Thank-filled

Wow. Here we are... Thanksgiving Day! Nothing too deep or ground-breaking... just simply thankful... or thank-filled.

I have thought about the meaning of today through the somewhat blurry days and middle-of-the-night feedings. Undoubtedly, there is so much to be thankful for today... for my amazing husband who has walked through the fire with me this last year... for my precious Deacon... for my life-changing Maddox... and for my beautiful Faith Clare. I am incredibly thankful for our families that have loved us, supported us, and come at the drop of a hat as we have needed help. I am so grateful for our fabulous friends and church family that have never forgotten us or neglected to make us feel so loved and cared for. I am so filled with thanks for all of the tremendous blog readers and prayer partners that have lifted our family to the Lord in petition, praise, and thanksgiving. I am thankful for our home, for our freedom, for our ability to laugh. I am thankful for puzzles and crayons and play-dough. I am thankful for tears, for worship, for child-like innocence. I am thankful for the truth, for the cross, for salvation. I am SO filled with thanks.

Despite the intensity of this last year, the Lord has been so good to us. I stand AMAZED to see His handiwork in our lives and when I take a step back I can get a glimpse of the "bigger picture" of His plan for our family. There is no possible way that at this time last year I could have imagined where we would be today, just one year later. We were so entrenched in the journey with Maddox that it is only due to the Lord's providence and sovereignty that I can stand here today, with our next child in my arms, and to my core be thank-filled... joy-filled with my life.

Special Prayer Request: Please pray for us, especially for Faith Clare right now. We had a BIG scare last night as she struggled to breath for about 20-30 minutes. We ended up calling 911 because we couldn't keep her stimulated and she briefly turned blue and would go limp. It was almost like she forgot how to breath for a period of time... We have prayed so much over her and although exhausted were pretty fearful to go to sleep. We are asking the Lord for protection over her breathing, her health and her little life. THANK YOU for praying!

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Comments

Anonymous said…
I will pray for your beautiful baby girl. My brother had a similar situation and he ended up having an apnea monitor on him for a few weeks at home mostly for our peace of mind. Nothing invasive, just little stickers on his chest hooked to a monitor but it helped us sleep until he got a little bigger. Trust your mommy-gut when you talk to the doctor about it. Thank you for sharing. I will talk to the Lord about it right now.
Nicole
Anonymous said…
Praying for you!
So Blessed said…
Praying for Faith Clare...
awaltons said…
Your attitude of thankfulness through so much this past year never ceases to amaze me. Your blog truly is a testament to your faith and to our Savior. Praying for you and for pretty little Faith Clare.
Elaine said…
Lord, I just ask that you wrap baby Faith Clare in your arms of protection. I pray that you watch over her breathing Lord. You are the great healer Lord, and I just pray that you keep Faith Clare safe. Lord, whatever trouble she may be having, I ask that you step in and assist her.

Lord, I also ask that you give the Stanfield Family peace, that only you can give Lord, during this difficult time. Lord, I ask that even though they may be worried, that your peace fill them and they trust that your divine power will work for the good. Lord, I pray that through your comfort this family is able to rest easily.

In your precious sons name I pray.

I will continue to pray.....
Devin said…
I was scared for you just reading that....I'm sorry that you went through that, and am praying fervently for Faith and you all.

Happy Thanksgiving girl. Love and prayers.
Laurie said…
I was scared for you too Kenzie. I am so sorry your hearts had to go through that. I will be praying for the Lords touch on her and for you to get rest today. I am thankful for you and sharing this past year with you guys. I have learned so much from you and I love you.

Laurie in Ca.
Kara said…
Kenzie, saying prayers now for Faith Clare! I will pray that you get the rest you need as well so you can figure out what is going on with her. Thanks for sharing all you are thankful for this year and reminding us all to be thankful as well!
Im sorry you had that big scare. In fact big scare arent even the right words.
Thinking of you my friend.
Amy said…
It is so scary to watch your baby having difficulty breathing. Turning blue and going limp is even worse. I am a NICU nurse, and have witnessed this myself on many babies. If this happened shortly after a feeding, it could possibly reflux. When babies reflux, it totally takes their breath away can cause them to turn blue. Zantac is a wonderful medicine for babies who have problems with reflux. I hope this is resolved quickly. I am praying for you and baby Faith Clare.

In Christ's Love,

Amy S in KS
Rebecca said…
Praying for Faith Clare...
Iric said…
I'm scared to read it. How is she doing now? Hope she is doing well. I will "pray" for her right now.
Iric
Just Me said…
Happy Thanksgiving (a day late) Praying for Baby Faith. Even though I'm a pediatric nurse, I get most nervous caring for kids with breathing issues...I can't imagine being a parent, especially a non-nurse one, and dealing with that. Hope she is doing better (prayers for her parents too!)

Take care,
Amanda
Anonymous said…
I know you are probably already at the doctors office or hospital, but make sure she gets blood cultures and urine cultures done. Also, there is a monitor called an angel care monitor. It alarms if the baby quits breathing while she is lying on it. It is worth the investment. Was she feeding while this happened? Did she get choked? What was she doing? Praying for her and the family.
Rachel said…
Kenzie~

My name is Rachel Harmon. I was referred to your blog by a friend who happened upon it.

My husband Geoff and I live in Boise, ID and recently lost our son Parker Geofferson Harmon. He was born on September 15, 2008.

My loss is somewhat different then yours. Parker was developing normally and was set to be born on October 19th (he was our first). On the 14th of September, a Sunday evening, I decided to call the hospital, because I hadn't felt movement from Parker for roughly two days. We went into the hospital Sunday night and discovered that his heart had stopped. After he was born, we discovered that his cord had hemmorhaged at some point.

