I was telling the family about my recent incident at Costco, when I came to the part where I told the lady that this was my fifth baby. Joy objected right away, “No, Mom, this is your sixth baby. One is in heaven.”
“Yes, you’re right,” I told her, “but I don’t necessarily want to go into that with everyone that I meet on the street.”
“Why would someone be walking on the street?” came her reply that just cracked me up!
My kids always mention the baby we lost. I’m glad they remember. Their prayers for this baby that is due in a couple of weeks are always for his health and that he will come home safely. They talk about “if” the baby comes home. Yes, it’s so true that so much can still go wrong, but we can pray and trust God. I look at all these little faces around my table and realize that I don’t actually know how long I’ll have with each of them. I want to–need to enjoy them now while there is still time!
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So true, Esther! I have a little one in heaven waiting for me, too. Praying that you will have a safe and easy delivery, and many many years with your little ones.
Ginny Marie says
That is wonderful that they remember their sibling! So sweet. I, too, hope that you have many years with your little ones! (I’m sure you will!)
Lori@ Teacher Turned Mommy says
hugs that has to be a hard concept for children to understand and process, but it is touching that they do and love all the babies. I hope all goes smoothly for you and your newest little one
We are praying for you, the baby, Jason, and the expectant siblings!
My kids remember the one we lost, plus all of the foster babies we’ve taken care of over the years. To us, they are still part of the family. The kids enjoy imagining how big each child must be by now.
So sweet that they remember their lost sibling when they are so young themselves. Praying for a safe delivery and happy holidays for you all!
It’s neat to see how the kids value life even when they haven’t seen or held it! Sometimes in the business of life, the craziness makes us forget to enjoy the time with our kids!
So very true, my good friend just lost her 4 year old boy to a farming accident. The funeral is tomorrow. If you could pray for her and her family, it would mean so much.
My kids remember the babies we’ve lost too. I’m so glad our family was able to love them together and that God allowed us to grow in Him through their losses. The prayers of my children were such blessings while pregnant with later babies. Our kids understand what treasures their siblings are, and I’m so thankful to God for that!
maryanne @ mama smiles says
Children can be so comforting in times of loss. So sorry about your little baby. Will pray for all to go well this time.
Monica J @Sofamilyonline says
Children are so honest and say things that make you remember what’s important in life. Enjoy every minute you can with your family. Yes, stay positive! I wish you a safe trip home with the little on the way. 🙂
A Morning Grouch says
A good reminder of how little time we have with everyone. Enjoy every moment.
There is nothing better than a picture with a face missing some teeth!! Such a beauty she is. Good luck on these final weeks!
I am so heartened by the fact that you allow your children to talk about, know about, reminisce about and miss their little sibling. We lost my little sister (long time ago) when she was a toddler and my parents were so bereft they didn’t even tell us that she died or have a funeral for her (awful, I know – but they were different times then…)
So for me to read a post like this is truly lovely, healing and heartening.
I wish your children never had to learn about the lost this way but being honest has given them the opportunity to heal and understand. As much as any of us can understand loss of life. So excited to hear about your new baby soon.
GREAT PERSPECTIVE! Cheers to that and to ALL of your children!
It’s very sweet that they keep the baby a part of their lives. Wishing you a smooth and quick delivery when the time comes 🙂
Optimistic Mom says
I hope that you have a great delivery and a beautiful bundle of joy to carry home. 🙂
I think it is good that you talk openly with your children about the loss of their sibling.
You have such sweet children! We’ll all be praying for a safe and healthy delivery for you!
Susan Evans says
My eyes are full of tears at reading this, because God has convicted me of the same thing, that I need to enjoy and cherish my children because I have them.
Shanda Oakley says
I’m sending this with a prayer for health and protection over this child. I also pray for God to remove any fear on your part and fill you with peace.
Laura Boggess says
These words just slay me. Thank you for sharing this little bit of your story. And for reminding me how precious our time is. Praying for your sweet little one.