The Girls

Lillie McCanless…born January 5, 2004…witty, artsy, free spirit that loves painting, dancing and glitter.   Night owl.  Strong willed, sometimes cuddly, always sassy…early walker, talker and reader. Histrionic. Bossy. Music lover and singer. NOT a morning person. Most precious brace face and freckles. Never listens to Daddy, and loves to pose for the camera. My little social butterfly.

Mary Clare Blaylock Pennington…determined, strong, so friendly, so full of life.  Tiny body, big personality.  Spunky. Loves to chat with everyone.  Loves to cuddle with Mommy. Content, frilly, bossy.   Loves her big sister, her paci and her mommy.  Has a MAJOR sweet tooth.  Independent. Most precious chubby cheeks and gap grin. Knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. My sweetheart, born June 27, 2007 with half of a heart.  Ironically, there is nothing half-hearted about her, except her heart, that is.


ashley reardon  on May 16th, 2010

I wish yall the best!

kate  on December 18th, 2010

I smile so big every time I read these!! I love these girls!!

kate  on January 6th, 2011

Happy New Years!! I love you, girls!!!

Smilen Champ  on February 16th, 2011

Hi Mary Claire,
My name is Jenna and I came across your site. U are a brave courageous fighter and an inspiration. U will be in my thoughts.
I was born with a rare life threatening disease. U have a beautiful smile.

Cindy Shoemaker  on March 30th, 2011

Dear Kerri,
My thoughts and prayers are with your precious family. My prayers are with that beautiful little girl in surgery I lift the surgeon up and ask God to guide his hands and be with the others who are involved with the surgery. Please comfort these precious parents and heal little MC’s body. You are such a loving and caring God. Amen.
Kerri my family and I use to live in Hartsville and are good friends with the Reams, Douglas’s and Browns. We now live in Atlanta. My children are also Carolina babies, now adults. Take care.
Cindy Shoemaker

Wendy Hooper  on March 31st, 2011

Dear Kerri,
My family and I will continue to keep little Mary Clare and your family in our prayers. The Lord is Good. Keep your faith and He will carry you through these tough times.
I read about Mary Clare on the WIS News 10 website today during my lunch hour and it brought back memories to me. My daughter, Skyler, now 7 years old went through open heart surgery at MUSC also when she was just 3 months old. Dr. Bradley was also her doctor. He is awesome! God worked miracles through him and the nurses. I will follow your site to keep up with the progress on Mary Clare. May God Bless You All!!!
Wendy Hooper – Barnwell, SC

Michelle Ghoens Jeffords  on March 31st, 2011

Big prayers for MC and all of you to keep up the strength you have been demonstrating for so long now. WOW, she is just such a beautiful girl, and you are a very special family.


Karen DeRosa  on September 21st, 2011

Lauren Haarlow (my beautiful step-daughter) sent me your link. You are lovely and your story is so very uplifting. Best wishes and prayers to you from California as you go through your treatments.

Allen Lewis  on September 27th, 2011

Mary Clare –

You have been a real blessing to your Mom and Dad. I know they love you so much. With all that love and support, how can you lose? Please know that my wife, Kay, and I will be keeping you in our prayers. While I did not have the exact same problem you do, I do know what it is like to have to fight a challenge.

Keep your courage up and always strive to do your best and God will take care of the rest.

May Jesus bless and guide you wherever you may be.

Linda  on January 12th, 2012

You are a wonderful family. I see blessings of God in all of you. I respect and admire all of you. Thank you for sharing
your stories with us.

Linda  on January 12th, 2012

You are so GREAT AND Marvelous. Of course, Mel, you are magnificent.

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