The 45-year-old Dawson's Creek alum shared family pictures from two different road trips they had taken to the same place and shared.
James Van Der Beek is opening up about his family's healing journey after enduring two pregnancy losses. The 45-year-old Dawson's Creek alum shared family pictures from two different road trips they had taken to the same place.
The first one was captured shortly after his wife Kimberly had her first miscarriage, in November 2019. As for the second one, it was clicked earlier this month. "Pic #1 we had just lost a baby 18 weeks into pregnancy and almost lost @vanderkimberly in the process. I had a collaboration going south, rapidly. And I'd just been booted off a reality dancing competition I'd been favored to win. (I feel like three out of those four are fairly relatable 😂)," he wrote.
Following the tragedy, his family decided to take a road trip which turned out to be peaceful and healing. "So, last minute, we rented an #RV, and headed north. No real plan, just day-to-day. Late one night we pulled into a quaint little RV park I’d booked a few hours earlier, and woke up next to this river. And thus began the process - not necessarily of healing - but of being present. Present to the pain. Present to the beauty around us. And present to the acceptance of being in a process I did not understand," wrote the Castle in the Sky star.
Van Der Beek and Kimberly suffered their second pregnancy loss 17½ weeks in June 2020. However, they went on to welcome their sixth child, son, Jeremiah, in October giving their children, Olivia, 11, Joshua, 10, Annabel, 8, Emilia, 6, and Gwendolyn, 4, a new sibling. "2 ½ years later, after another late-term pregnancy loss, after that project blew up completely, after we moved to a new state and got our own RV… we came back to that same spot. With a brand new baby boy 🌈🌈" he added.
"Reflecting back on that first trip, I’m astounded by how much I didn’t know about the path to where I am now… and by how much peace I was able to feel in the midst of that darkness. Whatever you’re going through… if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, or even know where to look for it… I invite you to not underestimate the power of a little change of environment… and of taking the time to sit exactly where you’re at. Healing comes at its own pace. Presence might just be a pre-requisite," he shared.
Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer