Maddox's Arrival

We welcomed our second little boy, Maddox Donald Stanfield, at 4:25PM today. He weighed 3lbs and was 15 inches long. He appeared with a brief, faint heartrate, opened his eyes to look at his daddy, and then went home to be with our Lord.

We are doing well and so thankful for all of the prayers storming Heaven on our behalf. The Lord has been extremely faithful and answered each prayer for us... some exactly as we petitioned and others somewhat differently than we had expected... yet all answered prayers.

We will be having a memorial service at Second Baptist Church- West Campus on Saturday, January 26th, 2008, at 10am, to celebrate our Creator's faithfulness in bringing this child to us. We love our son, and our God, so much! We are so thankful for your prayers and that we could share this journey with you.

(Pictures to soon follow.)

Maddox's verse- "But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, And He who formed you, 'Do not fear for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are mine!'" Isaiah 43:1

Comments

Anonymous said…
You are in my prayers.
Megan
deb said…
You are in my prayers. Good Bless you.
Deb
Anonymous said…
I am heart broken but yet happy for you. Sad that you had so little time with your precious son, yet happy that he is now safe and disease free in the loving arms of Jesus. I have a friend who lost their baby 5 min, after he was born(at 23 weeks). I believe they are with Jesus together, little angels, watching over us. I will pray that God continues to hold you through this very sad time.
Amy said…
Praying for you from Nashville....
Anonymous said…
Praying for you and your precious family as you remember your beautiful little lamb. May our God's peace and comfort surround you and sustain you in the days and months ahead.
Anonymous said…
Prayers for you coming from Michigan. Your faith is a beacon for us all to follow.
Melissa said…
God bless you and keep you....I'm sorry for your loss.

found you through Nate at CF Husband. I have recently lost two of my own through premature birth.
Anonymous said…
You are in my prayers.
Joy said…
Bless you.. Congratulations on that sweet baby boy. Praying for you.
Kristi said…
My you have peace and comfort tonight and in the coming days and weeks.
Anonymous said…
More prayers are coming from Ohio... may you feel God's peace during this difficult time.
With Love,
The Murphy family
Allison T. said…
Praying for you from West Virginia. I'm so sorry and hope the Lord comforts you and gives you piece during this difficult time.
Anonymous said…
Peace be with you...many prayers being lifted up for you.
Anonymous said…
Praying for your family from Ohio. May God bless you all.
Anonymous said…
Praying for you and your little angel tonight. God bless you and your family.

Jennifer in Illinois
MilePost13 said…
I'm praying for your family!
Kenzie,
I can't wait to see pictures of your little miracle baby. No words can describe how I feel for you and Maddox. It's such a strang thing to feel this love for someone whom I have never met but know so deeply. I pray for you, I cry for you, I rejoice for you and I dream of what is ahead for you. Thanking God for all the answered prayers for sweet Maddox.
Your friend with love,
Kim
Sheri said…
I have praying for all of you. I just noticed you are in Katy. We are in Pearland.
Praying for peace and comfort for you family.
Megan & Company said…
Prayers for your family from ours. May God's peace and strength circle you today.
terri c said…
Love and prayers to you.
TN Tyke Momma said…
Praying that God will use little Maddox's short time here on this earth to be a vessal that will lead others to the Lord! I'm sorry for your loss and praying for a peace that passes all understanding!
Anonymous said…
So sad for you but so glad that you know the Lord because you have the certain knowledge of where Maddox is tonight. Take care,

Rowena
San Diego, CA
Jen in Al said…
Weeping with joy with you...Praying the Lord's protection over every part and moment of this special time celebrating Maddox and the Lord faithfullness! looking so forward to seeing pictures of your beautiful miracle baby! i love Maddox's verse! That passage of scripture is very special to me. What an awesome gift to be called "mine" by The Creator, the Great I AM! i look forward to meeting Maddox in heaven! His impact for Christ cannot be measured, it is too great to be defined by the finite. Blessed be the name of the Lord. loving all of you and praying, jen in al
justinjasonsmom said…
Congratulations on your precious little angel. He got his wings today on the same day my neice got her wings. He is in the playgound in the sky playing with my neice, Angel.

God Bless you and your family.
Fran
Jennifer said…
May god hold you and comfort you in this time of loss. I lost my brother may 2 years this year. I know they are all in gods hands as angels now.
Prayers for you and your family.
Pauline said…
i have checked your blog all day to hear of the news of Maddox's birth, i am sorry for your loss, but know that your angel got wings :)
wishing you peace through your journey ahead!
Marcia said…
Kenzie, I don't know you but feel as though I do since I have been reading your blog over the last week have been checking and rechecking your blog many times throughout the day to hear of Maddox's birth. My tears are just absolutely flowing, and am so sad for you, but as we both know your little Maddox is one of the new little angels in Heaven. I am so, so, sorry for your loss! I will have you and your family in my prayers tonight and in the days to come!
Audrey said…
Praise You Heavenly Father for You do all things well! I ask that you wrap this sweet and faithful family in a thick blanket of peace, suround them with Your love! Hold them tightly in Your hand, whisper sweetly to them as they seek your presence!

