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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Hello, Kaylee Hope

Dear Miss Beautiful,

I love you Kaylee Hope.

That may be a given, but I do and you should know it - again!

We now know that you're gone from us. I'm so terribly sad about that. I've never cried like this before. I knew the end of your short time on earth was coming but I just kept holding on. I'm still holding onto you.

I'm your daddy. I'll always hold onto you.

I almost wrote, "Goodbye, Kaylee Hope," instead of "Hello," but your mom reminded me that we're really just getting to say hello to you. We get to meet you! I'll say goodbye soon enough - too soon.

You're a fighter! Most little girls like you don't make it more than a month or two. You made it almost 22 weeks! Nice work! Your daddy is proud.

And now I get to see you. We're heading into the hospital today to meet you! You've already found your way into heaven. It's time for you to find your way into our arms.

It's so cruel though. We're meeting you, but you're already gone. You're already playing games and laughing and giggling with other babies.

But we'll hold onto what we have of you. We'll kiss you and love you and cry over you.

And we'll say hello as we say goodbye.

I love you, sweet baby girl. A piece of our family will always be missing. I already know you're perfect. Now I can't wait to meet you.

Your daddy

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35 Comments:

Anonymous Mitch declared,

I'm crying with you guys this morning and praying for you.

3/09/2011 6:28 AM  
Blogger April declared,

Tears and prayers for you all. Rest in the Lord and He will bring comfort.

3/09/2011 7:42 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Nichole J. declared,

:(
Many hugs and prayers for you today.

3/09/2011 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Daniel declared,

heartbreaking. I can't even imagine what this is like. praying that God gives you grace and strength and joy. thanks for your example.

3/09/2011 8:10 AM  
Blogger kristi noser declared,

Dear Kaylee Hope,
You have a wonderful Daddy and Mommy who love you very much, and lots and lots of people who are looking forward to hugging you in heaven. See you later, Miss Beautiful.
xoxo
Kristinoser

3/09/2011 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

I have been following your story and just wanted to let you know that my heart goes out to you and your family. I hope that you can find comfort in the Lord, and knowing that Kaylee Hope is in his arms now. Tears, Thoughts, and Prayers go out to you all.

3/09/2011 8:29 AM  
Anonymous katie r. declared,

Kaylee Hope, you are so loved and cherished. Beautiful, perfect, sweet baby girl.

3/09/2011 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Chet declared,

I'm so sorry this has to be the way to meet your beautiful, precious daughter. I love you guys, and hope that you find strength through these tough days. The hardest part of ending is starting again.

I will be praying for you harder than ever over the next days, weeks, and months.

3/09/2011 8:38 AM  
Blogger Pat Stream declared,

Joey, so very sorry for you and Jamie and Kaylee Hope's brother and sister.
Praying that God's comfort and presence is very clear for you all today. Love your wife well as you have been doing brother.

3/09/2011 8:39 AM  
Blogger marlease declared,

Sending thoughts and prayers your way today for you and your family.

3/09/2011 8:53 AM  
Blogger Kim declared,

I'm thinking of Kaylee Hope and all of you today. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

Kim

3/09/2011 9:22 AM  
Blogger Rebekah declared,

I'm so terribly sorry for the pain and loss you and Jamie are experiencing right now. Eight years ago this month, we too lost an infant daughter in the womb. The journey before you is long and never easy, but we will be praying that our loving Lord will give you the comfort and strength you both will need to make it through.
You are right. There will always be a piece of your family missing. So it is with our family.
Grieving with you,
Rebekah (Horner) Walker

3/09/2011 9:48 AM  
Blogger Naomi declared,

We are grieving and praying with you today as you meet your precious daughter. We cannot wait to meet her in heaven!

3/09/2011 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Kandi declared,

Wearing purple today, and praying that God hold you and Jamie in His arms and comfort you both.
Miss Beautiful Kaylee Hope, I await the day when I will see you running around and laughing. Until then, know that you are loved.

3/09/2011 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

My prayers are with you all. I know your heart is breaking. Our little girl Sparrow Rose who went to be with the Lord before we got to hold her she would have been nine this year and still every day I think of her. The pain will heal, the memories will stay forever. I never knew why Sparrow died, sometimes I wonder if it was something I did wrong, but I know that is just Satan. When I asked why God said to my spirit "Because she is mine and I wanted her with me." There is joy and peace knowing one of my children are with the LORD. I hope that you can find that joy also, for you will see her again. Kristy Deloach

3/09/2011 10:27 AM  
Blogger Anna declared,

So heartbreaking and difficult, but you expressed it so well, Joey. May the Lord give each one of y'all so much comfort and grace as you face this difficult trial. May thoughts of your beautiful Kaylee enjoying all the joys of our Lord in Heaven bring smiles as you look forward to communicating with her in sinless perfection. Love you both!

3/09/2011 10:36 AM  
Blogger sarahdodson declared,

May God give great comfort to your hurting hearts. Thank you for sharing your story.

3/09/2011 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Landy Sandquist declared,

Happy Heaven Day, sweet Kaylee Hope! You have been deeply loved during your brief time on earth and have entered the hearts of many, including me, your Grandma. You will remain there all of my days on earth. I imagine you as such a beautiful little girl, in purple, of course! There has been joy amidst the sorrow as I read your daddy's blog and he would describe the things you did together. I knew you loved them all! I am thankful for your life and the sweet impact you've had on many. You are missed. The tears are frequent. I could write so much more to you. I look forward to the day you'll say to me "Happy Heaven Day, Grandma!" :) Love you Baby Kaylee.

