Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Our Story

Hello There! Welcome to our blog. The purpose of this blog is to help me document small parts of our journey here in this crazy world--as well as keep you updated on our happenings, and on our beautiful baby girl.

I guess I should start with some sort of introduction, but most of you know me enough to know most of my story, so I will stick to the basics.

My name is McKensie Brown, I am 21 years old. I am married to my BEST FRIEND, Tyler. We were sealed in the Draper Utah LDS Temple on April 5, 2012. We are expecting our first baby (GIRL), on June 3, 2014. We both come from very large, supportive, and loving families. We both LOVE our BYU Cougars, spending time with family, and also spending time with each other as often as we can. We are both employed full time, and Tyler is also a full time student. Tyler is my rock, and keeps me sane most of the time. He is a huge blessing in my life, and I am so grateful I get to be with him forever.

On September 30, 2013 we found out that I was pregnant. We were SOOO EXCITED! We made our official announcement around Halloween. The weeks and months since have passed by rather quickly, and on December 19th we found out we were having a sweet baby girl.

Last week, I went in for my 20 week ultrasound. The doctor found some abnormalities in her tiny little heart, and suggested we see a perinatologist. This morning, I met with the doctor, and he confirmed that she does have a severe heart defect. She has a hole in her heart, as well as another defect that has to do with blood leaving her heart. This news was devastating, and as a young (soon-to-be) mom, I am of course scared, worried, and uneasy about the whole situation. Its never a good feeling to be told that your unborn child may or may not live a normal life. We were told that she will most likely have multiple surgeries within the first year of her life, and that we have a long road ahead of us. We are scheduled to see a pediatric cardiologist on February 4th, and we will have more concrete information then.

This is by far the biggest trial we have faced in our almost 2 years of married life, and I am so glad Tyler will be by my side through this whole thing. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with such amazing family, and for giving us strength and courage to face this situation. I know without a doubt, that he is there for us in our time of need, and he wouldn't give us this trial if we couldn't overcome it. I know that our/her future is in his hands, and that everything will be ok--maybe not ok today, or in months to come, but it will all be ok in due time.

It is times like this, that I know I can grow closer to my husband, my family, and most importantly, my Savior. It is an overwhelming feeling to know that I can turn to my Savior, and he will take me by the hand and help me. He has felt the same feelings, sorrows, and pains that I feel. I have felt more love in the last week than I think I have ever felt, and I know it is because of the many prayers that were said in our behalf. It is incredible to know that so many people truly care for us, and want the best possible outcome for our little family.

We LOVE our sweet baby girl so much already, and want nothing but the best for her. We will do whatever we have to, to help her get through this. She is a very special spirit, and I know she is already so strong. She is such a blessing to us already, and I know, whatever the outcome, she is OURS--FOREVER.

I would like to personally thank all of you, who have prayed for us. We have felt an overwhelming sense of your love, and concern. I want to ask you to continue praying for us as we continue through this journey. We LOVE and appreciate all of you, thank you for your continuing support--we will (try) to keep everyone updated on our precious baby girl.

"Fear not, little flock...Look to Christ in every thought; Doubt not, Fear not..."  "...Ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands prepared for you;" Doctrine & Covenants 6:34,36; 78:17