It was 1993, our mommy had three children, Tyler-3, McKenzi-2 and Hayden- who was just a baby still. She didn’t think she would have any more children and had been convinced that a tubal ligation was the right thing to do. At the young age of 21 she was sterilized by cauterization three times on each fallopian tube. It was VERY unlikely she would ever conceive naturally again.
More than a decade had passed, her life changed and she fell in love with my dad. Her children were practically grown, Tyler was now 19, Mckenzi was 18 and Hayden, 16. Our mom was now 37 and she and my dad had thought that I was just a wish upon a star. That is, until with much research and prayers, they found Dr. Levin! Something inside told them HE was the one to go to. It would mean saving and traveling, a lot of both.
Mommy and Daddy lived in Arizona at the time, quite a distance from Dr. Levin in Kentucky… but after much prayer they decided to “go for it”. They felt confident that Dr. Levin had the skill and the tools. The rest would be up to God to make it happen.
They left Arizona to board the plane in Las Vegas, NV and made the long Journey to Indiana where our grandparents live. From Indiana they drove the rest of the way to Louisville, KY to have the surgery where Dr. Levin would attempt to repair mommy’s tubes. Dr. Levin and my parents met in person for the first time the morning of surgery in September 2008. My parents prayed for God’s Grace and they waited.
In October of 2008 I was conceived! My parents would name me “Journey Grace Baker”. They chose that special name because of the Journey they made to Dr. Levin’s in Kentucky and because of God’s Grace that He worked through Dr. Levin’s hands to repair the damage from the sterilization. My parent’s were beyond excited for my arrival! During the next nine months my mommy drew many tiny crosses on her belly with her fingertip asking God to bless me and keep me safe. My dad prayed also that no harm whatsoever would ever come to me, not even a broken heart.
On July 18, 2009 I was born! My parents were filled with joy!! I heard my dad’s voice for the first time and I turned my head right to him before my eyes were even open! I snuggled up in my mommy’s arms and I felt so much love!! My big brother Tyler held me, my Grandma Sandy held me and also my Aunt Thursa - who took lots of pictures of me! But, I had other work to do for God. I could not stay with them. My family was beyond devastated. They did not understand God’s plan for me.
I went back to heaven on July 20th, 2009, but not before being blessed and baptized. I touched many, many lives in my short time, maybe even you, as you read about me. Though I never had a broken heart, I did leave four pieces of my heart for other babies who might need it. It’s very special because it’s a heart that’s already been blessed by God. In some ways my parent’s prayers for me came true; just not in the ways they had so much hoped for. Please don’t be sad as you continue… like them you must have a little faith. This is only the beginning of their Journey…
Amidst the tears and grief in missing me, my parents continued to pray. Often my mommy would hear a small voice inside her heart that said “Just have a little faith… Just wait and have a Lil’ Faith”. This was important to listen to because it would have been easy to let the sadness take over and to give up. They listened. They still cried, but they continued to have a lil faith no matter what- even though they missed me so, so much.
Three days after Thanksgiving 2009 my mommy found out she was pregnant again. Thank You God!! Many tests would come, many prayers were said, many tears were shed, many worries, many memories revisited, many Dr.’s visits, many more miles traveled. It was a new Journey of a Lil’ Faith….holding on, hoping and faithfully believing God would answer their prayers.
I too, watched over the baby God shaped into a little girl, my sister. She would be born just five days after what would have been my 1st birthday on July 23rd 2010- which is also our big sister McKenzi’s birthday too. She weighed 8lbs and was 21 inches long. A healthy baby sister!! My parents named her “Liliana Faith Baker”, to always remind them to have a Lil’ Faith no matter where their Journey takes them, because God is there. And so am I.
Thank You Dr. Levin! You are a true Godsend to my family and to many others! I love you.
From an Angel you helped bring into the world,
Journey Grace Baker
(See pictures of me and my sister Lili too!)
P.S. Remember to those who need help with tubal repair: Pray, See Dr. Levin and have a lil faith. Through him God can work miracles! You can contact my parents Christie and Nate Baker if you have any questions at email@example.com