An Unfinished Story

May 28, 2013 | 4 comments

I raise the tiny iPhone screen so my husband can watch the video playing in my hands. A lump is already rising up in my throat, because I’ve seen this heart-wrenching video a dozen or more times over the last few years.

It’s the one about a little guy named Eliot –

“Dear Eliot,” the daddy’s voice begins. “Right now you are two months from being born. We just found out you have Trisomy 18. … Doctors tell us you won’t likely make it to birth.”

For the next six minutes, my farmer-husband holds my iPhone, watching the glory-story of a baby named Eliot. This is a baby who wasn’t supposed to live a single day on earth. But one tiny life—the life of a boy named Eliot–can make you know that it’s still safe to pray for miracles in the 21st century.

That sweet boy lived for 99 days.

For the rest of the story, join us here.


For the upcoming release of “A Story Unfinished,” Matt Mooney has invited writers and friends share stories at his place. I’m sharing a story today as he launches this series. 

unfinished stories, matt mooney, eliot, 99 balloons

You may recognize the Mooneys from their story about Eliot, a story that has touched the lives of millions. Here is the 99 Balloons video. (Subscribers, click here to see the video.)

Matt and his wife Ginny founded 99 Balloons. Many know Matt through the story of his son, Eliot- whose 99 days on this earth were commemorated with 99 balloons. He is the author of the forthcoming book, “A Story Unfinished”.

Matt lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he busies himself raising Eliot’s siblings- Hazel, Anders and Lena. He blogs at The Atypical Life.

by | May 28, 2013 | 4 comments


  1. Heather W

    Oh goodness. As soon as I read the first 2 sentences I knew already which video you were talking about. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Diane W. Bailey

    My heart, my heart…Thank you Lord, for 99 days.

  3. Matt Mooney

    Thank you Jennifer for your kind words and great insight.

  4. harriett

    I commented on the other site under a cryptic disqus account. *throws up hands at self*


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