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Gambling With God

Already we’ve been asked cautiously “are you planing on having more kids?” To which we respond “we’re done playing the genetic lottery.” I’m pretty sure the risk of another baby with TCS, is the reason people are so careful in wording their question.

I’ve realized, when we talk about “playing the genetic lottery” it implies that with Monkey we won the lottery (she got the right genes), but with Lioness we lost the lottery (she got the wrong genes).

How can we say our miracle baby was the result of “loosing the lottery”?

I thought about this and realized, when God is our gambling partner, we always win. Every prize is different, unique, special in their own way. After all, we did get lucky that her TCS is so mild. Which makes us ask God: was it really necessary to spend 6 weeks in Portland?

Yes, the weeks waiting for the baby to be born were a much needed “family vacation” full of quality time with Monkey, and is already a fond memory of hers.

I made a photo book of our time in Portland, and I already had to staple it back together. Monkey loves “reading” the book: hotela! (hotel), elgadator! (elevator), train tracks! (street car), playground, finkler (fountain/sprinkler/splash park). The book ends with “baby Ah-sha-sha” and “I a big sisser!”

The past 3 months have been pretty crazy, but we’ll have a great birth story to tell Lioness when she gets older!


Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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  • Deb Austin

    Every child is a gift from the Lord…And God never makes mistakes, EVER!

    Thank You for sharing your journey with both of your babies. I love your faith and I love how
    much you love your girls.

    Great blog!


  • Jennifer Ray

    G’day beautiful Becky Duane & kids! I am SO proud of you ,Becky for being a thinker and having the conclusions you have! 100 marks for True Biblical World-View! Hooray! Hip -Hooray! Thankyou for truth and not tolerating cultural humanism! ??? You get the Academy World-View Award!!! I love you guys! ?

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