Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Names In The Sand

I wanted to share something very special with all of you. First a story, and then a gift that I received this weekend.

In addition to our two beautiful children, Sara and Sky, some of you may not know that we have two babies in heaven with Jesus. After Joshua and I had been married for only 2 months, we were overjoyed to find out that I was pregnant with our first child! Our joy turned to great sadness and heartache, when our little one was miscarried during my 10th week of pregnancy. (March 2000) We were never able to see or hold this tiny baby, but we named "him," Jeremiah. Just a few months later, I was pregnant with Sara and obviously, she was born safely and happily in our arms 9 months later! When Sara was almost a year, I became pregnant again. At the time, we were packing to move to Canada, and Sara was learning to walk! I hardly had time to think about this next baby inside of me. We moved and were just trying to get settled when I began spotting and cramping. I was in my 11th week. Our second little angel went to be with Jesus a few days later, right around Easter of 2002. Because of the life upheaval we were already experiencing at the time, I found that I never had the time to grieve this child. We named "him" Michael and went on with life. It wasn't until many months later, that God walked me through a true grieving process for this second child we had lost. It has now been 9 and 7 years since God took our babies to be with Him. I am now able to share and talk about my miscarriages without a flood of tears. The Lord has allowed me to minister to many friends through the years when they've gone through similar heartache and pain. I am grateful for that. Someday, I will meet my babies in heaven, along with three siblings who were also born too soon. For now, I rejoice in the gift of the daughter and son that I have the privilege of holding in my arms!

A few months ago, I found a blog that has really touched my heart. It's called "To Write Their Names In The Sand... A Moment Captured, A Life Honoured" This beautiful woman, Carly, lives halfway around the world in Australia. She is so full of love and compassion, and her blog is an amazing ministry to those who have lost babies and children. Below, is the gift she gave to me.



It was incredibly emotional for me to see my babies names written in the sand in such a beautiful way. I really can't even find the words... I will treasure these pictures forever.

I want you to see the post on Carly's blog, so please click here to go there. It is a beautiful, peaceful place. It brings tears to my eyes every time, but they are tears of healing. If you have ever lost a child, Carly will also write your child's/children's names in the sand. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of the blog, you will find her e-mail address and instructions. Thank you, Carly, for what you did for me and what you have done for so many families. You are a wonderful, beautiful person!

7 comments:

markay714 said...

Those are beautiful pictures. I'm so sorry for your loss. Can't imagine what it feels like to have those hopes and dreams dashed in the loss of your children.

Nadine said...

Absolutely beautiful that this women does this for people...a beautiful way of remembering and honoring those babies whom you will someday meet..Isn't that just the coolest things of God to gift us with ...our babies will recognize us up in Heaven...
WOW!

Have a blessed week!

GE is me said...

Wow, I have tears; for your pain & loss and for the beautiful place we know they are. The pictures are absolutely beautiful. Cyber hugs to you.
-Gail

Mindy said...

Those pictures are beautiful. I'm sure you will treasure them for life. Love you!

Jamie said...

Wow. I'm crying, that is SO beautiful and special!

Jennifer said...

Wow, Your a great friend and I am still learning from you:) Thank's for sharing momma peggy :) Miss you

EP said...

Oh, Peggy, just this week my friend Shari (do you know her? from seminary?) called to say she lost her baby on the weekend. Such deep sorrow. I have no words, just tears. Then I read your blog today and will share your message with her. What a beautiful idea this dear lady had! Thank you, thank you.