Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Rachael!

This week was Rachel's birthday.  I really enjoyed thinking about her and I tried to spread the enjoyment to the whole week and not just March 2nd, the day of her birth.  Rachael was our firstborn and would be twenty six years old this week.  She died shortly before she was born as the result of a serious kidney disorder.  We learned earlier in her pregnancy that she would not live long past her birth.  I can now look back at her short life with pleasure and peace.  At the time she was born it seemed like I would never see the situation through the eyes of anything but pain.  Each day that has passed I have treasured the words of scripture that hold so true.  I can't wait to see her and have time with her again.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 (New International Version 1984)

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have not hope.  We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.  According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage each other with these words.

What joy to look back on her life and into the future, "through the eyes of Jesus".

Be encouraged,



  1. Happy Birthday Rachel! And hugs to you, Barb!

  2. Hi Barbara..Happy Birthdy to Rachel...We too have a little girl who dies shortly BEFORE birth..she would have been five in a few weeks...I am looking forward to the day I can celebrate her...Five years later I still only see it with pain...You are in inspiration to us...stay strong...

    Just wanted to laugh at AJ's crib jumping..Casey was moved to a bed when he was three...he never climbed out but wanted a big bed like his brother...He quickly learned to call me at night if he wanted to get out..Now he's almost four and he'll pull his velcro pulse ox off his finger..go over and silence the machine that is beeping out of control and yell..It's ok mommy..I just have to pee...It is sooooo funny..AJ will learn too..It's amazing how smart they all are....:) How did AJ's stricture turn out..i haven't spoken to you in awhile..