Prayers for our Sweet P

Sweet P is unique in so many ways!

She was born with a form of CHD, a Congenital Heart Defect. Did you know 1 in 100 children are born with CHD? Our girl is 1 in 100! We 100% knew this when we accepted her into our family, but it’s not something we’ve wanted to share until we had her home from China and looked at. We’ve known that heart surgery was imminent, but her file was very limited and we never even saw pictures of her heart until she was home.

Her doctor’s at Vanderbilt have been great and they were very pleased with how her heart looked. Without going into much detail, they said that everything can be corrected during surgery. This is an answer to prayer!!! I can’t express to you how much of a relief this is! Bringing her home and having no idea what her heart looked like was scary.

So why are we sharing this? We need prayer warriors for our little heart warrior! Her surgery is scheduled for this Wednesday! A few ways that you can specifically pray are for the staff, nurses, and doctors. That she understands a little of what will be happening and isn’t totally blindsided. And of course for her, her heart, and a quick recovery!

Can you imagine? Traveling to China, adjusting to life with a toddler who is also grieving, then your baby having heart surgery all within a matter of 4 months? We’re weary y’all and I cry often… I’m not gonna lie. Surprisingly, I have such a God-given peace about the surgery itself. We’ve been preparing and praying for this since the day we received her health information from our adoption agency.

This is all so hard and difficult, but guess what??!

God is the author of my daughter’s life. He is the great healer, the prince of peace, our shield, our protector, our strength, light, and JOY. He is our refuge, rockhope, fortress, and strong tower. He is love. How anyone could go through something like this without Him is difficult to understand. I hope you know Him. If you don’t, reach out to me and I will be happy to tell you more about my Jesus. His love is free, and his grace and mercy are everlasting. 

Please say a special prayer for Sweet P this Wednesday, October 28th, the day of her surgery. We will be sure to keep everyone updated. We love you all!

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3


Photo by: Brittany Conner Photography

  • October 26, 2015 - 2:42 pm

    Sheryl Kirksey - He who began a good work, is faithful to complete it… God has this… I pray peace that surpasses understanding, wisdom for the Drs. Comfort for lil Sweet P…. praying now…
    Isaiah 26:3 you will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
    Love you guysReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 2:44 pm

    Lindsay Hoeflinger - Definitely praying for your Sweet P! That is so very overwhelming to take in! She looks tough though- and I’m sure she will do great!ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 2:49 pm

    Lisa P - Prayers for little precious Sweet P, her loving parents and everyone in her life. I just know she will be fine, because you have so many in your (and her) corner – she is Jesus’ special little angel and I know he will be holding you all in his loving arms. You are all already blessed beyond measure and I am confident the blessings will just keep coming. Please keep us posted.ReplyCancel

    • October 26, 2015 - 3:08 pm

      joyinthewaiting - I can’t thank you enough for everything Lisa. Really, thank you so so much. Your words are so needed. <3ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 3:02 pm

    Erica Manthey - We will definitely keep you guys in our prayers! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!ReplyCancel

    • October 26, 2015 - 3:08 pm

      joyinthewaiting - Thank you so so much Erica! <3ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 3:40 pm

    Melody Anderson - I am going to share this and ask my prayer warriors to pray. As I faced a huge mountain this month, I had one of the prayer warriors praying with me over then phone and the one statement that continues to come back to me is ” God, You created her body, You already knew we would face this today, and You are already working and healing” I do pray for peace and for everyone involved, the surgery, and quick and complete healing. I know God healed me through a miracle, and I know He has His hands on Sweet P’s heart and yours as well.ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 4:04 pm

    Beth Holland - Thank you so much for sharing your joy and your precious Sweet P with all of us. I am honored to add your specific new request to my daily prayers, I have also added her and the specific request to our church list and mom has her in their prayers in SC. You and Casey have been picked by God to be her parents, and she is so special, she will be in the Mighty Physician hands on Wednesday and then back home better than ever before you know it. Kristen, you are a brave momma, I can’t imagine how scary this is for you, lean on us we will pray and be your warriors. Sending hugs and blessings as you travel this week.ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 4:55 pm

    Rachel Story - Praying for Sweet P, & you both! God has got this, & I pray she recovers quickly!!ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 5:09 pm

