Cleft Lip Baby – Jaemon Looi
Three years ago, our son Jaemon Looi was born with cleft lip and palate. Every step and every moment is flooding back. Honestly, Raymond did not know how was I able to overcome all these throughout the years. When we think that something is unbelievable, it is grace at work! Looking back, we could only do our best and even that was limited. Psalms 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, he guards stand watch in vain.” If it is not Jehovah protected Jaemon, what we had done are in vain, my wife and I would be tore apart physically and mentally, let alone the great result we are getting today. What else can we say but “Praise the Lord!”.
Today, Jaemon is 3 year-old! Mother had decided to throw a simple party for him and celebrated in thanksgiving together with co-workers. The mother cooked by her own, thinking that at least to have “a little healthier” luncheon. After busying for whole night and a morning, Raymond asked, “Are you tired?” “Not at all, very happy” Wife answered. While on the way back to home, she was asleep in the car due to tiredness. I have to say that because of this good mother, the children are blessed (in education, parenting, health, and happiness). The father cut Jaemon’s hair to present himself in handsomeness. Aunt Michelle design the backdrop and take photos of Jaemon. Co-workers became the little friends to guide him in posing. Grateful for their love from the bottom of our hearts. Not in any moment that they don’t support us, to love big Jae and small Jae. Today, we are very tired but also full of thanksgiving.
The born of this son helps us to understand that we human are very tiny. His active growth let us know that even human are not perfect yet we can try our best. He walked in each step bravely, telling us that love can overcome everything. His presence makes us much better.
Son, we really love you as we love your brother. As the Lord has uphold you both on our hands, we will give our best to guide you in the way of the Lord’s teaching. There will be reward and punishment, pardon but not indulgence; there is truth and affection, there is love but never hate. There might be one day, someone will walk to you and tell you that you have a tiger parents but a wise goose never lays a tame egg. You do not have to envy at how their parents treat them. Remember this, let the truth guide you no matter where you are, let the love be your source of life, this will be great enough.
Even though you have birth defect (cleft lip), but the love of God for you is never in doubt. Father only realized how many weaknesses I have after being a father. But the love of both you and your brother helps me to improve more and more. So, my son, do not underestimate your good behavior, your love for each other not only bringing joy to both father and mother but also come with strong influence! Give thanks for both of you!
Happy and blessed birthday Jaemon!
P/S: Thank you for every angel who love Jaemon!