...bailey's story...

Our story is a story about a MIRACLE. It is not the kind of miracle that is so often shared in Christian circles. We have heard stories about untreatable cancer that disappeared and of a child that was never supposed to walk or talk and is now a healthy adult. These are often the kinds of stories people share with you when you are experiencing difficult circumstances. Stories about the TRAGEDY that was avoided or the near miss that is now in the rear view mirror of life. We value these types of stories and we CELEBRATE them!

Ours was not that kind of story. Our daughter Bailey Hope was born on February 20, 2009. She died on August 13, 2010. The eighteen months in between were horrible and heart wrenching as we experienced our worst fears coming true. We were not rescued FROM heartache and tragedy.

Our miracle was that we were joined IN this journey by friends and family that gave of themselves and by our GOD who held us in unexplainable ways. This is our story. We do not share it to garner pity. There are others who have similar stories. There are so many others who have more tragic stories.

We share our story because it is impossible to talk about our beautiful daughter, without talking about our beautiful God. We must talk about our daughter. We must talk about our God. It is the MIRACLE behind the MIRACLE.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Thank you for your Presence, Plates and a Perfect Package

We are continually reminded of Gods promise of enough as we receive little reminders of his care through those around us. Thank you to the friend who brought over a stack of plates knowing that sometimes you just need to break something. Thank you to the thoughtful family for a package of incredibly soft stuffed animals that unexpectedly arrived on a perfect day distracting the older kids. Thank you to a special friend who gets it for the presence and prayer.

Bailey is Doing Better!

Last week all of our kids, like most of the rest of the world, got upper respiratory infections. With the additional mucus Bailey ended up aspirating and was running a high fever. As a result of the fever she had prolonged seizures for a few days. We are happy to report that after a few rough days she is doing better. She is on an antibiotic and we are doing breathing treatments twice a day with a nebulizer.

Friday, 18 December 2009

we remember....

On December 9th, 2004 our dear friends Ben and Jaren Nash lost their precious first born son, Jack Benjamin Nash. Two days after this indescribably painful loss we sat with them in their living room listening to them share their story. They told us they could choose to become bitter or better, and they said they choose better. We have watched them live this out. Thank you for being so real and authentic, and demonstrating that in the most difficult of circumstances we can become better. We love you, we cry for you, and we remember.