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"I vividly remember how joyful we were in anticipation of our first ultrasound appointment. After much time had passed during the ultrasound, I knew deep down something wasn't right. I almost yelled 'Just show me his hands!' But she couldn't find them.

The sonographer gave one last effort to try and find what wasn't there. My doctor was already on hold waiting to give us the news officially: our son would be born with only a small part of one arm and missing significant parts of his legs.

I crumbled to the ground, numb from the pain. The next three days were a total blur. It was a grief that I never knew existed. 

Congenital Limb Differences. I had never even heard of it before. I was in shock; could this really be part of God's plan?

I gave birth to our son, Owen, in July - and it was by far the best day of my life. Laying eyes on him for the first time confirmed that I would love this little boy more than I ever thought possible. I thought that his differences would be overpowering, but all I saw was Owen and his total perfection.

Having a front row seat to God's glory in how He's changed hearts and lives through our son has been one of my greatest joys. I'm filled with gratitude that I was chosen to be his mom. Owen's life and the privilege of parenting our foster children for a season are some of the greatest gifts we've ever been given!" 



- Casey #standforlife

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