Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Baby #1: Part Four

Mark and I were greatly ministered to during and after our loss. Honestly, people still minister to us. Last week I got a card in the mail and a care package, and friends still ask how we are doing. I am doing okay. I'm not really going to sugar coat it - I'm really sad. Some days are better than others. Right now I'm trying to really allow myself to grieve and not push it away. We've had a lot going on lately, obviously the baby, then we were victims of armed robbery last month, and I just feel very overwhelmed. I know that God is working to finish in me the work that he started (Phil. 1:6), and I am working to be strong and wait on the Lord. (Ps. 27:2). All that to say, if you think of us, we appreciate every prayer, and they are needed. I just feel like we have been under attack lately.

So, after our appointment that Thursday, I sent out a group text to friends and family to let everyone know. Within a couple of hours, our pastor's wife showed up on our doorstop with a bag from Braum's full of ingredients to make ice cream sundaes. While I wasn't ready to talk to anyone, Mark answered the door, and she encouraged Mark, shared about her own loss, and gave us the ice cream. After that, my brother had the idea for him and my sister to come down over the weekend from OKC to hang out with us during the day on Saturday just to be supportive. We felt very loved. 

After our appointment on Thursday evening, I knew I wanted something to have in memory of the baby. My due date was October 28th, and the October birthstone is an opal. So, I decided that I wanted an opal ring, and we went to a few different stores in the mall before I settled on this one:

I love it, and I wear it every day. 

Family, friends, and even Mark's work sent us beautiful flowers, which was a bright spot in the midst of our sadness. We had friends that brought up dinner a couple of times, and one friend brought a plate of chocolate chip cookies. These people were the hands and feet of Christ as they ministered to us.

So many beautiful flowers. (-: 

My friend gave me a pair of cute pajama pants and cute socks, both of which I wore on the day of my surgery:

So, we felt so very loved. Not that the timing for these things is ever good, but it happened in April, right when our church was doing a sermon series on death, and right before Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day. Kind of like a one-two punch to the stomach. 

I received some sweet cards and sweet words on mother's day:

So, that's the story. We are hanging in there, and appreciate your prayers. A week and a half ago, God laid an idea on my heart for a way to minister to women who have gone through a pregnancy loss. It's still in the works, but has received approval from the "powers that be" (-: so I want to do a separate post about that soon. 



  1. I really appreciate you doing these posts and being so open. My best friend lost her first baby this spring and I sometimes forget that she is still healing and will be for a long time. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Love the ring it is so beautiful! What an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Kathryn you're such an inspiration. In the midst of your pain you're looking for ways to minister to others and that speaks volumes about your heart for God. You are in my prayers each and everyday.

  4. I love your ring!!!! :) It is so beautiful! Hey I was thinking... you should go to MEND with me this month. oh snap just as I wrote that I realize I have to babysit that night. Next month!! Its a support group and stand for Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month :) Let me know if you want to come!

  5. I can't wait to hear more about the ministry you are starting. What love and blessings you were shown in your time of need. Praise God for that!

  6. I love you and you guys are still in our prayers! I'm glad to see God doing good things and working in you and that you are healing!

  7. Kathryn, I do not know how I missed this, but I am so very sorry for your loss. That opal ring is stunning and a wonderful reminder for you.

  8. I love the opal ring idea and it is beautiful. You are so blessed with supportive and Godly folks, which is so needed in trying times.


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