We named our coloring book after Psalms 30:5, "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning" because we truly experienced that in our own journey of miscarriage and delayed fertility. We want our book to exhibit hope in all circumstances and remind ladies that joy will come!
Today, I want to share this REAL STORY of a family who experienced the same scripture and then named their daughter after it! They truly walked through a season of weeping, but found joy on the other side. This is the verse that we named our adult coloring book after, and I know you will be encouraged by Terri's story:
When I look back on our journey through delayed fertility, miscarriage, and infant loss, this verse just describes the whole journey perfectly. There were so many nights of weeping, crying out, up and down emotions, but God was faithful and finally JOY came in the morning.
We went through a miscarriage before we got pregnant with our son, Carson. We only needed Clomid to get pregnant, but it took a year and a half. I had a relatively healthy pregnancy with him, but when I went into labor his heart rate declined and he was delivered via emergency c-section. He was without oxygen for too long, and after two days on a ventilator, several seizures and brain bleeds, we made the difficult decision to let him go to Jesus. This was such a dark season in our lives with a lot of weeping, and crying out, but we knew we wanted to have children, so we had faith that God would redeem our loss and bless us with more children.
Through a miracle, we conceived our daughter, Carlie Joy, who was born exactly a year and eleven days after the birth of Carson. As we debated about her name, we knew we liked the name Carlie as an honor to her brother, but with the middle name we wanted to honor our journey of infertility leading up to her birth. For a long time we were thinking her middle name would be Patience; however, we decided on Joy because we didn’t want to look back on our journey, but we wanted to celebrate God’s goodness to us and this verse in Psalm 30:5 seemed like a perfect reason to use Joy as her middle name.
Our fertility story doesn’t end here. We had more problems with secondary infertility, and more miscarriages. More emotions, more weeping. I went into a depression and had difficulty dealing with other people in my life getting pregnant. Difficulty dealing with things other people would say. It was just a dark season once again. I still had emotions from losing my son, and still do. I don’t think that will ever go away.
However, we learned faith and reliance on God in a way we never would have if we hadn’t gone through the things we had. I used to think that if God would just give me one more baby my life would be perfect and my journey through infertility would be done. He did give us another baby, but I was wrong when I thought my journey would be done. Little Elliana Faith came into our family about seven years after her sister. Our family is complete, but the lessons learned through our fertility journey we will carry with us through this life.
- Story by Terri Markus
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