Elder Grace told us he was born with gastroschisis. Our daughter Avery was born with it as well. We haven't ever met another person born with it. Thank you for sharing your son with us!" -Hilary Armstrong
Most of you know Cole was born with a rare birth defect known as gastroschisis. This defect is when there is a hole in the abdominal wall and the intestines are on the outside. So at birth surgeons perform surgery to put the intestines back in side the abdomen.
I am so thankful for the sincere and heartfelt messages I have received from the members in Elder Grace's mission wards! It brings peace of mind to a mother who has a son out in the mission field to know that he is surrounded by such loving people who have so much to offer! I firmly believe that God puts certain people in our life for so many reasons and I am so glad that Cole has been able to meet little Avery Armstrong! I also believe that the Missouri, St. Louis Mission is the perfect mission for Elder Grace to serve!