CandM

I'm an accountant by trade, a loving mother, and now an artist. After my infant daughter, Mackenzie, passed away suddenly in January 2011, I was lost. My new passion, being a mother, was taken away and my previous career as an accountant could not even compare. I knew Kenzie was brought into my life for a reason; she had changed my life for the better and I was determined to honor her life. I want nothing more than to hold on to Kenzie every minute of the day, and while my daughter may not be physically here with me on Earth, I want nothing more than to share her beautiful life with others. While it is often hard to focus on the good and positive when you are grief stricken, God will reveal His purpose in His time. Fortunately, when you are feeling hopeless and helpless, God always opens a door or brings people into your life when you need them the most. One of my best friends, Kimber, helped me find the silver lining on my cloudy days by teaching me to make these bracelets as art therapy. At first, I was just going to make one that I could carry with me forever and share the story behind the bracelet. I made the first one blue (color of Kenzie's eyes) and in the pattern of her birthdate, 10/5/10. From there, I branched out into different colors, making them for family and friends, as something to remind them of Kenzie and how she continues to enrich our lives today. Kenzie is and always will be my biggest inspiration. Each bracelet is made with the love and care that I have for Kenzie. I hope that by wearing this you will think of not only Kenzie, and the blessing she's been in our life, but of other families who have lost a loved one. We may never know the answer to the why's, but we have to find a way to keep living, to glorify God, and to remember Kenzie and other loved ones. We will never forget!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to our March of Dimes family team, Kenzie's Krewe. To learn more about Mackenzie Wilson or to donate to our March for Babies family team, Kenzie's Krewe, please visit the website below:

http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/kenzieskrewe

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Mackenzie, "Kenzie," was born on October 5, 2010. I had a perfect pregnancy, delivery, and perfect child. God truly blessed us with a perfect angel. For 14 weeks we were able to experience a love like no other, and continue to thank God for that love. Kenzie was the picture of perfect health; unfortunately, she developed a sudden illness on January 11, 2011 and passed away several hours later. We were and still are shocked. It was discovered that Kenzie had been born with a spleen 10% the normal size. This vital organ helps us fight off infections. This is a very rare occurrence, so rare that it is not a part of the routine check up in newborns. I wish it was. Had we known of her condition, her death could have possibly been prevented, but we will never know. What we do know is that she was sent here with a purpose. She taught us how much love we could have for a child, for each other, the importance of family and friends, and the strength that comes from our faith. We are thankful everyday for being picked to be Kenzie's parents. Although Kenzie's condition is rare, we would still like to make others aware of it and hopefully one day part of a routine checkup for newborns. We were able to experience 14 weeks of pure joy that we will cherish for a lifetime...until we meet again.