Prayers for Baby Grace: A Story of Faith

Balloons for Grace

On June 18, 2012, Lisa visited the doctor for her 12-week ultrasound. It was determined that she would need a minor procedure to do some testing on the baby. After a CVS test, it was determined that our baby has Trisomy 18, a rare chromosomal disorder. This is a serious disorder that is often fatal.

One good thing about this test is that they were able to determine DNA, so we know that Lisa is carrying a baby girl. Therefore we have named her so that we can pray for her by name. We have named her Grace Elizabeth Cannon. She is due to join our family on December 31st. Lisa and I covet your prayers for Baby Grace as we confidently believe that God is still in the miracle business and we are 100% trusting in His will.

Thanks for your prayers and support.

The Cannon Family – Shane & Lisa, big brothers – Sam, Max & Ben

This was my husband’s first post on our Facebook page, “Prayers for Baby Grace.” After we heard the awful diagnosis of Trisomy 18, we started the page to share our journey with our family and friends.

Trisomy 18 occurs ONE in every 2500 pregnancies.  We could’ve never imagined that we would be that one.  

God had me step out of my comfort zone of being the introvert, the homebody and instead be a huge, pregnant woman with a story to tell.  Most days I didn’t feel like sharing our story with those that would ask me, “When are you due?” and, “Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl?”

But I would tell it anyway.

God gave our family this sweet, baby girl. and wanted us to have faith in Him.  He wanted us to point others to Him by remaining faithful, even in the fire.  So we shared, even when it was hard.

I always say this is where God had to carry me.  I literally did not want to get out of bed each morning. Wanting to give up, stay in bed and not face my fears of the unknown, and refuse God’s calling, I was totally dependent on God to get me through my day.   I had my boys to raise, homeschool co-op to teach, and commitments to keep.  Life was pushing me to go forward…I learned that my faith was not in my works, or in myself, but only in Jesus.  It was only through Him that I could stand and go forward with what He had given me.

Our boys were 13, 11, and 8.  They learned that life wasn’t like they thought. It was then that they learned that life wasn’t always fair.  As a mom, I wanted so much for it to be different.  I cried out to God to change it– to do a miracle…if only for our boys. 

They were given a lesson in faith during the long months of my pregnancy.  My husband and I would tell them often that Grace would either get to come home and live with us or she would get to go live with Jesus–either way would be wonderful!

Many of the doctors we were in contact with didn’t approve of us going through with the pregnancy. They felt Grace’s condition made her “incompatible with life.” We held onto our beliefs and honored God’s gift of life.

 Lisa Baker Cannon writes…

Family and friends, thank you for all your prayers, encouraging words, and support -we are so overwhelmed…and grateful…that you would come together and walk with us through this season of our lives. We could never have imagined this path for our family, but we choose to follow God’s leading as He has bigger plans for Grace and for our whole family.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Michelle C.  writes…

September 18, 2012

Hello, Lisa and Shane. I am not sure if you remember me or not but my husband and our young kids met you and your boys on the beach in Seagrove the last week in August (my husband is the one that you gave your boys the hermit crab).

I just wanted to let you know how much I think about you guys and have been praying for you when I think of you. Lisa, I only talked with you briefly, but your faith and attitude really hit me when I was talking with you. It was apparent to me in the brief time that we spoke that you are really remaining and trusting in the Lord and what He has for you and Baby Grace. It brings me to this verse.

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17

We serve a mighty and powerful God. I hope that you continue to find peace and some rest in that as you go forward.

October 5, 2012Woodstock, GA

Our appointment with the heart specialist this morning confirmed that Baby Grace does indeed have a major heart defect. Lisa asked me to be sure to post that she personally is doing well and that we just ask for continued prayers for Grace’s little heart. The Cannon Family remains strong and continues to trust in our mighty Lord. We know that His will remains perfect and that He is still in the miracle business. Thanks again to our family and friends for your prayers and support. You are a great blessing to us.

Lisa Baker Cannonwrites…
 

October 25, 2012 

Thank you to my sweet family in Missouri for this beautiful “Grace” necklace. A reminder of the precious baby God has given me to carry– a baby who has already blessed our family and many others as well. 