We are rejoicing that another beautiful soul is dancing around your throne!
Sammie said…
I'm so sorry for your loss! I lost one of my twins at 12 days old after they were born prematurely. You will be in my prayers!
Boothe Farley said…
oh sweet kenzie-
so sorry to hear about this day and how tough it must have been... and yet i know you are confident that maddox is ALIVE and will be waiting for you. know that we are praying for you and your family.

love,
boothe

conorbootheandgirls.blogspot.com
heather s. said…
Praying for your family tonight...praying for big brother Deacon's little heart too...May God hold you and keep you close tonight as you miss your sweet Maddox.
Anonymous said…
God bless you ....we are praying for you. Your beautiful attitude has blessed me.
Chelle' said…
Dearest Stanfields- I'm am so sorry for your loss today and yet find myself praising God for your opportunity to meet baby Maddox. What a fighter!

I wish I lived closer and could bring you a meal, provide a playdate for your son, and help in all ways needed. Please know if there is anything I can do for you from here- all you need to do is ask.

Blessings friends.
Tanya said…
Lifting you up to our Father tonight.
Jenny said…
My heart just broke for you as I'm sure yours is shattered, but know all our prayers have switched immediately towards your healing and grief.

Thank God for your precious wee man. He had such stature in Christ!

Prayers from Australia,
Jenny.
Jenny said…
My heart just broke for you as I'm sure yours is shattered, but know all our prayers have switched immediately towards your healing and grief.

Thank God for your precious wee man. He had such stature in Christ!

Prayers from Australia,
Jenny.
Leslie said…
My prayers are with you and your family. You set a wonderful example of beautiful faith. God Bless You.
Love, Leslie
Alisa said…
Praying for you from Eugene, Oregon tonight....what a blessing your little son is! May you find comfort and peace in the days to come.
Anonymous said…
Thoughts and prayers from Lynchburg, VA...
Lissa Lane said…
I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby boy. I lost my daughter at 23 days old in July of 2007 and I know she was waiting with God to welcome maddox to heaven. Pleaes if you need anyone to talk to who's lost a child don't hesitate to come to my blog and ask
Anonymous said…
What a blessing you are to others. Praying for you.
suzie said…
Praying for peace for you over the coming months. God bless you and your beautiful son who He will keep safe in His care until you meet again.
Anonymous said…
Your family are in my thoughts & prayers!May God Bless You
Bonnie Meyer
Washington,Missouri
Nancy and family, USA said…
We will pray for your family.
Carmen said…
Quisiermos borrar la distancia fĂ­sica que existe con Uds. y correr abrazarlos en este momento..Estamos muy tristes pero confiamos en que Dios, su familia y amigos les den la fortaleza necesaria.....

Los queremos
Su familia chilena
Donna/Mom/Unci said…
Dear Sweet Family:
I feel like you're family, because I've traveled precious Maddox's journey as I travel sweet Tristan's...he's my grandson...Trayc is my son. I have cried, prayed, asked God's Blessings on y'all and come to your site checking on you so many times. My heart breaks for all of you. Now, I'm asking our Lord Jesus to wrap His arms around y'all and touch your hearts and very souls with His special love and peace.
I'm loving y'all in Jesus,
Donna/Unci Manning-Hostetter...TN
Angie Luce said…
It is a crazy thing that hearts have the capacity to ache and rejoice at the same time. I know this is how it is. I love you and am praying for you!!
Marcia said…
Continuing to pray for you in the time ahead.
Chrissy said…
So sad and yet happy all at the same time. I am so sorry that you had to experience such but know that it was God's perfect plan for whatever that reason may be. Praying for you as always and even more in the days and weeks ahead.
makandaddie said…
I expected to be so sad when I started reading this post...but the peace you have is calming. I'm so glad that Maddox was able to see his daddy as he took his first and last breath, and so happy he was surrounded by those who love him.

Lisa
katrynka said…
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mandy Farris said…
my heart breaks for you. thank you for sharing your story and struggle with the world. your faith is evident and god will bless your perseverence. Rest on him for peace during this time. I cant wait to meet your sweet maddox one day. he is probably hanging out with jesus now, in awe. Let us know if we can pray for anything else for you.
Anonymous said…
God is good all the time, all the time God is good!
The scope in which Maddox has touched so many people, surely the Lord only knows.
With His mercy and grace may you heal quickly.
The Stanfield and Monzingo families have a strong advocate in heaven now!

