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 at work, part one (and another prayer request)

the next several blogs will be written as a series entitled, "God at work" and will record some of the amazing ways He's been active in my life lately.


looking back over the past six months (almost 7 months now) of life without jonathan, and being able to analyze that time without the bias of sadness lately, i've come to realize that there's another factor that plays largely into the difficulty of the six-month milestone.

and that is, what happens now?  where does jonathan's legacy go from here?

yesterday, i was talking with another mom of a baby in heaven, and we both agreed that it really is so important to us that the memory of our lost children continue somehow.  and the longer that child is gone, the harder it is to accomplish, it seems.  for me, it was at six months that i reached a point of feeling like i needed to do something more than just my blogging.  i needed to do something to extend jonathan's legacy that would also benefit moms who are just embarking on this difficult journey i've been on for almost a year now.  to "pay it forward", so to speak.

so, for the past several weeks now, i've been praying about and brainstorming ways to extend jonathan's legacy. 

and i've realized that i'm only good at two things.  that's right, just two.  it's humbling, but the Lord has shown me that i can use both of those things in my overall mission.  so i'm OK with it.  :)

i'll be introducing them seperately in future blog posts.


i have another prayer request if anyone is willing to pray for this....

as you know, i live on the emerald coast of florida, which is located right on the gulf of mexico, between pensacola and panama city.  it includes the cities of destin, fort walton beach, and niceville, plus two large air force bases and several other small towns.  we have snow white beaches and crystal green-blue water, and the best seafood anywhere.

in a matter of days, our entire gulf coast is probably going to be devastated by the oil spill off the coast of louisiana.  devastated as in, catastrophic loss of animal life, ecosystems destroyed, people's livelihoods ruined, and our tourism industry (basically, our economy)  tanked.  it has the potential to create damage we might not recover from for years and years.  i know our God is sovereign and there is nothing that comes to a surprise to Him, but i also believe He has the power to step in and minimize the damage to not only our area, but to the other affected states as well.  please pray for this on our behalf, if you are so willing.

in the meantime, i'll be spending my time at the beach and eating shrimp until the oil rolls in.

a sincere thanks,


  1. Praying that the King of King steps in before the damage gets severe! I too live in Fl, and know that there will be a trickle down effect. I hope you do find a way to extend Jonathan's legacy.

  2. Can't wait to see upcoming posts!

    And definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY lifting our beloved Emerald Coast and surrounding areas in prayer...constantly!

  3. We used to live in Gulf Breeze 1/2 mile from Santa Rosa love love the area and have been praying for the whole area. We haven't been able to come and visit friends for almost 3 years. We stayed on the beach at a friends condo rental for a week in Dec. 05. Last time I was on the sand and watched the spectacular sunsets. Cried when we left. Miss the gulf area so much...
    I will continue to pray for the people, shrimp boats and everyone down there.
    Love ya,
    Sandy in NC

  4. I live in Destin, and am praying as well. I think I met you a couple of weeks ago at the Commons. You were with a friend who knew one of my friends. I actually chatted with you about how cute your daughter wasn't until you left that I realized it was you. Sorry I didn't introduce myself!

  5. Lauren,
    I will be praying for you, on both accounts. It breaks my heart to think about the beautiful gulf being destroyed... I spent part of my early years there, and my grandparents live in Gulf Breeze. Praying hard for you and your family! -Katie

  6. Wow the suspense! I can't wait to hear what you've got in the works for Jonathan's legacy!