Jose came home the other night & he started to talk to me about my blog post that day [he read my blog! haha I felt so cool!] I had blogged about our baby lamb that day that we had gotten last week & I revealed her name, Grace. But he told me that I had missed the biggest part about Grace in that blog post. I honestly forgot what he was talking about until he reminded me & I felt so bad because you guys had to hear this amazing story. You see our Grace has a bigger story than you think. She was only born two weeks ago, but has already been such a ray of hope in our lives & after Jose reminded me of her story, I figured it deserved it’s own blog post.
Ok, so let’s back up. I told my friend Abby a few months ago that I wanted some sheep if her sheep ever had sheep. Is that how you say that? Well, a few of her sheep got pregnant this past spring & we told her that we would take some of the lambs when they were born. I was there for the ultrasounds & Abby always kept me in the loop through their pregnancies & we were so excited to welcome some lambs to White Cottage Farm once they were born. There were three sheep that we assumed could be pregnant so we waited to see what happened. We were thrilled when the first sheep had her lambs. It was twin boys! Then we found out the second sheep didn’t get pregnant successfully. So we still had one more to go. So we waited. & we waited. & we waited. After a few weeks after the other sheep had the twin boys went by we were wondering why this sheep wasn’t having her babies because they all got pregnant at the same time. The vet was called & we were told to wait. So we waited, & we waited, & we waited. Betty, the sheep who was still pregnant, was getting massive & we figured everyday she was ready to give birth. Then the vet was called again & Abby was told that poor Betty probably miscarried. It was devastating news. Even though they are farm animals, both Abby and I love & care for our farm animals & we were saddened for Betty & the loss. There was no hope for her & we knew there was nothing we could do so we went on with our life after that & Jose and I started prepping the farm for the twin boys.
But this story is called the miscarriage that didn’t happen right? Right. I was sitting at a wedding reception a few weeks after that & I was taking photos with some of the guests with my phone & my phone kept going off. I was going to ignore it because I didn’t want to be rude at the wedding, but I saw it was Abby so I decided to quick look at what she needed. The text read something like “Betty just had triplets!!” & my heart stopped. Wait, that couldn’t be possible. The other lambs were born at the beginning of April & it was mid June now & Betty just gave birth to Triplets… WHAT? I had so many questions. How did the vet miss three heartbeats in her? Why was she pregnant so long? How big were these babies? Were they ok? What did they look like? Needless to say I did some incognito texting at that wedding reception because I was so excited about the triplets.
I’m not going to compare my miscarriages with a sheep having a miscarriage. I’m not going to sit here and say that a lamb is like a baby. I’m not going to sit here and type that because a sheep had something happen with a pregnancy that a human could have the same thing happen as well. I am going to say that there is always hope. I am not comparing the pregnancies, but I am comparing the hope that connects the two. Having a newborn sheep has taught me a lot this past week. Bottle feeding her, having her follow me everywhere I go, & taking care of her like her mother would, but I think the biggest thing Grace has brought to our farm is hope. We all thought that Betty had lost her babies, we all thought that that was it & since the doctor said they were gone that they were gone. There was no room left for hope. That was that. But a few weeks later Abby walked into her barn & there were three healthy lambs laying under the sheep that as told she would not give birth. There was hope & we just didn’t cling to it. There is always hope & we must always cling to it.
It’s funny what the farm has taught me in this year of being here, but I think the biggest thing it has brought to me & Jose is hope. We have been through some dark times the past few years including miscarriages & something terrible that I have never shared with you guys. There is something about caring for animals, growing things from the dirt, renovating an old home, & caring for your land that truly brings hope to each day. I’m not going to lie that after six miscarriages most days I feel like there is no hope, but when I look at Grace I realize there is so much hope in this world.. God gives us new graces every morning & even in the darkest of times there is hope. If Jose and I are ever blessed to be pregnant again I will think of Grace & how we were told there is no hope for her & here she is living her best life on our farm… Friends, there is always hope. I hope that Grace gives you hope today no matter what situation you are in. Grace is a walking little miracle & I hope she spreads hope beyond our farm with her amazing story. Thank you for sharing in our joy of Grace & for loving her from a distance along with us. Be sure to follow me on Facebook & Instagram for an overload of Grace photos & videos. xx
You can read about how Grace made it to our farm [HERE]
Laura Stewart says
She is the sweetest. This might be one of your best posts. Hope and grace are what keep us going on the dark days! So glad you now have both!