Grace necklace
Cami R.  writes…
Praying, praying, praying for Grace and the rest of your family. We love you all, but most importantly God does!

 

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Psalm 91:4

Baby Grace is under his wings!

At 10:54 am Baby Grace Elizabeth Cannon went to be with our Lord just before delivery. No suffering, just a triumphant entry into Heaven. She was so precious and I will post some awesome pictures later. We are so blessed through this and we feel that all our family and friends are closer to God through it. Thank you to everyone for all the prayer support. Prayer works even if God answers differently than we hoped. His will is good, pleasing and perfect.

We went in for our scheduled inducement when I was at 40 weeks. Because of Grace’s heart condition and me having polyhydramnios (excessive water), she passed away when my water broke that next morning.  She was born so pretty with dark hair, 5 pounds, 15 ounces and 18 inches long.

As I sat holding Grace for most of that day waiting on the funeral home director to come and pick her up, I remember thinking that I couldn’t imagine how someone who wasn’t a Christian could handle this. Not being able to take home your baby you carried for nine months is awful…it’s unthinkable.

But if Jesus lives in our heart– if we admit we are a sinner, believe that Jesus died for our sins, and commit our life to him–then God gives us hope to go on.  We are changed because of our loss and we still grieve for our beautiful Grace, but we go on in faith. 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

grace's grave
Baby Grace’s grave. Buried beside my sweet Grandmother Lewis.
Big Brothers
Big Brothers
Learn more about Trisomy 18 at trisomy18.org

14 Comments

  1. Jeri

    August 2, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Lisa, thank you for sharing your precious story. I look forward to meeting beautiful Grace some day in heaven.

    1. lcannon

      August 2, 2017 at 3:04 am

      Thank you, Jeri (: ♥

      1. Jeri Hollon

        August 2, 2017 at 3:32 am

        I knew little about your pregnancy we were new to to Hopwell i knew baby Grace was sick but i didnt ask questions. I just knew she needed a and very miracle to survive! Thank you for shareing baby Grace with us. Your faith is very strong.

        1. lcannon

          August 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm

          Jeri, I sure do miss talking with you at Hopewell. You were always an encouragement to me. Hope all is well with your wonderful family 🙂

  2. Stacy

    August 2, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Thank you for posting your sweet story of Grace 💕

    1. lcannon

      August 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you for reading, Stacy!! Thankful for you and that we share the same heart for our sweet babies in Heaven. 🙂

  3. Crystal

    August 2, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Lisa, your bright, beautiful soul has touched so many lives and always will. 🙂

    1. lcannon

      August 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Awww…so sweet of you, Crystal! Thank you for reading!

  4. Andrea Dorr

    August 2, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Oh Lisa, I so remember you going through that pregnancy with such faith but so much heartache. It was so encouraging to watch you live out your life with such grace during that time. God’s grace is always sufficient even when we feel we can’t take another breath. I feel so honored to know your family and call you my friend! You all are such a blessing to me! That was a beautiful blog and so honoring to your precious angel baby! I love you and we miss you here in Georgia!

    1. lcannon

      August 3, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Andrea, you are the sweetest!!! It was so hard to write the post–made me remember those months of wishing so bad things could be different but knowing God was in control…Love and miss you too–sure miss our HEDGE days! You were the most wonderful teacher to my boys!

  5. Katrina

    August 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    My coworker and his wife lost thier baby Catherine Grace to this. They got to spend 3 short hours with her before she was completely healed in Heaven. You all will have a joyous reunion one day. I am sorry I did not know your family better during that time.

    1. lcannon

      August 4, 2017 at 2:43 am

      I’m so sorry for them, Katrina. ): I wish you and I could’ve talked more while we were at HEDGE–I always loved talking with your girls! Thank you so much for reading my blog 🙂

  6. Ali Campbell

    August 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of faith Lisa! It’s through our trials and pain that we grow closer to Jesus. You and your family are such a blessing ❤

    1. lcannon

      August 14, 2017 at 3:32 am

      Thank you for reading, Ali. Yes, all of us learned more about Jesus and his goodness during that time. Now we know we can depend on him in the good times and bad. So thankful for your friendship 🙂

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