Annie’s Birth

Dear friends,

First, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind words and fervent prayers throughout the past months, and especially over the past couple of days. As we have said to many people, Tuesday was a beautiful day for our family, and now we have begun the hard work of healing.

Anastasia Rose was born at 2:13 pm on June 12th, and weighed in at 3 lbs, 12 oz, measuring 16 inches long. She lived for a couple of minutes, just long enough for Ed to baptize her and for us to spend some precious moments feeling the warmth of her breath and the beating of her heart. She was a beautiful little girl, with the same nose as her brother and sisters, a dimple in her chin like her brother and daddy, dark wisps of hair, long fingers, and dainty little feet. We cherished every moment with her, and were so proud to introduce her to all of her visitors.

Saying good-bye the next morning was truly heartbreaking, although we were blessed to be able to hand Annie to our wonderful palliative team coordinator, Kristie, who has walked with us through this process. She cried with us, and we knew that when we were placing Annie from our arms into Kristie’s that she was in good hands. Our last moments holding Annie were unforgettable, and as I know all of you can imagine, we would do anything just to feel the weight of her in our arms again.

This picture makes me smile - Maria is checking out the medical equipment, Christopher is playing on someone's I-Phone, and Caroline just wants to love on Annie - a microcosm of their personalities

There is so much to say, but for now, I am going to let the pictures tell the story. We miss Annie so much, and are doing our best to grieve well and to help our children do the same, each in his or her own way. Praise God that we are all sleeping well, and that we have plenty of time to muddle through this journey together as a family. We are so blessed, and will be forever grateful for the chance to meet Annie Rose and share her life with the world.

Mother Mary, Mystical Rose, pray for us! Lucy Rose and Annie Rose, pray for us!

  • Kellie “Red”

    I am sure both of your girls are interceding for you, asking for grace and peace and healing for their beautiful mother and earthly family. I am asking for their intercession for these intentions. Wishing I was still in Texas…

  • Katie

    You are an amazing woman. My prayers have been, and will continue to be, for healing for your family.
    God bless!

  • Saoirse

    You are an amazing person. Thank you so very much for sharing the story of your precious Annie. While her life on this earth was short – how beautiful it was – filled with only love. My family will continue to pray for you.

  • Jennie

    You are an amazing woman. Your family continues to have my prayers. God bless you all!

  • Brynne

    You are all in our continued prayers! Annie has been a gift to everyone who heard about her, near or far.

  • Heather

    I’m thinking about you and your family – and wishing you strength in the days ahead.

  • KC

    What a beautiful witness to the blessing of life your family is. Just returned from an hour of Adoration praying for you all you.

  • http://survivingourblessings.blogspot.com Abbey

    All of you continue to be in our prayers.

  • Mrs C

    Kat, thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of Annie. I am praying for you and your lovely family.

  • Sarah

    Katrina: Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of Annie’s birthday and your family’s journey these past months, esp on Annie’s birthday. Annie is truly lucky to have been born into such a loving and faithful family. I pray that God gives her the wings of angels so she can fly Heaven with Lucy and bless your family from Heaven and say “Thanks” for loving me! in her own spiritual way.
    I pray that your family will contuine a strong path of healing and if there is anything we can do, know that you have so many of us just waiting to help! Prayers will be said for your entire family! Thank you once again for sharing this special and amazing story of Annie’s arrival into this world and her journey to Heaven. God Speed to your entire family.

  • Lisa

    Dear Kat,

    You and your family remain in my prayers.

    God bless you,
    L.

  • http://therichestfare.blogspot.com Jamie Davidson

    You’re all precious. Your lives, her little life… My heart aches for you and I don’t even know you. Your bitty baby will make an Annie-shaped hole in the hearts of many.

  • Penny Khuri

    Ed and Katrina,
    Thank you for sharing your profound journey with us. You are being the saints God wishes you to be.
    Peace to you and your precious ones.
    Penny Khuri

  • Angelica

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, Katrina, especially the pictures. There is so much love present in them. You and your family have been and will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to see you all soon :)

    Peace,
    Angelica

  • mary hoffman

    Sending so many thoughts in the behalf of your entire family: peace, love, joy.

  • Erica

    Katrina and Ed,

    You all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing your story with us and allowing us to meet Annie in the pictures.

  • Linda Maser Ruz

    You are sooo inspiring and your love and courage is contagious!!!! A billion blessings to you and your family.

  • Cari

    Prayers for you and your family! Your story has touched my heart as I am sure it has done to many! God bless.
    -Cari

  • Angey

    Katrina, my heart and prayers have been going out to you and your family and will continue to do so. Your strength, love and faith are truly amazing and inspiring.

  • KD

    Prayers for you and your family during this most difficult time. Thank you for sharing Annie’s beautiful life with us.

  • Elena

    Thank you for the gift of Annie Rose, another saint in Heaven. Praying for you and your family in this time of healing. God bless you all always.

  • http://www.anencephaly.info Monika

    Congratulations to Annie’s birth! The pictures show what a huge inprint this little girl let in your lifes. I’m so sorry about her death and the hardhip and pain you are going trough now. May you feel the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit.

  • http://www.thecraftprincess.com Michelle Wetterling

    Hi, I don’t know you, but I know of your story through Kellie {last name removed}. I have been praying for your family so that you may be able to be with Annie a while. and you got to. I’m so happy for you, but reading this story, just fills me with so much sadness. the strength your family has is amazing. I’m not sure I could safely go through what you went through. God has truly blessed your family to be able to deal with this type of pain so well. I will continue to pray for your healing and that you continually have vivid memories of the moments you spent with your beautiful daughter.

