Rob and I were friends first. We met when I was in college, and both of us were part of a team that went on a missions trip to Guatemala together. As a team, we had several meetings to get to know each other, work on fundraisers, and unite with our mission of sharing Jesus throughout the country. During that time of preparation, Rob introduced us to Carrie, a beautiful tender hearted woman that quickly inserted into our friends circle.
While in Guatemala, we were asked to journal our daily adventures, prayers for the country, and insights of the things we were learning from God. Carrie didn’t go on the trip with us, so I can remember Rob missing her while we were gone. One day when we were in our journaling time, I can remember Rob so distinctly saying to me. “I’m going to marry that girl. I’ve realized on this trip that I can’t live without her, and I’m going to buy her a ring when I get home.” I was pretty excited for him to come to that conclusion, and of course, propose to Carrie.
Since then Rob was successful in his proposal, and married the girl of his dreams. In 2009, they welcomed handsome little Drew into their lives, and he has been the center of their world since then. But, their family wasn’t quite complete.
Last year, I had it pressed on my heart to pray for the women who were battling infertility and miscarriage. I knew so many in my life, and at the time I had 13 ladies I was praying for specifically. I didn’t know it then, but Carrie and Rob were in the midst of this tragic season. Their hearts had been broken by an unexpected miscarriage, and they were crushed.
Soon after, they found themselves pregnant again and due in June, this time with a baby GIRL!! “She is our rainbow baby, something I wasn’t familiar with until I experienced a miscarriage last Summer. A rainbow baby is a baby that comes after a loss and I fully embraced that term because it is so fitting. She truly is the beauty after a storm, God’s promise after the flood of tears, and it is what I had to hold onto throughout my entire pregnancy with her. I couldn’t really understand the weight I was carrying until I could see her and hold her and know that she was OK.”
Something I’ve come to know that you don’t quite understand, until you’ve been through it, and those that have, wouldn’t wish it on anyone. As I was honored to take pictures of their sweet little beauty, Carrie had tears streaming down her face. She said, “She is absolute perfection in our eyes and I stare at her all the time because I’m just so happy she is here.”
A rainbow baby will never fulfill the loss of a child, but it certainly helps mend the heart.
“Hattie came into our world on June 1, 2017.” Her 8 lb. 1 oz., 19 inch self is one of beauty and perfection! Carrie went on, “Her name, Hattie, means “little ruler” or “ruler of the house” (already fits her perfectly) and we chose her middle name, Eliana, because it means “my God has answered me.” I absolutely love when a name is given because of meaning, and I believe whole-heartedly that you can speak their name into their lives.
Drew has been an only child for quite some time now, so when I found out that Rob + Carrie were expecting again, I was over the moon ecstatic for them. When I asked if Drew was excited, Carrie told me that he couldn’t wait to be a big brother. “Drew is so very excited! And he is excited about having pictures done. He was asking me all about where we’ll take pictures and who was coming to take them and even had a few suggestions of his own.” So needless to say, I am pretty much in love with these images of Drew and his baby sister. He is just so proud and he handled her so well. He even picked out her bow, and couldn’t wait to hold her and have his own time for these portraits. Carrie went on to say, “She is adored by her big brother and we all just can’t get enough of her.”
Rob + Carrie, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful rainbow story with me. Your gorgeous rainbow princess is perfect in every way, and I pray that she continues to give you outstanding joy!! God has given you a ray of sunshine and I know that you will always cherish her. Until I see you again, much love to your new family of four!!
..BEAUTY AFTER THE STORM..