01 October 2012

Loss and the Gospel

I found out today that one of my former roommates has lost her second son. He was born on September 26 and he passed away on September 30. A member of her family took some photos of my friend and her husband saying goodbye to their newborn son. I have cried multiple times today and my heart is full of sorrow for her and her family. Tyson says that I am NOT crazy for feeling so sad for her.
The gospel teaches us that our children are sealed to us for time and all eternity. My friend may not be able to raise her son on earth, but she will raise him in the eternities. I know that this knowledge should be comforting in times such as these. I am sure that my friend logically understands this but that she is still suffering. I cannot imagine giving birth to William and then losing him. Not holding him everyday. Not kissing him. Not seeing him grow up.
My prayer for my friend is that the Comforter never leaves her side. That she is wrapped in the arms of Christ's love and carried through this valley of shadow and death. I pray that her faith and family grow stronger because they rely on the Savior.
Say a prayer for the Lewis family today. Say a prayer for my friend.

Family Portraits 2012

My mom has had the kids take yearly portraits for as long as I can remember. I think it's a great idea and one we've implemented into our family. Here are some of the photos from this year's session: