Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ten.

Today we are celebrating Joy's tenth birthday.
Wondering what birthday parties are like in heaven.
Pondering what life would be like if she was still here with us.
Thankful for her story, her legacy, and how her short life transformed us in so many ways.

Happy Birthday to our beautiful firstborn!


56 comments:

  1. What a day of rejoicing it will be indeed! Excited that we will get to spend eternity with your Joy. I so appreciate your willingness to share your story and journey with all of us.

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  2. Happy Birthday Joy! Oh to be in Heaven. :)

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  3. happy birthday, joy! rejoicing with you for the sweet gift of heaven
    <3

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  4. your blog has been an inspiration to me for all the time I've been reading it!
    But...when I saw the "Ten" heading, I thought perhaps your little guy had slept that long last night? No?
    Thanks for your blog!

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  5. I'm sure Heaven birthday parties are WAY awesome... May your sweet family be filled with JOY....

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  6. I never know the right thing to say so I will say happy birthday Joy!

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  7. I LOVE this graphic. Happy Birthday Joy. What a beautiful day it will be indeed when we all get to Heaven!

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  8. blessings to you and your family today. you all are so inspiring!

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  9. Truly the Lord has turned her story from weeping to joy! :)

    Thinking of you and your fam today!

    <3

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  10. Happy 10th Birthday to your Baby Girl! Praying for you and your family today!

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  11. Your words and your grace touch my life. Happy Birthday to sweet Joy. May God celebrate with her in such a beautiful way today.

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  12. Happy Birthday Joy!!! What a great way to remember her...

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  13. Happy Joy Day!

    What a sweet hope to know that you will be reunited.

    Thinking of these verses for you this morning ...

    "brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.

    We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.

    According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

    For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

    After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

    And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words."

    (1 Thess. 4:13-18)

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  14. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl...thinking about you guys and praying for all for all of you today....xoxo

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  15. I know that sweet Little one is rejoicing something grand up there with our savior. I am praying for you guys today I hope that you are coveted in peace.

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  16. so many emotions.
    so very thankful you emailed me all those years ago to let me know about angie smiths blog... bring the rain. your openess and friendship was the first real friendship i made through blogs.
    i love your heart.
    i love your realness.
    you are the real deal.
    your love for jesus shines like the stars!
    thank you for sharing joy's story.
    i will be rejoicing one day (as will many moms and dads) with their little ones that were 'taken' too soon.
    hugs to you!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday Joy,what a party that will be!

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  18. THinking of you and your family today as you remember and celebrate Joy. Prayers and blessings sent to you!

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  19. I still think of you whenever I hear the Watermark song- oh sweet friend. What a decade. I can't wait to meet her in Heaven and hope to see you much sooner on this side! love mcj

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  20. Happy Birthday sweet Joy! I cant wait to meet you someday!:)
    Im saying a prayer for your family right now Julie. Hugs from New York.

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  21. Thinking of you all today
    and praying His peace over you.

    Parties in Heaven are undoubtedly
    SPECTACULAR!!!

    Glad you have spent time today as a family
    reflecting on your sweet Joy
    and the joy that has spread to so many
    because of her.

    xo.

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  22. Happy birthday to your angel girl! I can only imagine the hugs she'll be getting someday!

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  23. Thinking of your family and want you to know what a blessing your blog has been in my life. God bless!

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  24. I bet the parties up there are amazing! Happy birthday Joy!!

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  25. Joyous Birthday! Today at Walmart, I asked the cashier how she was. She told me she wasn't great. I felt led to ask her if it was physical or emotional. She said it was emotional and that her grandson had died over the weekend. I asked how old he was, and she said, "Two hours." His name is Kevin. His dad's name is Sean, and her name is Twila. I told her my family would be praying for her. Such raw, fresh grief and so little I felt I could offer while paying for my groceries! I can only pray that in 10 years they will have a story of joy and hope to share. Thanks for sharing your story!

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  26. Happy Birthday Joy! I imagine all of our babies in Heaven are celebrating together today! I'm sure my Madelynn is right along with her. Thank you for sharing her with us all!

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  27. big hugs.
    i wish it was in person.
    love to you julie.

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  28. blessings to you and your sweet family today! My entire family loves you guys :)

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  29. I'm a new follower and read your story lastnight- and my heart broke for you and your husband- but it also smiled. Seeing how you guys continued to leaned on God through the worst event in your life. Thanks for opening up and sharing your story- you are an inspiration! I am so glad to have found our blog!

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  30. Happy Born Day to you Joy. I know you will wearing the birthday hat today and sitting at the table with our Savior. What a special birthday it will be to share it with the Lord.

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  31. i've been wondering about heavenly birthdays. i'm thinking wow, Joy gets to dance with and be adored by Jesus and get to see His face. wow. just wanted to say i was praying for you yesterday. blessings to you...sara

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  32. Happy Birthday to Joy! I'm sure her heavenly party is way cool. (((HUGS))) to you!

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  33. Dancing around the throne of God, being in His presence 24/7, joining the angels in chorus to Him who is worthy...I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate being 10. Joy's story still brings tears to my eyes no matter how much time passes. She is a testimony to God's ability to redeem a loss and continue to bring joy to your family in other ways.

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  34. Happy birthday Joy~
    thinking of you and your precious gift today.

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  35. "When we all see Jesus, we'll sing & shout the victory!"

    Happy Birthday Joy!

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  36. Thinking of you and your incredible family today, Julie. Happy Birthday to your little one!

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  37. I can't imagine the emotions you are experiencing today. Happy birthday Joy!

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  38. I never was truly thankful for the gift of eternal life in heaven until I became a mother. Thank you Jesus!

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  39. Oh, I imagine a big, huge part of all parties.

    Ten years.

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  40. I've been following you blog for a few months now, and I so wish we lived in the same town as I believe we would be good friends :) This is the first time I have read your story about Joy, and i cried with you. I know the loss of miscarriage, and could not imagine loosing a baby. You are a beautiful woman and i pray blessings over your lovely family.

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  41. I've been following you blog for a few months now, and I so wish we lived in the same town as I believe we would be good friends :) This is the first time I have read your story about Joy, and i cried with you. I know the loss of miscarriage, and could not imagine loosing a baby. You are a beautiful woman and i pray blessings over your lovely family.

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  42. happy birthday Joy..and many blessings to you and your family.

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  43. Grateful for your vulnerability. It's going to be one blessed birthday celebration!

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  44. Beautiful post. Happy birthday, Joy! Love Gungor's song, "This is not the end:"

    This is not the end
    This is not the end of this
    We will open our eyes wide, wider

    This is not our last
    This is not our last breath
    We will open our mouths wide, wider

    And you know you'll be alright
    Oh and you know you'll be alright

    This is not the end
    This is not the end of us
    We will shine like stars bright, brighter

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  45. Its amazing how such a little bug has impacted soo many. Your transparency during these years is nothing more that heroic, really. I love you and your precious gems, each of them! xox

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  46. sending beautiful love to you today.

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  47. I am sure she is having a wonderful party1 Happy Birthday Joy!

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  48. Thank you for your transparency and vulnerability. I've been following your blog for awhile and just read through Joy's story...TEARS. Your hope and uplifting words were exactly what I needed today.

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  49. Joy is the perfect name...emotion...state of mind.

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  50. Happy Birthday Joy! xoxo Cute printable and sweet post. Love, Reannah

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  51. You are such a strong women. I can't begin to tell you how inspiring you are.

    -Tiffany
    fashionintheforest.blogspot.com

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