Thursday, March 12, 2009

God Bless You Little Gracie......

So, I have this thing for finding heart wrenching stories/families/situations.....whatever you want to call it through blogging. It seems I have run across quite a few through the media, friends or family. I like to donate what I can to help to the cause. Usually they are just asking for prayers and in my opinion your prayers can never be too long.

I had been meaning to post a link to the Gledhill's family blog......which then turned into "Gracie's Blog." But I never got around to it. I have been following it for 6 or 7 months. I was particularly intrigued because my Mom used to work with heart transplant patients at Primary Childrens Medical Center in SLC (where Gracie was at most of her life). And because she had big brown eyes just like my daughter. And I just thought the family was an incredible inspiration and example to others.

Here's the story. Little Gracie was born with a severe heart defect (can't remember the name, it says on her blog). She had open heart surgery when she was 4 days old. She continued to have problems and it was eventually decided the only treatment was a heart transplant.

When we left for our vacation a few weeks ago, the last I read on Gracies Blog was that she did in fact have a donor and would be receiving a transplant in the next 24 hours. Then I got busy with life and haven't checked it until today (I kinda figured she would have been fine). My heart is aching right now just writing this, but unfortunately Gracie's body did not accept the heart (they aren't sure of the exact reasons yet) and she passed away on March 2nd. She was only 11 months old. Almost the exact age as my little Kaylee.

Please keep Gracie's family in your prayers. And read the blog too. I promise it will touch your heart. Her family is so strong and such faithful servants of our Heavenly Father. They know that they will see her again one day. What a comfort that must be to them.

And to think I was sitting here complaining because Kaylee has the all I want to do is hold and rock her all night.

Life truly is fragile. Hug and kiss your babies more than usual today...and all your loved ones for that matter. Isn't it wonderful that we have the opportunity to be with our families forever?

here is the LINK:

1 comment:

Smitty n' Chelle said...

it is stories like those that help you realize how grateful you are to have healthy children and to know that we are not in charge. heavenly Father has a plan for all of us and it might not be the one we would choose. One of my best friends growing up has a similar story. She has a blog set up for her little boy and the story of what he went through. although he only lived for 8 days it changed their lives. have a box of tissue when you read it. it will break your heart and humble you.

the blog is

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