I created this blog when my sweet little girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with cancer, for the third time. After fighting for almost 3 years Kristen was called home to that same God who gave her life. One of my favorite quotes comes from Neal A. Maxwell- "Those who "plow in hope" not only understand the law of the harvest but they also understand what growing seasons are all about. True, those with genuine hope may see their proximate circumstances shaken like a kaleidoscope at times, yet with the "Eye of faith" they still see divine design." Kristen blessed lives and continues to do so. Her light continues to shine. As for me, I continue to "plow in hope" knowing well that Kristen is mine for eternity. Families can be together forever!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

She's our Angel

This is Kamie, Kristen's sister. Early this morning while in the arms of my mother and my father, Kristen peacefully passed away. Our hearts are aching as we try to find our way without her. Thank You to all who have been praying for Kristen. Your kindness and support has meant so much to my mother.

79 comments:

Angie said...

Praying daily for peace....Kristin has touched me in so many ways. God Bless.

Rochelle said...

Polly and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Kristen. Words can't express our sympathy for you.
We will continue to lift your family up as you face the days ahead.
May God hold you even closer in your grief.

Heather said...

Sending our love and prayers.I am speechless.

Amanda said...

Praying for you all. I have been following Kristen for a while, and this breaks my heart to hear of Kristen's passing. She has blessed many people.

Amy L said...

Praying for all of you. Kristen is loved by so many of us. Thank you for sharing your precious angel with us. My heart goes out to you. I feel so blessed to have been able to pray for her. Sending our love,
Amy and sons

Stephanie said...

I'm so sorry...praying for peace. May God bless your sweet Kristen and your family.

Morgan said...

Please accept our condolences and prayers during this most difficult of life's trials.

The Morgan and Melissa Greenwood family

Rachel said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Kristen has touched so many people and she will never be forgotten. Your family will be in my prayers.

Lorraine, AKA Forever Blessed said...

I was in your shoes on May 19, 2010 with our 4-year-old daughter, Chrissie. (We adopted her from Serbia via Reece's Rainbow, which is where I found out about your Kristen.) I am so sorry. Yesterday, July 19, was the 2 month annniversary of our daughter going to live with Jesus. I cannot recommend the Christian book Have Heart enough. Go to www.haveheart.net. The Scripture-based messages are filled with hope and wisdom and Truth about Heaven and it will give you glimpses of what your Kristen may be doing in Heaven, based upon scripture. We had a princess party celebration of life for our daughter, instead of a "funeral". Our blog has the videos, incase you'd like to check any of it out. I had no idea how to plan a funeral, but God surrounded me with helpers and He pulled it all together. Our blog is www.AllArePreciousInHisSight.blogspot.com. I will keep your family in my prayers. I am so sorry. I do understand. You will be walking something that no parent should ever halve to walk, but God is faithful and He will hold your hand and your heart, even amidst the darkest hours. It won't be easy by any means, but 2 months out from our daughter's Homegoing, I am here to say He is always faithful. Feel free to contact me any time at Lorraine@ForgottenSawRanch.com.

Tricia said...

I am so sorry. I will keep you in my prayers.

Karol said...

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knows them that trust in him. Nahum 1:9 The journey you have just embarked on is a painful one but He never leaves. God is on his throne, whether we are on top of the mountains, or in the valley of the shadow of death.
She's dancing with my Laynee now.
Prayers of peace for you all

Mel said...

Praying for comfort and strength for your family as you mourn the loss of your sweet Kristen. God bless you.

Lacey said...

Prayers coming as you try to go on without sweet Kristen. Love you Polly!

nancy said...

I am so sorry. One thing you can say for sure, Kristen knew how very loved she is.

Leah said...

I have been reading your blog for quite some time. Kristen has been such an inspiration to me and to my daughter Angela. I am so sorry to hear of your family's loss today. May He comfort all of you as you continue on your journey, hearing Kristen's laughter as you go about your days.

Denise said...

Crying earthly tears of sadness with your family but know that Heaven is rejoicing with their newest Angel. She is sooo loved!!!

Kristin said...

My hand is over my mouth - speechless. Know your entire family is in our prayers. We both know that you and Kristen will be united again someday. That's how our Heavenly Father has planned it.
There are no words. I'm sorry just doesn't cut it. I know. But sorry and saddened we are. Praying for your peace.

Mel said...

We are so very sorry and sad for your loss. I have been following Kirsten's journey for a while now, and have been touched by her, as have countless others I am sure. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and precious girl with us all.

Angi said...

Not expecting this news today, so very sad...hearbreaking, just received the pics yesterday signed by you (Polly) and Kristen...thank you so very much for allowing me to share in your brave lives.

