15 December 2013

Carrie Fancett Pagels Interviews Tracie Peterson

Author Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the author of over 99 books including MINER’S LADY.
Tracie, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. Tracie, your Minnesota series will be on my 2013 Favorites list, next week, here on OWG! 

Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
Answer:  Wow, there have been so many truly life changing difficulties and in each case God has deepened my faith.  When I was expecting my third child, the doctors told me that the baby would be hopelessly deformed and would most likely die shortly after birth.  The doctor’s tried to pressure me to abort, but as a Christian woman, I didn’t believe this was the answer. My husband and I prayed a great deal and though the situation didn’t change – encouragement wasn’t offered and the doctors continue their desire for me to abort.  It was just before Christmas when I got this bad news and I was participating in a Christmas choir program.  As I sat praying in the church and waiting to practice a portion of the program, I felt overwhelmed about this unborn child.  I begged God to give me peace and He did.  The choir began to sing, “For unto us a child is born…unto us a son is given.”  I felt God’s comfort pour over me and knew that not only would everything be all right – no matter the outcome – and that we would have a son. The next year on Mother’s Day I delivered a healthy son.  It had a most difficult time of trusting God and waiting.  The doctors couldn’t give me exact answers and it seemed that everywhere I turned – folks discouraged me about the pregnancy, but God was stronger and able to pull my focus to Him.  I couldn’t resist praising God as I showed my perfect son off to the doctors who’d wanted him to die.
The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson

Disability friendliness:
Most of my books are available on audio and large print.  Miner’s Lady is definitely available in both formats as well as ebook.
(CFP: I will be reviewing 3 audiobooks in this series, this week!)

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
Answer:  the therapeutic influence is mostly spiritual.  I have two families who bear each other a long term grudge and through God’s intercession and the love of two young couples there comes healing for the hearts of those involved.  All of my books have themes of forgiveness, mainly because I’ve had much forgiven me and I’ve been called to forgive much.

Thank you, Tracie, for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!

Giveaway: This week we will be giving away three giveaways this week. We have reader's choice of a  copy of any of Tracie’s books new books—audiobook, ebook, or paperback. We'll have another giveaway on the two reviews, and we'll have a birthday party for Diana Flowers on Friday with another giveaway, so come on by!

Like” Tracie’s Amazon page (click here) and put L after your comment to have your entry count 3 times. Answer this question—Did you ever have a doctor recommend a test that would threaten your unborn child’s life or recommend that you terminate a pregnancy and you did not? What was your outcome?
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71 comments:

  1. I have never had to make a choice regarding an unborn child. The nearest I came to ths, was when I had a miscarriage and they were going to do a D&C--they had talked about the possibility that there were twins and that only 1 was having trouble, so I made them affirm that there was NOT a 2nd baby, before allowing them to do the D&C.
    I have enjoyed reading Tracie Peterson's other books--this sounds like another great one--I would love to win one of her books! Thanks for these giveaway's!
    You know how to reach me--and I liked Tracie's Amazon page for extra entries--I didn't know you could like someone's Amazon page.... ;-)
    Vicki

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    1. I will put Vicki has "L" on hers! Yes, I discovered that when I made my own Amazon author page and I was like--"really?" But they do have that. DK why. Thanks so much for sharing, Vicki!

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    2. I replied to this, but it didn't show up I guess. Vicki, I appreciate that you would share your story and that you stood your ground! God Bless You for your conviction.

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  2. TRACIE welcome to Overcoming with God!! Thank you so much for sharing this powerful story about God's amazing grace!! How wonderful that you were able to share with the doctors His miraculous power!!

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    1. I forgot to answer the question. I was over 30 when I had my sons so the doctor wanted to do the Amniocentesis test but I refused because I trusted God completely no matter the outcome.

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    2. Teresa, I hear you. One of the doctors insisted I have amnio with my son. I didn't want to, but those people drove me hard to have it and finally my husband felt we should give in. I told the specialist that was to do the procedure that I didn't believe God wanted me to risk my baby this way, but that I felt confident He could keep my unborn child safe. Keep in mind this was a specialist who had never missed being able to get aminiotic fluid. But he couldn't get it on me. He was so angry and frustrated and wanted me to come back, but my sweet hubby said "No way. We did it your way once, and now we're doing it God's way." I'm so blessed to know you're enjoying the books, Teresa

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  3. Thank you TRACIE, for visiting with us. I was a high risk pregnancy with our son. The specialist's team wanted us to have an amnio "in case." My hubs came with me. We told her--in case of what? We'll still have this child regardless PLUS you would be putting risk to our baby to test him. The young lady blinked at us. REally! Like she couldn't believe we'd refuse this test they recommended. We were like. No. Don't need it. And we walked out hand in hand!

