Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Julians Josiah

Thank you SO much to so many of you who posted comments, called, sent cards, and prayed for us last Thursday! The love was overwhelming, and the support was needed and REALLY appreciated!


Sometime in November I mentioned that we had several friends and family members who were having babies over the span of several months. So far, three have made their debut.


While each birth is amazing and special, this most recent one now holds a separate place in our hearts.


Our friends Matt & Lija were expecting their first born babe to come around February 10...until they found out around Christmastime that he/she was breech. After several doctor's visits and a big scare, Lija needed to have an emergency c-section...which happened to take place last Thursday, January 27. Our Josiah's birthday.


It was already an emotional day for us and for many others, and this little man's arrival brought up lots more emotions in all of us. NEVER anger or bitterness...just a deep wonderment and questioning of why God would bring our friends' baby...a boy, nonetheless!...into this world one year after our son died...one year almost to the hour.





You know, we can sit here and wonder why, be angry about losing Josiah, be bitter that a healthy little boy so close to us was born exactly a year later, worry what future birthdays will look like, ruin friendships, and make life awkward. OR we can embrace this little miracle and continue to walk the path together. And that's exactly what we and Matt & Lija have decided to do. There's no getting around our boys having the same birthdate, so we embrace it and trust God's reasoning.






We got to meet little Julians last night, hold him, and take in his adorable features. He truly is a cute little bundle, weighing in at 6 lbs, 7 oz.





We were also honored to be asked if Julians' middle name could be Josiah...in honor of his birthday-buddy, his friend that's only one year older and is waiting in Heaven. Julians will know Josiah's story forever, and hopefully more people in years to come will know about our son and what it means to truly trust in God's plan, no matter what.

5 comments:

Kara Stoltzfus said...

it reminds me of years ago when you delivered sweet danae and hours later i had Logan, who went to heaven. I knew, as you now know, it is bitter-sweet.
i pray that as our friendship has grown deeper & deeper through our various circumstances in life that your friendship with this sweet baby boy & his parents will grow.
it gave me chills that they made josiah his namesake and passed on his legacy in such an honorable way!!

praying for you!

Sarah Geissinger said...

I love you guys, and I love this post. I am so amazed at how you are CHOOSING to cling to God, despite not having any clue what he is doing... surely He knows! The picture of all of you holding Julians just made me cry... I don't know how God is going to use this for redemptive purposes, but He will- of that I am sure.

"Yet, in the maddening maze of things, And tossed by storm and flood, To one fixed trust my spirit clings; I know that God is good!" -J.G. Whittier

Sarah Geissinger said...

I love you guys and I am so amazed at how you are CHOOSING to cling to God when it is totally unclear what the heck he is doing... surely he knows. The picture of all of you guys holding Julians just made me sit here and cry.... oh, God... if only we had your view of things!

"Yet, in the maddening maze of things, And tossed by storm and flood, To one fixed trust my spirit clings; I know that God is good!"- JG Whittier

Cariluz and Ike said...

Wow....you inspire me with your faith, strength, and ability to overcome your circumstances. SO proud of you, and so proud to have you as my family. You are so blessed to have such wonderful friends in your life....and I feel blessed that I get to learn a new lesson through your testimony! Love you all!

Pastor Keith said...

Oh, how agonizing last week must have been for you. And how glorified God is by your trust when your questions outweigh His answers.