We have had so many emotions to process the past few days. Leaving the hospital Saturday morning, was one of the hardest moments we’ve experienced so far. It felt as though we were leaving all we had with Faith behind. I know that is far from the truth. But God was faithful to provide a sign that He was still with us, though she was not. As we got into the car, we turned on the radio, and the song “Blessings” came on. God’s timing is perfect!
I have to say that blessings have come from unexpected people and places the past few days. We have received so many emails, comments and phone calls, full of encouragement and prayers. It has really been a blessing to read how our our daughter has touched so many lives.
One of the greatest blessings has been my husband. He has been my ROCK. He really bore the brunt of all that happened on Thursday. He had the world on his shoulders. He was so great in the operating room, tending to me and Faith. He has been so wonderful to take such great care of me. I love him so much, and I am so thankful for the love he has shown me.
Faith’s obituary was in the paper yesterday and today. That was a surreal moment, to read about the life and death of our precious daughter. Here is what is says:
Faith Mackenzie Vaughn was born May 19, 2011 and passed from her Mother’s arms into the arms of Jesus just 42 minutes later. Though her life on earth was short, the impact she made will last a lifetime. Her story has been followed many people at www.sarabethandrob.blogspot.com. She is survived by her parents, Rob and SaraBeth Vaughn, her big brother Cade and big sister, SaraGrace, her maternal grandparents (Dexter and Sarajo O’Steen), her paternal grandmother (Sandy Mackney), her paternal grandfather (Andy Mackney), many aunts, uncles, great grandparents and friends.
A memorial service for Faith will take place Tuesday, May 24th at North Central Baptist Church. Visitation will be at 9:00 am and the service will take place at 10:00 am. Graveside service will follow at Newnansville Cemetary in Alachua. Donations can be made in Faith’s name to the Women’s Resource Center of Gainesville or the North Central Baptist Church Mission Fund.
Though our arms are empty, and our hearts our broken, we have been filled with love. Love of our Savior, love of family and friends, and a love for our daughter who has forever changed our lives.