Hey guys!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I wanted to introduce you to a sweet new friend of mine.  I am honored to share her story with you.  The Lord used her story to minister to me and it is my prayer that He will do the same for you.  I can’t wait to meet sweet Holden one day.  ~Whitney
God always has a plan and purpose. We may not understand His plans, but they are perfect.

My name is Sarah Erwin. My husband, Chet, and I were blessed with the life of our first child this year; Holden Newell Erwin was born on August 28, 2010. He had already gone to be with Jesus before he was born, but his little life has changed ours forever.

I “met” Whitney through a rather unconventional, unpleasant circumstance, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect. As you all know, Whitney and her blog are simply inspiring. I don’t need to tell you that.

For the past 3 ½ months, we have been through more pain than we knew existed. But we have also been given more hope than we knew possible.

Through the help of several friends, we have recently set up a non-profit project called Holden Uganda. We have always been passionate about the dire water situation in Africa, so this is a blessing beyond words.

Through the Lord working in the precious life of our son, we are able to provide clean drinking water to the Ugandan people. Please take a moment to visit www.holdenuganda.org to learn more.

I am honored more than words that Whitney has allowed us to share our story on Shanty2Chic!

Beauty will rise through ashes.
Humbly yours,

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your story and for being so open to God's plan. I started to write you about my friend Chelsea's blog and her similar story and then saw it linked on your blog. I remember her sharing your story and lifted your family up in prayer. I will continue to pray for you all and I am excited to see what God has in store for Holden Uganda.

  2. Thank you ladies. His death is not in vain. We serve a God who has such big plans for us. I appreciate your love and prayers more than I can say.

  3. I sit here…just bawling….thank you for sharing. I have lifted this sweet Mommy and her Holden up this evening…and will do so again.

  4. What a story! Thank you for sharing. I too have a precious one in Heaven. He was stillborn just 1 week before he was due. Ryan was our 2nd child and through his death, our oldest son accepted Jesus as his Savior at a young age. My prayer was that Ryan's death was not in vain, and the Lord has shown me that it was NOT!! Sarah, what you are doing through the precious life of your son is awesome! God will bless you beyond belief!!!

  5. I don't really know what words to say… thank you for sharing your faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ with us. I can tell you feel his love in your life and that is such a hopeful thing to me. So many have forgotten him. May he bless your every effort on this project, it is a wonderful thing.