Thursday, August 13, 2009

Reese Catherine ~ 8.11.09 - 8.13.09

The last few days have been a whirlwind. Saying "thank you" for all of your prayers, calls, emails, and visits will never be sufficient, but that's all we have. Our hearts are full of gratefulness.

Reese went to be with the LORD tonight. She is alive, well, and healthy with Jesus. As painful as it is to accept, we are glad she's home - free from tubes, cords, and machines.

A few sweet pics from today ~

Reese with her red bow. Of course that is her favorite color just like mine. ; )

Sweet Daddy & Reese

Jason amazes me. I am so proud of him and wouldn't know what I would do without him.

Our amazing photographer came back to be with us tonight to take some pictures of Reese without any tubes on her body. The nurse let me dress her! So precious. Zach was wonderful with her and even kissed Reese on her head several times. I can't wait to get my hands on those pictures.


Little lady

All ready. ; )

GOD was so good to let us be with Reese as she went to be with Him. We are home now and taking life minute by minute. Please know that your prayers carry and cover us.




231 comments:

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Kathy said...

With tears in my eyes I am deeply sorry for your loss. My family and I have been praying for you today. And this precious one hasn't been far from my thoughts...May God grant you the peace that surpasses all understanding...

My heart is with you all as you continue on this journey...

Grateful that because of Christ, she is a part of your future.

With grief and hope.

Angie Seaman said...

"There will be years that ask and there will be years that answer. In the end, God NEVER wastes pain!" Katie...that phrase is my life motto. A good friend told me that one time during one of my darkest hours in life. It's stuck with me ever since and helped me out of many gut wrenching life moments.

There are no words for me to say to you tonight. I'm speechless. Just in complete and utter shock. I cannot possibly begin to imagine what you are going thru.

Just please know that you and Jason have a family in Indiana lifting you up tonight and in your days ahead. May God bless you with the peace and the strength you need to put your next foot in front of the other.

Be fierce in your faith and rejoice in God's promises. Reece's life as well as her passing will undoubtedly change lives.

Huge hugs and many prayers for you tonight...
In his grip, Angie Seaman
www.angelicagracedesigns.com/blog/
www.angieseamanphotography.blogspot.com

Terri said...

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May the Lord continue to give you strength and peace.

Katie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Reese Catherine is such a beautiful little girl. I've been praying for you and will continue to pray for peace and strength for your family.

Amanda said...

I am so sorry for your loss. When I read about Reese after she was born on Kelly's blog it reminded me so much of my little girl that was born 3 1/2 years ago that went to be with the Lord when she was 17 hours old. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers as I know the journey you have ahead of you will not always be an easy one but remember God is always there for you and you will see her again one day.

Jill said...

I came from Kelly's Korner. I have and will continue to pray for your family. What beautiful pictures of your sweet Reese!

Melissa said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Wishing you peace,
melissa

Brunch at Saks said...

Katie and family- I cannot stop crying for your loss, but at the same time my heart is filled with peace knowing that precious little Reese is safe and happy with our Lord. You all are so strong and are such an inspiration. Please know that I am praying for you all the time and keeping you in my thoughts.

Love,

Annemarie
Los Angeles, CA

Lacy said...

Along with many others I am so sadened as I read of your loss. I feel like these words from a stranger mean so little, but you have ministered to me more than you know through Shannons blog. Your beautiful and the love of Christ you always show has ministered to me. I am without words...please know your loved from far away blog friends and we are praying in Texas. Glad you got to spend time with Reese and she was held my her mommy and daddy.

Andy and Wendy Ingram said...

I am so sorry for your loss! I have been and will continue to lift your family up in prayer! Trusting God will somehow show you His enoughness in the midst of your tears, grief, pain, and loss! As your baby girl went to be with her Father today, it reminded me of this verse, Psalm
55:6 "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest!"
Wendy Ingram
Colorado Springs, CO

Mrs. JKPeterson said...

Words can not express. I am lifting your family in prayer tonight. May our lord carry you.

Rachel said...

I found your blog through Kelly's Korner. Oh... I am hurting so badly for you and your family right now. I have no words, only I am praying for you and sharing your grief in any way that I can. I just lost my 2 month old niece to sids a few weeks ago, so I understand the devastating loss you are facing.

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Lynn said...

Oh, what a sweet angel. Prayers for you and your family. May God carry you through this difficult time.

Angie said...

Katie,
I have been thinking about and praying for your family all week. I am so, so sorry for what you and your family are going through right now. I hope and pray that you and your family will stick together and will find strength and comfort during this difficult time. I will continue to pray in NY and I will ask my church to do the same. Take care sweet friend.

dg darling said...

I am so very very sorry for your loss. As a mother I have no words to express the heartache I feel for you. With a baby girl of my own I cannot imagine what you must be feeling. Know that you are in my prayers and will be for a long time to come. I found you on Kelly's and I hope you'll update on how you are doing. May the Lord bless your family...

Father's Grace Ministries said...

I came over from Kelly's Korner, I've been praying for your precious little family- for peace, comfort and grace, and just wanted to send some hugs in Jesus Name.

