birth, Down syndrome, faith, God, grief, Ivy Joy, labor, loss, miscarriage, prenatal diagnosis, the lucky few, tribe, twin loss, Willow Hope

My Story

I am one of those people who had her life planned out at age ten. Become a teacher, get married, have kids. And life pretty much followed. I went to Hope College, became a teacher in Allendale, married Sam, and had two kids - Zoe and Eli. Last summer, Sam and I decided it was… Continue reading My Story

Down syndrome, faith, God, grief, Ivy Joy, loss, miscarriage, prenatal diagnosis, tribe, twin loss

Hands and Feet

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger… Continue reading Hands and Feet

Down syndrome, Ivy Joy, loss, prenatal diagnosis, twin loss

What’s Been Happening…

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of… Continue reading What’s Been Happening…

faith, God, grief, loss, miscarriage, twin loss, Willow Hope

Words of Truth

Can I be honest here? One of the hardest things about the journey I find myself on is trying to reconcile the immense grief I have over the loss of our precious baby, with the fact that I am still carrying a healthy little girl. My belly is expanding (perhaps a bit more rapidly than… Continue reading Words of Truth

faith, God, grief, loss, miscarriage, twin loss, Willow Hope

Learning the Ways of Grief

"Have mercy on me Lord, for I am in distress. Tears blur my eyes. My body and soul are withering away. I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by my sadness." Psalm 31:9-10​ Somehow until the past few months of my life, I was oblivious to this verse. In fact I feel like… Continue reading Learning the Ways of Grief