Saturday, January 23, 2016

Eulogy

I wrote this piece for my baby, to be read at her service yesterday.

 Eleni, 5 months

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Dear Eleni,

Once upon a time, long long ago, your father and I shared a dream of two daughters: the first we would name Aria, and the second, Eleni. When brother Liam came along he brought an unexpected richness to our life. And we were so, so happy. Our first two children blessed and filled our hearts so full that we tucked that earlier dream away. And so it might have been always for us. Except. Except. One day a wise man asked us what story we wanted to tell with our life. I knew you were always a part of my story, child. I had to be very patient, honey, but at last your time came.

Eleni, you were the most anticipated baby. Beautifully and wonderfully made, a blue eyed dream come true. Then your birth injury shattered our fairytale into sharp, agonizing pieces. Nothing was as it should have been. I cried out to God. Where was He? Why had he allowed this to happen? Where was His love, his Father love? How could we ever be happy again?

From your first breath you struggled - to breathe, to move, to feel your mother's touch. You couldn't know me like that. You couldn't find me or all the love and beauty the world had for you. No, this was not a good plan. No, the lessons I would learn and the ways I would grow as a person would not make up for your suffering or for our great, great loss. Perhaps you were here on mission to help others, but this was not a mission you had chosen. Would God sacrifice an innocent baby so? My mother heart cracked wide open, and our family began to bleed.

Still we fought for you, baby. We fought for you tooth and nail. From your birth love surrounded you, love from every corner of the world, gifting you every opportunity to heal and grow, amazing opportunities that brought hope to us all. Do you remember how you loved to learn even when trapped in a broken body? While in survival mode, literally fighting for breath, you tried new things, made small gains and encouraged us with your pluck. Gosh, you wanted to move! I loved that about you. I admired your strong and courageous spirit. It is why you survived your birth at all. You were gentle and uncomplaining, like your father, but a fighter like me. I saw you.

But for so long, Eleni, I didn't know if you saw me. I carried the heartbreak of separation from you long before you left this earth. God never told me He would heal you. Like Jacob wrestling with God, I demanded a blessing, I demanded He make your life a story worth telling. The heavens were as silent as your sweet, hidden voice. Waiting is the most difficult lesson.

Towards the end of our time with you, God gave us a wonderful gift: a week and a half truly together. I will always treasure that time with you, baby, so short, but so sweet. I remember how you turned and quieted when I crooned your name. I remember how you looked at me, looked right into my soul, as I sang you our lullabies. I know you felt my love and the love of your family. And if you'd had more time with us, you would have smiled soon.

As I mourned the waning of that precious time some things became clearer to me. I realized that even without answers, even with so much suffering; somehow, through it all, He still had my heart, our Father God. I don't know how He managed it. But I'm grateful. I think if you had stayed with us, there would have been more ups and downs on this earth for you, perhaps more downs than ups. I wonder how long it would have taken for me to see the goodness of your story.

The night after you passed I had two epiphanies. I did not search them out; they arrived heaven sent. First, I found what I had been searching for the whole exhausting 10 months: a reason your suffering was worthwhile. And the reason is you. You exist. Your life on earth was not fair or good or beautiful. But your life after death, it is nothing but good and it goes on forever, out shadowing a mere 10 months of pain so completely that our minds cannot conceive. Today we are both tear stricken and joyful; crushed and lightened, for you, Eleni, our child that suffered so much, are now completely free from pain and struggle and fear and even from those limitations that so unfairly bound you.

I imagine right now you are learning to roll over to your tummy, and you are amazed how easy it is to lift your head and look about.  Surely you'll recall when you suck and swallow with your own dear mouth that this is what I was trying to show you, this is what we all wanted for you with all our hearts.  And what is to come for you, who are freed from the slow pace of our time, is better than we could ever offer you on this earth.   No more waiting for you. You will grow, are growing and have grown into the fullness of the human you were meant to be.  And I will know you again.  And I will see you smile.

The reality you now enjoy is worth everything we went through. Every bit of it. I'm so glad for you!

And the second epiphany was smaller, but sweet. God did not take you more quickly to freedom because He chose to send you with the memories of your family, something good to carry with you into the new life. And, too, he chose to allow us to get to know you so our lives would change for the better and our hearts would grow and we would know in advance a bit of the beautiful person that you will and are and have become.