Even through grief and tears,I know that the testimony of Reece's short life will be touching many hearts across the globe.

In hope,
Claire

jayfersgirl said...

I am so sorry. I'm sitting here crying for you, as I can't even begin to imagine the pain you are in.

Brittany said...

Katie, my eyes are tearful as I write this. I am so sorry for your loss. I know sorry doesn't even really do much because there really are no right words to give to somebody who has just lost a child. Your strength and grace amaze me. I don't even know you or your family but you all are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. May God carry you through this time with grace.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Emily said...

You are so brave to have shared this so openly. I bet that Reese is brave like her parents.

God bless you and your beautiful family, especially during these painful days. Lean on the Lord, he has Reese in his arms and wants to comfort you.

(just happened by via cjane)

Mer said...

My brave sister..I cannot come up with the words right now, but thank you for sharing her pictures. She's beautiful, and so are you. Your strength is incredible. I'm praying for you minute by minute.

It's a wonderful life said...

I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!! AS I READ THE POST I WAS SOBBING, i DO NOT KNOW YOU BUT STILL FEEL A VERY HEAVY BURDEN FOR YOU FAMILY . I WILL PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY.

LOVE IN CHRIST
TONYIA ZEAGLER

Leigh said...

I am just praying for God to lift you up at this very difficult time. I'm really not sure what to say except that I am so sorry and that you have a beautiful angel. May God bless your sweet family.

Kelly said...

Katie
I have been praying and crying over you and Jason non stop for the last 2 days. My heart has been so heavy for both of you.
Reese was absolutely beautiful. I loved the outfit you dressed her in - she was just a precious, precious baby and I know Jesus is holding her now.
I will be praying for ya'll every day and you will be in my constant thoughts. I'm thankful for the love you have for each other and the support of your family and friends. But most of all I'm thankful for your faith and I pray that God will comfort you and give you peace and joy again.

Cherry said...

Katie & Jason,
Tonight as I walked & prayed, my heart was burdened for both of you and the whole family. I just checked your blog for an update & my heart hurts with you. Know that I too have tears flowing tonight on your behalf. I am so sorry for your loss. This has to be a difficult time. The 'gift of loss' that you received was wrapped up in a beautiful package called Reese. You will never be the same people. God has something very special for you both. Those who have been wounded deeply are used deeply by God to turn & share life's answers with those who hurt. It takes the experience of pain & suffering to qualify one to be able to do this. Nothing else works as effectively. This end was not my prayer, however His will not mine. I will continue to pray for such precious special people as you and your families. I love all of you dear friends.

Kara said...

I have been following your story through Kelly's Korner over the past few days and am so heartbroken about your precious Reese. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Your faith is so evident in your courage and grace and I pray that you find comfort in the coming days, weeks, months... Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful angel and your story, sweet Reese is now being cradled in His arms.

Rennae said...

Katie, she is just beautiful. I was so sad to see your post today, and struggle to say anything that could make it, at all better. Just know that so many of us are thinking of you and your family and praying for you as well.

Lindsey said...

I can't begin to imagine how difficult this has been for you, but I want you to know I've been praying for you. I know the Lord is the only One who can give you the strength to get through this. You will continue to be in my prayers. I love you.

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift from God with all of us. You are an inspiration. Reese is indeed with God and he so loves her too. I am so sorry for your little family and I am praying in Ohio for you to be comforted by God's love and grace.

Seraphim said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of your beautiful little girl Reese. I am moved beyond words by your grace and love. You aren't walking these days alone. So many of us from round the world including me here on the shores of Perth, Western Australia will be praying for you and your family.
Sending my love
Sarah xxx

About Us said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am so thankful you and your family were able to have some precious moments together and that you will all one day be back together. You all have been and will continue to be in my prayers in the days ahead.

Hillary said...

Girl...there are no words I can tell you that I haven't already told you. My heart is so full right now. Part of it is extreme joy b/c the little fruit kabob is with Jesus! Wow! I don't think I can really wrap my mind around that. The other part of me is so full of grief. You know I will pray for you and with you constantly. Reese has the strongest, most amazing mom I've ever known. May her short life display the love her God lavished upon her! I love you, friend!

Amanda said...

Katie I am so sorry and I will continue to pray for you and your family. You have an amazing faith and I pray for you to have continued faith and peace.

Kelly said...

I am so sad. I know Jesus took Reese's little hand and welcomed her to heaven. May he hold yours now.

Katie said...

Resting in the everlasting arms of Jesus...that must be a beautiful sight! I am still praying with all my might for y'all for the peace and strength that only comes through Him. So much love and warmth to you and your precious family, Katie.

"For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says "Do not fear; I will help you."
Isaiah 41:13

Erin said...

I can't tell you how sorry I am that the Lord took her so unexpectedly. I am in awe that He has given you such strength. My prayers have been with you over these last couple of days and just know that you are being lifted up. Many prayers and much love sent your way.

Valerie said...

Your little girl is beautiful. Thoughts and prayers coming your way from Iowa. I used to work with Trisha at ABSS.

Melanieshea said...

Praying for you and Jason!!!! I am SOOOO sorry for your loss!

