Friday, December 7, 2007

so thankful


I'm at home, sitting in my pajamas after having finished the last of the official elements of Poppy's funeral just hours ago, trying to keep my eyes open as I type. I know I need a nap, but there is so much I want to share and my mind will be busy until I get it all out. Wednesday, Thursday and today have each held a special and unique part of celebrating our little girl and the amazing way God has worked through her short but powerful life. As expected, each day has unwrapped a multitude of emotions, yet what has surprised me is the fact that while physically tired, the events of the passed three days have actually served to lift me up spiritually and emotionally. Adrenaline undoubtedly has something to do with it, but I am convinced that the source of this spiritual and emotional renewing runs much deeper. God has breathed His peace and strength into us in way unlike anything we have experienced thus far on this journey. Nathan said it last night at her memorial service, and I will echo it now: God has been sufficient.

The three-pronged remembrance and celebration began with a visitation on Wednesday night. I honestly had no idea what to expect; I really didn't know how I would handle walking into the funeral home and speaking with the people who came to share their condolences. What I did know was that it very important to me that everyone who came be given a chance to experience Poppy and her life in the most tangible way possible. Family and friends helped me prepare a beautiful memory board, frame my favorite pictures, and arrange her blanket, hat, dress, and bracelet so that everyone who walked through the room could see the physical tokens of Poppy's brief life. I looked forward to being able to show off all of these things, but I knew that along with all of these happy mementos, there would also be another reminder that I was much less ready to see. I just kept asking myself, how do you prepare to see the casket that holds your baby? The answer for me was simply that you don't. Nathan and I didn't spend time trying to psyche ourselves up, or on the opposite extreme, prepare to be emotionally overwrought. We just held hands and walked into the room. What met us was not what I had anticipated. While the tears rolled down my face, I was simply blown away by the beauty that surrounded her tiny casket. The flowers were all were designed to replicate a garden in bloom. Tiny rosebuds, lilies, gerber daisies, and a host of other "happy" flowers graced the most beautiful greenery I have ever seen. Most of the baskets and arrangements contained lovely statues of angels and crosses, keepsakes that I'll be able to look at long after the flowers have faded. But most spectacular were the poppies that the florist had miraculously found on the international market in China. They shone above all the others in their delicacy and beauty, and the small miracle of being able to have poppies in Memphis, TN in December was a reminder of the beautiful miracle they were honoring.

From that moment on, the evening was a time of comfort. Nathan and I cannot express enough our gratitude to all the many people who came out just to let us know that they had been praying for us and that they were sorry for our loss. Many people expressed that they didn't have words, but the look in their eyes and the fact that they had driven all the way out to tell us that, said more than enough. We walked out lighter in spirit than we walked in. We couldn't have asked for more than that.

Then last night we were able to join with several hundred other people at our church for what I can only describe as the most beautiful memorial I could have ever envisioned for our little Poppy. We have had months to plan what we wanted, and when it was all said and done, it was more. Our heart's desire was to express our thanks to God for what He chose to do through this baby, and with the help of our friends and family, we were able to do this through songs, worship, scripture, video, and our testimony. To illustrate the fact that we saw the journey we have been on as something we have travelled collectively with so many precious family, friends, acquaintances, and even people we have never met, we asked twelve family members and friends to read the passages that have meant the most to us over the past four months. After that, we sang four songs that held particular significance to us, culminating with "Great is Thy Faithfulness." Nathan and I also were able to share from our hearts what an overwhelming honor and privilege it was for us to be chosen to be the parents of this special child. I want to stop and say how crazy, lovingly, and overwhelmingly proud I am of my husband. His words last night are something I wish each and every one of you could hear because what he sad was the sweetest, most priceless tribute he could have paid to Poppy and even more importantly, to Jesus. Without doubt, he was the highlight of the service to me. We also were blessed to have Nathan's brother put together a video and picture collage to music, which of course was more powerful than words in its ability to portray her amazing life. The service culminated with Nathan's other brother playing a viola solo to "It is Well with My Soul." In summary, it was simply perfect.

