Renee Parris

Renee Parris blogs and writes about many topics but has a passion for moms of special needs children or those moms who have struggled with infertility, miscarriage, premature birth, stillborn death or other losses associated with children.  She is a display of God's grace.  Her world is filled with an amazing husband of nearly 27 years (Mike), 6 children (4 of whom live in Heaven), foster children, family, and a host of friends…all whom have woven the fabric of their hearts into the quilt of her life.

Renee has a burning desire to share her heart through written words.  God has so graciously given her a stirring and heartbeat to reach those around her with God's love and mercy.  As a woman trying to love her husband, nurture her children, and support her friends, she lives everyday knowing, without reservation, that God is at the center of everything that is true and lasting.  

In the first 14 years of marriage, Mike and Renee experienced years of infertility and 3 miscarriages, each pregnancy lasting longer than the previous.  Then on September 24, 1999, Emma Grace Parris entered the world much too soon, at 27 weeks gestation and weighing 2 lbs and 12 ounces.  Emma had serious complications from the moment of her birth and spent the first four months of her life in the neonatal units of two different Chicago area hospitals. Today at nearly 13 years of age, Emma is still very complex and medically fragile.  When Emma was about 15 months old, Renee became pregnant with a son, Jonathan Michael.  He was stillborn on August 22, 2002. After five devastating pregnancies, Mike and Renee were resigned to giving themselves wholeheartedly to providing the best quality of life possible for Emma Grace.  However, God, in His wonderful ways and sense of humor, gave them an unexpected blessing in the form of a surprise pregnancy.  For nine months they worried, prayed, fretted, begged, and prayed some more.  On April 22, 2004, Spencer Michael Parris entered their world and has changed it forever.  Born with pneumonia, Spencer has mild asthma but is otherwise healthy.  He is the joy in their world, the sun in their sky.  He is an amazing brother to Emma Grace.

Renee blogs at  www.hearmyheartbeat.org.  She treasures relationships, music, tea, English literature, the ocean and fresh flowers.