Julie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jill said...

Oh, sweet friend. I don't even know the best words to say. There's probably not anything in the world that I could say to make you feel one bit better, but just know that my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers are with you, Jason, and Zach. Love you!

The Brewers said...

Katie,

I am so sorry about Reese. Your strength is inspirational, and I know that it comes from your faith in the Lord, and I pray that he continues to comfort you and give you the strength you need. When I read that Reese went to be with the Lord, Matthew 19:14 came to my mind..."Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." I know that sweet Reese is with our Lord, and that you will someday be reunited with your precious baby girl. For now, you and Jason will continue to be in my family's thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you wrapped in His arms.

Rachel (Archer) Brewer
ABHS

Brandi said...

I am sitting here with tears in my eyes so saddened by your loss. I having been praying for your family the past few days. My heart aches for you as you walk this journey. Miss Reese is absolutely beautiful! My thoughts and prayers will continue!

LaLa said...

Katie & Jason - What a remarkable witness you both are - sharing the utmost of hurts in the way you have and continuing to let God shine through it all - as I try to get through the tears as I look at your precious Reese I pray that God's loving arms will hold you tight through the days ahead.
In Christian Love,
Lana Owens

Leslie said...

Words can't express how deeply sorry I am for you, Jason, Zach and all of your family. You are constantly on my heart and in my prayers. I tossed and turned all night long because I could not get the pictures of your beautiful Reese out of my heart and mind. You are one of the most remarkable people and I know you and your angel Reese are going to do amazing things together. God will reward your faithfulness Katie. It is my prayer that you and Jason cling to God, each other and to your precious little boy. I am so thankful you have such a loving family and supportive friends. You have dramatically changed how I am living my life. Praying for peace and strength for all of you.

Elaine said...

I am praying for you and your family during this time of sorrow. Reese is absolutely beautiful!

Linds said...

Oh Katie- my heart breaks for you and Jason. May God's sweet grace to wrap around you. What glorious hope there is in knowing that sweet, precious little Reese is in the arms of Jesus right now and that you will see her again! Praying for both of you....

Mary said...

With so many tears in my eyes, i am so very sorry for your loss. Reese is a beautiful baby girl.

Teresa said...

I prayed for you and your baby this morning, and now here I am crying for you and your family. I know this is hard for you, and I am even asking HOW? Oh Lord, be with this sweet family.

Natalie said...

I am sitting here crying over the loss of precious Reese. Her pictures are just beautiful and I am so thankful you all had some time with her. I know that will remain in your heart forever. Words cannot express how sorry I am.
I am amazed at your strength and know that your faith has prepared you for a time such as this.

I just keep reminding myself that "...In ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) God's plans are not always as we would have wished, but we can have faith that He has known from the beginning of time and will bring good from them.

What a comfort to know that she is in His arms, healthy and happy. Our prayers will be with you as the days and weeks ahead unfold. I hope you feel them!

In His Name,
Natalie (Stouffer) Jones

rm said...

I found your blog through Kelly. I have been praying for your family non-stop. I pray that you find the peace that only God can provide. Reese looked beautiful in her dress. I am glad you were blessed by those moments.

Continuing to pray for you in WV.

Casi said...

Katie - Please know how very sorry I am for your loss and that you and your entire family will remain in my prayers. Reese was absolutely beautiful and you have been an amazing witness of the Lord's as you have experience such pain while never letting go of your faith. You are strong, girl, and are an inspiration to us all. May God bless, keep, comfort, and hold you.

Michelle said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Know that I am praying for you and your precious family. May God's healing peace be with you.

Karen said...

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Words can not express my pain and sorrow for you. Reese is with the Lord and will be taken care of. May God Bless your family.

Sandy Morgan said...

I came from Kelly's Korner and have been praying for you and your family. Reese is a beautiful baby. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. Gods awesome love will see you through all of this.

Mom of 3 and bride-to-be! said...

Devestated.
My heart breaks into a million little pieces for you.
She is so precious, and I pray that you do feel the Lord's arms wrapped around you.

Lifting you up in prayer, during this very very difficult time.

Much love,
Chantal

Melissa said...

I am so sorry for your loss! Reese is a beautiful and I wish your family peace and healing for the days to follow. You have been on my mind for several days and I will continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless!

Ashley said...

Katie & Jason- I am amazed by your strength. Your faith is SUCH a testament to me and I know to so many others. Thank you for sharing your daughter with us- she is beautiful and now she is perfect and healthy in every way. We will continue to lift you up in the days ahead and know that God will wrap His arms around you all.
The Krieg family

boo.mama said...

Lifting you up in prayer.

The Van Ordens said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are praying for you and your family. Reese is beautiful and smiling from heaven!

Laurie said...

Katie-
I am so sorry about Reese. I LOVE that precious dress you put on her. You look just as beautiful as ever! Your love for the Lord is so evident. I will continue to pray for ya'll.

motherof3fellows said...

May GOD give you strength that surpasses all understanding.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family.

JJ said...

I don't even know you but I have been praying for your family a lot these past couple days. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll continue praying that God will comfort your family during this difficult time. Just know you have someone in Missouri praying for you and thinking of you often!

