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His hand
Is gentle
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His hand
Always comforts me
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His hand
Provides quiet strength
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His hand
Leads us on this journey
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His hand
Will always love

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// Image by @elbertacottage @yourbirthingfriends

Jesus
The very thought of You
It fills my heart with love
Jesus
You burn like wildfire
And I am overcome
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Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You
Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You
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Jesus
You are my only hope
And You, my prize shall be
Jesus
You are my glory now
And in eternity
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Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You
Yeah, Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You
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In my darkest hour
In humiliation
I will wait for You
I am not forsaken
Oh, I lose my life
Oh, my breath be taken
I will wait for You
I am not forsaken
One thing I desire
To see You in Your beauty
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You are my delight
Yeah, You are my only
You have sacrificed
Oh, Your love is all consuming
You are my delight
Yeah, You are my glory
Oh, You are my glory
Oh, You are my glory
Yeah
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You're the lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You
You're the lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You
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I will love You
Even unto death, I will love You
With my every breath I will love You
Jesus
The very thought of You
Jesus
The very thought of You
// “Even Unto Death” by @audreyassad

Music. It has a healing power to comfort and give courage to our soul in times of suffering. It gives us a voice, when we no longer have words to speak. I will never forget hearing the words of “Even Unto Death” by @audreyassad for the first time. As the lyrics pierced through my soul like sword something began to stir in me that I could not shake. This song became all-consuming, and I began to play it on repeat, focusing on each stanza, line by line, studying, reflecting, and praying these words. I had no idea why. But to say I was obsessed is an understatement. --
Little did I know, one week later all would be revealed. These beautiful words prepared my heart and mind for the death of my son John David (17 weeks). And in the days, weeks, and months afterwards, it became my crutch to get through each day. Even unto death, Jesus would not forsake me.

What songs have given you comfort or has helped you along your healing journey? Comment below!

You're always with me, baby girl. I may not be able to hold you in my arms but I am holding you close. ❤️ There are a few ways we've commemorated #ourlittleabbie, and this painting is the latest. What ways do you remember your lost little one?
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This is also my #flowerfriday with @_mommy_doodles_ 🌻☺️

The Lord’s Prayer
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Reverend Matt’s words don’t bounce
directly off my body
but they do skim the bones -
they certainly don’t sink deeply into them
as they once did.
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But I sit,
and I stay,
and I hold out hope for a tiny reassurance
from a fragile proclamation.
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We begin The Lord’s Prayer
in somewhat heavy tones
compared to the light
and soft-hued pastels in the pews.
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I heave into the heaviness,
but my toes itch,
they spread wide with disappointment,
planted, and on the edge of leaving
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When from the edge of my ears
a new sound emerges - --
The joyful, unfeigned voice of a little boy
echoes sweetly against the dulled
and resigned recitation
coming out of older, wounded mouths.
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It is completely out of place
and exactly where it should be.
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It is enough to make the corners of my heart
turn upwards to my chin.
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For thine is
the KINGDOM!
and the POWER!
and the GLORY!
FOREVER! And EVER!
AMEN!!
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Sung so cheerfully by the precious boy
who an hour earlier
gave one of his Easter eggs
to his sister at the grave.
//@kgardner808

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Today I celebrate my sweet girl. A year ago was the last time I felt her move, and a year ago tomorrow we went in and she had no heartbeat, so we've decided that today is the day she went home to be with God. My heart aches. But I know she's with God and that one day we will be reunited. But my heart aches. This last year I have learned more about God and his peace and comfort. I trust him more. My faith has grown. Grief isn't linear and that makes me mad, but God is bigger than my grief and can handle my full spectrum of emotions. He can handle my heartbreak, my joy, my anxiety, my peace, my doubt, my faith. He meets me, every day, where I am. His grace is big enough. It's been a roller coaster of a year, but God has never left my side. My heart aches, but it's comforted too. Abigail Grace, I love you. ❤️

Can someone please tattoo today’s second reading on my forehead? That way, when I am tempted to bitterness, especially with God, I will simply look in the mirror to be reminded that yes, even in grief and loss and sorrow, I am sealed with the Holy Spirit, and so is my little soul. Away with you, fury and anger. My God is good and only gives life. He has sealed me with His love and breathed life inside my womb. Mercy, be my guide—compassion, my embrace. My little soul was not for naught, and in Heaven, I believe she is there fully redeemed and offering Jesus flowers of fragrant aroma.

