"...Give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit." Isaiah 61:3
Hi, I'm Emily and I am the author of this blog. I originally created this blog in 2012 to share God's redeeming love with women. It was intended to encourage women and to speak truth into their broken hearts, lives and relationships. I only posted on here a handful of times before my life got busy and I stopped.
And then March 19, 2016 happened. I was 35 weeks pregnant and expecting my healthy baby boy, William Parks, by April 20, 2016. On this fateful day I noticed that his movements had diminished and I went to the hospital to make sure everything was ok. As the Doctor looked for his heartbeat on the ultrasound machine she confirmed my worst nightmare- my son was gone. In a single instant my world was turned upside-down, never to be the same again.
My husband and I went from planning the arrival of our healthy baby boy to planning his memorial service. We went from blissful parents-t0-be to mournful parents without our son, aimlessly trying to make sense of the unfathomable.
And so in this season and the seasons to come I have decided to share my struggles, my sadness and my pain. I will also share my triumphs, my learnings from the Lord and my journey of healing. In vulnerably sharing my real life my hope is that we will see together how God still sits on His throne and is still our forever loving Father.
May God use my words to bring hope, solace and healing to those who have also experienced the loss of a child. And may this blog serve as my declaration that in the face of this tragedy I will choose to stand firm in Jesus and honor my sweet son, Parks.
Parks, I will love you forever.