I can truly say, dear baby, that I am grateful for my time with you, for the way you have shaped my story.

With all my heart and soul,

Mommy

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During Eleni's life this song, Beautiful Things, was my song for our journey. It doesn't shy away from the pain and sense of hopelessness that we all encounter at times in this life, and yet claims the promise of redemption. No matter how dusty things get, the Ultimate Creator can craft something beautiful, something new out of us. At times I struggled to believe the promise of this song until the very end when I would hear what I imagine is Eleni's sweet, pure voice claiming His work in her.


140 comments:

  1. This is such a moving piece. Goodbye Eleni, we will all miss you.

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  2. Eleni was and still is so much loved by you and your family, Rachel, and by all who come to know her personally or like me through your blog. Thank you Eleni for being a part of my life and I wish you all well whereever you are.

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  3. Goodbye, sweet Eleni. I think we've all learned from you. Your mommy is an incredible person.

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  4. Over your short life you have been loved not only by your lovely family but also by many, many people who have been reading about you. We have shed tears at your pain and rejoiced at your progress when it occurred. You have brought happiness to your parents along with great sadness and will never be forgotten. Much love sweet Eleni.

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  5. This must have been very tough to write. Thank you for sharing it.

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  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  7. Your letter is one of the most beautiful, honest things I have ever read. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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  8. Oh. Wow. Rachel...how do you do this?...Eleni? and express yourself? Beautiful.

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  9. Beautiful words for a beautiful baby. She knows your love.

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  10. Dear Rachel, my heart breaks for all of you...

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  11. So heart touching. It made me tear up.. my condolences to you and your family.

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  12. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing such beautiful truth with your readers. I had been meditating on Revelations 21:4 before seeing this post. It proclaims, "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” This is not only the promise for you, but is just as much of a promise for Eleni. The Grungor song you posted reminds me of the following verse, which says, "And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”" Much love to your family during these hard times. We all miss Eleni and are thankful for her time here.

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  13. Incredibly beautiful - Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This is beautiful and so full of love. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing this so very personal and beautiful letter with us. I am with you. Barbara

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  16. If ever words sprang from one’s soul, these are the words. Heartbreaking but hopeful. Love, hugs, prayers for you and your family.

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  17. Such beautiful words. I know sweet Eleni heard them, and even more so, I know that she knows your love.

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  18. He does indeed make beautiful things. He did in the short, sweet life of your little Eleni. He has and still is in you. This journey has deeply touched the heart of this new grandmother and I am certain many others. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words. May God keep you and may Eleni's memory be eternal. I will keep you all in my humble prayers.

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  20. What a beautiful song. Now I will hum it for the rest of today
    Our prayers continue for all of you.
    Your little pixie Eleni is a safe and whole angel. I am also so thankful that God gave us sweet Eleni. I will never forget her, and the beautiful pictures and stories that you shared. She touched our hearts.
    BIG HUGS - The Eulogy was a heartfelt tribute of your love.

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  21. I can at least relate to part of your pain. Our granddaughter was born perfectly normal a little over one year ago but on day 3 of life, suffered a cardiac arrest and has HIE. So many questions, so much pain, so few answers. If it were not for our God, I do not know what we would have done. He has been with us each step of this journey, and will continue to be with us in whatever time we have with our precious granddaughter. Your eulogy made me cry because of your pain and loss but we know Eleni is alive and well in Heaven today, doing all the things she would never have been able to do on this earth. May God continue to comfort and sustain you in the days ahead. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts.

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  22. Thank you for sharing this beautiful eulogy with us. I have been cheering for you and Eleni and have learned much from your joy and pain. God be with you all during this time. Nancy

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  23. This must've been the toughest thing someone ever had to write. You are amazing, so is your family. When my husband saw me crying at the computer he asked me why and I said: come on over and meet Eleni. He said she was beautiful, and she truely was. I feel that there is a purpose for each and everyone one of us here on earth. And Eleni touched so many hearts, even across the oceans. A big hug from The Netherlands, we're thinking about you.
    Esther.

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  24. Amazingly touching and beautiful. God bless.

