Thank You from The Stout Family

The Stout Family with baby Sadie

The Stout Family with baby Sadie

A Heartfelt Thanks

Dear Women of Moms Together,

My family and I were very blessed to receive your cards and generous gift after our sweet baby Sadie Bella went to Heaven in April. We want to express our thanks to you for these, as well as for your prayers.

This season of our lives is much different than we had envisioned. In March, we were eagerly anticipating Sadie’s arrival with every week that passed. When she finally arrived, our lives were tremendously blessed by her peaceful nature and innocence. We were captivated by her beauty. We named her Sadie Isabella, which means “Princess, Consecrated to God”. I spent most nights holding her, even after she had fallen back asleep, and am very thankful for that time with her. Many of our friends and family were able to meet Sadie, and we have hundreds of pictures of her nine days here on earth.

The day that she became sick, we were completely taken by surprise and desperately tried to do everything we could to help her. One hospital ER sent Sadie on Life Flight to another hospital ER, and a team of doctors and nurses worked fervently to save her. They were unable to do so. Within four hours of becoming sick, she was gone. God bestowed grace on us, as our dear friend Brian Petak was in the waiting room and came to minister to us immediately after she passed away. We had other friends in the waiting room, and they were praying, along with other family and friends who heard the news and were asked to pray. Our sweet girl was born with several congenital heart defects, and since they had gone undiagnosed, there was nothing that we could do. The pain of the loss of our daughter was more than we could bear.

During Easter week, we planned a memorial service to celebrate Sadie’s beautiful life. On Good Friday, we attended one of the services at Fellowship and were overwhelmed by the image of the Cross. It was placed just a few feet behind where our daughter’s casket had been the day before, during the memorial service. That image will forever be etched in my mind. The sacrifice that Jesus made for us so that we can live with Him in Heaven for eternity became so much more clear. The Son of God, in the form of man, gave His life for us, and all we have to do is believe and live faithfully for Him. His triumph over death means victory for our Sadie.

Easter will always be different for us, and Heaven has become a very real place. Of course we believed in the significance of Easter and the reality of Heaven before all of this happened, but our faith has been tested beyond measure. Many of you have had life altering events and still feel the sting and pain of this fallen world. We don’t always understand God’s plan, but yet we must trust that He is sovereign.

One verse in particular often comes to mind. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

Each Saturday marks one more week since Sadie left and was ushered into His presence. While we ache for her to be here in our arms, we must walk this road without her, and the journey is difficult. God has been merciful to put loving family and friends in our lives to encourage us to walk well.

Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragment. May God bestow His blessings upon you.

Sarah and Craig Stout

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1 Comment

  1. Sue Mitcham said,

    July 3, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Sarah,

    What a precious testimony to your faith in our Lord and Savior. I have seen two sides of 2 women who have lost children. One friend, went to pieces, rejected her faith and cursed God. It’s been a long and rough journey back for her. She hasn’t completed that journey yet.

    I was there at Sadie’s funeral and I watched you and Craig. The strength you showed, the faith you displayed and the love you extended to us, as we struggled to cope with your lost and how to comfort you, was astounding. I think you comforted us much more than we did you.

    Thank you for allowing me to see the heavenly side of a devastating loss and for displaying a faith that defies our human strength and our nature. I know it hasn’t been easy and you will always miss your sweet Sadie. But I thank you and Craig for teaching us the love of God and how he can and will carry us through even the most devastating loss we could ever suffer.

    We love you,

    Sue


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