The Unexpected Beginning


Hello.  Thanks for reading our story.  This blog is in honor of our baby boy, Jensen James.

We never expected to create a blog, let alone a blog about our baby who was taken far too soon. But, I have come to learn that life is full of the unexpected.

Our son Jensen was born on August 5th, 2016 and died 43 hours later. My pregnancy leading up to his birth was full of unexpected news, unexpected worries and an unexpected turn of events.  The life that we are living now is an unexpected outcome, which has led to an unexpected beginning.

It has been a little over three months since we lost our son and it breaks our hearts every day.  Words can’t begin to express the depth of the devastation and pain.  We wonder every day what life would be like if he were here.  But sadly, nothing can change the fact that he isn’t.  And we face that sad fact every day.

It took some time, but I realized that I needed to take my love for him and all that he has taught me, harness it and put it into action.  I need to focus my energy on taking what I learned from his life and creating something positive from it.  Not only does it help me in my own grief, but it will hopefully have a positive impact on others.  So I created this blog.  It is the first step in chronicling what my husband and I plan to do in memory of our son. I have always been a quiet person and haven’t been one to openly share my personal life over social media.  But we are motivated and inspired by Jensen to create change in the world.  To teach others what we have learned.  To spread love and kindness.  To create awareness on Down syndrome.  To take action.  I can’t sit idly by with all that we have learned and gone through.  The only way to do this is to act.  You can read more about our story and purpose here.


We have some exciting projects in the works that we hope will make a difference in the world.  I’m excited to announce the first of these projects –  the Angel Tree Project which will honor Jensen and some of his friends during the upcoming Christmas season.  The holidays can be a difficult time for those who have lost a baby.  We’re hoping the Angel Tree project will provide some form of comfort to these families as we go through the holidays without our children.  And we are doing this all in honor of Jensen.

One thought on “The Unexpected Beginning”

  1. Dear Kara and Andy,
    I just read your heart breaking story about your beautiful baby boy. I can’t express how sad I am for you. I will never be able to understand how you must feel. But I have a similar experience.
    I stumbled across your story on 99Designs where you seek a logo for this blog, and I was looking for jobs. Your contest immediately caught my eye, since me and my fiancée also lost our first child. A lovely boy named Lucas. He passed away when he was 8 months old, august 10th 2015 from “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome”, totally out of the blue. I just want to tell you both that it will get better as time goes by. At least we feel that it does. And we feel for all of you.
    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you feel like it or for any reason 🙂



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