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Our Cate

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Yesterday morning, March 28, 2012, I delivered our sweet Catherine Della with Reid by my side. She weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce and was 12 inches long. She had my nose and her daddy's lips. We like to think she shared our brown eyes. She had the prettiest, long fingers and toes with tiny fingernails. There was even a little birthmark on top of her head. Our perfect little angel baby.

Reid and I spent some time with her in our room. We looked over her perfect little body in awe that, even if only for a little while, she was ours. We prayed over her, thanking God for graciously allowing us a glimpse of just how much He loves us. I miss her more than I even thought possible, but I have great comfort in knowing that we will see her again one day in Heaven.

I mentioned a while ago that the sonographer took 3D images of the girls at 18 weeks. I thought I'd share the picture of our beautiful Cate.





Thank you all for the many texts and emails you've sent over the past few days. The Lord is sustaining us through this and I know your prayers play a huge role in that. Please pray for continued safety for Mary Grace, Madelyn, and Olivia. And, pray that my body would remain free from any type of infection.

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; It is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you." Isaiah 41:13

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  1. She's beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! We are continuing to pray for all five of you!

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  2. Yes, she is beautiful and perfect. We will keep praying for safety and health for you, Mary Grace, Madelyn, and Olivia, and we will also be praying for your hearts as they experience loss and longing for Cate. May the Lord give you supernatural peace and hope. Love you ALL!

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  3. She is beautiful! I'm so sorry for what you're going through, but thankful you got to spend time with Cate. I wish this wasn't true, but now your daughters have their own guardian angel. I pray that Cate keeps her sisters safe and growing until the right time for them to be born. Praying for you constantly!

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  4. Praying for you all. May God give you supernatural strength during this time and protect Mary Grace, Madelyn, and Olivia.

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  5. My heart breaks for you, but I know you will lean on your faith and loved ones more than ever during this time. I am praying very hard for the safety of your daughters, and for your health as you make it through these coming weeks.

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  6. hugs and prayers. what a beautiful little lady.

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  7. She's beautiful. I am so sorry. Sending all my hopes that the other three stay put and you stay infection-free.

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  8. Oh I am sorry sorry to read this ;( I will be praying for you and the remainder of your pregnancy.

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  9. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby, Catherine.

    Shaylea McKay

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  10. OH MARE! I'm not sure if Lauren passed the message to you or not, but we have been praying HARD for all of you! Praying specifically that God gives you comfort and peace, for a calm uterus, energy for you, and for those precious girls to stay in just a little longer:)! PLEASE let us know if you need ANYTHING!!!!!

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