Thank you!

Dear Friends,

I was so blessed by your blog comments full of compassion and prayers for us. Thank you so very much!

I was especially pulled to the comments made by those who had also experienced miscarriages (some so very recently). You truly do know our pain.

Through the past year with this being my second miscarriage, I have come to realize that a miscarriage is not a one-day event. It covers such a greater time span. There is the time filled with hope before conception…the joy of a pregnancy…the discouragement and fears of complications (for those who know in advance)…the actual miscarriage… the days of healing of heart and body…the 6,7, 8 months following that are marked with the milestones of your pregnancy that are no longer real milestones…the due date…and then, as it slips in here and there, the continual reminders of your little one that you never got to know.

How does one face such pain??? How does one continue on??? Your lives, and the lives of several other women I know, are a testimony of the answer to those questions – by the grace (enabling) of God.

I don’t have any fancy plan for the future, but I know from the past days of this week that God is faithful to care for His children. As I am weak before Him, humbled, empty, then He can work in and through me. Oh if I could only live each day in this way. Starting out knowing I can not face the day on my own strength…not having even the energy to plan out a day…but looking to the Lord for strength, enabling, direction…Looking to my husband and simply following. Oh what a peaceful place that is.

We are taught in I Peter that a meek and quiet spirit are precious in God’s sight. My desire is to allow Christ to work in me through this time of sorrow and to purify my heart to be meek and quiet before Him.

Thank you for praying and for loving all of us!

Melanie

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).

Family Times

Thank you for your prayers for Nathan and Melanie this week. Your comments have been a blessing to them, and the Lord has indeed ministered His grace.

This week has been sobering, with Nathan and Melanie losing their little one. We helped quite a bit with Abby and normal household duties–which aren’t duties with sweet Abby around 🙂 ….

A “praise the Lord” was the trailer sold. A man from Des Moines, Iowa drove down Wednesday evening. About a half hour before he was to come, I was asked about the title to the trailer. My mind whirled, and I realized I didn’t know where the title was! Thus began a 15 minute search, with everyone pitching in. I had saved it somewhere “safe” (I guess), and Anna was the hero in finding it. I am so grateful to the Lord that the title was found!

We’re continuing to add stops to our January/February trip. We are keeping the map and schedule updated with each new stop.

I know a comment was left under Nathan’s last blog post that a family had lost their baby last Sunday, at 13 weeks along. We want to let you know how sorry we are for your loss. I’ve also been touched by reading how many of you have gone through miscarriages. I remember when Nathan and Melanie lost Susannah, another family had also lost their little girl, Spring. We also know there are others out there who have never been able to have a child of their own.

Resting in our Savior,
Sarah

We took a family walk last Sunday night, and fall was definitely in the air and on the ground.
We took a family walk last Sunday night, and fall was definitely in the air and on the ground.
Abby with one of the uncles hats on.
Abby with one of the uncles' hats on.
Abby brings such joy!
Abby brings such joy!
Smelling a flower...
Smelling a flower...
John cleaning out the trailer, preparing it to sell earlier this week.
John cleaning out the trailer, preparing it to sell earlier this week.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).