Monday, June 30, 2008

Heaven Sent



(prepare for gushiness!) :)
Every time I look at this our precious Quincey Rose I have to say a prayer in my heart for blessing our lives with another angel. Only 3 weeks ago she was in heaven and now she is in my arms. I look at her and I believe!! Believe in God. Believe in our plan on earth. Believe in my divine role of motherhood. Believe I was meant to be her mama. I know more than ever that families are forever. Wow-she's quite a powerful little babe! :)
Prior to my delivery as I was laying there listening to my baby's heartbeat, worrying like mothers do-if she will have all her fingers and toes and if everything is going to go smoothly when my mother-in-law painted such a pretty picture for me, reminding me that Quincey was in heaven right now saying her goodbyes and giving my daddy a hug goodbye. Tears filled my eyes and replaced my worries with peace & comfort. Thank goodness for epidurals so I could experience such a sweet, pain-free moment!
And everything did go smoothly almost too perfect! But our pregnancy didn't start out that way. At our first ultrasound the technician found soft signs for our baby possibly having Trisomy 18. But after more tests, prayers, and the passing of time these signs faded and Quincey is as healthy as she can be. Not to mention quite the little eater! A friend of my husband recently lost their baby to what we thought Quincey had. We realize more than ever how blessed we are to have a healthy baby. We realize more than ever how grateful we are that we are able to have children! I realize more than ever just how precious life is.


Thanks for listening to my thoughts and sharing these special moments with me.

76 comments:

MandieGirl said...

So sweet. I love how you just know that your girls are your purpose!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

God is great! So happy that your beautiful babe is healthy! =)

Sue Ellen said...

Loved reading your thoughts Lizzy!

Angela said...

So glad that she is healthy and beautiful. I know what you were going through...they didn't think our baby had Trisomy 18, but they thought she might be hydrocephalic (water on the brain). Today she is a VERY active, opinionated and bossy almost 5 year old.

There is a blog that I follow that the family just lost their daughter in April to Trisomy 18. Such a beautiful story.

www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com

Jenn A. said...

Awww, just so precious! I love hearing your thoughts. You both look beautiful.

Frazier Family said...

Congratulations Liz and Collin. She is absolutely perfect. What a happy family. Thank you for your thoughts.
-Mandy

amydc said...

God is soo good.
Congrats again Elizbeth.
She's beautiful!

Kimmie said...

So sweet! and such a cutie pie!

lexsmama said...

I teared up reading your post today. Your little ones are so lucky to have you and Collin in their lives.

Congratulations on another happy and healthy little girl!

Ashley

Ericka said...

So glad that God blessed you with a healthy, beautiful baby girl & a wonderful delivery! You look beautiful. :)

Ashley said...

Congratulations! What beautiful pictures of the two of you.

Jimmy said...

girl, this hit me right in the heart.
we are indeed blessed, aren't we.
thanks for the gentle reminder and those photos are gorgeous.

brit said...

Too cute! It was so good to see you guys on Saturday. It seriously feels like just yesterday that we were 17. Now look... come by the store & chat some time. & don't forget the babies!

Sara Ancich said...

Loved hearing your thoughts so early on after her birth. Beautiful pictures too!

Latrice said...

Hey lizzy!!

Thanks for sharing your sweet story. I just got a call from my doctor telling me the results of the gnetic testing from our mis-fortune. It was Trisomy 15 and that it would've been a boy :( I believe now more than ever that God has a plan and that It will all work out end the end. He is watching over my family and our well beeing for sure.

Still trying for #2!! Talk to you soon.

Latrice

yvonne said...

Congratulations and SO happy everything turned out okay for you and your family. They truly are a blessing and wonder. I know what yu mean about purpose and motherhood. I feel the same way.
Yvonne

Carol said...

I'll come out of lurking for that beautiful post. Fairly new to your blog and have enjoyed following your cute little life. I totally know how you feel, these little ones are miracles from God. We nearly lost our last one but now he is a robust and healthy 2 year old. But it seems so many around us are not so lucky. He truly has a plan for us all.

