Payton’s Story by her Mommy and Daddy

Payton touched more people in her eight months (and two days) than most of us will in our whole life. She was such a little fighter; there wasn’t a day that she didn’t struggle just to stay with us.

God took His baby Home. He knew how Payton was suffering so He gave us eight awesome months to say “good-bye”. God knew how much everybody cared about Payton and how much we prayed and wanted her to stay with us. But He also knew Payton was in pain so He did what was best for her by taking her Home and taking all her pain away. At least now no one has to worry about her. She is forever safe and in God’s arms. In Psalm 127:3 it says that children are a gift from the Lord. And that is what Payton was: a gift from God.

I think she was here to teach us all a lesson – that we should cherish every moment we have with someone and never take anything for granted – because we never know when it is their time to go. To have had Payton as long as we did was a miracle. From the day she was born she beat all kinds of odds. (The doctor refused to do a C-Section when Payton’s heart rate dropped so much during contractions. When Payton was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice and around her belly. She survived even that. She was meant to be! )

To be anything but happy for her now would be wrong because she tried her hardest to hang on and to be with us for as long as she could. Now it is time for her to take a rest, to have no more pain, and to be with God, because that is what is best.
We are all going miss her so much but even though she is gone:

SHE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR THOUGHTS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU PAYTON!