About us

Their journey started years ago, long before Ryan and Veronica had even met …

In April 2001, at 20 years old, Veronica felt God drop a few words in her heart.  She wrote them down on a piece of paper and chucked it in a drawer.  Every time they moved house, she would come across the piece of paper and be tempted to throw it away as the words seemed utterly ridiculous, but for some strange reason she always tossed it back into a box to keep.  

In October 2013, at 20 weeks into their pregnancy with their first child, Ryan and Veronica received devastating news – that their baby had holoprosencephaly with severe microcephaly, cleft, considered “incompatible with life”, would probably not make it to full term and if by chance he did, he would only live a week and be severely retarded. They were told they could terminate the pregnancy after an MRI scan and amnio …

They chose to do neither and gave their son the chance to live …

God reminded Veronica of that small piece of paper with an “utterly ridiculous” promise He had given her years ago:

The promise Veronica received when she was 20 years old ...
The promise Veronica received when she was 20 years old …

For the next 18 weeks they prayed, hoped and believed for a miracle …

Matthew Manuel Nel was born to Ryan and Veronica on 3 February 2014 via emergency c-section at 38 weeks with holoprosencephaly and microcephaly, cleft lip, flat nose with single nostril and closely set eyes.

He is beautiful.  And he is a miracle!

Clear moment
Clear moment

This blog is to share their journey, prayer requests and celebrate the miracles with and for Matthew.

Sonia Moments photo shoot Dec 2015
Sonia Moments photo shoot Dec 2015

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “About us

  1. Hallo Veronica…Ek het vandag by my ma (Annetjie Schoonwinkel) gehoor van julle ou seuntjie. Ek het na sy foto’s gaan kyk op die blog – hy is pragtig! Ek hou al 22 jaar by ‘n skool in Welkom in die Vrystaat skool, spesifiek met leerders soos Matthew. Ons het ook leerders by ons met dieselfde probleme as Matthew. Ek ken egter nie die “holoprosencephaly”. Ek sal graag die blog oor Matthew wil volg en ook weer uit dit leer. Ek sal ook die “miracle waiting list” wys vir my kollegas en vriende by die skool. Glo my – ons klomp by Amari skool (‘n plek in die son) kan ‘n storm losbid! Ek is nie ‘n mediese kenner of terapeut – net ‘n juffrou by die skool, maar asseblief as daar enige enige iets is waarmee ek van hulp kan wees, laat weet asseblief. Baie sterkte vir julle.
    Groete Wilmaru van der Merwe

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