Forty-two minutes...a lifetime of love...

God's Gift...Our Angel Baby

Twenty weeks into life, Hailey was diagnosed with alobar holoprosencephaly (HPE). Further testing showed that she had full Trisomy 13, also called Patau syndrome. Trisomy 13 affects about 1 in 16,000 babies. HPE affects about 1 in 10,000 babies and of those only 3% survive to delivery. With the severity of Hailey's condition, she is given little chance of surviving to term. But our family was dedicated to giving her that chance, no matter how small, and she gave us every hope for the future.

On June 12, 2009, our angel baby was born and delivered into our loving arms. There is where she spent her life and gave us the best 42 minutes of ours. Our journey led us to this moment in time, the moment we met our little girl face to face, and the precious time we shared with her. Now Hailey is safe in the hands of God until we meet again.

God has blessed our family in ways we didn't understand at first. But through our faith and trust in Him, we came to realize just how much purpose Hailey's life serves on this earth. Hailey has unlocked the deeper meaning of faith, hope and love, and has forever changed the lives of many. We are blessed to be part of such an incredible life and incredible journey.

Psalm 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grateful Hearts

I sincerely apologize for this post coming long overdue. It's been almost three weeks now since Hailey's birthday, or "Hailey's Day" as Ryan calls it, and while our hearts are still on the mend we've been trying to take things slow. We've been spending as much time with our family as we can, and I've just tried not to get so overwhelmed with everything on my 'to do' list. There's also so much I want to share with everyone from the moment Hailey was placed in our arms to how we are coping with moving forward, but I promise I will get to all that as soon as I can.

However, what I want to do now is say THANK YOU! And like I said, I apologize for falling off the reservation over the past few weeks and not saying those two words sooner. Those two words hold how grateful and humbled we are for the prayers, the kind words and the acts of kindness that have been sent our way. I really can't stress enough how grateful we are and how much it really means to us. Your caring for Hailey and our family has brought us through these rough waters and kept our hope alive.

Another day becomes possible as prayers continue to be answered and thoughts continue to be fulfilled.


Growing in comfort and love,

The Glavin Family
But Jesus said, "Let the little ones come to me, and do not keep them away; for such is the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 19:14