Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Our Gift of a Miracle, 3 years later!


My Dearest Kaidence,

3 years ago you were sick in a way that mommy and daddy could not kiss and make better. No band aids or medicine could fix your heart. Mommy and daddy tried so hard. As much as we wanted 'your' heart to get better, it just wasn't part of Heavenly Fathers plan for you. Your spirit was strong, patient and graceful as you waited, but your body was tired. I am sure you already understand much more of this than I realize. I have no doubt that in some areas, you are wise beyond your years.
Today marks 3 years from when you were given a second chance to be a little girl. You were given this gift by an amazing family who's hearts had been broken. They did not know you, but they wanted to save the life of another. Sweet girl, they saved your life. I cannot think of a more Christ like act than that. It truly is a miracle that people are so willing to do such a selfless thing. I still cannot talk about it without crying.

Kaidence, your life has a great purpose. Many have prayed for you and I have NO doubt that those prayers were heard. Prayers are not always answered in the way we think they should be, but they will be answered in the Lords way.

My sweet little girl. You are so brave. I know you realize that you have to do hard things. Things that most other little girls, your cousins, friends and your brothers don't have to do. You don't cry about it, you just do it and make the best out of it. You seem to understand that it just part of your life and you do it with grace. You not only amaze your mommy, but those that care for you. Just know that you don't always have to be brave, its ok. I will love you no matter what. I still get scared.

Kaidence, may you always live your life with the spunk and happiness that you do now. May you strive to make the most out of the miracle that you have been blessed with. I hope that joy, faith and gratitude will always fill your heart.

I am proud to be your mommy!

Love You Forever,
Mommy

8 comments:

angie said...

And I am proud to be your friend! Love your little guts pretty girl.

The Simmons Family said...

What a great post!!! Merry Christmas!!

Denise said...

Little Kaidence -

We love and admire you more than you"ll ever know. You're a miracle and continue to be an example to us and others. We're so proud to be your Nanna and Pappa.

We LOVE the family that gave you this wonderful gift and think and pray for them.

Love - Nanna and Pappa Maddock

Summer said...

Happy Angel Heart Birthday Kaidence!!

xoxo's from Mason and Mommy

Alayna Williamson said...

You guys are an AMAZING family!! I'm totally crying now! Merry Christmas and Happy "Heart" Birthday to Kaidence!

Three years ago on Christmas Eve, my famly was praying for you. I'll never forget!

Cjengo said...

Isn't she beautiful :)

Mimi said...

She is such a miracle! 3 years-- YAY!

I was trying to find your post on rejection- I remember it, but couldn't find it.

I wanted to read up on your experience with it. We got the lovely news tonight.

grrr.

I was looking for your initial post.
If you know where it is can you email it to me? mimimcdonalds(at)yahoo(dot)com

thanks lady!
She looks perfect!

Debbie said...

Shauntelle, What beautiful words. Kaidence we are so proud of you and how you have grown into a beautiful little girl. You have given all of us hope in a crazy world. We know that there are many people that are willing to give of themselves to better the lives of others. And for one family the gift of life was given to you. How grateful we are for this unselfish gift was bestowed upon you by a loving family and by the many doctors and nurses that have taken such good care of you.
It's hard to believe that next month you will turn 4.What a darling little girl you are and you shine with a beautiful spirit that touches others.
Mike and Shauntelle, I have felt that sharing in your journey has been a gift to me. I have been lifted and humbled as you have shared your trials and you accomplishments and joys with the world. May you continue to be blessed as you raise your darling family. I love you all so much. Aunt Deb