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.



A few snapshots into the life of Jonathan Tomaschko:

Jonathan was born at 7:16 pm and passed away at 7:56 pm on October 8, 2009.

He weighed 4lb 3 oz.

Jonathan is beautiful. He has blonde hair. He has the hands of a basketball player.

Mommy is enamored by him, as any Mom would be.

Daddy wanted a picture with his two kids, his baby boy and baby girl.

Kate kissed Jonathan and said his name.

The photographer was there to capture these priceless moments of his life.

There were tears and laughter in the room.

His precious life though short captured our hearts and has affected many lives.



  1. Praise be to God in the highest! The power of prayer is so strong. I'm so thankful you got to spend time with your little boy even though short. He was truly a gift from God. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. God bless you and your family!

  2. What a blessing to have had that time with Jonathan. We love you all!

  3. Rochelle HefflingerOctober 8, 2009 at 11:19 PM

    All I can say Right now is Well done Good and Faithful Servant,
    We are so Proud of you all, God is Good and has Shown you all What a Blessings You all are to Him. We too Lost our Precious little Sonshine Jonah David Hefflinger Feb 2,2004. He will always be our Little Angel. If you need anything or just some to talk too Im here for you My Friends.
    Luv in Christ,
    Rochelle Hefflinger
    I loved your Journey with Jonathan Blog and Pictures. What a Fantastic way to show God's love to all, and a Keepsake journal for yourself. May God Bless you all Richly

  4. I am so thankful that Jonathan was born and lived for 40 minutes! You got to "be parents to him" - Amen! God answered these prayers. Jesus has Jonathan wrapped in His loving arms now until you are reunited with him in heaven. I know you are grateful for the precious time spent with your beautiful baby boy. Jonathan's Journey and your testimony of faith (in God), hope and love has been such an inspiration to me. Jonathan's precious life and his story has touched people world-wide. I pray that God will continue to comfort you during this difficult time. God bless the Tomaschko family!

  5. Praying for you. I know the moments with your sweet Jonathan were more than you could have ever asked or imagined. I will be praying for your hearts as you walk through the next phase of the journey.

    We will see them a moment.
    Sending love,

  6. i have been thinking of you all day. so glad for your answered prayer that he was born alive! we will keep praying for you!

  7. Praying for your family! I'm so grateful the Lord let Jonathan be born alive and that you got to interact with him outside of the womb. I know Jonathan will be waiting in heaven for you with your reward. You have "fought the good fight." ~Robin

  8. Dear Lauren and Greg,

    This passage came to mind as I was thanking God for giving you those 40 precious minutes with Jonathan:

    26 And she said, "Oh, my Lord! As you live, my Lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD. 27For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD." I Samuel 1:26-28

    God is Good!

    Keeping you in my prayers for the days and weeks to come,
    Julie Wilcox, GA

  9. What a blessing...him, his birth, his 40 minutes, he has been, and will always be a part of you amazing family. What a GIFT...I know it was what you wanted, and God IS Good.

    Wow, wow. Praying for your time now, healing, being, are loved.

    God bless you ALL!

  10. Thinking of y'all. I admire you both.

  11. I have never met you or any member of your incredible family, but have been extremely touched by the choices you made and your son Jonathan. I cannot wait to see pictures of your little angel.

  12. Words are hard to come by as I am a stranger to you and your family. You have brought me closer to faith as I wandered far from God. I have been so touched by your incredible journey with Jonathan and I have shared with my family and coworkers, therefore sharing your extreme faith. God's worked through you and spread HIS word and for that I am grateful. I have no idea how you are feeling at this moment but can only tell you from reading the Bible that you will see your precious son again someday. He is well with the Lord and is waiting. Bless you all.

  13. Praise God for answering the prayers of so many! What a blessing you received in those 40 minutes! My heart aches for you as you enter the next phase of the journey, even while it rejoices that your family's prayers were answered through Jonathan's birth and the time you had with him. May the Lord hold you guys close and grant your hearts Peace.

  14. Lauren & Greg... I am sure there are no words to capture your feelings. Know that there are scores of us thinking and praying for you. You will get through this. You'll never lose the moments you had with Jonathan. God bless!

  15. May God continue to draw people to Himself to the praise of His glory even through circumstances we don't understand or that we wish we could change!