Prestontw said...

may Kristen find some peace in the next world...

Rachel said...

I am so sorry for your loss...I will be praying for your family!

Christi Harrison said...

I'm so glad Kristen is in no physical pain but so sorry that you are in so much pain now. I am so sad. May God Bless You with love to help you with this sadness that must be overwhelming. Prayers are coming. Lots of love, Christi

Emma said...

Still remembering you all in my prayers, always. I know she's with our Saviour now, happy and healthy. Just the way you wanted her to be.

I know it's not easy for those left behind. I don't know what else to say, but Jesus does. He will hold you.

ABandCsMom said...

Oh Polly, I'm so very, very sorry and so sad for your family. I just know that Kristen and Carly are looking down from above, dancing and singing Hannah Montana songs together. They will forever be, the music within our hearts.

Gaining Grace said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm praying for your family in your grief. Kristin touched many people and her impact will felt strongly. Thank you for sharing her with us all.

Beth said...

So sorry to learn of Kristen's passing. I know she was surrounded with love. What a beautiful person she was.

My prayers are with you all.

Googsmom said...

Prayers to your family!

Cammie Heflin said...

I just saw on Facebook that Kristen had passed. I am so sorry. Prayers to your family.

Amy Flege said...

I am so sorry for your loss. She was so brave!!!! Prayers to you and your family.

katie said...

oh my, not expecting this kind of news. I'm so sorry.

Junior said...

so very sorry, keeping your family in our prayers.

Sharon said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

stephanie said...

We are here Polly.

Lean on us now. Blogland will hold you.
We will be strong for you!

All our love , from my family to yours!

Allison said...

I don't have words for what you have gone through.... Kristen was an inspiration to me, she fought so hard and made a huge impact on so many peoples lives. keeping your family in my prayers.

My Blog said...

I am crying right now. I don't understand why such beautiful people pass away, but I will keep her and your family in my prayers. I have followed your blog for a very long time and I am devastated and cannot imagine what you are going through. Prayers to you. So many people will miss your beautiful Angel.

treasuresandsnares said...

I am so sorry, I have no words to stop your pain. I will pray for your family though and hold them up. Thank you for sharing your Sweetest Angel with us. I have been very moved touched by her in ways I can not explain. Thank you for sharing her with me...Hugs of love

Kim

Cindy said...

I can barely write this through the tears. I am so sorry for your loss. Kristen touched me more than you know. Your family will be in my prayers.

Stephanie said...

Words are not enough....I am just sooooo sorry that this has happened, but I am SURE that Kristen is dancing in heaven now. She was a warrior Princess. She set the bar high in dealing with adversity & we will never forget the lessons she taught us.

Our love & prayers go out to Polly & the rest of Kristen's family. 'Til we are all reunited.....John 3:21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Hugs!

Stephanie & Christopher

heather said...

I've also followed your journey for some time and am so sad to read this post today. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I'm so happy she felt well enough to make it to the wedding. What a wonderful memory for all of your family. We love you!

Blessed with Boys said...

We are holding you all tight in our arms!! So wish we could be there with you. Please know that we are praying for your family at this most difficult time. Kristen is an AMAZING person and has taught me so much!! She will be missed!

Mama Mason-Mann said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

I am so sad to read this! I just checked your blog this morning and then saw someone else post this news tonite. What a shock! I am so happy that Kristen is healthy and whole in Heaven, but I am so sorry for the pain you are enduring.

Your family is in my thoughts.

Deb Dougherty said...

I am so very sorry!

Michelle said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May you always have wonderful memories of Kristen. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The Fluck Family said...

i am a lurker of your blog..i would check in so ofter to read about how your girl was doing. i just learned today on the Ds forum that she had passed. I am so very sorry...those are the only words i have for you. i know nothing will really help anyway.

Lori said...

My heart aches for you and your family. I am so sorry.
I am praying for God to comfort you and give you peace as no other can.

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

I just found out on a few different blogs about your loss! I do not have any words that can express how sorry I am that you have lost Kristen - I think denise said it beautifully, heaven is rejoicing with its newest angel but my heart is broken for your family to have Kristen gone from your lives here on earth! thinking of you and saying extra prayers for all of you.

Cate said...

I am so sorry.

Suzanne Chatterton said...

My heart is breaking for your family. Our grandaughter, Olivia, went home to Jesus 5/23/2010. She also had Down Syndrome and leukemia. I know that she is welcoming Kristin right now. I have been following your blog for sometime now and have been inspired by your family. May God bless you and give you strength as you learn to live with Kristin in heaven. ch

Heather said...

