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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Layla Grace has gone into HIS arms

My heart is so heavy as I share with all of you the news.

 has gone to play with the angels this morning.

She is perfectly healed and will hurt no longer.

 I praise God for his mercy in easing her pain.

I have been changed in ways I cannot describe by this gorgeous creature
and her faithful parents.

 I wish I could hold her mother and tell her how very sorry I am.
Hold your precious little ones a little closer today.
Speak a little kinder to them.
Have a little more patience.
 Believe me, there are those who would give anything
for the back door to be left standing wide open for the 100th time.
To shout off the back porch for them to come home way past dark,
when they know better.
 Life is so precious
 and we too often get caught up in things that seem so important.

The truth of it is....

 it isn't.

Not working long hours for a bigger house or car.
 Not meeting or knowing powerful people.
Not buying the most expensive toys.

 In the end,
it is that we loved each other.
 We loved our families.

Layla Grace has me asking EVERYDAY,
 what will my children remember from today?
That we laughed and played?
 That Mommy made a tent in the middle of the living
room even though someone might drop by?
 Or will it be that Mommy was sharp and tired.
 Too busy to play and had to clean the kitchen?
 I pray for the balance.
Thanks for dropping by Y'all
Please remember Layla Grace
 and her family
and pray that peace comes to them all.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

My heart aches for you and her family. I will remember them in prayer. God Bless. Marty

Trina said...

I was so very sad to hear this today. You put everything so perfectly. Makes me want to be a SAHM even MORE now! :(

jennifer said...

Tears Jessica. Praise God for the perfect healing of Layla Grace. May God comfort her grieving family and friends. It is beyond what I can imagine the suffering that her passing has caused but I am thankful that we can praise HIM at all times.

Hugs to you. I know your mother's heart (as is this mother's heart) is broken.

Tammy said...

I just read the news myself. It is so hard sometimes to understand God's will, but I know Layla is no longer suffering with her earthly body.

Prayers for this special family.

Shana said...

You said it perfectly Jess. I am so sad for her family, but I know that they are relieved that precious Layla Grace will no longer hurt. She is smiling down on her sisters, mom and dad and is happy. She is so happy that she was blessed to have such a wonderful family. Sad b/c it was so short, but she showed them how to love beyond any means. She will forever be a special angel that all of us will remember and cherish knowing of her story. I want to cry thinking of their loss but the tears won't come right now. I am sitting here thinking of Grayson now knowing that I can go wrap my arms around him. I am so blessed for that. Love you!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Beautiful post and a great reminder.....I love your heart

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I don't know what it would be like to lose a child like that -- It must be a grief like no other -- I hope that their faith and the kindness and love of friends will in some small way ease their sorrow. I'm so sorry.

Judy said...

I clicked over to their blog this morning but this wasn't posted yet....but from what I could tell, it wouldn't be long. I can't grasp what her family must be feeling. No matter how much you prepare yourself, it must be the hardest thing a parent can go through losing a child. Knowing this precious angel is in God's hands and perfectly healed will bring them a measure of peace.

Thanks for the update,

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

So sorry to hear this news. I will pray for this family and the loss of their precious little girl. But you are right, God in His great mercy had better plans for Layla. You wrote a very touching tribute and reminder. I will pray for all.

Laura said...

Bean has been praying for Layla every night since last week, and I plan to tell the Bean that Layla isn't sick anymore and is probably playing Candyland with Jesus. God bless her sweet parents, sisters, family and friends as they work through their grief. I can't imagine what they're going through, but know that our Father will heal their hearts and keep precious Layla alive in their memories. May she rest, finally, in peace.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

So very very heartbreaking. My prayers are lifted for this family. Well said.

Fashion Meets Food said...

Oh my goodness that just completely broke my heart! Your words are so beautiful. You have a big heart. I am going to go call my mum right now as tears run down my face



Jane said...

Dear Jessica,
My heart aches for Layla's family and for all who were touched by this little girl. My heart also rejoices that this little one touched so many...and that she is now free from pain and sickness. Your words say it all... My prayers are lifting for Layla's family and friends...
In HIm,
Jane (artfully graced)