Well we are all officially in love.
Which is why I have been completely negligent on my blog and I apologize…it’s hard to get inspired to do anything but look at this sweet girl’s face 🙂
I just wanted to hop on and tell you all hello-I feel like you are friends and I haven’t done a good job of updating you on life lately! In short, all is well. And we aren’t taking a second of it for granted. We are letting life slow down, keeping computers and phones to a minimum, and enjoying respite from the busyness. I know you all understand (and most of you probably haven’t even noticed I’ve been gone!) but I still want to say hello.
(This was taken at my niece’s softball game on Monday…she’s 5 days old here! And don’t be fooled. I still look like I’m seven months pregnant but the sling placement is working in my favor :))
I promise to put up some more pictures of Charlotte soon, and can’t wait until next week when we will have some professional ones done. She is the most laid-back, gentle-spirited baby I have ever met and I think she is going to be perfect for the little newborn photos.
Oh, and by the way…in the event that you don’t follow me on twitter, you might not know that we changed her name at the eleventh hour. We actually sent it off to the state under Charlotte James and then changed it to Charlotte Olivia :). It suits her perfectly and we just love that name. Luckily, none of my friends monogrammed anything as far as I know… 🙂
There is one thing I really wanted to share with you all and ask you to pray about. About nine months ago, a sweet girl from my church went into pre-term labor and delivered baby Lily Grace at 21 weeks. She didn’t survive, and Todd and I had the bitter honor of participating in the funeral service and spending a little time walking with them in their grief. Lily would have been their first child and it was devastating. Holly got pregnant again several months ago and her water broke when she was about 16 weeks. She has been at the hospital since then, fighting for her son Austin’s life. I went to visit them a few weeks ago and everything was going really well-there was a lot of hope that she had reached viability and that they were just trying to get her as far as possible.
The night I delivered Charlotte, she went into labor (at 27 weeks) and the doctors couldn’t do anything to stop it. They were optimistic based on his gestational age but after about 35 minutes (due to a lack of lung development), Austin went to be with his sister Lily in heaven.
To watch a mother put a second child in a grave within a nine month period was one of the most tragic things I have been a part of, and my heart is broken for them. Because Holly’s husband Michael was injured at his job a few months ago, he has been out of work and they are struggling with financial implications as well as all of the horrific emotional side of things. When I was in the hospital visiting them I asked about Lily and Michael mentioned that they were still paying on her funeral expenses etc., and it made me sick to my stomach.
I want to mention this here for two reasons. The first is that you all are a glorious community and I would really love for you to reach out to Holly and Michael if you have been through anything that you feel like would minister to them, or if you just feel led to connect with them. I know they are strangers but we all know (and I have experienced) the value of feeling loved by people who just want you to know they care. I have been so blessed by emails and prayers over the past few years and I just know this couple would be as well.
If you are in a situation financially where you feel like you could help them, I would love to ask you to do that. I know there are situations ALL around us where people are in need but I want to mention this in the event that it pricks your heart and you want to contribute. One of the things I take very seriously about having a platform of any kind is that I want others to be blessed through me and to know that it is the Lord Who did it. I have a paypal account (email@example.com) and if you would like to help with this situation, please send me any amount you would like and just put “holly and michael” in the subject line. Also, please include your email/home address so that they have a way to contact you. They didn’t ask me to do this (in fact I don’t think she even knows I have a blog) but I just feel like it’s something I need to do.
If you want to email them, their address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And most importantly, if you could join me in praying for this couple, I would so appreciate it.
Blessings and love to everyone…