On July 3, 2014, I stepped into a hospital room and took the most important photos I’ve ever taken. A dear family at church was given a diagnosis at 20(ish) weeks pregnant for their baby boy of Trisomy 13, a chromosomal disorder that is not considered compatible with life either in utero or outside the womb. Erin and Sam faced their son’s diagnosis with their hope ultimately in Jesus and God’s plans for this little one. I had the honor to hear from Erin weekly at our mom’s group as she lived out one of my deepest fears – and her faith never once wavered. In the worst, most unfathomable pain on this earth, God is still good and Jesus is still our hope.
Because our ultimate hope and our deepest joy is not in our circumstances or this earth. Our hope and our joy is in the One who Redeems all things, who Himself beat death at the Resurrection and who is our future glory. Read Erin’s blog here.
When I got the call that Asher had arrived, I went to pick up our pastor and good friend Sean, who would baptize Asher in the hospital room. We entered a room filled with love, grief, peace, hope, tears, sadness and joy. For a couple hours, I had the most amazing privilege to document moments with this precious boy, photographs to remember for all time, and photos that were instrumental in healing my own personal anxiety and fears as I watched them lived out with grace and peace.
This month is pregnancy/infant loss awareness month. In the midst of deep pain, there is hope.
Asher Keoni, you are so loved. And thank you.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4