Remembering Jude + Sharing some news

It's been about five months since our little Jude went to heaven, and about 2 months since we laid him to rest. We were able to bury Jude on my 29th birthday - April 7, 2018 - at St. Thomas More Parish in Norman, OK.

The Mass was simply beautiful, and although difficult, it was incredibly healing. We were overwhelmed by the number of people that showed up. Family from all over, and even friends from NYC surprised us to celebrate his life, pray for his soul, support us. The homily (below) was heartfelt, and my husband shared his (our) gratitude. His words, more than anything, were like a balm to my heavy heart.

Jude's resting place is in a small garden with a walkway, trees, flowers, and garden statues. It's also the resting place of two other babies who left this world too soon. I'm happy to know that he's in such sweet company and will be looked after, and visited often by some of our favorite people. Mark is happy that he'll be able to *hear* all the OU home games. #BoomerSooner

My sister in law, Mel, took some beautiful photos for us. (If you're in Tulsa/OKC, you should hire her for your next event or portrait session.)

Psst...Keep reading below for some happy news.

After the funeral we spent time and celebrated with family and friends. There, we were able to share our happy news -- we're expecting baby #2 in November. I was just about 6 weeks along then, so vary early, and admittedly a little hesitant to share. As of today, baby is 14 weeks along, and seemingly growing to be a healthy baby. My heart is full.

My family was SHOCKED by the news:

Please keep us in your prayers as we wait and prepare in joyful anticipation of this new life growing within me. And please pray for and remember little Jude Gerard (his birthday would have been May 26 or so) -- that he's waiting for his mama, pops, and little sis/bro up in heaven (and helping us get there).

 

King of my Heart

Last year, around the beginning of Advent, I was asked to design the weekly wallpaper for Blessed is She. My wallpaper would "launch" on December 24, Christmas Eve. The image below is what I designed (with some serious help from the Holy Spirit). It's still available for free download on the Blessed is She site, if you'd like to grab your own copy. And if you continue reading, you'll see that I'm now taking pre-orders for 8x10 prints AND hardcover journals.

I was excited by the challenge of this project, and I took the nativity story to prayer before I began. When the illustration was finished, I knew I had received some divine help, and when the wallpaper went live, women responded quite strongly to it, and wanted to know more about the image. So, I want to tell you a little bit about what was going on in my life this Advent. It's been a season full of ups and downs: a lot of joy, and a lot of pain. And, well, I hope in some way this art and this experience will help your heart (pun intended) in 2018.

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