Our Rainbow

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The beauty of a rainbow
does not
negate the ravages of the storm.

When a rainbow appears,
it does not mean
the storm never happened:

or that one must
not
continue to deal with the aftermath.

What it means is that something
beautiful
and
full of light
has appeared
in the midst of the darkness and clouds.

Storm clouds may still hover

but the rainbow provides a counterbalance
of
light, hope and peace.

A rainbow baby is a baby that is born following a miscarriage, stillborn, or infant death. Shortly after Jack passed away, I was hopeful that I might one day have my own rainbow baby. I was so happy to discover that I was pregnant in October of last year, and so anxiously and eagerly anticipated the arrival of our new baby who was due to arrive this very week. Unfortunately, I miscarried, and instead of a rainbow, storm clouds continued to hover.

I was reminded of the times that I have seen a double rainbow in the sky amidst or after a storm. How magnificent it was to see not one, but two beautiful bands of color stretching across once troubled skies. I again hoped that I would one day welcome a new baby into my family; a baby who followed double heartache and devastation.

And I am happy to announce that our third child – our rainbow baby – is on the way.

A double rainbow may not match the light, hope, and peace that our baby’s arrival will bring to our family…but it will always be a symbol to us of the beauty that can arise from a season of storms.

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14 responses »

  1. I’m so happy for you. I hope everything goes well with this pregnancy. Congratulations.

  2. I am so happy for you guys. I can’t wait to meet and greet this beautiful little rainbow of yours.

  3. I could not be more happy for you and your family!!! What a wonderful and touching way to look at this new little “rainbow” coming into your life. I hope and pray everything goes perfectly this time!

  4. Wow, congratulations you guys, that’s great news! We’ll be thinking of you and anxiously awaiting your posts as you go along!!! Love and prayers and happiness.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! This is such wonderful news!!! You will be in my prayers continually. I am so happy for you. When are you due??? See Utah just brings about good things!!! 😉

  6. That is such great news!! Congratulations!!! So excited for you guys!!! When’s the due date??

  7. Congratulations to you guys! I am sorry for the storm you have been through. I cannot imagine. I know this baby will bring so much sweetness and joy to you. When are you due?

  8. Congratulations Liz and Adam! I am so excited for you guys! I will keep you and baby #3 in my prayers. Love ya!

  9. This is such a beautiful post! I may have to use some or your words to share our feelings about having a child after losing one. You nailed it on the head.

    Congratulations!

    Much love,

    Cecilia

  10. I saw a double rainbow at Yosemite last month. It was absolutely beautiful. I don’t think I will ever see a double rainbow in the same way. Good luck, and I can’t wait to meet this double rainbow nephew/niece.

  11. Congratulations!!! I have been behind in reading blogs that aren’t allowed on my google reader, sorry this is so belated. But I am so happy for you!! What wonderful news.

    Thank you for your comment on facebook, I felt such strength from it, knowing that you _know_ what I was going through. I remember reading your updates on Jack and just being amazing at what you were going through. But now having gone through only a fraction of what you experience, I have a whole new love and repect and reverance for you as a mother. God does have a plan for all that happens and all that we go through.

    Good luck with baby number three. 🙂 I can’t wait to “meet” him/her via the internet.

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