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    1. Love your story, Carrie. God always - always has it. No matter what part of life we fret over - no matter how big or small the problem - He has already made provision.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia - as you well know - I've been blessed by your stories and radio programs. You are an awesome lady!

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  5. With my baby boy, I was told he could have problems. My three previous babies were all born premature, and I carried him two weeks overdue. He was born healthy with no problems. I prayed hard, and God answered. L

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    1. Wonderful to hear B.J. So glad your son was healthy. What about the other three - did you lose them or were they able to remain here on earth?

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  6. God did not Bless me with children just cats. L angelachesnut246@gmail.com

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    1. Hey - we love cats too. We have 3 and they are now our "at home" children. Well, that son I mentioned is back with us due to bad economy, but he brought one of the 3 cats, so it's okay :D

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  7. What an amazing testimony, TRACIE!! Thank you for being with us this week on OWG! I'm so glad you waited things out and trusted God. That took a lot of courage and strength, but I love how God gave you comfort and assurance at the Christmas program. That was so awesome!

    I have been reading and loving your books as far back as I can remember!

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    1. Diana, thanks so much for commenting. I'm blessed to know you've enjoyed the books and hope you continue to do so. Yes, God is always - always there for comfort and strength and how I love Him for that!

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  8. I enjoyed the testimony and would love to read her books someday. No, I had my babies before doctors became destroyers. My grandchildren are having babies now. I also "love how God gave you comfort and assurance at the Christmas program."
    I have had experiences like that a lot. Some people, to whom spiritual things are foolishness, say it was coincidence - but we, who know our God - know better. God bless you my dears.

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    1. So true, Allison. God always knows what we need and when - that Christmas program and song from Handel's Messiah will always remind me of God's faithfulness.

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  9. In 2003 we were given the news that our unborn daughter had Trisomy 18.
    We started seeing different specialists. They all confirmed what we had already
    Been told. Our unborn girl had Trisomy 18. The worse form of it. She only had
    One kidney and it was covered in polycystic. Three major heart defects.
    She was missing the cerebellum part of the brain.
    My health started declining. We had to end up having an induction at 22 weeks.
    We had three boys at home to consider. I was at risk of not surviving.
    On August 26, 2003 we said goodbye to our baby girl Elizabeth Rose.
    One day I pray I will hold her again in Heaven.

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    1. Oh Cheryl, what a heavy burden you had to bear. Sometimes life doesn't make sense and we have difficult moments or lifetimes that seem so insurmountable. Elizabeth Rose is a beautiful name and I'm sure your beautiful daughter is in heaven awaiting the reunion - her body perfect and her heart full of love.

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  10. Hi, Tracie, & Carrie!

    The only problems that I had with my pregnancies were: (1) one of my children being born breech, &, (2) having frequent blood work done with the first pregnancy because of the danger of a problem with the RH factor (I was first told there was a possibility of a problem, then later - that everything was OK). God took care of the problem - in both situations!

    Your story is inspiring, Tracie! I'm sure it WAS difficult to trust God, & wait, through-out the 9 months - even after God had reassured you - nine months is a long time to wait, other people's comments, & opinions, make it easier to doubt. But God rewarded your decision with a healthy baby boy!

    The number of books you have written, is mind-boggling - given all the work, & time, that is involved! They have inspired SO many people! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of one!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Bonnie, thanks so much for sharing your circumstances. I rejoice with you that the results were so positive. As for the books - book #100 comes out in March 2014 and I'm quite excited. This new series debut will tie together two of my former series by marrying two characters from the Striking a Match series and the Land of the Lone Star series.

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  11. Thank the Lord I never had to make a decision like that. At the time I was of childbearing age I did not have the faith I do now. I can't say what I would have done back then.fishingjan[at]aol[dot[com] L

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    1. Jan, Thanks for your honesty. I think a lot of us have gone through situations where we didn't do what we probably should have done - but that's what God's grace and mercy are all about. I for one am very thankful for both.

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  12. I don't have any children, but my youngest great-nephew was born with his intestines twisted and knotted. Usually a baby does not make it through that. One day my brother called and said it did not look that he would make. The baby had been through several surgeries and we had people praying. My brother was a minister even though he was not preaching at this time; he'd always had a deep love for God and a tremendous amount of faith. My niece ask my brother to go in one more time to pray for the baby and he called for my Mom and I to start praying. After those prayers, the baby health started turning around. He's now a happy seven year old boy and he's only had one surgery when he was small. It was a blockage and he hasn't had anymore surgeries.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Barbara - God is truly amazing. What a story to show His mercy. Sometimes things don't work out so well and yet we know God's hand is still in the mix and that He loves us, but I'm especially glad to know this little boy is happy and healthy.

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  14. Thank you for featuring Tracie. I was Blessed with 5 healthy pregnancies. L
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jackie,
      Thank you for sharing. Wow - 5 healthy children - that's soooo awesome! Cherish them!