Love you all,
Aunt Laura and family
Alison said…
I'm so very sorry. My heart is breaking for you, and at the same time rejoicing that Maddock is whole and well!

Praying for this next space in time where you will heal...
T, Allison and Colin said…
Our family is praying for you - we are friends of Nate and Tricia. May God continue to wrap his arms around you and comfort you all.

T, Allison and Colin
Rick Lawrenson said…
Praying here as you grieve and find joy and comfort at the same time.
Anonymous said…
May God wrap you in his arms and hold you tightly. Praying for you and your family.
Stephanie
Emily said…
What a perfect verse for Maddox. Amen, sweet sister.
Anonymous said…
We love you and are praying for you. Jen, Jamison and Grayson
Anonymous said…
Praying for your precious hearts and an immense, indescribable peace. You are loved, and your son is home.
Vicki said…
Continuing to pray for you.
Tanisha in VA said…
Prayers continually going up....
ajc4ever said…
I prayed for you guys all day yesterday and am praying still today. Blessings on you and your family as you continue your journey.

Angela in central Ohio
Anonymous said…
My heart goes out to you. I can't wait to see photos of your precious boy. My thoughts are with you today and always.

UNC NICU RN
I am so blessed to know that there are people with your faith & strength. I am so sorry for you loss, & pray the Lord will bring you peace & comfort. Your beautiful son was so fortunate to have you as parents - you gave him a chance at life. May God bless you all.
beanhead said…
You are in my prayers.
Irene
Mrs.Haggie810 said…
You, your family, and your precious little boy are in my prayers in this time of need. Your strength and faith is inspiring.
Jenn said…
Praying for you all.
Mandy said…
My heart is heavy for you this morning as I checked in to see when Maddox was born. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. I know the pain you are probably feeling but God will be faithful to you as you grieve and begin healing. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com
Anonymous said…
I will be praying for you and your family.
Cathy said…
Praying for your family.
Cathy & Annable
erin said…
i am sorry for your loss. i linked here from booth and cfhusband.
Anonymous said…
I was referred here by Nathan and Tricia's website - you will be in my prayers today as you were yesterday. I'm SO sorry for the loss of your son, but am glad that you're seeking comfort in the Savior's arms.
Sheryl - NJ
Nancy & John said…
I am so sorry that Maddox's time here on earth wasn't longer - how we all longed to meet that sweet baby boy! Please know that your family continues to be lifted up to our Lord who grieves with you at your loss. Thank you again for the faithfulness you've shown in such difficult circumstances - you truly demonstrate the Christian way of living to us all.
The Eckerts said…
Lifting your family up to the LORD!
Anonymous said…
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May you find comfort in God's love.
Rosy...from Ohio
Anonymous said…
Congratulations on the birth of your 2nd precious boy. My heart grieves with you as you mourn him, and I rejoice with you that the time you had with him is not the end. I'll be praying for you. -- Fern in Ohio
Anonymous said…
Kenzie, we are praying for you, Dusty and Deacon in your time of sorrow. We know your angel is now at peace in heaven. I'm glad you have family around you to at this time of your life.
Love and Kisses to you from your cousins.
Karen in Omaha
Melissa Mom to a Trisomy Angel said…
I am saddened to hear that you had such little time with Maddox, but I'm sure you will soon understand what he has taught everyone in his short time. He is no longer hurting.He is playing freely with other Trisomy babies, including my Ethan (Trisomy 13. Aug5th,2006 9:25am-10:15am)The loss of a child is something so ahrd to explain.If you ever need a should please contact me at mel_80@yahoo.com
shelly said…
praying for all of you in south jersey--so sorry you didn't get to spend more time with your sweet little but are so thankful you'll have all the time of eternity to catch up with him. may God bless you and give you peaceful hearts!
Anonymous said…
Grieving Mother

She clings to the hand of God
To keep from going wild
And in His presence
Comes to know
His other hand
Holds Her Child

Praying for you all!!
Debra said…
I am so sorry!

I am praying for you all!
Debbi
elj377 said…
So sorry to hear of your loss and yet I am thankful that you got to meet him.. May God continue to give you strength as you face this difficult time. Love and Prayers from Kansas City!
Heather Paulsen said…
My heart is heavy for your family! Tears roll down as I read this blog entry.

Praise the Lord for HIS faithfulness. May many come to see His goodness through your testimony.

Heather
Leah said…
Praise God for His faithfulness, even in the storm. I am praying for you in Atlanta.

http://mrsogletree.wordpress.com
The Lenda's said…
Praising God for the miracle of your beautiful son's life. Praying that He comforts you in this time of longing for your precious little one. Praying that God sends people to love and care for little Deacon during this time to allow you and your husband to be together.
Karen said…
I am sorry for the loss of your sweet little boy. Prayers go out to you and your family. May your little angel be forever watching over you.
Karen said…
Forgot to add this...