  16. Is. 46 : 9 -10
    "I am God, and there is none other; I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, "My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all My purpose.' "

  17. Marlanea FreibergerOctober 9, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of a life lived for Christ's glory. Your story is filled with faith and love and the beauty of what God uses for His glory. All life is beautiful and should be celebrated because we are His children. I am in awe of your strength and courage to not only persevere, but make others aware by including them in the journey. Oh what a day it will be when we are reunited with not only those we have lost, but reunited with our Savior and here those beautiful words. Well done my good and faithful servant. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family and may you continue to seek and find encouragement and joy in His word. Again thank you for sharing.

  18. Lauren & Greg,

    I will continue to pray for you. I do not know you or your family, but I am deeply and truley inspired by how strong you are. I am thankful that you shared Jonathan's story with us. I know it must be very hard right now, but just know that Jonathan is with God. This is not goodbye you will see him again.

  19. Laruen and Greg,
    So many have already said it so much better than I, so I won't repeat their words. Please know that I will continue to lift your family up in prayer in the coming days, as your emotions, hormones, and the reality of these past few days, weeks, and months settle in. Your faith is strong, and it will bring you through this time. Jonathan's life will continue to make an eternal impact on countless lives.

    Kim Shedd's mom

  20. Your family remains in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless and Keep You All. Amen.

  21. God bless you and your family. It is through people like you that I see what gifts God gives us everyday as well as the rewards. Those 40 minutes you had were God's reward for true faith. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you as you travel through the rest of this journey.

  22. Lauren, you and Jonathan and Greg have taught us all so many lessons about life, about how it is possible to create meaning and hope out of whatever cards we're dealt. I don't ever expect to be the same after watching how your love of Jonathan, your faith and grace, and your courage inspired thousands of people - and even touched the lives of children on the other side of the planet! Know that we share your pain, but that you've also brought us a new understanding about how to be better people and lead better lives. We love ya!

  23. I know you wanted to deliver him alive and i'm glad you did! Now he ia resting in a better place.... Soon you will meet again; he's an angel now flying high above. May knowing he's at peace heal your pain....


  25. I have been wanting to comment for so long but cant find the words to express how much your faith and wisdom has touched me. I have been praying that God would continue to comfort both of you and of course that Jonathan would be born alive. Praise God that he was and that you guys have 40 minutes with him! I will post more later when I have time to try to express all of the things I have wanted to say. God Bless!!

  26. I am very thankful that family and friends of Jonathan were able to have time with him. Those had to be the most precious 40 minutes ever spent on Earth. I hope the best for your family.

  27. My heart goes out to you and your family. For 40 beautiful, precious, and life changing minutes, your family of four was complete and the world was a better place.

    Thank you for sharing Jonathan's story with those of us who live here in the area and also with the world. Such a tiny little boy has touched people across the span of a globe.

    Karen Lee

  28. I join the voices of those you do not know, though we have a mutual friend. One day, when you are ready to read them, I hope and pray all these comments bring you comfort and that you hear the loving voice of Jesus Christ in them. I am a mom, and I have lost very dear loved ones--putting those 2 things together, I can only begin to imagine your heartache and grief. What glory you gave to God and what honor you showed your dear son by giving him LIFE instead of giving up on him. Jonathan is forever your son, forever a member of your family and now a dear saint in the family of God. Our Father in heaven gave you such beautiful courage to step forth and be so transparent about this journey--many of us strangers feel as if we know you, know the depth of your faith, and we wept, true tears, at the news of your loss. Christ has conquered death for all eternity--Praise the Lord!--but you and your family are still travelling a path of bitter pain. May God strengthen you and uphold you, may He bless and strengthen your marriage, may you, in time, glean comfort from the words of friends and strangers alike.
    With love in Christ Jesus,

  29. Thank you for sharing Jonathan's Journey with us. You really have no idea what an impact your son's life has had on people. Although way to short, Jonathan's life will probably be more of a witness of God's faithfullness and love than people that live 80 years. My heart breaks for you but I feel that your God will provide you with peace we can not fathom. He is good. As I spent time praying for you on your difficult journey God kept bringing a verse to me...I want to share with you. "I'll convert their weeping into laughter, lavishing comfort, invading their grief with joy." Jeremiah 31:13. Although Jonathan's life is physically over I believe his story will go out to bless countless more people. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  30. I wanted to thank you for sharing Jonathan's life with us. I have been thinking of you alot in the last couple of days and how amazing I think you are. You are a true example of faith. Although my heart breaks for you, I know that your faith will get you through this most difficult time in your life. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. You have given us more than you know. May God continue to bless you and keep you close during this time.