Mourning After the Nightmare

From the May/June 2012 Family Foundations:

by Holly Rutchik

Jonathan and Kristin Smies expected their third pregnancy to be a smooth sail. Been there, done that.

But the Teaching Couple from Green Bay, Wisc., was devastated by a miscarriage.

Kristin, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mother to two daughters, 4 and 2, learned they were expecting while the couple was geographically separated due to Jonathan’s work and military obligations. Kristin and their girls were staying with family in Florida while Jonathan, an attorney, worked in Wisconsin. Unable to celebrate the pregnancy with Jonathan, 34, in  person, Kristin baked cupcakes topped with baby candies for a dessert at her parents’ home. Her family squealed with excitement upon learning the news.

“Unfortunately,” Kristin said, “we were not able to relish the good news for long.”

Read more, and then comment:

What was the best advice or thoughtful gift you received following a miscarriage?