Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Our Girls

Words aren't coming easily this morning.

Five years.

Unbelievable.

I'll leave you with one of the last photos taken of Ellie and Kate together.

Our girls are just as much a part of me today, as they were the day they were born. For that, I am grateful.



26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautifully said....my thoughts are with your family today. May God continue to support you.


Love,
Paula Eastham

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Oh, Alana. Oh, friend. The words don't come easily on this end, either. This picture . . . I had to go off by myself to cry and pray. They are so beautiful. I love how in this shot, the sunlight is warming them so beautifully. Angelic already.

My heart aches with you today.

Vicki said...

Beautiful girls! I have never faced what you have. I admire your strength to go on found in Jesus. One thing I would take comfort in is knowing that He is hugging your children today and being with them everytime they "miss" you. Prayers.
Vicki Clifton

GreenStyleMom said...

Alana, you and your girls will be in my thoughts today. They are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I came here from SortaCrunchy's blog.

Your daughters were beautiful. I am so sorry for your unspeakable loss. I'll be praying for you.

Ramona

Kimberly said...

I can't even imagine. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today.

Thank you to Megan for pointing out your "God's Grace" post.

It does help to know that He can carry us, doesn't it?

Debra said...

God's grace is all we have to cling to. You are rich to know it.

Feeling sad with you today.

Misty said...

I came over today b/cs of Megan's post at SortaCrunchy. I kind of feel like I'm peeping into a room in a stranger's house and I don't want to get caught, but I've just spent an hour looking at your blog (no, I'm nost stalking, I swear!) and I just feel so humbled and inspired all at the same time. I have never gone through loss like yours; the closest I know is that my husband's former fiance' died, and he has often spoke as you do, that how can others question what they themselves have not experienced, etc.? My heart aches in reading of your loss, but I'm equally in awe of your reliance on and rest in Him. I love your blog, your greening, and your crafting, and your 100 things post. I shall definitely be back!

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.

May you feel the love that surrounds you today, not just from us, your family, your friends, but also the love from your girls.

Mandy Mae said...

I don't know you, and I don't know the whole story of what happened to your beautiful daughters, and I've only been visiting your blog for a very short time, but I am so deeply sorry for your devastating loss. I am in awe of you and how you have coped with your grief and are living on with your other children. I don't know if I could have done what you have done, and I am inspired by it. Thanks for sharing it all.

Allie said...

They are so beautiful. Sending good thoughts and lots of love.

Jessica said...

Alana -- it has been so long since I've seen you but I wish I could give you a great big hug today! Your faith was and still is an inspiration to me. I feel privileged to know you. Your children -- all 5 of them -- are gorgeous and richly blessed to have you as a mother.

Tech Savvy Mama said...

Oh Alana...Please know I am thinking of you and your family today. I remember being in my last month of pregnancy and sitting at my desk reading Ryan's e-mail with a link to an article about the accident. Reading it brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine what the last 5 years have been like but truly admire your strength. I'm so glad I knew you then and have reconnected with you since. You are truly amazing and your family is a gift.

Alana said...

They are beautiful. Lifting up prayers for you today.

JessTrev said...

They are so lovely and my thoughts are with you today. I am glad you are carrying them with you.

The Reeves Family said...

I have just had a chance to sit down and read your blog. I am so touch words can not even describe my feelings. I can only imagine how hard it is for you and I do imagine it often. I so relate to the words you wrote to Ellie and Kate in your post "God's Grace". They sound so much like me. Today I am going try and not worry so much and truly place my fears in His hands. Thanks, my thoughts and prayers are with you today. Elly Reeves

Anonymous said...

I love you and I miss you, old friend. (Wish I were nearby for a hug...)

Love, Kelly

The Hill Hang-Out said...

Alana, my heart is broken for you and your precious family. How well you have come to know that God's grace really is sufficient for us. I'm praying for you guys! (And I really do mean that. I'm writing your name on my prayer list!) By the way, all 5 of your children are beautiful!
Ashley Mills Hill

Tara said...

I'll never forget that day Josh called Andrew to let him know what had happened. We lived in NC at the time, and my heart ached for you and your family for so long. I have been amazed and inspired by your strength and courage through the years. The girls are so beautiful. We have always kept your family in our thoughts and prayers and will continue.

Anonymous said...

Alana, I cannot imagine your loss. My heart aches for you and Bob. You have turned something so tragic into something so spiritual and heartwarming. Your relationship with God and your testimony is so touching. You are a true inspiration to others. I will remember you and Bob in prayer. Your girls were so beautiful! God Bless.
Melinda

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

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By the way, you have some fabulous ideas here. I am in love with the stocking advent calendar, and the raggamuffin garland bulletin board. So cute, and so clever! Thanks for the inspiration.

Emily said...

Alana, I've only been following your blog for a little while, so I'm coming in dark in this situation. Praise God He knows all the details, and when I pray for you He will know how to comfort you best. Seinding you a giant hug from Ohio....

Kathleen said...

Those girls are so precious, then and now. My thoughts are with you Alana, and your girls, in whatever sunny field or peaceful meadow they may be.

Lynn from organicmania.com said...

Alana,

My deepest condolences to you. What beautiful girls. And you, I know through your writing, are a beautiful woman. God Bless You and your family.

Lynn

laurel said...

Alaina-
I am just catching up on reading your blog, so I didn't see this when you posted.
I think of you often, and how you have lived with losing your girls. It boggles the mind, the depth of grief that you have faced.
What words are there? I don't know...my feeble attempt is just to tell you that I think about you and I pray for you.

Laura said...

I am so terribly sorry for your loss of your beautiful daughters. I run a foundation that came into being after the loss of a little boy in a crash - Kyle David Miller. I know your grief will always live with you hand in hand, every moment of every day as you miss watching those beauties grow up.