Sophia Maria

For loss of brain power to write new words I feel the need to capture the recent Facebook messages that Mark and I shared.  I’m sure that as time passes I will need to start writing about the details and memories of the past 4 days and the days to come but for now this will do.


Friday, July 6, 2012

We will likely be making a birth announcement today. As most of you know we were expecting an addition to the family in October. We found out yesterday that sometime in the last few days that the precious little heart has stopped beating. So at a few days shy of 26 full weeks we will welcome our child then turn it over to the angels of heaven to present to God the Most High. Thanks to everyone who has expressed condolences. It is our faith, our family, and our friends who will see us through. This will NOT overshadow the many blessings God has bestowed upon us.

Morning, Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thanks to so many of you who have expressed your condolences, love, and offered your prayers- especially at a time when it’s difficult to know what to say. Sophia Maria was born at 8:54 pm last night and topped the scales at 1 lbs and 10.6 ounces. She was 14″ long and was working on a nice head of dark hair. Long feet and long fingers. Maria was the epitome of strength and courage and I couldn’t have been more honored to be her husband. Thanks again to all of you- I can’t tell you how much it means to us. We are home now for some rest. We will have services next week and will post details as soon as times are set.

Evening, Saturday, July 7, 2012

We are overwhelmed and beyond grateful for the love, support, thoughts, and prayers from all of you. We have been blessed more than we feel we deserve. Thank you all, from the depths of our hearts.

Tonight we are thanking God for choosing us to be the parents of a saint. She is truly a miracle that only He could make, as are all of his children. I am humbled by the opportunity to carry her precious life within me and though I may never know why I was chosen, I will always feel honored.

As parents our #1 prayer is that our children someday get to heaven. Sophia got a free pass much earlier than anticipated, but what a lucky little girl! We will always look forward to the day we see her again.


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    Mark & Maria,
    Words cannot express the sadness I felt when Lynn told me about the loss of your baby. You have your own special little angel now.
    I have my very own angel, too. Mark Edward was stillborn in 1968.
    You and your family are in my prayers.

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      Thank you, Marge. What would heaven be with out babies to hold? ~Maria

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    We have never met, but I heard about your loss through a mutual friend. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and had a similiar experience last August. Sophia was blessed to have such a great Mommy! I will keep your family in my prayers.

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      Thank you, Shayla. I am sorry to hear of your loss as well. ~Maria

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