Special Prayer Request for Emily Olivia...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

As I write this blog entry my eyes are watering up... Last year John and I signed up for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. It's an organization that is for infant bereavement photography. Basically, when a parent gives birth to a child that is either terminal or has a major health issue, they call on one of us to come out to the hospital and capture what may be their last moments with their newborn. Last Sunday, I got one of those calls. When I hung up, I was in tears for the family. We didn't know a whole lot of what was going on except the baby was born with 3 heart defects and was going to need heart surgery immediately. As soon as there was an opening at the hospital between the doctors coming in and out, we made a time for me to come down and capture a few photos. Below are just a few photos that I managed to get, it was really hard seeing little Emily with all those tubes and being only 3 days old, but I know God will be with this family no matter what. Emily goes in for her heart surgery today, and I'm asking for prayers for her and her family, and that she pulls through stronger than ever.













15 comments:

Corinna Hoffman Photography said...

Omigosh.. I just started tearing up when I was looking at your pictures. I'll keep the family in my prayers. And girl... you have super thick skin!! My friend volunteers at a hospital and suggested me to participate with the "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep"....I don't know if I just the heart.. I mean, I just cried when I read your blog... bless your heart and thank you for capturing those very special moments :)

Kara Pennington Photography said...

Wow, Keznie . . . these are amazing and I know the parents are going to love them. Emily Olivia will definitely be in my prayers today!

*~ Jane ~* said...

You are doing such a special thing for these parents!! We will deff keep Emily in our prayers.

kristin said...

pictures are very sweet. emily and her family wil definately be in my prayers today :)

Melissa said...

Kenzie, I just wanted you to know how proud I am of you and John. As a parent who has lost children, NILMDTS is a great service. I wish I had known about it sooner. God Bless you for giving these parents such a wonderful memory.

Danielle said...

Baby Emily is definitely in my prayers. You captured some great moments for them.

Harmony said...

You are so amazing. That is truely a priceless gift . God Bless You!

Jesi said...

What beautiful images you captured of a precious little girl and her loving parents. I will continue to pray for little Emily in hopes that she pulls through her surgery and lives a very long and happy life. Please let me know how she does if the parents let you know.

ACE said...

Thank you for letting us all know about this organization. I'm sure Emily's parents will cherish these photos because they are absolutely beautiful. I will most certainly pray for Emily and her family. I hope you will keep us updated with any news you receive.

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. (Isaiah 66:13a)

carrie said...

wow! Those are amazing, sweet little baby. I'm going to check out that organization what a great thing to be a part of!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi guys it Trisha. You guys are really awesome!!! Also, we would like to wish Emily and her family the best of wishes and they will be in our prays!

Mary said...

this is definitely why God gave you this ability. The pictures are just breathtaking and I'm sure they mean more to the family than anyone can imagine.

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing this, baby Emily and her family will be in my prayers...what an amazing gift you and John have given this family. It's not always easy to put aside ourselves to serve others and you can feel your heart and soul in these pictures...beautiful work, beautiful beautiful baby Emily.

Anonymous said...

MacKenzie, I knew you were a special person the first time I met you back in Seminole... what a wonderful thing you and your husband do for families... I wish we would have had this when I gave birth to Kathleen and her Twin sister... I always regret not getting pictures... you are very special... make sure Judy gets to see this work
Love you always

May God Bless... Ok that's a given

Love Donna

Kenzie Shores said...

Thank you to everyone for your words of hope and prayers. It is greatly appreciated. I posted Emily's update above, she's doing really great :)!!! I hope to let you know more soon!

With Love.