July 14, 2013 by piratritasavit


Dear Family and Friends,

It is with heavy, yet hopeful hearts that we share the following news about our beautiful baby daughter, Fia Jae* Tritasavit.  On Wednesday morning, July 10, 2013, at Kaiser Hospital Redwood City, Venus delivered Fia Jae at 6:08 am. She was born asleep and into the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ.

At 39 weeks and 3 days, her body weighed just 2.86 lbs and was 14 in. long.  Earlier in the pregnancy, we had learned that she had a chromosomal condition that prevented her physical body from growing and functioning at full capacity. This condition has potential outcomes of a shortened life span and limited physical and cognitive development.


Since we have had many months to process the possible outcomes, we have been able to mentally, spiritually, and emotionally prepare for this difficult time.  Although Fia Jae’s condition prevented her from fully growing, our prayer has always been that Fia Jae would know that that she is FULLY LOVED and FULLY KNOWN by her Heavenly Father and her mommy and daddy.

During the 12 precious hours that we spent with Fia Jae at the hospital, we shed tears of joy and sadness, sang songs of praise and offered prayers of thanksgiving.  Accompanied by a nurse who also happened to be a follower of Jesus, we brought her out into the sunlight, where we raised her to heaven as an act of love and worship to God.  We also held a private memorial service with a circle of immediate family in our hospital room.


We will continue to rejoice in the midst of pain because God is still on His throne.  We hold on to this special promise from God’s Word:

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.  Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling,  because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.  For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” 2 Cor 5:1-4

Indeed, it is good that our daughter has been swallowed up by life, not death, for she is now in the presence of her Maker and Creator and the source of life, God HIMSELF!

Thanks again for your constant prayers as we continue grieve with eternal hope.

To God be the Glory,

Pira, Venus, Zeke and Fia Jae*

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Naming Fia Jae:  For those who haven’t heard the story about how our baby girl got her unique name, we credit our niece and nephew who, before knowing her actual gender, had already named our baby “Sofia” (Chloe said she would be a girl) and“James” (Cameron was sure he would be a boy).  Initially, the names served as stand-ins, but over time, they grew more and more endearing.  After learning the gender, we landed on “Fia Jae.”  Perfect!


11 thoughts on “Our Daughter, FIA JAE TRITASAVIT

  1. Bing C. Dionida says:

    I feel for you and while tears roll down my face. I’m re-reading and learning from you. My prayers go out to you, Venus, Zeke and FIA JAE.

  2. Winston Lan says:

    Just read your article and am going to pray for you and your family really inspiring Pastor Pira, and pray the best for your family. – Winston

  3. Karrny Lee says:

    Dear Venus & Pira, Our hearts go out to you through this difficult time. We know that we will get to know Fia Jae in heaven one day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you – Alex & Karrny

    Our prayers and sympathy are with you on this, a very sad yet perhaps with full trust in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, both of you will have the strength and grace to move on with your lives, with much gratitude and hope that your tomorrows will bring fulfillment, joy and much happiness, with the love and grace from our God and creator.

    With most heartfelt sympathy,
    The Acevedo family

  5. Herman Ng says:

    Pastor Pira, Venus and family, we’re deeply saddened by your loss, but share in your joy that your daughter is heading straight to heaven to meet our Lord Jesus. How great is our God that He did not let Fia be swallowed up by death.

    Earlier this year, Virginia and I read a book called “I Will Carry You”. It was about how a family dealt with the news that the baby they’re expecting will not live longer than a day. We agreed that if God ever presented us with such a situation, we’d do exactly what the family did: see through the pregnancy, introduce the baby to the world and dedicate him/her to the Lord.

    It sounds like you and Venus did just that. What a powerful testimony, and what an inspiration to all of us. Your family will be in our prayers during this painful time.

    – Herman and Virginia Ng

  6. anjie chew says:

    pira, venus & zeke,
    I am so very sorry for your loss, and in total awe of your strength and ability to share your story. god bless you all. you have a beautiful family. love to you all 😦

  7. Jonathan says:

    Dear Pira and Venus,

    Our prayers and hearts go out to you and your family. May God embrace you with his love and give you guidance. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

    With our deepest condolences,

    The Grospe Family

  8. hawthorne soong says:

    Dear Pira and Venus,
    Just learned, the sad news regarding your new born Fia Jae. We offer our thoughts and prayers to your family to heal your sorrows from this happenings.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Soong Family

  9. Marlena says:

    Pira and Venus,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers go out your family. Thank you for sharing – it takes immense courage & bravery to stay strong in your faith when there are no answers to why these thing happen. I’m in admiration of your testimony.

    With love,

  10. Nina Lee says:

    Dear Pira and Venus,
    Our hearts, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Love, Curtis and Nina <

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