How is it, that people that you have never even met can touch your life so immensely?! I have been blessed, in so many ways, to have gotten close to a family, and yet I have never even met them in person. Shan has been such a support to me with Gavin. She has sent me ideas and great tools to use for him. She has left encouraging messages. And, I have read her blog and been filled with hope, smiles and encouragement. All of this was given to me because of her sweet Marie.
Shan once wrote, "Couldn't you just roll her in sugar and eat her with a spoon?" and I couldn't agree more!
Lastnight I came to their blog and read something that just broke my heart! Marie has lost her battle with Leigh's disease. She went to be with the Lord on Friday morning. I am so devastated for this precious family! I can't even begin to imagine the pain and emotions that they are feeling!
The emotions of losing a child don't even begin to explain it all though. Just one day before Marie was sleeping with her earthly Daddy and went to be with her Heavenly Father, Shan gave birth to their third daughter. Shan delivered their daughter, Sarah Kate, and the next morning Marie was gone. Can you even begin to imagine the emotions that this family is going through right now?! The extreme joy of welcoming a new little one and then immediately having to say goodbye to another of God's gifts to them!
I am so heart broken for this wonderful family and yet, I know that God had and has a great purpose in Marie's life! I also know that He will sustain this family with the peace that only He can provide. It is all way too much for my human mind to grasp, but I do know that there is a reason and that God will see my sweet friend through.
Please be in prayer for Shannon, Luke, Josie and Sarah Kate! May God give them strength, peace and hope, today and always! Shan, I'm thinking of you, crying with you and praying for you often! Love, Hugs and Prayers sweet friend!
"The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord." Job 1:21