Matthew's Pictures

March 11, 2009

Matthew Alexander Harden earned his Angel Wings

Matthew Alexander Harden was born on March 8th at 9:40 AM. 4 lbs 2.5 oz, 15 1/2 in. He was put on breathing support to give us a little more time with him since I had to be in recovery from my c-section for an hour. All of my family was there to celebrate his life with us. He was baptized in my arms, then breathing support was removed. I held my Matthew in my arms for several minutes (between 5-10 I believe) before he drifted off to be with Our Father in Heaven. He was with us for approximately 3.5 hours. He was absolutely beautiful. I just came home from the hospital about an hour ago and it was very difficult to leave. I just wanted to let you all know that we are home now but I am very emotional and not able to go into detail yet. Over the next few days I will post some pictures and our birth story if I am feeling up to it. Services will likely be this Saturday, but we will be going today to the funeral home to figure details out. I will let you all know.

18 comments:

John said...

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with you and your family.

Stephanie said...

God bless you and your family. My heart is breakon. I wanted you to have a miracle baby. Matthew is being well taken care of, he's in no pain. Remember there are no tears in heaven.

carebear said...

Oh Jenn, my heart just breaks for you and your family. Take all the time you need. You owe us nothing and we owe you support. My prayer is for healing and peace to make its way into your heart so you can cherish the memories without tears one day.

Judson's Mommy said...

Jenn,
I have been following you through Donielle. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My God Bless you and your family.

Kelly said...

Precious Father in Heaven,

Please wrap your caring arms around this beautiful family. Tears are falling from my eyes as I type this prayer - knowing all to well the pain associated with going to the funeral home to prepare a service for your child - nothing will ever be good enough to honor a child you love so very much. Lord I pray that you fill the hearts of Jenn and her family with peace. Let them feel the peace that only you can offer Lord. Give them serenity that would allow them all to rest, knowing that your plan for Matthew was fullfilled - knowing that they all played a HUGE role in this plan. Remind them that Matthew didn't not come and go in vain - He had and will continue to have a purpose through you Lord. Let little Matthew be a reminder to ALL of us of how precious life is, but more importantly what we have to look forward to through Christ our saviour. I do not know this family personally - but my heart breaks for them like I have known them my whole life. Lord we praise you in spite of our pain. We know that you love little Matthew and the rest of his family more than we can even begin to imagine. We know that you have plans to prosper us and give us a hope and a future - so we look up to you today Lord, knowing that good will come from this too - your name will be glorified as you help this family during their darkest hours. I pray Jenn feels love and support surrounding her. I pray that she knows how proud of her we all are. She is such a wonderful mommy - its clear because You chose her to be Matthew's Mommy. We love you Father and we are so thankful that because of Christ we will be with our precious babies again. It's in Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Jenn..my thoughts and prayers are will you sweetie. Please let us know if we can do anything at all.

Crying with you..
Kelly --Liberty's mommy forever and ever

Judi said...

Jenn you are in my thoughts every day!! Keep the faith!

Jamie's Block said...

i have been reading your blog through donielle. you and your family our in our prayers. we can't even beging to imagin what you are going through right now. everything happens for a reason. god is watching over lil matthew now and matthew is watching over you. he is your lil guardien angel now. GOD BLESS!!

Debb said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.
Prayers and hugs, kisses for Matthew.

Anonymous said...

Jenn,

I am so thankful that you were able to spend those precious moments with Matthew. He will continue to touch many hearts. I look forward to seeing his beautiful pictures later. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for letting us all know of his birth.

Rebecca Redmond

Anonymous said...

Jenn,
I heard about what happened from Leah. I am so very sorry sweetheart. I can't imagine being strong enough to go through what you have been through. I think it would destroy me. The fact that you are strong enough to have carried that precious miracle and bring him into this world is amazing. You are an amazing mother, and all three of your children are so very lucky to have you as their mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you, Josh, Abbie, Raleigh, and Matthew.

Shirley Littlefield

Kenzie said...

Sweet Jenn-

No words I can say will bring you comfort but I want you to know that my heart breaks for you... Oh how my prayers will reach the Lord tonight as I ask Him for a peace and a comfort that you can't even imagine right now. He is so faithful and when you feel like the pain and grief are too much, He is there for you to fall in to. So many are standing in the gap to pray for you when you have no words... the Holy Spirit is interceding. "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."- Romans 8:26

Praying for so much for you tonight and in the days and weeks ahead. If you need ANYTHING or just want to talk, you let me know!

Sweet memories of your precious Matthew...

Kenzie

Lenz Family said...

Jenn & Family,

Praying that you all find peace & comfort during this difficult time. Be gentle with yourself. Lighting a candle for Matthew.

Donielle said...

Jenn, I can't begin to imagine feeling your pain and I won't pretend to. But I will continue to pray for you all. I pray that He wraps his arms around you all so tight that you can't help but feel him. God bless you! Love, Donielle

Big Momma said...

Lots of loves and hugs being sent from AZ to your family!

Anonymous said...

Jenn,
I have been following your pregnancy through the PUV site. The first night I ever signed on, I read your update from January. It brought back tons of memories from my pregnancy. I am so sorry for your loss. We had just prayed for you and Matthew Sunday morning in my Sunday School class (hope that was okay). I watch my son now and can't imagine what you have gone through. I will never understand why God takes some and lets others stay. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Matthew is definately in a better place-no pain, no tears. I am heartbroken over the outcome, but I pray they did not take your hope away after all...he will be there waiting for you.

Michelle, mom to Aden (3)

Nicole4FLDU said...

Jenn and family - I work with your mom. Your family has been amazingly strong thru all of this. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

boltefamily said...

I just came upon your story today and am so thankful I did. I will be praying for you in the days to come I know all to well the intense emotional rollercoaster you are on and I just want you to know I am sending love and prayers your way!

Cort said...

I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am you lost your precious Matthew. I found your blog through Happily Henniger. Our angel, also named Matthew went to be with the Lord just 2 months and 2 days before yours did. I read through your story from the beginning and it is written beautifully. Your love for our sweet Jesus is amazing. Thank you for sharing. Will be praying for you and your family. You can check out our blog at http://cortandken.blogspot.com if you would like.