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Today we remember and celebrate the life of Jeremiah David, the baby we miscarried in 2007. He would have been born on February 29, 2008. Each year we purchase a yellow rose and a blue balloon to celebrate him. The kids get involved and love this special day. Here’s our story of how we remember.
The yellow rose symbolizes joy, delight, and freedom. Though our hearts still grieve the loss of our baby, we choose to have joy. We know that Jeremiah is in a much better place. He is experiencing so much delight and freedom in heaven. And for that, we are so grateful.
Our kids take turns sending the balloon to Jeremiah. We gather as a family in the backyard. We talk about Jeremiah and how old he would have been. The kids are well aware that they have a brother in heaven. Micaela, our oldest, wrote about him in her prayer journal today. It was precious.
Each year, one of the kids releases the balloon to Jeremiah. We stand there and watch it go to him until we can’t see the balloon anymore. The joy on the kids’ faces as they watch the balloon goes shows me they understand that Jeremiah’s life is significant.
We don’t know for sure the gender of our baby since we were 2 months along when we miscarried. Both Jonathan and I believe it was a baby boy. So we named him Jeremiah David. The reason we chose this name is that of the meanings. Jeremiah means “Yahweh has uplifted, Exalt the Lord” and David means “Beloved.” Losing our baby was one of the toughest time in our lives. It was heartbreaking to go through. The prayers we prayed for the baby to be spared were not answered. It didn’t make sense and it hurt. But, we know that God was with us through it all. He grieved with us and continues to comfort us as we remember. We always want to exalt the Lord and uplift His name no matter what trials may come. We felt God’s love and wanted Jeremiah to know he was dearly loved no matter how much time we had with him. His life is precious. So, that is the reason we choose David as his middle name.
One of the most precious gifts we received in our time of grief was this Willow Tree Angel. It is called Remember. The friend who blessed us with this gift understood grief. She understood that no words can heal the hurt and she also knew the words to say to comfort us. She recognized that Jeremiah was indeed a life even though he didn’t grow up outside of the womb. This is a gift I will always cherish.
To all the Moms who have lost a baby, I am so sorry. Your baby is a very precious life who is with Jesus now. Each year when we remember our baby, I pray for you too. My prayer is that as you remember you will feel God’s love surrounding and holding you close.
We love you Jeremiah David and look forward to seeing you again someday!
*Originally posted 2/28/15
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