Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I care.

I'm still here and all is okay.  I promise. 

I have been pretty busy over the last week, and to be honest, I just haven't felt like I had much to 'post' about.  Don't misunderstand me, I have SO MUCH to post about.  I have so many beautiful, joyful and blessed things in my life that I could honestly post every minute of every day.  A new post.  A new subject. A new thanks.  I am abundantly blessed. 

I just haven't felt the "desire" or the "energy" to post every day.  I think for several reasons.  One reason, I personally needed the break.  I have been letting my 'to do' list build up and sometimes I find myself reading blogs and or trying to post something, that before I get off to get anything done around the house or spend time with my daughter, its time to turn around and go pick up my son from school, then to get him to baseball and figure out what my family will be eating for dinner. Then by that time, I find myself feeling overwhelmed, cranky and or just tired.  

Part of that roller-coaster continues to come from the many, many sad stories that lay on my computer screen every day.  I pray for each one of them daily, but have distanced myself from sitting at my computer sobbing in tears.  

I have wanted to post about a couple of things, but I fear that time will keep flying by and that it will be another item listed on my 'to do list' and not get done.  I wanted to post about death and heaven, and as well as the meaning of Easter.  I have verses that I wanted to share and as well as thoughts that I felt I was being led to share.  Maybe I am still supposed to write about those things, but just not in the time frame I was thinking I needed to write them.  Only God knows, so we will see if those post make it to their post date. 

With all of that being said...... 

Today I get on to read SIX (6) sad blogs.  All blogs that I read often and probably most of you have read before or even follow as I do.  Interesting enough today APRIL 7th seems to be a day of memories, reminders of all kinds with ALL the babies on my prayer roll.  

Today is baby Isaac 6 month mark since his passing.  

Today baby Jonah and his parents posted their first family photo from the grave sight of their first born and son. While Jonah seems to be having a hard time with eating and his pain during bandage change at home also.  

Changes and plans are being made for Stellan, and looks to be as though he will be in need of heart surgery, and having it across the country from where he is now.  He has been declared a 'failure' of being able to stay out of SVT on medication.  There are several very risky things to come with such a surgery as he will need in a baby only 5 months old.  He needs our prayers. 

A post from Jessica's (The Macs) friend (The Moffat's) just hurting and missing baby Cora, as I am sure Cora's entire family is going through. 

A post from Angie's best friend Jessica, remembering TODAY, the 1-year-anniversary of the birth and death of sweet Audrey Caroline. 

Then of course a beautiful, heartfelt post from Angie herself, remembering, looking back on, and mourning the loss of her child but yet rejoicing and trying to understand the "harvest" of this season in her life that God has planned for her and her family. 

Not to forget about baby Bentley, and her family as they get a day closer to her upcoming heart surgery.

And baby Ryan, who looks as though will get to go home at the end of the month if all stays steady, and while they try to let him grow and build his heart stronger before he has his surgery.  

While continue to pray for Abby and Kayleigh.  And these two hurting families as well, baby Luke and baby Sage



So today, I wanted to write a little post to let my brothers and sisters in Christ that are hurting or suffering and or mourning today, April 7th.  I am praying for each and everyone of you.  I am praying for every little angel written in this post daily.  

I care. 

Please, stop by each of those blogs I listed above and show some support and love.  Let them know they are thought of, being prayed for and that they are not walking these paths alone. Below, I posted pictures of sweet baby Audrey, as we mourn and yet celebrate today APRIL 7th... in which one year ago today, sweet Audrey became a LEGACY.  

I remember being told about baby Audrey, but was not allowed to see or read about her on her mothers blog, until AFTER I had Morgan.  If you recall, Morgan and Audrey had the same due date of April 14th, but Audrey came a week earlier.  I remember when I was allowed to read her story, how I sat there bawling, while I held my own daughter of only a week or so old, so sadden while another mother planned for her daughters funeral. 

Please take a moment and pray for these families today.  

Sweet Audrey Caroline


PS:  On another note.... I would like to also ask that you say a prayer for our daddy blog friend Tim, at Fort Thompson.  If you haven't read his blog over the last few days, you may not know that he went in for a doctors visit only to have left there with the feeling of fear and the unknown.  He will be going in tomorrow Wednesday for some test to be done on his colon.  Please pray for him and that these test come up cancer free and healthy. 

On a much lighter note:

I have the winners for the ****hand me down**** GIVEAWAY and I will post them tomorrow.  The post WILL be posted tomorrow.  Thanks for your patients.  Don't worry, I will contact the winners personally, since I have taken so long to provide everyone with the winners, I don't expect them to know that they won, unless of course they became followers of my blog.  Sorry it took me so long, I promise to be a better and a more timely announcer to future giveaways.  

God Bless everyone.... and have a blessed filled day.  


9 Personal Thoughts:

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

beautiful i have been having a hard time reading post rather then written them as well. i get so invested in some that i feel why write about my joys when they are facing sorrow and i know they read mine, i feel for them i know i need to live my life however i am also a cazres and what they are feeling and going thro matters to me as if they are real family and not just family by christ.

i too have taken a bit of a break in praying for teh familys that are in loss hurting and are waiting for teh un know answer. i have been working on audreys post for her birthday and are having a hard time cause as i work on this post i have a family of 4 as i work on this post in 3 days my daughter turns 3 as i work on this post i'm heart broken and empty and i feel so much like getting on a plain and flying to nashville. as i write this post i think about my family and what i have and what they have wanted a unanswer prayer . so hard sigh....

i praise and bless jesus for every moment that i have .

hugs fel better soon i miss my friend.

i have been working hard on this post stay tuned!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Thanks for putting all those links together.

Some I read and some I had only heard about. Now I can go and leave a comment.

Thanks for stopping by to see me. You are special!

Stewart Family said...

Beatiful post as always! Thanks for putting all of the links together. My prayers are with all of these people today. Hope your doing well too and thanks for the sweet comment. In the midst of the craziness around here, it brought a smile to my face!

Jennifer said...

Glad you're doing well, Misty!

Crystal said...

You have such a big heart! So beautiful inside and out.. I am so grateful that we have cross paths.

Thank you for your prayers for Bentley and posting so others can pray.

I am praying for your sweet Morgan daily for her upcoming appointment.

daniella said...

I'm glad to hear you're doing ok. I've missed you, as did everyone else, but I'm glad to hear you're taking this time to reflect, rest, accomplish and relax. .

mommaof4wife2r said...

i am sad to say that i am aware of all of those sweet prayer needs...and i have moments of deep and utter sadness...and then i have to remember that god has the final word and death is definitely not it. and it's soooo hard bc it's so real here on earth...praying continually for these babies and fams...and so many more that are on my prayer list as well.

Elizabeth said...

Misty,
i have wondered where you have been! I get overwhelmed with the blogging and everything else I need to do also. I understand how you feel about the sick babies. I do this too. I have gotten so involved in the past with babies and there families and it starts affecting my home life. I will continue to pray for these families. Wow, they are so strong to go through something like this. I think it is so sweet of you to post updates on their progress and links to their blogs. You have such a big heart; so caring!

I remembered about baby Audrey. Again, I cannot even imagine. And, not to be critical but I also can't imagine taking pictures like that of my baby after he/she passed and then posting them. It would be a painful reminder for me.

Take care,
elizabeth

Misty Rice-Baniewicz said...

I think the pictures of beautiful Audrey are precious.... I love them in color as well, and not all black and white. Its makes it more in the present than in the past.

I think these photos captured something so special...

Thanks everyone for the prayers.

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