Monday, January 5, 2009

Angel Jersey

Our princess Jersey passed away at 5:56 this morning in our arms. Her little body is pain free and I'm sure the Heavens opened and welcomed her home. She is hopefully sitting on her throne waiting for us to live worthy of her. She is perfect, special, and ours forever.

66 comments:

Jewelia Eagar said...

Though i have never had the experience you are you dealing with, this statement has always brought peace to my heart: "The Lord takes many away even in infancy, that they may escape the envy of man, and the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on the earth; therefore, if rightly considered, instead of mourning we have reason to rejoice as they are delivered from evil, and we shall soon have them again."
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, comp. by Joseph Fielding Smith, pp. 196-7. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Shanen said...

We love you guys. I know that hasn't been an easy road for your family, we continue to pray for you. We are here to help with whatever you need this week and the weeks to come.

She for sure is in Heaven sitting on her throne, and no doubt your cute family will one day be right there beside her.

Aleisha said...

Heidi I admire your strength during this series of trials. My prayers are with you and your family.

T*Raw said...

Chris and Heidi, I have been following your blog about sweet little Jersey. I am so sorry for your loss, but am comforted knowing you have an eternal perspective. That is a great quote from Joseph Smith. You have a beautiful family! May you be comforted this day and always. (We use to be in Alma 6th Ward together)

Morris Mama said...

We love you guys so much. It is so comforting to know that she is yours forever. If there is anything we can do to help you, let us know. What an amazing and special little girl Jersey is. Love you!

Alys

Kristine said...

I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your little angel. No parent should have to go through what you are going through. I've prayed for Jersey a lot over the past month and now my prayers will be for you and your family. I know that she is already an Angel looking down at her family with love.

I'm so, so sorry.

Kristine & Katie

Hess Fam said...

What a blessing and comfort to know that you have an eternal family. I am so sad for you guys right now. I can't imagine your pain. I hope you can feel the prayers of others and comfort from our Heavenly Father. Love to you guys.
Megan

Sandy said...

You don't know me, but I have been following the writings of your little Jersey! She is and will always be a beautiful little girl! I am a NICU Nurse, and know that Jersey was a fighter. I will now keep you in my thougths and hope that your pain will soon heal.
Sandy Fischer

hydee ann said...

I'm so glad you got to hold her finally. What precious moments those must have been. I hope you find some comfort in your conviction that she is yours forever. I KNOW that is true. Now waiting to hold her again must be the hardest part.

Nicole said...

Chris and Heidi,
Thank you for letting me be a part of Jersey girl's life. Her cute button nose and monkey hair sucked me in from the start. My heart aches for you right now. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that she touched so many lives. I am so sorry that your family has had to travel this painful path. I know that her little body went through so much, but I also know that now she is free from pain. Alma 11:43 says "The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form." I know that she is her little self again. Her tootsies are perfect and her battle wounds are gone. My prayers are with you and your family during this time. Jersey will always have a place in my heart.
Nicole

Giggles & Curls said...

Heidi,
This is Brooke (your cuz, Shug's daugter) I can't imagine the trial you are facing right now, I just wanted you to know that we are sorry. You are in our prayers and we love you! Thank you for your good example of faith and love.

di said...

Dear Heidi and Chris,
Noel and I are so SO Sorry for your loss. My heart just aches for the things you and your family has gone thru these last few months. Jersey must be needed in heaven to do more important things. We are so blessed to have the gospel and the knowledge of Eternal Families. Your family is in our prayers.

The Larson's said...

We are all so lucky to have the blessings of an Eternal Family. Your little Jersey is a very special girl and always will be. She has touched my life and so many others. Remember, she is ALWAYS going to be watching over you and cheering you on through this life. There is no doubt, that one day you all will be together again and what a special blessing that is to know and carry with you.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family through this difficult time. We love you and if there is anything we can do to help please let us know. We are here for you.

The Larson's said...

We are all so lucky to have the blessings of an Eternal Family. Your little Jersey is a very special girl and always will be. She has touched my life and so many others. Remember, she is ALWAYS going to be watching over you and cheering you on through this life. There is no doubt, that one day you all will be together again and what a special blessing that is to know and carry with you.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with your family through this difficult time. We love you and if there is anything we can do to help please let us know. We are here for you.

Tara Bowman said...

Heidi and Chris-
I don't know what quite to say but I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I can't express how much I wish this wasn't happening to you two. With children of my own my heart just hurts, I don't know what I would do if I were going through this. Stay strong and always know Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us and that he deeply loves are cares for you. We continue to think of you often and keep you in our prayers.
Travis and Tara

Islay, Braxton & Charly Goldsmith said...