Finally, this morning our family gathered at the graveside and spent some of the most precious time yet as we shared what this journey has meant to each of us. We sang "O, Victory in Jesus," my Papa's favorite song, and it was so fitting. Nathan and I and each of our family members laid a poppy on her casket, and we said goodbye. Again, as we drove away, Nathan and I looked at each other and knew before we said it what each was thinking: It was perfect. Nothing could have been taken away and nothing added to make it any more perfect than it was.

Now, as I sit and reflect, all I can say is that everything that needed to be said, has been said. Everything I would have wanted for these three days was granted. The beauty in the combination of tears, joy, thankfulness and hope is unsurpassed by anything I have yet experienced. All I can say is thank you. Thank you to each person who has followed our journey on this blog. Thank you to each and every one of you who came out to the visitation or the memorial service to show your love and support for us. Thank you to the amazing servant-friends who have brought food, taken care of the babies, helped us prepare for the service, and so much more. Thank you to each person who participated in her memorial service last night, helping to make it the unforgettable night that it was. Thank you to our family members who have gone over and beyond in every way to be there for us and help lighten our load. Thank you most of all to Jesus for giving us the gift of these three perfect days of remembering His faithfulness that shone so brightly through our beautiful little girl, Poppy Joy.

67 comments:

Kim (marygracesummons.blogspot.com) said...

Dear Sweet Angie,
It sounds so beautiful and the way you describe everything I can visualize it and be there with you. Simply perfect... the way Poppy Joy is and the way she always will be. I pray that God will continue to comfort you and I praise him for what he has already brought you and Nathan through. His grace is sufficient.
You are in my heart and in my prayers daily.
With love,
Kim

Linda said...

What a beautiful post. You described it so vividly I felt as if I were there. You have shared so beautifully and very specifically how the Father has provided for you and your family during each step of this journey with sweet little Poppy Joy. What an awesome God we serve and I feel that with every post I read here. Thank you for being transparent. I will continue to pray for you.
Blessings,
Linda

Laurie said...

Dear Angie,

You are such a blessing, a joy and a treasure to me. Your faith in the Lord shines so bright in your words. That He met each and every need and more, well this is because of His love for you following Him down this road less travelled, trusting Him with your future, both you and Nathan. Bless you both for sharing this most private and personal journey of tears, sorrow,
pain, joy, peace and trust in giving back to Him what He gifted you with for three wonderful hours. Poppy Joy, this precious glimpse of Gods perfect love dances with Jesus now as she watches over you. Sufficient Grace, choosing life, willing hearts, Poppy Joy, Perfect.
My prayers will continue for you always as you turn the page of this journey of life and hope, and continue to hope and heal. I love you guys.

Laurie in Ca.

So Blessed said...

Your description of the services for Poppy were so sweet and perfect. I am so thankful that you are able to see and feel the blessings that our loving Father is pouring out on you....and I pray that you continue to feel the love and support of all the people who care about you...even ones like me who don't even know you, but have been touched by your precious baby girl and by your amazing testimony during your journey. May God continue to hold you close each and every day.

Amy said...

Those are some of the most beautiful words I have ever read.

Thank you for sharing the deepest parts of your heart with us. It has been such an honor and a privilege to follow you on this journey. My life will never be the same.

I will continue to pray for you in days, weeks and months ahead.

Rebecca said...

Angie,

Thank you for sharing this with us. I so wanted to be there. I'm looking forward to seeing the video.

I'll keep praying.

Rebecca

ali said...

continuing to pray for you and your sweet family even though we do not know one another. the post was beautiful and so encouraging. thank you for sharing life with us the way that you have.

Kenzie Stanfield said...

