Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our Sweet Angel

I am sitting at my desk this morning still recovering from a terrible cold. I am worn out, exhausted, sore, tired, & achy. I have no idea what to write about, but I know that I need to write about something. I began reading a few other blogs hoping that something would get my juices flowing. That didn't happen. What did happen was that I went from one blog to another & it somehow led me to Faith Massey's website that she posted for Kayleigh last May. All that got flowing was tears, lots of them. I sat here balling my eyes out, using the last of the tissues, remembering, missing, hurting, smiling, feeling, wishing, praying, hoping, & loving. 

I wanted to post this video today to share with you all. Some of you have already seen this, but many of you are new to this blog & may not yet know Kayleigh. My dear husband, Adam, wrote about the amazing journey of Kayleigh's life at KayleighAnneFreeman.blogspot.com. Visit it when you get a chance & meet our sweet, little princess. Kayleigh touched the heart of thousands & thousands of people across the world. I hope that she will touch your heart as well. Be sure that you have your volume on. For me, I can't listen to the first song, Held by Natalie Grant, without losing it each time.



Thank you again to everyone that took the journey through Kayleigh's life on Earth with us. Each & every one of you mean so very much to us. You all hold a special place in our hearts. We look forward to all the welcome parties that we will attend in Heaven, together, as one big family. Kayleigh is going to greet every one of you a big smile, a hug & a kiss. But, if you are blessed enough to see her before we do, please tell her how much we miss her, we love her, & we can't wait to hold her in our arms again. Mommy, Daddy, Allyson, & Brandon love you so much sweetheart!



Aimee Freeman

51 comments:

mommaof4wife2r said...

i so remember and think of that little princess all the time...you all are constantly in my thoughts.

Mandy Quinn said...

I started following Kayleigh's blog about a year ago and this has led me to follow your marriage ministry blog which I love. I think of Kayleigh and your family often and the strength of your family is amazing. I love this marriage ministry blog as I have been married for about 9 years now and we have a one year old daughter and the topics you cover here have helped me realize how important it is to keep your marriage strong. I have shared some of the topics you have covered here with my husband and I have to say that he is pretty happy...giggle. Thank you Amy for doing this and I look forward to continuing to follow this blog.

Dancer4_1 said...

Aimee those photos are amazing! It was a blessing to watch the peace and love of God in all you of(especially Kayleigh!)Love and Prayers girl..when you have done all you know to do..just stand! Thanks so much for sharing!

The Pirsein Family said...

I have followed Kayleigh's story almost from the beginning. She has truly touched many hearts. I have seen the video before and cannot watch it without tears. She is missed deeply. She still remains in my heart and I think about her everyday! Your strength is amazing, even though I know this past year has not been easy. You and your family are always in our prayers.

Addisyn Grace said...

Thank you for sharing your daughter's life with us. It has helped me get through one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding time of my life after I was given a 28 weeker of my own just a few months after Kayleigh was born. Ironically, I started following her blog when I was pregnant. For some reason, I knew I carrying a special baby too. After she came,y our blog helped me to understand what was going on with her. I also found out what it was like to have and to hold a true miracle of my own. Most people don't have this opportunity and I feel most fortunate and blessed to have been given a blessing that most peaople will never feel or see. And now, although with consequence, I am blessed by that 15 month old smile every day. Kayleigh has done for people much more than you will ever know and I thank you for giving us the oppportunity to know her.

4 Lettre Words said...

Thank YOU for allowing us to love Kayleigh. She means so very much to our family.

We continue to pray for all of you. XOXO!

Dina, Neil, Sam & Luke Lettre

~Becky said...

Aimee,

I followed Kayleigh's earthly journey and think of her often. I have a son, our first, who is 10 months old and Kayleigh has given me the gift of not taking my Lil Man for granted. We all go through our pregnancy thinking we'll have a healthy child when the time comes and I did the same. While we were blessed with that outcome, I look at my Mason every day and thank God that he is not only in my life but healthy. I don't think I would do this with such vigor if it wasn't for Kayleigh. Her strength gave so many the strength to love the Lord as much as she does. My Mom passed away 4 years ago and she never got a chance to meet her Grandson so I like to think that she is up there playing and loving on your beautiful Kayleigh. Both are healthy and free of earthly pain and so very lucky to truely be "home".
Thank you for sharing her story with us <3

Beth said...

I followed Kayleigh's blog and she will forever be a blessing to us all. Your family's strength through everything you faced still amazes me to this day. Through the blog Adam wrote and your marriage ministry blog, Kayleigh lives on and has touched the lives of millions of people. You all are always in my thoughts and prayers.

teacheroftwos said...

