Monday, May 23, 2011
Today I wanted to share with you about Amazing Abigail - a sweet baby girl born with anencephaly last Monday in the Wichita area. The amazing thing about Abigail is - She Is ONE WEEK OLD Today!!!
Abi's parents - Melissa and Danny - have been meeting with the perinatal hospice volunteers at Choices Medical Clinic since they found out her diagnosis. Our mutual friends, Denise and Martha, introduced me to them over email about a month and a half ago so that I could give them any insight that could be helpful. I know that they have also visited our blog several times. Melissa and Danny were particularly interested in my thoughts on having a c section versus a vaginal birth. So I gave them the best and most heartfelt explanation I could explaining why I was glad we chose a c section for Karinne.
And now - after having a c section with little Abigail - she has made it a Full Amazing Week and got to come home with her parents. And it sounds like she is doing really well. Wow - What a Blessing for this sweet family!! You can visit their Caring Bridge site and send them some love and prayers at the following site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/abigailphillips where there is even a cute little photo of Abi.
Now - as happy as I am for Melissa and Danny, I have struggled this past week with wishing we could have been blessed with more time with Karinne. It has been so hard to keep from wondering why WE couldn't have been given such a miracle. Oh, how I would have loved to bring Karinne home from the hospital, to feed her, to bathe her, to change her diapers for goodness sake! It's very difficult to keep from being envious and believe me - I've asked - "why God why?"
But I know in my heart that Karinne's life was just as it was meant to be, just as God planned for it to be, and just as was best for our family.
I know that some of you have been praying for me because I can feel myself coming out of the painful fog of the last few weeks. I hadn't admitted it to hardly anyone, but the experience of Karinne's 1st Birthday has been VERY HARD on me. And I felt in many ways like it was hard on ME alone. But I know that your prayers have brought me through. I'm beginning to feel the weight lifting of this latest wave of grief and I can begin to see the light of new beginnings shining on the horizon. Thank you for your prayers - and for your sweet comments - please keep them coming! =)
Posted by Kara at 8:27 PM