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My name is Renee Parris.  For as long as I can remember, I have lived with a burning desire to share my heart through written words.  God has so graciously given me a stirring and heartbeat to reach those around me with His love and mercy.  My world is filled with an amazing husband, 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 my life.  I treasure relationships, music, tea, English literature, the ocean, and fresh flowers.  I also treasure you and appreciate you stopping by to Hear My Heartbeat.


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  1. Hi Renee,
    How are you? I was praying for you this week ad hoping all went well. It was nice to meet you at the conference.
    Amy Brown

  2. Renee, my sister’s friend just lost a baby (her blog is: So I’ve been reading online about women who have lost children. My heart hurts for you and for all of the mothers who have lost children. You mention that Jonathan was stillborn. Did the doctors know why? I was so sad, so disbelieving. I have a friend who has lost several babies – her first pregnancy to identical twin boys, and then several other babies. So hard. She will be at the store with her three little girls and people will say things like “ya gonna try for a boy????”. They mean no harm – they don’t know her story and are just being friendly- but it stings. Thank you for sharing.

    • Anna, first of all let me apologize for the delay in responding. Somehow I didn’t see this earlier. I’m sad for your friend who lost a baby. Our Jonathan was stillborn due to a medical doctor’s mistake but really there are no mistakes because God is ultimately in control. People do say hurtful and sometimes foolish things without thinking so I always tell people to “look beyond the words and into the hearts” of people who are really just trying to help. We’ve all found ourselves in situations where you just don’t know what to say. I would love for you to subscribe to my blog to get regular updates. Blessings to you.

  3. Hello, I found you on the Mom Heart blog and I really enjoy reading all the stories on that blog but one thing tugs at my heart. I am a mother to happy and healthy 4 year old girl. After 9 years of unexplained infertility, we were blessed with a daughter. 6 months after she was born I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After 4 years I am cancer free and go for regular 6 mo check ups. As a result of my age (40) and radiation treatments, my husband and I decided to try to grow our family through adoption. We can’t afford private adoption so we went the foster/adopt path. We had a rough first placement of two babies that ended up going to a relative placement. We are now looking to change agencies because our current agency moved 1 hour 1/2 away. My question to you is, how do you know if God wants us to gorw our family. I so want to do the right thing, but I’m not sure if we are in God’s plan since it seems to not be going so well our first experience and now having to change agency. My heart feels our family is not complete but my mind is entertaining doubt. Can you help with some words of advice?

    Blessings to you,

  4. Hi Renee,

    Just stopping in to say hello. I just added your blog to my feed list so I can keep up with the reading.

    Wonderful reading, keep up the good work!

    Love & Hugs:


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