Prayers for Baby Grace: A Story of Faith
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.
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…
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.
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 Cannon writes…
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.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
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