Jamie

Jenn said...

Our family will continue to pray for you all. She is a beautiful little princess! Your walk with the Lord is so evident. Because of the Hope that Jesus gives you'll be reunited with her again one day.

Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed."

marie said...

My heart hurts for you and your family , You are not alone , Jesus will be with you all as you walk this path of sadness and pain.

Brittany said...

Katie,
The strength and grace that exudes from you in these pictures and writings is awe inspiring. You are an amazing testament to the comfort that faith can bring. I am truly saddened and sorry for your loss and am praying for your sweet family.

Bridgette Ann said...

Katie & Jason,

Although I do not know you, I follow your blog. I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your journey ahead. I will also be praying for Reese as she gets to dance with Him.

Bridgette

Miska said...

My heart and prayers are with you guys. Peace of Christ be with you.

Popeatots said...

Katie,
You're astounding strength and courage through all of this speaks volumes about your testimony for Christ. He is obviously using you in a very profound way. I have been shedding tears for you guys and praying fervently these past 2 days. May you truly know the peace that passes all understanding. You are so brave and your faith in your Lord and Savior is so evident. You are an incredible inspiration to us all. We will not stop praying. You will be in our thoughts and prayers daily for months and years to come. Reese was so beautiful, just like her Mommy. Love to you all. Amber

Harris Family said...

Katie and Jason. My heart is just aching for you right now. I can't imagine the loss that you are feeling. But, it makes my heart sing to think about your sweet baby girl being in the arms of Jesus today. Know that we have been and will continue to lift you up in prayer in the days, weeks, and months ahead. You are so strong and so brave- an inspiration to us all.

Colleen said...

As a mother who also suffered the devastating death of a newborn daughter, I know all too well the shock, grief and pain you are feeling. As soon as I got up this morning, I got online to check on Reese and my heart sank as soon as I saw the dates at the top of your post. I am so deeply sorry and I will keep you in my prayers.

Caryn said...

My prayers are with you and your family.

Our Father knows what's best for us,
So why should we complain--
We always want the sunshine,
But He knows there must be rain--

We love the sound of laughter
And the merriment of cheer,
But our hearts would lose their tenderness
If we never shed a tear...

Our Father tests us often
With suffering and with sorrow,
He tests us, not to punish us,
But to help us meet tomorrow...

For growing trees are strengthened
When they withstand the storm,
And the sharp cut of a chisel
Gives the marble grace and form...

God never hurts us needlessly,
And He never wastes our pain
For every loss He send to us
Is followed by rich gain...

And when we count the blessings
That God has so freely sent,
We will find no cause for murmuring
And no time to lament...

For our Father loves His children,
And to Him all things are plain,
So He never sends us pleasure
When the soul's deep need is pain...

So whenever we are troubled,
And when everything goes wrong,
It is just God working in us
To make our spirit strong.

Robyn said...

Katie I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you. It is hard to know what to say. But I take heart in that you know Jesus so well, I know and His loving arms will be holding you and Jason close. I pray for incredible peace and comfort. Love you.

lhoppe said...

katie & jason,

i am so sorry for your loss of reese. it is so obvious that you are wonderful parents to her. i've been praying for you & your family & will continue to do so.
god bless you,

luci

April said...

There are no words to express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.
Amazed at the grace you have shown through this - completely in awe of the strength you've shown.
I came across your blog through Shannon's, I used to know Cody when I was a kid.
My deepest sympathy to your whole family.
God Bless You All.

kelseyledare said...

Dear Katie and family,
My heart is breaking for the loss of your beautiful Reese Catherine. Your strength and faith in our Lord is certainly a testiment to others. May He continue to carry you through these very difficult times. You and Jason and your families will certainly continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

-Maggie Bell

Melissa said...

I am so heartbroken for you and your family as you begin this journey in your life. Losing our baby was the hardest expereince of my life, yet I had to rely on the knowledge that the Lord really knew the plans He had for me.... May you find comfort in His grace, love, and strength and may your baby girl Reese be a Light unto the world bringing those who are lost to a relationship with Christ! Many prayers and much love to you!

Adventures of Laura said...

Tears are running down my face after reading of your sweet Reese. Her dress is so pretty - what a special gift that you got to put it on her for the photos.

I'm so sorry for your loss and will continue praying for your family. May the Lord astound you with his comfort, peace, and strength. What a glorious reunion you will have with her in heaven someday!

Leigh Ann said...

Still praying, Katie! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of your gorgeous girl!

Beth said...

What a precious girl! The Lord will bless, and already has through her, no matter how short her time on earth! I look forward to one day meeting her in heaven. We are praying without ceasing for you, Jason, and the rest of your sweet family. We love you!!

Hilary said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. Covering your family in a blanket of prayers. Praying for blessings in this storm.

Shelly said...

Praying for your entire family. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures of your sweet baby girl.

Cate said...

My heart breaks for your family. The loss of a child is something no family should ever have to go through. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rebecca (Sam's wife) said...

i am truly sorry-the pictures brought tears to my eyes. she is such a beautiful girl and i am so glad you took pictures as i think you will be so glad you have them.

