Wednesday, May 27, 2009


"Your baby will die immediately upon birth", the doctor said.

"The fluid in your baby's brain is growing rapidly, you do have other options"

"Your baby's face is severely deformed as are her hands"

"The outlook is grim, don't make plans for her"

(Mother' Day, the day Bethany did not think would happen)

I listened to those words, instead of these powerful ones:

I will give her a future and a hope, plans to prosper her (Jeremiah 29:11).

Or how about my most favorite verses of all, Psalm 139

For you created McKenzie's inmost being;
you knit her together in Bethany's womb.
I praise you because McKenzie is fearfully and WONDERFULLY made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
McKenzie's frame was not hidden from you
when she was made in the secret place.

When McKenzie was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw her unformed body.

All the days ordained for McKenzie were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

I wish I wasn't so easily swayed. I wish my doubt didn't always creep in so hard and fast. I'm thankful that I have this beautiful little girl in my life to remind me that I don't need to be in control that I just need to trust God for the ride.

She will be 7 months old on Friday! McKenzie had her cleft lip surgery yesterday, and I would say it was successful.

She was beautiful before, and she's breathtaking now. I am thankful I get to be a small part of her journey. The plans ordained for her are going to be amazing to watch unfold. Her personality shines through in every circumstance. She's not able to completely smile yet, I'm sure it will be a few days, but we can't stop staring at her, just waiting to see. You can bet, there will be more pictures soon. She is done with surgeries for awhile and we are so happy.

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  1. Praise God! What a beautiful testimony to our great, holy, awesome and unchanging Lord.


  2. It is so hard to trust sometimes isn't it? Thankfully God answers prayers. I know I told you this already, but she's so beautiful! Please give Bethany our best.

  3. Fabulous! I'm so excited to hear everything went well with the surgery. I always look forward to reading "McKenzie Updates"! We're keeping her in our prayers!

  4. all I have to say is that doctor was dumb... =]
    just my opinion


  5. I love to watch God at work, Heather. Thanks for being so transparent and sharing so openly with us.

  6. Her testament is wonderful and continues to grow as much as she does. Blessings to that lovely lady!


  7. oh baby!!!!!! thank you for sharing proud auntie heather!!!!
    i love her and i am touched by her life even though i have not met her.

    she is amazing. and beautiful. yes, soo soooooo beautiful. you are blessed.

  8. She is beautiful, Heather! It's hard to leave your most treasured possessions in God's hands....but look what he has done! I'm so excited for you all. Give your Mom a hug for me!