15 June 2011

Thoughts of Father's Day

"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
2 Corinthians 6:18

As Father's Day approaches my thoughts and prayers are with my dear husband Erik. Like Mother's Day for me, Father's Day for Erik has been tough these past 3 years. With babies in heaven and now babies in my womb...there are many emotions. Erik has not left the house on Father's Day since 2008. Father's Day 2008 was his first celebration of being a daddy. I was pregnant with Ivy and he was so excited to be a dad and join the men in his life on this new adventure. Father's Day 2009 came after losing our precious daughter...no celebration that day. Father's Day 2010 brought another loss, a miscarriage...no celebration that day. Father's Day 2011 brings another loss, a father losing his precious son while joyfully celebrating two baby girls. The loss of Ephraim hit us both very hard, but I feel it was especially difficult for Erik. Ephraim was his son and he had always dreamed of having a son. The bond between father and son is a special one and he had a bond with our son from the day we found out he was a boy.

As Father's Day 2011 approaches I know Erik is excited to celebrate being a daddy once again....never forgetting his children in heaven. I pray that this Father's Day will be a true celebration, a day I will celebrate my husband! Erik is an amazing daddy. He works so hard for his family and has so much love for our babies. He talks to the babies and reads to them almost daily. He reads sweet stories from the bible....wanting his girls to know Jesus before they even enter this world. He works hard to provide for us and he takes such good care of me. He's taken on so much around the house with me out of commission and he never complains. With a wife like me who has OCD about the house, I know it's hard to maintain my insane cleanliness. But he is doing so great and I can never tell him enough how much I truly appreciate it. He truly serves the Lord by serving his family each day. I am so thankful for Erik each day...he is my best friend and the man I love with all my heart. There is a photo of him looking at Ivy the day she was born, the same day she left for heaven, and his expression is priceless. As I sit here typing I am looking over at this photo with tears in my eyes. He is looking at her with such love...he was so in love with her from the moment he saw her face. From that day I have wanted to see that expression on his face once again. I can't wait for the day that he sees his two girls beautiful faces and falls in love with them. What a day that will be! I also know that when he sees Ivy in heaven that expression will never fade!

For Fun
Mollie's 7th Birthday was today. She's been with us since she was 8 weeks old...wow how time flies. You dog lovers will enjoy the photos of her below. Those of you who aren't dog lovers, well you may think we are weird...but oh well. We didn't get her a cake this year, but we made her a special dinner. We got her some new food, Erik cooked her up 3 eggs, and added some pasta sauce on top. A feast indeed for a dog!

We even added a candle. Now she doesn't normally get fed at the table like this, this was just so we could get a picture of her before she chowed down. I think it looks like she's trying to blow out the candle. Haha!

Oh that sweet face. I'm sure she's thinking...can I just get my dinner now people...all I want is the food!

Blessings and Love,


  1. Once again I am typing with tears in my eyes, I am overcome with so many emotions. Your love for your amazing husband shines through so very much! I couldn't have asked for a better husband for my niece, than your Erik! I know he is going to be an amazing daddy to your precious baby girls too! Most of all, I am so touched by your love for our heavenly Father. I pray that your words of love and adoration will cause many people to want to know and serve Him! Hold on, sweetie! In just a few days you will be holding your girls in your arms and tears of joy will be streaming down your face. Even though I will be many miles away, I will be rejoicing and praising the Lord with you! I love you...and my heart bursts with pride for the Godly young woman you have become! To God be the glory!

  2. How could I forget Mollie! Give her lots of love for me, okay? Our beloved pets are just like family...and Mollie is blessed to have such a good one!

  3. Happy Birthday Mollie girl!!! You're going to be a wonderful big sis - I just know it!!


  4. Praying for a great Father's Day this year, and many more to come, for the Bayer family. Thank you Jamie for being so open and authentic in your blog. I hope you have time to keep blogging when Hope & Genevieve have made their arrival! In the meantime - we're continuing to pray for their safe arrival and all of you being able to come home from the hospital together.