The Story of My Little
By Natalie Larson
Hi my name is Natalie and I
would like to tell you about my little
In December my mom and dad gathered
me and my brother Spencer in the living room. We had
already put up the Christmas tree. There was only one
present under the Christmas tree. My mom told me and
Spencer to get the present under the Christmas tree.
I went under the tree and got it. Mom said you both
can open it. Spencer got one side of it and I got the
other side, Spencer and I ripped it open. I was so excited.
When I saw the present that we got was a baby doll.
When you put the pacifier in the mouth it made a sucking
noise. When you take it out it cries. My mom and dad
also gave us diapers to practice changing diapers but
when I saw the note I was even more excited because
it said "can I be your baby brother or sister.
I realized it meant that we are going to have a baby.
I had been praying and waiting
for five years for a baby to be born and finally when
I am 8 we were finally having a baby. I was so excited
that I jumped up and down yelled and patted my mom's
tummy. Oh how excited I was. At school I told my best
friend Kelsey and some other friends that my mom is
having a baby in June or July. They were excited too.
Then a few months passed. I
was excited because it was Febuary 18th that means my
mom and dad are going to the hospital to check if my
mom is having a baby boy or a baby girl. When Spencer
and I got home from school our aunt Clixie who lives
downstairs, watched us. We guessed if the baby was a
girl or a boy or twins. I wanted it to be twins and
so did my aunt. Spencer didn't really care.
We waited and I did my home
work. Then finally my mom and dad came home.
Spencer and I went out in the garage. We saw that my
mom and dad were sad. I wanted to know why they were
sad so my aunt went downstairs so my mom and dad could
tell us if it was a boy or a girl. We waited for our
mom and dad to come in. Spencer and I sat down on the
couch and my mom and dad pulled over some chairs.
My dad told Spencer and I we
were having a girl. I was so happy that we were saving
a girl that I jumped up and down!!!! Then I sat down.
My dad said we are having an anecephaly baby. We said
what does that mean. My dad said it means the little
baby's brain did not develop all the way and her skull
did not grow all the way. The baby will only live for
a few hours, minutes, seconds or some anacephaly baby's
don't live at all. My mom and dad said we will be able
to see her in Heaven and she gets a one way ticket to
Heaven. My family was very sad.
I asked if I could tell my best
frien Kelsey. They said "yes" The next day
I went and told some of my friends and my dad came with
me to tell my teacher Mrs. Orme. She was very sad for
us. When a few weeks had passed we were thinking of
a name. We were thinking of naming her Joy-Grace or
Rose-Grace but those names did not feel right so we
prayed about it and we got a feeling that we should
name our little ancephaly baby Zion-Grace. Zion means
pure in heart and Grace means by Jesus's Grace we will
see her again.
My family prayed and fasted
again and again. Even Spencer and I prayed and fasted
for Zion-Grace to be born alive and that we could hold
her while she was still alive.
My mom and dad were looking for someone to take pictures
of our family before Zion-Grace was born. We found a
really nice woman whose name is Kelly Bennett who said
she will take pictures. It was about an hour and half
from our house but we still drove all that way to take
some pictures of our family.
After that a lot of my relatives
came to see Zion-Grace when she was born but some had
to leave before she was born. My family had to do a
memorial service before they had to leave. My mom and
dad bought a lot of ballons at the dollar store. At
the memorial service everyone got a ballon and made
a wish and let it go into the sky. We watched it for
a long time. Then we went inside. I got to play the
violin and the songs that I played for the memorial
service was _I am a child of God_, _I love to see the
temple_ and _Families can be together forever_.
Then the next day my mom and
dad went to the hospital. They said that they would
call Grandma and Grandpa when Zion-Grace will be born.
A few days before Spencer and I got to pack for when
Zion-Grace was going to be born. So we went and got
our clothes that were are going to wear for when Zion-Grace
is born and snacks and a pencil and some crayons to
Spencer and I got ready for
bed. I got to sleep in my mom and dad's bed. I went
to sleep but in about two hours I got woked up by my
Aunt Mindy saying it is time to go. She helped me get
My Uncle Allen woke up Spencer
but Spencer got dressed all by himself. Spencer and
I gathered our stuff and Grandma and Grandpa drove us
to the hospital. We got a tour of the hospital about
a month before she was born.
We saw two waiting rooms. After
that all the other relatives came. I had a really fun
time. I got to watch a movie. I got to eat milk duds
and Kelly Bennett came to take pictures of Zion-Grace
and my family. My mom and dad even gave us two dollars
to buy some snacks.
Finally I got to go in the hall
in front where my mom was having Zion-Grace. My Grandma,
Grandpa and Kelly Bennett were standing next to me and
Spencer. We tried to get as close as we could to where
my mom was having Zion-Grace but my grandma and grandpa
did not let us get close.
Then a nurse came and said
that you can come in. Spencer was the first one in the
room. When I got in Zion-Grace looked kind of scary.
My grandma said we can cover her face. I didn't want
to them to do that so I looked at Zion-Grace again and
she didn't look that scary. She actually looked cute.
When it was my turn I was happy
that I got to hold her when she was alive. I said I
love you so much Zion-Grace. Thank you for coming to
My dad remembered he wanted
to feed her chocolate. My dad got a really small bit
of chocolate for her. I think Zion-Grace loves chocolate!!
When she was passing away we
laid her on my mom's chest and she was taking very small
breaths. Right when her heart was slowing down I got
to show her how to play dolls with the dolls she got
for a present.
I love my little sister Zion-Grace
and she is so cute. She is the cutest baby I have ever
seen. I hope to live a good life so I can live with
her and my family in Heaven again.
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