Friday, September 26, 2008

Miscarriage and Grace

This is a picture of my daughter Noelle, taken at the hospital almost 2 years ago now. As my husband likes to say, "Women love babies!"

Well, a few weeks ago I posted happily about my pregnancy and starting all over again with baby, and today I'm sorry to have to blog about my miscarriage. But I do so in hopes that it will bring some comfort to all of us who have experienced this loss.
I almost titled this post, "The End of Life...or the Beginning?" because although I've said goodbye to the baby in my womb, that little one's life is just beginning in the arms of God and what a wonderful adventure he or she is having!
When I went for my ultrasound a few days ago, the doctor was sorry to tell me that I had miscarried. Things have moved very quickly this week for which I am actually grateful. Yesterday I was in surgery for a D & C. Mary Birch Hospital...the same place I had my first and third child. The same place I said goodbye to my second child (who I lost at 26 weeks in the womb), and now the same place to say goodbye to my fourth. But believe it or not, going in the hospital for this purpose was not sad. It was a time of grace for me and my husband. God has so comforted us in the fact that He numbers our days and authors our lives. He had a purpose in my pregnancy and knows best about our family. I have been lifted up and supported by the hugs and prayers from my family and my church family.
When I look at my children, I thank God for these healthy babies! At the hospital, I heard the cries of newborns, and while part of me wished for that myself, the other part was so grateful that I have 2 treasures at home.
On days when you feel tired, look at that baby, your treasure, and remember what a blessing he or she is. How precious is the love of our Heavenly Father to allow us to be moms!

"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14

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5 comments:

Mommyx8 said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your little one. I have lost 3 babies through miscarriage and those losses were the saddest and loneliest of my life. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Rebecca Ingram Powell said...

God's grace is itself so evident in your writing, Arlene. I'll be praying for you.

Melody said...

Arlene, I'm so sorry you've had to say goodbye to this little one. I'm glad things have gone quickly for you though, instead of them dragging out for a long time. {{{hugs}}}

Isn't God's grace such a blessing?

TOTALLY NEW MOMS said...

Arlene, I feel just sick for you today. I've been praying all day that God will fill you with peace and comfort.
Sue

bpmommy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost a baby (my second) at 13 weeks. For me it was truly devastating, but at the same time such a growing time with and to God. He brought me through one of the worst points in my life and I very grateful and thankful for the growth that came of such a awful time. I pray that you will continue to recover physically, spiritually and that you will continue on your strong walk with Jesus. Bless you.
P.S. I am friends with Sue McRobert.