“It won’t be much longer now!” said the nurse. It was a fairly sunny afternoon in late October, and the hospital was as crowded as usual. The patient was Kathryn Harryman and she was having a baby. As one of the nurses looked at her watch a cry rang out. Another missionary was born! William Isaac Harryman: 8 lbs. 5 oz, born at 2:40 p.m. on October 27, 2003. But there was one thing wrong with me, I had a cleft lip and palate.
For you who people that don’t know what that is, it is like a gap between the mouth and the nose. Around the 8th week of the pregnancy, my upper lip did not close and my palate did not close. Before, the doctors said that the cleft was all the way up to my eyeball. The doctors told my parents that right after I would be rushed to the NICU. But my mom is the most stubborn mom there is. She told the doctors, “My baby will not go to the NICU!” The doctors thought she was in denial and was a crazy. But when I was born I stayed with my mom and left 2 days later without going to NICU. EAT THAT, DOCTORS!!!
Three months later, I was in the hospital, but this time I was getting my lip fixed. I
know this much: we did not go to the doctors that wanted me to go to the NICU! But, the doctor that did my lip did a great job.
So far, we were a family of three. On the 12th of February, 2006, mom gave birth to another boy named Robert Jesse Harryman. This baby was perfect. Two years later, on the 15th of February, another boy named Luis John David Harryman was born. He was also free of a cleft. For a while we wanted to adopt a girl. At the beginning of the year of 2010 a friend of a friend said that she was going to have a baby, and her options were abortion or adoption. This mother came over with her 2 daughters and decided we were the perfect family for the little girl in her womb.
We moved into into another house in the country. On the 14th of October, Emma Faith Harryman was born. What was cool was that mom got to be in the room when Emma was born. 2 days later, we stood in front of the judge in the courthouse changing her name to Emma Faith Harryman.
Well, after Emma, we thought we were done. But, we had a surprise a few years later. That surprise was Ryan Joseph Harryman. He was Born May 8, 2014. This made our family complete! 18 months later, 7 missionaries were sent to the mission field.
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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart.”