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May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017

It’s Mother’s Day. Usually I enjoy this holiday, but this year it is incredibly difficult. I am so thankful for the many friends that have messaged me kind words today. But I’d be lying if I said it was an easy day. Celebrating Kayleigh’s birthday Friday and Saturday, and Mother’s Day today without her, has left my heart broken and battered.

Today, I just felt the need to be with Kayleigh. So when Tim packed the kids up to go see his mom for Mother’s Day I stayed behind and went to the cemetary. I took new flowers for her grave and a beach towel so I could stay a while. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Once the flowers were done I spread my towel out right on top of Kayleigh’s plot and just laid with her.

I know she isn’t there because I know right where she is. She’s whole and healthy, running, dancing and twirling in heaven. But it is still her spot. I laid on the grass talking to her, telling her how proud I am of her and the life she led. Thanking her for making be a better mom. It also gave me wonderful quiet time with the Lord. Time to cry and grieve, but time to thank Him for allowing me the gift of Kayleigh.

While I was there my mom came by. She brought me something she found under her bed. She doesn’t know how it got there or when, but it was a priceless gift. A hand made Mother’s Day card from Kayleigh. Based on the signature, I think it was probably last year. Thank you Jesus for precious treasures, even if those treasures bring me to my knees.

As I feel my self feeling particularly weak today, I am thankful for this verse

2 Corinthians 12:9
9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

I certainly have nothing in me worth offering, but Christ in me allows me to continue on each day.

If you have followed us for a while, you know I usually sign off “until tomorrow” but tonight I’m going to change that. I am going to say “until later” – because I’m not sure if I’m going to continue every day, or exactly what the Lord’s plan is for me. Don’t worry, I won’t be going far, I just want to take a little time and make sure I’m walking down the path God has for me.

Until later,

May 13, 2017 – Happy Birthday Baby Duck!

Happy Birthday Kayleigh Blair McClendon! I know your first birthday in heaven was more amazing than anything I could imagine, but as far as earthly birthdays go – we rocked this one, Baby Duck! In true Kayleigh fashion we partied for two days, but this time it was with hundreds and hundreds of friends.

Most of you cannot imagine what it feels like from this side of things, and that is a good thing. I would not want anyone to have to walk this path – that is why the Prayers For Kayleigh Foundation is so important to us. We don’t want other families to have to suffer the same loss if we can help it. Today, we had our first fundraiser 5k & Fun Run. As I looked out at the huge crowed of people I saw love and support like nothing I have ever seen. And to be one of the recipients of that kind of love – I am so humbled, so thankful.

Friends from high school, college, softball, Facebook, church, the kids schools, and St. Jude were among the people here today. I told you I would share our amazing visitor tonight… Anna was here. Kayleigh’s Anna, her special friend from St. Jude, her battle buddy. Mike & Jodie loaded their car and all four kids up Friday morning and drove straight to Kayleigh’s birthday bash Friday night and were at the race this morning. Did I mention they live in Pittsburg??? Mike says it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump. But I think it’s more like a hop, skip, and a jump, and a jump, and a jump, and another jump!

Watching Anna today, it was so beautiful to see the sparkle in Her eye and bright smile. She is still battling side effects of the chemo and trying to gain weight but she is a fighter. She even ran & walked the fun run! Watching the video of her sprinting down the road, weaving in and out of runners did my heart good.

Once the race was over we enjoyed lunch with our friends, gave them hugs and they headed back to Pittsburg. Would you pray for traveling mercies, and that the Lord will continue to bless this precious family? And of course for Anna! Her last scans were clear, thank you Jesus, and now we pray they stay that way. Please be praying for her headaches to go away, nausea to subside, weight to come back on, and for peace without any fear!

This seems like the right verse for tonight. I know this family has helped us carry our burden and we will treasure them and their friendship always.

Galations 6:2
2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Happy Brithsay one more time Baby Duck. Your seven years were short but you rocked this world. You were the catalyst for change for so many of us, and we thank you for that. I miss you sweet girl, but I promise to fight hard for other kids like you and share the love of Jesus that gets us through each day.

