Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Memorial Service and Isaac's Playground

Family and Friends,

A Memorial Service to honor Isaac's life will be held on

Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 10:00 am
Cedarbrook Community Church
23700 Stringtown Road
Clarksburg, MD 20871

All are welcome to attend.

In memory of Isaac, we will be having a playground built at our church, Mountain View Community Church. We just broke ground on our new facility, and the hope is that both the facility and the playground will be completed next fall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made and sent to Mountain View Community Church for Isaac's playground. Please be sure to write "Isaac's Playground" in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to:

Mountain View Communty Church
3401 Urbana Pike
Fredrick, MD 21704
Attention: Pam Wilson-- Isaac's Playground

Please pass this information along to any and all who may be interested.

With deepest gratitude,

Stacy and Spencer

73 comments:

Paige Thompson Shepherd said...

thank you so much for sharing your story and for your strength. you have really touched our family. you are in our continued prayers. we will be contributing to Isaac's playground....what a beautiful idea. you are a blessing.

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

I so wish we could be there. We will be there in spirit. But we look forward to seeing you in April -- I hope that trip to Nashville works out! You are being prayed for moment by moment. Lots of love coming your way.

Anonymous said...

Stacy & Spencer - you guys are such an amazing couple! Thank you so much for sharing your story! Isaac is absolutely beautiful!! He looks so peaceful and angelic! What a sweet, sweet little boy! He's very lucky to have such wonderful parents! May God bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead! Even though we've never met, I feel like I have been a part of your journey and I thank you for that. Blessings from Oregon!

Ashley. Unscripted... said...

Your story has truly touched me. You are in my prayers. God bless you and may He give you strength.

Anonymous said...

I have been following your story. I am continuting to pray and keep your family in my thoughts. You have given me a new perspective on things, and I admire your courage and strengh. I hope your love for one another can help you through this hard time. Take care in the coming months. The playground is an great idea and what a way to keep his memory alive.

katy said...

I just stumbled onto your blog from Angie's/Audrey's blog...what a BEAUTIFUL baby boy...oh my goodness. He was way too precious to endure all the harshness of this earth. Thank GOD we have Heaven to look forward to...
I'm guessing you know all that, yet still miss your baby boy like crazy. I am so sorry for your loss, your pain, and your heartbreak. I pray GOD holds you so close you can constantly feel him whispering encouragment into your ear...and that you can find at least a little comfort in that, until it is time for you to be with him again. Prayers, hugs, and blessings...

...and then there was three said...

I strated reading your blog yesterday afternoon, sweet Isaac's Birthday.

My heart sits heavy for you and your sweet family. My little girl is 1.5 months old. She was born with meconium aspiration and has been transported to 2 different hospitals since the day she was born and has been in the last hospital in another city 1.5 hours away ever since. We almost lost her in the beginning. I can sort of relate to you guys and your situatuion. I just wanted to tell you how powerful God is! You seem to have a real strong Faith! I am inspired by your faithfulness and Love for our Savior. He is an ALMIGHTY God! and His will has been done in both my baby and your sweet little boy, Isaac's, lives. I know it's a hard and trying time right now in your family's lives, but keep the Faith...if nothing else, for His GLORY! I am proud of how strong you seem to be. In this trial CLING on to the Word of God and He will keep giving you strength and peace. I am praying for your family's strength. Ever since everything happened with my little girl I would listen to this song by Casting Crown (I'm SURE you have heard of them) and it uplifted me and let me know to keep praising my Jesus through the storm!

"I was sure by now,God, that You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away,
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.

Chorus:
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm"

Keep on being Stong in Our Father! I will continue to pray daily. You and your family have inspired me to become even more close to Him! I thank you for that. God Bless you guys.

Your SISTER in Christ,
Rachel
Montgomery, AL

Catherine said...

I found your blog through Angies. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family was in my prayers yesterday and will continue to be. You have a beautiful little guardian angel!! God Bless!

nowamomoffour said...

I too found your blog through Angie's. I am praying that God will give you and Spencer uncomprehendable peace through this time in your life. I hope you are feeling the prayers of all those who have been so encouraged and uplifted by your faith.

Leah said...

I will be there in spirit as I am in California but I will continue to pray for your family.

SlicKitty said...

