Monday, April 5, 2010

Beautiful Baby Boy!

Yesterday was six weeks...six weeks since Eli went home to our LORD.  It is hard to imagine him not being a part of our lives.  He always will be.  I honestly do not know where time has gone.  I know I have said this before, but it is almost like time is standing still in my mind and heart and flying by in the world around me.  Sometimes I feel like I am being left behind while the world moves on around me.  I feel like it should stop and rest for a while, but know that is not possible.
I want to share Eli with you.  I want you to see for yourself the beauty and love that is...Eli. 
The songs that are set to the slideshow are Love Never Fails by Brandon Heath and I Will Carry You by Selah.  Lucie Rose loves to sing with Love Never Fails.  In one part of the song, the lyrics are love is alive...Lucie Rose instead sings love is Eli. 

I Corinthians 13:4-7 & 13
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Make sure to scroll down and turn off the music on the playlist before beginning the slideshow.

These pictures were taken by Lisa Smith.  She is amazing.  You can check out her work at . Thank you Lisa!

Much love,


  1. Jennifer,
    That is so incredibly beautiful!!! I sat here with tears streaming down my face. Eli is so beautiful!!! It hurts my heart so much to know the pain that you, Jamie, and the kids are going through. It's amazing to see God's wonderful hands underneath you carrying you through and to know how much He loves you and has a purpose (although it's hard to see the purpose through the tears). (It also helps to know that Eli is in Jesus' arms this very moment. Even so, it's still so hard for us here who miss him so much!)
    The grace that God is allowing you as He carries you through this is only able to be explained through Him. I know that He's glorified as you point us to Him, even in the midst of your own pain.
    I'm very gratful to you for sharing so much of Eli with us. He is so incredibly precious - just like his mommy and daddy. I love you all so much!

  2. Aw Jennifer, I'm in tears. Thank you for sharing your sweet baby boy with us. Those pictures are proof that he was surrounded by a whole lot of love that day! I've followed your story since you responded to my comment on Angie's blog. My friend, Jen, had her baby boy too. Dylan lived a couple of hours and was handsome like Eli. As a mom, I'm crushed for you. Bless you and your beautiful family! Prayers for peace.

  3. Tiffany,Thank you for your thoughts and prayers! It means so much. I am so sorry for your friends little Dylan. I am sure he was beautiful! I would love to talk to her. My email address is on my blog. We are very blessed to have such a large family and so much support. Every prayer is so special to us. I know your friend is thankful to have you in her life. God put you there. You are an amazing person to be there for her.

  4. Michelle Folmar LarkinApril 6, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful family. I continue to pray for you all and you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jenn. I am so happy that you and Jamie made the decision to have these amazingly beautiful pictures done. All of these pictures portray the awesome gift of LOVE that ELI is and will ALWAYS represent. Kendall looked at these with me and said "Mommy, please don't will be O.K. because Baby Eli is in heaven with Baby Jesus". Hearing her say that and then sing "My temporary Home" I cried even more. To this day I still stand amazed at how strong and courageous you and Jamie have been through out this long and winding road. Just know that you all are in our prayers and will always continue to be. I Love you

  6. You are an amazing woman. I don't know you. I clicked on your webpage on

    Our baby was diagnosed Sept 15th with polycystic kidneys. We carried her until she was 28 weeks, and then I went into labor. She was stillborn. Turned out she had Turner's Syndrome which made her kidneys polycystic--- no amniotic fluid---- they measured zero with me.

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  7. Jennifer:
    Thank you for sharing the memory of Eli with me. It was so good to be able to finally see the beautiful baby boy that we wept and prayed over on Fridays. You know, our prayers were not in vain. Eli brought God's people together to pray when we probably would have never done so otherwise. I will always treasure those moments of God's grace shared between us in my classroom. I do pray for God's mercy, grace, and comfort to constantly be with you, your husband and your beautiful children. We miss you. Hope to see you soon.
    In His Love,
    Donna McGowin

  8. Jennifer, I am sitting here in tears. Thank you for sharing Eli. You are a strong person. God bless you.

    Praying for you and your family....
    Tracy Clifton

  9. Jennifer,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful miracle with me. He was absolutely angelic! I continue to pray for you and your family. God will deliver you through this pain. If you ever need to talk, please do not hesitate to call. I sure do miss seeing you around.

    Alane Boswell Williams