Jules is Home!

We went in to be induced with Jules yesterday morning at 7:00 a.m.  We welcomed our little angel Jules into the world at 6:23 p.m.  She wasn’t crying right away, but after a few puffs of oxygen she opened her eyes and said hello.  We were ecstatic!  and she is Beautiful! and she was a whooping 4 lbs 11.8 oz.  Sorry for the iphone pics, the rest aren’t uploaded yet.

Sarah was with us all day to help relieve some stress:) and take photos.  She got some beauties that we will share a little later, for now here are a few of Jules being introduced into the world, our family, and our lives.

She is a miracle in every way.  She is a fighter.  She is a child of God.  She is gorgeous.  She is perfect.


We just ask for prayer for the next few days.  We tried to breast feed Juliet and she did great, but her little nose isn’t formed correctly and her nostril doesn’t allow her to breath.  She was turning blue so we had to stop.  Juliet’s cleft pallet is so deep that a feeding tube would be difficult for her.  If she spit up it could go into her lungs and a tube would agitate her.  We have decided against an iv so we have been giving her breast milk with a syringe under her tongue.  She seems to keep it all down, but it probably won’t be enough to sustain her.

We prayed for a fighter and we got one.  As we are up with her in the middle of the night and she cries we pray she stops fighting and goes to meet Jesus where her body will be made whole.  I can’t tell you how difficult it is to be her mom and dad and know there is nothing you can do but pray like crazy.  And love.  Love her to pieces. and cry.

She looks so beautiful to us we wish she could stay forever…but her little body just isn’t made to last forever.  The list is too long.  There is so much more for her….

The Christian doctor that called when we were first diagnosed and gave us such a peace about the situation came to our room to meet little Jules.  He stated it best when he said, I’m a little jealous of her actually.  She’s a lot closer to being home than you and I are.  Lucky little lady.

Lastly we need to give a huge shout out to our amazing doctor and nurses that took such great care of us!  It was no coincidence who the Lord has put in our path.  We have been loved on and blessed so much by them.  They have cried with us and helped us through some of our biggest trials in our life.  We are so grateful and we love you ;)  You have a big place in our hearts!


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57 thoughts on “Jules is Home!”

  1. christiane cuadros

    What a beautiful little girl you have! She seems to be a little fighter! I am a mother of a boy (Christopher) who will turn 15 in november and he has full trisomy 18. When he was born they said he would die within a month or for sure before turning one and they were wrong! I live in Winsted so not that far from you. If you have questions about anything feel free to contact me as I would love to be there for you in any way that could help. The doctors can only assume and can be wrong about a lot of things. I am not sure about all of your beliefs but the fact that she is here and fighting to live says a lot! Enjoy your time her as she is so precious and like I said I know several doctors that have dealt with my son and can get you to the right people. Be strong. God gave you this child for a reason! You have your own little angel and miracle happening!

  2. She is beautiful!! I thought of you all day on Monday and sent prayers your way! Lisa (Erickson, my sister) told me you were being induced. And I cried when I saw the picture, just to see the little miracle God has given you. May His will be done–and strength and peace to you two!
    Connie Baumann

  3. Allie,
    It has been an absolute blessing to be a witness to God’s glory that shines through you and your precious family. What a testimony of faith and love that you have for our Father!

    I have been teaching our Sunday School kids the Hebrew names of God and am reminded of your family when I reflect on who He is.

    Proverbs 18:10, The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.
    He is your strength and your strong tower.

    He is ELOHIM, Strong Creator. God created precious Juliet exactly the way He wanted her to be, in His wonderful image. His sovereign will is perfect and we may not be able to understand it sometimes, but He is the Creator and the love and faith you have displayed is truly a blessing and inspiration.

    Psalm 18:30, As for God, his way is perfect, the word of the Lord is flawless. He has a shield for all who take refuge in him.

