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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Ava Marie

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Clara Rose

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thank you...

Our Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has reached out to us with kind words, encouragement and especially prayers during this time of intense sadness for us. Please please continue to pray for us. Tonight after Ava has gone to sleep I will head to the hospital to be "induced" to bring this baby into the world and give him/her a proper burial. Please pray my labor goes as quickly as possible (and not along the lines of Ava's 9day "induction"... my body doesn't seem to "like" to go into labor) as poor Clara is still nursing throughout the day and up many times a night, so it is my greatest worry that I am away from her during this time that she needs me too.  I have not been able to "pump" enough for her.  Continue to pray for our strength.  The emotional pain is just terrible.  Anyone who has gone through this that can offer me suggestions for the process we will undergo over the next few days (including burial services and obtaining a monument) I would appreciate your help as I am not sure exactly how to proceed and am doing my best to tie up as many loose ends before I go in to the hospital. I believe this baby deserves to be truly grieved and my attention will be on him/her during this time going forward, but the more I feel I am able to take care of beforehand, the less I will have to worry about while in the hospital. Thank you again SO much!  We are truly blessed in our friends... truly truly blessed.


  1. Those are what we need the most, Joy. Thank you!

  2. Mary from Better Than Eden has spoken on the loss of a child. I think you can reach her by email:

    Here is a link to her blog as well:

    Praying for you and your sweet family.

  3. Hugs and prayers, my dear friend...

  4. I'm sorry, Marijanna, I have no good advice to give, only my prayers. Maybe contact Dwija from House Unseen? - I think she lost Nicholas at about the same age gestation as your little one. Praying that you are given the peace that passes beyond all understanding as you head in tonight.

    1. I've been thinking of her so much. Contacted her at the beginning. Thank you so much again.

  5. Sorry to hear of your loss Marijanna, I wrote a list of some resources for loss after my 21 week stillborn birth. I hope you find Peace & comfort during Christmas.

    1. K, thank you for this. I cannot wait to read all that you have posted and I'm so so so sorry for the loss of your children. You will be in my heart and prayers. I wish I had your first name to pray for, but God knows. xo


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