Staying High



Labor Day 2016

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 marked one year since I both said ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ to my newborn son, Izzy, and what a year it’s been. My family will be walking and fundraising for the March of Dimes March for Babies again this year in Izzy’s honor, therefore, here I am starting a blog series on the lessons I’ve learned and the encouragement I have to offer one year post infant loss. I’ve had highs and lows, but most importantly, I’ve grown and learned to keep pressing on through it all.


One of the key truths I’ve learned over the past year is that life is both the pain and the joy, the despair and the hope, the tears and the laughter—all of it is entwined and it’s impossible to have one without soon having the other. Somebody once said that if you never have the valleys, you won’t know what the mountaintop feels like. Every day that I find myself smiling or laughing, I’m in awe of the glory of God and the mysteries of life because I remember days when I thought I would never be able to smile or laugh again.

One of my favorite songs right now is “Stay High” by Jonathan McReynolds. Bruh has helped get me through the storms this year. After a friend invited me to see him live, I’ve been hooked on his music. Let me know what you think in the comments!

My family and I will be walking in the March of Dimes March for Babies on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in honor of our angel. We’d love for you to donate to our campaign! Any amount no matter how small may help other families of premature infants. Click here and know that we’re so thankful for you!


4 thoughts on “Staying High

  1. Tolliny Rankins says:

    Hey Cuzzo,I agree pain & joy intertwined is a part of life. I admire your courage to talk the talk & the awareness you’re bringing,as you walk the walk on the front lines. Nothing but love & respect for you guys.Yes,count me in again this year in celebrating & honoring Izzy’s life thru prayer for you,Aaron & London & finances for the March of Dimes walk for babies.Love your big cuzzo Tolliny

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  2. puddin85 says:

    I have to say…I almost avoided this post completely. Late last year, I got pregnant and lost it soon after. It was a mixture of joy that I even ovulated on my own and sadness that I had lost one again. Thank you for the reminder that in all aspects of life there may be rainbows and darkness…but God is there. His Word can’t return to void…so, He will never leave us nor forsake us even when it may feel like it. Thank you for your transparency. God bless you

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    • poppedblackwomanblog says:

      I’m so sorry girl. Truly. I can understand wanting to avoid the post. I touch and agree with everything you said. One of the hardest aspects of all of this for me was trusting that God is still good even when we’re hurting and it doesn’t seem fair. All we have to stand on is His word and it tells us that His love is steadfast and his mercies are new every morning. I pray for peace for you love.


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