Susannah’s 9th Birthday

Nine years ago today, Nathan and Melanie welcomed their first born daughter, Susannah, into the world. She had been a long-awaited child. But when Susannah was born, the doctors were mystified because she never moved or opened her eyes. She only lived three days before she left us and went to be with Jesus. We miss her, but we know the separation is only temporary.

For those of you who have lost little ones, please know we understand. Don’t think your pain is unnatural. Loss is hard, oh, so hard! But God’s grace is sufficient. I watched my brother and sister-in-law walk courageously through a devastating time. Every life is precious, and although we don’t have answers, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

You’ll find below a slideshow of pictures surrounding her birth. The music is by Joseph, Anna, Jesse, and Mary, and Joseph wrote the lyrics. Even this many years later, the slideshow and music still brings me to tears. Susannah was so sweet.

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them 
which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,
even as others which have no

hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them

also which sleep in Jesus will God
bring with him.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

18 thoughts on “Susannah’s 9th Birthday”

  1. Praise the Lord for such a beautiful little life! And for His promises!! “…He hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted…”

  2. Still so sorry for Nathan and Melanie’s loss. May God sustain them today and bless their four younger children.

  3. I think for anyone who has lost a baby… this was a precious gift to share… thank you….

  4. Just wanted to let you know that your blog has inspired me to pick up my Bible on a day-to-day basis again. I am Jewish, not Christian; will always be Jewish, not Christian; but heartfelt religion is beautiful in any form. Have a great day!

  5. So precious. We lost 3 babies through miscarriage last year, so we empathize with your family’s loss. Praying for you, and the tender memories this day brings.
    So sorry for your loss.

  6. I watch this slide show ever year and every time I hear the hymn “Trusting Jesus” I think of Susannah. <3

  7. I read your tributes every year- I feel incredibly touched by little Susannah and she is in my prayers. I lost a twin pregnancy to miscarriage and was deeply saddened by it, however I cannot comprehend the passing of live born child. What a joy it will be to see her whole and well in Paradise.

    John 16: 20-23.

  8. Such a touching and moving post/slideshow. My thoughts and prayers are with Nathan and Melanie.

    John 16:20-23

  9. God bless you, and God be with you, Nathan and Melanie, as you remember your precious tiny treasure. It is truly a reassuring gift to know that you will meet Susannah again one day, and she will have wide open beautiful eyes and know her Mommy and Daddy and siblings, and have a perfect body to move, to give you a hug. And until then ~ you know she is in the best of care, the arms of Jesus. 🙂 II Cor. 1:3-5

  10. I think it’s beautiful that you post this video every year. I am glad Susannah Joy is a part of your family even today. My heart broke for you all those years ago. Our family remembers her, too. <3

  11. So beautiful. We love how you all honor Susannah every year. This definitely hits home for us as we have had a baby boy go be with Jesus a few years back. We always celebrate his birth every year and talk to our children how precious he was, even though he lived for 2 weeks. It’s so rare to see families talk about children who have passed on so soon so it’s nice to see ya’ll still do that. I’m sure Susannah is watching over her sisters, brother, nieces and nephews and smiling from above.

    God bless!
    So sorry about your little guy.

  12. Dear all,

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful song and emotional photos.

    Thinking of you all in our prayers.

    Please send our love especially to Nathan, Melanie and family.

  13. I’m so sorry about Susannah. Even though God has blessed Nathan and Melanie with 4 beautiful living children, Susannah was and is still part of their lives. And, it can definitely still hurt.
    Some friends of ours, their first baby was stillborn at 5 months, then after finally having a child, they miscarried another one, then their only living child died at age one from a rare blood disease! It was so tragic to watch. And the anniversary of their would’ve been first child’s birthday is April 3rd. Right now, God has given them two baby boys, but I know that they still struggle with all the losses they’ve had.

    Thank God for being with us through pain. God bless.

    Love, Rebecca

  14. Praying that Melanie and Nathan will continue feeling the Lord’s comfort and peace in the days to come. Even as years go by, the loss of someone so precious is still painful. Will say extra prayers for them.
    Love, Mrs. Patti

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