Journey to Parenthood

I want to be purposeful about journaling during this time in our lives as we watch our miracle micro preemie, Asher, continue to grow and thrive. I began this blog during my month of bed rest at the hospital while I was pregnant with Asher and his brother Titus. We continue to hope and trust the Lord for Asher's future. This blog begins with the story of how both of our boys came to be. They came about after many tears, many prayers, and many months of crushed hopes. On February 2, 2012, our boys Titus Bauer and Asher Mark were born at just 23 weeks and 2 days gestation. My water around Titus broke at 19 weeks, so his lungs were very underdeveloped. Titus lived 45 minutes and is now living a perfect life in heaven as he watches over his little brother Asher. Two and a half years later God redeemed our story of hurt with a precious full term baby brother for Asher. We are humbled by how the Lord has loved on us in our journey through parenthood.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Milestones: Can We Fast Forward Please??

Milestones. Holidays. Markers in time. I have never realized before this year how much holidays are markers in time. They really are a measuring point for where we are in our lives, where we've been, and where we hope to be. How many times have you thought about what you were doing last year at Christmas and wondered or hoped for what you might be doing or what your kids might be doing next year for Christmas? For our family, so much has changed since last Christmas. We've said goodbye to two family members who's deaths were just untimely...too soon, and unexpected... our tiny baby boy- gone before we knew him and my uncle- gone before any of us were ready to say goodbye. And we said goodbye to one family member who we had many years with, but still, it seemed too soon and untimely as well. I just wasn't ready for my grandpa to leave us. Just the other day I was talking to Asher, and something made me think of my grandpa and I teared up telling Asher about how his great-grandpa would have loved talking to him and making silly sounds and voices with him. My grandpa loved kids and babies, he had a special heart for them. So, this Christmas is the first one for me without a grandparent, the first for my mom without either of her parents, and the same goes for her sisters. It's the first for my cousins and aunt without their dad, her husband. It's a different Christmas for all of us.

And then, there is Asher. What a blessing to have him with us this Christmas! What a sweet picture God gave us this year of death and new life. Asher has provided so much joy and hope, not just for Bryan and I, but I think for many in our family. A new generation, a fresh start. It is a Christmas of mixed emotions. And, I'm's okay to feel mixed. I realized today that this week was the week last year we found out what we were having. And then over the next week and through Christmas, we shared the news with our family and friends. It was such a fun and exciting time, and we loved shocking everyone by telling them we were expecting TWO boys! No one had guessed that! And then today, I realized, it was just two weeks after finding out what they were that my water broke and I was in the hospital. Just two weeks. On New Years Day. And so, I became painfully aware of how close we are to our year milestone of being in on bed rest, and then of course, Asher's birthday and the anniversary of losing Titus. So, with February 2nd comes many many emotions. I have found myself really just wanting to skip over January and February and land in March. Like hibernating. I wouldn't mind hibernating until March. I'll just duck and cover and come out when it's over! Ha! But that's me. Not the best strategy, I know. When I am surprised or threatened, ( like when someone tries to sneak up on me as a joke) my tendency is to scream, and fall on the floor into a ball or the fetal position and cover my head and face. I'm serious. Ask my husband. It's just not the best plan of attack or defense!!  

So, I think I often approach emotionally hard things that way too. "Just don't look at it, just curl up, ignore it, and it will go away." Riiiiggghhhhtttt. When has that ever worked??  It's just I'd like to skip over re-living the events of the beginning of last year. But it's too late. Often when I go to bed lately, I find my mind re-playing everything. It's not something I am consciously trying to do. It's just there, in my mind.  And I "know" the right answers and fully embrace them most days. I know that I have SO much to be thankful for in all we went through. And I am. I also know, there is a division in how I reflect- it can go two very different ways. On one side there is reflecting with gratitude and peace, and feeling very blessed for all God has done and how much love He's shown us in the last year. On the other side is a longing for what will not be. Longing in a way that steals joy from today. That side is a little darker. On that side there can be thoughts like, " I want that-why don't I get that- why do they get that? It's all about me and what I want".  Not pretty. That's when I feel like I'm acting a bit like Lot's wife and I better be careful! So the line between these two sides can be thin for me sometimes and undefined. And other times it's very thick, clear, and defined and I have no trouble staying on the side where Truth reigns. As these milestones approach, staying on the side of Truth gets more challenging some days. 

I have heard after getting past the year milestone, things get easier. I look forward to that. I know that sounds a little lazy. God didn't promise easy. But, sometimes that's just what I selfishly want. I will never forget anything about last year, nor do I want to. But, I look forward to the trauma of it all being a little farther away in my mind. Not gone, or forgotten. But, just a little less tender, and a little smaller in my mind. And time will do that. I'm thankful for that. I'm thankful for how time heals. It already has healed so much in a year,  physically and emotionally for all of us. It's cliche, but it's true. 

So, as much as I want to duck and cover.... I know I need to do something a little different. I still need to get low, but not in that manner. I need to lower myself in the way of kneeling in humility before an all knowing God. I need to ask for His peace and wisdom as I enter this tender season of reflecting. He knows what' s best for me. He knows what I need. He's not done teaching me. I've not reached my pinnacle of life lessons at the age of 31. As cool as that might be, I know that's not happening! I need to ask him for the courage to look at last year head on, and the courage to embrace and love my story- yet again. Because I'm learning I can't just do that once. I can't just embrace it once and cross it off the list. I have to do it again and again. Sometimes several times in one day. Please Lord, give me the courage to do Your work with my life and my story. Sometimes I feel too inadequate, too weak, and too unwilling. Thank you for your grace and mercy in loving me through that and patiently guiding me. Amen. 


  1. I join you in prayer, that God may fill you with His strenght, and that through His Holy spirit comfort comes to you and Bryan through this couple of months ahead.

    A thing that I like from Jesus life on this earth is that He thought us how to suffer, and how to come to God. Your post reminded me of Mathew 26:39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
    where Jesus tought us that it's OK to grieve, and say to God that we wish we would pass through big trials, but as you mentioned, to do so in a humble surrender way and at the end acknowledge with faith His will to be done.

    Thank you for sharing every step of your testimony, it is and will be of encouragement and testimony of God's grace to us who reads is.

    Many blessings and our prayers from Guatemala.

    1. Thank you for that scripture- I love that and didn't think of that at all when I posted but it is so true and comforting. Thank you for faithfully following us and praying for us. You are truly a blessing! :)

  2. Thank you for sharing your heart with us so openly! You are such an encouragement and reflection of Truth to all of us! I am praying for you and I cherish our friendship! Love you!

    1. Thanks Ann, you are such an encourager. Thanks for suppporting us and loving us so well!