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  25. a mother's love. thank you for sharing your time with your sweet baby. may God bless you, your husband and family all the days of your life.

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  26. So blessed to have you for her mother. I am so happy that you chose this particular picture to share with all of your beautiful loving words. It was in the picture, in this moment in time that I saw Eleni's beautiful soul as you describe it now. Such a special, lovely blessing from God. I wish you peace and joy in the memories of those final days with your beautiful sweet Eleni, and that they may sustain you as you adjust to life in the days ahead. God bless you are your family.

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  27. Your eloquence even through your pain is always inspiring. Your strength and courage is so admirable. I wish so much that I could help heal your pain, but I know I cannot. Sending you much love

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  28. Your Christian witness is so powerful...your faith will get you through. Your children and husband are blessed to have you. Eleni's short life touched many of us.

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  29. beautiful. hugs to you and yours

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  30. So beautiful. So heart touching. Jesus redeems even the most painful things, your story is witness to this. I have been so moved by Eleni's story. This song is one of my favorites.

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  31. Your writing is so beautiful. I have tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. I have been following you and your child for a while now. I found you while looking for triangle quilts. I came back today to write about another post you wrote that moved me. That will wait. All I can say is I think you are an amazing woman and I wish I could know you in person. I know your heart is broken and I am sorry for that. I wish for you and your family to support and love each other in this difficult time. Thank you for sharing this devastating news. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  32. I'm so sorry for your loss. ((Hugs)) I lost my Son, you will never be the same again. You have to keep on living for yourself and your family. They need you. But just know that there are other mom's out there just like you, think of us when you need strength to get through the next day, the next hour and we are here to cry together for our loss. Give me a shout out if you need someone to talk to. God Bless you and your family.

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  33. Thank you, for sharing Eleni - beautiful Eleni
    May you and your family feel His comfort and peace.

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  34. <3 heartbreaking, and beautiful

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  35. Sucd beautiful words and song. Rachel, you have such a strong spirit. I really admire your strength, truly...my heart is heavy with sadness and also joy because I also know that sweet Eleni is growing and thriving on the other side and will be waiting until she can be reunited with her dear family once again. I think of you and your family often and Mt prayers are always with you - Camille

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  36. Words can not express how touching and beautiful your message is to Eleni. Thank you for sharing with us. Rachel, you and Eleni have touched so many lives with your blog. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Love to sweet Eleni I will miss you precious girl. Jenni

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  37. Rest in peace Eleni and may you all feel God's healing power. Thank you for sharing your time with Eleni with us and your own understanding of her purpose. We have all been enriched by her story and your witness and commitment.

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  38. Thank you. Love, sympathy, and prayers for peace and healing from Colorado.

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  39. Such a testimony to a brief life which through you Rachel was shared so movingly with many many people. We all shared in that journey and learnt more about God who has a purpose in everything even if all is dark and hopeless at times. Your beautiful letter showed that there is peace and light at the end.

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  40. Rachel, you have been so brave and generous to share your journey with such transparency that I feel as though I've come to know you and your family and so my heart grieves with yours. My deepest sympathies. Beth

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  41. Oh Rachel. This is so beautiful. An amazing tribute to honor Eleni - a little girl who touched so many lives in her short time on this earth. "Hugs" Wendy

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  42. Your faith in Him who made us is solid. Your enlightenment as only He can give shines through so clearly. Your season with Eleni has grown you closer to Him. You and yours are on His mind, being held in His hand. Peace be with you and your family.

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  43. Eleni touched us all, and our families. Again I thank you for sharing her and your love for her with us! And for sharing this too. The sweetness of the Lord is unfathomable.

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  44. Thank you for sharing this and for sharing sweet Eleni with us. She has forever changed my life through your sharing of the joys and difficulties of a special needs baby

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  45. Beautiful, painful, honest story told from a mother's heart. Eleni will be missed, but not forgotten...loved forever.

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  46. Beautiful Eleni. My goodness what hole you have left...but still we rejoice with your sweet mama that you are completely healed and whole.
    Rachel--He does make beautiful things out of us, and you are one of those beautiful things. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your love and your grief with us. <3

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  47. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing Eleni with us. It cannot have been easy - but I believe because of it, somehow Eleni's story will have a far greater impact that anyone can imagine. You and your family remain in my prayers...