Until tomorrow,


May 12, 2017

Jess Update….
Let’s just start with “Thank you, Jesus!!!”
I am going to post Linsey’s words below. You can hear the joy of a mom know her baby just got a second chance. Please continue to pray for the hart to be perfect, no rejection, speedy healing!!!
From Lindsey –
Thursday 2:07 pm
Jesslynn has a perfect, new, healthy, beating heart. She did amazing through the surgery. No complications. The new heart is strong and perfect! We can see her in a couple hours and they are going to try and wake her up! My strong willed, beautiful girl gets a second chance at life today! My heart is so full!❤️❤️❤️#moreheartmorelove
Thursday 8:41 pm
Jess is in her room and has two of Mayos best ICU nurses caring for her. Jess is doing well. There are a couple issues they are trying to get on top of right now but I know my girl has got this. She has this amazing new heart and she is going to fight with all she has to keep it!
I could not get back to everyone today. I was in no way prepared for the waves of emotions that have flooded me. I want everyone of you to know how grateful we are for you. We are overwhelmed with all the love and support and prayers. Jesslynn and our family are so blessed. Now, as I sit beside Jess and watch her all I can think about is how much life this girl has left to live. The second chance she was given, the endless possibilities of what she will do with this new heart.  The countless lives I know she will touch with her story.  As I sit here I have such a sense of peace and hope. I know that He has Jesslynn wrapped in His arms and she will thrive.
I will keep everyone updated as things progress and change. Please continue to lift her up in prayer! We feel them! God is so good!!❤️❤️❤️
Lindsey Hale​ – keep fighting – we are praying!!!

May 11, 2017

A year ago today was when we made our very first journey to St. Jude. We knew almost nothing about the hospital, we had no idea what to expect, we were scared for our daughter but choosing to trust the Lord. My goodness how things change in a year.

You might think looking back on that memory is sad, but the things I remember most were the precious moments of that day. My favorite memory from that day is our pizza picnic on the hotel bed at 11:00 pm because Kayleigh wanted cheesy bread. She was so excited we said yes. So often the little things made her the happiest, and St. Jude was really good at the little things and the big things. I wish we had never needed their services, I wish there had been another way for the Lord to accomplish His plan – a way where our family stayed complete. But even while my heart wishes for it, I know that God’s plan is perfect.

St. Jude will always be close to our hearts. Our special safe haven where we met amazing people and received such attentive care. As we get closer to our first big fundraiser, we are so excited for the opportunity to give back to St. Jude. If you don’t have plans Friday night, come join us at Relay for Life at the Hartselle Civic center. Team Kayleigh will be hosting Kayleigh’s birthday bash. Or make your way to the race and blood drive Saturday morning. You can still register! Online registration is closed, but paper registration is available!

Together we can make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer!

Psalm 127:3
3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

Thank you for helping us fight for these precious children and their families!

Until tomorrow,

Waiting for the doors to open that morning at the pediatrician’s office

May the Huntsville St  Jude affiliate

Saying goodby to Brother Duck and Sissy Duck before hitting the road to Memphis

Cheeasy bread in bed? You betcha!!

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017
And this is the day everything began to change. May 16, 2016 – Kayleigh had her first MRI, by this time that day we had been called by her pediatrician to come in the next morning, and had her tucked into our bed, praying desperately over her. I haven’t been looking forward to this. The idea of reliving each day is so incredibly painful. And I have documented it so very well, I should be able to remember clearly.
But guess what? Today is still a good day. I sat down to write tonight and realized that I didn’t really have and “amazing moment” for tonight. I was a little disappointed, but God doesn’t have to give me amazing moments for me to trust Him. And then it happened, a post ran across my feed from a high school friend. I have been following her posts for a while now, her oldest daughter has a rare type of heart failure called HCM. We aren’t talking about something where you take a pill and feel better, we’re talking about this sweet girl needs a new heart.
Lindsey (the mom) sent me the sweetest message a few months ago letting me know that Kayleigh’s story had encouraged her. That message came at the right moment. And tonight it was Lindsey’s post that came across my feed, encouraging me again. She used some of my favorite verses (Lam 3:20-25) that I had sent her, and talked about how our story had given them hope and faith to battle. I could stop right there – what a wonderful blessing from the Lord. But guess what? God’s not done.
I sent Lindsey a message letting her know how much I needed to read her post. A post that started with “Day 12 in ICU, day 8 on transplant list.” Waiting for a compatible organ can be a long and grueling process. I know some people literally wait years. And because Jesslynn’s condition is so rare, she needs specialized care – Hello Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)… that is a LONG way from home.
I figured I would get an answer, and maybe we would get to chat and encourage each other. I did not expect the reply I got… JESS GOT A HEART! As in they JUST got the call, and she will go into surgery at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Our God is so good. My amazing moment today is getting to watch God work miracles in someone else’s baby girl. What an amazing God we serve.
Would you all please join with me praying for Jesslynn? For the heart to be a perfect match, the doctors to have sure hands and eyes that catch every tiny detail, wisdom for everyone involved, discernment, and peace. I told Lindsey that Kayleigh’s prayer warriors are a force to be reckoned with – some of the most amazing people from all corners of the world. It’s time to move mountains again. I will post update tomorrow as I hear. Just keep praying!
Mathew 17:20
20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Until tomorrow,
Click here to meet Jesslynn