‘Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and in truth.’ 1 John 3:18 ‘Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.’ 1 John 4: 11
These two verses have been on my heart for months now. In my heart of hearts I’ve longed for the Lord to show me a way to live out these verses in my own life. And it wasn’t until Blain and Lindy contacted me about taking their Maternity pictures that the Lord opened my eyes and set it on my heart that He was providing me a way to finally do that!
I’m completely humbled to be able to take part in raising awareness to the physical, emotional, and financial needs of this precious family! At the time Lindy contacted me I was unaware of their sweet Caroline’s heart condition, until a friend explained to me their need for prayer and loving support. My heart broke for them and has many times over. I truly believe the Lord has been preparing my heart for this family and I’m so thankful He made it clear to me as to how He could use me and the gift’s He’s given me to play a part in raising awareness, for not only the Clark’s financial needs, but more importantly their need for love, encouragement, and prayer as they step out in faith throughout this journey!
In honor of the Clark’s Mae Rain Photo has decided to do a Fundraiser this Spring through hosting two weekends of Family-Mini Sessions!! This will be a FREE-WILL donation of any amount.
*100% of the proceeds will go to the Clark’s*
*5 Digital Images
MANHATTAN, KS April 18th and 19th
TOPEKA, KS May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
Please, these slots will fill fast, so email Mae Rain Photo at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible!!
I asked Lindy to share their story with you all below. Please shower her and Blain with your love and prayer, for I know this took a lot of courage for her to write!
Our baby Caroline is due May 9th. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at 19 weeks. 1 out of 100 kids is born with a heart defect, which is something I was totally unaware of. I also didn’t know that the causes are unknown. Research for congenital heart defects is underfunded and most people don’t realize how common they are. In most cases, the heart defect will be a fairly simple fix, although, not easy, because anytime we are talking about heart surgery on a newborn, that is no easy thing to go through. Unfortunately,Caroline has a very rare and complicated heart defect. She has 1.) Double inlet left ventricle 2.) Ventricular septal defect 3.) Aortic Valve stenosis 4.) Coarctation of the aorta 5.) Left transposition of the great arteries 6.)Hypoplasty of the right ventricle. Whew! All those terms to say that she has a twisted heart that after she is born. If you would like some more information on her condition, and want to Google a bit, it’s most similar to Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Due to the complicated nature of her heart, we are going to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston to deliver. She will have to have three surgeries. Her first open heart surgery will be within her first two weeks of life. The second surgery will be when she is around four months old, and the third when she is around four years old.
Essentially, the three surgeries are called palliative repairs.This means that they can’t really fix her heart, but they can give her the best possible shot at life. We are scared for her, but over and over again, God has shown us that He is in control of our lives. God is good. I still believe that and that He will guide us through this journey.
Will you pray for us? Pray that God gives us the strength for each day, and that He is glorified through this. Pray for healing, whatever that may look like. I have been deeply humbled by the outpouring of love and prayer we have already received. People are really praying, and I am in awe of the support that He is bringing alongside us. God shows us how much He loves us every day and is quietly preparing us by bringing people into our lives that have experienced similar difficulties, and I’m very grateful.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 “Three times I have pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I can’t say honestly that I’m in the delighting stage, but it is a good reminder to me that IN SPITE OF ME and my weakness, this situation can bring glory to God, our Creator. God is on our side, whom shall we fear?
God is giving us a child, a daughter, and I’m extremely grateful for her. She will not just be her heart condition, but a little girl that we hope loves Jesus with her whole HEART, soul and mind. Please pray for that most of all.
Blain, Lindy, Boone and Caroline J
Thank you for all your love and support for Blain and Lindy!! I know this will make a world of difference to them.