A tiny flower, lent not given. To bud on Earth, and bloom in Heaven. Sleep tight baby Maddox
Kara said…
My heart aches for you and your family. I will continue to cover you all in prayers!

kara
Ginae said…
Kenzie & family ~ my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and always. you are so strong, so very, very strong....I so greatly admire you and your faith inspires me. My love and prayers are with you.Love you all tons.
Many prayers for your family from NC.
Praying for you and your family. May God comfort and hold you as you go through the next days, weeks, and months.
I am praying that Jesus will hold you in His mighty hand and give you strength when you cannot find it on your own. Know that God holds every tear in His hand, He knows how you are feeling being that He too gave up a child. Knowing that my Creator chose to experience live with us, through similar situations, so that in our moments of intense pain or sadness or joy, He would know the very emotions we are feeling. Blessings of comfort, peace and joy are being prayed for you.
Court said…
May the Lord of ALL things, give you comfort and peace today and in the days to follow. We are praying for you and your sweet family.
Laurie said…
Oh Kenzie,

You have my heart today and always.
What a precious and perfect verse God has given you for Maddox. My prayers will continue in the days and weeks ahead for you and your family. May the Lord continue to wrap you up and keep you close to His heart in His peace. Your little boys footprint is on my heart with so many others. I am so thankful to know that your trust is in Jesus.

Love, Laurie in Ca.
The Young's said…
As I read your blog the thought comes to me how Mary like are you both. Humble hearts accepting Gods will unconditionally. It is because of people like you our world has HOPE.
I pray for your miracle baby and comfort to ease the pain I know you are experiencing.
Anonymous said…
I have been reading your story and am amazed at your strength. Our family went through a situation when our daughter gave birth to twins at 25 weeks. They were both born with multiple complications. Cooper lived 40 days and it was the darkest day of my life. I have had to dig deep into my faith to get thru this and find ways to help my daughter and son in law. It was doubled because we had to go back to the hospital the next day because Carson was still there and needed us. It just seemed like the pain was never going to end and then I think how selfish.
Many special moments happened while the boys were in the hospital but one stuck with me. On day as I entered the NICU at a time I normally did not go I ran into a lady who was with her daughter and granddaughter as she had been in the NICU. They were telling me about their stay and ask me about mine. I told her about my grandsons and she told me she was a minister and went back and prayed for the family and especially the boys. She grabbed my hands and told me God had a plan for us all and it may be different from our plan but we were to take care of ourselves and let God take care of the boys. I will never forget that day and that special minister.
Carson was in the hospital for 85 days and went home free of tubes, machines and medicine. He continues to amaze the doctors. We are forever grateful for Carson's progress but Cooper will always be in our hearts.
These two boys were our first grandchildren and like everyone we never thought we would not be bringing home both boys. Walking those halls of the NICU you never know what you are going to face that day. That is an unexplainable feeling.
I have had a very difficult time but reading your story and understand your relationship with God has helped me so much.
I know that Maddox is in the arms of and angel and perfect in your heart and I think he and Cooper will be great friends as they run and play like little boys should be doing free of all pain, tubes, machines and medicine.
I thank you for your story, and I send prayers of love to you and your family and especially Maddox. Our hearts will be with you Saturday.
On special days I send balloons filled with love to Cooper, I shall also send them to Maddox.
I found your site from my daughter list of friends on her site. Her blogsite is www.andrewandlaurenhess.blogspot.com
the melton's said…
So precious that he got to take one look at his earthly daddy right before he met his Heavenly Daddy.

Praying for your sweet family.
Mary said…
Pouring out prayers for you today.

Mary
Florida
Kim said…
You have been in my thoughts all night-I'd keep checking the blog as and I've just now read-my heart is broken for you and I am thankful that your Maddox is now with our God waiting to see you all someday.
Kim
Anonymous said…
Your verse is perfect. Maddox was and always will be loved and cherished by you and God. Praying for your family and awed by your beautiful faith.
Tiff said…
Praying for you guys during this hard time. I am so sorry.
kingfamily said…
Praying for your family, so thankful for the birth of Maddox and that he is now with Jesus. I will continue to pray for your family and that your journey will bring others to know & love the gospel.
Brandi in PA
Anonymous said…
Praying for you in Arlington, TX.
Stephanie said…
So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and praying for you guys through the upcoming days! Maddox is such a lucky little boy to have a wonderful mommy like you!
Love, The Vosiks
Anonymous said…
There are no words to express how thankful we all are for people like you. Your faith in the goodness of God and your steadfast, unwaivering love for our creator is truly awe inspiring. May you have peace and rest through this time and continue to know that you are all loved beyond imagination.
So Blessed said…
I am truly so sad for your loss of your baby son. I know that the One who has upheld you thus far will continue to do so...because He is faithful.

"Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows." Isaiah 53:4

Your faith and steadfastness throughout your journey have been such a blessing to me...and to all who have read your blog and prayed for your family. I will continue to pray for all of you.
Anonymous said…
I just caught on to your blog recently and prayed many times over the past day for a safe delivery and for baby Maddox. I am so sorry for your loss but your faith will pull you through. Maddox is in the company of wonderful angels in heaven.
Tore said…
Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God...

My God continue to protect your family and comfort your hearts during this time. Praise the Lord for Maddox's birth and the precious time you were able to spend with him.

tori - pa
Anonymous said…
Prayers for you from Texas Coast. There is a special place in heaven for parents like you, and Maddox too. God bless you and fill your hearts with peace.

Candi
(found you through CF Husband)
Abby said…
Congratulations on another precious little boy. I'm praying for you all.

Abby
A complete stranger crying prayerful tears for you from Louisville, KY.
Karlene said…
Praying for each of you. Praise Him for your sweet little boy who is surrounded by Jesus and His throne. May those around you support and lift you up in ways that bring you comfort. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God wipe away your tears.
Anonymous said…
I just want you to know that your story has touched my heart and my life. What amazing grace and testament to your faith in Jesus. I have found so much strength to face what is ahead for me because of you, Kenzie.

God knew what an incredible mother you are and gave you a baby to meet you at Heaven's gates and a child here on earth.
Kate said…
I am so sorry for your loss, but still amazed by you faith and honesty. This song seems appropriate. You and your family are in my prayers.

"Homesick," MercyMe

You're in a better place, I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken, the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbye
And in Christ, there is no end
So I'll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow

I've never been more homesick than now
laurie said…
Your profound faithfulness is truly an inspiration. Praying for your family from Georgia-
Anonymous said…
Praying for you.
Chastity said…
Your faith is amazing. God really is good!

You are in my prayers in TN!
Anonymous said…
Father,
Bless this sweet family today and in the months to come. Surround them with love, support and hope. I thank you that your plans for them are to give them a hope and a future. We praise you for Maddox and the huge impact this sweet little guy has made on complete strangers around the world. May the hearts of those who read of his story never be the same. Thank you that your love endures forever.
In Jesus precious and healing name.
Amen.

Nashville, TN
Becca said…
I'm so sorry for your loss, yet I rejoice that Maddox is home in heaven. May God fill you and your family with peace and surround you with his love.
Your story has given me such a pro-life passion. Thank you for helping me see the truth - every child, no matter what the situation, is a gift from God.
In your time of pain, please know that Maddox's story has touched my life and perspective. Thank you for sharing.
Jesse's girl said…
Kenzie,
I'm so proud of you for your faithfulness and strength as you welcomed little Maddox. I'm thankful he was able to look into the eyes of his daddy, and then into the eyes of his heavenly Father. What a blessing!

Praying for quick (physical) healing for you, and rest in Jesus.

Love,
Melody
Houston, TX
friendlyfaces said…
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be conforted...I'm praying God's comfort on your family and especailly you during the next several months. Hold on to Jesus...
A prayer warrior in Michigan
Christy said…
Lifting you guys up in prayer and praising God for His sweet blessings and unfailing love.
Donna Lawrenson said…
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thankful you are okay. God bless the 3 of you.
Anonymous said…
I've been amazed to see the comments on your page jump up every time I check your blog - the fact that so many people are praying for family gives me a renewed joy. We're praying for you whole-heartedly.
Anonymous said…
Praying that your angel son's wings wrap tightly around you in comfort during this time. Prayers in WV for you.
littlelu said…
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He is now in the arms of Jesus. There are alot of mom's (mine included) that will take good care of him too. Keep your faith.
Anonymous said…
My prayers are with you and your family.
-Ashley Shreve-
(Cami's little sister)
Matt Mooney said…
We are honored to be lifting your sweet family up in prayer. Though Maddox is now with Jesus & not in your arms, he will always be a part of your family, he will always be your little boy.
May the presence of Christ overwhelm you now & in the months & years to come.
Matt & Ginny Mooney
(eliot's dad & mom:))
walkingbyfaith said…
My heart breaks for your family, but rejoices that your sweet baby boy awaits you in Heaven.

My prayers are with you.
susan said…
Just know that my heart aches for you this morning as I lift you up to the Father. You and all the T-18 families are in my prayers daily. Prayers & Blessings from Susan in Amarillo, TX
Anonymous said…
wow - I have no words. Your faith is just amazing. I loved Maddox's verse! You will be in our prayers in the weeks and months to come. May God bless you all with his perfect peace.
Praying the Lord would sustain you and comfort you with His perfect peace. May you find comfort in 2 Corinthians 1, and know that God is going to redeem all of your sorrows. Our hearts and prayers are with your family.

