Jul 29, 2011

Celestial Child

Wednesday was a very eventful day; early in the day the words from Job came into my mind.

"...The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21

Shortly after little Chloe's birth I got a text from Spencer telling me that he and Deborah had gone in for a routine 33-week prenatal appointment and they couldn't detect a heartbeat! It is every parents nightmare! An emergency ultrasound confirmed that, in fact, baby Dylan was gone. Having lost two children myself I know the heartache but now I ache because my dear Spenny and Deb are having the same experience.

The process of bringing about the birth process of a stillborn child is a slow one. Last night (about 36 hours after first discovery) at about 9 pm little Dylan was delivered. He weighs 2 pounds 4 ounces and is a beautiful, perfect little boy.

Dylan's toe-sies

The AV hospital staff have been marvelous. They gave Spencer and Deborah all the time they needed to be with their tiny son. Auntie P and Deborah's two sisters arrived after his birth and took photos.

This one tears my heart... he is lying on an afghan made by his great-gramma Edna.

Dylan's family

He is just a tiny little Celestial Child gone on before his loving parents...

thumb foot comparison

to await their arrival.

Dylan's hand

Celestial Child by Becky Osmond Close

For one brief moment in the span of time
You stepped across the veil and became a child of mine.
Sweet Celestial Light, sleeping in the night,
Angels came to take you home again.

This earthly test was not for you-
But, oh, for me!
As yearning grows within to hold you tenderly
But I can feel your love, reaching from above,
Through the veil and deep within my soul,

And Oh, what comfort is given me
To know that you are mine forever
Now seeing through my tears,
As my sorrow disappears
A vision of Eternity together!

For one brief moment in the span of time
You stepped across the veil and became a child of mine.
Sweet Celestial light,
Glowing pure and bright
Save within your Heavenly Home above.


Skinner Family said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Clay's younger brother's wife has given birth to two still born sons. It is such a hard thing so go through, thank goodness for the gospel. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Bouchizzle said...

This brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry for your loss -- I can't even imagine the heartache. We'll keep our favorite aunt joanie and her family in our prayers!!

Tawna said...

So, so sorry Joanie for the loss of this little one. The Gospel gives us a good spot to focus on, but the pain is still there, and it hurts. Love to you and your family.

Pauline said...

Oh, Joanie. These photos are so beautiful. No one could do it better. He is such a tiny angel and oh so fragile. I was greatful to be able to see him and tell him how much he is loved and will be missed. He'll always be in my heart until I meet him again with the rest of his earthly family.

I love you little Dylan.

Auntie P

Emily said...

I am so sorry to hear about your family's great loss. The pictures are priceless. My heart goes out to your son and his beautiful wife....and do all who are mourning the loss of baby Dylan.

Heather said...

I am absolutely heartbroken for little Dylan's parents... the Lord does give (Chloe) and take away.

Sweet Dylan.