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Baby G adds new meaning to celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 January 2016 16:06

By Lori Pankonin


An absolutely gorgeous sanctuary with intricate architecture and artistic detail set the tone for the afternoon wedding.

The stunning smile of the beautiful bride permeated as she held the arm of her compassionate father, a good friend who makes it evident that he adores his family.

The comical yet serious story shared by the priest sparked a warm personal touch to reveal the couple’s fun yet Godly relationship for each other as well as for their friends and family.

It was quite the family affair as the wedding party entered with a cluster of five little flower girls in their furs and princess looks bringing smiles to those awaiting the bride’s entrance.

Yet in the whole scope of life, the most precious miracle who entered the sanctuary was the honorary flower girl, Little Baby Gianna.

You see, Baby G, the bride’s niece, wasn’t expected to live.

Heartache filled the community in August when we began praying for Gianna’s parents, grandparents and for her. As a grandmother myself, I couldn’t imagine the pain of watching your daughter go through the last trimester of pregnancy knowing the chances were slim that birth meant new life.

Unfortunately I was aware of such circumstances having kept up on another family whose baby followed the expected pattern and never took a breath. They had a recorded heart beat and memories of holding their son but were robbed of the opportunity to raise him.

Life truly begins before birth as a baby grows, develops and receives nourishment from its mother. I was touched and impressed how faith carried Baby G’s family through difficult times as they kept up with four healthy, busy cherubs.

No matter how hard it is to understand, the Good Lord does have a plan. Prayers, prayers, prayers indeed continued from an expanded community of friends and family.

The day arrived for Baby G’s birth in November. Family gathered, prepared to spend special quality time, however much time was granted.

Initial reports to a praying community were that she looked like a baby. She cried like a baby. Lo and behold, this precious child of God was coming home. Friends went to prepare a nursery as the family made the trek.

What a special Thanksgiving Day followed. Medical diagnosis changed yet is still unknown. The Good Lord provides surprises and we’re reminded that we should be grateful for the joys of each day. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the tremendous power of prayer.

Wedding plans continued with the addition of one mighty special infant in the wedding party.

Perspective changes. Life goes full circle. My heart warmed as I touched little Gianna and looked to the dance floor to find the bride dancing with her vivacious 93-year-old grandmother.

Happy marriage, Tabitha and Evan. Happy life, Gianna. Thank you for putting a spark in mine!

LORI PANKONIN is co-publisher of Johnson Publications newspapers in Imperial, Wauneta and Grant, and part-owner of the Holyoke Enterprise in Holyoke, Colo. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it