    Blessings to your beautiful family. Each day you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    In Him,

  4. Jules is such a beautiful and precious baby girl! Thank you for sharing the pictures, your family continues to be an inspiration. I’m praying for strength, hope, and peace for all of you. Love, Molly

  5. Melissa Couvrette

    I am so sorry for the situation you are in. I just stumbled across your blog today. I was in a similar situation to yours where I wanted more than anything to keep my precious baby girl, but knew Heavenly Father had a different path for her. You will be with your precious baby girl again someday where you will be able to raise her just as you would have here on earth. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  6. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!!! It’s of a very special little boy named, Jonathan. Baby Jonathan’s family goes to our church and this little boy is proof that what the doctors diagnose isn’t always correct. He has a TON of issues, but guess what – HE’S A FIGHTER!!!!!! And Jonathan happily celebrated his 1st birthday this summer – cake, beach and all!!!


  7. With teary eyes, my heart is breaking for the heartache that your family is enduring. Still my heart is rejoicing in knowing God continues to make known his perfect will for both Jules life and the lives of you, her parents.God has all the tiny details in his control and knows exactly the best time to call Juliet Faith home to live with Him.We are rejoicing too that God saw fit to answer prayers and you were able to deliver a live baby, to hear her sweet precious voice, and to bring her home for these difficult but very precious hours. Thank you Ali and Ryan for blessing us and many others with your pregnancy story. During dark times in this chapter of your lives, when things were hard to understand,you always remained faithful and trusted in Jesus. Your strong faith has been a witness to many. It may be soon that Jules will anchor your hearts in Heaven ~ we continue to keep you covered in prayer.

  8. Ryan and Allie,
    Juliet is so precious and beautiful. I stumbled on your blog today and reading it brings back so many memories. I too had a child with Trisomy 18. Colten was born alive and blessed us with the joy of his life for 8 days. When I read you posts about the pregnancy and diagnosis it is all too similar. Especially the part when the physician asked if we would continue with the pregnancy!?! Anyways…. Congratulations on her birth, she is perfect! Enjoy every moment as they are all precious. I will pray for her and for your family that God continues to bring you through this bitter sweet journey. Take care and God bless. She is a lucky lady, not only that she is close to being home, but also that all she really gets to experience so much love from all of you.

  9. I, too, found your blog on our Thirty-One Director’s page. I was so touched and inspired by your journey. I am amazed with the strength you’ve shown and shared so eloquently. I pray for your family and sweet Jules. She is so beatuiful, and absolutely perfect – created as the Lord intended her to be.

    I pray that your family is able to cherish this time you have been granted with your sweet girl, and that she is given comfort and peace.

    I firmly believe that everything happens as part of a greater plan. I don’t know what the plan is for your family and your blessed baby girl, but you have inspired many!

    I will continue to follow your journey, thank you for sharing it.

  10. What a truly beautiful and blessed little girl to have so many people praying for her and for you all. For some people it takes a whole lifetime to learn the amazing love of God, but for your little one only a moment, and no confusion will there ever be. I understand why her doctor was a little jealous. This world is exquisite and amazing but where she is going- there is no comparison. Bless you on your journey and know that you are in our prayers as we pray unceasingly.

  11. We lost out 4th child to Trisomy 18 six months ago. Our little Sean Vincent came 7 weeks early and stayed on earth with us for just under 2 hrs. Your reading your journey is so much like my own. Facing the unthinkable is only possible through grace. I pray that you’ll have it in abundance for this next part of your journey. Six months later, people are still telling us how much our sons life meant to them, as I’m sure your daughter’s life effect so many as well. While we miss him and wish he could be with us here, we have so much peace knowing he was here for exactly as long as he was supposed to be, doing exactly what the Lord intended for him to do, and the only thing he knew of the world was the warm embrace of his families love before being held in the warm embrace of our heavenly Father. God bless you all!

  12. Kristine Benson

    Lundeen family, She is a beautiful little girl! I am glad you got to meet your little fighter. She has touched so many people with her story. Will continue to pray for herand your family. Love the pictures!! God bless you all!!

  13. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us (as hard as that had to be so many times)! I’m praising God so much that you were able to meet you sweet Juliet in this world and even more that you’ve been able to share hours and now days with her! What an amazing answer to prayer :) We continue to pray for your family as you know the road ahead has sadness in it. So thankful that you are a family that has hope because of your faith in God. Continue to lean on Him through the ups and downs and know that so many people are praying for your special Juliet and your whole family. Blessings!