Oh Aimiee, How my heart breaks for you and your family to have had to endure such a loss. I pray for you each and everyday that the pain will somehow get easier to bare. I could not watch the video all the way through! I do not even know how you get through each and everyday! You are all such an inspiration!

JamieV said...

I have fallowed Kayleigh's story since the begining also. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about her and say a little prayer for her and your family. Through the blog, I really felt like I knew your family and Kayleigh. She will be forever missed by the tens of thousands of lives she touched with her tiny 1 pound hand. Loves to you all!

Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen said...

The Kleenex box by my desk has been emptied I think...I have been following your blog since little Kayleigh Ann was just a couple months old...I know that she touched the lives of so many with her strength and in that, your stength for Jesus Christ stengthened everyone. Thank you fo resharing these pictues again! I know that Kayleigh received more love from her family than most of us receive in a lifetime! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers daily and keep on writing in the Marriage Ministry Blog...it is GREAT!

gem01 said...

You are right! That 1st song is a tear-jerker. But then again, so are all the songs on Kayleighs blog. I always think about your sweet, sweet angel and can't wait to hold her one day in Heaven! God Bless you and your beautiful family!

Goldylocks aka Erin said...

I still think and pray for Kayleigh and all of you every day. You have touched my life deeply. I am so thankful that you shared your hearts with all of us.

Kristy said...

Beautiful. I'm a nurse, and have seen first hand the beautiful work that Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep does every day. The photos of your family, and especially your beautiful little girl Kayleigh show much love. You held her with love on Earth, and God is holding her with love in Heaven. You are in my prayers always.

Rita in Ohio said...

Aimee... I still think about little Princess Kayleigh so, so often. One of her pink bracelets is on my dressing table and she constantly reminds me of how blessed I am to have my three babies with me here on Earth. Every day with them is a gift. I cannot watch that video again because it I can't even count how many times I have cried over it but I do remember how beautiful and sublime it is. Your little baby was/is legendary... and so, so perfect. God bless.

Suzan said...

Oh my goodness, that video brings back so many memories and emotions. But it also makes me smile. I followed Kayleigh's story from the beginning. We even drove down from Asheville for her services because she (and you guys) felt like extended family. She was truly amazing...a precious gift from God.

The Lord started many good works that day Kayleigh was born and although she is not physically here, her spirit abounds from your family. I know she's so proud of you guys!

Ria Thurston said...

Thanks for entering my giveaway!! I loved reading this... as I am new to your blog and did not know the whole story. What an inspiration!!! :)

-Ria

CHATTY CATHY 1975 said...

Oh man.... just as teary eyed today as I was a hundred times before. THANK you for posting this again today Amy. I'm not sure if you knew or not - 4 months ago I gave birth to my 5th child. A little boy FINALLY... born just shy of 30 weeks. I thought of you and Adam in the following weeks - and Kayleigh too of course. Your family has touched my life so deeply Amy. MOST importantly - because of Kayleigh, I hug my kids more often - snuggle them longer each night - and truly know how important they are.

I hope you find your day filled with so many smiles today!!!

Cathy

Elizabeth said...

Every time I listen to the song "Held"I think of Kayleigh, your family, and your amazing strength. God set your family on this roller coaster journey, but I believe God has worked through you and your family in wonderful ways! You are such a wonderful woman of God and I am blessed to been able to hear your story and get to know you through your blog.

♥Cayden's Mommy♥ said...

Sooo amazing and beautiful. I cried my eyes out. I cant imagine, but you are so strong! God is going to bless you in amazing ways.

Erin said...

oh aimee, i just cried a river. i love that little girl....thanks for posting this again, it's just so beautiful!

Tammy On the Go said...

following your sweet girl's life has also led me to this blog, thank you for continueing to bless me

Paula Lahar (NPCN) said...

Aimee, wow...I needed the tissues as well! Beautiful little Miss Kayleigh, and your beautiful family...I think of you guys often, and am thankful for the FB and the blogs you and Adam post to keep us in the loop! I am so glad you all are doing well, altho I hope you get to feeling better soon! I needed this today, thanks for the post...it makes me remember how wonderful He truly is, and how your family has shown me and many others how we can overcome anything with His strength and love! Yours is such an amazing family, such strength and love...I wish nothing but wonderful things for all of you! I hope the coast is treating you guys well, I am jealous! Take care, and I do hope you get to feeling better soon!