    Sheri Hall Reck - Prayers are being sent up! Just as God handpicked this baby for you, He chose her parents for her! He has plans for all of you and has you all in the palm of His mighty hand. How great is our God! To look back now and see how God ordained all of this from the beginning! To know your journey,(literally!) to save this child! To one day be able to look back and tell her…This is a great example of not just saying how much you love someone but SHOWING IT!!! Everything is going to be all right. It’s going to be amazing to see all that God has in store for Sweet P.ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 5:19 pm

    Tammy Nance - YOU are such a wonderful and strong woman. You ans Casey has been blessed and this is just a stepping stone. You dont know how much you all just bless me with all you do and say and post. You all lift up my heart and I will lift you all up in my prayers. Sweet Pea was ment to be with you and Casey and God will take care o it all.ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    Nicole Cagley - My daughter had heart surgery at Vandy. Sweet P will be in very good hands. I know it’s hard to not worry, but I have faith everything will turn out perfect. I will keep y’all in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    Vicky Long - Kristen, you don’t know me but I live in Harriman and have two children (Emma and Sam) adopted from China. We adopted Samuel when he was 2 years old and knew he had CHD and a genetic disorder called 22q11.2 . He was so sick we didn’t know if he would survive the trip home. His heart was so bad he was literally blue from lack of oxygen. We had to go to the Mayo in Rochester MN for his surgery as there weren’t many surgeons in the country who could handle his complicated repair. We have since also been to Vanderbilt for testing and heart caths. I am telling you all this so that you will know there IS someone near by that knows EXACTLY what you are going thru and I would be happy to be of any support that I can. Please feel free to contact me. I left my email and you also know my daughter Stacie Bradshaw. God is good and he will be with you and her during this trial.ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 6:37 pm

    Stephanie Lawson - Praying !!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 7:07 pm

    Lyndsey - My cousin had is heart transplant at Vanderbilt Children’s hospital and they we’re all amazing there!! Praying for peace and comfort for you guys and praying a special prayer for Miss Sweet P! He is our healer! Thank you God for that promise.ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    Tonya Sitzlar - I will be thinking of you all tomorrow and praying for you. If there is anything at all I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Love to you all.ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 11:48 pm

    Laurie - God has put you guys in motion to bless this child and all of us with your joy filled posts and love for Him. You and I are aligned in what to pray for in situations like this, the medical team!! Of course we will pray for her heart and Casey and your heart too. There is so much love here, and she will feel it. Bless you both for bravery and courage.ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2015 - 12:10 am

    Billie Jo Ralston - Prayers for Sweet P, her parents, her grandparents, and all those who loves this family – prayers for God’s healing touch, His comfort and strength, and for His will to be done. Our God is still in the miracle business, and He is still on the throne. I know He is hearing all the prayers for this precious little angel and her family. May He guide the hands and thoughts of all the medical teams, and may He guide the thoughts and prayers of the Peddicords.ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2015 - 2:18 am

    Kristin - My family is praying for Sweet P this week! We’re sending prayers of healing and comfort!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2015 - 3:13 am

    Bobbye Carol Click - It will be an honor to pray for your Sweet P and your family. She is beautiful ! A little over 15 years ago my grandson had open heart surgery at Vandy, he was only 13 days old. Dr. Christenson (spelling ?) did his surgery. He is an amazing young man and a blessing to us all ! And continues to have wonderful heart check-ups ! The most important is The Great Physician and then we have much confidence in those doctors and the awesome facility at Vandy ! God bless and be with you all !!!
    Bobbye Carol ClickReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2015 - 4:56 pm

    Becky Gilbert - Prayers for all of you! God is our healer and protected.ReplyCancel

  • October 28, 2015 - 10:56 am

    Britt Mack - So many prayers!ReplyCancel

  • October 28, 2015 - 10:58 am

    Amanda - I have been following your journey from the beginning. Sweet P has brought joy to so many, whether they’ve met her in person or just been following your blog like me. God’s got big plans for your daughter. My family and my church are praying for Sweet P.
    I woke with these verses on my heart this morning.

    I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
    The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

  • November 23, 2015 - 1:59 pm

    Michelle Prichard - Hi Kristen- my name is Michelle and we have an adopted son who is 2 and has Heterotaxy. He has had 3 open heart surgeries and is doing well. I pray that your daughter is doing well. I’m friends with your family member, Marcia Metcalf. If you ever need someone to talk to, please email me! Blessings!ReplyCancel

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