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January 07, 2009

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cindi m.

Thank You, Jesus, for answering prayer.

Thank you, Kerry, for your words.

Shane

What an amazing lesson. God is good and has blessed you with an incredible gift of peace and wisdom. Thank you for sharing.

Shane

Kerry, I wonder if you have ever gone through a time of blaming God for any of the struggles in your life?

Julie in CA

So amazing to see your obedience to God, I can't imagine how hard it is to walk the walk you are walking. When I read this it reminded me of 1 Timothy 6:6

"But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment."

I know Obedience is costly but I see the great gain it has brought you.

Praying for you today!

Diane

Thank you for sharing how you named your sweet baby, Isabella! She continues to brigthen many lives in such a beautiful way.

Continued prayers for you and your precious family, today. Never far from my mind or heart, that is the gift of our Father and your Isabella. In praying today, I just knew God already would cover you in His love. Thanking Him for prayers answered.

Sarah

Thinking of all of you today, Kerry. We miss you!

Susan

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed (by grief, by life struggles, by anything) for his compassions never fail. The are new every morning; (even on mornings like this anniversary day); great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:21-23

Thank you for your transparency. May God bless you Greatly!

Susan

Kimberly

Praying for your day to continue peacefully in Him. God bless and keep you...and if you need to cry, well that's ok too!

Jelani

Ive been thinking of you all and praying for you also. May God bless you.

jennador

i love you and i am so proud of you!

Jody Ferlaak

I just want you to know I have prayed for you and your family today.
I have a daughter, Isabella, who was born just a few days before the first anniversary of a tragic incident that claimed one of my daughter's lives back in 2001. It was so hard to hold a new baby and grieve the loss of another and try to surrender it all to God. But I too believe, that God is at work and using all of these circumstances for His glory.
I have given Him my pain and grief and questions and He has poured out blessings in my life in return.
I would not choose the path I have had to take in life, but at the same time there is no other place I would rather be.
I hope that God will continue to bless your life as you choose to honor Him- even when it doesn't make sense in our human hearts and minds.
Love, prayers and care for you on this bittersweet day.

Mrs. H

Thank you so much for being willing to share your thoughts and feelings about this difficult time. Praise the Lord for His never-ending mercy and love as He carries us through and gently reminds us of His perspective.

Sweet Joni

((((Kerry & Scott)))) May the Good Lord be in Soul's always & bring much peace, joy & love as the days move into months, years Isablella is with God our King!

Thank You ever so much for the words you share, "what I do to honor God honors Isabella because she is now One with Him." It give me calmness when thinking of my Dad who died in 2000.

Neat new picture of Scott & Maya! :) You do wonderful photography!
God Bless,
~Joni

Tracie

Thanks for your blog. I lost my son who was 4 months old in a car accident in May of 2008.I have his things in storage and the thought of giving those things away makes me sad.But things are for the living. Thanks for helping me understand that. It will not be easy, but when the time comes clean out the storage area I will try to remember this.

Kerry Hasenbalg

Dear Tracie,

I am so terribly sorry that you lost your baby son!! My heart aches for you now. I feel led to share one idea about using the clothing of our lost children. After Mary Beth Chapman, who lost her daughter Maria also in May of 2008, she took some of her daughter's clothing and had a woman who runs a ministry, which I think is called "Remem-bears", make stuffed teddy bears out of them. Basically, she takes some of the clothing and makes oversized stuffed bears which are extremely soft out of the clothing of those now with Jesus. Mary Beth had a number of them made and she gave a bear to each of her children, kept one for herself and gave several to other children as presents. My daughter, Maya, loves her so much and takes it to bed at night because it is so soft and huggable. Just one idea. And I am sure that the Lord will lead you, when the time comes, to give away what will bless other needy children and to do with other pieces those things which will keep your heart comfortable and stayed on him. It is interesting how this little bear made of Maria's clothing has brought such comfort at night to my little one.

Sumi

Kerry, thanks for sharing this. I have a closet full of Jenna's clothes that I want to transform into a quilt.
You are so right though about not lifting up her things and making an idol of them. I hear you, and I agree. They are just things and Jenna herself is gloriously, exuberantly happy in heaven where I will see her again.
I'm glad i found your blog - I will be back. :-)

www.sumijoti.wordpress.com

Andi Smidth

My heart goes out to your family over the loss of baby Isabella. Prayers truly makes a big difference. Also, it is also helpful when you find people who are going through the same thing. I thought I'd share www.deathletters.org to you as it might help to know there are people who are going through the same ordeal.

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