Just Me said...

I'm new and I didn't know. I am crying with you today. Oh sweet sweet girl!

jan kessler said...

How precious and tears falling as I played the video. You, Adam,Allison and Brandon have touched so many hearts and Kayleigh Anne also. God Bless and Love you Guys.

Jan

Live Well, Laugh Often & Love Much said...

I started following Kayleigh's blog about a year ago and this has led me to follow your marriage ministry blog which I we love. We think of Kayleigh and your family often and the strength of your family is amazing. I hope and pray to be this stong... I love this marriage ministry blog as I have been married for only 6 months ( now and we have a two kids a daughter 16 and a son 9 and most af all we have god in our corrner.(teen mom and teen marriage errr..,long story) and the topics you cover here have helped me realize how important it is to keep your marriage strong. I have shared some of the topics you have covered here with my husband already. Thank you Amy for doing this and I look forward to continuing to follow this blog.


I look forword to meeting your
sweet Kayleigh one day.

God Bless you and your family.

RyderMakes3 said...

That is such a beautiful video, I cannot watch it without tears. I followed Kayleigh's story from the near beginning, and am so happy to be a part of your amazing blog here, too Aimee. Your family is close to my heart. Your sweet angel was born on my two year wedding anniversary, and I am so blessed to have such a perfect little miracle sharing her birth day on our wedding anniversary. You are such an amazing Mommy, Aimee, I know Kayleigh is so very proud of all you do, and of the work you are doing in marriages through this blog!

Katie

Dory said...

I'm brand new to your blog, But I Know I love it already, I just watched the clip and tears fell, and another little piece of my heart healed! This April I was at my sisters side as we laid her little son to rest!! It makes the joys of heaven sweeter, But we are still healing here on earth!!
Thank You!!

thorney said...

Aimee, I started following Kayleigh's story about a year ago why I was recovering from septic shock. It wasn't long before I was checking in every day to see how she was doing. You and Adam are so amazing, the strength you show in all you've been through.

I watched this video for the first time tonight and I'm glad I was sitting alone in the living room so I could cry to my hearts content. Kayleigh. Precious. Priceless.

My thoughts and prayers are with you dear Aimee.

AFD said...

I couldn't even watch the whole thing. I followed Kayleigh's story and cried a lot along the way. I just can't imagine the pain and heart-ache that you went through and must continue to go through. I still have tears in my eyes as I'm typing this and I only watched 1 minute. Your family is amazing. Thank you for sharing. It makes me want to go hug my two little ones (but I don't want to wake them up right now! :)

Kay said...

Oh how much I miss you Kayleigh Anne, you are my hero and I am forever thankful for you because you changed not only my life but so many others. Aimee, you are so strong and have changed so many life's as well hang in there sweetie!

Jenni said...

I still think of your family almost daily. I miss seeing new and updated pictures of that sweet baby. I miss her! I hope you are all hanging in there and doing okay. She is so precious!!!

Melissa's Thoughts said...

I should have known better than to look at this video at work. Kayleigh did touch so many people. I followed your blog each and every day wanting to see what answered prayers were happening. What a precious sweet angel you had. Be blessed.

Niecey said...

Beautiful video of a beautiful girl.

The Carpenters said...

Aimee,
I know your heart. I know how deeply you cared for that little girl and how completely you miss her. Yet, I know that you understand that she is in Heaven right now, sitting on the knee of Jesus. I can't view the video here at work, but floods of footage are coming back to me as I remember sweet Kayleigh and all the pictures Adam would post. Most importantly, I remember the feel of her sweet little legs in my arms and kissing her forehead. How perfectly innocent she was, and I'll never forget getting to tell her in person how much Brian and I love her. Stay strong, Momma! :)

sterlingchick7 said...

Aimee I started balling before I even saw the link to the video. I've followed your amazing story since the moment I found out that you and Adam were pregnant with Kayleigh as John and my Realtors. I think of Kayleigh and the inspiration to thousands of people you all have become. You continue to shine through this ministry and look forward to seeing each and every post. May God continue to lift you up and keep you close.

Love always,
Camille

April said...

Just found your blog and was incredibly touched by the tribute to your precious daughter. What an amazing homecoming you will have with her one day! Thank you for sharing your story and many blessings to your entire family. Jesus is the great Physician and ultimate Healer and it is so clear that He reigns in your home. God Bless, April

The Bilslands said...

Such a powerful video... just beautiful =) Your story and faith through everything is amazing!

Lily

thorney said...

