The rainbow is a symbol of Gods faithfulness and mercy. In the "rainbow around the throne," ( Revelation 4:3 ) is seen the symbol of hope and the bright emblem of mercy and love, all the more true as a symbol because it is reflected from the storm itself.-Smith's Bible Dictionary
It doesn't matter how old I get - when I see a rainbow, I still stop to stare. The rainbow is beautiful and unique - precious and rare.
In the pregnancy and infant loss community, the term 'rainbow' is used to signify a pregnancy that happens after a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. A rainbow baby is the miracle that comes after the sadness and grief over a loss. It's a baby that brings forth new hope and love, that reminds you of God's great and unfailing mercy.
It is with enormous gratitude and thankful hearts that we announce we are expecting our precious rainbow baby sometime around October 15th - which is also Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day - a due date that seems unbelievably fitting. A reminder of what we lost, but also a celebration of what we will gain.
And a special thanks to my awesome sister Heather and brother in law Rich with RaeElle Photography for braving a chilly evening to help me celebrate our boy with some great shots.
I have lots, lots, lots more to say about all of this - but will keep this post short. I do want to say to the friends I've made new, and the friends I've known who have experienced loss and may still be dealing with the grief of loss - my prayers continue to be with you. And I make this promise to each of you - you will not hear me complain on this blog about this pregnancy. I know first hand how hard it is to hear when you are suffering and broken hearted about the baby you will never hold.
That doesn't mean my husband may not hear a few complaints, but I promise to keep this space a positive one, and a place of compassion for those of you who are still trying to understand and find peace in your journeys.
Lots and lots of love.