Angie-

I am so thankful that above all, you are filled with Christ's love and hope. You have described the past several days in a way that seem like a beautifully painted picture... joy and sadness, but full of color and life. Thank you for continuing to share this journey and for sharing the strength you have found through the Lord. He is sufficient.

Prayers and praise,
Kenzie

Marlina said...

Thanks once again for sharing your heart and life with us. Poppy has already left a huge legacy. We are still praying for your family.
Love and hugs to you!!

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful description. I felt like I was there. I'm sorry I was unable to share in the service. Thank you for putting it into words. I am praying for you and Nathans healing. You are all so precious to us. Our prayers are with you.

Jeanne

Elizabeth S said...

It sounds weird to say this, but I am so happy for you that your days went like you wanted them to. Your testimony has blessed me more than I could put into words. It has made me a better mother, wife, and Christian. I will continue to pray for your family.

Anonymous said...

I have beeing following your life through the Farley's website. Though I do not know either one of you, I have wept and felt pain for you that I did not know I could even feel. As a mother, I am completely humbled by your faithfulness to Christ through the hardest part of being a parent. My fear came true for you, yet you both, along with your husbands, have shed so much light to the unknowns of that fear. You have given God all the glory, honor and praise, that until now, I didn't know was possible. The most touching thing i read was when you were writing about the most beautiful picture, As she went straight from your arms to Christs arms....absolutely amazing!!! You are right, that is unbelievably beautiful. I have two little girls, 3 and 2. Tonight, after reading your blog, I went into their room and praised God for them. Please know that God IS getting the glory through Poppy Joys life and it is because she has two amazing parents who are able to share their joy, pain and love for Christ with more people than you will ever know!! PRAISE GOD WHO REIGNS ON HIGH!!!!
Bless you and your sweet precious family.
courtney smith, goodlettsville tn

Emily said...

Perfect. You may not feel it now, sweet Angie, but your God shines so brightly through your brokenness. I am praising Him not only for the fulfillment of dreams, but for the unexpected, breathtaking blessings He's sprinkled along the way. More beautiful than poppies from China in December was your girl and more sacred was she than even the most perfectly orchestrated service. Once again, our God has gone above and beyond. On top of it all, He's given you the strength to praise on this, the darkest day of your life thus far. I'm praying for rest for you and peace to fill your weary soul, as you realize your job is over. What a wonderful mother you are! And what an amazing family you've been blessed with! Cling to Psalm 139 and know that when you not what to say, we are standing in the gap for you.

Wade, Melanie, & kids said...

Angie,
This was a beautiful writing! I will continue to keep your family in my prayers!
Love,
Melanie Smith

Anonymous said...

ang-
ive been meaning to write ever since the celebration service to say exactly what you said in your blog. it was perfect. i have never been to a better service in all my life. i was convicted and encouraged and reminded of God's faithfulness through each part. through the scripture, the words in the worship songs, through your testimonies. i am so thankful for you and nathan and for what God has done and continues to do in each of our lives as a result of poppy. i should be saying all of this in person, but you know i am much better at expressing myself in writing. i love you so much,
Anna

erin said...

wow you have an amazing faith. thank you for sharing all that you and your family have been going through. i am challenged by you daily. i am so sorry for your loss and pray that God will continue to comfort you. poppy is beautiful :)

Anonymous said...

I'm speechless. There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said in the other comments. But know that Poppy's life, and your response to her life, are touching the corners of the globe.

Tina

jena baker said...

Angie,

Once again I just want to thank you and Nathan for sharing this very personal experience with all of us. I will continue to pray for your family in the days ahead. Please let us know if you need anything.

Jena Baker

Jennifer said...

That video was so beautiful and sweet. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, it has truly touched me and changed my life. It has made me appreciate the miracle of life. I pray that God will continue to give you and your family comfort,peace and joy.

Jennifer
Cordova, TN

kingfamily said...

