The first family in the news recently is Chris, Lacy and Christian Buchanan who live in Woodbury, TN This video tells the story.
Grayson James Walker, son of Heather and Patrick Walker of Millington, TN is the star of the next video. Heather famously fought back when Facebook tried to ban photos her son causing them to apologize and reverse their decision.
Craig and Heather Bitterling live in Portland, TN with their 8 children.
Baby Isaiah was born on January 5, 2011 and lived one hour. Heather recounts her story here about being put on bed rest with complete placenta previa(a life threatening condition to her ); Isaiah being diagnosed with encephelocele and her decision to put off birth as long as possible to give Isaiah the best chance to survive.....which he did for one hour.
Heather wrote and read the poem at his celebration of life.
Child of God
You are God's Child that He allowed us to shepherd and cherish for awhile.
Like Jesus- on loan to Earthly hands You are the embodiment of love shared, dreams hoped, and faith fulfilled Our arms are sinful, selfish, insufficient.
Though we hold you with the greatest of mortal love, we are human.
Scraped knees- and broken hearts Loss- and gain Triumph- and failure
Try as we may, we cannot heal all wounds or prevent all pain.
So- with love greater than ours, God knew this and took you home.
No tears, no pain- only joy and the Glory of God to light your face.
Your precious face- illuminated with the light of Christ!
Though my arms ache to hold you- How could I take you from this beauty- for my own fulfillment?
How could I begrudge the arms that made you- holding you safe in His care?
I thank Him for the moment He gave me.
You are not mine, you are God's child.
And in His great love- He shared you with me for a while.
Heather & Craig 2011