Remembering My Niece, Susannah Maxwell

Eight years ago today, Susannah made her entrance into the world. But it was only a short one.

Susannah was a perfect baby, with her soft, wavy brown hair, pudgy nose, chubby cheeks, and sweet little ears. She never opened her eyes to see her daddy and mommy. Instead, the first face she beheld was Jesus’ as she entered the gates of Heaven at 3 days old—never to experience sorrow here on earth.

We know many of you have lost babies, and we want to tell you that we care—that our hearts ache with yours. Every child is precious, and the pain of a loss is difficult. I watched my brother and sister-in-law walk the path of losing their first-born. It was hard, very hard, yet it has given me a greater compassion for those grieving.

The separation with Susannah is only temporary. I love this word picture in Revelation 22. “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Imagine how beautiful heaven is!

Jesus loves little children as noted in Matthew 19:14: “. . . Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

We’re reposting the music slideshow from last year. Joseph, Anna, Jesse, and Mary recorded it and added a bridge to this recent version.

Love,
Sarah

“And there shall be no night there; and they need
no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God
giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 22:5

31 thoughts on “Remembering My Niece, Susannah Maxwell”

  1. Matthew 5:4- Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

    Thinking of the entire Maxwell family today!

  2. Such a touching and moving post, beautiful. So many of us prayed for your family at that difficult time and it was beyond generous that you shared your grief with us. Praying for you all today as you refresh those tender memories.

    We were so grateful for those prayers!

  3. Safe in the arms of Jesus… May that be your comfort in the coming days. My thoughts and prayers are with you Nathan and Melanie.

  4. This was beautiful and brought me to tears. May God bless and comfort Nathan & Melanie as they remember little Susannah Joy. Revelation 21:25&27

  5. The very first post I ever read on the Titus 2 blog was when Melanie was pregnant with Susannah. I had been introduced to the MOTH book as a young mom just starting to homeschool, and it was such an encouragement to me. I remember praying for Nathan and Melanie and for little Susannah, and have rejoiced with you as the Lord has given you more children to parent. Thank you for the reminder of how precious each and every life is, no matter how short or long.

    I’m also looking forward to more baby news soon from your family, and am praying for a safe delivery and healthy new baby Maxwell!

    That’s neat you’ve been on the blog for over 8 years now!

  6. My sincere sympathies with Melanie, Nathan and the whole Maxwell family. What the Lord gives us to bear he gives us the strength to bear.

    Yes, indeed!

  7. So precious. Lots of tears were shed here. We all miss Susannah, yet we know this separation is only temporary. May the Lord bless Nathan and Melanie with many, healthy children. Praying for you all.

    Thank you!

  8. I cannot believe that it has been 8 years. The video is a wonderful tribute to the Lord in remembrance of Susannah. Praying for and thinking about Nathan and Melanie today and for the next few days.

  9. Thank you for sharing this with us. So, so beautiful. I’ll be sure to say an extra prayer for Melanie today.

  10. I, too, started reading your blog about 3 months before Susannah was born. I prayed for your family many times a day and my heart broke when Susannah passed. I was amazed by your family’s faith and strength and ability to share your pain with strangers at what was certainly the most difficult time ever. The Bradford pear blossoms get me every time as I remember Nathan’s post about them. This tribute (as well as the original version) is beautiful.

  11. What a precious tribute to Susannah. May God comfort and strengthen Melanie & Nathan and all who hear this song.

  12. What a wonderful tribute to a beloved family member. I am so sorry she was not able to stay. Faith is a wonderful thing to know where she is now must bring so much comfort. N & M are in our prayers.

  13. I said a prayer for your family. I’m sure there’s a special place in Heaven for little angels like Susannah. You will see her again someday.

  14. What a privilege to remember Susannah with you today. Praising God for the healing He has provided and praying for your family as you remember and celebrate sweet Susannah’s life.

  15. Yes, so touching and it makes me so sad at the same time. No one should go through this… You never forget such a special child. Thinking of Nathan and Melanie.
    Greetings from Anke

    Hoping für a save delivery of your next grantchild.

    Thank you!

  16. How wonderful that in the midst of such sorrowful memories the Lord has given your family a new life to look forward to – any day now!

  17. Every year I find the tributes to Susannah so touching. It is clear from the photos of Nathan and Melanie that they adored their precious daughter, and savored every moment with her. Life is a precious gift-may our world esteem children as image bearers of God that are not disposable. Prayers of comfort are being offered for everyone who grieves the loss of Susannah. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. (?Psalms? ?130?:?5? KJV)

  18. What a beautiful tribute to your niece!

    My sincere sympathies with Melanie, Nathan and the whole Maxwell family. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.

  19. May the Lord comfort you all and may the memories of your precious daughter/sister/neice and granddaughter bring you all closer together.

  20. Thank you for sharing, the slide show / video was so touching. The pictures with Susannah Joy are so precious. Keeping you all in our prayers. ( Job 1:21 )

  21. We cannot imagine your grief, but we celebrate your love and trust in God. Susannah is now in the arms of Jesus, awaiting to see you again someday. What a joyous reunion that will be! You remain in our prayers.

    Blessings,

    John

  22. God bless little
    Susannah Joy and the entire Maxwell Family. We laugh with you. We cry with you. We learn from you and we are blessed by you!

    Johnna

  23. Your precious daughter, Susannah Joy, is so beautiful. Thank you so much for opening your lives to us. Thinking of you all.

  24. I remember when your family went through this and prayed many times for you all. I really felt your pain because I too have gone through this. It is very, very hard. Thank you for posting this, someday what rejoicing there will be when we see these children again!

  25. Very sweet tribute to this precious child.
    Praying for all of you as you remember her, and rejoice to know you’ll all be together one day in Heaven.
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  26. Thank you for this video. So precious. Our family, too, is mourning the loss of a little one today-very unexpected. Your family is in my prayers – please pray for us.
    >>>>>>>
    Yes, will pray. So very sorry.

  27. What a beautiful song and tribute to a beautiful baby… I am so very sorry for your loss, and so thankful for who God is in our lives during these tragedies. Thank you for sharing your very personal memories.

    Our family went through several late miscarriages a few years ago. God held us very close, and taught us many things during that time. I have never forgotten those babies, but have also been blessed with another son since that time. I always like to share a really important book for moms with multiple miscarriages/pregnancy issues. It is called: ” One in four, shifting the balance on pregnancy loss” By Barbara Toppin. This doctor does not pretend to know everything ( she’s not God) but she has learned some very important information that all women should know about.

    Blessings to your beautiful family!
    Lisa

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