She was made for a different land.

On April 13, we went to the hospital for a routine post due date ultrasound for our daughter. We were blessed to be able to see her squirming inside the womb, see her adorable face and have perfect test results. On the evening of April 15, we went to the hospital for Lianna’s headache. Though uncommon, headaches can be dangerous if linked with high blood pressure. Lianna’s blood pressure was perfect. Our daughter was put in for another routine stress test since we were at the hospital and had perfect results. On April 16, Lianna decided it was her “relaxation day” before her scheduled induction the next day. She remembers feeling her daughter move about happily and thinking “she must like when I relax.” On Tuesday, April 16th, at about 4:45pm, Lianna went into early labor. At 5:45, she called the doctor and told him she had not felt movement for about an hour. However, after playing classical music, which her daughter loved responding to throughout the pregnancy, some good kicks were felt. About an hour and a half later, we went to the hospital. In the parking lot of the hospital, Lianna felt another movement. Upon being checked-in to the hospital, no heartbeat could be found for our precious daughter. She went to be with her God and know His perfect love on April 16, 2013. The two themes Lianna prayed for her daughter throughout the pregnancy were for her daughter to know the Lord deeply and for her daughter to be safe. God has faithfully answered both of these prayers. She now knows Him more deeply and is more perfectly safe than she imagined. During the pregnancy, Tyler would also pray for his daughter all the time. He remembers praying on multiple occasions for himself and Lianna to have strength to trust God if anything were to ever happen to their little girl. We know that God’s heart is breaking for us. We also know that God has a sovereign purpose for this precious life and this loss. The Lord carried Lianna through labor and delivery, giving her strength that was not her own. Noelle Tru Davis was born on April 17, 2013 at 6:52am weighing 7 pounds 7 ounces and measuring 20.5" long. We named her “Noelle,” which means “birth of God,” because we wanted her to always remember God’s love for her in sending His Son to earth. We named her “Tru” after her Great Grandmother, Gertrude Hesselgrave, who is a beautiful example of a woman who has and is serving the Lord with her life. Noelle has features resembling both of us - Lianna’s chin, nose, and eye shape with a lot of her feature placement and fingers and toes and fingernails and toenails like Tyler. We think that somehow her lips look like both of our lips in different ways. Most of all, however, Noelle is absolutely beautiful. Noelle is our perfect treasure. We miss her immensely. We are leaning on the comfort of the Lord and are able to mourn with joy because of our assurance of eternity with Him. Some passages that have been special comforts to us are Psalm 25 and 2 Samuel 12:15-23. Though we cannot bring her back again, we will go to her. We feel blessed to have known Noelle for the amount of time we did and we miss her. She has brought tremendous joy into our lives. We and so many others showed her so much love while she was with us. We will love her forever. She was graciously spared the tragedies of life on this earth. She was made for a different land and we look forward to the day when we will join her.

- Tyler and Lianna
As you can understand, we will likely not be responding to communications right away. As we take this one day at a time, we appreciate your prayers.

Lianna Davis