Carys' Memorial Page

We have been incredibly blessed to hear how our precious miracle impacted the lives of others during her short time in this world. If she has left an imprint on your heart in some way, please take a moment to share with us!!



Carys Rainn Kitchen, daughter of Aaron Michael and Keri Ann Kitchen of Grayson, lived peacefully for 7 hours and 13 minutes on April 21st, 2011 at King’s Daughters Medical Center, exceeding hopeful expectations.

Carys was diagnosed with Anencephaly, a fatal neural tube defect, at 16 weeks gestation. Though initially devastated by Carys’ diagnosis, her family and friends experienced a glimpse of the closeness and reality of Heaven due to her presence. Though Carys’ time in this world was brief, she impacted the lives of those around her in ways that are nothing short of miraculous; strengthening faith and family relationships.

Carys is survived by her parents and twin brother, Paxton Cole Kitchen and loving grandparents, Michael D. and Pamela J. Kitchen of Grayson and Rev. James and Teri Harris of Argillite. In addition, Carys is survived by great-grandparents, Paul and Virginia Waggoner of Grayson, and Charles E. and Ruth Rose of Raceland, as well as many adoring aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Carys has been welcomed to Heaven by great-grandparents Lewis and Marjorie J. Kitchen of Hitchins, Lester and Imogene Harris of Argillite, and Doris Bentley-Rose of Raceland, along with many other loved ones.

There will be a graveside service for Carys conducted by Rev. Scott Hill at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at East Carter County Memory Gardens in Grayson. Friends and family are welcome to gather at Malone's Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Those who love her and who have been impacted by her life are encouraged to visit afterrainn.blogspot.com to leave messages on her memorial page and share her legacy with others.





10 comments:

Angel said...

Perfect in every way.

Peace and contentment while resting in her parents' arms, especially when snuggled with her brother.

I will never forget how drawn to that peace I found myself...all within the body of a 3 pound little girl surrounded by so many people who deeply loved her. It just reminded me how simple faith can be if I just approach God as His baby. His child.

Carys, and your decision to share her with me, has forever changed me. I've told you before but will say it here, too, that I am so grateful to have met that absolutely perfect little angel and am looking forward to the day that I get a chance to hold her. In heaven!!!

Thank you so much Aaron, Keri and family, for sharing your babies and your story. And for continually obeying God by rejoicing and praising even in your time of grief and sorrow.

Unknown said...

I'm so glad that you have shared Carys with the world and with me. She is such a special little girl and so beautiful. God's work at its finest! God picked a wonderful mother and father when He chose to give her to you. I wish I could have met her on this earth but I know it will be an even better meeting in Heaven. God bless you.

Kyle said...

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

I'm praying for God's comfort and care for your family this week.

O God, whose beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them: Give Aaron and Keri grace to entrust Carys Rainn to your never-failing care and love, and bring us all to your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Kristy said...

A true blessing...
Over the years I have done ultrasound on thousands of babies. Months ago I got the opportunity to show you your beautiful babies. I watched them grow, and more than once held my breath before I scanned you. But each time those amazing little babies were squirming and pushing one another. The last time she even looked as though she was kissing her brothers forehead, so amazing. Her strength was immeasurable, but sure she gets that from her unbelievably strong parents. I will never forget her beautiful face. Often seeing so many babies over the years makes you forget what true miracle they are, thank you for reminding me Carys.

Lara said...

What beautiful babies! What a blessing it is to know Carys' story and to know that she is with Jesus. God Bless you for sharing your beautiful story and life with all of us. It has been a blessing to my heart to talk to God concerning these little ones. They are truly a gift. ..Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Heavenly Light. James 1:17

Crystie said...

Beautiful babies......... Keri you and Aaron are a true inspiration, and I wish more people had the faith and trust that you and Aaron have in the Lord. Love you all....I am so thankful you guys got some quality time with Cary's She is a beautiful lil girl and I know she was welcomed by many family members, and one day we will meet in heaven......

Terra Jean ~ said...

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for touching our lives with little Carys Rainn. This beautiful baby girl has touched so many, in turn bringing us closer to you, and to each other. Please never let me forget, the compassion and fervency that I came to you with. Lifting my voices with tears streaming. I want to always be this close to you! Keri and Aaron wanted us to all share what this amazing baby did for our lives. I can truthfully say, she helped me to rediscover life! A life thru God that I was letting become too relaxed, too casual. I want to always have the closeness to come to Him in prayer that I have had these bittersweet months..I love you Keri, and Aaron. I look forward to meeting the beautiful child that touched so many lives one day! The two of you will be amazing parents!

Jessica said...

Oh how beautiful...the Lord is so amazing. He knows exactly what we need before we even cross that road. I want to thank you for sharing your journey. It has impacted my life in so many ways. It has drawn me closer to the reality of Heaven more now than ever before. Your journey has also made me drawn even closer to my family more now than ever before. I have lifted your family up in prayer many times and will continue. I know the power of prayer because we serve a living Savior. I know some sweet day you will meet her sweet little face again. That day will be very soon. I feel the Lord is coming back any second. This separation is just for a moment and in her eyes there is no such thing as time. As my oldest child ask the other day mom will we sleep in Heaven and I said Madisyn no we don't get tired. To a child that is hard to understand but Heaven is a glorious place and I long to go. Every time you would state Heaven is more real today than ever that has impacted me tremendously. I want you to know your glorious story has be such a blessing to me and so many other that didn't even know you. May God bless and comfort your family. I always think of the verse in bible stating He will never leave us or forsake us and also the verse He will never put more on us than we can bare. Oh how beautiful Heaven must be.

Prayer
Jessica

Cathy Coffey said...

Thank you for sharing your story with all of us, Keri and Aaron! You truly are an admirable couple. May God comfort you and your family! Much love...<3

Erin said...

It seems like only yesterday that you and Paxton were born, Carys. But it has been seven months. You two had my heart and love as soon as your mommy told me she was pregnant. Even though your diagnosis was devastating, the Lord used and continues to use your life to further His Kingdom. Because your mommy was willing to share what the Lord was revealing to her, some of my beliefs were challenged and changed. This past spring, I could not figure out why Easter was so close to my birthday because it never was. However, that all became clear when Paxton and you were born on that same day. I am so blessed and honored to have the same birthday as you two. Carys Rainn, you have left an imprint on my heart and life that will never be forgotten. And one day, I will finally get to meet and hold you in Heaven. Love you always!