail the boys delivery and their view of all the risks.  Not once did Heather flinch, not once did she complain, not once did she fail to say thank you and smile through her questions.

Life is precious, and Heather is giving the gift of self to her babies.  They are warm, playful, and listening to the sounds of their mommy’s heart and prayers as they grow in her womb.

This is the witness of extraordinary parents’  unconditional love – the gift of self.  It is fairly obvious that they have not second-guessed this difficult journey with their twin sons.  We ask  you to join in praying for them.  If you wish to donate to their cause please go to the following link. 100% donations will go to assist the Kroeger family.  Thank you, God Bless.

Elijah and Isaac Kroeger Go Fund Me Donations