Monday, May 18, 2009

prayer request

I got some very unfortunate news from my sister this weekend...  A little girl named Emmaleigh, who is my niece's friend at daycare passed away on May 13, 2009.  Little Emmaleigh (2 years old in February) fell out of her crib in the middle of the night, and immediately went up to heaven.  I don't know this family, or even the names of Emmaleigh's parents, but my heart goes out to them.  I was told that Emmaleigh loved polka dots and elephants, and her smile and love of life touched everyone who met her.  Her funeral is today, so please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Now that our babies have been in heaven for a couple of months now, I feel that they have met, and are friends with these other babies that have recently gone up to heaven.  Every time I hear about another baby who has passed away, I feel like I know some of Heidi, Lily, Paige, and Rylan's friends.  Like, sweet little Kayleigh.  They are probably all together now, having a wonderful time.

I still don't understand (and probably never will) why God picks the ones he does to take up to heaven so early, but I am (kind of) at peace with it now.  As much as I wanted my babies to live, and overcome the challenges of being born so prematurely, I am at peace with my memories of them being absolutely perfect.  Because they got to go straight up to heaven, they will never endure the pain we experience on Earth.  They will always be perfect angels.  And as for the pain and suffering that the parents and families that lost their children will experience... Well, I guess we are strong enough to get though this...  I know I have no other choice.

I hope this makes sense because these are just some of the fragmented thoughts that always run through my mind. Anyway, please pray for the friends and family of Emmaleigh, and pass this prayer request along.  Thank you.


  1. My goodness, my heart really does go out to you, Josh, the Freemans and now this little girl Emmaleigh. You are ALL in my prayers.

  2. i like to think that our babies are all up there playing together too...with our loved ones watching over them and holding them close.
    i will certainly keep emmaleigh and her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. This brings up that feeling of devastation all over again, so sad and tragic. I am so sorry for this prayers are with them for strength to get through this awful time and beyond. Its just not fair.

  4. Oh, praying for Emmaleigh and her family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. They make perfect sense. My heart is with all who have lost their little angels.

  5. This brakes my heart!! Poor family!!!

  6. How horribly sad for emmaleigh's family. We will be praying for them.

    I've wondered if our babies found each other in Heaven, and I hope they have. Thanks for your gracious words on how your are healing. It was a rough night on this end, so it was nice to see you write of your peace this morning.

  7. beautifully said...i think we have to hold on to the truth that our babies our whole and perfect and free from all pain.

    but our hearts still ache for them...and like you, i do wish my boys had overcome prematurity.

    thinking of you and josh all the time. i know we have never met but i consider you a friend.

  8. I was so sorry to hear about your sister's friend when you told me about it on Sunday. They are definitely in my prayers as are your little Green Beans & the Freemans. But I know in my heart that all the little ones are in Heaven, at peace, watching over their parents & giving them the strength to get through.

  9. Lauren,
    So sorry to hear of your sister's friends little girl. There have been so many unfortunate childhood deaths recently, it is so sad and cannot be understood. I think of you often and continue to pray for you and Josh as well.

    Good luck with the running! My sister has become quite the runner these past two years and really enjoys it!


  10. I know that my angel babies are friends with your angel babies. I think too that God picks the best fit babies to help him up in heaven! My thoughts and prayers are with the family that lost their little girl. You and your family are in my daily prayers, I ask God to give you stregnth and support. You and your family are such strong caring people and you deserve the best! Good Luck onthe running! Keep us posted!