I “met” eight-year-old Daisy through Francis Chan. I have followed her family’s story ever since that day.
And I have prayed for sweet Daisy.
Now I am celebrating her short, yet vibrant, life well lived. And praying for her parents.
Her mother, Kate, wrote a beautiful message of love we should all pause to absorb.
Early Saturday morning we had the privilege of witnessing Daisy’s departure from earth to a place outside of time and space where her joy is complete; heaven.
Our darling girl gave us kisses at midnight, with lips dry from thirst and hot with fever. Tiny and sweet, the words “that’s awesome” came from her tired body after letting us know she was having good dreams. She is safely home… Finally well.
I have refrained from giving details of her suffering over the last few weeks, as it was immense. Out of respect for her dignity and loveliness we have been keeping these painful moments sacred.
My final request to all who read this blog: love. Love your babies, your husbands, mothers, sisters.
Love each day like it’s your last.
All you mamas out there, you have been entrusted with the precious gift of a human life who depends on you.
Enjoy your gift.
Breathe in the scent of your child’s hair, breath. Let them cook with you and make a mess of the kitchen. Play hide and seek with them, build sand castles with them, take them on picnics, read to them! Listen to them, value and respect them, never shame them. Your words they will carry with them their whole life and you have the power to give them wings or stunt their growth. Motherhood can be tough but it’s worth it. It can be exhausting, boring, tedious, but never for long. You blink and they’re grown. It has been my honor and privilege to love Daisy these last 8 years.
I’m thankful for every minute; the joyful and the terrible alike.
“I know The Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (Psalm 16:8-11 NLT)
(Kate Merrick, mother of Daisy)
Daisy’s memorial will be streamed live tomorrow. You can click here for more information or to join.
Let’s not live another day taking love for granted.
As Kate reminded us, enjoy your gift.