Calli = Joy.

Two and a half years ago.

09.09.09.

A hospital room.

A baby, born still.

Still loved, still precious.

Still privileged to have been there.

Still won’t ever forget.

And now, a new hospital room.

A heartbeat monitor, sending out a regular rhythm that never sounded so sweet.

A waiting mama.

And finally?

A crying baby.

Music to the ears.

So many years of waiting.

So many losses.

And now, arms full of warm newborn sweetness for the first time.

Bliss.

Love.

Yes, Calli Rose.

You are joy.

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the world.

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Comments

  1. Monica says

    Wow…your post is incredibly powerful. You have me in tears this morning. Thank you, thank you for sharing these tender moments. What a great reminder to all moms that children are a gift. Thanks, Kristen.

  2. Terri S. says

    You have a tremendous gift for presenting a story. It is a powerful message. Congrats to the parents!!Thank you for sharing such a personal story.

  3. Denise says

    Kristen, I am weeping. Such a beautiful, powerful reminder of exactly how precious life is! Welcome to our world, Callie. May you bring joy and happiness to your family always.

  4. Traci says

    What a beautiful way to express your feelings! Thank you for sharing your heart with us, and congratulations to all!!

  5. Tracy says

    My mother-in-law experienced to her still daughter in 2008. One of the worst times I’ve ever been witness to. The whole experience seems surreal. From the diagnosis to the funeral to the the next day. Still doesn’t seem real. Miss Maddi is thought of every day, and now Miss Chloe is running through their house laughing and crying and playing and almost two years old. People think it’s strange that my 5 year-old’s aunt is 3 years younger, but no one knows what tomorrow will hold. She didn’t plan on any more children, but she didn’t plan on such loss, either. We have all been blessed to witness both of these births, both of these children. Strange as it all may be, we are blessed.

  6. Deb says

    Tears in my eyes, as well. Sorrow for the losses and joy for the new, healthy baby. Congratulations to the happy family!

  7. Alison says

    Hands down, one of your best posts ever.

    Thank you for sharing this touching story. Much happiness wished for Callie Rose and her family.

  8. DeAnn says

    What a beautiful post that has touched my heart!! Last week some very good friends experienced the loss of their baby girl and my heart absolutely broke for them. I can’t fathom such a loss. Welcome to the world Callie Rose! What a blessing for the family!

  9. Kim says

    Praise God for a beautiful new baby and a blessed family! What a precious post to remember a sweet baby and to welcome another sweet baby.

  10. priskill says

    So very happy for them! Tearing up before going off to work. I think this is one of the loveliest pieces you’ve written; thank you for this reminder of what is precious.

  11. Megan says

    Wow! Both are beautiful blessings. You have an amazing gift to capture such emotion with your camera. Thanks for sharing. I think I will go give my two blessings a hug now.

  12. Jeanine says

    Bless that family for allowing you to share their story, and bless you for having the consitution to be there and document that.

    This is your best post….ever.

  13. Suzy says

    This touched me so much. Really puts everything into perspective and helps me appreciate what really matters. Lots of love to this family :)

  14. Ramya says

    Lovely post Kirsten….I’m awestruck by the way how you have those pictures from 2 years and now how you managed to wonderfully blend them with the present and bring out a beautiful story that just brings joy.

    Ramya

  15. LD says

    Such a beautiful, emotional and touching post. Your photos are incredible. Best wishes to Callie and her family as they begin their new lives together. Thank you for the reminder about how blessed we truly are.

  16. Vanessa says

    thank you, kristen, for the amazing storytelling. thanks also to the parents for letting you tell their story. blessings to all. welcome to the world, miss callie rose. [tears]

  17. Sarah C says

    Have you all heard of this? http://namesinthesand.blogspot.com/ It is for parents who lost a child/ren and want a memorial. Carly Marie is the woman who does it & she lives in Australia. She gets the most amazing sunset beach pictures. My daughter’s name is on the wait list & will be done soon. =)

    Praying for God’s many blessings for this family and sweet little Callie.

  18. Theresa says

    Beautifully done, sorrow upon sorrow mediated at last by joy unimaginable. What a privilege it is be a mom, a high calling.

