Our sweet Esther Joelle Block was born on Thursday, September 16, skipping life on earth and going directly to live with Jesus in Heaven.
On Tuesday I had noticed that our baby had stopped moving inside of me despite all my efforts to wake her up to feel those kicks that I loved feeling. I started having light contractions that sometimes made me think she was moving, but I knew it was an illusion. Ben took me to the doctor Wednesday morning where immediately two different nurses tried finding her heartbeat. There was none. Then the doctor took me in for an ultrasound and where we usually saw that precious heart beating rapidly we saw nothing.
When I went in for my 4th cesarean delivery at 36.5 weeks there was already an army of prayer warriors covering us in prayer. I know that God did miracles that day and will continue doing miracles because of all those prayers. I know that our baby Esther was born for such a time as this and her life will be used by God to bring His loving salvation to nations. Joelle means Jehovah is God, and we will continue to declare that truth every day.
I have never experienced such deep grief. I have never known what a true broken heart feels like before. But I am so thankful that I have a loving Heavenly Father who comforts those who mourn and heals the broken hearted. Even in the deepest, darkest valley of life, Jesus is there. I’m experiencing God’s expressed love through all the prayers, encouragement, and support we are receiving from family and friends all over the world. Thank you for that.
We have the hope that we will see our daughter in Heaven one day. She is in the best place ever, and when I get there she will be the first person after Jesus that I run to hug and hold.
I’m so thankful I got to give her lots of kisses before saying goodbye. My loving Jesus, thank you for Esther Joelle’s life. Thank you for taking such great care of her until I see her again.
Our baby Esther Joelle Block was born on September 16, 2021 and is in heaven already with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Debbie had already felt that she had stopped moving in her belly and so we went in to the doctors and there was no heartbeat. We had Debbie’s 4th c-section the next day, Thursday.
Many friends and family stood with us knowing that God could still bring her back to life. However, on Friday night we released her spirit to the Lord and so thankful we have the hope that she is with Him and will see her again one day in heaven.
We are so thankful the hospital has made many exceptions for us during this time and I have been able to stay with Debbie and they even allowed our other three girls Isabella, Evelyn, and Eliana to come meet their sister in person for the first and only time here on earth.
God gave me two words during this time. Hope and Rest. And so we confidently hope and know we will see Esther again in heaven with Jesus. And we have hope for the future that God will use all things for His good and continue to give us joy and life. We rest in His promises. He’s carrying us through this along with the love of our family and friends.
We love you Esther Joelle. After our Lord you’re the first person we look forward to seeing in heaven someday. We hope many put their faith in Jesus through this all and we can all be together for eternity with our Lord.
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