  • Juris Mater

    Kat, you did such a great, actually perfect, job as Annie’s mother while she was among us. Every moment of her life on earth was spent in sparkling joy and peace, warm and satisfied in her mother’s womb and arms. The voices of her loving spunky siblings surrounded her while she grew, and her strong father’s face and his consecration of her to the Holy Trinity marked her minutes outside your womb. And I personally love that she “grew up” with all the other little babies being born this year, she will always be their special little girlfriend and now patron saint friend. What an immeasurable gift to so many families.

  • Ag

    What beautiful pictures of a wonderful family. This it what love & family really mean. Our hearts and prayers are with you guys!

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  • Harry

    Will pray for you. God Bless your family.

  • Jan Sansone

    My prayers continue for you all..Annie was so blessed to be born to such wonderful parents and siblings. We all grieve with you. Jan Sansone ( Jaime’s Mom..)

  • http://jeannine-graceandpeace.blogspot.com Jeannine

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is a beautiful example of what it is to truly be a mother. I am really at a loss for words, but I will be praying for your healing.

  • Steph

    Thank you so much for sharing your lives.I will be praying for you as you body heals and your heart continues to hold your daughter. I remember you often in those times when I am weak and momentarily forget that God’s grace is sufficient. God bless your courage and sweetness.

  • Amanda

    I just wanted to send some prayers your way. You and your family are incredibly strong and I pray that you will find strength and understanding in the coming months and years. I think it is wonderful that you were able to be with her during her final moments and I am sure she felt the love and comfort you gave her.

  • Catherine

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • JMB

    God bless you Katrina and your beautiful family. You remain in my prayers.

  • http://www.megnanimity.blogspot.com MjdMom

    Many many prayers for you! Have you ever thought of sharing your stories on benotafraid.net if you haven’t already? Your witness might be just what some family needs!

  • Sara

    Thank you for sharing your amazing story. I will keep you and your family in my prayers! God bless you!

  • Kathy

    Congratulations on Annie’s birth! Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us. I, like many others have cried tears for you and don’t even know you in person. Annie Rose like Lucy and Therese have certainly made an impression on us all. I admire the grace and strength your family has been blessed with at this difficult time. I will pray that your grief/healing be aided by the fact that so many are praying for you.

    You, Ed and your children are amazing. When the time is right, there are many church ministries that could use people like you to share and aid others. As a member of our parish’s Pre-Cana team – you and Ed would be an asset to such a ministry.

    At this time I am reminded of my wonderful in-laws who lost their 13 yr old son in 1988 to muscular dystrophy. My father-in-law (a permanent deacon) said at his son’s funeral – please pray for us. Although we will never be the same, ultimately, we will survive and remain united as a family and as a married couple as our faith will save us. Always, our faith will save us.

    Annie Rose, Lucy Rose, Therese Joy and Daniel Stephen pray for us.

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  • Jada in GA

    Thank you so much for sharing Annie with so many of us. What enormous love your sweet girl was surrounded with in your pictures!! I hope your memories of those precious moments together bring you peace and happiness that will replace your grief in time. Prayers to you and your family….

  • Anna Quinn

    Blessings, Katrina! Praying for you and your family!

  • Nancy Acquisto

    Dear Family, First I just want to tell you just how sorry I am for your loss. It is a heartache as I know personally just what you are going through. Even though I did not give birth to a baby who did not make it I have a daughter and two sisters along with a niece who has had to deal with this Challenge and heartache. I remember exactly like what you wrote on how you wished that you could feel the weight of her in your arms. Holding my little grandson I will never forget. Watching my daughter and son in law suffer like they did was also so painful. They muttered through it and now we try to always remember our precious little Angel above watching over us. May the Lord’s peace and comfort abide with you and your family during this time.

  • Helen

    Thank you for sharing Annie’s life and entry into Eternal Life with your readers, Katrina. Her life and your witness have touched so many people! The pictures of your family are so sweet. You are all in my prayers at this time, which I’m sure is full of the anguish of losing a daughter/sister and the joy of having another saint in Heaven.

  • Kate L

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. We will continue to pray for your family and your little angel.

  • http://www.TotusTuusFamily.blogspot.com Allison

    Praying that Our Lady wraps you in her mantle and that you feel her nearness as she intercedes.

  • Dee

    It’s not the quantity of time but the quality of the love that makes us all believers in the blessedness of babies!
    My love to you all.

  • http://momsfootsteps.blogspot.com RMB

    Praying for you and your family! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. I remember reading Annie’s diagnosis a few months ago and thinking about how terribly sad it was. Now, my family faces the unknown with our Baby Girl-Marie. She is 23 weeks in utero and the doctors know something is wrong, but they aren’t sure what at this point. Offering our sufferings up for you and your family and friends. God bless you. Thank you for sharing your strength and faith!

    • maryalice

      You are in our prayers!

  • Zephyr

    Katrina, you and Ed and all the precious souls who suffer like you are given the grace to live continuously on the doorstep of Heaven. For you it must be that everything that matters is crystal clear. You are a light to us all. Thank you for your faithfulness to God. Thank you for your witness. We need it.
    I probably need your prayers more than you need mine but you have them anyway — to our Mother of Perpetual Help!! :)


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