Phoebe’s Little Brother

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For those of you who haven’t met our little man yet…

Thatcher Nehemiah Fair
10-12-14 12:43pm
7.2lbs 20in

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About Amey Fair

I am Amey Fair, wife to Nathan, and home-educating Mom to Benjamin (9), Averic (7), Deacon (4) and Phoebe (2) . Phoebe was diagnosed with a rare childhood malignant brain cancer called Atypical Teratoid Rabdoid Tumor on January 1, 2012. She had complete resection surgery to remove the tumor on January 4th and began chemotherapy using the Dana Farber protocol on January 26th. A few weeks ago I was sleeping in the chair next to Phoebe's bed in the hospital when I heard her little voice drawing me out of sleep. It was 3 am and it took me a minute to shake off the slumber. "Mommy I'm a mean girl" I thought she said. "No Phoebe, you're a nice girl!" I replied. "No Mommy, I'm a MIRACLE!" Phoebe said. "I'm a MIRACLE, I'm a MIRACLE, I'm a MIRACLE!" she continued on. My tears welled up and spilled over as she made her declaration. Phoebe doesn't know the word "miracle" nor the concept, she's only 2. It was as if the Lord was speaking through her like a prophetic utterance. She fell right back to sleep and I sat there awake, lingering in the magical moment. Less than 40 children are diagnosed with Phoebe's type of cancer in the U.S. each year. This is why it's called "ATYPICAL Teratoid Rabdoid Tumor". So, I have titled this blog in honor of Phoebe, our "Atypical Miracle". We are YWAM'ers, serving in missions through Youth With A Mission since 1998. Before returning to the states 1 year ago, we lived near Guadalajara Mexico for 3 years. It was during our year of agricultural missions training in Waco, TX that Phoebe began exhibiting symptoms from the pressure of the tumor on her brain. Weight loss, lethargy, extreme thirst and vomiting were her symptoms. We have been granted sabbatical during this time to focus on Phoebe's intensive chemotherapy treatment and are renting a home in Dallas near the Children's hospital where Phoebe is being treated. Like the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' robe in Luke chapter 8, we cling to Him, knowing that He is Phoebe's healer. If we can just touch Him, be near Him, bring Phoebe to Him each day, we have hope. He is our hope. Thank you for coming along on this journey with our family. It's therapeutic for me to write it all out, and in so doing, I hope God will use it for His glory.

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  1. Congratulations to your family!!!! He is a handsome young man. I know Phoebe will be watching over him and sending her sprinkles of kisses from heaven as our B does for his new sister too. Your boys will have so much to share with him. Blessings across the miles!!!

  2. Congratulations too all on your precious addition! Our daughter wears Phoebe’s t-shirt as a prayer reminder. May God wrap you in His loving arms as you rejoice in your newly arrived little boy.

  3. Congratulations!! Such a blessing for you both and your family! Hope your Dad is doing well. Please tell him I said hello!

    Kerry

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  4. OK now…you just made my day! Wait…you just made my week! What a handsome baby boy! God bless you all richly and deeply. Yay, Thatcher!!
    Love,
    Suzy Finigan

  5. Congratulations, Fair Family! What a beautiful gift from Heaven. He is beautiful. I love the pic with his foot print on Nathan’s cheek. . .so sweet. Praying blessings over you all as you welcome Thatcher and bond and continue to heal. love to you — Jeannie

  6. Congratulations to all the Fairs!! Thatcher is a beautiful gift from God — and I know all of you are thrilled to have him with you! Best wishes to all of you as you continue charting new courses without your precious Phoebe! I like to think she is cheering you all onward and sends her love to each, and especially her baby brother.
    Love, hugs, and prayers,
    Marti

  7. Dear Amey and Nathan
    Thank you for sharing photos of your precious son. I continue to pray for your family. Peace be with you. With love patty

  8. Another beautiful blessing from God! The family has continued in our prayers, and we rejoice with you.

    Lucinda & L.C. Rodgers (Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico)

  9. Amey, Praise God for your beautiful, healthy, boy! I have read through the many greetings here and
    wonder am I the only one who thinks he looks like his Great Grandpa Zig Ziglar???? May God keep
    you and your family in his geat white light.

  10. So happy for your precious family!! Thank you for sharing your pain and your joy. You are an inspiration to so many. Little Phoebe would be so proud of her new little brother. What a sweet blessing from the Father!! Love to all of you!!

  11. Congratulations Amey and Nathan, we all waited and counted the days to meet Thatcher. He is so so adorable, just perfect. May the Holy Spirit keeps him, protects him and guide him and your entire family.
    Thank you for sharing. We love you and your family.

    Priscilla

  12. I haven’t forgotten your journey with blessed little Phoebe. God continues to bless you and your little family. I cannot express in words how happy I am for you with the birth of Thatcher. Phoebe would be very pleased. Now Thatcher has a sister to greet some day. Life goes on and on; both in flesh here and in heaven for eternal.
    Thanks for sharing your joy!

  13. Sweet, precious, beautiful baby Thatcher. He’s so blessed to have you and Nathan as his parents and to have his big brothers to love and hold him. Thatcher will also know, love and feel close to his sister, Phoebe, through all the priceless stories of love and strength she possessed, that will be told to him throughout his life. You truly have a blessed and special family, Amey.

  14. I just knew he was here. I have had you on my mind for several days now and I knew that must be the reason. Thank you so much for the pics and info. He is a handsome little guy.

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