Friday June 14th did not turn out as Lexi had expected. She wasn't particularly concerned about the mild spotting that she had been experiencing since Tuesday, but decided to give her midwife a call.
Her midwife told her to head to the ER, just to be safe. But after arriving at the ER, it became clear that Lexi was going into labor. At 19 weeks, there was no chance that Lexi's baby could survive birth.
At 9:42 that night, Walter was born.
"He was fully formed and everything was there, I could see his heart beating in his tiny chest," says Lexi.
"Joshua [her husband] and I both held him and cried over him and looked over our perfect, tiny son."
The next morning, some friends brought Lexi and Joshua's other two daughters to the hospital to see their baby brother.
"There wasn’t ever any doubt in my mind that I needed to have the girls in to see their brother," says Lexi. "Michayla especially has been so excited about the baby and really wanting a brother. She knew something wasn’t right and kept asking Rachel and then her daddy as he brought them to our room about the baby. She kept asking if the baby was ok and if we could take him home. It took Emma a little bit to comprehend what I was telling her when I told her that Jesus took their baby to Heaven with Him, but she did understand as well."
At some point, Joshua took a number of beautiful photos of Walter, and his wife and daughters holding their son and brother.
After posting those photos to her photography website, millions of people have seen the photos, and they have spread all around the globe. "Please feel free to share our photos," says Lexi. "In all our hurt, I am glad that some good can come out of this. I pray that the Lord will continue to use Walter’s photos to impact many."