  14. Ryan and Allie… Jules is so precious and beautiful! Thank you for letting us see her! Our family has been praying for you guys continually. And we are rejoicing with you that you she made it! We love you guys! Many, many hugs!
    Psalms 34
    15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
    17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
    18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
    19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;

  15. Ardis (Olson) Johnson

    We have learned to know Ruth Krause in WI, and knew Chester & Margaret, great grandparents of Jules, who were missionaries and loved dearly by many. You have been and are in our prayers, as you continue to trust God. Your faith has been an inspiration.

  16. What a darling little munchkin! She is an angel & will bless your family in many ways. Just got to your pg from another blog & had to comment on this sweetie. I wish the best for you & your family.

  17. She is a beautiful, perfect little gift from the lord. She has own story and the miracle of her blessing onto your family is so special. Thank you for sharing Jules with us all. So much love and prayers for you all.

  18. She is SO beautiful and sweet! Praise the Lord for answered prayers of Joy!
    We continue to lift your family to the Lord! What a blessing to have her here! :)

  19. Good morning sweet Lundeens. We are praying for all of you this morning. kiss that beautiful baby for me. Tell her we love her.

  20. Tonight I will light a very small candle. It will be warm and moving. And I will think of you. Tonight.
    I too have lost a small one, I thank you for your words. Your story has moved me as none other. Now I celebrate my memories and his happiness with the Lord. To your family I wish the same. Praise be the Lord.

  21. I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been able to meet your sweet little Jules, that you’ve been able to bring her home, to love on her, that she’s been able to meet her Momma, Daddy, brother, and sister.

    I pray that God brings you the peace and strength you need in the coming days, weeks, and months as HIS perfect plan is carried out with your precious baby, Juliet Faith.

    Know that a multitude of people–including those like me whom you’ve never met–are lifting you and your family up in prayer every day. I can’t help but think of how many people have been touched by your story, and in doing so, have been touched by God’s grace. They may not even know it yet, but little Jules may just be the most important person to ever touch their lives. He truly does have a perfect master plan.

    God’s peace and blessings on you as you continue to let God’s light shine through you and your family and onto others who may be struggling, hurt, angry, or lost. You truly are an inspiration.

  22. Allie, she is gorgeous! We are so thankful you can hear her sing! Bobby and I are still praying for you and you family. Lots of love to you all!

  23. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. She is beautiful. We are praying for you and your family. May God bless you and keep you – May His face shine upon you and give you peace.

  24. Lundeen’s, how precious that you were able to bring her home! I am sure that was more than you expected at the beginning! Cherish all the memories and love her to pieces! She is so sweet! Alysha

  25. Allie,

    Hi sweetie, I am Emily Allen’s sister. We met when I visited MN a little while back, and I have been praying for you and your family ever since. I just wanted you to know that. I am glad that Sweet Juliet is here and that your family is able to have some time with her. I can’t imagine all of the feelings involved right now, so just know that my family and I are holding you and Ryan and your babies close to our hearts.

    Amy Case

  26. I am speechless. All I can do is sit here and weep. Weep with tears of joy at the sight of your beautiful, perfect little girl, weep with tears of sorrow for you, knowing you have to say goodbye, weep knowing that she will soon know the PERFECT one and will have a new body. Precious Juliet’s story has already touched so many, the ripple affect of what God is doing has only begun.

    Juliet goes where God and glory shines, to one eternal day.
    This failing body she now resigns, for the angels point her way.
    (Adapted from Absent From Flesh by Sojourn Music)

    No other words seem appropriate, just know that I am praying. So many are praying.

    Love & Grace

  27. Thank you for your transparency and for sharing your journey. Your sweet Jules is beautiful. I am praying for you and your family. God has given you a gift, thanks for sharing it with us!!

  28. Blessings and peace to your family. I stumbled across your blog just tonight and happened upon the story of your little girl, Juliet. I couldn’t leave without letting you know you are in my prayers tonight. I know you will cherish every moment you have with your precious angel.

