Thursday, September 3, 2009

Angel Wings

Brianna has earned her angel wings. Today at 2:55. She was not alone. I was holding our sweet baby Bri in my arms, while Jerry, Ashley and Mama Kathy were right there huddled with me. We were all loving on her.

Please understand if we do not return phone calls, texts or emails.

Memorial arrangements to be posted.

64 comments:

  1. Heartbroken to hear Brenda, just heartbroken. Heaven just got more beautiful...and if I know Bri, she's already got everybody up there in love with her. I know I sure did the minute I met her. If you need anything at all Brenda, please lean on me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family. Ami Haley (Purchasing)

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  2. Ran across your blog and wanted to let you know I am praying for you and sending positive thoughts your way.

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  3. No words, right now just mourning with you for your loss.

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  4. I'm hurting and praying for those of you left behind on this earth. I'm rejoicing that Brianna is with God and is experiencing delights beyond our imagination.

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  5. Thinking of you all, sad for the loss of baby Bri on this earth, rejoicing that she's met her heavenly Father in Heaven. Peace and comfort for you during this time. *Cassie

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  6. I want you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are heavy knowing the pain of losing a child. Like Brianna, our Molly had T18. She passed away peacefully in my arms when she was 19 months old. Thinking of your sweet little girl and sending hugs.

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  7. Brenda,
    I am so happy to have met you at moms night back in May, and so so so thankful to have had the opportunity to have our girls enjoy eachother in the 3 short months they had together. I wish we would have met much sooner. You are an amzingly loving mother and your family is remarkable and strong. Ashley is a beautiful young woman and is the best big sister Bri could have ever asked for. Brianna's story has touched the lives of so many people and will continue to do so. I want you and your family to know we are here for you always, you are a great friend to me. I have found strength in my own journey with my daughter because of you. I am sick with sadness over your loss but I am so happy Brianna is in heaven waiting for you to meet her there one day, where she will be healthy and in no pain. Continuing my prayers for everyone.
    With Love always,
    Kristin

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  8. I am hurt beyond words that Trisomy 18 has taken your baby, too. You are so very lucky to have had the time with her that you did, but that doesn't take away from the pain of having your daughter pass away in your arms, I know. Four months ago, I was right where you are now. The only thing that gave me a tiny bit of comfort was knowing that my daughter was no longer in pain, and free from suffering. My thoughts are with you and your family as you navigate through the next few days. Remember, one day at a time.

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  9. Thinking of you and your family. One day at a time and hold each other close.

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  10. I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Brianna. I am at a loss for words. Take comfort in the fact that she is pain free and dancing with the angels. I will continue to pray for you in the days and weeks ahead.

    Kate

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  11. May God give you and your family the strength you need. Always in my thoughts.

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  12. Brianna is safe within HIS arms at rest...
    Praying for you Brenda, Jerry and Ashley.

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  13. I am so sorry to hear of Brianna leaving you. I am keeping your family in my prayers for His comfort and peace. God bless you all.

    Love and Hugs, Laurie

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  14. Brenda,
    I too am so happy that I met you at mom's spa night out. I still have Bri's card you gave me that night and carry it always. You will always be one of us and we are here for you when you are ready.
    Words cannot say the pain I feel for you, Jerry and Ashley. Yes, she does have her angel wings. but she always has! You are such an amazing woman and an inspiration to us all in our journey. Please know that we are all here for you and your family. Let God and all of us be your strength at this difficult time. If there is anything we can do, we are here. What a blessing Bri has been you and your family and all that have had the pleasure to ever meet her and know her story.

    God Bless

    Sonya

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  15. Love and prayers that you will be comforted in the coming days by the Master COMFORTER! Carole

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  16. Danny and JoJo Di PaoloSeptember 3, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your great loss.

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  17. I am sorry for your loss Bri is in heaven dancing and loving on all she comes across another Angel to grace the skies of heaven I know my God-daughter Miangel and all the beautiful babies welcomed her with open arms my prays are with you and your family at this time of sadness

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  18. I know she is in heaven with all the other Trisomy 18 angels, including my Jenna. I know nothing I can say will make you feel better.

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  19. Your loss is felt by so many today, tears are flowing with you and for you, and for our own unknown journey's end. Thanking God for answered prayers and that your sweet little Brianna didn't suffer long and went straight from your loving arms into the loving arms of Jesus. We will continue to lift you up to our Heavenly Father to experience His comfort and His peace. May He give you His strength as you go through this most difficult time. Pam

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  20. Words cannot express the sorrow. Brenda, you are the strongest woman I know and such an amazing person. Brianna was blessed to have such a fantastic family. My thoughts are with you. Come over if you need anything, I can watch Belina anytime. Missing my Bri Bri already... Krisha

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  21. I am terribly saddened by your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  22. Brenda - Every day you amaze me with your strength and grace, your love and tenderness, your honesty and ability to let so many into your personal life. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing your beautiful family with us! I am so very sorry for your loss - our loss! Yet, I am so richly blessed by your presence and the wonderfully well lived life Brianna had. We can only take one day at a time - so for today, I pray for all of you to have rest and peace in your faith. We all know Brianna is resting in the arms of angles and has seen the glory of the Father in a place that wipes away any difficulties this world or T18 may have given her. I know you will continue to tell her story with as much love and joy as you did each time we saw you. May the Lord hold you now in the palm of His hand and may you always feel your sweet Brianna close - as mothers I can't imagine that feeling ever really goes away! What a blessing it was to have her, be loved by her and share her with the world. You all are my heroes! God bless! CEB

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  23. oh brenda i am so so so sorry to hear this. our family is sending a lot of love out to your family. we are thinking of you all during this heartbreaking time.