I'm so thankful for the grace that God has and will continue to poor out on your family. I praise him that you have found both joy and comfort in the process of saying "goodbye for now" to your sweet Poppy. Thanks for sharing the sweet video, I think she looks so much like her daddy!
Love & Blessings,
Brandi in PA

elizabeth said...

Poppy's video is amazing and is a true testimony to the love of her family and friends and the amazing grace of her heavenly Father... our heavenly Father. Thank you for sharing her story with us. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Life Breaths Photography said...

Oh, sweet sister, I am so glad I was able to come to the memorial service. I was blessed beyond measure. Your honesty and hope spoke volumes to my heart. I do wish I could have been able to take pictures for you simply because that meant you would have had more precious time with Poppy, but you have memories that pictures could never hold.
You and Nathan did an incredible job planning the service. I have never been to a more heartfelt and joyful memorial service. It was a true celebration of God's grace and faithfulness.

With love,
Amy

Laurie said...

Nathan, Angie and Marianna,

Such a beautiful video of life, love, family and joy. Thank you so much for sharing it here. Prayers continue for you sweet kids as you rest and heal and take in all that has been blessed and fulfilled by God in this journey.
Poppy is precious and her testimony has just begun. May the Lord wrap His love all around you in the days ahead, bringing you much needed comfort and peace. I love you.

Laurie in Ca.

Five Musgraves at Ten Oaks said...

Dearest Angie and Nathan,
Pat and I so wanted to be there, but seeing the video really helped us share in Poppy's precious life! What a privilege it is to intercede in your behalf~we "count it all joy" to have even glimpsed what the Lord has done through the life of this little one!!! We have been touched and moved, and I hope will never be the same as a result! We will pray for your swift recovery, for comfort and peace for your entire family, and that the Lord will use this in Marianna's little heart to blossom her into a godly young lady, with a vision for the lost, a heart tuned towards the Father, with little feet and hands that hurry to obey and do what is right, and a sweet voice to sing and share His truth with all those around her. To God be the glory!!!

In His love,
Beth

Jessica said...

Your family has shown me the true picture of what faith in action looks like. You are such an inspiration to me. I only wish I could have been as strong in my circumstances. I see through you that it can done. I was reading Job today, and at the very beginning, this passage leaped off of the page, and I wanted to share it with you, as you have already studied it many times over, I am sure. But it reminded me of you:

(after Job had received the news that all he had was gone)

Job 1:20a-22
Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Poppy's short life allowed you to show your faith in Jesus to everyone around you, those who already knew you, and those of us who knew you and passed on your story.


Thank you,
Jessica Fiveash

Tracy said...

Wow. I am at a loss for words.

The video was just beautiful! Perfect...just like the last 3 days were.

You are such an amazing example of a good christian.

God Bless you and your family

Karen said...

Angie,

I have a friend whose precious husband was killed in a car accident one month ago. She posted this excerpt from an article titled 'Why Christians suffer losses' by John Piper.


'Being confident in God does not make the pain less deep, but less broad. If some things are settled with God, there are boundaries around the field of pain. In fact, by being focused and bounded, the pain of loss may go deeper—as a river with banks runs deeper than a flood plain. But with God in his firm and proper place, the pain need not spread out into the endless spaces of ultimate meaning. This is a great blessing, though at the time it may simply feel no more tender than a brick wall. But what a precious wall it is!'

julie said...

I could watch that video a thousand times! I love it! I got to sit here and hold Lily and tell her all about her sweet little friend Poppy! She sat so still and "watched" the video with me! Love you!

Kenzie Stanfield said...

Angie-

The video is absolutely precious and it will be something that you can always have to recall those three hours that she graced this earth. Again, thank you for sharing the video and your life with us!

Love,
Kenzie

Elizabeth S said...

The video was perfect.

Mandy said...

At a time when most people would only find sorrow, you have found God's blessing in Poppy. Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us.

Chrissy said...

The video is perfect, more than perfect!

Anonymous said...