You can never post too many pictures of your new sweet lamb- she is adorable! ❤ The pictures of her taking a nap in your dining room- too cute.
It’s wonderful to see you so happy, and I loved hearing you say “there is always hope.” I will carry that in my heart and save it for a day when I need to hear it. Thank you!?
I was also told there was no hope but in Gods beautiful time there was wonderful hope that is now 36 and 38. Came to me in different ways but all by Gods Grace, Hope was born.
Because of the grace of God there is hope and with hope comes faith. Grace, hope, and faith are all tied together.
Oh my goodness. this post really got me n the heart. Typing with damp eyes….. luv this Lizmarie . Hope and Grace, what we need to sustain our tomorrows….
I have been following you for some time now, and this last month on Instagram. Enjoying every post, photo of your Grace. I am a firm believer that God has a plan for us…. everything happens for a reason, a part of his divine plan. Even Grace, ?
My miracle boys are in their twenties now. Amazing gifts!
I so needed your post today – I love your sharing love your pics but today I needed the reminding, so thank you. Have a super day filled with Grace and hope.
Becky Atkinson says
Thank you for sharing this part of Graves story and yours and Jose’s story. There is always hope. Miracles happen all the time!! Oh that sweet little lamb!!
It is true that there are miracles! Times like these we are aware of a higher power.
I am in love with your beautiful Grace and think she fits in perfectly with your family.
The Bible says that hope does not disappoint!!! What a beautiful story of hope and grace!!
Wow..what I touching story, Liz
Is very moving to read, thank you for sharing, Thanks to Jose for reminding you to share with us, he is as sweet as you are, I enjoy your feed, your blog and your live story the most of any IG account I follow, thank you and congrats on your new baby Grace♡♡♡
That was beautiful! I’m literally crying right now! ?? Good tears of course! ?
Adorable pictures! Love your kitty too!
Such a beautiful post..when I lost my Daughter a piece of my heart went with her…Sharing Grace’s journey has turned some darker days into brighter ones.. Thank you always for your heartfelt reminders of the importance of Faith.
P.S. All your special creatures on the Farm bring a smile to my heart every time you share!♥️ Thank you for those moments!
Sarah | She Holds Dearly says
Thank you for sharing this, I really needed it right now. Hopelessness is crippling and suffocating, I am so thankful for a God who continues to surprise us with hope. And I totally agree with you on the gentle healing that comes from farm work.
Kim Dykman says
Thanks for sharing ! She is even more special than before ! I know there are miracles for everyone’s lives in God’s time ! We pray that your lives will be filled with many of them! Love you!
What a beautiful testimony of hope brought in such a sweet bundle! Love watching stories of your “funny looking dog”. ? For there is nothing God cannot do. ❤️
Debbie McReynolds says
I have been following all of your “Grace” posts and loving them all. While watching the videos on Instagram, and looking at all your photos, I have seen and heard you be so very happy. Grace was certainly meant for you and Jose. The feeding and changing of the diapers has made me smile. God has a plan for you two. You’re both such wonderful, hard working people and I feel I know you both just by following your posts. Blessing to you two. Keep sharing your wonderful life with us. You make my day when I follow.
Thank you, Liz…clinging to hope for a different set of circumstances that has lasted years with a child…so encouraging! Bless you, and the Word says, ‘hope does not disappoint’…
Favorite post so far! God bless you! Thanks for the message of hope… Sometimes we forget Our God is merciful, faithful and his Grace is amazing! ??
Your home is full of love , and by the grace of God he brought this little sheep as a sign of hope..
Love watching your insta stories..
