Friday, December 30, 2011

saying goodbye and saying hello

Ringing out the old year and in with the new, but bringing the memory of our loved ones gone before in new ways, in ways we don't fully understand, in ways we haven't before. But, they are with us.

Wishing everyone missing someone a gentle, peaceful and even happy new year.

"Bring unto the sorrowing
All release from pain;
Let the lips of laughter
Overflow again" ~ James Whitcomb Riley


  1. Hi Aly,
    I stumbled across your blog by selecting "next blog" a few weeks back.

    I have an older sister named Keely, and it is a name I've never heard for anyone else until I saw your post about your daughter. In the first few lines of your blog you talked about Keely and I was instantly intrigued.

    I have subsequently read many of your postings, and I have been encouraged by your journey and your authenticity.

    However, I have not been able to find a place where you share the story completely.

    It seems to me that you are sharing about your journey in honor of Keely. I can surmise she went to heaven as a young child, but nothing more.

    As a songwriter I have been considering writing a song inspired by you and your daughter. As a pastor my heart aches for your family, yet rejoices knowing your daughter is not lost when we know exactly where she is. As a father my heart aches.

    I know your journey is not about me or anyone else. I am only offering this observation as food for thought, as undoubtedly there are others walking this path.

    Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Hi James~
    I always love to hear that someone has read Keely's name today- that means the world to us. I don't hear Keely's name often, but when I do, my heart skips a beat. Thank you for reading her story. The story of her death and birth is the very first post, way back ( She died in utero as the result of a suspected cord accident (entanglement) but we'll never know for sure. After her birth, we were able to hold her and see that sweet face. She has 1 older and 2 younger brothers that help her daddy and I keep her legacy alive. She continues to teach us so very much.
    We'd love to hear anything inspired by a child of ours and would be so very honored. Thank you! You've made my day :)