Piper is my daughter.
My wife Ashlie and I have 3 children. Our oldest son Charlie turns 5 on Friday, and our youngest son Henry is 3. Piper, is 25 weeks along and is due to be born on July 15th 2015. You may remember this from my announcement around Christmas. We have kept Piper’s name a secret and planned on telling you her name when she was born – as sort of a surprise to accompany the birth news. However we think now is the best time to share her name with you. She could really use your prayers.
Yesterday, Ashlie began experiencing complications and was admitted into the hospital. We have found out that her water has broken a small amount… a leak, if you will, of amniotic fluid that has put her at high risk for early labor. After having consultations with several doctors we have learned a lot about these types of situations and have a pretty clear outlook for what to expect.
Currently, doctors are planning on Ashlie staying in the hospital until she reaches 34 weeks (If she does not go into labor before then.) At that point they feel that labor will be ideal given the situation. If that all plays out, Piper will be born on May 26th... 6 weeks early. That is what we are praying for. The next 9 weeks are going to present some major challenges for our family. Of course our first priority is giving Piper the best chance to remain inside her mommy’s belly for as long as possible.
We also have started trying to figure how we are going to balance everything else going on in our lives. Charlie is in pre-school, Ashlie is in law school, I’m leading worship, touring, the radio station, etc. We’re going to still try and do as much of it as we can, but we know we have limits.
We consider you all family, and you have supported us so much over the years I’ll try to keep you updated as much as I can. Right now we are taking it day by day. We feel the most out-of-control we have ever felt, and to be honest, we’re pretty scared. But every day Piper stays inside gives her an even better chance, and we are believing that God will protect and strengthen us all until we meet.
Thank you for taking the time to pray for Piper and Ashlie. They are my girls.