Praying for your peace and comfort during this difficult time. I rejoice that Kristen was at the weddings. What a rollercoster ride of emotions for your family. She is a remarkable young woman and touched many lives.

mandd3 said...

Prayers for you and your family now, but most especially gratitude to Our Lord for the PROMISE that you will see her again. This is not the end...

My name is Sarah said...

Goodbye Kristen. I will miss you. I will see again one day.

Kelly said...

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Carrie said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Thank you for sharing Kristen with the rest of us and letting us learn from her sweet spirit. I'll be praying that you will be comforted by the love of our Heavenly Father. ((HUGS))

Traci said...

I'm am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Angel Kristen. She was obviously so loved by everyone who knew her. She has been such an inspiration for so many people. I pray for peace and comfort for your family.

stargirl8148 said...

God bless you. She will be missed and will NOT be forgotten.

Maren said...

Prayers and peace for your family. Your sweet angel will be missed.

Kristi said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you all. I know this is unbearable, but we are all here for you to lean on. I am praying that God heals your hearts.
Polly, please know that Kristen and you all had such an impact on all of our lives. I feel honored to know you, even if it is through blog land.
xoxo
Kristi

Sandy said...

I have been praying for Kristen ever since my neice Amy L. told me about your angel. The last prayer I said for her was last night when I asked the Lord to take away her suffering. I pray the Lord gives you and your family the strength to handle your grief.

eliz said...

On Saturday I received the beautiful picture of Kristen holding my card and the afghan I made for her. It brought such joy to my heart! Thank You! For sharing your angel with all of us.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sad to hear that Kristen is no longer with us here to bring us sunshine. We can't wait till she greets us someday in Heaven!
God Bless and keep you all.
please continue to post on how you are doing. We love you!
Elizabeth & Tom Archer in MN

Dawn said...

I am so sorry to hear of Kristen's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tina said...

I am at a loss for words. I am so so so sorry. Polly please know you can lean on all your many friends here in blogland during this painful time. Kristin was an inspiration and will always be loved and remembered here where she touched so many hearts. Keeping you in my prayers.

Sasha said...

I was just jumping on the computer to see how things were going. I am so sorry for your loss. I am heartbroken for you and your family.

As with my mom's passing from cancer in Feb. We miss her dearly...but the awful suffering is over and she is healthy now in heaven as Kristen is. It is good to hear that you got to bring her home and be with her there instead of the hospital.

She gave a brave fight. What a brave girl hanging on till after the wedding so you could have that memory. I am sure you are so proud of her.

Sending hugs and strength to you at this time. You are in my thoughts.

Catherine said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family as I know this time is very hard for you.
May God bless your entire family

Love Joy and Hope said...

I am so heartbroken! My prayers are with you And your Family

Brighton said...

I'm without words. I am so sorry.

LizBeth said...

Crying with you all and praying for you. ~Liz

Becca said...

I'm completely speechless, and so very sad. My heart goes out to all of you.

Melissa M said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers.

Bridget said...

I am sorry to read about your loss. I have followed Kristen's story for a little while and had my daughters preschool class make her cards at Christmas. She had been through so much, so had the rest of your family. How wonderful she was able to attend her sisters weddings. I hope that you find the peace you need to get you through the coming days, weeks, months, etc. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Jeana said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful girl with us. I have been thinking about and praying for her daily. My heart aches for your family and cannot image the sorrow you are feeling. Kristen lived this life so beautifully, taught us all so much about what is important. I can only imagine Heavenly Father welcoming her home, wrapping his loving arms around her and thanking her for fulfilling her earthly mission. This world is a better place because of her, her family and friends are better people because of her.

Mucki said...

Dear Polly and Family. I heartbroken and am so so sorry for your loss. I know words are not enough and can't even begin to fill the void you must be feeling but please know that my thoughts are prayers are with you all. Kristen was an absolute rockstar and such a source of inspiration to everyone. I know she touched everyone's life! Heaven has definitely gained a superstar angel! I pray that the lord gives you and your family the strength to get through your grief at this time. Sushmita (Tina's sister, Saira,s Aunt)

Mandy said...

Prayers for your whole family. My heart goes out to you.
Mandy

Julia said...

God bless you all. May she rest in peace.

schoolmother said...

Crying and praying here.
Joy,RR

j*e*n said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will be saying lots of prayers for you & your family as you deal with the loss of Kristen.

stefanie said...

I am truly sorry from all of my heart, I have been keeping up with Kristen, but just couldn't comment, it is all so sad!!!! I have had her and your whole family in my prayers at night and will continue to pray and think of you.

Lianna said...

I am so terribly sorry for the loss of Kristen. May you feel her smile and love always.

scrappy quilter said...

Praying God would give you peace at this very difficult time.