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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Thank you

Thank you all for your incredible outpouring of love and support. We've been inundated with messages, emails, phone calls, and cards. Every one tells us we are loved and thought of. Every one tells us Ava's life mattered to someone, and our grief over her loss is shared. Yes, we're overwhelmed, but please, don't stop. We so appreciate every person who approaches us with tears in their eyes.

Don't apologize for crying with us!

Your grief is an acknowledgement of how much you care, for us, for Ava, for our family. Thank you for letting our story grip your heart.

This past week, time has raced by in slow motion. So many feelings, so many thoughts, so little time to sit and just be sad. Three busy girls, one with pneumonia and two with colds need a mama and daddy who are present, so Matt took the week off work, friends jumped in to cuddle the girls, clean our house, bring our meals and give us space to start planning Ava's service.

And in the middle of it all, Elizabeth graduated from Kindergarten! What a blessing her teachers and therapists have been. After a week away, she jumped back into school and on the last day, she and I were able to enjoy her class' awards ceremony. She won the Great Attitude Award, and we couldn't be more proud!
 Family has started to arrive now, and we are so thankful. We've appreciated the chance to share more Ava stories, share pictures and memories and miss our sweet Ava Bean together.
We look forward to celebrating Ava's life with everyone we love on Monday.


Susan said...

I personally knew Baby Adam who became Heaven's sweetest angel at 9 months old. From his Facebook family, Prayers for Adam, I met your family and Ava. So my heart and prayers here in Ohio have been with you too.

My family is so very sorry for you and yet joyful for your little one. Ava surely is enjoying unbelievable happiness, love + wholeness with Christ. I especially treasured the photos of "your Pretty Princesses." It pulls on my own heart strings of our princesses who grew up, and now have another generation of royalty for us to snuggle and marvel at. So, my prayers are with you today and these next months, years. Thanks for sharing your blessings so beautifully.

Unknown said...

We have had the privilege of praying for you this past year. My husband, Steve, is an ALS patient and we have followed with concern your situation. Ava indeed has reached many hearts; even those who never had the chance to meet her. Your blog has been a source of inspiration to us as we face our own challenges. Thank you for being brave enough to share your journey. Prayers continue as you miss your daughter each day.
Steve and Wendy