Wednesday, November 7, 2012

She's free!

Never did I think the same blog that announced the birth of Clara would also announce her death. I'm so proud of her. She finally let go. Free from pain and sickness. Our little angel.

It's been the bitter-sweetest of days. All we have now are memories and we will continue to reminisce and look forward to the future with a resolve to be a little better each day.

We love you Clara girl and yearn for that glorious day when we will be reunited.

Thank you for the prayers you have offered for Clara and our family, they have undoubtedly sustained us over the last year and a half and continue to comfort us. God's love abounds and is manifest through the many kind people who have been placed in our path.

The funeral will be Monday, November 12th at 11am. Details forthcoming.

31 comments:

Cajsa said...

Thanks Natasha for being such a great example of faith. I don't know how you and your family do it so well. I will miss seeing her at the pool but what little I did see, she was an amazing girl. She was so blessed to have you for parents and you were so blessed to have her. We live you guys! Still praying for you and thanks for all your updates through such a trying 18 months.

Marilyn said...

Natasha, I am forever changed by your little angel. Thank you for sharing this difficult journey with us. You are a brave woman, and I am grateful for your example.

::lindsay said...

I, too, echo the sentiments of everyone else---you guys are an amazing family. I'm grateful you were able to share these last 18 months with everyone. I've learned so much from you and your example of faith, courage, and love. We continue to pray for your family. Love you!

Anonymous said...

i just don't know what to say... clara was a wonderful, beautiful girl. i love you clara, you will always be remembered.

to clara's family, thank you for sharing. your little angel is indeed an angel.

IvyWoris
Malaysia

Stephanie said...

She is forever free and what a beautiful reunion you will have with her someday. Thank you for sharing your journey and blessing my life through your testimonies.

Stephanie Leonard

Laurene said...

Thank you for letting us know. May the happy memories lift and sustain you always.

Gloria said...

May heaven bless your entire family! We have all been blessed to witness your amazing journey. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Clara was a wonderful little girl. She has touched many lives across the world and remains truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing her with us. And also can I say her love for her sister was amazing. Kate was truly her hero and she must be a lovely beautiful little girl who gave so much to her younger sister. How proud you must be of her.
We all grew to love Clara
Lesley Fletcher
Nottingham
England

thenowies said...

You and your family are so blessed to have such a beautiful daughter! Her will to fight to the bitter end gave her the strength to teach us all how beautiful life really is! You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers!

LKP said...

Love you guys! Please let us know how we can help out. ::hugs::

Heather McGary said...

We are so grateful to have had the chance to know Clara! Her personality brought everyone she met so much joy! We will miss her but know that she is in a much better place now! Your family is amazing! We love you and will keep you in our prayers!

Anonymous said...

I don't know you. I've never read your blog before and never heard your story. I stumbled across it today on Facebook because a friend of mine "liked" the link to your blog. I just want you to know my heart is breaking for you and I sit here with tears streaming down my face for you... As the momma of young children myself, I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I am lifting you up in prayer to the FATHER today across the many miles...
Love from Ohio.

Emma said...

I will forever think twice before I get angry with my kids, over what's usually something of little value in the grand scheme of life.

I will hug them tighter, kiss them every chance I get, and pray for them every second because I love them endlessly, and what them to be happy and healthy forever.

Clara, sweet Clara. So strong, so patient, so forgiving, so delicate. She is an example of how we all should be no matter what pile of- you know what- we feel like we've just stepped into.

God is merciful, forgiving, patient, strong and ALWAYS with us. Anyone who's lost a loved one knows that their spirits are never too far away, carrying us and comforting us. The day of reunion will be spectacular!

Our prayers include your family at this time. God Bless!

Dawn said...

I just want to say thank you for sharing Clara's story and your faith on your blog. It has made me a more patient and grateful mother, and less likely to sweat the small stuff. I look at my 3-year-old and can't imagine how you have endured this, but my prayers and love are with you and your sweet girl.

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, or Clara but all I can think of is that it only took Clara a little over three years to accomplish God's plan for her. His plan wasn't little either. She was created with such a purpose. She has influenced thousands of people. Because of her people started donating to Children's cancer research.Because of her people empathize with families going through childhood sickness. Because of her people appreciate every day they have. Because of her people greet problems with joy. Because of her people found Jesus. Because of her people will know Jesus.
The strength of your family is unforgettable. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss but take comfort in the support you have behind you.
Clara is probably dancing right now, seeing vivid colors and making heaven smile with her beautiful grin.

victoria said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your family, your story and your faith.
You are all in my heart and my prayers.