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  48. Beautiful Rachel. So glad that God spoke to your heart. Will continue to pray for you and each member of your family.

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  49. Such a sweet remembrance of your little one. Thank you for sharing her with us.

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  50. Beautiful Rachel. Thank you for sharing Eleni's life with us, your readers. She touched a lot of lives in her short time here, and the ripples she created will continue for a long time to come.

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  51. Dear Rachel,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts about precious Eleni, your heart and your family. This is a beautiful eulogy. My deepest thoughts are with you. Eleni is at peace.

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  53. What a beautiful love letter to your precious daughter. I am quite certain she is praying for you from heaven. I will keep you in my prayers.

    To you oh Lord
    we humbly entrust this child
    in Your sight.
    Take her into Your arms
    and welcome her into paradise,
    where there will be no sorrow,
    no weeping nor pain,
    but the fullness of peace and joy
    with Your Son and the Holy Spirit
    forever and ever.

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  54. That was beautiful. My thoughts and prayers are with you x

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  55. Thank you for sharing Eleni and your beautiful eulogy to her with us. God is good to us though at times in ways we can not always understand. You and Eleni will be together again! My prayers are with you and yours.

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  56. Words cannot express my deep sorrow for you and your family. May God give you the strength to carry on with your life's mission.

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  57. such a beautiful read :) sending hugs, thoughts and prayers from Australia <3

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  58. Thank you for continuing to share this intensely private experience. It can't be easy. And what a beautiful ephifany your first one was! What a beautiful way to look at a short, painful life. May God bless you and your family.

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  59. Thank you for continuing to share this intensely private experience. It can't be easy. And what a beautiful ephifany your first one was! What a beautiful way to look at a short, painful life. May God bless you and your family.

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  60. Oh Rachel, I am so sorry for your loss. What a loving tribute!

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  61. You are such an eloquent writer. I also believe that Eleni's life (shared by you) gave all of those around you the chance to be more caring, more compassionate people. I think of the all prayers, hopes, and fervent wishes that were just shared here, and how much goodwill and love that generated. What a gift she gave!

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  62. A little girl, with such a short life has reached so many. I am so sorry for your loss, and so thankful that you shared so fully. May God give you all strength and may he comfort Eleni in your absence.
    Allison
    Saudi Arabia

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  63. I haven't words.

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  64. This was so beautiful. All mothers share your pain. Please continue to share your story.

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  65. Blessings to your family. Eleni touched your hearts.

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  66. Thank-you for sharing your story with us, I have read all your posts about your precious girl and my prayers and thought go out to you and your family. Those precious moments with your daughter were a blessing and will stay in your heart forever.

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  67. Annarica Allison, South AfricaJanuary 24, 2016 at 2:05 AM

    May God in time sew together the edges of your broken hearts and keep your memories of Eleni beautifully cocooned within until you all meet again. My prayers are with you.

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  68. Thank you for sharing Eleni's beautiful eulogy. My heart goes out to you and your family. Blessings be with you all.

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  69. Precious words to describe a precious life and a beautiful mother-daughter bond that you achieved Rachel, despite such immense challenges. This bond will live on in both yours and Eleni's hearts forever.

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  70. beautiful words for a beautiful child. Love always xx

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  71. Sending hugs to you and yours Rachel. Rest in peace sweet Eleni xx

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  72. Such a beautiful eulogy. Little Eleni is at peace.

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  73. I am so glad He still has you're heart, dear friend. It is beautiful and He loves it so. You captured Eleni so wonderfully during her time here. Prayers for you as the days keep going. Xxx

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  74. Truly beautiful words for your little angel. She was so blessed to have had the love of such a wonderful mum and family in her short time here.

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  75. Oh Rachel, I have no words. If only I could show you my heart, and then you'd know everything I want to say. xxxxx

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  76. Oh Rachel, I have no words. If only I could show you my heart, and then you'd know everything I want to say. xxxxx

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  77. Beautiful. Eloquent. Touching.
    Eleni will continue to be a part of so many of us. Thank you, Rachel.

    Love to you and your family.

