Saturday, April 10, 2010

Francesca Rose

It is with great sadness we report that Francesca Rose was born yesterday evening at 8:30pm stillborn. Still awaiting autopsy results. Funeral arrangements are still pending. RD and I wish to thank friends and family for your love and support. We are doing as well as can be expected. Not sure yet what we need, as we are still in shock over everything. Will keep you posted.

12 comments:

Kyla said...

Dear Melissa,

I am lifting up you and your family to our Great God in this time of upheaval, uncertainty and awesome grief. Having also lost a child before being able to snuggle or nurse him, I know some of the struggle you are currently facing. Please know that you are being interceded for right now.

Know that God is good. ALL THE TIME. His love never fails and His mercies are new every morning. He sees infinitely into the future and acts according to His wisdom, not ours. Praise Him for that! He knows what plans He has for you and your family - plans to prosper and not harm you, to give you a hope and a future. He will comfort and sustain you. He will sanctify and grow you. He will refine you like gold. He is good.

Remember Psalm 139. "For you formed my inward parts. You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance, and in your book were all written the days that were ordained for me - when as yet there was not one of them." God ordained for your baby to go to Him before she was ever conceived. This is not an accident or a failing or a mistake on your part - or on God's. This was His perfect plan for your family from the beginning. Praise be to God our Father... He gives and He takes away. Blessed be the name of the LORD! He is good.

Pour your heart out to Him. Pour it out to your husband and older, godly women. Grieve. Weep and mourn. But always remember God's perfect love and sovereignty and never curse Him. Thank Him for letting you have these 38 precious weeks as Francesca's Momma, and take peace in knowing that each one of her days - even yesterday - was planned by our All Wise Creator before she ever came to be. He is good. All the time.

Mat. Emily said...

I'll be praying for you! I am so sorry.

Carla said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this incredibly difficult time. There is nothing on earth that will heal you completely, but keep this thought close - when you get to heaven you will be able to hold your beautiful Rose for all eternity.

simplyserina said...

words cannot express my sadness. my heart is broken for you and rd, and your children. please feel my arms around you from afar, and don't hesitate to ask if there's anything i can do for you. i have a listening ear, if you need to make use of it.

MelissaD said...

Please don't hesitate to call/visit. It has been such healing for us to be surrounded by friends and family at this time. Even if you don't know what to say and/or do... It's just been wonderful to be with loved ones.

mamajuliana said...

Praying for you in your time of terrible sadness.

Sonya said...

Mel and family: We are praying for you, along with so many other friends and family right now. I can't imagine what sorrow you must be feeling. I hope you take comfort in knowing that if your sweet baby girl cannot be with you, that she is in the arms of Jesus being loved more than we are able to comprehend. We're thinking of you often, sending constant prayers for your healing.

Nicole said...

I am so sorry Mel. We are praying for you and your family. We love you.

Sandra Leigh said...

I am so sorry to hear the tragic news of Francesca. I have a lot of respect for you and RD and for how you are raising your family. Even though I don't comment often, I follow your blog frequently. Again, I am so sorry and I wish you my love.

Shoemaker Family said...

I will be uplifting you to our Father today and in the days coming.

prayzgod said...

Oh no. I am so sorry for your loss. This is hard, and nothing I can say will help you feel better or make things better.

Just know that your sisters and brothers in Christ are crying and praying for you. :-(

Cosmo Wifey said...

Really sorry to hear that. I will be praying for your family.