Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sweet Girl

We unexpectedly, tragically, lost our sweet girl today.....

She has worked so hard.

And her little heart decided enough was enough....

She took one deep breath this morning...

And that was her last.

We are lost.

I am lost.

I miss how she smells.

I miss her.

For the rest of my life.

*** We will post details on services.

63 comments:

Deana said...

I am sending you love and courage my friend...to you and Bart, and your whole family. If there is anything at all I can do, please let us know. Love and hugs.

Princess Abigail said...

Oh Heather I am so sad... so so sad ... Heather my heart and soul are so with you right now. Rest assured that I am sending you all the positive vibes of love compassion and support that my body can muster. Samantha I miss you so much... what a heartbreaking tragedy.

Makenzies Miracle said...

Oh Heather I am so so so very sorry! I will be praying for you and your family!

Tons of hugs girl!
Pam and Makenzie

Rachel E. said...

Heather, I am so, so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious daughter. I came over here from Cici Fischer's blog and want you to know that I am praying for you and your family. May God surround you with his peace and comfort right now and in the days to come.

Jennifer said...

Praying for peace, strength, and comfort for your family as you grieve and celebrate your daughter's life. I can feel in my heart, she is a beautiful angel with golden halo and white fluffy wings and that adorable smile.

Jude said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Janine said...

Now you begin a different kind of Courage Classic. I know you are up to the task. There are no words to describe this great loss. I want to reach out and hug you and Bart and not let you go. There has never been another child on this earth so greatly loved and cared for. That is my comfort now. I hope it is yours. Bill and I send our love to Sam's parents and grandparents.

GingerF said...

She was beautiful and so inspiring. What a gift we all have been given by having Samantha in our lives for these past four years. Cam will miss kissing her feet. Love you, Ginger

Maria Hopfgarten said...

Heather,
I just want to give you a very big hug right now. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Lots of love to you my brave dear friend, Bart and your family.

We're thinking of you, and we're here for anything you all need.

Love, Maria.

monica said...

Hi Heather. I am a friend of Heidi's and I met you years back when I lived in Colorado Springs. Just wanted to let you know that I have followed your story and you are an inspiration as a mother and a human being. This has to be so very hard. I am love and support way from Minnesota.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's passing. My heart breaks just imagining the Courage Classic you are embarking on now. Please know that many strangers who never even met your daughter will be thinking about her and you nonstop!

Melissa Taylor said...

Love to you. I'm so sorry.

Anonymous said...

Our sweet angel, Samantha, is now truly our sweet angel. We will miss her SO much at school.
Mary Anne Tinguely

Amanda said...

I am so sorry Heather & Bart - my hear aches for you. Please let me know if you need anything. I will miss Samantha dearly.

Anonymous said...

Heather and Bart, I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your sweet daughter Samantha. She was so blessed to have such loving, devoted parents, family and friends. I will miss her smiles at school.
Love,
Christy Alden

Peter Kopp said...

We love Sam and her wonderful family. Hang in there, Heather and Bart. Love and support from the Kopp Family. We're here for you for the long haul.

John said...

Heather & Bart: We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Don’t mourn & don’t be sad (for too long). Instead remember her smell, her smile, remember her happily and remember her often.... Our condolences, John & Kimberly Babel
PS, I will ride the CC in her honor this year.

Paula Serbinin said...

Heather and Bart....There are no words that will give comprehension or enough comfort in this situation. Samantha’s spirit lives on eternally and always will. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could hug you RIGHT now! - I miss YOU ALL. xoxxoxox

Jeannie Green said...

Heather and Bart-
I am so very sorry. I am at a loss of what to say, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If there is anything you need or anything I can do, please let me know.

Love, Jeannie

Anonymous said...

Heater and Bart,
Sending you our thoughts and prayers your way. Nate and I always talk about how amazing you are as a couple and parents. Love, Camie and Nathan

Donna said...

