As I write, I am hoping the words will just come to me. As most of you know, Charlotte battled more than half of her life. She has experienced some of the worst things a child or person should ever face. But, she never let her fears or struggles define her. She overcame them! Up until the very end when she asked me to hold her and for her daddy and I to pray with her, as she took her last breaths and looked at Tyler, to when her Father took her home, she did it all so bravely.Sweet Charlotte went to a place I dream and strive to be one day. A place where fear and pain does not exist. Streets of gold, with endless love, laughs, and hugs.Charlotte was one of the greatest gifts, blessings, and joys that I have ever received. I thank God daily for trusting me to be Charlottes mommy. I don’t know what I ever did to deserve her, but I will never take it for granted. I just hope she knows how loved she was. I hope I was everything she could have wanted.She taught me grace, when there was none in sight. She taught me to live life, regardless of circumstances. To smile, even when you don’t feel like smiling. She was a joy to many. A walking testimony of faith. Her journey has blessed us richly, with family, friends, and even strangers.Although sweet Charlotte only made it to 6 years old, she was able to finish kindergarten. She could read to her little sisters, tell time, count money. She lost her first tooth one week before she left, and was sooo excited about it. She was finally able to have a big birthday party that she always talked about.I will never forget the day the doctors laid her on my chest when she was first born, and now the day that our Father took her from my chest. Both are memories that will forever be engraved and treasured.Precious baby girl, your fight was long, hard, and unfair. Your childhood was robbed.Charlotte is no longer suffering. The last 24 hours of her life were hard ones and the peace I know she has now, gives me peace, even if it means I don’t get to kiss her sweet cheeks daily.Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers. It means the world.Arrangements have not been made yet but I will update as soon as something is in place.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV
- Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
- ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
- Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
- The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
- Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
- The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
- When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.