You are truly living the dream
Thank you so much for sharing and giving me that reminder of hope and grace. The grace God gave us. The grace that God gave to your farm. God is good and Grace is blessed to have you and Jose.
Watching your stories on Insta has become a daily thing for me! After the day is done and I’m winding down, I usually catch up on instagram and I feel like I’ve gotten to know you, even though I don’t really know you! I started following your page because I loved your home decor posts. Then I discovered insta stories (I’m a little slow to the social media thing sometimes)! But then I saw one day after following you for several weeks about your infertility, when I decided to click on your blog and look at it one day. We too have struggled with miscarriages the past year. It’s such a hard thing that people don’t talk about. Thank you for sharing your story. I’m glad the lamb has brought joy into your home. Thank you for sharing your positivity, and this post about not giving up hope. It’s inspiring. I believe God can do anything. Just a good story to leave you with…My coworker had 7 miscarriages. She went on to have 3 beautiful children. I hope he blesses you and your husband with a precious baby one day soon.
Sharon C says
Such a beautiful story Lizmarie and Grace was truly meant to be there with you and Jose on your gorgeous farm. I can see the joy she is bringing to you. Love your blog and your decorating style!
Virginia Barrett says
I’m sitting outside on the porch listening to the rain…….and balling my eyes out!
Can you say “BEST BLOG EVER!”
I pray that God continues to let you see good in all things ♡♡
Jean Tovern says
Absolutely beautiful. You are SO gifted in so many ways. That was probably the best thing I’ve read this year. ❤
Jessica Bruno says
awww the cutest post ever!
I had a tear in my eye after reading this. What a wonderful perspective. We just got a lab puppy 5 weeks ago and we completely know the feeling of full time care and following you around. Grace is so adorable – thanks for the picture and video overload.
Beautiful !! Yes, get your hopes up! When I was in a long waiting period in my life, caring friends didn’t want to “get my hopes up”. They didn’t want me to be disappointed if what I wanted so badly never happened. It bothered me! Jesus came to give us HOPE!! So get those hopes up!! ??
Vivian Poe says
Such a beautiful story, made me tear up, making memories to share with your babies someday “Priceless” !!!!!!!
Eleven Gables says
What a beautiful and heart-felt post. I love everything about this. You are such a wonderful momma to sweet little Grace. Praying for you and Jose. May God continue to bless your marriage beyond measure. xo, Emily
Brenda Graver says
What a sweet and precious story and I am happy that I found you on facebook ……………can’t wait for daily updates
Love this, and your Grace posts. ❤️❤️ Hope is what keeps this world moving. Hope and grace that is.
Thank you for sharing this story of hope, I can see the joy in your face and hear it in your voice when you talk about Grace. I love watching your little miracle explore the farm ?
Thank you for sharing this story of hope. I can see the joy on your face and hear it in your voice when to share about Grace. I love watching your little miracle explore the farm every day.
Christine @cottageonlex says
This post came to me at a much needed time- a time when I feel like hope is gone. Thank you and your little Grace for making me smile today.
O sweet Grace! What a beautiful story and reminder of how God surprises us with unexpected hope in the midst of devastating news. Grace is the cutest little thing. I look forward to glimpses of her on your instagram stories. 🙂
There is always hope, especially in the storm. As we grieved our seventh miscarriage this week, it is beyond fathomable, but I am assured by God that we are all here for His purpose and I believe there is hope in all of this. I’m with ya sister- not many of us out there with these kind of numbers. Maybe we ar supposed to be heard in a different way 🙂
This was an absolute inspiring post! I follow your blog and on IG but never post. Lots of “likes” on IG. Im going through many difficult changes. God’s grace has been the one thing to help us through is change movd on to a different season in our lives. Thank you for reminding us all there is always HOPE! You and Jose are beutiful people sharing your lives and personal stories! Thank you both!
What a beautiful post of hope and love….. ❤️❤️
Romans 12:12 is my favorite bible verse. It came to me in my moment of deep despair. ‘Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.’ Thanks be to our Lord for showing us sweet baby Grace.
