Sunday, November 20, 2011

Prayers for Afton Jean

I just wanted to quickly ask you all to pray for sweet Kami and her 26 week old daughter, Afton Jean.  She was delivered 3 1/2 months early. She is doing well but has a tough fight ahead of her.

As I read through her story, I couldn't help but get a pit in my stomach. So many similarities. It is hard for me to read stories like this and not question why things happened the way they did for me and for my sweet Faith. I wonder...what if I had made it past the 24 weeks. What if I had been on bed rest at the hospital and not home the night I experienced my abruption. What if....so many of them. And then I feel guilty for even wondering. For letting someone elses beautiful story of life and miracle, and precious blessing, make me wonder. So selfish. It's an ugly part of my heart that I hate admitting. Why do we compare. Why do we question. There is so much more to what life brings us, than we can possibly ever know. This is an ongoing lesson for me. This is a reminder to me.

Well, I know for sure that I wouldn't have my Mia Glory. I have to hold on to that. And it is that knowledge that gives me peace....and Joy. Because I do have her. Such a blessing she is. It is reasons like this and times like now that I hold her even closer. I can't focus on what was lost, but simply rejoice in whats been gained. And I do. I have so much to be thankful for, and that I am thankful for.  So instead of letting my heart be saddened, I'm going to let it be happy for the reminder of my gifts.

And I'm going to let it be prayerful and thankful for sweet babies like Afton, and mommies like Kami. They have a tough fight ahead, but also so many people praying and a God that loves them so much, fighting for them. May they have peace knowing that. Please keep them in your prayers.

You can read their story and keep up with their progress HERE. Please go and give them your thoughts, prayers, congratulations and encouragement. {Comments are closed}

*Update* Afton went to heaven. My heart is so broken for this family I don't even know. In a way that not many could ever understand. Nor would I want them to. So many emotions. No words. I wish there was something I could do, but I know too well, there isn't. I can only pray this family comes to know Jesus in an even closer and fuller way than ever before, and with it, peace. Please keep this precious family in your prayers.