January 13, 2009

Getting My Attention

This is an unconventional post...I don't really know how else to describe it.

When I was picking up my diaper bag from a baby boutique last week, I saw some business cards on the counter. One of them said "Magdalena Grace Roberts" and then "There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world." I immediately thought that it might be a business card for imprinting babies' hands- or footprints in plaster; something I have seen done that I am planning to do with Evy. I grabbed the business card and stuck it in my planner, not thinking much about it.

This morning, I was looking through my planner and came across the card. I was still curious about it, so I typed in the web address. I quickly noticed that it was a personal blog, and it was about a baby: Magdalena Grace Roberts, a little baby girl with a chromosome disorder that they diagnosed her with around 22 weeks.

And then I was stunned.

I saw that a post had been made today around 5 in the morning: Magdalena had passed away. Today. I quickly looked back at posts to try and get the back story, but I am still just completely stunned that I came across this website today, of all days.

The only responses I can form are grief for this family (who are strong Christians) and humble praise that (God-willing, as far as we know) Evy is healthy. There are times when it's so easy to take for granted that I've had a normal pregnancy, and we haven't had to sit in a doctor's office and hear devastating news.

Like I said, this isn't a happy-go-lucky post, but when God times things like this, it's important to pay attention. Pray for this family and for their strength. I for one am going to be complaining a lot less today.

Here is the website.


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5 comments:

Carrie and David said...

Noah, Julie, and Magdalena go to church with us. My heart is breaking for them today. I have been holding Aubrey all day thanking God for my many blessings. I am lifting this precious family up in prayer as they mourn!!

Kearsmom said...

Ashley,

Sometime, let me tell you a story. It involves sweet friends who lost a little girl, and my little girls (well, they're not so little anymore). It changed my life. But it's too much to tell in a comments section.

Love,
Jeannie

mrs.leah.maria said...

Thank you for sharing.

Christy said...

I just got a chance to read this and look at their blog. My heart is breaking for them, I can't imagine.

Laura Grace's birthday is August 6, and when that precious baby was born we were celebrating her 5th bday. I can't imagine not having the opportunity to do that... I needed that kick in the teeth to stop complaining about how hard it is to be a mom and get back to enjoying it.

Thank you.

Isabella's Mommy said...

So two blogs that I read without fail every day are yours and Magdalena's. It was strange to see you post about her on yours. What a small world.

Julie and I were ESL teachers together at MC. We had the same OB, almost the same due date and then Isabella and Magdalena were born on the very same day. The Lord has taught me much through Julie, Noah and Magdalena and I know that He will continue to glorify Himself through her life even though she is gone.

I pray that you and I both can be half the mother that Julie has been and is. I'm praying for you as your due date draws near. Please let me know if you ever need anything or have a random pregnancy question.

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