Your daughter is SO beautiful, you are a lucky mommy, as we all are.

btw...I'm Carol. Hi.

julieann said...

I am so glad that I read this post & that you shared such an emotional story. We have been trying to conceive for some time and I too have been thinking that god has a plan for us and when it is right, it will happen:) Thank you Liz for reminding me that there is a reason for everything! Your daughter is so sweet and I love the new photos:)

Tiffany said...

So sweet Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing your little joy with the rest of us. I love reading of your heart and how much you love being a mommy and how much you enjoy life. You are quite an inspiration my dear. Thank you for sharing with us your heart!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your feelings Elizabeth. I do think the same as my 2nd child had to have surgery 1 hour after he was born and had to spend 1 months and 11 days at hospital for recovery. Now thank God he is doing well and we do realise each and every day that we are blessed to have after all healthy kids. They are so precious... Bless you and your loved ones. Take care, Edwige (from France)

Amy Hummel said...

Thanks for sharing such a sweet and true testimony!

You both are adorable, and I'm glad that everything is going well!

Mimmers49 said...

How wonderful God can be!!! He has certainly blessed you with 2 amazingly beautiful lil' ones!!! Thanks for sharing them with us.

momodafoxes4 said...

Thanks for your beautiful thoughts, they remind me of the brief, sweet moments I had with my kiddos when they were babies. Cherish it, it flies by far too quickly!!

Mariona said...

So sweet!!!

Michelle said...

Liz that brought tears to my eyes!! Enjoy this special time with your darling baby girl!! She is so lucky to have such great parents!!

Joan said...

Look at that little face!! She really looks like an angel....so extremely beautiful.

Joan

mj said...

hooray for healthy happy babies. i just wanted to say thanks for your inspiration. you clean, fun and colorful projects always inspire me. here is the link to my scrap blog where i lifted your "I love your summer toes" LO and turned it into a double pager. thanks again!

http://scrapbuddies.blogspot.com/2008/06/i-love-your-breakfast-sillies.html

Judy said...

Aww those words brought tears to my eyes too. Gorgeous photos and she is truly blessed to have such a wonderful Mum and Dad and a beautiful big sister.

tina said...

We went through the exact same thing regarding the Trisomy 18 thing a little over nine years ago. It too, turned out to be nothing - thank God. We are acutely aware that isn't always the case. We have a very lovely, perfectly "normal", smart, absoutely wonderful, and utterly hilarious daughter. Good of you to share your story. It wasn't until after I had Gabby, that I realized so many other parents have gone through the same thing. Beautiful pictures of your darling family. Both of your daughters are just precious.

Hayley said...

Gosh, she is B-E-A-U-tiful!!!!

Christi said...

Aaw, she really IS such a perfect little angel! And your MILs thoughts brought tears to my eyes....God trusts us with SO much, doesn't He? It's good to be so loved. :)

Erin Johnson said...

You and your husband have such a beautiful way of expressing yourselves! Every time you right about your babies it makes me get a tear in my eye because I feel the same way about our son. Isn't it incredible that Heavenly Father is so willing to trust us with his children? She is so beautiful and you look great!

Michelle said...

Your family *is* truly blessed! I, too, have had fertility issues and keep believing that God has a plan for all of us. It's just frustrating when you don't know what that plan is!! Congratulations!

Nancy said...

Just the other day on my morning walk I was thinking how amazing life is. How we are able to reproduce. I lost my first baby at 4 months but then I was blessed to have a daughter a year and a half later. She is know 19 years old and still our {angel}
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful family! God bless you all. Love those babies they sure do grow up fast (my oldest is 20 and youngest is 9 so grown up)Take care and enjoy!

Heather said...

