I thought I would share this with any of you who did not know. There is a prayer request right now on PlaceOfPrayer.org that relates to this. I left a comment about this there, but thought I would expand on it here. (Please visit the prayer request and say a quick prayer for that family.)
June 26, 1978. The doctors gave my mother alcohol to try to delay my birth. I was not due for another three months. The next morning (as my mom tells it), I wasn’t moving much because I had a hang-over. (This was the last time I was to have any alcohol. Largely due to a history of alcoholics in my family, but that’s another story.)
On June 27, 1978, I was born three months too early. I weighed 2.5 pounds. I had a 30% chance of surviving. Of course, as I’m blogging this, I did beat the odds and survived. The whole ordeal put my parents through a lot of stress. I think it would have been much more difficult for them to go through the subsequent premature birth of my sister Sarah who did not make it, much less my sister Hannah, who was stillborn. (I do have an adopted sister, Rebekah, who is also a fantastic aunt.)
God has a plan for everyone. In 1996, I started college at Oklahoma Christian University. Just a couple of months into my freshman year, I met my wife-to-be, Leann. (Leann Bailey at the time.) At that time, Leann was senior.
My first semester in college, I did very poorly. My parents had already told me that they would not continue to support my college career if I did poorly at all. So they withdrew their financial support after my very first semester. However, largely because I had just started dating Leann that November, I decided to stay in college and pay for it myself.
Leann and I went on to get married on December 20, 1997. After being married a few years, we decided to start trying to have children. After several years of tests, fertility drugs, switching doctors back and forth, and lots of praying, we finally got pregnant. On April 20, 2004, Joshua Ryan Priebe was born. And currently, Leann is pregnant with our second child, due on December 19, 2006.
Had I been born on time, none of this would have happened. If I had been born on time, I would have started kindergarten one year later. I would have started at OC in 1997, had I gone to OC at all. I never would have married Leann, and Josh and our unborn child would never have existed.
God has a plan for everyone. Please pray for this family as they are going through an early birth as well.