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Parker and I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for all of the love and prayers we have received. We both agree that our prayer warriors have been a huge part of getting us through each day of this journey, and we can truly feel God's comfort and love. 
 
This all happened so quickly. Three weeks ago, we thought we had a healthy baby and were happily planning for her arrival in April. Today, I am sitting down to tell everyone that our precious baby girl went home to be with Jesus. 

We check her heartbeat every night before we go to sleep. We couldn't find it Sunday evening, and the doctors confirmed Monday that her heart had stopped beating. We were told this was coming, but somehow I was so hopeful that we had more time. Our sweet baby had already beaten the odds by making it to 18.5 weeks, but God decided it was time to bring her home. 

As devastated as we are, we rejoice in knowing that our baby girl is dancing with Jesus in Heaven, completely healed. She never once suffered. We rejoice in knowing we will get to meet her one day. When we get to Heaven, she will be the first person we want to see. 

We found out God had blessed us with a child on August 11, 2014, and we found out God took His child home November 23, 2014. We are so blessed to have gotten to be a part of her short life here on Earth, and I am so thankful God chose us to be the parents of our angel baby. Thank you Lord for the greatest gift we have ever received.

We love you, Taylor Grace, and we can't wait to meet you some day. 
 
One of my best friends sent me these for our Taylor Grace a couple of weeks ago. She probably regrets it now, but she shouldn't. I forever have a sweet reminder of the angel baby waiting for us in Heaven.

My sister sent me this picture yesterday. My parents have a rose bush in their backyard that hasn't bloomed in months. My mom thought it was dead, but yesterday morning, the morning we found out our baby had gone to be with Jesus, a single pink rose bloomed. What a sweet reminder from God that Taylor Grace is beautifully His in Heaven.
 



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38 comments :

Melissa said...

Oh, Chelsea and Parker. I can't imagine the depth of your pain, grief and sorrow, and all I can offer you is love, hugs and prayers. This verse is one of our Mormon verses that has always stayed with me, and I hope it gives you an inkling of peace in this difficult time.

"Fear not little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world." - D&C 50:41

Brittney said...

I'm so so sorry for your loss. I know there are no words that are truly helpful in this time...but know you're being covered in prayer.

Kate Mitchell said...

I am so sorry that she has gone to be with Jesus already. For some reason, I felt the need to say the rosary last night, for the first time in months and I dedicated a decade of it to her. I guess that was God's way of letting me know that the 3 of you needed some extra prayers yesterday.

Bailey Kay said...

Oh Chelsea I am so sorry. Praying for you and Parker!!! I can't wait to meet sweet Taylor Grace in Heaven someday!

Mary-Keith Piasecki said...

I am so sorry. That rose is just such a beautiful reminder. Praying for you.

The Life You Love said...

Chelsea and Parker, I am so sorry to hear about this. Every night I have been hoping and praying that your baby girl will continue to beat the odds, that she would pull through. You have a beautiful perspective on life, and it's truly inspiring to see how thankful you are for the short time you had with her. That rose is certainly a beautiful reminder that Taylor Grace is with you, that she will always be with you. I wish you nothing but strength, courage, and positivity during this difficult time.

Aishlea said...

I am so sorry. Prayers going up to cover you!

Caitlin said...

I'm so so sorry Chelsea. Your posts have brought me to tears, but your faith in Jesus is amazing. I love that the rose bush bloomed! Just another reminder how beautifully amazing your baby girl is!

SCPitzer said...

Chelsea and Parker,
I am so sorry for your loss. Are there any other words? Thank you for sharing so openly. So many people experience hardship and feel alone in it; praying when they read your words, they will feel hope. Thank you for opening your heart to the internet masses and for continually sharing your love for Christ through it. What an encouragement to your Christian sisters (and brothers). You are in my prayers! This verse (Psalm 27:5) especially comes to mind:
"For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock."

Praying these words for you all today, that God would truly hide you in his shelter and conceal you in this difficult time, that his love and grace would envelope you and give hope. Thank you again for sharing precious Taylor Grace's life with us all.

Ladonna said...

Thank you for sharing and as painful as this is, I know you and your hubby are clinging to Christ. Praying!!!

Janelle Vannice said...

Chelsea, I am so sorry to hear about sweet little Taylor Grace. I have been praying like crazy for your family, and I will continue to do so as you guys navigate your way through this extremely difficult time. You have such a great attitude about seeing her again someday, though, and that makes my heart smile. Hang in there - you will get through this!

The Lady Okie said...

This breaks my heart. But I am so thankful we have peace and hope in Jesus to be faithful to us even in pain. I will be praying for you both!

Sarah Hughes said...

I have tears in my eyes for you. I love reading your blog as a fellow military spouse and you and your husband are wonderful people. You are such a strong, courageous woman who is finding the positive in all of this. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I am so sorry to hear of her passing, and just want to send you the biggest hug. You and Parker are in my prayers.

Love the symbolism of the rose blooming, so powerful!

Brianna said...

