Sunday, February 06, 2011

Lily Elizabeth Hayes




Consider the Lilies of the field


How they grow, how they grow


Consider the birds in the sky


how they fly, how they fly!


He clothes the Lilies of the field


He feeds the birds in the sky


and He will feed those who trust Him


and guide them with His eye.




Consider the sweet tender children


who must suffer on this earth


the pains of all of them He carried


from the day of His birth


He clothes the Lilies of the field


He feeds the lambs in His fold


and He will heal those who trust him


and make their hearts as gold.




Lily went this morning to be with her Heavenly Father, Jesus, and proud big sister Charlotte.


58 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oh Erin! I am just soooooo sorry to hear this. Sending our love and prayers to you, Zar and your families. I have no doubt that Charlotte is giving the biggest snuggles EVER to Lily.

Hugs!~

Stephanie and Christopher

amanda said...

I am so sorry for your loss, but rejoicing for your precious Lily's gain. I understand how sad and heavy your heart is now. Although I do not know you, we have a lot in common. I stumbled upon your blog through the yahoo group. It has been almost one year since our tiny daughter was welcomed into Heaven. Lifting you and your family up in prayer.

Jessica said...

I am so sorry that you are now grieving another loss. I know that you know Lily is in Paradise, but it doesn't make our hearts stop feeling grief. You were blessed to know your Lily and you showed her the best love you could, especially giving her the dignity of a peaceful death at home surrounded by love. She couldn't have asked for more that the comfort and love you gave her all of her days.

I'll be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Cristina said...

In the short time she had, Lily touched me deeply. I will never forget her. Our family is keeping you, Zar, Ella & Ava in our thoughts & hearts. Please let me know if there is anything we can do in celebration of Lily's life or for your family. Sending hugs and strength!

Cristina, Matthew & Bertrand

Kalleen at Second Street said...

Our thought and prayers are with you.
the Wrights

Anonymous said...

Lily and Charlotte - Charlotte and Lily - our darlings in heaven rejoicing together - with their great grandparents, who just cannot get enough of them!

I just LOVE that song, The Lilies of the Field. Much love to you all!

xoxoCarolyn

The Boyds said...

I am so very sorry. Please know that Lily's short life has made such an impact on so many people.
My thoughts are with you and your family.

Cushla

{ Bethany } said...

That poem is beautiful...its making me cry. Im so sorry, Erin.

whatever to us said...

In our thoughts and prayers- we'll try to rejoice with Heaven as they have gained another precious angel with miss Lily......

Carleton & Robyn said...

Lily touched my life and makes me want to know my Heavenly Father better. I am so sorry. She is so blessed to have such wonderful parents.

ch said...

you are all glorious somethings too well versed in the art of letting go...but i've learned so much about the overwhelming grace that is delivered through everyday moments and have a heart that's been changed by watching you live your lives outloud. We're praying for you and astounded by you and hope you're wading through the love and prayers bombarding you right now.

Mary said...

Little Lily could not have lived in a better home here on earth nor have been cared for by more wonderful parents, sisters and grandparents. We send you all our love and thank you for sharing your incredible journey. Love, Mimi and Tom

Stephanie Jean-Louis said...

Thinking of you and your family ~

Linda said...

Well, when you have a precious soul who has only a short opportunity to learn love in a physical body, whom can you count on the WHOLE time? Zar, Erin, Ella, Eva and everyone who loves them.

We love you so much. May we each receive comfort in our sorrow and may God bless us each to live the kind of lives that will allow us all to be together in one big, happy reunion.

Linda, Ken, Ian & Katie

Courtney said...

Praying for you and your family during this time!! Thank you for sharing your precious baby girl with us!! We anxiously await to see what the Lord has planned for your family!!

Sarah said...

Erin,

I ache for you. I pray heaven will feel close by you and your family. I wonder if this loss is bittersweet, with two of your girls together again, no longer in pain, but not together with all of you. Your courage, your strength have been meaningful to me.

Much Love,

Sarah Plummer

Heather said...

Much love to you and your family in this time.

Renee said...

