Our baby was born…

…at 6am on Friday, September 21, 2007.  This will be my only post this week.   I need a little break from blogging.  But I wanted to give an update from where I left off on my last post. 

   We went in at 7pm Thursday night.  Our pastor surprised us and was already at the hospital.  Jared talked with him while the nurse began to get me all prepped.  Then Jared and our pastor came in.  Our pastor read Psalm 31 to us, and talked to us, and prayed for us.  It was very nice to begin the evening in that way.  It definitely helped to put our focus where it needed to be – on God!

    By 10 pm, everything was underway, and Jared and I went to sleep.  At 6am, I woke up and had the nurse come in, and the baby was born, so silently in our darkened hospital room.  I really didn’t feel much emotionally at the hospital due to the Demerol.  I was pretty out of it.  We looked at the baby, and I held the baby for a few minutes.  They weren’t able to tell if the baby was a boy or girl, and that was really hard for me, because I wanted to name the baby.  They took little footprints and hand-prints in the nursery, and put them in a special little baby book that they gave to me.  They also gave us a painted keepsake box, and a small baby gown, blanket, and cap to put in it.  These are all very special things to have, and I was thankful for them.  I think the footprints have been the best thing for me to have.  When I look at them, I am reminded of just how real this baby was.   

   We have also decided to have a Memorial service rather than a funeral with a burial.  This is just what the Lord gave both of us peace about, and we are thankful for that!

   Emotionally this is all so much more difficult than I could have imagined.  But it causes me to cling so much more tightly to Christ!  I know He has to carry me through this, because it would be completely impossible for me to walk (or even crawl) through this alone!

   Thank you to all of you who have written comments to encourage me, and who are lifting us up in prayer!  I appreciate it so much more than you will ever know!  I am so thankful to have my family, friends, and the Body of Christ to walk with me, encourage me, and pray for me through this.  It is such a blessing to have people through this blog who are doing the same!  I appreciate you!  Thank you. 

    One more very important thing I want to let you know about.  I was reading the Desiring God blog this morning.  John Piper wrote a post about his granddaughter who was born Sat. September 22, just one day before her due date, and she was not alive. This was a huge shock, as the baby was completely healthy throughout the entire pregnancy.  I just cried and cried as I read this story.  I somewhat know their pain, but I know that what I am feeling can’t even come close to the pain they must be experiencing right now!  Please pray for them!  You can read the story here

Katie

Boasting In My Weakness

1 Corinthians 12:9-10

Comments

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my little girl, Madeline Grace, after 12 short hours on June 8th. I know your pain and am so sorry. I will pray for your spirit and heart to heal. God Bless.

    Mandy
    GA
    http://www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com

  2. Katie,

    Again, I am so sorry you are going through this. I am so glad to hear that you have so much support there right now and are doing relatively okay. I can’t imagine any of it, I just can’t. Know that I will continue to pray for you and the entire family. God will see you through this, of that I am absolutely sure!

  3. Just sending you my prayers and support.
    God Bless,
    Melissa

  4. Proverbs31's Mommie says:

    Psalm 121. I love you, Katie, Jared and kids. By His Grace, Teresa

  5. You have all been in our prayers and will continue to be. We will also pray for the Piper family. We pray that God will strengthen and comfort you all during this time.

    In Christ,
    Rick, Jennifer, and boys

  6. Katie,
    I read the blog entry for the Piper family and it too saddened my heart. I’m truly so sorry for the pain that both of you are experiencing. Continued prayers going up.
    Blessings,
    ~Toni~

  7. Katie,
    I am lifting you and your husband up in my prayers. Your courage and grace through all of this is such a beautiful reminder of the One who holds you in His arms. I can’t fathom your pain, but Christ can. He knows suffering unlike any we will ever have to know. How good it is that our Heavenly Father knows and understands where you are right now. You are precious to Him, just like your child is precious to you. Keep holding tight to your Heavenly Father. Remember His goodness. Remember the sacrifice He paid on the cross. Bob Kauflin has a great song called “In the Valley.” You can go here to read the lyrics.

    http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/Resources/Music/ValleyOfVision.aspx

    I pray they minister to you the way they have to me. Thank you so much for sharing and reminding me to Praise the Lord, especially during times of suffering.

    God Bless!
    Leigh

  8. I know that I wrote you an email, but just wanted to say that I am still praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. I’ve been praying for you all!

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