Sara said...

There are no words good enough or powerful enough to say at a time like this. You will continue to be in my prayers and I know that your precious child is smiling down on you from the arms of God.

Kaitlin said...

I am sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

Momofgirls said...

My heart aches for you! May God carry you these next few weeks as you recover from the horrible things you have dealt with.

Please know that NOT ONE TEAR is wasted by God! He adores you, and will work everything to come together for your good.

Know that there is a family in California that is carrying you in prayer!

dreamtrip said...

My heart breaks for your family. I have been praying for you all. What an amazing strength and peace your family has. I will continue to pray for God to sustain you during this very difficult time.

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KK said...

May the Lord continue to carry you today and in the days ahead.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Please take care of yourself.
Praying without ceasing,
Kaye
Psalm 46:10

Teen said...

im soooo sorry for ur loss. reese is a beautiful girl and always will be. my family and i have been praying for u and ur family and we will continue to pray.

Becky said...

I also am crying as I type this. Your loss is unfathomable, and I feel pain with you just thinking about what you're going through right now. As your sister in Christ, you will be in my prayers every time Reese is brought to mind. May the Lord be very close to you in these difficult days. May He provide the peace that passes all understanding. May He richly bless you for the amazing testimony you are showing to the world. This is my prayer for you, dear Katie.

Jenna said...

Katie, words cannot express how much you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. What a precious baby girl who has impacted SO many lives. She just made Heaven even MORE beautiful!

Praying for the Lord to draw near to you during this time. We love you and are praying without ceasing!!!

Love, Jenna

His Doorkeeper said...

When I saw you dressing your sweet baby Reece, the tears begin to flow. You show such grace and courage and such LOVE. My heart is so sad for you and Jason and your parents. But Reece is more alive now in heaven with Jesus than she ever has been! Her little eyes are looking into the eyes of Jesus! And you will see her again!

We are lifting you all up in our prayers.

The Photo Goo said...

Your words are so beautiful and so is your daughter. You and your family have been in our thoughts and prayers all week and they will continue. Our hearts go out to you.

Faith said...

Katie, I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart cannot begin to imagine the love and sorrow you must be feeling. I pray that God would be your EVERYTHING throughout this time of unbelievable grief. Praying for your entire family. Love, Faith

twingirlsmom said...

May the Lord bless you & keep you, shine His face upon you and bring you peace. Oklahoma is praying for you!

Katie said...

Oh Katie, I am so sorry. I cannot imagine the feelings you are going through. Please know that my family and I will be praying for you and your family in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Reese is a beautiful girl and she was so richly blessed to have you for a mother.

Eric and Emily said...

You don't know me, but it doesn't matter, you have been in my prayers since hearing the news from Jill's blog. God gave you a beautiful little girl and now he will keep her with Him until you get to see her in heaven. May God wrap His loving arms around your family and lift you up!

Apryl said...

You have a beautiful angel watching over you all. She is a beautiful baby girl and I'm so glad you got to meet her. My heart aches for you and your family. God is good and he makes no mistakes. Your sweet girl is cradled in His arms right now. I pray for peace and strength for you and your family.

Apryl

Tina said...

I'm so, so, sorry for your loss.

God bless you all.

Tina said...

I'm so, so, sorry for your loss.

God bless you all.

Alex and Jill said...

I am so sorry. I know those words don't even touch the pain you guys are living right now, but I'm sorry. Me and my family and friends are covering your family in prayer. The song by Steven Curtis Chapman, "With Hope", comes to mind...I left the lyrics below.

-With Hope by SCC-
This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you've gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God's plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father's smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
'Cause now you're home
And now you're free, and ...

We have this hope as an anchor
'Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

With love,
Jill Averitt

Elizabeth said...

I found you through Kelly's Korner and I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful Reese. You are all in my prayers and I hope God sends you the strength you need to get through this difficult time.

((Hugs))

Bourg Family said...

Praying for you as you endure this difficult time.

Kimberly said...

I came earlier this week from Kelly's Korner, and came over this morning to check on Reese. I am so very sorry for you and your family, and your son. She was a beautiful girl, and I can tell is loved so much. With tears in my eyes, I am praying for you now.

Kimberly said...

I came earlier this week from Kelly's Korner, and came over this morning to check on Reese. I am so very sorry for you and your family, and your son. She was a beautiful girl, and I can tell is loved so much. With tears in my eyes, I am praying for you now.

rm said...

I am heartbroken for you, but not without HOPE. I am praying that the Lord will sustain you minute by minute my dear friend. Much love, Rebekah

Brent and Kayla said...

You all have been in our prayers these past few days. I pray that God gives you peace and comfort through this difficult time. Having gone through this myself I understand the grief that you are feeling. I find hope in knowing that one day we will see our children in Heaven. In the meantime Wyatt and Reese can play together. :)

C. said...

I am so sorry for your loss, but glad that you can have some peace knowing that you will see sweet Reese again.
Thank you for sharing her with us.
Peace to you and your family.

Colleen said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time!!!

julie & joe said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lea Ann said...

Praying for strength and comfort for your precious family.