Stacy and Spencer,
If I can make it (I'm recovering from surgery), I will see you at the service.
Isaac is gorgeous. I didn't expect to be so affected by his beautiful face, but you can be assured that your tears are shared in my home.
God bless you both for bringing him into the world. He's truly been a little blessing in my life.
Please know the impact his life has made on so many.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this information. May the Lord continue to bless and proect you .

Anonymous said...

I have been following your pregnancy with a heavy heart. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for your family.
I have spent the past several years questioning my faith... honestly, down right disbelieving. Your commitment to God and the strength you have drawn from Him has once again called my own faith (or lack thereof) into question. I have had a calling back.
Thank you so much for sharing your journey and your son's life with us.
You are inspirational.

Roger said...

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
I am praying now with an abundance of tears. May God shine his face upon you all, and especially the baby. I envision Isaac, whose name is holy laughter, in Jesus' arms, the perfect smiling image of the Lord.
Roger Banks

Katie said...

God Bless your absolutely beautiful baby boy, Isaac. Our hearts ache with you - may you find peace and comfort knowing that your baby is in Lord's arms. My little girls and I sat down last night for a book before bedtime - we read "On the Night you were Born" by Nancy Tillman - and I wept through the whole book, thinking of baby Isaac:
"On the Night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
"Life will never be the same."

Because there had never been anyone like you...
ever in the world.

So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain
that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name."

Rest in peace, sweet Isaac.

Anonymous said...

There are no words to express my sadness for you except GOD BLESS YOU BOTH and your precious little bundle, Isaac.

CAGB said...

I just was linked to your blog through another one. I am so sorry to read about your loss. My husband and I also lost our first baby (a sweet girl, Sophie, stillborn at 39 weeks), three years ago this month. So, I absolutely know the pain in your heart. Your son is a blessing and will be with you forever.

(If you ever need to someone to email with, feel free to write on my blog. And, it looks like you guys are in MD. We live in Sykesville, if you ever need someone to grieve with who has been there. Not that I expect you to take a stranger up on that.)

julie said...

Stacy, I knew your husband back at Salisbury and my sister forwarded your blog to me today. I am sitting here weeping 1) at the pain you both must be enduring right now and 2) at the beauty of your response to all of this. Your submission and recognition of God's sovreignty are beyond words. Isaac is a beautiful baby and is so blessed to have a Mommy and Daddy who gave him 9 love-filled months. Maybe some day in heaven, a saint will tap you on the shoulder and say that your blog was a witness that helped to lead them to a saving knowledge of our Lord. May God bless you both for your faith, and comfort you and give you His peace that passes all understanding.

Susie said...

Praying in Louisville, KY.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry Stacy... I am so so sorry.

I've been listening to this song today and it makes me think of you so much..

Don't Let the Fire Die by Stephen Curtis Chapman

I can still feel the prayers you prayed for me all those years
And I see now more than ever what a difference they have made
And I can still hear your words spoken from a heart of great concern
Saying keep your eyes on Jesus and love Him more than anything
And I've watched the wind blow hard against you And I've seen your faith get weakened by the pain
And I want you to know that I will be praying for you to hold on

Don't let the fire die The flame has been dimmed by the tears that you've cried
But I can still see the spark of His love in your eyes So don't let the fire, please don't let the fire die

This heavy weight you carry around Of letting yourself and everybody down
Is pouring water on the passion that used to burn so bright
Well I know you've got your reasons for resentment And I know it's more than I can understand
So just let me say that I'm gonna be praying for you To let it all go

Don't let the fire die The flame has been dimmed by the tears that you've cried
But I can still see the spark of His love in your eyes

I'm not praying for the fire to burn the way it did before
'Cause I believe the one who started this flame in your heart He wants to give you more
So don't let the fire die

blndsnbrdr said...

Isaac's such a sweet baby boy! And I just want to say that I love the idea of having a playground put up in his memory/honor! Its a great idea and a great way to affect the lives of so many children. You two are such a strong couple!

Laura said...

The celebration of Isaac's precious life will be beautiful. Praying for your heart and body today. As well as for Spencer. Wish I could be at the service...will be thinking of you.
Sending love.

Laura Ann said...

Your son is BEAUTIFUL. Praying for you and your sweet husband and asking God to cradle sweet Isaac and all of you in the days ahead. My heart is hurting for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Found your blog from Angie Smith's today. I'll be praying for you. Thank you for sharing Isaac's life story with us.
Lord Jesus, we know you are with this family that you love. Please continue to make your presence know to Stacy and Spencer in your bountiful mercy. Amen - may it be so.
Diana (in Seattle)

Amick and Christy Cutler said...

my wife shared your blog with me the other day. I must say she has been so blessed by your faith and commitment unto the Lord. We went thru 2 miscarriages recently and even though I am a worship leader and we are very committed to God I can't say that our faith wasn't tested. God has been so faithful and in less than a month we are about to meet our new son, ironically named Isaak. Our prayers go out to your family in this time. I know it's hard but I want to encourage you in that you are not alone, and that God loves you both so very much. If you follow this link you can hear a song that God gave me when we were going thru our miscarriages. I hope it blesses you.

http://www.myspace.com/amick

song name is : you were there.

God Bless, Amick

Huddle Girls said...

Stacy and Spencer,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your precious son Issac. He is absolutely beautiful. I recently found your blog through Angie's. I am lifting you up in prayer during this time of sorrow. My son Gavin was born the same day as Audrey, April 7th, and passed away 26 days later. Please cling tight to one another in the coming days and weeks. Allow yourself this time to grieve and celebrate the short life of your son. The courage of both of you is inspiring. May God continue to bless you with the comfort of friends and family. Allow them to help you during this time of need.

Blessings,
Amanda

Perseverence said...

Thinking and praying fervent prayers for comfort for you and Spencer, strength and relief from any physical pain you may be having. You are modern day Christians with Old Testament faith and perseverance, a true blessing and example for the rest of us. God Bless Your for your faithfulness and obedience. He knows the desires of your heart and will continue to bless you.

Prov 3:5,6

sarah said...

What a beautiful baby boy, how lucky he was to be cherished, loved, nurtured, and adored by you. My prayers are with you and your family.

Mark and Amanda said...

What a beautiful way to keep Isaac's memory alive. You and Spencer are such an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I randomly came across your blog today for the very first time. I read the story of your journey with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart. I am thankful for the reminder of just how precious life is. What a beautful picture of Isaac. So sweet. So peaceful. Such a blessing.
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you.

The Arnold's said...

What a beautiful perfect baby! I pray that you will continue to hold Jesus' hand here on earth as your babies hold His hand in Heaven. I am praying for you now

Verna said...

Stacy and Spencer, Thank you for sharing your story and the photo of your sweet little Isaac. How wonderful that you are planning a playground in his memory. Will continue to keep you in our prayers!

Anonymous said...

Stacy and Spencer, thank you so much for holding a service to honor your sweet Isaac. We will be there--your family and your son have had such an impact on our lives.

You are lifted up in prayer all hours-- day and night. I hope God helps ease this heaviness on your heart. Much love, Jill

meela said...

my heart is heavy for you

Anonymous said...

I wish that I was able to come for Isaac's memorial service, I have never melt you, but my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Your family has touched my heart so much you guys are never far from my thoughts, today i looked up at the sky and it was so beautiful i thought of sweet little Isaac.God is faithful. God Bless you.! love Jessica

Anonymous said...

I think what made me most sad today is not seeing a daily letter to Isaac... I had gotten used to sitting with my morning coffee and reading along with so many other people.. I hope you don't stop writing those letters because it still matters... Isaac still and always will matter - a great deal -to of course you both, but to so many other people who love him and mourn for him.

Jennie said...

We lost a baby girl, Grace. She had cystic hygroma also. No one understands more than me. I know. I hurt. Brian and I have cried for you. We are so so so so so so so so sorry. Forever you will love Issac. He's with Jesus (and with Grace.) I am so sorry. Your new friends, Brian and Jennie

Tashia said...

not sure if you have heard of the comfort cub but heard of it from a blog of a mom whose son was born with trisomy 18 and lived almost 5 days. They have blogged about the great comfort they have received from it.
http://www.comfortcub.com/

Anonymous said...

You are right--he is not just anyone. He is your son. He is your precious child as the song lyrics say. I know, and God knows that you would gladly have taken his place if you could. However, Isaac surely loves you just as much as you love him, and he does not want you and Spencer to suffer or be sad either. He is happy now even though he surely misses his remarkable earthly parents. He is with his heavenly Father being nurtured, loved, treasured.

Anonymous said...