Bryce and Candice Blood Family said...

I admire so much your courage to let her go and her courage to leave so gracefully. Thank you for sharing your story. I doubt an angel in heaven exists with enough spunk to keep up so they are just letting her run free! So, so happy for you both that she is free! Every time you feel a bright ray of sun I think it will be a hole in heaven letting her smile shine through right on you!

Pam Anderson said...

Thank you for sharing your daughter with the world. We always enjoyed her fun spirit in Primary in 8th ward. She was always so happy and had great joy.

A Mother's Love said...

what a beautiful little Saint she is now in Heaven. So thankful for God's promise to be with our loved ones again one day. Praying for your family -
Kelley

AshleyFamily said...

Love and prayers to you and your sweet family, Natasha. Thank you for being such an incredible inspiration. - Alison

Karin M said...

18 MONTHS? Ring a Bell? She Served her MISSION and is now enjoying a WONDERFUL Homecoming! REJOICE!!!!! For Her Calling and Election is Made Sure! Peace be unto you and Know that your family is LOVED! Clara taught us SO many great things in life. LOVE CONQUERS ALL!

summergirl said...

Thinking of you all and praying for peace and healing.

b&t blog said...

Natasha & family... i have never read your blog before until today, and came across Clara's journey only to be enlightened by her strength, hope and sweetness! thank you for the honesty and candidness you've shared about your family. i wish you peace during your healing...please know that CLARA and your family has touched my heart!

patrecia said...

Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and your family. You are in our prayers and we know father in heaven loves you and will comfort and continue to help and bless you. Clara touched many lives.

Mike, Sha, Kenna, Kate, & Garrett said...

You don't know me, but I have been following your story for a bit. You have a beautiful family and Clara is such a beautiful angel girl. Thank you for sharing your faith. Love and prayers to you at this time.

Celebrating Moments by Marcie said...

Found you thru a fellow bloggers post. Oh what a sweet and amazing lil girl. I am so very sorry for your loss and will pray for your fmaily tonight. You gald you have that blessed assurance in our Savior that you will see her again and that she is free now. God bless your mommas heart. xoxox

jodi @ back40life said...

Found you through a post on Facebook - praying God's grace and mercy on your family as you continue to walk through the coming days...such a precious little girl, your Clara.

AndreaF said...

I am a friend of Candace's and have been following your blog for quite a while. I want to add to everyone else that Clara has touched mine and my families' hearts. What a precious little girl. My heart aches for your loss. I can only imagine the hole you must feel but rejoice with you in the HOPE and promise of seeing her again. God Bless your family at this difficult time and always.

Melissa said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and testimony. Every time I read your blog I shed tears of joy and heartache for you. You have strengthened my testimony - what an example you and your family are to me!

Keely said...

Natasha and Brian,
I just saw a brief summary about Clara on our ACCOIN newsletter and was astonished. Then I went to your blog and words escape me. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little Clara. The last time I saw her up at the hospital she looked rough, just like all the chemo kids. Then I saw her beautiful smile and pictures of her loving life on your blog and Mariah said "There is my friend." And I was so happy for a moment she looked so well! Then your posts and the pictures of her suffering. I can't stop sobbing
for you. Then I noticed Clara passed away on Seth's birthday; Nov. 7th. I understand so much of the fear of relapse, the joy of doing well, but you've had to live my worst nightmare. Relapse. Thank you both for the time spent with us. Nights in the hospital and the joy of seeing the girls ride their scooters down the hospital halls... I will never forget her smiles. Clara is another child that will be tucked away into the place in my heart where I hold all of the children I've known and grown to love who have died as a result of cancer. God bless you and your family and know that we will keep you in prayer as you travel down this most difficult road.

Anonymous said...

I have prayed and kept an eye on your blog. We are
Friends with Grant and lynsey romaine. Their daughter Henley is battling Neuroblastoma for over 2 years now. I had seen a tag on their fb page several months ago and have been praying for your amazing family since. I'm
Teary but also happy that she is no longer in pain. I'm so glad you have so many amazing memories. God bless. :) Angie Pogue.