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Inspiring Couple's commitment to faith and family shines through blog

Renzi and Lee Anne Stone, one of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative's Inspiring Couples, use their family blog to convey their commitment to faith and family through times of both triumph and tragedy.
by Carla Hinton Published: July 31, 2011
/articleid/3590304/1/pictures/1476055">Photo - Renzi and Lee Anne Stone pose for a picture at the Hefner Mansion, now owned by St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where the couple attend worship services. <strong>JIM BECKEL - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Renzi and Lee Anne Stone pose for a picture at the Hefner Mansion, now owned by St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where the couple attend worship services. JIM BECKEL - THE OKLAHOMAN

“The blog became a place where family could know what was happening,” she said.

Lee Anne Stone said she and Renzi posted both the good and not-so-good times of their lives as they sought to help their child.

“There were still moments that we wanted to record.”

Lessons learned

Little Isaiah died in May 2010 after suffering a massive seizure.

The Stones said the blog helped them connect with the many family members and friends who mourned the baby's death along with them.

“If you choose to lean in to the adversity, it actually helps you get through it,” Renzi Stone said.

Lee Anne Stone said the blog came to mean so much more to the family and those around them.

“It's a recording of our lives. It's his (Isaiah's) baby book. It's our marriage,” she said. “We do it for us, and it inspires others.”

The couple said they learned to depend upon one another during their son's illness and in the aftermath of their son's death.

“We had to lean into each other,” Lee Anne Stone said.

Her husband agreed.

He said they decided as a couple to accentuate the positive aspects of the time they got to share with Isaiah.

“That decision allowed us to be better to each other, be better parents, better colleagues,” Renzi Stone said.

“We cry all the time about it (Isaiah's death), but at the same time, we are appreciative of the time we got.”

Lee Anne Stone said their Christian faith (they attend St. Luke's United Methodist Church) helped them through the difficult times.

“When the sun comes up the next morning, you know you can push through anything,” she said. “God taught us that we're stronger than we thought we could be.”

Renzi Stone said he is humbled by the attention the pair has received after they were named an Inspiring Couple. He said they have simply tried to live their lives “by being incredibly honest and transparent.”

Lee Anne Stone said she feels much the same.

“I think we have a fantastic relationship and I'm so proud of who we are as a couple,” she said.

Renzi Stone said he is inspired by the way friends and family and the community-at-large connected with him and his wife through the blog and reached out to support them as they cared for their ailing child and later grieved his death.

“I'm sure in small towns it happens,” he said. “We're (Oklahoma City) big enough to have an NBA team, but we're small enough where somebody has a tragedy and it feels like the entire community reached out in support. We are very blessed.”

Lee Anne Stone said the couple continues to live that mantra.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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Editor's note

Renzi and Lee Anne Stone are featured in the “Oklahoma's Most Inspiring Couples” 2011 calendar, sponsored by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. Couples featured in the calendar are being profiled in The Oklahoman's Life section. For more about the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative's inspiring couples, go to


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