Angie,
the video is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. I am sorry I was not able to be there, but I have thought and prayed for you and your family so many times. I will continue to lift you up in the days, weeks, and months to come.
Love,
Nicole Wilkes Eaton

michelle said...

Tears of joy. I admire you so much and I am praying for you. Thank you for sharing Poppy with us in this precious video. May God continue to bless you in His love.

Marlina said...

Thank you, this is beautiful. Such a wonderful life story for such a dear little girl. An amazing thing, to see the pictures of ALL the huge amount of people surrounding her and your family! So many people love this little baby, and she has touched so many lives! My kids and I were able to view the video together, and it is so touching. We have been praying for all the T-18 babies daily in our schooltime prayers, and we will continue to pray for you all. We also would really like to be able to help other families going through this in some tangible way, if you have any ideas how, please let us know on your blog, or something. I know we are not the only ones to feel this way...
Much love from us to you,
The King Family

Rebecca said...

Angie,

The video was so beautiful. What precious daughters you have. :)

Love you lots...

Rebecca

susan said...

Words fail, but still praying. That hairbow is precious! Every little girl needs a bow! Prayers & Blessings from Susan in Amarillo, TX

doyal said...

That is so unabatedly poignant that tears were streaming down my face through the entire video and blog-reading. I thought I would start sobbing. I could never face anything like that with the grace they demonstrated.

The above comment came from my cousin in New Jersey when I sent her a link. You have and will continue to touch many more in the days ahead.

You are special and will be especially used.

Doyal Long

Emily said...

Dear Luce Family,
I can not describe with words how beautiful the memorial video of Poppy is. She is a beautiful, wonderful little gift. What an amazing testimony that video is. What a precious little life. Our Heavenly Father only knows how many people have been touched by your wonderful little girl and by your amazing faithfulness and strength. I have been touched beyond words by your actions and the love you have for this precious little life that God sent to you. What I see when I watch your video is a family that is so very happy to meet this new addition. I see people that are overwhelmed by love. I see people that love our Father so much and they know that He is in control of everything. I am so proud to be your sister in Christ. I am so happy that one day I will have the opportunity to meet all of you and your precious Poppy Joy. You have touched my life in a way that I will never be the same and I thank you so much for that.
Love,
Emily

Grammy said...

Precious Angie and Nathan" My life will never be the same after having walked with you on this journey through the "valley." I rejoice in your faith in our wonderful Jesus, Who really is the only one Who completely understands. One of my very favorite vere in the Bible is Ps. 18:29 "For by Thee have I run through a troop;andby my God have Ileaped over a wall." Keep your hand in His and you will make it. I know!

Much, much love, Grammy (PaPa too!)
He's getting to hold her now!!

Linda said...

I commented before you posted the video. I had to comment again. The video was absolutely beautiful. I sat and cried tears of sadness and joy for you and your family. Sadness because of the loss of Poppy's earthly life and you not being able to partake in it. Joy because the presence of God was so felt as I watched. It is so obvious that, as your Papa used to say and you quoted him in a previous post, you are not doubting in the dark what God has shown you in the light.
Still praying,
Linda Gagnon

Kim said...

I am mourning with you, but also rejoicing with you, that your prayers were exceeded in your precious Poppy Joy. She was wonderful. That video was perfect. I am praying that God continues to fill you with His strength and peace in the days and weeks to come.

rick said...

Such a beautiful precious, precious little face. I just can't get over how beautiful she is. She must have been in the very presence of Jesus.

Julie Christopher said...

Angie, Nathan, and Marianna, thank you for continuing to humble yourself so that we can see the beauty of Christ. Your transparency during this time is no doubt doing kingdom work. Our prayers as a church body and most importantly from my husband and I do not stop for you and your family. You have deeply touched our hearts and until we meet on the other side, you will all continue to be lifted up daily.

Crystal said...

