Our Journey

December 4th, 2009 by chrislovescatherine

To all of you who keep checking and finding nothing new, I dedicate this post. We love you all! Thanks for keeping up with us!

The last few months have been among the most difficult in our lives as Savannah and Caleb were both very sick for two months, and in the midst of that, we lost our third child through a late term miscarriage on October 7.

I’ve thought about catching up on blogging about all the wonderful events of our year, Savannah’s second birthday and Caleb’s first, our travels and fun times, but for some reason I couldn’t do those until I shared about our difficult things…so with this comes a commitment of fun posts and pictures to come.

For now, I want to publicly bow my head before you and the Lord:

Thank you Lord for healing my children from the whooping cough. Thank you Lord for Your provision of grace and strength to be there for them in the sleepless nights, total exhaustion, and fearful inadequacy. Thank you Jesus for the prayers of friends and family. We felt them so keenly. Thank you for the meals, the gifts, the flowers, the words, the cards, the labors of love all heaped upon us as love gifts from You. Thank you Lord for our parents who stood by us to help and even are sick also because they stood by us.

Jesus, thank you for sharing our little Benjamin Riley with us, even for just 19 weeks. Thank you keeping him at your right hand. Thank you for loving children and receiving him. We can hardly wait to see him in your glory, and most of all, we can hardly wait to see You face to face. We praise You Lord for completing Your perfect will in us. Even though our little boy never walked on this earth, we thank you that you have made his life a testimony of Your love and grace. Thank you God that before he was formed in the womb, You knew him. Thank you that he is fearfully and wonderfully made, and fully alive in You for all eternity.

Here are some verses the Lord has given us and a song also. We love you all! Thank you for loving us!

“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in His bosom [our Benjamin], and shall gently lead those that are with young [Chris and I]. Is. 40:11

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.” Is. 40:31

Wordless Ones

In Your loving arms we lay
This wordless one so new
The incarnation of our love
We dedicate to You.

Hopeless yet so full of hope
We make a solemn vow,
Not knowing why his time has come,
Not even knowing how.
And though it seems we try and make
A promise that is true
We really only claim for him
The promise that is YOU.

The holy sleep that falls so deep,
A blessing from above,
Has now embraced our little one.
In simple trusting love
We offer You this little child
Who was ours for just awhile;
How could we keep him back from You
When you gave your only child?

Michael Card
Adapted by MKH


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5 Responses

  1. Jessie

    Thank you so much for the update – praising Jesus for health in your family! We love you all and cannot wait to hug your necks again!

  2. Amy Cahill

    Sorry that this year has been so rough. The kids look great in the picture, I know you’re doing a good job. Thanks for updating and praising God.

  3. Melanie

    What a precious testimony. I have watched with awe as your family has gone through these trying times. Your faithfulness to the Lord and trust in Him has been so obvious to me. I praise the Lord for His work in your lives and for your very special friendship!! LOVE YOU ALL!!! MISS YOU TONS!!!!

  4. Sarah Cook

    Thank you for sharing of God’s work in your family, and for your testimony of praising Him through difficult times.
    May God bless you all with a beautiful and joyful Christmas celebration!

  5. Candace Theriac

    I’m so sorry to hear about your trying times. Thank you for letting God work in your lives and sharing this testimony. It’s so encouraging! It’s great to know that God is there through it all!

About Chris & Catherine

It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.