Rilynn Rose Payne was born January 9, 2017. She was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease while our daughter, Emily, was pregnant with her. The news was very grim and disappointing every time she went to the doctor. There were many ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy, and at every appointment we hoped and prayed that a miracle had happened and that the ultrasound would show a miracle, but it did not happen that way. But as we walked through the darkest moments of this journey we saw many, many miracles of God's healing power and He directed every step of this journey. For the first week of her life, there were three times that the doctor told Emily and Zachariah that Rilynn Rose was not going to make it and to prepare for the worst. For myself, being in the healing ministry this journey has rocked my world, changed some theology and mindsets, but most of all has solidified who my God is and how important it is to have a strong foundation, know what the Word of God says, and to have your prayer warriors encamped around you. Some battles in healing you have to fight, and fight hard! We were up many nights around the clock with friends and family fighting for little Rilynn's life. The doctors were amazed at her progress and continue to be amazed!
July 16, 2017 - Rilynn continues to do very well! She just turned 6 months, and just rolled over by herself. On August 11, she will have a small surgery to put in a G tube in her stomach for eating, which will eliminate the NG tube that goes into her nose. This will be a huge thing for both Emily and Rilynn - Emily will not have to insert the tube any longer, and Rilynn will no longer be able to pull it out! She will continue to need a feeding tube because of the amount of water/formula that she must consume in a 24 hour period. She is the best baby, so content and happy, and sleeps through the night.