I'm copying and pasting my sweet friend Jessie's email here...there are some people whom you've never met "in real life" who nevertheless leave a mark on your heart forever.
Jessie, if you're reading this - you and Tim are those people.
I'm honored to have had you share your heart with me, and I wish I had words to make everything better. I know that if we don't meet on this side of Heaven, you'll be one of the first people I seek out when we get there... you and your beautiful and perfect daughter, Emma.
We welcomed our precious baby Emma into the world on Wednesday, March
20th, at 6:21 AM. We had her for 26 precious minutes before she
passed from this world into the next. She was and is beautiful, with
big blue eyes, fuzzy blond hair, and a button nose. She is our miracle
baby whom we love and waited so long for. The miracle and gift of Emma's
life is beyond all words. Tim and I are eternally grateful for those 26
precious minutes that we were able to hold her for before she went to
be with God. We thank God for allowing us those 26 minutes, minutes we
didn't even know we would have.
sang to her, rocked her, and kissed her a million times. I whispered in
her ear how much she is loved by us and by God. Emma knew only love
while she was here on earth and that is what she taught us. Love bears
all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all
things and that is what Emma has eternally imparted and imprinted on our
Tim and I are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that we have
received from you, your family, and all of Lily's readers. We thank you,
from the bottom of our hearts, for all of your prayers and love and
support. We absolutely believe in the power of prayer and in the
miracle that we have experienced. Emma's time on earth was too short for
our human hearts, but we know that we have been given a gift of a
lifetime and rest in the hope that we will one day be reunited with Emma
Thank you for walking with us on this journey, one that we could
not have done alone. We will be receiving pictures shortly and as soon
as we receive them, I will be sending them to you. Thank you, Patti, for
all you have and continue to do. We are forever grateful to you, your
family, and all of Lily's readers.
With Much Love,