I'm Diana and my husband is Allen. The way we met was pretty much love at first sight and we were married after 5 years together on April 19, 2008. Allen is a Network Engineer and I'm a Domestic Diva/ Hair Stylist. I'm supposed to be a Stay at Home Mom right now, but things don't always work out the way we plan. This blog is about the stillbirth of our daughter Caroline Elizabeth, or as Elizabeth McCracken, in her memoir "An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination" puts it; the happiest story with the saddest ending. I suppose this is a public diary of sorts. The blessings, love, and support that we have received since her birth has been overwhelming. However, people are often afraid to ask us directly about her birth and how she died. Rest assured, the bereaved parent is usually always willing to talk about their child. This is Caroline's story, in honor of her memory and her life. 26,000 babies will be stillborn in the United States every year. 1 in 4 babies won't make it from conception to their first birthday due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. Many times the reasons are unknown. If Caroline's story and our journey through grief and a subsequent pregnancy prevents just 1 family from going through the tragedy that our family has experienced, then her short life has fulfilled it's purpose that God destined it to. We prayerfully and cautiously look forward to the future. As we dance with joy and grief, we move forward; never losing hope.
"I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart."