Saturday, December 1, 2007

Poppy Joy

As I write this, another family I have met via the Internet and through blogging, has lost their precious baby girl to Trisomy 18. I am so saddened for them and ask that you pray for their family. You may go to their blog and read the details of Poppy Joy and her life at

As I have thought of Poppy's family tonight and prayed for them, I have cried and remembered.....remembered holding Madeline that last moment before I had to give her away forever, the emptiness of a hospital room on a maternity floor with no baby to hold that first night, the sad look in the eyes of all the nurses who can't make it better, the grief counselor that can't really help you. The memories go on, all of them difficult. Each time I hear about some other family who loses a baby, my heart just breaks and it is like I relive losing Madeline all over again. My heart is heavy tonight and this sad news is painful for mothers like me who have been there. I wish I were able to do something for Poppy's family but all I can do is pray. Please join me in lifting them up right now.



Laurie said...

Hi Mandy,

Poppy Joy's little life has broken my heart again for Angie and Nathan. I think of you often and pray that your heart be protected in the memory. I will be praying for all of you forever on this road. Another family is going to face this uncertain life changing time tomorrow as Tristan Asher Hostetter will be born. They have asked for prayer on their post today as they spend the day preparing for tomorrow. Please pray for them as you know so much better than I, what is ahead for them. I love you mandy and pray for you daily on this crowded journey of the heart. I believe their blog is Tristan Asher Hostetter. Thanks Mandy, you know how to pray like no other.

Love you, Laurie

Emily said...

Amen sister. Amen.

Kenzie Stanfield said...


Please know you are one of my girls that I am constantly praying for... these precious friends that I have had the blessing to be connected to on this foggy journey. I will be praying tonight that through your pain, the Lord will remind you how happy Madeline is with our Lord and how she can't wait to see you someday! As much as my heart aches for Angie and Nathan this evening, unfortunately right now, you know it so much better, even than I. Thank you for your prayers and for loving us that walk this road behind you!


Kim ( said...

I think our group is all drowning in heartache right now for the Luce family. I feel so out of sorts and do not know what to do with myself, it has brought a renewed reality to me. I guess as long as we have our babies with us - I feel there is hope for at least one of us and then reality of t-18 takes over. I am trying to stay focused on the fact that how everything happened with Poppy is a true answer to prayer and to even have a moment is more than any of us expected, Poppy beat the odds. But then I feel let down by the reality. I know that you truly know how they feel and I am scared to be there soon too. I continue to pray for your healing and what lies ahead for the rest of us. Thank you for always encouraging us and sharing in our journey.

justabeachkat said...

Hi there. I think of you often.


juliekeefe said...

I will be praying for you as well, sweet girl. Your perspective makes me grateful for my three little girls. Thank you for sharing your heart with perfect strangers like me. Praying for God's perfect peace,

Aunt_Nette said...

I don't know how I came to your blog so many months ago. And then stumbled on all the other t18 blogs. My prayer life has been very busy lately. Praying for others, even when I don't know a specific need, is what I am here for. I thank our Lord for letting me find you and then the others.

So Blessed said...

Praying for you...

Laurie said...

Hi Mandy,

I am praying for you this weekend as so many of your memories are blooming again with the sadness of others on this road. Madeline is greeting these new friends and you are opening yourself to the new mommys traveling this hard and painful road. May you be blessed abundantly as you reach out to others with your heart. I love you and pray for you daily.
Laurie in Ca.

Laurie said...

Hi Mandy,

Just checking in on you to see how you are doing. I've been praying for you on this road as I know your heart remains open as you help to encourage others. I love this about you and so much more. How are all the cute boys doing these days? Be blessed today and know that Madeline is always in my heart with so many other babies. I love them all.

Love, Laurie in Ca.

Emily said...

Praying for you right now, Mandy.

Melissa said...


I pray for you and your family often. I can't imagine how difficult this journey is for you! You are such a wonderful mother!!!!