Love,
Grandma

3/09/2011 11:04 AM  
Blogger Carla declared,

Loving you Kaylee Hope. We shall hold you in heaven.
Praying for all you today.

3/09/2011 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Uncle Monkey declared,

When all the words in the world fall short of mending the wounds in our hearts, thank God for Jesus.....and each other. I can't tell you how inspirational you've been by seeking God's blessings through this experience, finding them, and giving thanks for experiencing those moments. As difficult as "now" is, I know God's not done blessing you yet. He loves you......we love you.
"Beyond the sky, Beyond all telling, The Father Himself will be our Light. His arms will hold us, And with His hands, He'll wipe away the tears that stain our eyes." Thank you Kaylee for reminding us all how blessed we really wer.........are. All my love....

3/09/2011 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

Tears are POURING down my cheeks. . . not so much at the pain of the loss you are enduring. . . but more so for the LOVE that God has filled hearts with in response to you, Kaylee Hope. What a treasure you so clearly are. You are so deeply loved. Jamie and Joey -- we are praying that this day is met with and filled with God's grace to see you through both your 'hello's and goodbyes." With love from DJ Porter

3/09/2011 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Suzette declared,

Thank you for sharing the story of Kaylee Hope with us all. We mourn with you and at the same time rejoice for Kaylee as she sees her Lord face to face. Let the Lord carry you in His arms until you are able to walk again. We love you and are praying for you all. Suzette

3/09/2011 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

I dug out and worn all the purple I have. I've been making stars and smiley faces on my kindergarteners papers, exclusively with purple marker (some of it grape smelly marker). I don't know you Joey, as an adult, but we did tour the Laura Ingalls Wilder sites together when you were small, and you loved the jet ski my uncle had at that cabin in northen Michigan when your family visited mine.


I have been praying so hard for your baby girl, and you and Jamie. So sad, so young, so wise, so open. So proud, so joyous, so faithful, so honest.

I will wear purple tomorrow again in her honor, and yours. Proud to know (of)you, thanks for teaching me perhaps without trying.
Lynn Bamrick O'Meara

3/09/2011 6:57 PM  
Blogger Janet L declared,

As we lift you up to the throne of grace, we know yhat Kaylee Hope is safe in HIS arms.

with much sorrow,
in prayer for all of you,
wearing purple.....

jlr for all the R's....

3/09/2011 7:52 PM  
Blogger NoOtherName declared,

This sucks. There is nothing else to say. Not right now. Grieving with you.

3/09/2011 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Justin declared,

Another voice to say yeah we're praying for you to find strength, peace, and healing.

3/09/2011 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

Your story was a journey that I am so glad you shared- my tears didn't stay inside as I read this Joey. I am so thankful you got to recieve this MOST special girl, because she is SO loved! More prayers have been made on her behalf than any baby I know! Love you!
Katie M

3/09/2011 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

Jamie and Joey, I am sending you prayers of strength, hope and peace to comfort you in your heartbreak. Kaylee Hope was so loved and carried with love, what better gift can parents give to their child. What is really wonderful is your strength in the Lord and knowing that Kaylee Hope is with God and your family is also in His Hands. I really like the thoughts that the little ones we have lost are giggling and playing together. That is comforting in itself. Rest now and heal. Carol

3/10/2011 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

Thank you for sharing your journey of love and life with us. Your words move my heart and I believe with all my heart they move the heart of God as well. Your tenderness inspired the tears that are falling down my cheeks - they are good tears - the kind that come when we "weep for those who weep." You are in my prayers right now!

3/10/2011 10:19 AM  
Blogger Jen and Todd declared,

We are thinking of your family and praying that you find comfort and peace during this difficult time. Also, thank you so much for sharing your journey.

3/10/2011 11:54 AM  
Blogger Sank declared,

I'm awed by your strength and deep conviction. Your daughter is making a impact in world thought you guys. Following your story has helped me to put things into perspective.

The Jewish tradition teaches our loved ones live on in our memories, where they continue to bless our lives. i hope your daughter continues to bless you and you pass through this time in you lives as peacefully as you can.

3/10/2011 2:13 PM  
Blogger Kara Jo declared,

Oh my heart...can hardly see through the tears to type. Love you guys immensely and will keep praying for your breaking hearts. How painful to have to say hello and goodbye all in the same day.

3/10/2011 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Brent and Lisa declared,

Hi Joey and Jamie, Lisa and I just logged on to catch up and we see we're a day behind Kaylee's story. We've been praying for her and you continuously. Please know how much we care about you and what you're going through. Thank you for letting us be a part of this experience via your blog. You both are SO brave!
Brent & Lisa

3/10/2011 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

I realize I'm behind on this heartbreaking news. As so many were, I was praying with hope for Kaylee Hope to stay with you here. And now she's in heaven, whole. May God's peace and love envelope you and Jamie and all your family as you continue on the journey before you, missing her. With many tears, Joanna Frasier

3/11/2011 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Sarah Jane declared,

Joey and Jamie:

My heart is hurting for you. My heart is with you.

Kaylee Hope:

You are dearly loved.

3/12/2011 2:14 AM  

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