Oh my darling Porky. The Mexican emailed me your blog the other day and I'm still trying to think of something profound and uplifting to say to you....and then she just emailed me this morning. I still have nothing profound and uplifting to say :(

The one thing that really stood out to me while reading your blog (thru lots of tears) is how much your little princess was loved. Loved isn't even an adequate word to use. And if I could feel the love all the way on the other side of the world, how much more must your angel Jersey have felt it. That's all we can really do, just love our kids and you truly did a stupendous job of that!
I love you and am proud of you and cry for you and pray for you.

Always, Luci

Renae said...

We love you and are here for you. How great will be that day when you will all join her to be together and her body will be perfectly whole. We are blessed to know that our families are indeed forever. Know how much we love you and continue to pray for your family. All our love, Matt & Renae

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Ashley said...

Heidi and Chris,
My heart aches for you. Just having gone through this too, know you are in me and Mark's prayers. If you ever need anything or just want to talk or vent together, don't hesitate to call!!

me said...

We are so sorry for your loss.

Mindi said...

What an amazingly hard time. Take comfort in knowing you were God's partner in this perfect spirit's journey here. May God's peace be yours. You are prayed for by so many.
Minid and baby McKay

Susie Q said...

To the dear, sweet Anderson Family, Our hearts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. We are so saddened by the loss of your sweet Jersey. Our hearts and prayers are continually with your family, and have been since we've been following Jersey's blog. We have our own little heart baby so we know a smidgen of what you have experienced for the past weeks and no one should EVER have to go through seeing their baby go through something like this and we're sorry that you've had to. In our family scrips last night, we read my favorite scripture that I read over and over again when Brynlyn was at St. Joseph's hospital: 1 Nephi 1:20 "But behold, I Nephi, will show unto you that the Tender Mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them MIGHTY even unto the Power of deliverance." We pray that the Lord will continue to bless you with many Tender Mercies through the deliverance of this difficult trial in your life and that you guys will continue to be as MIGHTY as you have been through this entire experience. Your family is amazing and you are all definitely worthy of Jersey and I'm sure she's so proud of you and that now she's your own special guardian angel.

Our love and prayers to you,
Susie and Mike Jensen family

EVERY JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A FIRST STEP said...

I am so very very sorry for your loss. I also have been following your blog from Germany. I tried to keep up with all the ups and downs from your little princess. You are a wonderful mother and Jersey is in a better place now. She is in no pain and she will be watching over you. You are very lucky to have an Eternal Family, I dont have that and your blog has made me think of the church so much.

Your family will be in my prayers.

Take time to let your wounds heal, so then you can feel the joy and happiness of little Jersey in heaven. You guys are so very blessed with her and she is so blessed to have such wonderful parents and siblings.

I am sending all the love and strenght from here to your precious family.

Jessica

Amanda-The Family News! said...

Oh I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following your blog and praying for you all. My prayers continue for you through this difficult time.
Amanda- SC

Heidi said...

Oh Heidi my heart aches for you and your family. Jersey is a wonderful little girl born to a wonderful family. That we know our families are eternal is such a blessing, even though it hurts like crazy. Our family will continue praying for your family.

The Simmons Family said...

My heart is sad. I prayed that sweet Jersey would pull through all the trials that came her way. She is a PERFECT Angel now and doesn't have to suffer anymore. Our prayers are with you!!

From one heart family to yours...

Andrea

Nichols Family said...

So glad she is yours FOREVER. Warmest regards to you and your family at this time. We love you.
The Nichols

The McKnights said...

I am speechless. You guys have been through so much. I am so happy to hear she is in a better place though and doesn't have to go through any pain anymore. I can't imagine what you're going through but we will be praying for you and your family. I can't think of a better family more ready to meet their little girl in heaven!

Lily's Mama! said...

Hedi....I hope everything I am about to type you can read because I barely see though my tears. My heart is aching for you....Jersey was such a fighter...a precious girl....a brave girl. She went through what NO ONE should ever have to go through...she blessed us all with her presences. She was an angel among us sent to teach of about life. I am sorry that she was called home so soon...it isn't fair....none of it was fair...

I know that you only know me through our hospital stay...but do know I am always here for you.... if I can help in any way, PLEASE let me know.

We are praying for you...we have never stopped.

Jenna

The Galvan Family said...

Heidi & Darren
I am so sorry for your family, but also relieved for her to be free of pain. I am sure this has been so hard on you guys, we all love you & continue to keep you in our prayers. She is probably sitting on Jesus's lap right now- telling him how much she loves her family & how she can't wait to be reunited with you.

Callie said...

Heidi and Chris,
Our hearts hurt for you at this time, but also know of the extra measure of spirit which is yours as well.
I'm not sure there is a challenge greater than saying goodbye to a child--and so no greater joy than the reunion to come.
Elder Maxwell's words were of comfort when we had to say goodbye to our daughter; he said that our tears of separation will be replaced by tears of anticipation of that glorious day to come. I have come to know this is true.
May His spirit attend you in the coming days.
-Callie and Greg Morris

TJ and Jen Sherwood said...