  29. You are right she is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this journey and we promise to lift your family up in prayer. We love all!!!

  30. God bless you and he is holding you – and Jules….oh, the deep deep love of Jesus….thanks for sharing your lives with all of us. We are drawn closer to our maker because of this story. Love, Wendy

  31. Oh, what an absolute sweetie! Looking at the pictures, I want to hold her and enjoy the miracle of Juliet; as I’m sure you are doing. Praying for strength as you continue on your journey.

    1. We found out at 22 weeks of a possible cleft from out first ultrasound and that is what ultimately led us to finding out about her Trisomy condition later at a level 2 ultrasound.

  32. Amanda Robertson

    Hello-I heard of your story from a mutual friend of ours (Lindsey Bessingpas). I just wanted to say that I have been praying for you all and that your baby girl is absolutely precious. My heart aches for you and I can only imagine what you are going through. I pray for many precious moments with her for however long God chooses to keep her here, and I pray for a peace for each member of your sweet family-a peace that truly passes all understanding.

  33. This has brought tears to my eyes !! She is soooo beautiful and I have been checking in allll day to see if you had posted anything on little JULES !!! So glad you all got to meet her…..God is so Good !!! Prayers for all of you.

    Susan Howard

  34. I started to read your blog in June when a friend of mine sent a comment
    to your mom on Facebook. I have thought of you and your family every day since.
    You have inspired me in so many ways. Your powerful words and courage is outstanding. I will continue to pray for you and your little angel, Jules. May God stand with you and your family in the
    days to come.

  35. Thanks for sharing your beautiful little girl with us!! It makes me teary eyed reading your blog. We pray for you and your family. God’s Blessings.

  36. Once again I am in awe of you & your family’s strength! I’m so happy all our prayers have been answered that you are able to spend some time with her. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, precious little angel, Juliet with us!! You continue to be in my prayers! God bless!!! <3

  37. I am so happy little Jules is safely here and home. Allison, you look just like your
    beautiful mom. I have knownher and your dad for years. Thanks for your precious blog.

  38. She is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures, it is great to put a face to the little fighter we have been praying for!

  39. I am so glad you got to hold and love your little angel and to bring her home with you. We continue to pray for strength for you in the days and weeks ahead. You truly are a witness to faith in God to all of us. Love and Prayers to you.

  40. Bernelle Hansen

    Little Jules is precious in His sight! May this time with her bring you His comfort and peace. You are all wrapped in His love.

  41. praying for every minute to be filled with even more peace and joy than u imagined! she is beyond beautiful and beyond amazing! haven’t stopped thinking & praying for your family!

  42. Prayers for your sweet and precious family, I don’t know you personally but have been following you on the 31 page. Thank you for being such a inspiration.

  43. Your story was shared on a Thirty-One directors fb page by a friend of yours. It is a beautiful story of God’s grace and mercy. I will be praying for you as you all love Jules home. “He gives beauty for ashes”…praying…Ellen

  44. Allie and Family…
    I just discovered your Blog a couple of days and devoured it all – you are so very talented Allie and hubby! I am so sorry this is happening to your beautiful family. I want you to know that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers every moment and I pray for God’s Peace and Understanding and Sweet Juliet – she is a beautiful Angel.

  45. Thank you for introducing us to your little angel! She IS beautiful and perfect! A little angel reminding us……this is not our home. ……far greater things are in store for us! God Bless your family Allie. You are inspiration to MANY! May the Lord meet your every need during this time…..<3

  46. I have been thinking of you guys a lot since yesterday when she was born. She is a beautiful and loved little girl!!!! My heart breaks knowing that she will be here with you only for a little while, but know that when she meets our Father face to face, she will be your angel baby! Thinking and praying for and with you all!

    1. You have been on my mind and in my thoughts and prayers ever since I read Juliet’s story. Thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful and precious daughter with us. What a testimony her birth is to all of us. I agree with Nancy’s note above that you and your entire family are an inspiration to so many others. Our God moves in mysterious ways.

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