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing your powerful story with us, Tracie! It was truly a blessing to read. Joy Ross Davis

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    1. Joy - you are welcome. So glad you could join us!

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  16. I had one healthy pregnancy.....thankful!
    I love Tracie's books; have read most of them and am anxious to read The Miner's Lady.
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    jacsmi75 @gmail com

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    1. Jackie - Every pregnancy is such a miracle and that we can bring those babies to term is an additional miracle to be sure. Thanks for commenting and I'm so glad you love the books.

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  17. I never had an abortion or risky test recommended, but I did have 72 hours of hospital labor. Then my 10 lb., 7 oz., 23" long son had respiratory problems from the long labor and had to be put in a incubator made for premies. The doctors said he may be brained damaged, but everything turned out fine. He was a healthy boy and in the academically gifted program at school. God blessed/
    Janice * L *

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    1. Oh, Janice - I think every woman here who has borne a child is groaning at the thought of 72 hours of labor and a 10 lb. baby. :D How wonderful that God brought your son through and blessed him in addition with a gifted mind.

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  18. I've never been faced with that trial- my husband and I adopted our two daughters <3 What a blessing that she was able to stay strong and follow the inspiration she received to continue her pregnancy.

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Heidi - I'm so glad you commented. Adoption is such a wonderful blessing and a huge way of showing the love of God. I'm sure that your daughters know just how loved they are!

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  19. Thank you for this interview TRACIE and CARRIE... It's wonderful to have you and your books featured here on OWG Tracie! Your testimony is a fantastic testament to God's grace and power and I can't help but feel proud of you and others like yourself for standing by God's Word and your faith, no matter what the doctors said. God is ultimately in control, praise His name. I praise Him for the beautiful outcome you had!!!
    I haven't had an experience like that. But when I was in hospital at 30 wks pregnant with contractions that wouldn't settle, I did hear God say clearly to me after I'd prayed, "Don't worry. Your baby will NOT be born early." Sure enough, my daughter Kelly was born 2 weeks overdue!
    Love your books Tracie, but wow, I didn't realize you had so many. I've got some catching up to do! ;)

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    1. Noela - Thank you for sharing your story too. Every testimony of God's faithfulness is a blessing! Hope Kelly is continuing to be a healthy blessing.

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  20. Thank you for sharing today.

    I had very uneventful pregnancies for which I am very grateful.

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    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Praise God, Mary! Thanks for telling us of yet another of God's blessings.

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  21. Thanks for sharing Tracie, Hugs
    I was asked to have an amnio when I was pregnant for my son almost 6 years ago and I refused, I think they risk the health and life of babies not born,they were worried about downs. I never had the test and Daniel is a healthy normal boy !
    Blessings to you this season.
    Linda Finn ( L )

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    1. Good for you, Linda! It's weird because you have this dr. recommending a test that has known risks it adds to the baby. And so people feel like--well, it was recommended. So you have to do it.

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    2. We have been trained to believe if the doctor says it - it must be right. Speaking of which - I'm slow returning these comments because I've been under the weather and seeing doctors left and right. Would appreciate prayers.

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  22. Thank you for sharing your story, Tracie. How wonderful to deliver a healthy baby boy on Mother's Day!! I was offered an amnio with each of my pregnancies and always declined. We knew we would love and cherish each child, no matter what. We are very thankful for the three healthy children God has blessed us with!

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    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. What a blessing, Britney. I'm blessed to hear your story.

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  23. Thanks for the interview Carrie. Tracie's problem was a bad one. But, glad the doctors were wrong. Tracie's books look really good, and would love to win one. I never had a problem like this. Did have a missed abortion when was expecting the last time at 42. Please add my name to this give-away. L Thanks, Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, Thanks for commenting and so hope you will enjoy the books if you get a chance to read them.

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  24. Thanks so much for sharing, Tracy. My first pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 8 weeks. We were devastated! I was 34 at the time. I felt so strongly that the Lord would bless us with a child, that I prayed the I would at least be pregnant by the time this first baby would have been born. I was! The difficulties did not end, however, as my blood pressure started to go up and up. At 32 weeks I was seeing spots before my eyes, and not doing very well at all. I had an emergency C-section and we had our daughter. She was 3 lbs. 10 oz. They had no choice, since she was not even moving and they were afraid I was going to die. She spent 5 weeks in the hospital - one in the NICU, when I finally got to hold her, and then moved from an incubator to a regular cot to home!! She was 4 lbs. 14 oz. when we brought her home. We were living in Canada at the time, and she came home on Canadian Thanksgiving! Needless to say, we had and have much to be thankful for. She is graduating from college this week. I was told at the time, that it would not be a good idea to get pregnant again. We were not so sure we agreed with that, but obviously the Lord did, since He never blessed us with another child.
    I love your books, Tracie and live in MN. I most certainly want to read this new series...lol Thanks so much for the giveaway. Merry Christmas.
    OWG L

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    1. Betti, It sounds like she is your miracle baby! And someone to be really thankful for!

