Life is Fragile.

The story of Thomas Laux has touched my life and has reminded me of the value of life, even in its brevity. I’m overwhelmingly grateful for the choice of life that we gave all 4 of our boys, and for the opportunity to get to know them for as long as the Lord allows. 

“Choosing Thomas” video courtesy of Dallas News: 


 Life is Beautiful…

Life is Sacred…

Life is Precious…

Life is Fragile.

23 thoughts on "Life is Fragile."

  1. My heart breaks for this family! I have weeped every time I have seen/read about this story!

  2. Jen says:

    I watched it when you posted (twittered?) about it yesterday. Wow. Powerful story. Cannot imagine their grief but SO OVERJOYED about their new life.

  3. Lorri says:

    How heartbreaking, but beautiful at the same time. Thank you for sharing.

  4. edbteach says:

    Thank you for posting this. It's a great reminder to be thankful for what I have even when they are driving me crazy! 😉

  5. Devin says:

    I rarely, rarely watch videos posted by other bloggers…I just don't seem to have the time to do it. But something led me to watch this one, and I am so, so glad that I took the time. What a sweet family, a sweet boy–praise the Lord for their choice of life, and for their testimony. Thanks for sharing, Jen.

  6. Melissa says:

    Jen, thanks for posting this. We are just 7 weeks pregnant and the tears are flowing as I can't imagine suffering that kind of pain and loss. I rejoice in their new little girl that is coming soon and pray for a healthy baby for them. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I had a long, hard day of maintenance today with my four young children. And now tears are streaming down my face as I am reminded of what gifts God has given us… true miracles from the Giver of life. Thanks for the perspective that so I needed. Whitney

  8. Becky says:

    "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord." Thank you for sharing this video. What a reminder that all life is God's precious gift. I thought it was neat that they were listening to praise music as they bathed him for the last time. Truly His grace flows down and covers me.

  9. Mary says:

    Thank you so much for posting this touching story. My heart aches for them and what they had to go thru.

    Thomas is watching over them now as they prepare to bring his sister into the world. Hopefully she will be healthy and live on this earth for a long time to come.

    Do you know if they have a blog we can follow to keep track of their amazing journey?

    Thanks again for sharing.

  10. Amy says:

    Beautiful…their story…their choice…their son.

  11. That was beyond beautiful. What an amazing reminder that God is the creator and giver of life and that each and every life, since created by His hand, is precious and significant. Thanks for sharing this story.

  12. Suzanne says:

    ahh…nothing like a good 7:30am bawl-fest. what a beautiful story of God's grace and unconditional love.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing this story – its a wonderful reminder to appreciate each day that we are given.

    Kathy in Texas

  14. KSDallas says:

    I am sitting at work crying my eyes out. Thankfully no one is around so I don't have to explain why. My heart broke for them. What a difficult decision they had to make. I do not know how they did it. What an amazing couple! I am happy to hear they are expecting a little girl and all seems okay so far.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Heartbreaking. What a powerful film. I'm grateful they chose to have it recorded.


  16. KellyGreen says:

    Thank you for posting this. What a beautiful couple.

  17. Moni Graf says:

    Jen, that was an amazing video and I'm so glad you chose to share it. It really makes me that much more thankful for the blessings in my life. I'm so glad the Laux family allowed Thomas to live and surrounded him with love every second of his life. Life is sacred, no matter the brevity!

    Now that I'm an emotional wreck, I think I'll go and love on my quartet a little more!

    Love ya,

  18. Anonymous says:

    What amazing parents and people. I can't imagine what they went through. It reminds us all to be thankful for our miracles.

  19. Beth says:

    Wow. What an amazing family. That video broke my heart and lifted my spirit at the same time. How wonderful of them to share their story and their beautiful son with everyone to show how sacred life is. May God continue to bless them and their new little girl.

  20. Stacey says:

    Wow! That is one amazing set of parents and one lucky little girl about to join theier family. Prayers to them.

  21. Lauren says:

    Thank you for sharing that. I sobbed while watching this, and I am touched at the selflessness of these parents. I am also thrilled for them re: the upcoming birth of their daughter. I will pray for them.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I lost a daughter to anencephaly one day after her birth. It has been 14 years and I have had another child (a son) for myself and four surrogate babies. This video took me back to the emotions surrounding that time in my life, however. Thank you.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Touching video.

    I sobbed watching it. What a great reminder to us how precious life is. This couple certainly remained strong and made the right choice by choosing not to terminate this pregnancy and leaving it in gods hands. By doing so they were able to have the opportunity to get to know their son…. Thomas.

    This video touched me deeply in how his remaining hours were filled on this earth with so much purity of affectant love for their little boy.

    What a gracious gift to hear that a new daughter will soon be arriving to bless this family.

    God bless,

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