Videos of Rylan


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Update: The Slates

Dear Friends and Family,

It has been two months since Rylan passed away. God is slowly healing our hearts and giving us peace and strength each day.

A few weeks ago, Dan and I met with several doctors from the hospital to review the pathology reports. The only information we received about Rylan's death was during labor a fetal vessel ruptured causing Rylan to lose over half her blood volume. This event caused severe fetal distress. She was a healthy, normal baby throughout the pregnancy. We still have more questions and hope to receive answers in the upcoming months.

Please continue to pray for our family, especially during this Christmas season. We recognize that while we're celebrating Christmas here, our baby, Rylan, is celebrating Christmas in heaven with Jesus Christ. We know someday we'll all be together again and these days are temporary if we maintain an eternal outlook.

The most valuable lesson I've learned through Rylan's life and death: God gave me a new appreciation of how much pain He must have had to lose His Son the way He did. It made me realize how much He loves each of us as His children to sacrifice so greatly in order for us to spend eternity with Him. The love I have for Camden, Everett, and Rylan pales in comparison with the love of Christ. What a wonderful time to realize Christ's unconditional love as we celebrate His birth this Christmas.

I love you all.


Here is a montage I created with our memories of Rylan:

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful Hearts

God gives, and God takes away. But, let's be honest. We just want him to give, don't we? And we certainly don't want him to take away the things or the people we love.

We just have to trust God with everything we have. We have to open ourselves and say, God it is all yours to do with as you will!We tend to think the money in our bank accounts and the possessions we have are ours—that we've earned them. That we deserve them. But the truth is, everything we have is a gift. Do you think you "deserve" a certain lifestyle, a handsome and loving husband, or beautiful wife and healthy, easy-to-manage children? A high-paying, fulfilling career? What are you holding on to so tightly that you would blame God if he took it away tomorrow?

Job recognized that everything he had was a gift from God, and he had learned how to hold on to those gifts loosely. Evidently Job, long ago, figured out that his extreme wealth and blessing not only came from God, it was still God's, and he was just a steward.How about you? I know you can barely stand to think about being grateful in the midst of your loss. You probably think I'm crazy to even suggest that you could be grateful as you face the empty chair, the empty bank account, the emptiness.

When you come to the place where you recognize that everything you have and everyone you love is a gift, it becomes possible to enjoy those gifts not with an attitude of greed, but gratitude. You and I, like Job, know that God gives and God takes away. And when he takes away, if we're able to focus on the joy of what was given, if only for a time, we take another step down the pathway toward the heart of God. Appreciating God's gifts, we come to the place where we can simply say, "Thank you." Thank you, Lord, for giving me, my baby, Rylan.

from Holding on to Hope by Nancy Guthrie

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Glory Baby

In Memory of our daughter,
Rylan Elizabeth Slate

Glory Baby, You slipped away
As fast as we could say baby, baby
You were growing, what happened Dear,
You disappeared on us baby, baby
Heaven will hold you before we do
Heaven will keep you safe
Until we're home with you
We miss you everyday, miss you in every way
But we know there's a day when we will hold you, we will hold you
And you'll kiss our tears away, when we're home to stay
*We can't wait for the day when we will see you, we will see you
But baby let sweet Jesus hold you, until mom and dad can hold you
*You'll just have heaven before we do
You'll just have heaven before we do
Sweet little baby, it's hard to understand it
Cause we are hurting, we are hurting
But there is healing, and we know we're stronger people
Through the growing, and in knowing
All things work together for our good
And God works his purposes
Just like he said he would, just like he said he would
I can't imagine Heaven's lullabies And what they must sound like
But I will rest in knowing Heaven is your home
And it's all you'll ever know, all you'll ever know
lyrics from Watermark- Glory Baby

Sunday, October 26, 2008


This is a website dedicated to our daugther, Rylan, who was on this earth for
four meaningful, yet short days.
October 17-20, 2008
7lbs. 12.5 oz
21 1/4 inches
We miss you and love you, Little Angel.

You are our little angel
we loved to hold so close,
the softness of your baby skin
like petals of a rose.
We loved it when we cuddled you
and held you in our arms.
You were our little angel
with sweet angelic charms.
We think back to memories
so precious and so few,
for one day God had chosen you
to be his angel too.

Click here to view more photos of Rylan. Photos courtesy of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Ministries, taken in her last few hours of life.


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