Thank you so much for sharing- your pictures, emotions, and words. I am sure it would be so easy to keep to yourself in hard times like these (or to complain), and yet y'all have chosen to use your journey with your daughter as a way to bring glory to God. Your pure joy in the midst of your trial and mourning is such a testimony of your dependance on the Lord in all things. Thank you for being a testimony to me...and many others. As I have watched belivers go through things in life that are their "worst fears," they have testified that God is sufficient. You have reminded me to hold on to this as my heart can be anxious.
I am so glad you got to sing "Jesus Loves Me" with Poppy. What a precious moment for your whole family.
"To God be the glory, great things He has done. Great things he has taught us!"
Crystal Barnes

Anonymous said...

It is saying the video is no longer available. I tried to watch it yesterday but it wouldn't load. Will it be made available again?

The Phillips Family said...

Although I don't know you I feel as though I have been through this with you. Those three hours will be the most treasured of your life. I pray for your continued blessing and comfort from the Lord of All. He amazes me more and more every day, and now through you I am even more blessed. Thank you for your strength and courage to share this journey through the video. To God Be the Glory.

In my prayers,
Renee Phillips Lex, KY

Anonymous said...

I am absolutely speechless after watching the beautiful video. Thank you for sharing your life, your faith, the joy that God has given you through this incredibly difficult trial, and your beautiful Poppy. I pray that the thought of your Papa rocking your perfectly healed baby up in heaven is a comfort to you. I pray also that God would let you see how far and wide Poppy's story has gone, so that you may experience the joy of knowing that her life, thought short on this earth, is having a profound impact for eternity.

You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

BuckeyeNP said...

I found your blog through the Farleys, although I don't know either of your families personally.

Your words have been a testament to His grace and I'll continue to think of you in days to come. Thank you for sharing your sweet girl with the rest of us - I know that your words and your experiences will continue to point people to Jesus.

pipsylou said...

Angie and Nathan -
The part in the video where you two are looking down at Poppy, and Angie runs her fingers through your hair, Nathan. That is just such a beautiful, true moment. I am so glad you guys have so much of her life and OH MY GOODNESS HER SWEET LITTLE CRY! on video and in photos.

I just love that moment with the 3 of you loving each other. That, my friends, is as close to heaven as we get to be on this earth.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Julie Torregrossa said...

Thank you, thank you for sharing your heart with all of us. We have been praying for you this last week. I am sure you have heard this song before, but when I hear it, Poppy Joy comes immediately to my mind. It is by Watermark, and the name of the song is Glory Baby. I wanted to put the words here for you to read. What comfort to know that the only home that Poppy will ever know is heaven in the arms of Sweet Jesus:

Miss you everyday
Miss you in every way
But we know there’s a
day when we will hold you
We will hold you
You’ll kiss our tears away
When we’re home to stay
Can’t wait for the day when we will see you
We will see you
But baby let sweet Jesus hold you
‘till mom and dad can hold you…
You’ll just have heaven before we do
You’ll just have heaven before we do

Sweet little babies, it’s hard to
understand it ‘cause we’re hurting
We are hurting
But there is healing
And we know we’re stronger people through the growing
And in knowing-
That all things work together for our good
And God works His purposes just like He said He would…
Just like He said He would…

I can’t imagine heaven’s lullabies
and what they must sound like
But I will rest in knowing, heaven is your home
And it’s all you’ll ever know…all you’ll ever know…

The Humphreys in Franklin said...

Angie and Nathan,
Your sweet Poppy Joy has blessed our lives and the lives of countless others in ways you can not imagine. Thank you for sharing her with us.
You are in our prayers,
Mark, Elizabeth and family

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your vulnerabilty & your faith in our God. I am a friend of Kenzie & Dusty Stanfield, Kenzie mentioned to pray as you & your family continue on the journey. I consider it an honor to be connected to you through Christ & I will pray. Beccy Pulte

Anonymous said...