Brothers and sisters:
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with which you were sealed for the day of redemption.
All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling
must be removed from you, along with all malice.
And be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.
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So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,
as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us
as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
-Ephesians 4:30 - 5:2

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// Image by Hanny Naibaho via @unsplash

One month since I held our precious Zeke in the palm of my hands. The day after we knew your heart had stopped beating and you were no longer with us. A couple of the hardest days of our lives. The sadness still comes, and when I let myself grieve it comes like a mighty wave crashing over me. Through all of this I have learned that whatever has come, whatever will be, I’m held by the one whose name is perfect peace. He is near to the broken-hearted. He will comfort those who mourn. I am thankful for His mercy and His peace. I am thankful for His promises and His love. As sad and broken as we are over this loss, we are choosing to trust in the Lord and believe that He is still good EVEN IF things don’t go according to our plan. I’ve learned that I’m not in control of things, and I never was. Now the Lord is holding my little Zeke in the palm of His hands, and he is stronger than he ever was or would be here on this earth. // @kailimschroeder

Little Zeke, pray for us.

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So many little gifts from heaven today, from my little ones.

Today it is the feast day of Saint Benedicta of the Cross. After miscarrying in March, we named are baby Violet Benedicta. I find it to be no coincidence that today I received two special gifts reminding me that my littles in heaven are so near. One being this sweet necklace from another loss mama and dear friend. It’s a violet pressed into a necklace 😍. The second being that this morning my dad gave a speech at our Catholic Business League breakfast this morning. In his speech he acknowledged and named them all four grand babies in heaven 😍 and the impact they have made on his faith journey. It made this mama proud for sure #imnotcryingyourcrying😭 several people came up afterwards expressing how touched and moved they were and how they themselves or their wives have gone through similar experience. So thank you dad for speaking their names. Yu don’t even know how much that meant to me. And you never know who might have needed to hear that message.

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Perhaps it’s the first goldfinch of winter, a comforting song on the radio, or a glorious sunrise after a fitful sleep—do you receive nods and nudges from your little one in Heaven? Share with us in the comments below!

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// Image by Mathew Schwartz via @unsplash

she was seven
weeks new
when I gave her eternity
in exchange for eternal ache
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she was petite
no bigger than a grain of sand
but I find her still
in the ocean’s wake
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where I kneel
and trace her name in my best cursive
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when the tide slaps the shore clean
I cry for the effort lost
and shake my head at the gulls,
who never question
whether a pebble is enough
to start an avalanche
// poem by @rachelbargasimpson

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// Image by @mili_vigerova via @unsplash

O soul steeped in darkness,
Do not despair.
All is not yet lost.
Come and confide in your God,
Who is love and mercy.
-St. Faustina

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// Image by @twinsfisch via @unsplash

Some days when things get to be too much I want to scream on top of a mountain... but like a day like today it was different. Today, Dustin and I got to visit a personal and meaningful spot to us where we buried our "Peanut". I know how silly and absurd this must seem to mainstream society--but to us, we couldn't dispose of this miracle that we created together. Our baby deserved to have a proper burial just like anyone else not only to have a proper resting place but a way for us to be able to move forward and grieve as well. This is a place for us to visit our angel any time we want and to know that this place will take great care of our little soul.

Today was the first time since the burial where a lot of suppressed emotions surfaced. Even though I knew this would be emotional, I didn't expect it to be as hard as it was. A lot of the support that we received by those who share in our pain--your words and messages helped me get through what could have been a very dark road. As my husband and I talked about "Peanut" and poured out our love for our Little Angel, I saw past the anger I used to feel. We sat in silence for a moment.... taking it all in. We took that moment to realize a lot of things in life aren't that serious and to remind ourselves to appreciate everything we have just as it is.