I had a dream about you last night. I had followed Kayleigh's story, and then readign your blog yesterday and watching the video I know the dream was inresponse to our going to bed and praying for you and Adam. I don't remember the dream, but I do know I woke up and I was smiling. It was a good feeling for you and Adam. I was reminded that God is in control, he does hear our prayers and he has a plan for your life. A good plan and the means to get you all that your heart desires.

Blessings, Mari

Anonymous said...

Loved and missed more than you know baby girl!

Mamãe Rafa, Agnes Luiza e Amanda Gabriela said...

Hello Aimee, once again leaving a comment, this time very touched, his words touch the bottom. Kayleigh touches me deeply. Beautiful video and very touched, I'm in tears and they do not stop running. I also have a premature child, not so far but with all its uncertainties of prematurity. The blog of sweet Kayleigh touch me since the day I ran into it. Each photo, each video. I confess that even though inexplicable, I miss her right now. Anyway, I'm completely carried away by emotion, nor have words. Feel my embrace.
Sorry if I write with mistakes, because I have no fluency in their language and use the translator, but my heart is the speaker and feel. Sorry.
Forte Abraço, Rafaela.

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Anonymous said...

Your (and Adam's) strength continues to amaze me everyday! I followed Kayleigh's journey too when we got back in touch with each other on FB. I think about Kayleigh and your family all the time and wonder where you get your strength from. I do know where it comes from, and that is our Almighty God. I will never forget dear Kayleigh or your family and continue to follow your blog here at the ministry. I pray for you and your family that you receive the answer to all of your prayers oneday. Forever in my heart....

Jenn O.

Nichol said...

I always come to your blogs to just see her sweet face. It still breaks my heart but what a great gift from god. Kayleigh is thought of constanty.

Mommato2miracles said...

Oh Aimee! I started following your blog around when you guys started writing it. I was/am in love with your sweet Kayleigh, you see I am a nurse and have cared for twins (one was 1 lb 1oz and 10.5 inches, and the other was 1lb 3.5 oz and 11incches) these children face incredible odds, and Kayleigh was such a miracle. I read your blog all the time, it reminds me that God was in control of all circumstances (I have a chronically ill child whom they can't figure it all out about) and encouraged me. When Kayleigh died I struggled to come back to the blog, I was so sad, then your marriage blog started and I started reading it. I got so discouraged because my husband kept rejecting many of the things that I was doing from your blog. We continue to struggle but we are trying to build our marriage the way God wants it to be. And I thank you for giving me the courage to try.

shelby said...

Aimee-
I think of Kayleigh almost every day. I still check her blog, then on to yours now. That remindes me, we have missed you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family. And i pray you get an addition to your family soon.

Shelby

Kayla said...

Thank you for allowing Kayleigh to be a part of our life.

I keep your family in my prayers always.

Tanya said...

This is my first visit here. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a great blog you have :)

Rockin Baby Ryan said...

Are you ok? Missing your blog!

Glenn Turner said...

Hey Aimee- Very moving video. Thanks for sharing. I recently befriended a guy who lost his wife to cancer last May and I sent him a quote that moved me when I experienced a horrible time a few years ago. It is by A.W. Tosier and it says:

"I don't believe that God can bless a man (woman) greatly until He has hurt him (her) deeply."

May God bless you.

elteescat said...

Kayliegh Anne is still very much in my thoughts as well as my daughter Bethany's. Bethany just turned 3 in November and she still talks about Kayleigh on a regular basis. Ever since we let off the balloons for Kayleigh, Bethany has somehow managed to connect anything exciting with her! Balloons, bubble soap, fireworks, and Christmas lights all cause Bethany to start squealing Kayleigh's name! On the 4th of July weekend, after shouting "Kayleigh! Baby Kayleigh!" all the way through 3 fireworks shows, Bethany actually waved at the end of the last one and said, "Bye, bye, Kayleigh! See you later!!" And while we were out looking at Christmas lights last month Bethany started pointing at the lights and saying they were Kayleigh! I'm just so amazed at how she continues to feel that Kayleigh is still a big part of her world!!
I wish I could thank Kayleigh because I feel extra love for my Bethany thanks to her! While Kayleigh was struggling in the hospital, I would look at Bethany and be thankful that she was strong and healthy. After we lost Kayleigh, I started looking at Bethany and being thankful that I get to have her in my life. Kayleigh has made me realize what a special and wonderful gift I have in my daughter and I don't think things would be quite so wonderful to me if it hadn't been for Kayleigh!! We love her and miss her very much!!! :)

 

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