...and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it... Ecclesiastes 12:7
Dear mom and dad,
I pray that this verse will encourage you and sustain you. One day I went through this kind of pain and this verse was the answer for my cry...I pray that it will bless you and comfort you.
With much love, the love of our Savior and Comforter Jesus Christ

Michelle said...

We will be definitely be there. We love you guys. -Tim & Michelle

Melissa (Marion) Henriquez said...

Oh Spencer and Stacy, I just found your blog and I am so so sorry about the gut-wrenching loss of your beautiful baby boy. There are no words... Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God will watch over you and Isaac ...

Just Me. said...

I am here from Lost and Found.

I am crying as I reading your blog. I wish I could say something and there are really no words.

I just want to say that Issac looks so beautiful and peaceful.

Huge hugs and lots of love.

ps I just said a prayer for Issac and your family.

Anonymous said...

DEAR STACY AND SPENCER
YOUR BABY BOY IS BEAUTIFUL SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS WE SEND YOU LOTS OF LOVE AND HUGS WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU
LOVE JANET AND JOLEA

Foreverloves said...

Your son is just beautiful. I lost my twin boys at 21 weeks and they looked just as peaceful. My heart is broken from your loss.

I just learned of your blog through another blog, and I don't know you...but I will send a small donation for your park. I love this idea and would love to do something like that for my sons.

God bless you all - I'll tell my boys to make a special place up there for Isaac.

lyndsey said...

My prayers are with you and your family.

Mary said...

I stumbled upon your blog through someone else's. I am so so so so so sorry about what you had to go through. You and your family (including Isaac) are in my prayers.

Shelby said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. I am amazed by your courage and strength. Isaac is beautiful. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss of this amazing little boy.

Karen Z said...

What a sweet and precious little boy! As a mother who has walked the same road, I am praying for God's peace for you and that he brings healing to your broken heart. Thank you for sharing your story.

Jennifer said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss. He was beautiful and you are amazing. I was sent to your blog to read and was shocked to hear that you are a neighbor in Clarksburg. Just know your story has touched people all over the counrty and you are loved.

Anonymous said...

Stacy and Spencer- Your strength and faith is inspiring... you show all of us what parental and unconditional love is all about. Your beautiful little boy, Issac, is now an angel for so many others and I know his light will continue to fill many other hearts with hope and love.

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing you story. your strength through all this touched me deeply. i actually only came across your story today, and could not help but read it all. a friend at 6 months was recently told that there were some abnormalities, and while waiting for results was told her options, which included termination. she too, like you, decided before knowing the results not to terminate. i wish you and your husband all the strength through this trying time. know that isaac (what a beautiful name for a beautiful boy)has touched many hearts, and is now with God. i am deeply sorry for the loss you suffered. there are no words that can express what i want to say, nor would it change anything. all my love, from africa

Gina said...

Isaac's tiny and beautiful footprints have left an imprint on my heart for sure. We have never met. I got your blog from Julie Leach and I am crying with you.

Jenni said...

Isaac's life story is one of love, hope, faith, courage and honor. His legacy has spread all over the country and the world. When God welcomed Isaac into His arms, he said "Well done, good and faithful servant, my little one." Isaac has now joined the great cloud of witnesses, and is cheering you on to the finish of your race. And though I say it with tears running down my face for the grief I know you two now face, I can still say confidently, "The Lord is good to ALL, and His tender mercies are over all His works."

Jodi @ SNAPPED said...

I found your blog through Angie Smiths. Your writing and your honesty have truly given God glory.
Though my heart broke for you, I have no doubt that Isaac's life has truly been used by God.
Your doctor was right, he is beautiful!
Your sister in Christ,
Jodi

Karen O. said...

Stacy & Spencer... it amazes me how God works through those around you to make things about this crazy life so much clearer. Your strength and love shine bright in all that you have done and will continue to do. Isaac is lucky to have wonderful parents like you. And he does have Stacy's nose! Thinking of you and sending you love and support.

Mrs.Connolly'sclass said...

I read your posts for the first time on Monday. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers since that day. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your son on earth. But heaven is rejoicing for the return of this beautiful little one. I truly cannot imagine the difficulty and pain you must be experiencing. I do not know any of you, but my heart is truly with you and my prayers will continue.
Deepest Sympathy and regards,
Mindy Connolly

Me said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Sarah said...

