Our son Maxton was diagnosed with left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at his 19 week ultrasound. Maxton was born on 3/3/09 at Vanderbilt University. He fought hard for 18 days but earned his wings on 3/21/09. Maxton was an inspiration to many during his brief time on earth and has forever changed our lives. If your child is diagnosed with CDH, please feel free to contact us. Maxton may no longer live here on earth, but he will live forever in our hearts...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Some Thoughts

First of all, I wanted to say thanks to David's cousin, Ashley, for making us this beautiful memorial for Maxton. We LOVE it!!! It is so unique and beautiful. Ashley is very talented and does all kinds of crafty things- please visit her website or :-) Thanks Ashley!!!

Secondly, I wanted to share something that has been on my heart. David and I have decided to start a CDH project of our own. I am not sure of what all we plan to do, but I know what we plan to start with. We plan to offer unique gifts to other CDH families. We received so many wonderful keepsakes to help us remember Maxton (like we would every forget!) that we want to share this with other Angel's families. I have a few things in mind but don't want to disclose too much as I want it to be a suprise when they get their gifts in the mail. So many people gave us monetary donations at Maxton's funeral that we have set some of that money aside for this project. I am very excited about it and have decided to call it "Maxton's Memorable Moments". This came to me in a dream last night- the name, that is. Anyways, just wanted to share what has been on my heart. Hope all is well with everyone.

Also- please pray for Kristi, Craig and baby Kaden. Kaden will be here tomorrow morning via c-section. I am sure Kristi and Craig are very anxious and could use everyone's prayers as they begin their CDH roller coaster journey!!! Kaden's blog is located to the right if you would like to check it out!


Ashley said...

I'm SO glad it got there okay! I envisioned it being smushed in the postal truck. I'm so glad you like it....I wanted to make you guys something special to hang in your house in memory of sweet Maxton. I love you guys and I am so excited to hear about your CDH plans. So many of my friends are following your journey and are all praying for you and have been touched forever by your story and Maxton's. xoxo

Ashworth Family said...

What a beautiful memorial! We are still thinking of you and hoping you're doing ok. We think of Maxton often.

casau said...

thinking/praying for you guys often! cant wait to hear what it is you guys are planning!

Rory Griffin Pierce said...

Ashley, I hope you remember from the hospital (Rory's mommy). I want you to know that there is not a day that passes by that I do not think and pray for you and David. Maxton was so blessed to have two beautiful and christian parents like you!!! I am truly inspired by you and commend you for wanting to help other CDH families. You are an amazing person! I really wanted to be a the balloon release ceremony and had every intention of coming with Jeff and Julie. However, I had some unexpected visitors and wasn't able to get away. Again, you have been a blessing to me and my family.

Jennifer, Chad, and Lauren Pierce

Elizabeth said...

A sign - I love those. It just proves our angels are always in our hearts.

Thinking of you all - and Maxton too.