i have learned that when you walk through a trial, the Lord is very gracious to go before you. He doesn't let you go through it alone.
i have seen this very evidently in our journey with jonathan, as God placed special people in our life that had experienced similar, recent loss.
six months before our diagnosis, a sweet friend of mine lost her baby girl at 22 weeks.
back around the time that kate was born, good friends of greg's lost their son shortly after birth.
and a little over three years ago, friends of ours from church lost their baby boy to trisomy 18.
each of these families has provided much encouragement and support to us over the past several months. they understand exactly what we are going through.
recently, i was talking with my friend who lost her baby girl about how the Lord had provided people like this in our lives to help us through. my friend, too, had incredible support from someone who had lost a baby shortly before she did.
well, i want to share this story and ask for your prayers for a special family.
early last spring sometime, i was at the destin commons playground with kate and met a very nice woman who was there with her two kids. she asked me about kate's dress, which i had made, and before i knew it she had made a couple of dress orders. and that was the start of our friendship.
she has been an amazing prayer warrior for our family after learning of jonathan's diagnosis, and was also the one who blessed us with the prayer/wish frame that we used at jonathan's celebration of life and at the funeral. (pictured)
tomorrow, her sister-in-law, who is carrying a trisomy 18 baby boy, is being induced. my doctor is also her doctor. she will deliver at the same hospital we did. i know she will receive the best care in this area.
please pray that her baby boy will be born alive. they long to meet him and to hold him, just like we did with jonathan. please pray for an easy delivery and for much peace for her entire family. please also pray for her doctor and the nurses that will be taking care of her.
thinking of what she will go through tomorrow brings back those mixed feelings of sorrow and joy. it is a hard, hard, journey but we "can do all things through Christ who gives us strength." Phillipians 4:13. only because of Christ did we make it through. and it will be the same for this family.
thank you for praying!