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.


things to remember him by

back in november, i blogged a little bit about some keepsakes i wanted to either buy or make in memory of jonathan.  specifically, you might remember the opal and 8 tiny diamonds that my mother had offered to me before he was born to make an original jewelry piece in memory of him.  and that, "coincidentally", jonathan's birthstone happens to be an opal and he was born on the 8th.

recently, i realized that i had never posted pictures of the keepsakes that have been given to me since jonathan's passing.  and because this is jonathan's baby journal, the pictures belong here...

the opal, diamond, and white gold necklace from my mother

friends gave us jonathan's name, in scripture verses

a friend gave me this lucinda kay "peas in a pod" necklace, symbolizing both of my children

two of my friends gave me this helen ficalora necklace with engraved silver charms

tiny footprints inside the cover of my favorite.

we were also given several beautifully handmade or embroidered blankets, framed art with scripture, and several christmas ornaments that mean a lot to us. 

so as i was thinking about what these keepsakes mean to me, (and what i wouldn't give up to have jonathan back, happy and healthy) i realized that there was a greater, more valuable keepsake from our journey with jonathan given to me by the Lord Himself:

a deeper faith.

"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy"  ~1 Peter 1:6-8


  1. What beautiful keepsakes and momentos. I have a couple of different pieces of jewelry that are now my daily staples and am so grateful for them.

    If you're anything like me, it just touches my heart that these gifts and things given were done so because of love for us, but also because of the love for those precious babies of ours so many people have.
    It always overwhelms me.
    Thinking of you!

  2. oh lauren...those precious little feet in your bible are so sweet! i have been keeping up with your blog and i am touched and encouraged by you and all God is teaching you! keep sharing...i am praying for you and your sweet family

  3. Lauren, I have tried to comment on your blog several times and haven't been able to??? So, I don't know if this ever got through to you or not, but when our son passed away, the Lord laid a ministry on the heart of one of my dear friends. She began making keepsake pillows. I don't know if you have checked it out yet, but her site is I have prayed for you and your husband so many times.