Thank you for letting your beautiful little boy touch all of our hearts. My thoughts and prayers have been with you for days, but I struggled with the words to say. You are so very strong. Issac is lucky little boy to have chosen you as parents. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you always.

Anonymous said...

Isaac we LOVE you and mom & dad, stay strong!

Lost in Space said...

What a beautiful little boy. I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish I knew the right words to give you comfort. Your family will is in my thoughts and prayers.

THE DARLSON'S said...

Thinking of you Stacy. I hope you are physically healing from the c-section. Still thinking of you and lifting you in prayer.

Kristin ("pmkmp" from the Nest) said...

Stacy & Spencer,
I was introduced to your story through the Nest. I know there are no words to make your situation any better. Just a little over a month ago I lost my 8 day old son, Nathan. No one should ever have to experience the tragedy of losing a child. You will never get used to the loss, you will just get used to missing him every day. My heart breaks with yours. Please know that my husband and I are praying for your continued strength and peace through this sorrowful time. We also pray for dear little Isaac.

Here is a poem that was sent to us that we have grown very fond of...

When God calls little children
To dwell with him above,
We mortals always question
The wisdom of his love.

For no heartache compares with
The death of a small child,
Who does so much to make this world
Seem wonderful and mild.

Perhaps God tires calling
The aged to his fold,
And so He picks a rosebud
Before it can grow old.

God knows how much we need them
And so He takes but few,
To make the land of heaven
More beautiful to view.

Believing this is difficult
Still somehow we must try,
The saddest word that mankind knows
Will always be goodbye.

And so when little ones depart,
We who are left behind,
Must realize that God loves children,
Angels are hard to find.

Bethany said...

I'm a stranger too, but I have been touched deeply and will be praying for you tomorrow morning at the service. He's precious.

Kirsten said...

Praying for you. The pictures of Isaac are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing him and his precious life with us. Only 16 minutes out of the womb, but he has changed the lives of hundreds because of his story. God is will be glorified, He is being glorified, through this. I wish it wasn't so painful to endure. My heart and prayers are with you.

Blessings,
Kirsten C

Anonymous said...

Stacy, I just viewed your pics from the nest.

I am sitting her sobbing.... I wish so much I could do something, anything to make this not have happened, to bring that sweet little love back to you, back to us all really.

My heart is broken for you. But I'm so thankful that you have such beautiful pictures to remember him by.

Anonymous said...

All of you are in my thoughts and prayers! Hope you have a wonderful memorial service tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Just found your story today. My heart is heavy for you and I will be lifting your family up before our precious Lord today. Our God is so faithful.

Anonymous said...

Stacey, I don't even know you but I do know that Isaac is very lucky to have a mother like you. You are 1 in a million. You have more strength than anyone I've ever encountered. My God comfort you during this time.

Anonymous said...

May GOD bless your precious son. You and your family will remain in my prayers.

MY SHOES
I am wearing a pair of shoes.
They are ugly shoes.
Uncomfortable shoes.
I hate my shoes.
Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.
Yet, I continue to wear them.
I get funny looks wearing these shoes.
They are looks of sympathy.
I can tell in others eyes that they are glad they are my shoes and not theirs.
They never talk about my shoes.
To learn how awful my shoes are might make them uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes you must walk in them.
But, once you put them on, you can never take them off.
I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in this world.
Some women are like me and ache daily as they try and walk in them.
Some have learned how to walk in them so they don't hurt quite as much.
Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think about
how much they hurt.
No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet, because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.
These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am.
I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child.

-Author Unknown

lexerdax said...

Oh, my goodness. I stumbled upon your blog through www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com, and imagine my surprise when I saw Frederick, MD! We live in Frederick, too. Please know that you are in my prayers. I cannot begin to fathom the pain you are experiencing, but I know the One who gathers your tears and holds you close. Peace to you in this time, neighbor.

Leslie said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story, I have been following it for quite some time now and think and pray for you often. I am so sorry about the loss of your beautiful, beautiful son. He is just too precious for words. I wanted you to know what an absolute inspiration that you are, you have strengthened my faith and belief in God, and I'm sure that you have touched so many others as well in many different ways. May you lean on the strength of your family, friends, and God-- as well as the thoughts and prayers of countless strangers who I'm sure think of you as much as I do-- during this difficult time.