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God's Lent Child	
" I'll lend you for a little while A child of mine" God said,
" For you to love the while she lives, And mourn for when she's
It may be six or seven years, Or forty-two or three;
But will you, till I call her back, Take care of her for me ? 

She'll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be
You'll have her lovely memories as a solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from Earth return;
But there are lessons taught below that I want my children tolearn.

I've looked the whole world over,  in my search for teachers
And from the things that crowd life's lane, I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love ? Nor think the labor vain ?
Nor hate me when I  come to take this lent child back again ? "

I fancied that I heard them say "Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joys Thy child will bring the risk of grief we'll
We will shelter her with tenderness, we'll love her while we may
And for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay.
But should Thy angels call for her much sooner than we'dplanned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.

Kasey's last Day.

She said I could share this letter.She prays 
that the Lord might use this to help someone else.

I'm working on trying to write Kasey's story and when I can get it all down, I will share it with you. But for now, let me share her death with you. On Wednesday, the doctors told us that they had found the head ultrasound that had been taken the previous Thursday and had been lost for 5 days. They said it showed that her brain had not formed correctly. That instead of the normal bumpy surface, hers was smooth which basically meant that she had no higher brain functions. She would never have even been aware that she existed. She began seizing really bad, one after another, almost non-stop. We had prayed for a miracle, but God kept telling me, "I have already answered your prayer". I knew he meant that he answered my prayers to have had her in the first place and that He shared her with me for 21 beautiful days. I truly prayed for his will to be done, because I knew He knew what lay ahead for her and that He is too merciful to let my beautiful little girl suffer. I prayed for His guidance in making the decision to turn off her life support. The next morning, we went into the hospital with the anticipation of having one last ultrasound done to confirm all that the doctors had told us. But Keith and I took one look at her and just knew. She had had a very bad night and was on the highest support settings that could give her. Keith asked me what I wanted to do and with a peace that can only come from Jesus, I said I don't want to wait, why put her through another test. God had made it so easy for me, I just knew it was time to say goodbye. It was so wonderful, I bathed her and put lotion on her and made her smell like a baby instead of medicine. I put the first little sleeper that my grandmother had bought her on her and changed her diaper. I brushed her hair and gave her her little Easter bunny to hold. We were able to wait until my family had gotten there and come and said goodbye to her. I had them give her some morphine, even though she really would not have known, it was for my comfort. Then Keith held one hand and I held the other as they turned off her ventilator. The nursed removed the tubes and I wrapped her in the softest blanket she had and carried her down to a private room where the family was waiting. After a few moments of good-byes, I asked them to leave so that her dad and I could have some time alone with her. She was with us for about 15 minutes and left her dads arms and went right into the arms of the angels. Then everyone was able to come in and hold and rock her for as long as they wanted. We kept her with us for a couple of hours and it helped so much. There is no sliver of a doubt for me but that she is in heaven. God has been so close to me and I am so grateful that he has brought all of my friends and family so near. I look back over all of this and it is so apparent that His hands have been all through this. They 'lost' the ultrasound that would have told us this the day before she was put on the regular vent and if they had not 'lost' it we would have never gotten to hold her. It's just be 21 days of little blessings like that that makes me know that God has been so kind to us. I know some day as I enter heaven's gates that she will run and jump into my arms and tell me that she's glad that I'm there.
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