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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sad News

Family & Friends. With great sadness we write to tell you this past Monday we lost our baby to a miscarriage. Courtney was 11 weeks along when it happened. Our doctor informed us it was a spontaneous incomplete miscarriage that was not triggered by anything Courtney had done. Basically, these things sometimes happen. We ended up at the hospital where Courtney underwent a procedure to help complete the miscarriage. We are at home now resting & courtney’s body is slowly but surely healing.

We are heartbroken & mourning the loss of our child. But as 1 Thessalonians 4:13 reminds us we are not mourning without hope. The gospel is not just a set of intellectual beliefs. It is a source of very real hope every day. This week, the gospel gives us the specific hope that Christ is the answer to the brokenness of this world. We are grateful for our friends and family who are helping us to remember that by how they are loving on us this week.

More to come on how we are processing this. But for now, we want you to know what happened and that we are grieving....with hope.

The Sheltons

16 comments:

Rachael Davis said...

Much, much love to you, Courtney. Praying for you as you grieve.

Tara said...

Courtney (and Spence),

My heart grieves for your loss tonight. Please know that I will be praying for your recovery, comfort, and peace from our Great Physician, Healer, and the God who Sees You. I love you friend!

Krista said...

Oh Courtney and Spence,
I'm so sad to hear this news. Please know I am praying for you - praying specifically for comfort, peace, healing, and hope. I love you friend!!

Bobby and Brooke said...

Oh how I love y'all! I am praying for all of you (but especially Courtney) during this time! Please don't hesitate to reach out for help if you need ANYTHING!!!

Sarah said...

sending prayers and love.

Heather KA said...

so sorry for your loss, but great, encouraging post spence. praying for y'all.

The Landis Family said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Courtney.

Michelle said...

I find myself trying to type words that just seem insufficient. I don't have the right words, not that there are any. So instead I pray. I have been praying since the moment I heard and I continue to pray every day, all throughout the day. I know that you feel these prayers that everyone is sending your way. I know the power of prayer can be felt so I continue to pray that God will heal your heart, give you strength and hope. I know that our Heavenly Father will give you the strength to handle this situation. Though our hearts hurt and we feel the loss, the Lord will heal that pain. I love you.

Kimberly said...

I am so sorry for you both.. I will pray for you today. blessings and love, Kimberly Naranjo

Zach and Laura Hanlon said...

Praying for you, Courtney and Spence. If there is anything I can do to help during this time, please let me know!

Mike said...

So sorry to hear this sad news. I had a miscarriage at 12 weeks, and know what you are going through. But GOD has an important plan for sure. Take some time to relax and heal. I will be praying for ya'll. If you need any help with the boys, please let me know!!!

Lori Gail said...

We are so, so sorry to hear this sad news. Please know that you both (& Zeke & Ben, too) are in our prayers. We love ya'll! I know we're far away, but don't hesitate to let us know if we can do anything.

Debbie1055 said...

I was sad to hear the news, I want you to know that I am praying for you and I know God is there and will strengthen your heart and soul, I lift you up to Him for healing. I have loved you all your life and if you need me I am here.

This Family's Mommy said...

We will be praying for you guys as your hearts heal, knowing that God has you and your child in the palm of His hand.

Amy Merritt said...

Nothing we can say will make the hurt go away. But we love you and will pray for you.

Jenn & David said...

Courtney, I am so sorry to hear of this knews. Praying for your whole family. Kara R. shared this quote on her blog this week and it made me think of you. I am thankful that you have your trust and hope in the Lord during this difficult time.

Whatever difficulties confront you, Jesus is calling you to plant your hope, not in the circumstances of this life, but in the soil of his faithfulness. -Ann Spangler