When we found out that my sister is pregnant, I was the first one who got really disappointed. I did not even talk to her for a week. Disappointed kasi I want to bring her over here in Papua New Guinea to work and plan a better future for her. I even cried(O.A. ko ba?) Nangyari na, so wala na akong magagawa but to accept it and just turn my disappointments into prayer.

June 6, 2018 when my sister gave birth via CS to a healthy baby boy. She named her son Ryle Austin. Of course, our family were all excited to see him. Lalo na ako, kasi magiging official TiNang(Tita + Ninang) na ako.

Austin’s First Photo

Few hours later after the successful delivery, my Aunt sent me a message: “May problema yung baby”. Austin has a condition called Microtia. I googled about this and found out that it is a congenital deformity where external ear is underdeveloped. A rare condition that occurs every 1 in 8000-10,000 births.

I don’t know what to feel about it. And what about how my sister feels? I cried because of fear of what lies ahead can crush our hearts. It came to the point that I questioned God why? This and other thoughts shook my faith. But who am I to ask God?

I closed my eyes and prayed. I thanked God for giving Austin to us. I knew that Austin belongs to God and loved him before we knew him. I prayed for my sister and her husband, gave them strength to accept God’s gift to them. Others may see Austin as imperfect but God made him perfect….. very special.

We all know God gave us Austin with His own purpose with a special mission, and we will trust Him “For He knows all the plans He has for us, plans to prosper and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11).

Today, I want to thank God again because Austin just turned 1. How time flies. Thank you to all our family and friends who held our hands. We really appreciate how you showed love to this little man, our SuperHEARo despite of his imperfections. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUSTIN, TiNang Lin will always love you πŸ’›