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December 10, 2012

A year of hope...

He who has health, has hope: and he who has hope, has everything.
~Thomas Carlyle

My heart is full of love as I sit here and ponder the last few weeks.

We have celebrated our little boy!

On December the 8th, our sweet little Jonah Asher turned one year old.

Part of me can't believe he's now one, but the other part of me couldn't be happier.

I've dreamed, planned, prepared and worked for months to get his birthday party together, and I couldn't be more happy with how everything turned out.

It truly was the PERFECT day. Even Maddie was there. (future blog :)

With every project I worked on and every item I purchased, I smiled.

And with it, my favorite little word seemed to whisper through my ears... hope....

What a beautiful year it's been.

A year of firsts.

A year of healing.

A year of love.

A year of hope.

With each milestone, with each holiday, with each family moment; God restored it, our hope.

What a journey it's been.

From the moment I found out he was coming... To the day we heard "It's a boy"... and then to the moment they placed him on my chest.

As I reminisced back to the delivery room the moment I met him, held him...

I knew.

A peace came over me that can't be manufactured. God gave me this child for a purpose.

This little boy would help to heal me. And he has, one day at a time.

Each of these moments were God giving me a little nudge, a little hug saying "It's going to be okay."

From changing Madeline's nursery over to picking out a "bird" name to honor her, everything worked perfectly and fell into place. When I thought I couldn't do it, I couldn't go on, God reminded me I could.

Day by day, month by month, Jonah helped to carry us. All of us.

He was providing new hope and love day in and day out.

And when the hard days came, he was there. He filled our aching arms with love and our sad hearts with joy.

God knew we needed him. God wanted him here.

I can't imagine life with out our little Jonah Bear.

I am so grateful to God that He gave our family this little blessing.

Our sweet Jonah Asher, our love for you can't be measured. You have provided something we never expected to find or feel again. You are so very special sweet boy. and we love you dearly.

Thank you for blessing us with a year of hope. You will forever be our special rainbow, and we are so glad God sent you to us during our greatest storm of our lives.

We love you sweet boy, Happy 1st Birthday!!!

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Much love,

Please enjoy this beautiful video Rick put together for Jonah Asher.

Enjoy! And stayed tuned for party pics and a sweet story about Maddie Grace and the party. <3

And this is a link to the photo/baby book I made. Love it!


  1. Such a blessing to see sweet Jonah grow through his first year, and to see your family just bloom, and heal. Love you all!!

  2. I've been quietly reading your blog for a while ... so heartbroken for you and yours when I read your beautiful post about your daughter. I feel oddly linked to you by a few little life similarities ;) My oldest (I have 3 girls) name is Jonah. She turned 6 on December 21st. My youngest baby girl, my rainbow baby, was born on December 8th, 2011 :) Your family is so beautiful and you have a lovely spirit ... it has blessed me to read everything you have written. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!