Do you know the hymn "Count Your Blessings"? Whenever we sing this song at church, it brings tears to my eyes thinking of all my blessings. Becoming a mother has the side effect of turning you into a big sap (not necessarily a bad thing). Sweet pics...my daughter, Isabel, is in love with your babies!

Queen of Paper said...

Elizabeth,
You have such a beautiful soul and it was so sweet of you to share these thoughts. I'm so happy she is super heathly and growing. life IS such amazing gift and I'm reminded everytime I see my babies faces :) Love these photos.

PetiteCheri said...

That is a very lovely post! Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay Dawne said...

Very very moving post. God bless all of you!! Life is so beautiful and amazing sometimes isn't it?

Robyn :) or Scout(meow) -- we both have a blog!! said...

That was a wonderful testimony about motherhood and your baby coming from heaven. You are truly very blessed

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing such sweet thoughts with us. Those pictures are priceless. I love that families are forever, and you seem to have been blessed with such a wonderful one! And you definitely seem to deserve it as well.

p.s. love the new blog design, super cute!

Anonymous said...

You are truly blessed!

littlegreen said...

oh lizzy, she really is beautiful and precious. I can't wait to experience that all for myself. You are an amazing mother, you are blessed and so is little quincy!

Shannon :-) said...

Thanks for sharing Elizabeth,
Your girls are Beautiful !

One tiny hand to guide and hold,
One thin life to shape and mold.
Each child, A gift from God above, A symbol of His strength and love.

..Shannon
Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

The Gumps said...

Lizzy,
I love your scrapbooking but I think even more than that I absolutely go to your blog because it really helps me to see that my children are my purpose and my first responsiblity given by God. Although, I am sure you have things to work on in your life, you seem to live your life happy, and enjoy your family and you seem to keep your priorities straight. You seem very much in love with your husband. It truly inspires me to change my life around. Reconstruct my priorities. I just can't seem to get it right, it seems my schedule runs me, more than me running it.
Your family is gorgeous...thank you for your inspiration on life. It really is important for us all to live life with your perspective. Thanks!!!

min said...

I love that you share your thoughts, but even more important, your testimony... you are awesome! Same pre-birth-heaven thoughts I think before labor. How bittersweet would those goodbyes be? Heavenly Father knows exactly what he's doing sending "mommies in training" to your family...

Mary said...

You certainly are a beautiful person!.....

kristina said...

Beautiful photos AND post, girl. So happy for you and your family. Praying for your friend and her family. Hugs.

Danielle said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. The pictures are precious.

JessicaS said...

Oh MY Goodness! Pass me the kleenex! Soo sweet.

christa said...

That was, seriously, one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. I, too, have a new little one and you totally hit the nail on the head. Thanks so much!

tara pollard pakosta said...

gorgeous photos! she's such a cute baby!
and you are truly blessed indeed!
tara

Jenny said...

God Bless you and your family. How wonderful!

Lisa said...

I feel the same way that you do about life being so precious. We need to cherish little babies everyday and their daddies too.

Katy & Landon said...

Thank you for reminding me where these precious spirits come from - especially on those rough days! I have a son with Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), so I fully understand how precious life is and what a blessing it is to have a child that is perfectly healthy. Our little guy is the absolute light of our life, but I still occasionally need the reminder that at 2 years old, it was only a short time ago that he was with our Father in Heaven, and that I need to cherish and learn all that I can from being his mother.

Your post reminded me of a Charles Dickens' quote:
"It is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us."

Thanks for your sweet, gushy thoughts!

Daisy Niemeyer said...

Congratulations to you and your husband!!! I hope your daughters grow up to be the best of friends! :0)

Cassie said...

I read through some of the comments here and have to agree with them all, but "the gumps" hit it right on for me. So I'm saying "what they said"...exactly.

EmmaJ said...

Thank you so much for sharing that! It was just what I needed to hear today.

Mari-Beth said...

