Meet My Readers Monday

Monday, October 17, 2011

My name is Candace Whatcott.  I live in Salt Lake City – but I’m from Salem, UT.A little about me – I come from a large family of 7 kids and 2 devoted parents. I work for Hewlett-Packard; and I love it. I never figured myself to be the ‘career woman’ but life is funny sometimes. I was always sure I would be married right away with children, but God had other plans. I have finally found the Love of my Life and lucky for me, he has 2 children that are just beautiful –we all adore one another. **I have attached a picture of my future family.

A dear friend reads your blog and told me Lucy’s story. I have to admit that I hesitated to come visit your blog.  Reading through someone else’s grief brings to the surface my own. I know that I only minimally know the loss you feel, but it’s still so deep and real. I know I was chosen to witness the short life of my niece for a reason.

My dear sister, Christine, got pregnant with Kaylie and things looked to be normal. When Kaylie was born, something was off. I guess the doctor could tell by her features and tests that she may have some genetic disorder. The genetic disorder led to her being life-flighted to Primary Children’s (from Rexburg) in SLC where my sister stayed with me while her daughter fought for her life. Kaylie’s liver failed and we had to say Goodbye…… I spent every day by Kaylie’s side with my sweet sister.  I experienced the one time she opened her eyes, the small cries, and witnessed the pure love a Mother has for her Baby. Kaylie was going to go home, and then things changed on a dime. Kaylie lived for 3 weeks and passed away quietly surrounded by family. Words can’t express the ache from the loss my sister (and my family) has experienced…

I have a Lucy in my family too, and it always seems to fit the happy-spirited little girls with bouncing curls. I want you to know that you inspire me…..everyone that comments inspires me.  I feel lucky to have the beliefs that I have – but having other people show faith and love in those same beliefs really buoys me up & helps me to remember that God’s in charge.

I know Lucy & Kaylie are friends up there in Heaven and that they are watching over us. Thanks again for the love, hope, and faith you share on your blog.  I promise it touches many hearts.


  1. Beautiful post.. Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. What an amazing story. It is amazing how many wonderful people you have brought together Molly and the ability we all have to help each other and grieve together. There is definitely strength in numbers. I always look forward to reading these posts on Monday's.

  3. Thank you for the kind words. I love the warm hearts & words this blog brings to the table. Mondays are my favorite as well.


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