  19. Jen says

    Beautiful post! Both babies are surrounded by love forever. My niece is at the hospital now–working on delivering her first child!

  20. Lynda says

    Tears at work. That is really beautiful! Amazing what pictures and a few well chosen words can do.

    Thanks for sharing!

  21. says

    This had tears rolling down my face. I pray that she brings them nothing but joy and peace. I sometimes wonder about the babies that didn’t last long at all for me, whether Nora knew them in heaven. And I delight in her presence.

    These photos are beautiful Kristen.

  22. Michele says

    Amazing and Beautiful!

    16 years ago today, I gave birth do a beautiful baby girl. A constant reminder of God’s love and faithfulness because this was the child I was told I would never have.

  23. says

    Made me cry and made me feel so good at the same time. Congratulations! My baby just turned one and she’s the most wonderful thing in my life. Motherhood has brought more…everything!…than I could have imagined.

  24. Shannon says

    Oh, oh. Reading this at 13 weeks pregnant brought so many tears to my eyes. First tears of pain and sorrow for the poor mama, and then tears of absolute happiness for her and her dear family.

    Congradulations and welcome to the world, Callie.

  25. Aubrey says

    On Thanksgiving, a friend from high school miscarried her twin boys. Then just after New Year’s, a good friend from college gave birth to her still born daughter. This post brings me so much joy and hope for my friends, and I am so so grateful you wrote it.

  26. Rebecca B. A. R. says

    I’ve cried many tears over not being able to even get pregnant, but I couldn’t even imagine carrying to term and not bringing the baby home. God is raising her now. Many joys for the new baby, Callie Rose, and to mom and dad! My prayers are with your family!

  27. paulabelgium says

    what a blessing it is! Congratulations to the parents! And i know that there will be a lot of love out there. Wonderfull present for you to may have been present for such a good gift of live.

  28. Pam K. says

    Oh, what unspeakable joy! I am full out sobbing with happiness for the new mom and dad. Blessings to them and the beautiful Miss Callie Rose!

  29. Kayla says

    Wow, such a beautiful post. My heart aches for their losses and rejoices with them in their new blessing! Welcome Callie Rose!

  30. says

    Oh, welcome Callie Rose ;) :) Your post brought tears and joy to my heart, all at the same time. My mother had two miscarriages, before she gave birth to my brother. ..every baby is precious and a gift ;) :) I’m so very happy for you :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  31. Julie says

    Ohmygoodness – crying over here! Such a sweet, sad, and joyous post all at the same time. Congrats to the new family :-)

  32. says

    We have friends who had about the same time frame with their grandson who died just before birth and now their precious granddaughter who is at home in her parents’ arms. In the meantime our friends rejoiced with us over the birth of our first grandchild. Such grace!

  33. Linette says

    This made me cry – tears of sadness and such joy. What a beautiful blessing she is! Thank you for such a lovely post. It spoke to me.

  34. Tiffany T says

    Your post was written so well and I think it sucked us all in as if we were right there with them. As a mother of a baby born at 27 weeks, that I very easily could have lost; I know a little bit of that heartache. But to lose a child; I hope I never experience that loss. And now a new baby – what a joyous event! Such sweet precious miracles all babies are, but to hold a happy, healthy baby in your arms after a loss must be extraordinary! Congrats on this beautiful family and their little bundle!

  35. Lisa says

    Wow, what a sweet story! I too had many losses before my 1st daughter was born Aug ’09. I sit here with tears in my eyes while nursing my 8-day old baby girl. I wasn’t sure I wanted more after our first, but now can’t imagine life without this baby. They are such a blessing! Best wishes to this family and Baby Callie!

  36. Randalynne says

    I had tears rolling down my face, but being 5 months pregnant,I fivured it was hormones till I read the other comments.

    Welcome to the world, Callie Rose!

  37. says

    This made me cry at first for the pain of losing a child. The photo of them holding their still baby – you can feel the pain in their faces. But then I cried happy tears from the new pictures. What a beautiful post.

  38. Katie says

    Many congratulations to the family. I know the baby they lost will always be with them, too. I’m glad you are able to help them remember with your gifts for words and pictures, empathy, and sensitivity.