Anyway, I was reffered to your blog because I am scared to be pregnant again; however, my desire to have children is strong. I am encouraged by your blog, and by your faith. I would love to hear how you made it through your pregnancy with your daughter and how God helped you along that path. Were there hard days? Days of anxiety?

I too started a blog (when I was still pregnant with my Parker). Since loosing him it has turned into a great way for me to witness to friends and family about how much God has helped us through this. If you want, you can read more about our faith journey at rachelsramblings365.blogspot.com.

Blessings
~Rachel Harmon
rcharmon654@msn.com
I hope to hear from you.
AmandaHoyt said…
We are praying for Faith Clare.
Hugs,
Amanda and Family
Les said…
it's Sunday... Concerned for Faith. Will be praying tonight for safe breathing and no more episodes.
Emily said…
Praying for you, Kenzie. No matter how thankful you are, that had to scare you. I am praying for protection over Faith Clare and peace for you and Dusty.
Kathi. said…
I just found your blog through Mckmama's blog, My Charming Kids! You have a beautiful family! I was looking thru some of your older posts, I suppose just catching up and seeing where your journeys have taken you. Your faith is great and encouraging. Thank you for sharing your story with the world! It sure is a wonderful one!
Corie said…
Praying for you! What a year. Three wonderful children who have brought you so much. Thinking of you all often. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your story. What a strong lady you are!
Anonymous said…
Hi there,
I happened upon your blog while reading my friend's sister's blog-One Book after Another....I have been checking in on you and your family every few months.
I first of all want to congratulate you and your husband on the arrival of your precious daughter. I will keep her in my prayers. What a wonderful God our Lord is, to bless you with another covenant child, after the loss of Maddox.
I myself have 3 beautiful, healthy sons, and couldn't imagine the pain of losing one. I could only pray I would handle it as well as you have seemed to. Your blog brings me to tears every time, your strength and faith inspires me!
Just wanted to let you know that you touch the hearts of people you don't even know, in a whole other country! I will continue to read your blog every so often and smile, cry and pray for you!
May the Lord grant you strength and may you always look to Him for guidance as you raise His covenant children!
Catie Leistra
Utopia, Ontario, Canada
our family said…
Kenzie-
Just wanted to let you know that I too am praying for your precious Faith Clare to breath well and strong. May you feel His angels wathcing over her as she rests so that you and Dusty are able to be at peace and rest.
Hugs and Prayers
Rachel in PA
What a scare! i will pray for your precious baby girl.

i found your blog through Susie... strong and courageous. you have a beautiful family and what a story you have to share. :)

brittany
jen said…
I am so sorry you had to experience that with Faith Clare. I kind of know what it is like to feel the bliss turn to terror- my daughter stopped breathing and turned totally blue when she was 4 days old. We managed to stimulate her back but it was terrifying. It never happened again, thank the Lord, but we did buy the Angel Care moniter for her to use in her crib at night/naps. I live in Canada but I am sure you have them there. It will alarm if your baby stops breathing for longer than 20 seconds- the sensor just sits under the mattress. It gave me a bit of peace of mind...at least I would know if it happened again. Thought you may be interested too. I will pray for your precious daughter.
terri c said…
Coming late, I'm sorry, but prayers for you and Faith Clare. I hope it is all sorted now, but I don't think I can even imagine what you must have gone through.
Cathy said…
Praying for you sweet Baby Faith and your precious family.
Dawn said…
Oh no! I hope she didn't catch RSV or some other virus. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

UNC NICU RN
Anonymous said…
my daughters twins had the breathing problem. he husband is paramedic-first responder. the first night they were home danielle, the girl stopped breathing. they went the next day to a cardiologist and both babies got the monitors. they were on them for 10 months. the first month they were 4 "real" alerts. the babies had stopped breathing. hospital called, etc. dont wait if not for these monitors we would have lost the babies. praying for you to have the wisdom to do the right thing. mim from ga
Kathy said…
Praying, praying, praying! Please keep us posted on how Faith Clare is doing.

Hoping you are looking into the monitor the other moms have mentioned. Minimally invasive and should give you peace of mind so you can sleep and leave her unattended as necessary.

Also thanking the Lord for the privilege of getting to know you and your precious family and thank you so much for sharing Maddox with all of us!

God bless!
Kathy
Anonymous said…
Pray for you and little Faith!
bri said…
oh Kenzie, I just sent up a prayer for your sweet family. I am sorry that you had such a terrible scare. I cannot begin to imagine the fear that sweeps over you in an instance like that. I pray that fear would not consume your hearts. I pray that fear would not override the JOY that IS! I pray that the enemy could not penetrate the STRONG BOND the LORD has set around and within your family! Mainly I pray SAFETY AND HEALTH over you and your family daily!

Blessings
bri
Rachel E. said…
How is Faith Clare doing now?
Hey Kenzie, I am just now reading blogs for the first time in 2 weeks! I am so sorry you had that scare - my heart dropped when I read your request. You know I am praying! I need to call you and am sorry it's been so long. I think of you and all 3 of your babies every day - they are so beautiful.
Love you,
Kim
walkingbyfaith said…
Praying for Faith Clare and for you and Dusty. I know you're frightened and I know the Lord will watch over each of you.
Praying for beautiful Faith Claire...and still rejoicing with you over the miracle of her life...what a gift!
Darlene said…
I just prayed for you all!!!
Thank you for the update and thoughts on your blessings,
Darlene
Rachel said…
Praying hard here in Missouri!!! I am sorry to hear of your scare. God will pull her through!
Tricia Moran said…
How is little Faith doing now? I hope better. My little guy had RSV at 11 weeks and we had a similar episode. I'm sure she's been checked out and everything's good. We are praying for you all..

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