Some people might worry that we did not get the miracle that we all prayed for. However, when we found out that Sydney Grace had Trisomy 18, the doctors told us she would only survive minutes if any. Because of her extreme heart defects, I was hoping to be able to hold her even just once. Instead, I was able to hold her for twenty wonderful and amazing days. The doctors also thought she might never open her eyes. For some reason, that was one of the most upsetting things for me. I desperately wanted to see her eyes and my prayers were answered. I got to look into her eyes for 20 days. As she was taking her last breaths, and I was holding her, we just looked into each other eyes and it was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. So to those of you that might fear we did not get the miracle we all prayed for, I say we received the full measure of that miracle and more.
Sydney Grace has touched so many lives in her short time. Joel and I have been amazed at the number of people that have been touched by Sydney Grace. I know that I will probably never touch the number of people all over the world that our precious Sydney has in her short time.
Of course, we all search for answers as we pass through difficult times in our lives. Both Joel and I trusted in God that there was a reason for Sydney to be sick. We knew that God would not give us anything that we could not handle. I believe the reason is that Sydney Grace brought so many people together and taught people about love. I feel very privileged to be her mother. It is an honor that God chose Joel and me to be her parents.
We want to thank everyone from labor and delivery at Carteret General. They treated us so well. We had the best nurses and doctors we could ever ask for, and we can never repay them. We want to thank Dr. Rule. My heart wants to burst when I think about all the support and love he showed Sydney Grace. We want to thank Aly Dart and Hilary Brindley. They have been so supportive of our family over the past three weeks. I don’t know how we will ever repay them. We want to thank all the church families across the state. Their prayers have uplifted our family. We want thank all the people that have shown us support by visiting in person or on facebook and the blog. It has been a great comfort to receive all the encouraging messages. Finally, Joel and I want to thank all our family. They have been a source of strength for us over the past five months.
So, please do not feel sorry for us. As I said before, it is a privilege to say that we are the family of Sydney Grace Fodrie.
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