Our Story Is Truly A Beautiful One Of BEAUTIFUL ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋ, Hope And Healing When I Was Born Rainbow Baby
My husband and I had been trying to conceive our third child, and in December of 2015, we finally saw those magical two pink lines. We were both so excited!
A week or so went by and I started to experience sᴇᴠᴇʀᴇ ᴘᴀɪɴ. I knew something was wrong. I saw my doctor and he confirmed I was ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄɪɴɢ ᴀ ᴛᴜʙᴀʟ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ.
Despite staying under close ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ sᴜᴘᴇʀᴠɪsɪᴏɴ my ᴛᴜʙᴇ ᴇɴᴅᴇᴅ ᴜᴘ ʀᴜᴘᴛᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ I ᴡᴀs ʀᴜsʜᴇᴅ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ where they ᴘᴇʀFᴏʀᴍᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴛᴜʙᴀʟ ʟɪᴛɪɢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ on my right side. I was ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ, and my husband was tᴇʀʀɪFɪᴇᴅ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʜᴏᴜɢʜᴛ ʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀʟᴍᴏsᴛ ʟᴏsᴛ his wife and mother to his children.
Through ᴛᴇᴀʀ Fɪʟʟᴇᴅ ᴇʏᴇs I ᴄʀɪᴇᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ to Gᴏᴅ asking, ‘Why?’ I was scared and confused. I got only one response: ‘Through this I will bring joy.’
We were able to conceive again and although I was very excited, I was also very nervous. I held tightly to Gᴏᴅ’s promise. This experience brought my husband and I closer to each other and to Gᴏᴅ. I gained an amazing appreciation [of the] delicacy of both pregnancy and my own life.
One year after experiencing our ʟᴏss, there I was, holding the most precious gift of all, our fearfully and wonderfully made rainbow baby, Audrey Joy. In that moment I felt Gᴏᴅ had fulfilled his promise to bring joy, and ʜᴇᴀʟɪɴɢ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏF ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋ
Among the photos Laura took, the above, Fᴇᴀᴛᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴏᴠᴇʀᴡʜᴇʟᴍᴇᴅ Lila holding Audrey with a sᴏʟɪᴛᴀʀʏ tear dripping down her cheek, is a beyond-powerful photo that truly ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀes the bittersweet emotions that come with a rainbow baby’s birth.
One that shows every single emotion this mom was feeling in a single, still frame. From the single tear poised to run down her face and the way her brows are slightly furrowed, to the way she’s clutching her newborn with her mouth slightly parted, it’s like you can feel everything is feeling, whether you’ve given birth or not.
Little did I know at the time how Audrey Joy’s birth story would travel the world bringing hope and healing to millions. It’s such a honor to have her be such an AMAZING blessing not only to our family, but also to mom’s who have rainbow babies or are currently waiting on the Lord to answer their prayers.”