This is the story of our precious baby boy, who was diagnosed prenatally at
17 weeks with a fatal chromosome disorder called Trisomy 13. Although
Jonathan's condition is considered "not compatible with life", we desired to give
him every chance at life. Our prayer is that those who are touched by our story
are drawn to God, who is Life Himself. John 14:6

To start at the beginning of our story, click here.


maternity photos

recently, we were very blessed to have been offered photo sessions by two very talented photographers! deb haussermann did our family-style maternity photos with the three (four) of us and lindsey newcomer, who i know from church, did some maternity photos of just myself. it means so much to our family to have these photos capturing a very special time in our lives. we are so grateful to these two generous ladies. please check them out if you need any sort of photography services!

i've made a short slideshow of some of the photos. we have decided not to show kate in any of the family photos, just for privacy reasons. all photos with the black background are by deb and all the photos with the white background are by lindsey.



  1. Lauren these are really beautiful. Everything about them says "we are celebrating this boy." He has obviously changed your lives already. Praying for you that you will be able to love on him for just the right amount of time.

    Amy (Kellogg) Summerville

  2. Lauren,

    I love your blog. This will be something that you will want to have a copy of forever. It will immortalize your son, Jonathan, and acknowledge that Kate is, indeed, a big sister. That is something that will mean a lot to her later.
    We lost our son, Christopher, in March 2003 to Trisomy 18. I truly understand the pain and agony you are enduring. Along with the joy of feeling Jonathan alive and moving. It's so isolating and most people have no idea how hard each day is.
    I will be praying for you and your family. Stay strong...and lean on each other.

    --- Lisa
    Ft. Walton Beach

  3. The pictures are amazing! Your family is beautiful and the maternity photos are precious! My favorite is the one with the shoes on your belly and I really like the one with the blocks too.

  4. Lauren the pictures are gorgeous! What a beautiful gift that you were given. Thanks for sharing them with us. Those ladies are very talented!

  5. Lauren,
    I'm coming over to your blog from the article in the NW Florida Daily news. I've been blogging for a little while and have read too many stories of trisomy babies and I'm so sorry you and your family are going through this, but I am inspired by how you are choosing to let God have the glory through Jonathan's story. Have you heard the song "I will carry you" by Selah? They have a boy version of it coming out in just a few weeks. I'll be praying for you and am following your blog now so I can keep up with you. By the way, did you or your husband go to Niceville HIgh School? The last name if familiar to me, but not sure why. I graduated in "95 from NHS.

  6. Beautiful Lauren! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us, you and Greg are truly a are all on our thoughts every day.....still praying :-)

  7. Dear Lauren and Greg
    I was moved by the article in today's Daily News. I recognized Greg immediately as one of those wonderful students that a teacher remembers. I am sure he is a great source of strenth for you. My thoughts are with the two of you. I just wanted you to know that you have many people thinking of you during this time. I am humbled by your outlook. Mrs. Plank

  8. Lauren,

    Hey old friend, I may have heard there were some complications with your pregnancy, but I had no idea it was of this magnitude. I found out this morning and I'm so sorry. We will be praying for you, Greg, and Jonathan. You are providing such a great testimony and are personally inspiring me.

    Thank you.

  9. Lauren,
    I just happened to click on the Daily News and saw a familiar face I have not seen for a very long time.
    Thank you for sharing your story. It has definitely touched me. I will be praying for you and your family and will follow along in your journey.

    Mandy (your old childhood neighbor from Woodland Ave)

  10. Lovely photos! We are expecting a baby, Kara Faith, due in January that has Alobar Holoprosencephaly. A large percentage of these babies have Trisomy 13, also, but it appears Kara doesn't. We can't wait to meet her, but it hurts because we probably only have days, if that. My heart goes out to you! My good friend, Kristy Kolmetz, lives in the Crestview area and sent me this link to your blog. You can find us at