Friday, April 03, 2009

Final Preparations

Today was the day to get everything finalized and prepared for this weekend. Tomorrow we are having a visitation from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Saturday we will have a visitation from 10-11 am and then the service will start at 11 am. I can't believe that this time has come already. It's hard for me to grasp that Saturday will be the last time I will see my little girl this side of Heaven. I don't want to let her go yet but I know I have to. We will be going to the funeral home early tomorrow and I have every intention of taking Carleigh out of her casket and holding her close. I probably won't even put her back for the actual visitation. I'd rather her be in my arms anyway. I don't see Brian or Craig having any problems with me doing that. They've been very kind to us.

Pastor Mark came to our house today to go over a little bit about her service on Saturday. He wanted to get an idea of what we wanted and how it was going to flow. I think we pretty much have it figured out. Later we went to Jarrod and Lindsey's house to finish up working on Carleigh's slideshow for the service. It turned out wonderful. It's guaranteed to draw the tears.

Thanks to everyone who has sent us cards or flowers and thought of and prayed for us.

14 comments:

Queen Of Skiens said...

I will be thinking of you this weekend Holly. I've been so clueless as to what to say regarding everything, I don't want to sound impersonal, I don't want to sound like everyone else, but there are no words to express the heartache I feel for you and your family and friends. You said in a post on Cafemom, shortly after finding out about Carleigh's diagnosis, that we shouldn't "hide" our excitement for our healthy babies and whatnot, but, I just can't help it. I'm afrad I will offend you by saying that I'm impatient and just want Abigail out, when she's a very healthy baby, and I'll be able to hold her and watch her grow up, and you don't get that with Carleigh. It just breaks my heart, and I wish that you could have had a least a few minutes with her before she went on to Heaven. The women in my Joyful Stitchers group are meeting this Saturday and we will be praying for you and your family at our meeting.

Emily said...

I was thinking of your family yesterday while I was driving and listening to K Love. I can't remember the artist or the song off hand right now but part of the chorus was - the same God who carried you over the mountains will walk with you through the valleys. That part of the song always blesses my heart and I wanted to share that with you. Our family will be thinking of you and praying for your family in the coming days.

The Yeaters

Tanya Bottemiller said...

I will continue to pray for you and your family during this very difficult time.

The Balduccis said...

Holly you and your family are always in our prayers.

Betty said...

You will most definetly be in our prayers this weekend...
If I were you I would hold her and smack anyone who tried to tell me different! LoL! Stay strong...but know it is ok to cry. No one will expect you to stay dry eyed. I wish we could be there, but I have to work this weekend. HUGE bummer. Still, you are always in our prayers.

stitchndeb said...

I feel so bad that you have to go through all this pain. I wish there was something else I could do besides pray. It's my constant prayer that in the midst of what's happening that you'll just know God is with you. Psa. 37:24 Though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. ~Debbie

Sarah (Lovemy918-CM) said...

You continue to be in our prayers! This is such a difficult time, and going to be a rough few days! You've been so strong through this entire time....Thank you SOO much for keeping us updated!!

The Martin Family said...

I will be thinking of you, sending you positive thoughts and lots of prayers. May wrap you in his arms and give you the love, the comfort and the support that you need. God Bless you and your family.
Amber

Kat (DrusMom) said...

I will be thinking about you Holly. If I lived close or even in the same state, I would definitely be there.

Mindy said...

I will be thinking of you and praying for you tomorrow. I am glad that they have been so kind to you and that you are able to spend and hold Carleigh as much as you want. Your pictures are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

holly, i was planning on being there for Carleigh's visitation, but my father-in-law is in the hospital in San Antonio and has been diagnosed with end-stage renal cancer. We are flying out saturday...and while I am sad for my own families difficult time, I wanted so badly to be able to be there and just give you a hug. May God be with you and give you the strength to get through these hardest days of your life...i am praying for you all everyday...

love,
holli jaques

Anonymous said...

aaawww MOMMA HOLD HER REALLY TIGHT FOR ME AND GIVE HER KISSES, i JUST LISTENED TO GLORY BABY ,WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SONG!

Anonymous said...

I must say that for the time, that we got to the funeral home to visit with all of you. I was happy to get there after being lost and tied up with traffic. Better late then not being able to share the time with you. I must say at first I could only shed a few tears. I think it was my Aunt side trying to strong for Holly & Anthony and for Linda, but then I knew I had to be strong for my daughter, who will give birth in May and knowing how close she is to Holly. But after leaving the tears fell, it was like I really don't know how to stop then Holly's uncle cried and said how hard it was for him so once again put on the strong sister and calm down to be there for someone in need. I am so glad he went , he cried for around 25 minutes as we traveled home. Uncle Keith said to me that he didn't know it was going to be that hard for him. But he was glad he went. But know we got home safe and as I sit here writing this more emotions over come me and now I can mourn now, I hope I can get throurgh tomorrow and be strong for the ones that need me. I do feel that no matter how much we all go through things in life that is hard, one thing I know is that family is the most important thing in life except for the love of God in your life and the faith that helps us through it . When I touched you Carleigh I knew it would be my last touch with you . And that puts a ache in my heart, I may not have gotton to know you but when I saw you for the first time in person, I fell in love with you and I will miss you very much. I am leaving early tomorrow so I can make sure I can see you longer than I did today. Can't wait to see you again. Your a precious angel that God sent to us for a short time but will have a lasting memory forever. You have wonderful parents . See you in heaven .
Love to you all,
Aunt Nancy

Laura said...

I will be thinking of you tomorrow, and I will say a special prayer tomorrow morning for Carleigh.
I wish I could be there to give you a hug, so here's a long distance one from Austin :)
Love, Laura (emslala)

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