Sweet Samantha,
I never met you, yet I knew you. I never spoke with your mommy, but I laughed and cried and prayed as I read her words, as if she were a friend I had known for years.
Oh, Samantha... Thank you for touching the life of a stranger. You can rest now, sweet girl.
Love,
Donna Murray
(Praying for you and your family, Heather...)

ekm1971 said...

Heather and Bart
I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl. My heart breaks for you both. Please know I am thinking of you.
Kristine Wallace

Meredith said...

I am so sorry about your beautiful Samantha's death. What an amazing little girl with two loving, devoted parents....she will always be remembered.

Anonymous said...

Heather and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Samantha was a beauty-full little girl. The staff called her an angel and she was loved by many. All of her friends and the staff will miss her so much.
With love,
Theresa Clements, EC Administrator
TSD EC Program

Rebecca said...

Heather and Bart, there are no words. My heart is so heavy. Through the tears I am seeing Sam and Jack hand in hand. She is giving him big wet kisses.

Max and Caroline will miss their dear Antha so very much. We love you all.

Anonymous said...

Heather,
I am part of your extended family through Maria's journal and wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family.
Strength and love from Redmond, WA.
Barbara Karsch

Jill Fischer said...

My very deepest and heartfelt sympathy to your family. What a sweet little angel Samantha must be. I came over from Jacob's blog but I am Max, Penny, and Cici's grandmother. I know how much this special group of parents gives to one another.... love support, encouragement, advice. You all are an inspiration to all who read your stories as well as each other. My love and heart is with you, and my tears, too. Love, Jill Fischer

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

My son was born Aug 2006, also has some seizure issues. :(

I pray you feel the support being offered by your network of "friends."

Nora said...

Heather & Bart, We are all so sorry to hear of your loss of sweet little Sam. I know this is an incredibly difficult time, so please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers. Sending you love and support, Nora, Mark & Aubrey

Diane Lucero said...

Heather - I am so, so sorry, saddened, shocked, and tearful. Please know I am thinking of you and your family.

Shauna Quintero said...

I'm so very sorry. I can't say it enough. She was such a little fighter and what a lucky little girl she is to have parents that love her so much.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shauna & Christian

ferfischer said...

As you know, Heather, we are with you from afar, and soon, up close, too. We are so lucky to know all of you, and we will miss our 'Mantha. What a big impact on the world she had for such a small girl!

Lauren said...

We've never met, but I've read about your little Samantha through Deana's blog, and I've known and loved Max since he was born. I'm so sorry to hear the news, and I want you to know that you have yet another person hoping and praying for you.

Thank you for sharing Sam with all of us.

Mamo said...

I so sorry for you and your family. I have been reading for a few months and found inspiration in your writings and your little girl. My thoughts are with you.

Steve S said...

Heather, I know Bart through work and was saddened by news of your loss. Please know that my wife Sharon and I send thoughts and prayers from Virginia. We pray that you can find comfort in memories of Samantha. I hope that you can celebrate her life, she sounds like an incredibly special person.

Misty said...

so very sorry for the loss of Samantha.. I will be praying for you and your family.

Misty

Jill Brooks said...

I only know you from P2P of Colorado...but I alread miss Samantha. I'm so sorry and heartbroken for your loss.

Miss Linda said...

I am sending you all my love and prayers! Samantha was such a huge joy in my life!! I couldn't wait to see her and that beautiful smile everyday! The last few weeks I've had a lot of dreams of Samantha. She was walking and talking to me - and now I know that she really is!!!! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful angel with me...

All my love,
Miss Linda

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your lose....Samantha brought so much more to us then we could ever give to her. I know that today she is dancing and singing. I hope that you find comfort and grace in God's loving arms. I am so honored to have been able to be a very small part of her life. Blessings, Miss Lori
Lori Bottens, Carrie Martin Preschool

Robyn said...

I haven't met you, but I've been following Samantha's story through Amanda's blog. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find some comfort in the number of lives her story has touched.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Heather,
Thank you and bless you for sharing Samantha's journey with all of us. Our lives are all richer and more meaningful for having known her, in person and through your writing. All my love,
Judith Cohen

Anonymous said...