In reflection, our little peanut is magically opening our hearts to other moms and dads going through this. This has created deep bonds with women I never knew I could ever be so open and vulnerable with but for that I am grateful. Today, Dustin and I got to open our eyes a little bit more and our hearts to understanding more of the deeper meaning behind all of this.




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As the days, weeks, and months pass by, we know that there are special dates that loss mamas face. Upcoming due dates, the first anniversary, the 20th anniversary, whatever it might be, we want to walk beside you on this journey, and pray for you on those days where it might be difficult.
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What dates are you remembering this month?
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Post / tag / comment below so that we can keep each other in our hearts and prayers this month.

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So proud of Katie, who wrote about our story and was featured on @thelittlesouls today. Pausing a lot today, the one year anniversary of finding out about our loss. ❤️
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Some say that a photo is worth a thousand words, but this one is worth a million. This is the only photo I have of our family of six.
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I remember seeing this image appear across the ultrasound machine and thinking that it looked a little different. The tech never said a word, and I never questioned it.
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My doctor’s exact words were, “It looks like at one time there were two babies in there, but only one is growing.” I pressed my lips together and tried to keep it together as tears welled up in my eyes. She asked if I had any questions. I had many. I shook my head no.
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I left the hospital wondering how I was going to tell my husband that we were pregnant with twins, but only one survived. I wanted to tell him in person, but he detected the quiver in my voice as soon as I called.
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We named her Lyvia Josephina.
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The next 7 months took me on a journey through grief I never expected, but Luke 18:16 was the verse that continued to bring me comfort: "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
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I take comfort knowing Jesus is cradling my baby in the way I never could. //@katiemaevaca

Lyvia Josephina, pray for us!

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// Image by @katiemaevaca

Some say that a photo is worth a thousand words, but this one is worth a million. This is the only photo I have of our family of six.
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I remember seeing this image appear across the ultrasound machine and thinking that it looked a little different. The tech never said a word, and I never questioned it.
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My doctor’s exact words were, “It looks like at one time there were two babies in there, but only one is growing.” I pressed my lips together and tried to keep it together as tears welled up in my eyes. She asked if I had any questions. I had many. I shook my head no.
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I left the hospital wondering how I was going to tell my husband that we were pregnant with twins, but only one survived. I wanted to tell him in person, but he detected the quiver in my voice as soon as I called.
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We named her Lyvia Josephina.
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The next 7 months took me on a journey through grief I never expected, but Luke 18:16 was the verse that continued to bring me comfort: "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
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I take comfort knowing Jesus is cradling my baby in the way I never could. //@katiemaevaca

Lyvia Josephina, pray for us!

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// Image by @katiemaevaca

i thought i heard you
playing in the sand
but it was only castles
falling to the ground

in a sort of unholy
kind of worship

i look out across the water
and imagine you are someplace
far better than here

and i smile
knowing someday
i will meet you there
// “unholy worship” by @kgardner808

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// Image by @lulu5685

We are deeply saddened to share that Ezekiel “Zeke” was born on Saturday, June 23 at only 17 weeks. We don’t understand, and maybe never will, but we trust God with the secret things. We trust in His unchanging love and goodness and cling to His promises . There will be a day when He will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain and we praise him for Zeke’s life. .
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One month since I held our precious Zeke in the palm of my hands . The day after we knew your heart had stopped beating and you were no longer with us. A couple of the hardest days of our lives. The sadness still comes and when I let myself grieve it comes like a mighty wave crashing over me. Through all of this I have learned that whatever has come, whatever will be, I’m held by the one whose name is perfect peace . He is near to the broken hearted. He will comfort those who mourn. Thankful for His mercy and His peace. Thankful for His promises and His love. As sad as we are and broken over this we are choosing to trust in the Lord and believe that He is still good EVEN IF things don’t go according to our plan. I’ve learned that I’m not in control of things and I never was. Now the Lord is holding my little Zeke in the palm of His hands and is stronger than he ever was or would be here on this earth. .
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