In August of 2009, I connected with a lovely mother, Sylvie Stephens, through my Nathan’s Prayer website. Her baby daughter, Sydney, was a patient at Children’s Hospital in Minnesota. Sylvie and I exchanged long emails over a period of time as we hoped and prayed for Sydney to be healed as she battled a congenital heart defect associated with scimitar syndrome.
Since my own son, Nathan, had gone through surgery for scimitar syndrome, I became intensely interested in Sylvie’s plight. Oh, how I wanted a miracle for Sydney! Tragically, Sydney lost her battle on September 16, 2009. I have never personally met Sylvie; our communication has been strictly through email. Still, I spent much of that day in and out of tears over the loss of that sweet baby.
Then I prayed. Not for Sydney. She was instantly swept into Heaven’s blissful embrace. I prayed fervently for Sylvie. I prayed that God would give her strength. I prayed that she would receive supernatural comfort and peace. And I prayed that one day God would bring her great joy and happiness.
Well, there is, indeed, joy in the morning! Weighing in at 6 lbs., 13 oz., little Jordan Tieszan was born on 3-11-11, just 3 days before the 2nd anniversary of Sydney’s birth.
“It’s been so healing to have Jordan,” Sylvie reports. “Sydney is always on my mind and in my heart. Jordan is such a joy and a gift from Sydney!”