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  78. With all the strength I have I have prayed for Gods will for your family what ever that was to be. We are so blessed to have got to know you all and you are so blessed to see his plan for your darling girl.
    I hope you feel our hearts break with yours and our souls rejoice with yours. He is good. Even in the worst of times He is good.
    Sending my love and prayers

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  79. Beautiful and touching. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

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  80. This beautiful girl has touched the hearts and minds of so many people. I am so sad for the physical pain Eleni has endured, and for the emotional pain your family has endured this last year. I am happy that she seemed more comfortable in December, and both she and you were able to spend more time enjoying each other. I'm in awe of her strength to try, despite her condition, and in awe of your strength for supporting her in every single which way you could, and for sharing Eleni's journey with the world, which could not have been easy as people are conditioned to want and need to share with others the best, the most positive, the prettiest of life, and hide away from that which is sad or upsetting. I will remember Eleni's beautiful eyes and her courageous spirit. Love to your family.

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  81. I wish you and your family all the best. Eleni will live on in your hearts and enduring love for her. As for your family, may your hearts know love, peace and rest and may you find strenght in each other in the time to come.

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  82. God bless and send comfort to you and your family. Your eulogy has moved me more than you can know.

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  83. My heart mourns for your loss, my soul rejoices for you have been blessed with Eleni short time on earth but a permanent part of your heart and soul. God Bless.

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  84. These are surely the happiest and saddest days of your life. I pray with many others for God's comfort and strength for you and your family. Blessings

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  85. Whew! So sorry for your loss and celebrating the end of suffering and pain that I cannot begin to imagine. Peace be with you.

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  86. Thinking of you and yours during this difficult time. I can not imagine the grief you feel. I'm so glad that you find relief in God's love. Such a wonderful eulogy for Eleni. Sending my love ~ elsa

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  87. I knew as tears welled up in my eyes that this would be beautiful yet oh so painful. I pray for your family

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  88. What a beautiful piece of love, from mother to daughter. I admire your strength and the depth of your love, even when that love feels vulnerable.

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  89. So beautiful. A mother's love shared soul to soul with her daughter. Souls joined in love for eternity.

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  90. Thank you for sharing with all of us. You are a remarkable mom and Eleni was a remarkable baby. She touched so many lives on her short journey here on earth.

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  91. Your epiphanies are inspiring, and I'm certain more are to follow to guide you through this challenging time. Your love for Eleni transcends life, and will be with you forever.

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  92. A beautiful Eulogy, song and photograph.

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  93. May God help you through this and let your beautiful family help you too

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  94. This is very moving, very beautiful. My thoughts and prayers with you and your family; I hope Eleni rests peacefully.

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  95. You are such a strong woman - A woman that 11 months ago I just followed your blog without much thought - to a woman that I now follow and look up to. You have been through so much but yet continue to share with the world. Eleni was so blessed to have you as her family. Hugs and love from Oregon!

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  96. So beautiful Rachel - filled with the sorrow and yet the hope and joy of a mother, sweet baby, and family who truly know the love of Almighty God.

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  97. Your story is now part of my story. Finding the star in the dark, dark night.

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  98. Wishing peace for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  99. Thank you for this post, and thank you for loving Eleni.

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  100. Thank you for your openness in sharing your journey with us. Your faith is what will get you through and I cannot imagine what emptiness there would be without it. She is thriving with Him. Blessings to you & your family

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  101. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God does, indeed, make beautiful things out of the dust, out of us. May His transformative power continue to heal and bless your family here on earth. I know that your precious Eleni will be missed and that she was loved and cherished every second that she was with you.

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  102. I've heard that song before on the Christian radio station I listen to. I'll now call it Eleni's song. Very beautiful. God bless.

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  103. I can only imagine the pain,Rachel. Your Eulogy and the strength, Faith, and courage it shows is an Awesome Testimony.

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  104. Your an amazing human being Rachel, just beautiful.

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  105. Oh, what joy you will have on Resurrection morning when you get to hold your sweet Eleni again! I am still saddened by your loss at this tender, precious time.

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  106. A heartbreakingly beautiful love letter to your precious little girl. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  107. A beautiful letter for your beautiful daughter.... So sorry for your loss. X

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  108. A beautiful melding of your gift for words and your gift for motherhood. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  109. May you and your family feel the deep, deep love of Jesus during these tender days of grief over the loss of your sweet baby girl. My prayers are with you all....

