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.


4 months and a unique opportunity

today i am celebrating jonathan's 4 month birthday by getting to speak in a public forum about my experience.  i was asked to participate on a parents' panel for a training seminar at sacred heart hospital on the emerald coast (where both kate and jonathan were born.) 

not only will the experience be a blessing for me to get to talk about my sweet boy, but it's an opportunity to offer suggestions to hospital staff about what they can improve on.  i must say, i truly appreciate that sacred heart cares enough to strive to offer the best care to their patients, and that they really do want to know where they can improve on their service. 

i am also pleased to say that in both of my experiences giving birth there, even with one being happy and one being bittersweet, that there isn't really much room for improvement.  this hospital is the best of the best (even their food is good!)  and i've mentioned previously how wonderful all the nurses are.  so because i don't really have many suggestions to offer, i have chosen to focus on what they did right when jonathan was born because then i will have more to speak about.

however, needless to say, this will be a very emotional day for me.  it's the first time i will be telling my story (outside of this blog, of course) since jonathan passed away.  please pray for me that i'm able to even get the words out, and that my experience will be helpful to the hospital staff in caring for patients in my situation in the future.

thanks as always for remembering my sweet boy on this day.


  1. Prayers for your composure and in knowing how blessed the hospital staff will be because of your testimony. I continually thank God for the blessing of our wonderful hospital staff.
    I'm sure everyone will be touched by your words.

  2. Good Luck Lauren! I will be praying for you but I know you will do great! The hospital staff is blessed to hear your story :)

  3. How wonderful. God will work mightily through you during your talk. They are truly blessed to have you speak to the staff. It may even be a salvation giving event for some of the staff.
    You go girl.
    Sandy in NC

  4. Oh Lauren,
    I hoped your talk went well. Jonathan's story is so precious and your voices are a testimony in favor of life.
    All the best,

  5. Lauren,

    That's awesome you got to share your story about Jonathan with the staff! I'm sure not only will it help them know how to continue and improve on their wonderful care, but hearing Jonathan's story will certainly touch many of the lives and hearts in that audience. I hope your talk went well.
    Thinking of you and remembering your precious Jonathan this week.

    Love, Sarah