Thank you for the love and support you have shown for Nathan and me, our families, and our Susannah. We so appreciate your prayers for us.
This past year has had its difficulties and our hearts have experienced much sorrow. Yet through it all we have experienced God’s faithful, loving care.
You have been a part of His care for us. Your prayer support and kind posts have been such a blessing.
When I was hospitalized and on magnesium sulfate, we heard from you – you were praying for us and our baby. Through the 5 weeks of bed rest you prayed. When Susannah was born, you prayed. As we held her and longed for her to wake up, you prayed. When she left her earthly shell and we returned home with empty arms, you prayed. Even now, 3 months after her birth, I know that some of you are still praying for us. So many times when we haven’t had the strength to pray, you have prayed for us. Thank you!
Many of you also posted that you have gone through similar trials. It helped to know while experiencing the suffocating effects of magnesium sulfate that others had gone through it too (and lived!). While on bed rest I learned from others that had experienced “normal” and “bed rest” pregnancies that I would feel exaggerated symptoms (that made sense). After Susannah was born and all of us were focused on her, many of you thought to ask how I was doing and how the birth was. Nathan and I had just experienced our first birth together – it was a special experience and, praise God, a natural birth. When we left the hospital after Susannah’s death feeling rather lost in the world, I thought, “People will quit praying now.” We got to the hotel room (We weren’t quite ready to go home), and Nathan read the posts to me – you were still praying for us! During the week of Susannah’s visitation service and funeral, you continued to pray, and asked how I was doing physically. I was feeling quite worn out, but God gave the strength for those days just as He had done for the previous ones.
As news of Susannah’s passing reached you all, you shared how you had loved our baby too and that some of you had experienced a similar loss. You cried with us and it meant so very much!
It has now been 3 months since Susannah was born. Life continues. Nathan and I are doing well. I feel pretty much back to normal physically. I haven’t returned to my previous extra activities, but am enjoy keeping house and spending more time with Nathan.
This has been an incredible journey. God has so faithfully cared for us through it all. We praise Him!