Sunday, February 01, 2009


Today we told our church family about Carleigh. They knew we were having complications or whatever but they didn't know the details, except for Pastor Mark and his wife Holly. I wrote a letter for Pastor Mark to read that way we didn't have to get up and speak. I thought it'd be easier that way. We told them at prayer time. Here is the letter:

Dear Church Family,
As you know we are experiencing a difficult pregnancy but we want to share with you exactly what is going on. On December 15 we found out that our daughter, Carleigh, has anencephaly. With this defect she is missing most of her brain and skull cavity. This is a fatal defect and she is not expected to live once she is born. Finding this out about our daughter was truly devastating but we have accepted that it is God’s will for us to have such a special child. While many parents ultimately choose to end the pregnancy this is something we could never do to our daughter. We love our daughter very much and don’t want any part in ending her life prematurely. This journey isn’t an easy one so we ask for your support and prayers. We have set up a website for Carleigh that tells of our journey with her. If you would like this website please let us know. Thank you.
Anthony & Holly

I could tell that many were shocked and upset for us even though my back was to most of them. Pastor Mark had us come up front and they prayed over us. I know we'll get a lot of love and support from them.


Betty said...

I am so glad that things went well for you! My church has been praying for you both as well, and I received similar reactions when I told them your story. I had a few ladies even pulled me aside after church to learn more about the disease and how you are doing. There are sooo many people out there praying for you and Anthony.

B Jean said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. As I told you, I have been praying that you would not be talked into aborting your precious little one. I was blessed to read your blog. I wish my friends, Keith & Annette, had been given better information and had made a better choice for their little Kaleb those many years ago. May God hold you in His loving arms as you continue this pregnancy and release Carleigh to Him. --Jeanie

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