For those walking the path of grieving the loss of a baby or child, we offer grace for the journey and a friend to walk with you... There are moments on this walk when we feel we cannot go on. Moments when a friend comes alongside us to point us again to the One who sustains us. A friend to lift us in prayer. A friend to allow us to lean on her as she leans on Him. A friend, who is not afraid to walk through the valley in the rain, with a storm mounting. She is not afraid, because the Lord is her strength and her shield. She is not afraid because she doesn't walk alone. And because He has walked with her through the valleys and the storms, He has sent her to walk with you. And He will carry you both through the rain, through the storm, through the unknown dark alleys to secure, dry ground. Whether you are a newly bereaved mother or a seasoned mom who has watched the Lord make beauty from ashes in your life. Whether you need someone to lean on or you are the shoulder that can bear the burden, we hope you will walk with us as we are walking with Him. We hope you will join us with our broken umbrellas, with all our little quirks and imperfections in our various stages on this walk, as His grace washes over us in the pouring rain.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Featuring Elena and her Lilly...

This week on Walking With You, we are featuring sweet Elena and her blog that tells the story of her Lilly Elizabeth.

Elena's words as she shares part of the story of Lilly's amazing life:

Our youngest daughter Lilly Elizabeth was diagnosed with anencephaly at 21 1/2 weeks in utero. This is her story. She was amazing and did amazing things in her six days 5 hours and 30 minutes of life. She cried when the Dr. pulled her out. She cried often, made noises when she was hungry and rooting, was peaceful, calm, and loved. She nursed!!! She lifted her head while laying on her stomach on daddy's chest. She gripped our fingers lots of times. She smiled. She opened her eyes. She responded to noise so we know she could hear. This blog will tell in detail of her story. Lilly met and was held by over 50 people..around 30 alone her first couple of hours being born. She was given 2 hours to 1 day after birth but she went above and beyond that without being hooked up to machines or being on medication. Her heart beat and respirations were always GREAT!!! She was always calm, peaceful, and happy. Amazed even the doctors at how well she was doing. She is our little miracle and our angel. Not many people get the chance to witness a miracle, we feel lucky and blessed to have been given that chance.

Her most recent post talks about those moments of missing that wash over us from time to time...and also contains one of my own favorite "sayings". Please visit and leave her word of encouragement.

This post shares the day when everything changed for this family. We all can relate to that day in our own journeys.

Read about some of the ways Lilly's family treasured this gift of time...

I hope you will take the time and read about Lilly and her sweet mom, Elena. Even if you only leave a comment on the most recent post, it will be an encouragement and a blessing to her. Thank you so much to those of you who took the time to visit last week's featured blogger, Kim. Please take some time to show love to Elena and keep her and her family in your prayers this week.


  1. I am going over to visit Elena now! Thanks again for doing this!


  2. Love Elena!! I follow her already! :)

  3. I'm a little behind but finally made it. I'm glad we can all support each other along the way!

  4. Kelly, I tried going on Elena's blog a couple of days ago, and my computer wouldn't load up her page, other than her sweet daughter's picture at the top and just the title's of her post's. I have dial up, which takes a lot longer to load up, but I must have let it load for close to 40 minutes. I was pretty bummed. I don't have any way to contact Elena, but I just don't want her to think that I skipped her story. :) I LOVE the little bit that I read in this post. Sounds like she was an amazing little girl!! She's beautiful... and perfect.