Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Lessons from Madeline

We feel so blessed that God chose us to be Madeline's parents. As much as we prayed for a miracle and wanted her to be "cured", God gave us a miracle in our daughter anyway. It was not what we had originally prayed for but it was a miracle indeed. He blessed us with a healthy pregnancy and allowed Madeline to grow and live inside of me for 37 weeks. God answered our prayer to meet Madeline alive at birth and get to spend some time with her. It was not as much as we wanted but it was such good quality time and we will never forget the joy we felt as we loved our little girl.

Madeline was a strong baby and we believe she fought to allow us the time to show her we loved her. Her little life could not have been an easy one but God gave her the strength to live each day. Madeline has changed the way we view life and the world. She has had a profound inpact on us and others as well. She taught us that life is so precious and God is indeed in control. We learned to value each day that we are given and be thankful for all the little things in life that we often take for granted. We learned that God really does listen to our hearts and really does answer prayers. Madeline has brought us closer to our families and closer to God and for that we are grateful. It is astounding that a tiny baby who lived only a short time could be loved so fiercely and teach us so much. We will never forget all the good that Madeline did in our lives.

Today will be a hard day as we lay our only daughter to rest. We know that her little spirit is in Heaven and there she is perfect. Brian just asked me last night what I thought Madeline was doing and we imagine that she is watching us and praying that we don't hurt. We miss her so much and long to hold her tiny body next to ours and kiss her all over. I would give anything to have just another moment with her but in heaven we can catch up on all our lost time. I am reminded often that this life here on earth is just a glimpse of our eternal life in Heaven. I have never been more excited about getting to heaven than I am now.



justabeachkat said...

What a beautiful post!

Gretchen said...

You GO GIRL! I agree with your last sentiment entirely! Not only will you see this perfect little girl again, but she'll be in the arms of our Abba Father. Thank you for blessing ME with your forward thinking, Mandy. God bless you all in this time of grief and always. In His name, amen.

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