Monday, January 14, 2008

A Precious Gift...

I think I’m ready to talk…I may need the Kleenex nearby, but I will give it a try! It’s been hard to blog about food, celebrations, decorations and all the everyday things these last few weeks. They suddenly weren’t really important anymore…in light of the news we received just before Christmas.

I was looking forward to one day being able to post a happy announcement on my blog that I would be grammy to a new baby this spring. Today I would like to share with you that I am going to be grammy to a new baby...a precious little girl. Kris and Lisa were so thrilled that they would be having a baby brother or sister for Ranen…and due on her birthday (May 3rd). How special is that? There were a few concerns at the first ultrasound, and they were sent to Vancouver for further tests. That was a very long and difficult day…as they met with one specialist after another. In the end, they received the news that their baby was Trisomy 13…and they were also told it was a girl. She has an extra (third) chromosome 13 in all of the cells. This means every organ and limb of the baby’s body is affected…and there is little hope that she will be spending much time with her family here on earth.
I bought some soft, pink baby yarn and am starting a baby afghan. Even if she has only hours or days with us, she will have her own soft blankee like every other grandchild. She will likely be arriving early…so I need to get to work. (I’m thinking my unfinished afghan for hubby can wait another year!)

And here is something very special…before my mom-in-law passed away, she crocheted around receiving blankets for her great-grandchildren (even for those that were not yet on the horizon at that point). So I went to the cedar chest today, and I found the perfect blanket for our precious new baby from her great-grandmother.

If you are interested in learning about trisomy 13, here is a good resource…

And please include Kris and Lisa in your prayers over these next weeks and months. It is a very difficult time for them!


  1. Dear Judy,

    Thank you for sharing your heart and your story with us. My heart just aches for your family.
    Be assured that you and your sweet little grand daughter and your family will be in my prayers.

    The blanket is such a beautiful gift. This little girl is blessed to have such a loving grammie.

    I'm sending you hugs today.

  2. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will be praying.

  3. Darling Judy, please go over to my Great Niece Jody's and see how they dealt with the loss of their baby Conner...she's expecting a little girl in May, but she is so open and her blog is so full of Conner...I hope it helps you...she'd love to hear from you

  4. I continue to pray for you and the is such a difficult time for you all.
    Lean on God..He will give you peace..
    The blanket and afghan are beautiful gifts to your grandaughter.
    Hugs from me too..

  5. Oh my dear friend, I do so want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers.


  6. You and your family are certainly in my prayers. One can see that this little one is loved and longed for.

  7. This is my first visit here and my heart is breaking for you! I will pray for this situation. God is a mighty God and He can turn things around, but He can also give us great peace and courage to walk through the flames of life and still come out the other side feeling blessed. I'm so touched by your story of the blanket.
    Blessings and prayers,

  8. Oh Judy, I am so sorry... my heart is breaking for you! I can only imagine how you are all managing such news.
    I am praying you know His love and compassion now more than ever at this time... knowing He will see you through the weeks and months ahead.
    What a gift of love that blanket will be.

  9. I'm back, but swamped with stuff, but couldn't resist reading your blogs.
    You did a wonderful job of sharing your story with such significance always honoring the one above.
    Your blog really expresses the warmth of your heart.

    I hope you have a great birthday weekend.
    When can we have coffee?
    Are you going to fitness tomorrow?


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