Jill said...

Praying for you for peace and comfort. God will carry you through this journey when you cannot carry yourself. My deepest sympathy.

taley said...

in this time of darkness, may His LIGHT shine BRIGHT, and may you find miraculous comfort and peace in the amazing arms of God... There is nothing too big for God to help us through. Nothing and never. Praying to God on your behalf...

writing4612 said...

I was praying and thinking of these past few days...

I was so hoping that she'd pull through, but I'm glad she's not in pain anymore.

I pray that the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds on Him. When you don't have the strenth to stand, He promised He would carry you.

Sara said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you as you grieve your daughter.

Stephanie said...

Katie and Jason,
I was given your need to lift in prayer by a sweet friend of yours. I have been praying consistently and was up 3 times in the night lifting you up. My heart is grieving with you. I have been praying over and over for His famous peace that surpasses all understanding to guard your hearts and minds. I know your life will never be the same but I am deeply thankful you have hope that you will stand beside precious Reece one day proclaiming "Holy, Holy, Holy! Worthy is the Lamb!" I know you will be homesick for Heaven but I am confident God will use you and sweet Reece's story. I will continue to pray...and ask that moment by moment, He would sustain.

Dawn said...

::crying:: His strength is made perfect when our strength is gone. Praise the Lord He expects none of us who are His to live life on our own. Jason & Katie, my heart aches for you and yet rejoices in the knowledge that you are leaning fully on the Lord and TRUSTING His plan for your family. What a ray of light and hope to a world who has it all wrong -- even much of the "Christian" world. I know the days ahead will be full of challenge and tears, but know that you are loved and prayed for by many...and most of all by Christ Himself.

Katie, thank you for letting us share this difficult journey with you even from all across the country. If you can, I'm sure we'd all love to see the photos you got to take with your precious Reese.

God bless you both and give you rest and peace.

-Dawn (FitzRandolph) Esparza

Wendy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying that God continues to give you strength during this horribly difficult time.

Mel said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

The Brewsters said...

My heart breaks for you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lauren Kelly said...

That time you had with her at the end must have been so beautiful!!! Praying for you in the days and months ahead!

Genie Marie said...

SO sorry to hear of your loss...I will be praying for you and for your family in the days ahead. Praying that the peace of God will surpass all understanding!!

Blessings

Rachel H. said...

My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss! I can't imagine what you are going through right now and nothing that I'll ever say or comment will take the pain away. We are thinking of you and praying for your during this difficult time. May God give you the strength to endure and to make it through this.

The Rowe Crew said...

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Reese was absolutely beautiful...an angel for sure! You and your family have been on my mind constantly today after reading on Kelly's Korner's blog and I will continue to pray for all of you, asking for God's precious comfort and peace for your family!! What a blessing you and Reese are to so many!!

Honea Household said...

I am amazed at your faithfulness. Know that you are in my prayers.

Laura said...

I am so sorry...so, so sorry. Praying for you. Praying he holds you so tight.

Leah said...

My heart is broken for you. Know that I will be praying for you and your family.

Sarah said...

Your daughter is absolutey beautiful; I know you are proud.
I am so sorry for your loss. I know there are very few words to offer at a time like this, but please know there are people praying in Nashville on you (and your family's) behalf.

Taylor said...

Oh Katie, I'm so sorry and so amazed by you and Jason. You are truly inspiring and such a wonderful testament of God's grace.

You're in my heart and prayers!

Kimber-Leigh said...

oh katie,
my heart aches with you and for you. your family will remain in my prayers in the coming days and weeks.

Candy said...

I have never commented, but read your blog often from Kelly's Korner & Shannon's. I'm so sorry! I've been praying for your family and will continue to do so.

Belinda said...

Katie,
Praying for you and your sweet family....
Love
Belinda

Lauren said...

You don't know me but I want you to know that I am praying for you. No words, just know that many people are lifting you and all your family up right now.
In His Love,
Lauren

Lynette said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. What a beautiful baby girl and your faith and testimony are so strong. Reese must be very proud to call you her mommy!

Ashley Jo Anglin said...

I have spent so many minutes of the last few days praying for your family. I am deeply sorry for your loss. She is an amazingly beautiful baby girl. She is safe up in heaven. I will continue to pray for your family.

besnini said...

Katie and Jason, I'm so sorry for your loss but so encouraged to know that you are walking with the Lord through this time...how else could one endure such pain. I'm praying for you and for both sets of grandparents as I know they must be hurting in a most profound way as well. May God continue to lavish is grace and love upon you all.

The B's said...

You and your family are in our prayers. I cannot begin to imagine the hurt and sorrow you are going through. I am so happy that sweet Reese is with our Lord and Savior in His arms.

Allison said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Shannon said...

I'm so sorry for your loss..I found your blog through Shannon & Kelly's blogs back when you were in the hospital and have checked it off and on..when I saw Kelly's post about Reese I was just heart broken for you all. Know that God is with you and she with him. Take Care.

Deidre said...

Katie, I am so sorry for your loss of your precious daughter! I am continuing to lift you and your family up in prayers - praying God covers you with His grace during this time.