I think you are a remarkable woman to share such a personal story. But you are even more remarkable for the true inspiration you still carry after what you both have been through. The message may not hit home for me in the sense of miscarriages, since I have been blessed with two beautiful grown sons. But the message does come at a time when I am making a decision about my own health. I thank you for the hope you have sent me today as I sit here reading your blog to get my mind off of my decision today. I will not only hold the hope in my heart for myself, but I truly hold hope for you that someday you will have the child that so far has not been meant to be yours. I feel as if Grace is here to fill your heart with love, until the child that is your fate comes into your lives. I am a believer!
Marlene Stephenson says
God is so good and thank you for all you have said, i am older and have seen God work in peoples lives and it is a wonder.
I have to thank you. I am 52, I have three children. I did have one miscarriage between my two daughters. I finally own a home, a small condo, as a divorced woman. My son is on the autism spectrum. I love, love, love your home decor. My brother’s son, 19 years old, tragically died in a car accident Saturday. I once owned one shih tzu, Sophie. She came to me at the game of 10. I had her two wonderful years. I love sheep and lambs – if I had the land, I would have some. Your pictures on this post lifted my currently aching heart. May you be blessed in your blessing others.
Hope. We have hope in Jesus. I love the Tenth Avenue North song “I have this hope in the depths of my soul. In the flood or the fire You are with me and You won’t let go.” I am so thankful for Jesus Who NEVER LETS GO. With Him NOTHING is impossible. Hold onto Jesus with BOTH HANDS and trust Him. Never stop praying for your heart’s desire unless Jesus tells you to. Blessings from Missouri dear lady! I love this post!
shelly bartz says
well, that was about the sweetest post I’ve ever read… Hope, Grace, patience, faith, etc. thank you for sharing all of that with us… It was beautiful and absolutely made my day. It also made me think a lot and made my heart grow a little bit. Have an amazing day .
Well, That was about the best post I’ve ever read on a blog… Or anywhere. Thank you for your honesty, truth, and Sharing.
Your blog really made me think and made my heart grow a little bit bigger today. Have a beautiful day.
I was wondering if you have tried accupuncture for your infertility?
On the wall of my acupuncturist are 100’s of pictures of babies born to mothers who were told by mainstream doctors they would never have children. Might be worth checking in to.
Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers.
Sweet, sweet story. There IS always hope and grace. Fits right in with the rest, and a diaper yet lol! Blessings, I believe one day the rest of your family will begin. love,Sherry
Thank you for sharing the most hidden hurts of your life, but still believing, having hope, trusting in our Father for his pattern for our life.
My daughter just had a hysterectomy and is still grieving for the baby she won’t hold. But you give grace, love, and hope for what our Father has planned.
I don’t know the story ahead, but thankful He does and sends people angels like you to encourage us and we aren’t alone.
Thank you, Debbie
Beautiful story. When Grace is older, I wish you would consider being a foster mom for dogs. You would be the BEST!
Teresa O'Connor says
Oh wow, I just cried reading this story , I totally see and get the point in your post. God is so good in the way things happen to us and how He tells us His will and plans through situations we encounter in our lives…
Prayers for you while you go through this journey in your life and prayers that God will bless you with a family. Hope is still there ,keep the faith. Praying for blessings for you!
Tammy of thentherestwo.com says
I love watching your IG stories with your little lamb, your cute pics in your home ( she seems like the perfect decorating peace )?, And now I want a little lamb! ha. But, I’m glad God has given you another reason to hope. ? I struggle with hope in my long, long battle with illnesses, but continually ask God to give me that same hope and strength to continue to fight this battle and ultimately bring Him glory through it. ??Thank you for sharing!
Amberly Tomme (abbi) says
Oh wonderful and you are a great story teller! Thank you!
I love this post! I love watching your journey on the farm and with Grace. Don’t ever lose hope!
Marie, paint it white says
Absolutely there is always hope, and I hope and wish your dream comes true. You deserve it so much..