November 7, 2010


As we have grappled with sadness and confusion this week we have also found many, many blessings and small miracles in this difficult time.  I know that it is God's grace that allows us to find any positive things during dark times.  As I've mentioned before one of the greatest of these has been the love, support and prayers poured out on us by both friends and strangers.  Another is our parents.

This was a time when we felt especially blessed to live near my parents.  When we left our appointment on Tuesday with the worst news of the week we drove straight to their house and fell into their arms.  Throughout the week, as we learned more information or had last minute appointments scheduled they dropped anything they were doing at the last minute to join us, listen to us, and stand by our side.  My mom brought us dinner (which I ate three or four bites of before promptly throwing up), but her presence and intentions nourished us more than the food itself.  They were every bit as heartbroken as we were - or more - but stayed strong for us throughout the week.

Robert's parents live in Georgia, but after work on Friday they drove four hours to see us, hug us, and be near us.  His mom cooked for us all day on Saturday and filled our freezer with meals for the weeks to come.  They were only here 24 hours, but in that time they were able to comfort us and restore us like only parents can.  I am so very thankful for my in-laws.

We are beginning to understand what parents' love for their child is like.  As much as we already love Baby Girl Hardy and yearn for only good things for her, our parents somehow love us even more.  They've had nearly thirty years to practice it.  We are so fortunate to have good examples of marriage and of parenting in our parents and are grateful for the close, positive and healthy adult relationships we cherish with them now.  Just as this week has brought Robert and me closer together it has also strengthened our bonds with our parents.  This is one of those small little blessings.

Baby Girl Hardy is going to be so lucky to have these four grandparents doting on her and loving her like only grandparents can.  And we are daily counting them among our many blessings.

Big Daddy, Mama K, Sweet Mama, and Daddy Bob


  1. Chrissy and Robert, thank you for sharing through this blog. I am holding you and your precious baby girl in my heart and prayers as she continues to nestle and grow inside of you.
    With love,

  2. As the mother of three precious daughters, I know firsthand what a blessing little girls are! There is nothing that compares to a daughter who says "I want to be just like you mommy". What an awesome responsibility and privilege it is! My love and prayers go out to Baby Girl Hardy. She will be welcomed into a loving and supportive family and will certainly have endless and boundless opportunities to fly and to soar!!!!!!! Please keep us updated. Terrie Glaude and family

  3. What wonderful posts and so powerfully written, it is evident that the Lord is alive and ceaselessly working in your lives! We have been praying and praising the Lord with you, and look forward to the new precious life He is working on in you!
    Love and prayers,

  4. Hi Chrissy. We've not met but I wanted you to know that I am praying for you and your husband and baby girl. My heart aches for you, but it is also so encouraged by your faith in God and love for one another. I got your blog link from your mom and it has been such an example to me of trust, prayer and communities of faith and support. I am thankful that you have all three. I am also thankful for your parents, only one of whom I know, Mary Ann. I understand completely why you think she is so special.
    Your family will remain in my prayers.
    With love,
    Rebecca Sasser


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