Heather and Bart, MM and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Samantha. Our love and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. Brian and Mary Margaret.

Hot Hot JJ said...

I'm a friend of Rebecca Martins. I am so so sorry. Keeping you in our thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Dear Heather,
We have not met, but we are connected through Maria. Maria has written about Samantha so many times on her blog. We are so deeply sorry. Our love and prayers surround you and your family. Love, Karen and Joel Winner

Renee said...

Prayers for you and your family.

Rhonda Rice said...

I am so sorry to hear about sweet angel Samantha. YOu and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved seeing her sweet smile the two days that I was in Kirsten's class. She will be dearly missed, but I can just imagine how she is dancing, walking, and talking with Jesus. God bless all of you.
Rhonda Rice- Carrie Martin Preschool

Anonymous said...

Heather, we haven't seen each other since college. But I am so sad to hear of your loss. You are an amazing mother and woman and Samantha was very blessed to have you for a mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bart.
Casey (Letvin) Hess

Hilje said...

Dear Heather and Bart, I am so very sad...my heart goes out to both of you and your whole family.
I will miss her.
Sending you love and courage and hope to see you soon.

Hilje

Anonymous said...

My heart is breaking for you. Words can't seem to adequately express how sorry I am, but they're all I have.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

KWombles said...

I am so sorry for your loss. ((()))

BLOOM - Parenting Kids With Disabilities said...

I had just started following your blog and I was stunned to read this news. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Anonymous said...

I've have enjoyed following your blog over the past couple months. So sorry to hear of your loss. My heart hurts for you. I hope you find comfort in the days to come.

Laura G

Anonymous said...

Sam and you have made such an impact...such a difference. I thank you for sharing so much of her with all of us...

aissa

The Odells said...

We are SO very sorry for your loss--team Odell will be riding the courage classic this year with happy thoughts and memories of Sam!
Sincerely,
Steve, Carol and Gracie Odell (Sam's old buddy from the Anchor Center infant program)

redheadmomma said...

I have never commented but I wanted to say how deeply sorry I am, but how happy I am that you got Samantha for the time that you did. What a beautiful soul - both your daughter and you. Sending love & grace to you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Heather- Chad I am so, so sad to hear about your loss. Samantha was such a beautiful child; she has touched all of our lives. Much love to you and Bart.

Jenn and Chad Varra

woodswoman d'italia said...

Dear Heather: Thank you so much for your e-mail to our writing group. We've only known you for a short time but through your stories I feel as though I have known you for a long time, and that I've been with you a bit on your journey with Samantha.

I am so sorry for this heartbreak, and will have you and Bart in my thoughts. And I'll see you on Saturday.

Joannah Merriman

Anonymous said...

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you at this sad time.

We are thinking of Samantha and hope she and you will find peace.

Much love,
Boliath & family xx

Cathy said...

Dear Heather, my deepest condolences on your loss. It was a privilege to work with both you and Samantha. Blessings on the journey for all of you... Dr. Cathy

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of you. I'm glad you had the experience of having Samantha in your life. She made your life richer and fuller in more ways than you can possibly count. Many people came to the service and celebration of her life and you had a wonderful day for it, but now today, as the rain falls, I feel for you, and know you are lonely and feel lost. Take courage and feel all the feelings...let them come and count it all joy to know life this deeply. Lori Nunnally, from your memoir group.

Elizabeth said...

I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Samantha's death I send you love and strength. Thank you for sharing her life with us.

Anonymous said...

I met you Heather at the Epilepsy Support Group many months ago and saw Sam's passing in the paper...I have thought of you ever since, and just now went in to read your stories. I was so deeply touched by your optimism, honesty, and love. My heart goes out to you and your family. Words don't seem adequate right now...our children are so very precious...and I am so sorry.

Fawn said...

I figured out how to view your archives and have been crying as I worked my way backwards. I can't think of a single intelligent thing to say. I'm so sorry that Samantha is gone.