Karen (Quakertown, PA)
Anonymous said…
Knowing what lies ahead for you hurts me so deeply. But I know God will continue to surround you with peace and love.
Still praying for you in CA...
Stephanie
Anonymous said…
Prayer for your angel and your family coming from GA.
Anonymous said…
My dear friends,
I share in your sorrow and pray for you. I too am a father of a T18 baby, Joshua, who left us to the Lord Dec. 15, 2007.
You are gret parents that gave Maddox even that wonderful moment of life in this world.
God Bless you
Diego (Canada)
lonely said…
Your story breaks my heart. I am one of those who will ask why. These questions are the reason I have no faith. Why, if there is nothing more innocent than a child, is there so much suffering for them? Why if you are such good people, did this happen? Why does this happen to ANYONE? I just don't understand. Incompatiable with life...words that should never be associated with a child. Ever. I ask questions like these every day. My sweet oldest daughter has spina bifida and hydrocephalus. And I do want to know why. What did she do wrong. What is the purpose for your sweet Maddox. I read your entire history, every child taken, every parent hurting, I just can't see a reason for such pain. It just doesn't make sense. Saturday is my birthday, and while I blow out my candles, my wishes will be for you.
Annie- Nashville said…
Bless you all as you go through this most difficult time. You have been and will continue to be in my prayers.
Praying for your family.
-Shannon
Austin
Sabrina said…
Our hearts go out to you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your faith and devotion in God will carry you through this time, reminding us that he loves his children and he will take care of Maddox. I especially love what you wrote about the Lord being faithful in answering our prayers even if they are not answered in the ways we expect. We just have to remind ourselves that he has a purpose for each of us and we may not see why things happen the way they do today but the answers will be revealed in time. We will continue to pray for all of you. God Bless.
~Sabrina and Tom
Sarah said…
I'm praying for you.

Your faith and confidence that's God's plans are perfect have challenged me in a way that I cannot completely express. Thank you.
Shane and Devin said…
Oh Kenzie,

I am weeping with those who weep.

I read about Maddox around 8 this morning and have had the comment box up for three hours now, trying to determine what to say. But, I know from experience that truly, the Lord is the only One who can ease your pain. And He will.

It is so weird how a person can be so sad for a loss, yet happy (that Maddox is not suffering) all at the same time. I am trying my best to not make this entry 10 pages long...there is just much I want to say.

You are one of the bravest people I have ever 'met.' I am so blessed by being able to read your family's journey. Thank you for being so good to update so many complete strangers with what is going on in the midst of your very personal grief. MANY are being drawn closer to Christ because of sweet Maddox.

Time will help. God's grace and strength are sufficient, and He will get you through. I know you know that in your heart. But I also know that right now, the pain is very real. Draw close to Him.

There is a song that my church choir is working on right now by Ron Hamilton called, "God is good." Even after being 6 weeks removed from what happened with our child, each time we practice the song, I am unable to get thru it because of the flood of emotions that come over me. Many emotions hit me, but the one that always stands out is just knowing the TRUTH that is behind the words of the song. The music is so beautiful, and the chorus says this:

God is good
thru every trial and test
God is good
and I know His way is best
Even when I can not see
The purpose of His plan,
Still I understand
God is good.

I will keep you upheld in prayer today and in the days to come.

Love and prayers,
Devin in Illinois
To Lonely said…
The value of a life is not in its length but in God's purpose for it. God has a purpose for Maddox's life. We don't know and can't see the full extent of that purpose. But God is already at work in people's hearts and minds. He is drawing people to Him. He is using the incredible faith he has given Dusty and Kenzie and their writings to bring people to faith in Him. Maddox has had an incredible impact. The actions and words of Dusty and Kenzie have strengthened my faith. He is having a larger impact than many others who have lived much longer lives. We cannot even begin to imagine how God is using Maddox to draw others to Him.

Dusty and Kenzie will no doubt feel great sorrow in the coming days. But their faith is in God and His plan and in the purpose God had for their son Maddox. They grieve, but not as those who have no hope. There is suffering in this world... but God uses it (not causes it) to shift our priorities to Him... where they should be.

I am praying for happiness for you and your children. I hope God draws you to Him. Thanks for posting and God bless.
Sheila said…
May God be glorified. Thanks for pointing to Him during such a heart-wrenching time, I pray He will hold you close and bless your family.

((hugs))
Just Me said…
Sending love and prayers to you and your family.
Heather said…
I'm sorry to hear of such a loss. I am praying for your family. May God continually bless you.