Our love and prayers go out to you. She is so sweet and so righteous and too good for this earthly life. She will always be with you and she knows how much you and your family loved her. What a great blessing we have to know that she is eternally yours.

Aimee and Hardy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. May the Spirit bring you promised blessings of peace and comfort. You are in our prayers.

Aimee,
Mom to Jack, HLHS

Kristin said...
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Kristin said...

I am so sorry for your loss. She IS an angel. I know that I have been touched by her and her story. Sad doesn't even begin to say how I feel for you, I'm so sorry that you had to, and have to endure this. I can't imagine what you are feeling right now. You guys are an amazing family. I am so grateful to know Jersey is taken care of and she will always be with you. I just want you to know that I am here if you need anything. ANYTHING! Don't hesitate to ask. Our prayers are with you. Glenn and Kristin

Alisa Larson said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Our prayers will continue for your family's peace and healing. Please let us help in any way we can.
Love,
The Larson Family

Danielle said...

We've never met but you and your daughter have been on my mind so much recently. I am so sad to read this news- but I am sure that you are relieved that her precious little body is out of pain. I'm sure your heart in breaking, please know that I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Cyndi said...

Oh Heidi & Chris I am so sorry. You have been on such a long hard road. Jersey is definitely sitting on her throne and I know that she's going to be looking out for your sweet family. I admire your strength & faith that you have shown during this trial. Please know that you are loved & being prayed for.

Millie said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. My son has hypoplastic left heart syndrome. I'll be praying for you!!
Millie and Colin-HLHS

Kim said...

Oh Heidi, I am heartbroken for you and Chris. I cried with your mom for a minute this morning before I went to work and you have been in my thoughts all day.

I won't repeat what everyone else has said, just know that you are loved and our prayers continue for your family.

Natalie Hall said...

I to have been following your most inspiring blog and I click in each day praying for a miracle. I came tears imediently with this new post. You and your family are as strong as they come... We will continue our prayers for all of you. Thankyou for your example, you have left such wisdom. I am so sorry.. Jersey is perfect...

Love, Natalie hall

Jamie Y said...

I am so sorry. I'm glad you are able to find comfort knowing that she is in a place where there is no pain or sadness, only happiness. It's every parent's wish that their child have endless happiness, and that is what Jersey deserves. She has touched so many lives in the short time that she was here and her strong spirit will continue to be an example to everyone. We love you guys and pray for peace during this unbelievably hard time.

Beeswax said...

I am so sorry.

Jake and I are thinking of you.

Molly and Molly said...

natalie told me about your poor little jersey over the holidays. since then i've been amazed at how strong your family has been during all this. i'll continue to pray for you all
--molly mouse

Michelle Bair said...

Heidi & Chris
I really don't know how to express my feelings and anything I can think of has already been said so well by everyone else. I just want you guys to know that we are here for you and you are in our prayers. Please let us know if we can do anything for you.
Love Michelle & Aaron

Chelsea said...

I am so sorry for you, I know you will all miss her dearly, but how comforting to know her tiny, sweet body is pain free, no more surgeries or tubes, just happiness for Jersey from here on out. She is safe and healthy. And I am so happy she got to spend her last moments on this earth in your arms.

The Bostock Fam said...

Chris and Heidi!

I am so sorry for the loss of your perfect little sweetie. I am saddened that she had to deal with more in her short life than most of us deal with in our whole lives. I hope you feel the comfort and love in the prayers for your behalf.

Alan and Rachel bostock

R & K + 2 said...

Me and Rich are so sorry to hear about Jersey. She has touched so many lives in the short time she has been on this earth. This must be such a difficult time for you, as parents we can't even begin to imagine. We love you guys and we continue to pray for you.

Leigh said...

I never feel like I have the right words to say, but I am terribly sorry for your loss. I too have been following your blog for a while and have been so inspired by your constant up-beatness. You are such an amazing mother and what a sweet reunion it will be when you meet her again. What a perfect child. I am so grateful for our knowledge of His plan.

Jen H. said...

We love you guys! Your strength has touched us in so many ways! Jersey has left a print on many people's hearts and will never be forgotten. We will continue to pray for family at this incredibly hard time. We are here if you need anything!!!

Marc Moore said...

Chris and Heidi,

All of us here at the clinic have kept close track of Jersey since seeing Chris a few weeks ago and learning of her struggle for life.

Chris told us then how despite the trials you have faced, seeing the Hand of the Lord has had a strengthening affect on your family. Those of us who have watched you from a distance go through this with such trust in the Lord have also been strengthened by your example.

Our prayers are with you also.

WishTrish said...

Dear, sweet, Anderson's~ The Kobialka's love you. When I told the kids about your little Jersey, they asked, "can we still pray for them?" And of course we are, and will.