Summer said...

I found your site through Kelly's Blog. With tears in my eyes I am so sorry for your loss. My family will be praying for you and your family through this time. May the lord bless your family.

Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

No words, just tears and prayers.

Shalom,
Denise

Paige said...

Came over from Shannon's blog, which I read regularly. Praying for you and your sweet family!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

So sorry. I will keep you in my prayers.

Dana Charbonneau said...

Such a beautiful and precious little girl. She's shining down on you all. I'm amazed by your strength. God Bless. Dana, Marc, Jake Charbonneau (friends of Mer/Faber)

Mrs. V said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have been praying for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Southern Fried Gal said...

Praying for you and your family...

Mrs. Dunbar said...

I am glad that you are strong in the Lord and know that she is with our Maker. I too, have a daughter that is in His hands, her name Katherine Elizabeth. I will continue to pray for you as you face the days ahead.

Robert/Karen said...

Many tears have been shed for your loss. It is no different here in TX. I have thought of you and your family all day and have prayed for you each time. I cannot imagine the grief that grips you right now, but feel so blessed to be allowed a glimpse at your precious daughter. I will continue to remember you all through these next weeks and months and will continue to pray for peace and strength and understanding for you that only God provides. I know that you and your family, and precious baby Reese are in the palm of his hand right now.
"Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weepig, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him." Psalm 126:5, 6
Reese is a seed~she will now grow in the hearts of many. She has touched so many in so short a time.
God bless you all~

Laura said...

Katie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. You are a wonderful example of a follower of Jesus through the way you have shared your story and the source of your strength.
Laura Gee Matthews

Nic (NotPerfect) said...

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Your daughter is beautiful. My thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace are with you.

Ashley said...

I am praying for you & your family tonight. Your courage and faith are inspiring; stay strong in God's promises. The Lord created a beautiful little girl in Reese and will use her to bless so many others that will know her story. Prayerfully lifting your family and praying for peace in this time of loss.

Autumn said...

What a beautiful little baby!! I am praying for you and your family daily.

Glitter and Bliss said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Tears are streaming for you and your family. Hold on to your husband, family, and your little boy. It is amazing how our little ones get us through the most difficult times in our lives. She is in heaven...perfect...and you will be together again...that I am sure of.

Ashley-Michele said...

Oh My! Your family is my prayers.

Liz said...

I am so sorry for your loss and can not imagine what you must be feeling. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God continue to give you the strength that you need.

Jennifer said...

I read Shannons blog all the time but I have no been checking to much lately. Until tonight when I checked to see what was going on.

Our lord has a reason for everything he does and I wish we all could understand these things.

I am crying my eyes out, I don't know how you and your family can be so faithful. I know faith draws us close to god in these times but I admire your family, so strong are you.

Your sweet little Angel will be waiting for you in heaven with the Lamb.

We will be praying for your family, may God walk with you during your loss.

I wish I could type more, but my heart is breaking for you and your family.

Please stay as strong as you are..

Sincerely Sara Cate said...

You and your family are in my prayers for strength and peace.

Tara said...

I've had you and your family in my thoughts and prayers since reading about your baby girl at Kelly's Korner. We lost my brother due to a hunting accident this past spring and the words I held closest to my heart were "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". I know your sweet baby girl is with our Heavenly Father but that doesn't make her absense any less painful. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers.

Randee said...

Jason and Katie,
I'm Randee and I came over here from kellyskorner.com. I am so heart broken for ya'll that Little Reese Died. She was a very Beautiful Baby Girl. She will be missed. But, she's now in the loving embrace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Where ahe is Happy and Healthy. And you all will see her again someday. Love Randee

Vera said...

I'm so glad Kelly posted a link to your blog so I could see the BEAUTIFUL angel I have been praying for so hard. Your family will definitely remain in my prayers.

julie said...

i am so sorry for your loss! but i am so glad for your faith in the Lord! He will help you through this! i will be praying for you tonight! one day you will be able to hold her again!

krousehouse said...

When I read your story I had to stop by - reminds me of my loss last year, of my little boy Elijah. My prayers are with you and your family tonight, and I am wishing you peace and comfort in each other's arms, and in the arms of God. Reese is a beautiful little girl, and whole and happy with Jesus.

Sarah Sharp said...

Katie and Jason,
I read your story on Kelly's blog. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I have a 16 month old son and 6 months pregnant. I cannot imagine the pain you are feeling. I will be praying for you and your family.

Sincerely,
Sarah

Michelle said...

I learned about your sweet baby Reese on Kelly's Korner. I cannot imagine the pain you all must be feeling. Know the Lord will carry you through this very sad and difficult time. Many prayers your way!

Stori said...

I am so so sorry. There are no words, but just know that I will be lifting your family up in prayer tonight.

"God will comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning." Isaiah 61:2-3

Amy said...

With tears in my eyes, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family have been on my mind for the last few days after reading on Kelly's Korner's blog and I will continue to pray for all of you, asking for God's precious comfort and peace for you and your family!

Erin said...

My heart is sinking, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter. I can't even begin to imagine what you and your husband are going through. I will be praying for you both.

