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.


God is still good

i'm sad to report that baby michael was born at peace last night around 9:35. his parents' utmost concern for him was that he did not suffer, and they have assurance that he did not. please continue to pray for this grieving family.

when God chooses not to answer a prayer, or answer a prayer in a way that is different than what we think it should's very easy to struggle with the "whys." i admit, i wonder why the Lord would take michael before he was born.

but after examining who God is....

He is righteous and just: "He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he." ~Deut. 32:4

He is perfect: "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him." ~Ps. 18:30

He is full of grace: "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." ~1 Pet. 5:10

He is merciful: "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness..." ~Ex. 34:6

He is love: "...God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." ~1 John 4:16

He is good: "For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." ~Ps. 100:5

He is truthful and faithful: "God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged." ~Heb. 6:18

He is wise: "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!" ~Rom. 11:33

He is all-knowing: "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." ~Psalm 139:16

and, we cannot possibly begin to fathom why God does what He does: "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." ~Isaiah 55:9

by faith we must accept His ways, but knowing these wonderful truths about Him makes it that much easier.

so no matter what the answer to our prayers for michael could have been, God is still good...


  1. Thanks for letting us know, Lauren. I will continue to pray for this family! I am so thankful that the Lord has given you the gift of faith that He has...and that you go (and remind us all to go) to the Word and focus on Truth in the midst of so many extremely difficult things. Many are encouraged, and God is glorified! Thanks for that.

  2. God is still Good, and I pray for Michael's family. I know you will be a rock to them reminding them of God's love and Plan.

    Much love, and Jodie above said it all so well!

  3. God is wise beyond what we can understand. He is merciful beyond all that we can understand.
    I will continue to pray for this family. Praise the Lord they know Him and will rest in His Grace and Mercy and will allow the HS to bring the balm of Gilead into their lives and He will sustain them.
    Thank you for letting us know, Lauren...
    High Point, NC

  4. Dominic & Linda GuadagnoliDecember 31, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Dominic & I continue to pray for you and Greg. Every time I read your postings the Holy Spirit quickens my spirit to understand how deep the Lord's love is for me and that He is always teaching me something new each day. We will pray for Michael's family. We know the year 2010 will bring blessings to many through you lives and Jonathan's life.

  5. Please let baby Michaels mommy know we are praying for her. I am just now catching up on old posts and my breaks when I read this one. The deafening silence of delivering a sleeping baby is so painful and unforgettable. I pray peace and comfort to wrap around them.