Trigger Warning-Infant loss & infertility
Today’s blog might be a little long, grab some coffee, chocolate and probably tissues.
If you follow me on social media you probably saw a story my dear friend Neely shared a couple of weeks ago, if not for sure take the time to read it. Her heart is gold and I am so thankful to have her in my life.
September 24th of this year, 1 year to the day her daughter Blakely was born an angel, Luhan, commented on my friend Neely’s most recent birth image. She was soon to be expecting another baby girl and expressed that she wished she had booked a birth photographer sooner. She was almost 36 weeks and a induction was being planned. Neely knew her story and immediately reached out to her. After chatting with Luhan about details Neely let her know that unfortunately she was unavailable and would see if I could help her. I got a text that night from Neely and I told her I would see what I could do and we would chat the next day.
The very next day I got a call from Neely and she said “You are not going to believe this.” (which for days we repeated as the events unfolded)
-this is where it might get confusing…hang with me 😉 –
One of Neely’s past clients who was gifted a birth session, wanted to pay it forward. They saw Luhan’s comment from the night before and immediately felt it was their call to give back.
We knew all of this was God’s work.
It gets better.
The original image that Luhan had commented on that started this whole snowball of greatness, it was a photograph of baby Eliana.
Little did I know, I knew Eliana’s mother. Neely had given Tracy (Eliana’s mom) my information to schedule a newborn session
we were pressed for time so I didn’t get to meet with them in person before hand.
When Tracy’s family walked in the room we both were over joyed. We knew each other!! Tracy worked at Chic-filet in Phenix City and I would see her every morning! (well not every morning…but most 😉 )
She made each morning perfect. Her personality pours out love and faith. She remembered my girls, my hair cuts, everything. One day when I came threw the drive through she told me she was PREGNANT! Her eyes were lit up and she was filled with excitement. I pulled away in tears for her because I knew she had been praying for this gift for some time. (17 years to be exact)
Still gets better….
When their newborn session ran a little late and into Luhan’s consult that was ok because guess what else? Luhan and Tracy knew each other!! Luhan works at St Francis labor and delivery and they had met the day Eliana was born.
On October 2nd Luhan gave birth to another beautiful baby girl.
God put us all together at a time we all needed each other and watching his plan unfold was something I will never forget.
President Ronald Ragen declared October 15th pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day.
“When a child losses his parent they are called an orphan
When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower
when a parent loses their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.”
-President Ronald Ragen