I just came to your blog from Angie's blog (Bring the Rain). Your comment jumped out at me, when I read that it took you eight years to share your Samuel's story. It was eight years before I began sharing the story of my Faith, Grace, and Thomas as well. Now, it has been twelve years and much has happened between year eight and year twelve. Four years ago, after a friend lost her baby, I felt compelled to create a memory book for moms who lose a baby because I realized there was not an adequate book to record all the dreams a mother has for the precious child she lost. I wanted something that showed a treasured, valued life had been here, so that families could have a lasting, tangible memory. Today, we have a ministry reaching out to offer comfort and hope to bereaved parents. As you know, years ago, people didn't have this amazing blogland...which I too think would have been a wonderful gift for me when I was walking the lonely journey of grief. And there was no Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization. I am so grateful for the support offered to families now. Anyway, I just wanted to reach out to you. Your story is beautiful, and many of your words reflect my own. Thank you so much for sharing your precious Samuel. And, while I agree that Angie is an amazing writer and she has a great gift...I found your words quite eloquent and touching. My family's story and information about our ministry is shared on my blog.http://sufficientgrace-kelly.blogspot.comIn His Grace,Kelly Gerken
Do you have an e-mail I could reach you at? I have a lot of questions about trying again... about hope after a loss. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I so needed to read this today. Thank you for sharing your beautiful son and your story.
I've long been thinking about you and your precious little first-born. I started reading 'Bring the Rain' when I was 7 months pregnant with Dillon and I can't tell you the tears I cried just knowing what you mommies had to endure. I can not even begin to understand how devastating and painful a journey you were left to walk, and as I sat there with my healthy little boy growing inside me and the joy that I'd be able to bring him home I was brought to my knees with thankfulness. The strength and courage you showed has always been something I've admired and I've always meant to tell you that. You really are an example of someone who loves their Lord despite pain and anguish; it really is humbling to me.All my love to you.
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