Simply Me Art said...

I'm a Lurker who Loves to check in on your Beautiful Family. Words can not Express how very Sorry I am for the loss of your Beautiful Daughter. I can not Imagine what you all must be going through. I Love her name and she is Beautiful. I wish you all strength in this tough time. Thank you for sharing your Beautiful Daughter with all of us too. Jamie

2 little Boys said...

Katie, I have been praying for you and your husband and so sorry to hear of your loss of Reese. I praise the Lord that you had some time with her before she went home to be with Jesus. I along with you, am grateful that your little girl is no longer feeling any discomfort and is hearing heavens lullabies in our Heavenly Father's arms. My God bless you and give you strength during this time.

The Garners said...

I am a friend of Kelly stamps'--I saw her prayer request for your family. My heart is absolutely broken for you and I cannot imagine the pain. I am thinking of you and praying for strength and comfort.

Shelby said...

Please know that I am praying for you and your family. I just cried over baby Reese's pictures. She is so beautiful.

Tonya said...

I know we have never met. I found out about sweet little Reese from Kelly's blog. You and your family are in my prayers!

chrisandtif said...

You have such a beautiful family. I am so very sorry for your precious loss. You have such grace. I will be praying for you and your family.

Marla Taviano said...

Oh, Katie. I'm so, so sorry. Reese is so beautiful. Praying for you and your whole family!!

mommyof2sons said...

I came here from Kelly's blog. Just wanted to let you know I am sorry for your loss. Reese is beautiful. Prayers for your family.

Megan said...

Just came from Kelly's blog. Tears are rolling down as I write this. My heart aches. Please know, even though I do not know you, your family is in my prayers. The Lord gives and takes away, blessed be His name! Your sweet girl is worshiping Jesus right now. What a sweet place to be! May the peace that surpasses all knowledge be with you and your family.

Stacey said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Mommy said...

Our prayers are with your family tonight. I am so sorry.

Kristi said...

It just makes you long for Heaven a little more today. We pray God's blessings on your family!

Gene and Annie said...

Praying for you and your sweet family! What a beautiful precious little girl! My heart is with you at this time!

Laura said...

My heart breaks for you! You and family are in my prayers.

Mommy 2 One Angel said...

I found your blog through Kelly's. (Harper's mommy) Please know that I am praying so hard for you. I am so sorry for your loss. I've prayed daily for your strength and baby Reese's health. Please know that God is with you. Isaiah 41:10 has been the most encouraging scripture to me. I hope it encourages you too.

"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."


Praying for you and your sweet family.

Stephanie said...

I read about you over at Kelly's Korner. Today is the first time I have seen your link there though. I just want you to know that my heart breaks for you and your family. Please know that you are in my prayers!!!!

Reese is absolutely beautiful!!!!! Such a precious little girl!

andrea said...

I am so sorry for your loss! Your baby is a beautiful angel now!!

Melissa Stover said...

i'm so sorry for your loss. what a beautiful precious girl. your family will be in my prayers.

Brittany said...

I have been praying and praying for you and your family and I will continue to pray.

Cardinal said...

What a beautiful little girl. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Know that you will see your little angel again.

michele said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that God will carry you through these difficult times, and that you will find comfort in knowing you WILL see her again. May God bless your family.

~ Michele

Corinne said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers for the past several days. I cannot even begin to fathom your heartbreak at this time. I wish you much love, strength and peace for the coming weeks and months.

May God bless your family,
Corinne

DylKat said...

What a beautiful baby girl! Praying for you and your family and wishing you lots of peace, love and faith in the days ahead.

Ter said...

I came here via Kelly's blog, and I am so so sad to hear of the loss of your beautiful baby girl. I lost my baby girl 4 years ago (and then her daddy almost 9 months ago). I wish I could ease the pain you feel, but I am glad you have a strong faith. I can't say that I do, and sometimes I wish I did.

whippetmom said...

I'm very sorry for your loss- I came over from Kelly's blog. Your family has been in our prayers these last few days. I hope you find comfort in HIM during these hard days.

Jennifer said...

Katie,
You have such a beautiful family. May the Lord be so near to you all.

meghan1017 said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I know your family, friends and faith will get you through this. You and your family will be in my prayers. May God grant you peace.

Kelly said...

Reese is beautiful, and I hope that knowing that you will see her again someday will bring you some sort of peace and comfort in this hard time. My heart breaks for you!

Jodi Lansink said...

Just wanted to say how sorry I am----I was sitting her sobbing, missing my bbay girl who passed away one month ago today after surviving 22 hours, and ran across your blog.....I feel EXACTLY what you are going through right now. I am so sorry for this pain....

3LittleByrds said...

Katie, I have cried and cried for you as a mother. I can't even imagine such a loss. I know Reese is with her creator and for that it gives you peace. Your so strong.Please know I will continue to pray for you and your sweet family each day that God brings peace and healing.

Carri said...

She is beautiful. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. There are no words. I will pray for your family.

The Holmans said...

I cannot begin to understand your pain and grief! What a beautiful baby girl! From all the Baylor Tridelts... we love you Katie!!! Heather Parker Holman

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