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One Year

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Dustin Ver Beek
I’m hijacking Lindy’s blog. One year ago today, our twins Maxwell and Samantha were born. That blows my mind. Just yesterday, yet forever ago. We can’t celebrate this milestone birthday without looking back on how far we’ve come.
sam.jpg It’s a day we’ll never forget as our baby girl, died during child birth and was miraculously revived. Samantha’s outlook was grim as her doctor’s feared extreme brain damage; the kind that bounds people to a bed, never to walk or interact. Separated from us, she was rushed to DeVos Children’s Hospital to be placed on a experimental “cooling mat” for 72 hours to save her brain and organs from further damage. I’ll never forget seeing Samantha late that night and praying and pleading to God over her. It’s a place no parent ever wants to be. The flood of emotions is still indescribable—this is the first time in my life I literally fell to my knees.
It’s been a rough year for us with Samantha’s health, caring for twins (anyone with multiples will get this one), closure of our family business and Lindy’s cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments. I use the analogy that we were running a marathon and when we were just about across the finish line, someone made us run another marathon, then another without rest. At times we got angry, cried, questioned, cursed, you name it, we did it.
No matter how dark the days can get, there’s something magical about two little giggly babies crawling towards you when you walk through the door; Samantha leading and Max right on her heels. I believe its God’s way of making everything bearable for us and reminding us of His true grace–a lifeline. img_4622.jpg
As we anticipate Lindy’s surgery on November 5, we ask for your continued prayers. We’re only half way through this marathon, but together we plan to finish it.

Prepay and save!

23 Responses to “One Year”

  1. Kim Lubbers says:

    What a year it has been!!! We will continue to uphold all of you in prayer as you anticipate Lindy’s surgery. I can’t believe the twins are 1!!! Happy Birthday to Max and Sam!! I was just thinking today about how tiny they were and what a miracle Sam is!! You have such an awesome testimony to give!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Praise God! What a great testimony of His Healing power! Happy birthday Sam & Max!

  3. Jana Ver Beek says:

    Samantha is an example of God hearing His people pleading for a miracle. God answers prayers and we know it.
    I can’t wait to hug on the kids tomorrow night when we celebrate their birthdays.
    Praying for you all everyday!!
    Love, Jana

  4. Jamie DeRuiter says:

    Happy Birthday to Max and Sam!!! How time flies!!! I can not believe it has been a yr. and I also can not believe what you guys have been thru in a yr. You guys are always in our prayers and thoughts and I hope that next yr. seems like a breeze for you guys after this one.
    Jamie 🙂

  5. Lindsay Bazan says:

    Happy Birthday Max and Sam!! May God bless you as much in the years to come as He has the past year!
    Eric and Lindsay Bazan

  6. Jen TenHarmsel says:

    The tight corners life brings can be so unexpected, it’s getting through them that makes life amazing. Happy Birthday is hardly enough, Happy Miracle and Yeah God for this day might be a better thing to say!!! I’ve been looking for a while for an update- hope everyone is well. I’m so glad for you guys there is something to celebrate!!! Love to all of you and hang in there- I really believe the finish line is close!!!

  7. Holly says:

    So great to celebrate life with you! Next year you’ll be able to say its been a year since cancer and that you are free and healthy! Blessings to your family…

  8. Todd Kamphuis says:

    Happy Birthday Max and Sam! Have a great birthday party! Dusty and Lindy, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you face upcoming surgery, know that many are holding you before the Father’s Throne!
    Todd and Karen Kamphuis

  9. Rachel Baird says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday to the twins! What an occasion to celebrate! I remember holding tiny Max for the first time a year ago today and praying my heart out for Samantha. They are both such a testament to the power of the God we serve. Miss you and love you all!

  10. What an awesome post. God’s power and love has been made evident to all through your words. Be assured our prayers go with you during this race you are running. Godspeed, and God bless.

  11. kathy says:

    Dusty and Lindy, I’m so thankful for your Christian parents and the way they taught you to love the Lord and to trust in Him fully. God’s plan for your life is being unfolded daily. Continue to hold on to Him …He’ll carry you through!

    Happy Birthday to Max and Samantha! You are so blessed to be the parents of three beautifull children.

  12. Patty says:

    You all just keep making my eyes water up!! Thank you for sharing your faith journey! Your “book” is adding chapters all the time! Please give an extra hug to Sam, Max and big sister Brooklyn, your mom and dad and to each other from your friends in California.
    Patty and fam

  13. Megan Van Kampen says:

    Happy birthday Max & Sam!!Can’t believe they are a year old already. 🙂
    I’m praying for you guys hoping everything goes great with surgery and that you guys can finally just relax and not have such huge worries on your plate.

  14. Tina Amaya says:

    Dusty and Lindy – what a story to tell…. We all wonder as we are going through things why, and how God will change this thing that is bad to be used for good. Your family is a continual testimony to what our GREAT GOD can do. Happy birthday to Max and Sam…. a little bit late. Lindy we continue to pray for healing and strength for you as you continue on this road. Love to you all! The Amayas

  15. Julie Meyers says:

    Oh Dusty, reading this makes me cry…especially since I became a mom myself. Precious Samantha…. Oh, how awesome and wonderful it is to look at pictures of them now! It certainly is a reminder that God can get you through yet another marathon as you anticipate Lindy’s healing!!! We continue to pray for you all every single day…I feel bad I haven’t written on the blog in a while, but please know you continue to be in our prayers ALWAYS! I have Lindy’s surgery of November 5 on my calendar, so we’ll put extra heat on the prayers that day! Well, sending big hugs to you all. Lots and lots of love, nels, julie & elsie 🙂

  16. Mackenzie Dykstra says:

    what a year you guys have gone though 😀

  17. Mackenzie Dykstra says:

    what a year you guys have gone though 😀 hope you have many more year with them

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