Erin, Thank you so much for sharing Lily with all of us so we could learn to love her too. Thank you for your strength, your faith, your courage, and your spirit. I am so sorry for your loss and want you to know that my heart grieves for you and your sweet family. You will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that the Lord sends his precious angels to surround your family to give you strength and peace in the days ahead. My heart and soul are touched in the sacred knowledge that two of the most valiant spirits in Heaven await you on the other side of the veil. Well done thou good and faithful servants, enter in to the rest of the Lord. God Bless you and your family. Love to you all. Renee

katherine said...

love love love you all. thinking and praying for you too. be well.

Rach said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. My prayers for you and your family.

I'm sure Charlotte is overjoyed to be with Lily--and vice versa.

Many hugs to you all.

Rachael

Kathy said...

Zar, Erin, Ella, and Ava. My tears and loving thoughts are with you all. What special children you have, and two angels who will know NO torment, and NO Satan. You are so blessed Erin and Zar. May you have all the tender mercies of your Father in Heaven, and knowledge that Lily and Charlotte will always be watching over you. Kathy Irwin

Jen I said...

You had a lot of tough and emotional decisions and I think you guys did everything just perfectly. You handled everything so beautifully -strong at times, tearful at times, grateful for what you had no matter what came, and just doing the best you could. I hope you feel peace and that Heavenly Father is pleased with you and mindful of your loss.

TMI Tara said...

Love to your family. xo

AussieJenn said...

Rest in peace sweet Lily. Here for such a short time, but leaving a big impact on so many hearts. Go play with you big sister Charlotte, also gone too soon.

I'm so very sorry for your loss Erin. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Melissa said...

Erin,
Praying for you and your family. 2 wonderful angles looking on you from heaven. Prayers.

Anonymous said...

So sad, yet I know that Lily is free of any pain. May she run free with her big sister Charlotte and someday your family will all be reunited. Peace to all of you.

Dannette

Angela said...

Looking at her sweet picture and reading "Lilies of the Field" made me feel a little bit of the ache and a little bit of the peace that you must be feeling at this time. What wonderful parents you and Zar are. You are just, real. You seem very emotionally healthy for what you have been through. I hope our prayers will help carry you through the season of grief.

p.s. My word verification word below is "cradle." :)

Alicia said...

Erin,
I am so sorry for your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Alicia

Anonymous said...

May God continue to comfort you at this time. Know my love goes out to you and my prayers ascend to heaven for you and your family. I'm sure there was great laughter and hugging as Charlotte and Lily reunited.
I love you.
Anne Murdock

Anonymous said...

Dearest Zar & Erin-
Just talked with Kathryn & Mike. What an amazing journey for your little family. You are such an inspiration to us and you so get the bigger picture of this existance. Despite the pain, you are able to see the beauty and come thru the refiners fire with a better understanding. We are thinking of you.
Always,
Beth & Brian Thomas

Anonymous said...

Dearest Zar and Erin,
I am so grateful that you got to have Lily Elizabeth for three and a half months. I'm so proud of you for calling hospice. I'm so grateful that love never dies. Then why is my heart breaking into teeny tiny pieces. . . .our love to all.Hugh and Sharon Yancey

Susan said...

God bless you all. You're in our prayers.

Lacey said...

love you! (hug)

Lacey said...

Lily and Charlotte, dancing together! So sorry you have to do this again Erin, but I love how the two girls are together. Love you Erin, praying for you and Zar, and your beautiful baby girls.

Cathy said...

I am so sorry that your time here on Earth with Lily is over. She was an amazing baby girl who know nothing but love. What else could we ask for our children?

Becca said...

I am so sorry that Lily has died. She was a beautiful, precious, perfect little person and I am profoundly thankful that she got to enjoy the time she had with such a wonderful family.

All the very best to you, to Mr. Erin (can't remember name - sorry!) and the girls.

Please consider yourselves well and truly hugged.

Becca

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Janine Creager said...

Erin,

Thank you for sharing your heart and soul throughout this journey of yours. I have felt like an outsider looking in as you blogged about your experience. Thank you especially for sharing your faith -- it has strengthened me in my own challenges. May God be with you and Zar and your family.