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  24. brenda, there are no words. i am so sad for you and your family. "isn't she lovely" is playing as i type this, and i will forever think of brianna when i hear it. i wish there were something i could do for you. i'm praying for you and thinking about you ... xoxo

    love
    laurie

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  25. I am so sorry, I have been where you are... and I am still there. I will be praying for you all. Your sweet girl is now with my two babies.
    Godspeed.

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  26. There is a reason why you came to spa night and it was for all of us to meet an amazingly strong mom and a beautiful lil angel. We have all been touched by you and Bri. I pray that God helps you keep your strength during this time. You are and still will be part of us.We are all here for you. All of our love and thoughts are with you and your family. Darlene and Max..

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  27. Brenda, Jerry and Ashley I am so sorry for your loss. I have been on that journey as it has only been 2 months since Gianna received her angel wings. Brianna's life touched and gave so many HOPE. Her life is an inspiration to us all. In time you will see that it was all in God's timing. There is a special place in heaven for all our little ones. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers that God will give you the strength to get through this difficult time..the journey is not over but God will carry you through. Dianne Davis

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  28. I'm so very sadden by your loss. Praying that Jesus provides whatever you need at the exact moment you need it for the weeks ahead...and on your life journey without her. I pray that you will continue to celebrate Bri's sweet life until we see her again.
    Love you-Big!

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  29. I am so sorry for your loss. Now your little angel is up above smiling down on you. She's in a better place now. I will miss her cute smile and those funny noises she made. I loved her so much I will miss her so much. If you ever need anything I am here for you and your family...love you Bri! Jorge

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  30. I knew that when I started reading this precious blog, one day I would read that Brianna had left her earthly body. I am so so sorry for your loss. What an amazing life she had -- as well as you and your family. "The Lord has promised good to you,His grace He surely gives. By His grace YOU SURELY LIVE!!"

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  31. i am broken with you. Your baby girl gave me and still gives me such hope and joy and beauty beyond this world. I am just...with you. I pray that all those who stand by you continue to stand with and stand FOR you when you just can't. I wish i could just breath for you, walk for you, take these steps for you. I am asking Jesus to LET me cry some tears here in houston so that your heart can rest. I am here. i will keep tabs on you, please stay with us here....

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  32. I am so, so sorry. We are very heartbroken to hear the news.

    Lots of prayers for all of you tonight.

    Love,
    The Hatfields

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  33. Thank you for sharing. She looked so beautiful in the last photo you posted of her.

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  34. May you be filled with His peace, His love, His mercy, His joy, His everything in every moment...praying for you and so thankful that your sweet daughter had parents who loved her into heaven...

    Peace, joy and hope to you!
    The Walther Family

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  35. We are so deeply touched by Brianna's story and the love you poured on her, and that she poured on you. We are truly sorry for your sad loss, but God is delighting in having Brianna join his angel choir.
    With our love and prayers,
    Gill and Roy Streatfield

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  36. One step at a time.
    Thank yor for sharing your journey and being a huge support to so many other T18 families.

    Love always,
    Tracy and Clay Smith

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  37. God bless your sweet daughter. He is holding her in the palm of His hands. A dear friend of mine passed away when I was 15 and I remember my mother commenting that when somone loses a spouse, you are called a widow/er, but there are no words that could ever be formed for a parent losing a child...it's too terrible.
    Thoughts and many prayers.
    Laura

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  38. Thinking of you and praying God will give you strength...thank you for sharing your beautiful Briana with us.

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  39. For the past days, I've been crying for your daughter Brianna. I was praying that a miracle happen to her, but from your blogs, I knew this was coming. It's really heartbreaking.

    Till her last days, she was a picture of a happy, well cared for and loved child. Thank you for sharing her story.

    Michelle, Philippines

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  40. My heart goes out to you. My son, Noah, is with Molly and Brianna in heaven, his life shortened as well by t18. I have enjoyed seeing and hearing of your Bri's bright light here on earth. I can only think of one thing that brought me comfort in the early days. "Well done good and faithful servant." God asked for you to love and care for this precious soul. And you did so faithfully and whole-heartedly. She knew great love. That is a comfort.

    I will be thinking of you and sending prayers in the days, weeks, and months to follow. It is a long, long road from here.

