my name is Jamie Stewart and I am the co-founder of Walk with me. this is the story behind our beginning. this is how one little life changed it all. before I get too far ahead of myself i want to tell you a story about my son...
In March of 2012, my husband Andy and I found out we were pregnant with our first child Logan. There are few words to explain the level of joy and excitement we felt in anticipation of the new addition to our family. After 21 long weeks of pregnancy we had finally found ourselves at the ultrasound we had been anxiously waiting five months for – the gender reveal! We were ecstatic about finally knowing if we were having a little boy or a little girl, however, instead of learning the sex of our baby that day, we found out the devastating news that something was terribly wrong. At an appointment with a specialist the very next morning we were told within a matter of minutes that we were having a son and he was not going to make it. Logan had a deadly condition known as Type II Osteogenesis Imperfecta – a disease that causes severely fragile bones. Many types of OI are livable – Logan unfortunately, had the most lethal version.
There is no way to explain the level of anguish and sorrow that accompanied the diagnosis of our child. It is a feeling no parent should ever have to endure. However, amidst the grief and all the questions, we knew without a doubt the best decision for our family was to give Logan the chance to live. He was our son and there was no diagnosis that would ever change that. We knew the road ahead of us was uncharted, scary, and full of so much pain – but we also knew it was very possibly the only time we would get to spend with our son. We spent the next couple months trying to cram a lifetime supply of love and memories into a few short weeks. Each and every day we were able to be together was a blessing. We knew there were so many things Logan would not get to experience in his brief life, but we vowed that he would not leave this earth without at least experiencing the unconditional and overflowing love that every child deserves.
Logan was born premature on August 9th, after my water unexpectedly broke. He was the most beautiful thing we had ever laid our eyes on and we will forever cherish the 54 minutes God allowed us to spend with him. A great part of our hearts is missing as we continue to carry on without him, but we find peace in knowing we will see him again one day.
Our greatest desire was to give Logan all he needed in his time here, and yet, in the end we received way more from him than we ever could have provided. Even now his little life continues to leave a ripple effect on this big world. Although he is no longer with us, Logan’s heart is very much alive and continues to beat as the inspiration of Walk With Me.
If you would like to learn more about Logan's story, please follow this link to watch a sermon from Red Rocks Church about his sweet life.