Janine Creager

Bridget said...

Sending you and your family much love and tender condolences.

Leah said...

I am mourning for you...I am so very sorry...

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry. Lily made such an impact and made the most of her life. Everyone who met her, was touched for good. Such a little girl did such great things on earth. Her magnificent spirit radiated and we are all the better for knowing her.

April said...

Oh Erin. There are no words...
my heart aches for your loss. May your angel girls be close to you during this tender time. You are in my heart and prayers on this day and always.

Anonymous said...

I send you and your family all of my love and prayers. I know this is hard but hold on to that glorious thought that they will be watching over you always and that one day you will be with your sweet angel girls again, in the glory of our most loving Heavenly Father and be able to love and raise them for all eternity.

Hot Hot JJ said...

I can't imagine the heart ache. Never should a mother go thought the loss of a child, but two is unimaginable. Thinking about you a lot.

Scrappy quilter said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

We have Angel Wings said...

Erin~ I am so very sorry. I don't have any words to comfort you, I wish I was there to hug you tight.

Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and close to my heart.

All my love,

Tarah

Shannon said...

Saying I'm sorry just doesn't seem like enough. There are no words. I love you so much. You and Zar and the girls feel like family to me. We are always here for you.

rachel said...

I don't know if you remember me from college but I was friends/neighbors of Katie and Alex. I stumbled upon your blog a little while ago and have been reading and praying for you from afar. We'll continue to have you and all of your sweet girls in our thoughts and prayers.

ParkerMama said...

Our hearts are with you.


Tammy and Parker
www.prayingforparker.com

The Kings said...

lots of hugs and thoughts to you from Tasmania. I found your blog through Becky Orton who has become a good friend of ours the past year or so. My son Noah has the same condition that Ben had. I'm so sorry to hear about your beautiful daughter Lily. She was beautiful and I know she was an angel on earth, just like Noah is and is now one of the most beautiful angels with our Heavenly Father.
Thinking of you.

The Kings said...

lots of hugs and thoughts to you from Tasmania. I found your blog through Becky Orton who has become a good friend of ours the past year or so. My son Noah has the same condition that Ben had. I'm so sorry to hear about your beautiful daughter Lily. She was beautiful and I know she was an angel on earth, just like Noah is and is now one of the most beautiful angels with our Heavenly Father.
Thinking of you.

Junior said...

your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

mindi said...

erin,
i am sorry your heart has to break again. we mama's should never have to be without our precious ones. our family will be praying for yours.
love,
mindi

Stacey said...

I came across your blog shortly after Lily's birth and that sweet face captivated me...

I am so very sorry for the loss of such a sweet soul...My heart aches for you and your family, my heart smiles though thinking of Charlotte and Lily together!
May God bless you with Comfort during this difficult time

Anonymous said...

Lily was so sweet and always left an imprint on whoever meet her.

Kathy said...

Dear Erin,

I just got Amy's message to our A Gift of Time group on Facebook. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter Lily. I find some peace and comfort in imagining her being united with your older daughter/her big sister in Heaven and with all of our children that have gone too soon. Please know that I am holding you and your family close in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care and God bless,
Kathy, Bob, Sean & Abby Benson
with Molly in our hearts

"What we have once enjoyed and loved deeply we can never lose. For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us." ~ Helen Keller

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Erin, I am sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks. I have been off blogs for a while and I had no idea. :( That photo of Lily is absolutely GORGEOUS. She was perfection. My heart is so heavy for your loss but so happy that Charlotte has her little sister to play with now!

CanadianMommyto2 said...

Erin, I have been following your blog for several years now and I just learnt late last night that your sweet Lily had gone to heaven (for whatever reason your 'bookmarked' blog on my computer was not refreshing to your most current post since your Year in Review post).

Erin, Zar, Ella and Ava I am so sorry that you are grieving the loss of a second daughter and sister. Lily is blessed to be a part of your eternal family. I stand in awe of your family's strength, faith and love.

I will be holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sheila Peacock
Calgary, Alberta (Canada)