This post is dedicated to the Turnage family. Thomas, Heather, and little Jordan: we love you beyond words.
On September 6, a precious baby girl named Jocelyn Rain (Jocey) was born fast and furious into the arms of some precious friends of ours from our church. From the very beginning, she was determined to make an imprint on people’s lives. She danced into our hearts and prayers before she was even born.
Sweet Jocey was born with a heart condition discovered in the womb known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Her parents knew from the very beginning that this was going to be a marathon and they handled it with the utmost grace and strength. More than 500 people joined a Facebook group dedicated to updates on Jocey, and they committed to praying for her and encouraging the family. Seeing this many people from all walks of life and located all over the world has been extremely humbling. We’ve been bound together by a love for this wonderful family.
After birth, Jocey faced many surgeries and spent more time in the hospital than at home. By the grace of God, she was able to spend Christmas with her family at home, which is a pretty big deal because it took a lot of effort to protect her from exposure to illness. From all the pictures posted, I can tell that time with extended family was precious and cherished.
Jocey showed she had strength. She fought hard, so very hard, and in many ways she did defy the odds. In early January, her precious heart slept for 22 minutes. She was revived and put on a transplant list as they had discovered that her heart was no longer able to handle the additional surgeries required to strengthen her. Unfortunately, a CT scan on January 15 showed less than desirable results. She was sadly removed from the transplant list, and Thomas and Heather had to face the unthinkable for any parent: preparing to lay their sweet, precious Jocey to rest for eternity.
Jocey was only four months old at the time of her passing on January 19, but oh, what a footprint she left on so many lives, so many hearts, so many souls. She will never be forgotten. I will never forget her sweet little face. This precious family needs prayers during this difficult year they are about to face. They are amazing people and have a wonderful three-year-old son named Jordan to carry through this valley. Please join me in praying for them – for strength to move forward, for peace in their hearts. Please pray that the people they come in contact with through this journey have the right words to say – encouraging and healing words.
If you would like to donate toward the medical and memorial service expenses they face, you can do so through here: Helping Jocey.
Thomas and Heather, we love you guys so much and are here to help carry the burden however you need. Your family is precious to us and we will help hold the light in front of you as you trudge through this valley of darkness.
To my readers, this blog will rest quiet the rest of the week in honor of Jocey. I want people who visit this blog this week to see this post first. Right now, nothing else matters. See you next week.