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    2. Betti - what a wonderful story. I'm so glad that your daughter survived and grew to attend and graduate college. We never know what God has in store for us - but trusting Him is the job we do that offers the most blessing.

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  25. Having never been pregnant I have never had to face a difficult decision like this... I can't imagine the emotions one would go through.
    I've read many of Tracie's earlier series, but none of this series. Would love to win a copy!

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    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Patty, I'm sure Carrie has entered you in the contest. Thanks for responding!

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  26. No, I never had a doctor recommend a test that would threaten my unborn child's life nor have I ever had a doctor or anyone want me to terminate a pregnancy. With that being said, I just want to thank Tracie for sharing her powerful testimony. When we rely on others instead of God that can be a dangerous situation. Tracie your post was very touching and brought me to tears. My heart aches for a family member that did terminate a pregnancy not because of any medical reason but because the doctor thought she was too young to raise a child. The parents agreed with the doctor and their grandchild was terminated. Just two years later this same young person was pregnant again. What lesson did she learn? Like I said, my heart aches.

    Blessings and Merry Christmas!
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com
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    1. It is horrible how we think that abortion is some kind of solution. And if you are too young--give the baby up for adoption. What a world we live in.

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    2. Judy, there are so many stories like that out there. So many young people and older ones a like who believe they can forego bearing the burden of their consequences. However, abortion is NEVER a victimless situation. The mother suffers whether it's immediately apparent or doesn't surface for years. I hope this young person will get into counseling and learn better what it is she's looking for.

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  27. I don't have any children, but I did want to say thanks for your testimony and thanks for listening to God.
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    1. You bet - so glad to share and honor the Lord. He's done so much for me.

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  28. WOW, TRACIE ... what an AMAZING story, my friend!! Sounds like a book to me ... ;) Thanks for sharing it with us -- VERY inspirational, especially at this time of year! And 99 books???? DOUBLE WOW!!

    Carrie, your story is inspirational, too, my friend. My niece's kidney was damaged by an amnio that my sister didn't want to have, and is now on dialysis, waiting for a kidney. That amnio test has caused both my niece and my sister a lot of trials in their lives, so you were VERY wise!!

    Hugs!!
    Julie

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    1. Oh no! You know they PRESSURE you, Julie! If I had been a younger mom I might have gone along with it because they push you to have these tests. Praying for your niece.

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    2. Oh Julie Lessman - you world famous author you. :) Thanks for commenting. I hope everyone runs out and buys your latest book. :D

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  29. I've always refused the amniocentesis test. On one of my miscarriages that was found at a routine checkup rather than actually beginning to miscarry, the doctor wanted to do the D&C that hour! First, I'm like "whoah, let me process dude." and then also I wanted to make sure-- though two strange things that had happened the day prior (loss of desire to eat in the middle of the night and this strange feeling of disconnect) told me it was likely true plus I watched the ultrasound), but you know, I've heard of babies seeming to be dead and alive later, so I waited the weekend and required him to do another ultrasound. And the baby had shrunk visibly which gave me peace to know that we hadn't made a mistake. And the female nurse took extra time with me and got us some lovely 3D picture of him that helped so much to know that he was here for a short time. I had liked Tracie's Amazon page already. :)

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    1. Oh Melissa, that must have been so difficult. Thank you for sharing with us before, too, and coming by. I think cautious is better.

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    2. Melissa - thank you for sharing your story. Those moments in our life are so difficult to understand and deal with and as a mother-to-be there is so much that we bear -seemingly alone. But we are never alone and God is more than willing to walk those places with us. Your story speaks of that peace He gave you and blesses me more than I can say.

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  30. No, I never had to make a decision like that about one of my babies. We did have a scare with our third granddaughter 8 weeks before she was due and they had to take her emergency c-section to save her life. I love reading Tracie's books and can't wait to read her next one. L...I did like her too!!! Teresa Sego sego4@juno.com

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    1. You know - technology can be a wonderful - life giving tool - just like with your granddaughter. I pray we use those wondrous tools for the good of man rather than for convenience.

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  31. I haven't had to make a decision like that. I loved reading the interview and getting to know Traci better. It is always good to trust God but sometimes it can be hard. I liked her page.
    TAMMY HUDSON
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    1. Thanks, Tammy. I appreciate that you took time to comment. God Bless!

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  32. Wow, Tracie, crazy how doctors are so quick to recommend that. I'm so happy you trusted God! What a blessing that boy is. :) I have never had that situation. I had to trust Him completely after my second miscarriage that He had everything in His plan and I would be fine no matter what. What a tough thing to learn. Thank you for sharing!
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