welcome, Gabriel

My love, my son, Gabriel Elliott Groce was born on Monday, October 19th at 12:05pm. We got to hear one little squeak from him.   I watched him move his mouth.  I felt his breath on my cheek.  He stayed with us a glorious, wonderful 32 minutes before going home to Heaven.  He was not in any pain and for that we are grateful.  I’m sure he and his brother are having a great time together.

He is just beautiful.  He has a good amount of hair and blue eyes.  He has his Daddy’s fingers and feet.  In the face he’s a great combination of his brothers.  Who, along with their sister, were able to meet him today.  My OB arranged for us to go to her office so the kids could come there to see Gabe.  They were so precious.  They had a lot of good questions but mostly just wanted to love on him.  Each one got their chance to hold him.  They kissed him a lot.  They told him they loved him.  We got great pictures.

I am doing well.  I am sore and worn out but I’m well.  I have never felt such peace in my life as I did during Gabe’s delivery.  Thank you all for your prayers as we certainly felt God’s presence in that operating room.  I will write out more of the details of his birth at a later date.  For now I just wanted to let everyone know that he is here and we are okay.

(update: I had the time wrong… he lived for 32 minutes!  I was drugged and not watching the clock.)

Here is a picture of Gabriel meeting his sister and brothers.

Our darling kids


  1. Welcome sweet Gabriel! Amanda I am so glad you had some precious earthly time with your son. I hope your recovery goes well. Please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers over these coming days and months. Much love. Sarah xxx

  2. Your words carry so much peace and I have no doubt that birthing your son was a truly wonderful experience. Your OB sounds amazing and I’m so glad to read that the rest of the family got to meet your latest addition and their brother.

    Only here for a moment but forever in your heart….


  3. Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!

    I am so glad that you had those wonderful 15 minutes, that his siblings were able to be with him, that you were able to have those memories made. I wished for so much more… Prayed for it… But I am so glad for the answered prayers of those minutes.

    You will see him again. You will see both of them again.

  4. Hello. Seraphim sent us over.
    Your baby sounds like a beautiful perfect little boy.
    I”ll be praying for your healing and recovery.

  5. Bless you in your time of loss. I too am grieving my child, we lost Cadynce at 19w6d gestation on 10/10.

    It is good that you had your time with him, as you well know nothing makes it easier, but it does help that others are thinking about you and praying for you.

  6. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    1 Cor 15:52.

    I’m so sorry.

  7. I’m so glad you had that time with him – and I’m so sorry he’s gone.

  8. I’m a friend of Erika’s and you don’t know me. But I’ve been praying for you and I’m glad to read of your peace and your 15 minutes. I hope you felt covered in prayer recently!!

  9. aunt bippy says

    Amanda and Brian, it was awesome to be able to hold precious Gabe. I am at a loss for words and I guess none are really necessary. Love you all, Bip

  10. I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious son. I am so glad you had the time you had with Gabriel. My prayers of strength and peace to your family.

  11. Catherine W says

    I’m so glad that you had that precious time with your beautiful son Gabriel.
    I’m so sorry that it could not be for longer. xo

  12. I am so sorry for your losses. You do sound as if you are at peace and for that I am thankful. Thinking of your precious Gabriel. xx

  13. I came across your blog by chance today, and I wanted to congratulate you on your beautiful Gabriel. I, too, have a Gabriel, and tonight we blew kisses to Heaven for your Gabriel and Felix. Peace and comfort to you and your family. You are in my heart. I’m so sorry.

  14. Congratulations on the birth of Gabriel, and may God be with you as you miss him.

  15. I am so sorry for your loss but I’m so glad you had those precious few moments to spend with him.

    I’ve added him to a list of babies to always be remembered. i hope that’s okay.


    xoxo, Monica

  16. HI Amanda, I’m a friend of Seraphim’s….Here to say Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy, Gabriel.
    You are truly held in the palm of our Heavenly Father….my heart aches for you so badly- but ever so glad you got some precious time with him and hear him squeak- how precious xx

    I’m with Mrs Spit on this one…
    In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

    1 Cor 15:52.

  17. You, your family, and your sweet boys are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could give you more precious minutes with Gabriel. Wishing you peace and hope.

  18. Sending you all of my love and thoughts. Your son is beautiful, and I am so glad you got to spend some time with him before he went to heaven xxx

  19. I will keep your family close to my heart. I’m so sorry for Gabriel’s loss. What a lucky little man to have such a wonderful family.

  20. What a beautiful baby boy. I am so sorry for what you and your family have gone through, but so glad that you were able to meet him and spend that precious time with him.

  21. I’m so sorry you had to say goodbye to Gabriel. Sending you love and hugs and asking God to bring you peace and comfort through difficult times.

  22. I found you through Seraphim’s blog. Gabriel is beautiful, and I’m so sorry you have to wait to see him again. Sending you many hugs and prayers.

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