Thursday, September 25, 2008

Baby Zoe

"I have come to the conclusion that faith is more than just claiming the prize. Faith hinges on trust, and trust is understanding that you will not understand. 'His ways are not like our ways, and His thoughts are not like our thoughts.' They are just different, and we cannot comprehend them."
~Jim Simpson, Zoe's father

I've wanted to post about baby Zoe for awhile, but just haven't gotten around to putting the time and effort into it that I want to. I stop over at Zoe's blog now and then and continue to be blessed by the grace and faith that Carmen and Jim display. In the midst of all they are going through, God gets the glory. Most telling of all about their faith in God is how they attribute all praise and honor to Him, no matter what he allows into Zoe's life. Their adoration and faith isn't dependent on circumstances, it hinges alone on God and who he is. What a testimony!

You can get updates on Zoe at this blog. I encourage you to read through it and be blessed. For a list of media stories on the Simpsons and baby Zoe, see this post.

On a side note, Carmen is sister to my beloved blogging friend Nancy at Chocolate Ink. I haven't met Nancy in person, but I feel sure I would love her if I did. Among other things, there's the chocolate thing as well as a mutual love for Harry Connick, Jr!

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  1. Thanks for posting about Zoe, Reese. When I first learned of Zoe, it was so close to our baby's diagnoses that I had a hard time reading. I felt like I was reading our future and it was too tough. As time has passed, I have started checking Zoe almost daily and have been so blessed by his parents faith and trust. They have taught me much and I am thankful for their honesty. They are such a blessing to me and I am so thankful for Zoe's continued healing.


  2. All those hard questions we have that mostly don't get ..Why couldn't baby Zoe be born healthy?...or why do my triplets have autism?...We just need to trust that God knows the future..he has his purposes which are bigger than ourselves...and we have know idea how our faith can grow and touch other people whom we otherwise would never touch. It will all make sense some day and we will fall on our knees in awe. Until then...we trust and bring our requests before Him...adding that first and foremost we want His best and to be used by Him.

    That little Zoe is so sweet! :)

  3. Zoe is an amazing little miracle, isn't he?! Jim & Carmen are really inspiring in the way they are facing their challenges. A true example!

  4. thanks for the link. such a beautiful family.

  5. Thanks for this post, Reese. Jim & Carmen have been so inspiring (and so challenging) through this whole ordeal. As her sister, I waffle between being so proud of Carmen for allowing her faith to shine through and being so humbled by the realization that I'm not sure I would respond in the same way.

    You are too sweet...I'm also convinced we would be kindred spirits if we met in person. A fellow HCJ could we not get along splendidly!