    Would you thank this family for allowing you to share their story with us through your blog? I haven’t ever lost a child, but I can only imagine that if you have, it helps immensely to know that (1) you are not alone and (2) there is so much love out there for you.

  39. says

    This was amazing, and beautiful, and I echo – one of the loveliest things you’ve written, and photographed. What a beautiful tribute to both babies and their parents. Congratulations and welcome baby Callie!!

  40. says

    As many others have said, this is an amazingly powerful post. Thank you for sharing, and thank you to precious Callie’s family for allowing us to witness these intimate moments of both heartbreaking pain and unbelievable joy.

  41. Kim C says

    Kirsten, what a beautiful story to share. Our first baby was a sweet little girl we named Kaci. She only lived for a little over 48 hours and when we lost her, I felt such pain, like I couldn’t go on. She gave us so much joy in her short little life and we know that having her was truly God’s plan. We had been married 8 years when she was born after trying to get pregnant for a few years. Every time I saw a little girl that would be about the age our little Kaci would be my heart would break. Then, I got pregnant again and although we were so happy, in our hearts we were so scared that it would happen again. After a high risk pregnancy due to my past history we had a
    very uneventful pregnancy until the very end. In 1997 I gave birth to the sweetest healthy little baby girl. My husband and I cried constantly for about a month. In fact, he had to pull over twice on the way home from the hospital because we were finally bringing home a healthy baby! I think because of all the trials we went through we are better parents. No matter how frustrating it can be to be a parent at times…we always remember how truly blessed we are. God blessed us again 10 years later! We now have a beautiful healthy baby boy after years of thinking we couldn’t be more blessed! Our children our 10.5 years apart and we couldn’t feel more blessed! Tell your sweet friends to cherish that sweet baby girl and know that they are truly blessed.
    Also, urge them to get the book “Heaven is Real” that talks about babys that live in heaven. I recomend that book after my heart was touched so deeply after reading it. My love and prayers and joy goes out to their sweet family.
    God bless them and that sweet little girl!

  42. Emily says

    Kristen this is the best news I have read in a long, long time! I think of your BIL, SIL, & Zala from time to time and have wondered how your BIL & SIL were doing. I am so, so happy for them. Welcome to the world Callie!

    I have tears running down my face but this is one time I don’t mind crying at work!

  43. Lilypad says

    Congratulations to them, and thanks for sharing their story. I have a miracle baby, too, so I wish them the best!!

  44. Jean says

    This was the first item I read on the day you posted it, and then in my articles that same day was a story about forced abortion of female babies in some other countries. I have thought about the two contrasting stories since. We are so lucky to be here. Blessings to the family.

  45. says

    Kristen, you have a powerful gift. I also cried the saddest of tears looking at the faces of the parents, and the tiny head that should have been warm and throbbing with life, but wasn’t.

    I want to send out heartfelt love to the people who have also lost children who have posted here. I can only imagine the abyss of pain and despair you must have had to walk through. Most of us can’t imagine how we would go on, but you had no choice in the matter.

    Little Callie Rose has already brought such joy to so many people! What a little poppet. If anything will reduce the bittersweet look in her mother’s eyes, it will be her antics over time.

    Thanks to all of you for sharing such an intimate glimpse into your lives. People need to see this. We need to see how others cope, and eventually are able to move forward. After all, for most people this is their worst fear.

    God bless this little family, and by extension, all the FG family!

  46. Kristen says

    Beautiful, beautiful little girl! I’m so glad she’s safely here. Many congratulations to her parents and a welcome to Miss Callie.

  47. says

    such a sweet post. congrats to the happy family :)

    a friend who experienced the loss of her first baby started an organization called Hope Mommies (http://hopemommies.org/) to encourage families who experience infant loss with the hope of Christ – connecting with other families there too might be an encouragement to your friends!

  48. Pam K. says

    I saw this post listed at the bottom of another one I was reading, so came back to read it again. It is indeed one of my all-time favorites! It brings tears of sorrow, then joy once again. Hope to see an update on Miss Callie Rose sometime!

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