About

Who are the Crawford’s?
In January 2012, we (Daniel & Kelly) met in the Fort Lauderdale airport on our way to work for a non-profit in Haiti. Roll the clock forward almost 2 years and we would begin our journey as husband & wife in Dallas, TX.
Today, Daniel is on staff with Watermark Community Church as a campus minister to SMU, and Kelly works in the stateside office of another Haiti based non-profit organization where she oversees operations. We recently adopted a goldendoodle named Deana, and love being outside, dinners with friends, reading, coffee & music in the morning, and an acceptable amount of potty humor.
Why the blog? 
On June 22, 2015 a sonogram confirmed that we were 8 weeks pregnant with our first child. God had entrusted us with a little human life!  A few short weeks later on July 13th, we found out that our baby was a boy — Abel Paul Crawford, the namesake of this site. But along with that news, we also discovered that our son had triggered a positive test result for a concerning chromosomal abnormality. Three days later, a high-resolution sonogram with a prenatal specialist left us diagnosed at 99% for a condition called Trisomy 18 (also known as Edwards Syndrome).
We decided to create this blog as a way to update & communicate with folks throughout the second and third trimesters of our pregnancy with Abel.  As followers of Christ, we also hope to record our ongoing reflections as we strive to walk faithfully with him through this very challenging and uncertain season of life. We are constantly comforted by the reminder that he is a Savior who was both fully God and fully man, and can sympathize completely with our pain and our struggles (Colossians 1:19-20, John 11:33-35, Hebrews 12:2-3). We are also committed to praying for Abel’s health, and would be blessed & encouraged for you to join us in that.
What is Trisomy 18?
Trisomy 18 is caused by an extra 18th chromosome (a triple) that disrupts the normal pattern of development in significant ways. Affected babies will often have heart defects and abnormalities of other organs that develop before birth. Due to the presence of several life-threatening medical problems, many babies with Trisomy 18 will die before birth or within their first month out of the womb.

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  1. My name is Shelly and I am 34 weeks pregnant with Nathan James, also diagnosed at 12 weeks with trisomy 18. I am a neonatal ICU nurse who takes care of these babies and I know firsthand how special they are! Know that Abel is truly a gift from God to be celebrated, no matter if you have him for a few minutes or many years.
    Praying the grace of God overwhelms you in this time!

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  2. Loved watching your video. We have a 20 month old full trisomy 18 son who is the joy of our lives, along with his 6 yr old brother. Its a hard journey, oh but so rewarding. .

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  3. I’m so sorry for the loss of your son. There’s a verse in the Bible that talks about after David’s baby died and it says he will go to him, meaning he will see him in Heaven! “But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.””
    ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭12:23‬ ‭NASB‬‬
    http://bible.com/100/2sa.12.23.nasb

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  4. I’ve been reading your blog and wondering about how things are going with baby sister! Any update you are willing to give? Blessings.

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