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  41. Something made me just not want to check your blogsite today...my heart breaks. But i know Bri is smiling at all of you from above, free from pain and happily getting to know all the other T18 angels. Thank you for giving us a chance to get to know the beautiful girl that she was.

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  42. Loving you and your family, praying for you, crying for you ... rejoicing for Brianna.

    What a privilege to have spent even a little time loving this precious child.

    I look forward to seeing her again, made whole, made perfect.

    "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!" -- Luke 24:6

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  43. I am at a loss for words. Brianna has continued her travels and my thoughts and preyers are with you.

    Oliver

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  44. Jerry, Brenda and Ashley,

    So sorry to hear of your loss, but grateful for your faith. At least we know that we'll see Brianna again - and that she's in a much better place now. Our love and prayers are with you guys.

    Shaun and Jen

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  45. My heart aches for you and your family and all who knew Brianna. Her life was (and still is) such a great testimony to how great our God is, and that miracles do happen!
    Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family.

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  46. I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Brianna. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Connie

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  47. Can't imagine the pain but know God knows and will hold you in His arms. Praying for peace and comfort for all the family.

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  48. Brenda, Jerry and Ashley - I know there's nothing I can say that will ease the pain you're feeling. Just know that we love you and we love Brianna, and we're grieving with you.

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  49. I am so sorry to read of Brianna's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  50. I just came on to you site by accident.

    I can't help feel so sad as well as be happy for little Bri. She is at peace and sitting at her makers feet, she will never no pain ever again.

    I know it difficult but celebrate her life she was an angel sent straight from heaven for a reason. Think about how she changed your life and others lives. That's you special gift and why she was given to you.

    You have no doubt been a awesome mom to her, is she had the chance to have you as her mom all over again she will do it.

    Find strength in Jesus and the scripture especially psalm, he will give you comfort and peace even though your grieving.

    Miranda and all the other moms from the bizymoms Palm-bay community.

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  51. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm just heartbroken!

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  52. So very, very sorry for your loss. You will be devastated - but not, I think, destroyed.

    No words, but you are in my prayers.

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  53. Brenda,

    I am very sorry for your loss. You, Ashley and Jerry will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Stacy

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  54. Jerry and Brenda, As of this morning I still can't stop the tears from falling, I can't think of the next step I need to take. This to say that I can't begin to imagine what or how you are coping. I know your faith is so strong but I do mourn for what you must be feeling.

    I count my blessings to have been so lucky to meet you, Jerry and Brianna in person and have been lucky enough to be a friend. Ashley, I didn't get to meet you but was so looking forward to meet you when I visited at your home. Your mother told me what an incredible big sister you are to sweet Brianna. She was a gift to you and what a wonderful gift you are to her. Your mom will need you so much more now. She loves you so much and is so proud of you.
    Brenda, someone commented earlier about being a faithful servant. As Brianna's mommy, God chose you and Jerry. You never questioned him, you were so faithful and did everything possible for Brianna. Your arms must ache unbelievable, but let your heart know that God is so proud of how much you loved your sweet Bri.

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  55. We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Carol & Bohn

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  56. I am so sad for the loss of your BEAUTIFUL little girl.

    Love and prayers for you!

    Rachel

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  57. Dear Brenda, Jerry and Ashley...I was so heartbroken this morning when I was up early feeding Rhyder and read your blog. I'm so sorry for the great loss of Brianna to you and to the world. I wish the world would just stop doing everything and notice a sweet angel has left our presence. Brianna and her story meant sooo much to me when I was pregnant with Rhyder. She gave me hope to believe in the possibilities of the impossible. She gave me strength for Rhdyer and I know he is here today because of the impact she made on my life and my heart. So, thank you for sharing her with the world. I will miss her and praying for comfort for you all. Know we love you from Houston. ~ Michelle & Dave...Caeden, Dash and Rhyder

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  58. I am so sorry to hear about your loss! May Jesus hold your family close as He is holding Brianna right now. There is no more crying or tears where she is right now. Thank you for sharing her with all of us .

    KG

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  59. brenda,jerry,ashley you are good people, good family. our hearts and prayers go out to you. keith and lisa

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  60. Thinking of and praying for you in the difficult days ahead.

    Rebecca
    Mom to a T18 Baby in Heaven

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  61. At a loss for words.....
    please know that Aaron and I are praying for you and here if you need anything at all.
    Brenda, I am so glad to have met you and Brianna all those months ago while on my walk. You were such a loving, wonderful Mommy to her, I am so blessed to have been able to know Brianna. She will be missed, but at least we know she is happy and healthy with Jesus!

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  62. We are deeply sorry. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Scott and Lynn Young

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  63. I am so sorry. Cathy told me about Brianna, but this was the first chance I've had to come to your blog since she told me. Brianna is the most beautiful little girl, with such a joyous spirit, and I know she blessed your lives immensely. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  64. I'm not the best when it comes to words, but I can only say that I'm sorry for your loss and that she will be remembered with the highest regards.

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