The video was the most tender, sweet video I've ever seen. What a blessing and a picture of God's grace, faithfulness and love of a family. What would we do, where would we be without it? Thank you for sharing that...

Jeanne

Mandy said...

What a precious video. I am so glad I got to "meet" Poppy through the video and know her a little bit. Thank you for sharing. I just love her precious little sounds. I remember Madeline's too. God bless you as you try to enjoy this holiday season.

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com

Emily said...

I just watched your precious video and it blessed my soul! Thank you for letting us catch a glimpse into the full life sweet Poppy Joy lived. Know that we love you and are lifting you up tonight.

kelly said...

Angie,
We do not know each other but it is a true honor to call you a sister in Christ. I am praying that God wraps His arms around you. She was a blessed little girl and I know that the angels danced when she came home.
Kelly B.
Jackson, TN

ToriW said...

Dear Angie & Nathan,
I can't explain to you the impact you both have had on my life by witnessing your faith, love, and character through this experience. God has shown Himself time and time again and your faith is a treasure to behold. Your precious Poppy Joy is absolutely beautiful, and what a gift you have shared in allowing us to view her video. Thank you is not enough.
My prayers are continually with you. May God continue to show you what an impact you and your daughter have had on this world. Heaven is sweeter because she is there!
In Christ,
Tori
Southeastern, PA

Sarah said...

Dear Angie and Family,
I found your blog via the Farley's...I am without words. Poppy is beautiful and her life has touched so many. Your faith and reliance on the Lord has been an encouragement to me as I lost twin girls 3 months ago at 21 weeks. Thank you for sharing your heart with so many.
Sarah

Eric C said...

Kinda cool that Julie quoted the Watermark song...They were at Faith Bapt a short time ago. A very, very appropriate song, written for a very similar circumstance.

Thanks for sharing the video. I was at the funeral (running the video, actually), and my first thought was how I wished those who weren't able to make it could see it. We have some mutual friends that know you'll from BBC, and I've already let them know about the video being here. Gotta love technology.

Your faith is incredible. May God continue to comfort and bless your family in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Anonymous said...

Dear Nathan & Angie,

The video is wonderful and touched me deeply. Thank You both from the bottom of my heart for letting me see this wonderful little life.

Seeing Poppy Joys beautiful little face and hearing her sweet voice made me so happy. There is nothing that touches my heart more than the cooing of a baby or the laughter of a child. Thank you for sharing.

I continue to pray for you both.


Darlene

Christena said...

You guys are so beautiful that it's stunning! Angie, the legacy you have painted for Poppy Joy with your beautiful words is like a warm blanket that is comforting others who have suffered through similar grief. Thank you again and Bless your whole precious family.

The Bailey Family - Mike, Stacy & Abby said...

Nathan, Angie, & Marianna;

I just wanted to let you know how much you are being thought of and prayed for. Words cannot even begin to describe what a witness you guys are for Jesus. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful video and your thoughts with us all.

You are all in our hearts and prayers and we are praying for you all. May God bless you all.

jean stockdale said...

Dear Nathan and Angie-
Craig and I were on a mission trip to Nepal when we got the word that Poppy Joy was absent from the body and present with the Lord. We stopped and had a season of prayer for you and your family as you faced this "valley of the shadow of death." Craig and I bless you in the name of the Lord and thank you for sharing your personal and painful journey of love and loss. We pray God will continue to manifest His presence to you and comfort you by His grace. In Christ alone-Jean and Craig Stockdale

Anonymous said...

After seeing the video, and crying the intire time, it really made me see, how you and your husband are such a strong people. We don't know each other, but I will keep praying for you and your family. I hope the Lord will give you peace and strenght that you will need.
Many blessings,
Hannah

Mama10EE said...

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful little girl. God bless you all now, and always.

Michelle said...

You don't know me, but you have touched me. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Poppy Joy with me.
Michelle (Huntsville, AL)