I love the quote left you by Jewelia. That's beautiful. I hope my little words can give you comfort as well. Here they are.

I on many occasions have felt, undeniably, the presence of my sweet little angels. I know they are with me, especially at important glimpses into eternity, such as baptisms and confirmations. But not just then. I have felt them at happy moments in our home that have caused me to rethink our homes sactity and purpose. Not only have you gained a testimony that you are not alone in your trials, you now also have a face to go with it. Because each time you feel heavenly presence in your life, you will now picture your little Jersey girl there with you. When a stranger at the park asks, "are these your only children?" You will always say, "no, there is a little sister." I know. And each time, you will rededicate your life to becoming worthy of her. I know.

My heart goes out to you in this time of difficult blessings. But all is well. All is well.

Love and hugs,
Trish, Shane, Celestial, Nevan, Mayzie, Meeka, and our other un-named angels

Heather said...

Oh Heide & Chris. My heart sank a bit when I read this as I know what you are going through. Devastating. But now almost 3 years after Camden's passing I can say it is such a blessing to have a sweet angel baby. Not that I would want to do it again nor wish it upon anyone. The lessons I have learned through him are priceless and perhaps I would have never learned them any other way.

I know Jersey is yours forever. I know she is free from her broken little body and when you see her again she will be perfectly whole. Can you imagine raising such a creature of perfection? Bliss.

Thank heavens for the gospel and temple covenants. Thankful for a Savior who made it all possible. We love you.

Sonia said...

Heidi, I finally had a chance to get online, but I talked w/ your mom earlier to make sure there there wasn't anything temporal that you needed today. I love you and Chris with all my heart, and I love your family. Words will never be able to express how my heart aches for you, and I know there are no words that I can say to bring you solace. We have the gospel-we know the plan. You know you will be with Jersey one day. She was and is so perfect. She only needed this short amount of time to prove herself, and she did. She fought hard for her fragile life, but our Heavenly Father loves her so much, He wanted to free her from fighting anymore. Life is precious-it is fragile. We have no control. Heidi and Chris, I admire you both. You have stayed strong and you have fought with her. We don't know sometimes why things happen, but we do know that there is a plan, and she came and received her body and fulfilled her purpose on earth. There is no doubt the heavens opened for her, and she was able to be carried by our Heavenly Father. You will feel that same comfort. I know our Heavenly Father will carry you through this. Of course, you are going to hurt, this was your baby, but you will be with this perfect soul for eternity. The gospel is real. Our Heavenly Father and our Savior are real. I love you and am here for anything you need or to talk. "God be with you til you meet again!"

PamJorg said...

I have no adequate words to add to the many wonderful things said above. I love you Heidi, and your family. Prayers will continue as will your Forever Family.

Katie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead...she will remain in our hearts and our prayers are with you.
Love from another heart family,
The Allreds

nicole said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your precious baby girl. No words can take your pain away at this moment, but to know that she is with her Father in Heaven because she was so righteous that all she needed was to obtain a body and not endure the trials of the world is awesome.

I found your blog through a friend of a friend and was immediately drawn to it because you guys are Sundevil fans and we both shared an amazing OB doctor...Dr Huish.
We no longer live in AZ, but miss it way to much!

Your family in is our thoughts and prayers!
Nicole

Clint, Brielle, and Molly J. said...

You don't know me, but I stumbled onto your blog right when little Jersey was born, and have been following her story ever since. She and your family has been insperational to me and helps me to not take what I have for granite. Isn't it comforting to know that you will see her again and she is part of your family forever. What an awesome thing to know, I am sure it will comfort you. I am so sorry to hear of little Jersey's passing, when I read it this morning I got teary eyed and my heart ached for you and your family. Much Love, we will be thinking of you.
Brielle Broadhead
St. George Ut.

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Julia Ryan said...

Chris and Heidi,
You may not remember us - we are Marcus Ryan's parents. Eve has kept us posted, and we have been praying for your precious Jersey. We will continue to pray for you. The faith and strength that you have shown throughout this trial will carry you through the months and years to come. You have been examples to all of us. Jersey is lucky to be part of your Eternal Family, and you are blessed to have her forever.

The Smiths said...

My heart goes out to you during this time. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
-Joy, Friends of Jenna and Lilyana

brooke said...

i love you guys and will love jersey forever.

K2cole said...

Chris and Heidi,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet family.

Love to you all,

The Coles
GV2

Hautemama said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. God Bless.

Ashley said...

We are so very sorry for the loss of your precious daughter. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Please let us know if you need anything. Love, Chad and Ashley Huber

Sheri said...

I only came across your blog today and read your heartbreaking story of your loss.
I can not even comprehend the feelings your family are going through.
May God Bless you and guide you through this time. Rest assured that Jersey was welcomed into His kingdom open loving arms.
Sheri Nelson