Ephesians 3:20 ” Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
I’ve heard many people say, “Children are blessings and miracles from God.” What ultimately does that mean? Do most actually believe that statement? Or is that statement just something we are taught to say and take for granted? Through our marriage, getting pregnant, being excited about our pregnancy, having our 1st ultrasound and being told everything looked great, having our 2nd ultrasound and being told our baby wasn’t going to live, getting sick with preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome, giving birth to our baby, holding Sephora in our arms, singing to her, and then giving her back to God to take back to Heaven, I’d say we’ve come out as good as we can be under the circumstances. We are living our lives, grieving the life of our daughter, and believing through our story, lives will be changed around us. I’ve spoken about how we’ve been able to come out on the other side, but what does that look like? To the average person, we look like a “normal,” newlywed couple. We have a house and a dog. We go to church, connect with our life group and friends, and work to pay our bills.
I believe Sephora was given to us to change lives. She was given to us to teach others what it means to love, and to be loved. She was given to us so other families could come out from the woodwork and speak openly about their own babies that were taken from this world too soon. She was given to us to help these families to grieve more openly through the example of our story. Sephora has opened the door to a whole new world we never knew existed. I never knew Sephora’s life could create such a spiritual awakening in those around us. We are part of the “club that nobody wants to be in.” Unfortunately, we are not alone in that club. Although Sephora Angeline is in Heaven, her spirit is with me always. I’ve been told others have experienced her spirit around them as well. We love our precious daughter and will carry her in our hearts forever.