Heather
Janice said…
Hi Kenzie - I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and would like to extend my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I'm so sorry you did not have more time with Maddox. My heart goes out to all of you. I look forward to seeing Maddox's pictures. I'm Mary Grace Summons' grandmother from MD and linked to your website through Mary Graces' blogspot. Janice
Tina said…
Prayers for you, your husband and Deacon. It brought tears to my eyes to read that Maddox opened his eyes to see his daddy before he got his wings and went to heaven with Jesus. I have been following your story. You are a strong person. You are in God's hands...the safest place to be. I love the verse for Maddox. God bless you!
KrazyMom said…
I am so incredibly sorry for your great loss! What a blessing that he survived the birth and you were able to meet him briefly. You will be in my prayers. I know this must be so difficult for the new big brother to understand as well, so will be holding him close to my heart as well.
Tina said…
Our love and prayers are going up for you from Camden, North Carolina. May God bless you all.
I am so sorry. You are in my prayers.
Hutch & Meg said…
I don't know you, but read about you from Nathan and Tricia's blog. I am praying for your family today. God is so good and faithful, and my hope is that you're feeling that today.
Anonymous said…
Praying for God to hold you tightly in his arms in the days and weeks ahead. May you feel his strength, his love and his grace as you walk down this road of grief.
Sanchez Stories said…
Thinking of you and you're family today, Baby Maddox will be waiting for you. He has been a wonderful teacher to so many people!
Kenzie,
Another note to let you know that I am thinking of you. Every time I closed my eyes this morning and slept a little I was thinking of you, Maddox and Mary Grace. It's weird to read all the comments and not see one FROM you and to know they are TO you. I hate this for you. Praying for you always.
With love,
Kim
Allison said…
Praying that the Lord has His arms tightly around you and your sweet family. I love the verse for Maddox!

Love,
Allison
Florida_Mom said…
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Many thoughts and prayers for your family at this time. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and give you peace.

In Christ
Myra
Dear Stanfield family,
Praying for all of you that you would be comforted and be blessed by God's faithfulness and love.
We are going to The Throne of Grace in prayer for you and your family. How lucky is your little Maddox to be with our Heavenly Father right now, with no pain or sorrow or tears! We pray that you will find comfort and strength in God's arms and through support of your family and friends.

The Moon Family
Watertown, NY
David and Joy said…
My mama's heart grieves with your mama's heart. I am praying that Jesus will comfort your hearts in a very deep way. Keep clinging to the truth of Maddox's verse.
Gretchen said…
Praying for you guys...
Heather said…
I am grieving with you
Heather
Anonymous said…
Just felt the need to let you know how truly sorry I am for your loss. It brings back so many emotions from when we lost our little boy early (8weeks along I had a miscarriage)but we found out he had T18 and T21.

I am so amazed at your strength. May God bless you all in the coming days, weeks and years.
Kate in MN
Anonymous said…
Thinking of you in West Virginia
Anonymous said…
you are in my heart and in my prayers.

with love from a sister in Jesus in Washington
juliekeefe said…
Hello sweet family. I am praying that God's presence be real to you. With a heavy heart,
The Keefes
Collins Family said…
I am so sorry for your loss of your precious baby boy. I am also heart broken for you that your time with Maddox was so short. You all are in my prayers!
Kelly said…
Kenzie,
I got the prayer request for your family from Holly (at 2nd West). Please know that my family is praying for you - and I have posted a prayer request on my blog so that my friends can be praying for you, too!
Much love to you and your family!
Scarlett_333 said…
I am so sorry. You are all in my prayers.

Nikki
http://madebynikki.blogspot.com
Diane Holcomb said…
Dear Kenzie, Dusty and Deacon,

I am so sorry. Jess told me Maddox
was beautiful with lots of hair.
Your story has touched the hearts of so many.

Kenzie,I have followed your blog daily and have been amazed at how
eloquently you related your emotions, faith and hope.

Everyone who has followed your blog
will be forever changed. I know I
am.

Thank you for strengthing my faith!

Love and God's Peace,
Diane
Anonymous said…
Prayers from Okotoks Alberta, Canada. You are a beautiful testament to the dignity of every human like.
Liz said…
prayers coming from Chicago...
Alison said…
praying for you and your family!
alie in tn
Anonymous said…
You have a beautiful spirit
HW said…
Everything happens for a reason. God has a purpose for everyone of us. And that was the case for Maddox. Jesus was asked about the blind man he had healed, whose sin it was that the man was born blind. Jesus' response was that the blind man was born blind so that Jesus could display to the people God's work. Maddox was used by God to share His love to everyone that has read and responded to your blog. God bless your family.
david & jenifer crane said…
sweet, precious friends -

my heart broke when i heard the news about maddox this morning - but i have been blessed beyond words by your testimony in this blog... what an impact your little man has made on this world! know that we love you guys so much and pray that God will continue to use you and your sweet family's testimony to encourage and bless others.

we love you,
david, jen, makenna & delaney crane
Anonymous said…
Dear Stanfield Family,


I heard about your family through Nate and Tricia's blog. I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you. May you feel God's love and blessings pouring down on your family.

