Country music star Aaron Watson has shared his great love for his children many times over the years. For years, Aaron wrote moving reflections on his blog “Barbed Wired Halo.” A recent video released on Facebook shows once again the dedication Aaron has for his children.
The video tells the story of Aaron’s career from his big dreams in 1999 to years of hard work and his smash hit in 2015. Aaron tells his story through the soundtrack of his greatest hits and simple, handwritten cards.
The story includes many of his accomplishments over years of hard work to make a successful country music career, despite major record labels in Nashville telling him over and over again that he wouldn’t be a success. His 2015 #1 album “The Underdog” is even more impressive when you see the course of Aaron’s career on his handwritten notecards.
Aaron also just released his thirteenth independent album and will open and headline the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – the largest rodeo in the world.
But the video isn’t only about his professional life. As a musician, his children always seem to be part of his focus. On the card for 2006, Aaron proudly includes the birth of his first son, Jake. In 2008, his accomplishments include: “Jack is born!” referring to his second son. In 2010, Aaron welcomed his first daughter, Jolee Kate. 2011 and 2012 include more professional successes and hard work. The card for 2012 also includes the heartbreaking line: “We lose our little girl Julia Grace.”
Aaron has shared Julia Grace’s story many times. He openly discussed his family’s grief on his blog, where he detailed their journey with Julia Grace. The Watson family learned before Julia Grace was born that she had Trisomy 18, a chromosomal abnormality that is often fatal. Aaron and his wife Kimberly were told that Trisomy 18 babies are “incompatible with life” and the doctor told them they could end their daughter’s life in an abortion. The Watsons never considered abortion and chose to love Julia Grace as long as they were blessed to have her with them.
Julia Grace’s story touched many people, and the Watsons were showered with prayer. They still grieve the loss of their precious daughter but Aaron writes:
I thank God for giving me Julia Grace everyday. Getting to be her Daddy is one of the greatest honors I’ll ever have. Holding her in my arms and singing to her as she gracefully slipped away is one of my most treasured memories.
In 2015, Aaron commemorated Julia Grace in his song “Bluebonnets,” and he continues to speak about her often.
Aaron Watson’s Pro-Life values are clear in his recent video. Among his many impressive achievements in the music industry, he proudly lists being a dad. Each of his children is a treasured gift. Julia Grace is clearly a special and irreplaceable gift for Aaron and his family. His Pro-Life witness to the value of every Life is a beautiful example.