These were done by a friend of mine who was so kind to do this after she was going to offer her professional services when Layah was born to log her journey through the hospital and that never happened. We stayed in touch and she was such a blessing to do these photos for us. It's so surreal to be this big, but we knew and know God is faithful. It has music with it, so turn up the volume. Enjoy!
Today I was reading about comfort. The verse was 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort which produces in your patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort....We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."
It reminded me that each of us that are followers of Christ, when we go through "fire and water" it may not always be an attack of the enemy, but also, it be allowed that through those trials, our Heavenly Father's devine plan to reach the unreachable would be fulfilled. The devotional I read mentioned that we are not comforted to be comfortable-although we will be for a time- but that we may become comforters. There are many that suffer as we have, and we are to also share our comfort that we received through our suffering. I'm not saying we have to like it, be happy about it, or even agree with the method, but the results are what are most important. If we can hang on to our faith and relationship with the loving Father, He will use the trials and tribulations for His glory, and at times, to bless us.
There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Layah. As I said before, I'm more so reminded, lately, that our family is "missing one" here on earth. I will always grieve for her, maybe not as I have mourned, but my heart will always be just a little empty where she came and shared her life with us for but a moment then was gone. It will never be the same. I will never be the same. As I feel Luke move about, which I obviously never got to feel this much with Layah or Tobi, I am just constantly reminded of the beauty of life, creation, the Creator. I will never, and have never understood how a mother could feel this life in her, and then harm or abuse him\her, or just not appreciate what a precious gift bringing life into this world is. I feel so blessed that Luke remains safely in my womb. I'd only prayed so far as to get to 36 weeks, and here we are at 37! He is so faithful. No matter the economy, president, health care (or lack of), He will always be in control, and He will always provide.