Brianne
Virginia
Anonymous said…
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your strength and faith has been such an inspiration for me. May God bless your family! Yall are in my prayers!!
candicesalazar said…
OH Goodness. First, I want to offer congratulations on becoming parents to another beautiful boy! And secondly, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your youngest son... Hold each other tight today and tomorrow and the next day...and the next-And the precious memories you have of little Maddox-Hold them, too- until you see him in Heaven. I will pray that Jesus gives you comfort.
Candice & Co in Nebraska (CF Husband Blog)
Julie said…
Kenzie and Dusty,
I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family are my in thoughts and prayers.

Julie Luehrs
Anonymous said…
How sweet to know that Maddox is enjoying the Savior, without ever having to endure a moment of suffering or pain. Praying that Jesus will bind up your hearts and give you incomprehensible peace through the days to come. We know that He will lead you through every hardship. His purpose for your lives will continue without fail.

Blessings and love to your family!
Patty said…
Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Anonymous said…
I've been reading your blog for a couple of weeks now and just wanted to say that I will pray for your family. I can't imagine what you feel, but I pray that the Lord will get you through this.

Moriah Freeman
Anonymous said…
I am so sorry for all you must be going through. My prayers are with you.
Florida
Anonymous said…
May God's love and comfort be with you and your family. My heart is heavy with sadness. Love and Prayers
Anonymous said…
We know that ALL things work together for good of those that know and trust the Lord! May He keep you in His mighty arms as you face the days ahead. Maddox was a blessed little man to have you as parents! I am so grateful that God has heard and answered your prayers and I know that He will continue to do so, for our desires are His. Praying for you all, that God's peace will settle over the three of you like a mantle.
Know that we are praying for you guys. Sorry he went so soon. Know that the Lord is faithful and will see you through this. Trust in Him. He is in control and is surely good. Let us know what we can do for you.

Love,

Jared and Kristin
Anonymous said…
Kenzie, Dusty, Deacon, and all extended family... Andy & I will continue to pray for all of you as you continue to walk with the Lord through this journey. We love you all & prayers are sent to you from Knoxville, TN
Anonymous said…
Kenzie,

I am a friend of the Hostetter's and have been following your blog along with Tristan's on a daily basis. I just wanted you to know that my children and I are praying for you and your family tonight, just the same as we have for the other families on this journey with you. I hope you feel God's peace tonight and always.
theragan3 said…
I found your blog thru CF Husband. My heart is saddend with yours as I know somewhat how you feel. My Moses is in heaven probably running with Maddox right now. We had a special verse for Moses also - Psalm 139 and one meaning of his name is Created for Special Purposes. We felt nothing but love, peace and grace as we faced the days without Moses but God was so good and faithful, He met our needs through His children. I pray that you experience that same love, peace and grace and that you find solace in HIM tonight.
Erinn
Maryland
www.moses-mackay-ragan.memory-of.com
Mandy said…
Please know that my husband and I are praying for you and your family. We love you even though we have never met. Our sweet little angels have bonded us here on Earth and I look forward to meeting little Maddox when I get to heaven one day. God bless. Know we are thinking of you.

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com
MilePost13 said…
You amaze me that you're posting and praying for us during this time! Thank you! You and your family are such an encouragement!
marineska said…
I think that everything that is happening - was destined to happen. Only God knows WHAT will be with us later.and only GOD takes care of our lives...
Sorry for your lost. Praying for you...
Bri said…
Even though Maddox's time was oh so very short here on earth, it was most precious to you. I know he dances with Jesus now and what a party that must be! I am praying for your family.
Anonymous said…
Praying for your family. Your baby boy is safe and free from any problems in heaven being held by our father. He is waiting for all of you.
Love,
Katie Columbus,Oh
Lesley said…
I came across your website on Nate and Tricia's blog. Your faith and strength are

God knows what you are going through as He gave his only son to save us ... He is with you guiding your steps and holding you and Maddox in His loving arms. Maddox is in the BEST HANDS possible until you get there to be with him.

I couldn't help but hearing one of my favorite songs in my heart as I read your story:

Blessed be Your name when the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s “all as it should be”
Blessed be Your name
And blessed be Your name on the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

Lesley
Prairieville, LA
Sarah said…
Congratulations on bringing one of God's precious miracles into this world and feeling his blessings while he was here, if not for just a brief moment. God Bless your sweet baby son and I will pray that he is flying high with the angels. I will keep you and your family in my prayers as you say goodbye to your little one.

What a testament of faith you have given so many by your post. Your Maddox has made a difference in his short but blessed life.
Alicia said…
What beautiful pictures! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all...may God's peace be with you...

Love, Zack & Alicia
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