Praying for you and Parker during this difficult time! I can't imagine the loss you are both feeling, but your outlooks on the situation are completely inspiring. I pray that you are blessed with peace and comfort during this trying time.

Angie Rachels said...

So very sorry for your families loss. Prayers for you all in the days and months to come. God bless!

Cayte Brown said...

You and Parker are both such strong people and your words are so powerful and touching. Stay positive and true to your believes mama! Love you!

The girls said...

I know words will not ease your pain or sorrow, but I am so sorry for your loss. As brief as her little life was, thank you for sharing her with all of us. I've prayed for you since you shared the news, and I will continue to pray for the three of you and know she's loved in Jesus' arms now.

Julie said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Just know that even though you never got to hold her, you were already amazing parents. You both loved her so fiercely through everything. You will be in my thoughts today. The symbolism of the blooming rose was absolutely beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

I cannot begin to imagine the devastation you two are feeling. As I read this post, my heart broke for your loss. Even though it was God's will, it doesn't make it any easier. Please know that you are in my prayers. Please also remember Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
God bless you both.

kelly forbes said...

My heart is breaking. Their is so much that I could say...but just know that you three are in my heart. You are amazing and you have gone through this journey with such GRACE!

Ashley @ A Cute Angle said...

I've found whenever after I've lost someone God has given me a reminder that that person is really living in eternity in Heaven! I think the rose was definitely one of God's reminders. Sending lots of love and prayers. You are one of God's warriors!

~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

Jen said...

My heart breaks for you both. Sending so much love your way.

Kirstie said...

Sending prayers and love your way! I can feel your guys' strength and I wish you even more!

Kirstie said...

Sending prayers and love your way! I can feel your guys' strength and I wish you even more!

Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos said...

I have no words, except to say I'm so sorry. I can't imagine the sorrow this brings you and your family. But as you said, Taylor was a blessing, and though she was with you for only a short time, she will always be your baby girl. Hugs!

Lisa C said...

I'm so sorry! Praying for you, Parker, and baby Taylor!

Finley S said...

so sad to hear of you loss and i love your complete strength and absolute trust in our Lord through this time! Thinking of your husband and you and your family and so pleased that she brought you joy, if only for a short time!

Mrs. M ~ a.k.a. ~ April said...

I wish I could hug you right now. I will just pray that God will continue to put His arms around you through His people as you and your husband go through this grieving process. You are loved!

Laura Seel said...

There are really no words that will make you feel better. I loved reading about your journey with Taylor Grace and watching her grow - so I was heartbroken when you wrote about her diagnosis earlier. Rejoice in the fact that God chose you to be her parents for the short time you had her. He saw something wonderful in the both of you and knew you were right for her. Treasure those shoes forever - they are beautiful and a great reminder of just how perfect Taylor Grace is.

Thinking of you and Parker.

ITB.

Traci@TheHallway said...

Oh Chelsea, I am so sorry to hear this. Nothing will make it "easier" for you guys but it looks like you have such a strong support from everyone. She will always be remembered and loved and that is the best gift you can give her, right. You guys are amazing parents to her and I know you will be if you decide to try again one day. Always remember, everything happens for a reason, even though we can't understand or see the reasoning behind it! We lost our very first baby due to my illness and being sick and not a day goes by that we don't look back and remember and think about that sweet child (we weren't as far along as you though so we had not found out gender) but was still a hard loss. Know that I am thinking of you guys and saying extra prayers for healing, for strength, and that you guys can still have a very happy Thanksgiving. xoxo

Katherine Bailey said...

I know there are no words for such a loss but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet little angel.

Stephanie said...

Oh Chelsea. My heart pours out for you. I am so sorry to hear about your precious Taylor Grace. I have been thinking about you and your family. I pray that God gives you the strength to continue on this journey, and see how she has touched and changed you for the better. All things happen for a reason, even though we may not see God's plan for them. So give it up to him, and he will lead you.

Amy said...

my sweet, sweet friend.
i have no words for you and parker.
i just want to hug both of you and offer the comfort and peace and love of Jesus!
y'all are so incredibly loved, and so is your sweet daughter.

Melzie at Ribbons and Rotor Blades said...

My heart aches for you. I don't have words. I know that there are no words that could ever ease the pain you and Parker are experiencing. I'm so happy you two have your faith and know you'll see her one day. You have gained the most amazing guardian angel to watch over you for the rest of your days here on earth until you meet her at the gates in Heaven. I am thinking of you and Parker and offering up prayers for comfort, acceptance, and healing. *hugs*

Grandma Pat said...

Prayers continue for your healing. We are thanking God today for you and Parker and your strong Faith in God. Love, Grandma Pat & Grandpa Har

Kaycee said...

So sorry to read of the loss of your baby girl. Praying that the Lord wraps His arms around you during this difficult time.

Jenny @ Creatively Blooming said...

Oh my goodness. Chelsea I am in tears reading this. But wow - God really knows how to show us his love. That rose bloom on a bush that was thought to be dead is amazing. I am praying for you guys.

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