Welcoming Baby John

Welcoming Baby John

Friends, it seems after Day 1 of our "7 Days of Prayer" (see previous post), your prayers worked, REALLY WELL. Though Katherine was scheduled to undergo a C-section this coming Thursday, July 2, she went into labor early last Friday morning, June 26, shortly after which we welcomed Baby John into the world. We are actually home now and our family of four is doing great as we are re-learning the rhythm of life with a new baby. Thank you for cheering us on in every way, and it goes without saying that your prayers would still be so appreciated!

{We shared the pictures and text below on social media over the past few days. You can follow us on Instagram or Twitter at @hopeheals, or via our Facebook page.}

"Baby Wolf 2 made his unexpected arrival this morning! He came so quickly there was barely enough time to get to UCLA and no time for an epidural, let alone a C-section. It seems your prayers worked (maybe a little too well!) Mom and baby are doing great, and big brother is on his way. We love this picture of James kissing Katherine's belly with her feeding tube scar/second belly button just above him. Reminders of near death and new life miraculously all around us. God is so good." 


"John Nestor Wolf arrived Friday, 6/26/15, at 7:07am, weighing 6lbs 8oz, 19.5in long. He came early but just on time. Our love for him is overflowing! He is named for many Johns we love, including those in the Bible who bore witness to the gospel of Jesus as his new life already does, and for our beloved neuro-surgeon, Dr. Nestor Gonzalez, without whom John and his Mommy would not be here. Quite appropriately, this special middle name also means "wisdom", "remembrance", "homecoming" and "seeker of miracles". May John fully know how deeply He is loved by God and by us all."


"...new life starts in the dark. Whether it is a seed in the ground, a baby in the womb, or Jesus in the tomb, it starts in the dark." ~ Barbara Brown Taylor


"After giving birth early Friday morning, we looked in awe and wept as literally outside the delivery room's window stands the neuro-rehab building where we struggled to pick up the pieces of our lives in the months after my stroke, 7 years ago. What grace to be reminded that the vantage points from which we view our lives do change. This is our hope, that one day we can look upon the darkness of our past and see that God was working and look upon the dawn of our present and know that He is faithful. (PS. Jay takes 99% of the photos in our lives, but I took this one of he and John from my hospital bed 2 days ago!)"

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7 Prayers for 7 Days

7 Prayers for 7 Days

Friends, we are only 1 week away from the arrival of BABY WOLF 2!!! We can't wait to introduce you to our son in just 7 days, but between now and then, can we ask you a favor? Will you pray for us? We have 7 specific prayers for the next 7 days, and we would be delighted, humbled, and grateful for your prayers on our behalf. Thank you, thank you, dear ones. 

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{SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR LOVELY GRAPHIC DESIGNER, ALEX WOLF}


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CELEBRATING BABY WOLF 2!

CELEBRATING BABY WOLF 2!

Baby Wolf 2 doesn't arrive for another month, but he is already so loved--thank you for all your prayers, well wishes, and support! Pregnancy has mostly been uneventful, though I'm about ready to be done after an exhausting and uncomfortable third trimester.

Our LA friends recently celebrated this miracle baby with two events, one for our neighborhood folks and one for our church folks on the other side of town. We wish we could've invited you all, but as a second best option, here's some beautiful shots taken by our friend, Emily Blake. Enjoy!

A favorite moment at each event was being serenaded by two of my favorite "J's"...Jay Wolf and Joni Eareckson Tada. Jay surprised me by singing a favorite blessing to me and baby, then giving me a blanket (with an anchor on it, no less) that he bought over 2 years ago--way before we knew if we could even have a baby--as a tangible reminder of hope, one he knew he would eventually give me some day. Tears ensued for us all, of course. Then at the other celebration, Joni joined in a group prayer time for me and baby, and spontaneously burst into worshipful song as the rest of the crowd joined in too. It was a moment I will never forget.

We can't wait to meet our little buddy soon, and can't wait for you to meet him too!

Also, since many of you have asked, here's a link to our registry, including a special "Mommy's Helper Fund" that will contribute to our greatest need...extra hands. Thank you, friends!


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