Hi Lizzy,
Congratulations on Quincey, she is beautiful! I've been following your blog since last year when you won SOY. Your blog has gotten me thru some tough days...we lost our precious boy to Trisomy 18 last October. I carried him for 32 weeks before his sweet little heart stopped beating. Your mother's day message really touched my broken heart a few months back. We've got a 6 year old who has kept me moving forward with the help of God. You sound like an awesome mommy and I'm so happy for you and Collin. God Bless. Mari-Beth

Holly T. said...

Oh, precious post. God is so good.
Blessings,
Holly T.

Nicole Kohlmeier said...

Wow, God really is so good! I just found your blog (I am a huge fan of your work!) and I have been deeply moved by your post. Thank you so much for sharing. Please continue to inspire others as you've inspired me!

Melanie B said...

God is really good isn't He. Your girls are beautiful! So glad you make being a mum look so easy!! We were told there was something wrong with our little one at our 20 wk scan & we believed that God would keep her or give us the strength. She was perfect!! Enjoy your little dolls. Melxx

Melanie B said...

God is really good isn't He. Your girls are beautiful! So glad you make being a mum look so easy!! We were told there was something wrong with our little one at our 20 wk scan & we believed that God would keep her or give us the strength. She was perfect!! Enjoy your little dolls. Melxx

~Sasha Farina~ said...

what a beautiful post Liz.. :) *hugs*

{Brooke} said...

Very nice post. It is crazy to me that there are people out there who don't believe in God. There is something amazing and heavenly when a new baby is born. Quincey is super cute!

Darlene said...

Elizabeth... what a wonderful piece of heartfelt journalling. It's always a blessing to have these gorgeous babes sent to us from above. I love how your mother-in-law put it.

I know this from personal experience - I had miscarried a month prior to my father passing away. On the day he passed, I had not been able to speak with him, however, I soon found that I had conceived the same day he passed. Today, Matthew (which means "Gift from God" - he sure was that, but he was a gift from my Dad! I'm sure that Matthew was saying his goodbyes too before he reached my arms! Now he's 10... time flies but never the moments or memories.

have a creative & inspirational day with those angel girls!!

hugs
xoxo

katarinas mama said...

Enjoy every blessed minute!

Alisa said...

How blessed you are to have a beautiful new baby and to recognize that as a blessing. I read your blog often....inspired by your winning SOY. Congratulations....sleep will come soon....enjoy every minute....they go way to fast. Blessings to you.

charity said...

ah. i can't wait to meet this little angel!!

Jamie said...

Such sweet thoughts! Thanks for sharing with us.

I worried a little more with #2 and #3 myself. I just thought that God has already blessed us with such a perfect baby that how in the world could I ever expect him to do it again. Good thing is that He is in control and not me. He is able to do far more than I ever imagined or expected. To Him be the glory!

Marfa said...

Do you really believe that? I guess it's engrained doctrine from the LDS Church. I mean reading this felt like I was reading from one of their books or magazines. She is absolutely precious...looking more like you and your husband with each photo. I wonder if her eyes will stay dark? I have one blue-eyed and a brown-eyed little toots.

mandajune said...

First of all, wow, praise the Lord that Quincey didn't have trisomy 18 and she is healthy! Mom and babe are both so very beautiful!

I was interested by your comments that you think she was in heaven up 'til the moment she was born? Forgive my language, I am just trying to wrap my mind around this idea... so you believe the baby inside you was just empty, without a soul, and didn't become a person until she exited the birth canal? How does that work?

congratulations on your lovely healthy gorgeous babe :)

Carol said...

Congratulations to you on your growing family! What a sweetheart Quincey is! I LOVE your work and am such a big fan since you won SOY! (I am new at blogging..does it show?) Thanks for sharing not only the amazing projects you make, but your wonderful famiy as well!
Carol :)

Emily said...

I love reading your blog. As a mother of a 4 month old baby I am amazed at how close those little babys bring us to Heavenl Father.

Liz McCoy said...

yes they are definitely a blessing from God. I too am thankful to be a mom and have the opportunity to raise my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.