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  110. what a beautifully written letter, Rachel. I know that Eleni has heard it in heaven, and knows that she will always remain a cherished part of your family in your hearts. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I pray that your precious memories of her, as well as God's comforting hand bring your family peace.

    Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  111. Lovely words, Rachel. Be at peace, sweet Eleni.

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  112. My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your beautiful Eleni. Her courageous spirit inspired me to have more faith and courage in regards to my own condition. Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your story/Eleni's story with us. She continues to live in your heart and in all of ours who are with you (virtually) in this time. --from Korea

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  113. I have no words. May God bless and comfort you all.

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  114. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful thoughts and words. I'm so grateful you had that tender week and a half before Eleni's passing. I will continue to pray for peace and comfort during this time. I so admire your grace and courage in sharing this experience. I have been so moved by your faith.

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  115. Our hearts go out to you as you grieve the loss of your beautiful Eleni. There are some of us here at Riley Blake who know your pain first hand. We are thinking of you, mourning with you and sending love your way. Eleni will always be with you and be a part of your sweet family forever. God bless.

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  116. Such an amazing tribute to your special daughter. Thank you for sharing this with all of us Rachel. Peace.

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  117. Dear Rachel, I am so very very sorry for your loss. There are no words... Your dear Eleni was well loved - that much is clear. Sending you lots of love

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  118. It is beautiful Rachel. And you are right - it was worthwhile because Eleni is. She exists and is where there is no pain or suffering. May your faith sustain you.

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  119. So beautiful, Rachel, you and your precious baby both! Peace and faith!

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  120. Wow. I can't express how beautiful and touching a eulogy this is. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  121. Oh Rachel, such a beautiful letter to Eleni. Your two epiphanies are life changing and I am so glad that God gave them to you and that you shared them with all of us. Eleni touched more people in her brief time here on earth and anyone could dream was possible. Thank you for being so open and sharing Eleni's and your family's story.

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  122. So beautifully written, Rachel. You did everything you could for her. It really really sucks when you have the life altering realization that life doesn't always wrap up with a pretty little bow on top. My husband's first wife passed away from a brain tumor so I was exposed to that unfairness early on knowing what he had been through. Then adopting Tia and knowing that in Ethiopia 1 in 5 children die before they are 5, mostly from preventable causes, well it just felt like more than I could handle. Where was God in all of it? I wrestled with those very questions, but not as someone experiencing the tragedy myself. Going through it first hand would just be soul crushing. I am so so sorry for all you and Eleni have been though. I think of you so often and my heart breaks. You are such a good mom.

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  123. I am so happy that you received your heaven-sent epiphanies Rachel. Be at peace. Eleni is. God bless you and your hubby and children.

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  124. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. Eleni has touched and inspired so many people, me included. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort as you settle into new routines and rhythms.

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  125. Beautiful. Eleni was one blessed baby to fall into your arms and your heart.

    Margie

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  126. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God's peace which surpasses all comprehension comfort and guard your hearts through Christ. Thank you for sharing Eleni with us, your readers. Thank you for sharing your heart through her updates, especially the final update when you shared about her passing to Glory!

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  127. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your journey with loving strangers. Love to your family and I will hold Eleni in my heart.

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  128. Thank you so much for all that you have written about your life before, with and regarding Eleni. It has been an inspiration, thank you!

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  129. Eleni was so loved and will be so missed. Thank you for the generosity you have shown in sharing her with the world.

    Blessings and prayers for you and your family.

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  130. Beautiful. Little Eleni together with her wonderful generous mother is healing the world.

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  131. My prayers and blessings to you and your family. My condolences to all of you.I am sad for the lovely Eleni but her suffering is over. I have followed her journey from the beginning and was always struck by the dignity of the Hauser family.

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  132. Touching and beautiful. May you all feel God's healing hand during this time. Thoughts and prayers for you and the family

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  133. Thank you so much for sharing your Eleni with all of us. You are all amazing and strong and beautiful. I send you hugs and love. Neame

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  134. Such a beautiful piece of your heart. Thank you for sharing.

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