Monday, October 15, 2012


Harbor and I have been home from Arkansas for over a week now.
We took a train out of Chicago headed down south and stayed for two weeks.  Our main reason for visiting was a  baby shower my friends and family so kindly put together for us.

It ended up being a very remarkable trip, but for some very sad reasons. While in Arkansas, David's mother fell very ill and passed away. David drove down as quickly as he could- 16 hours without stopping from Michigan to Arkansas- and was able to see his mother literally hours before she passed.
We had our baby shower and her visitation on the same day. Can you imagine. Just tragic.

David is only 31 years old, but now has lost both his parents.

It feels like a terrible dream now that we are all back home. I know so many people that are hurting and in need of miracles and hope. For us, Jesus Christ is, and continues to be, the solid rock on which we stand. To welcome a new baby and lose a mother really is such a reflection on the circle of life. Please pray for us as these weeks seem long and hard so far away from family.

I have so many pictures to upload and happy stories to tell, in spite of the sad ending to our time at home in Arkansas.

The baby shower was beautiful and we had a full house- over 60 friends and family members came to honor this new baby on his way. We enjoyed late nights at the family farm, visits to the duck pond, and birthday dinners.

But, for now, I'll leave you with a single picture.


  1. Glad you guys got visit at home, but so sorry about your MIL. I will keep you guys in my prayers, but the circle of life is pretty amazing!

  2. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I can't imagine. Adore the name of your newest family member:)

  3. You guys have been in my thoughts and prayers. I know it has been a tough couple of weeks. I am so sorry. Praying for peace for you guys. It is such a blessing that he got to see his mother before she passed.

  4. You guys have been in my thoughts and prayers. I know it has been a tough couple of weeks. I am so sorry. Praying for peace for you guys. It is such a blessing that he got to see his mother before she passed.

  5. Hi Jessica, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother in law. That is tragic, David is so blessed to have you and your family. Another BOY love the name Henry. You look gorgeous pregnant!!

  6. I am so sorry to hear the news. I I am sending lots of prayers to you and David during this difficult time.

  7. I've been thinking about y'all, Jessica. I'm so sorry for your loss, but also so excited about your new baby on the way. Praying for peace and comfort at such a difficult time, especially so far from loved ones.

  8. So sorry to hear this news...praying for peace that surpasses all understanding. xo.

    And Henry was our second choice - Love it!

  9. Jessica, It was so good to be able to pick Harbor & you up at Amtrack Station for a very busy 2 week vist. But with the wonderful baby shower for Henry their was such sad time also with David's wonderful mother Joann passing away. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother to so many people. She was always giving of herself to others. This is one of those times that we don't understand why things had to happen like they did but God knows & we just have to find the peace & rest in that. Poppy & Gigi miss & love you all.

  10. Soo sorry. Nathan and I are both 31 and are very fortunate to have all our parents. Congratulations on Henry. next time I'm in Ohio we need to meet at the Toledo zoo or something.

  11. Oh Jessica,
    I am SO sorry about your M-I-L. How tragic!! I will be praying for y'all.

    I love the name "Henry". Thank you for your sweet heart.

    I love you sweet girl ~~ dawn

  12. Oh, Jessica, I am so sorry to learn that David's mother passed away. Saying goodbye while getting ready to welcome a new baby certainly does represent the circle of life. Holding you and your family in my prayers and wishing you peace during a time of such conflicting emotions.

  13. Jessica,
    I haven't read your blog in soooo long!! (I've been a bad slacker lately with blogging) For some reason you popped in my head tonight. So, I thought I'd check on you and see what you are up to. I didn't even know you're expecting again! That's great news!! (we are expecting too!! Due in April with #3!) I can't wait to scroll back through some of your old posts.
    I'm so very sorry about your loss. That's just terrible!! I lost my grandmother a few weeks ago. It's so hard losing someone you love so much. We can be thankful that we'll see them again one day though.
    Anyway...I'll be praying for your family.

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. My husband, David also lost his mom- just this summer. She was a wonderful mother-in-law. Prayers for you and your growing family.