Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Silent Night

Today we went up to visit Preslie's tomb. We decided that we would make an effort to go up before we left for California and Idaho, since we would not be able to go on the 2 month mark. We thought that for Christmas we would write her letters from Chris and I, and put them in a little stocking to take up there.

I thought that it would get easier to visit with each passing time, but it was still just as difficult. I stood there thinking of how I would do anything to be able to take her home and hold her. She is just too beautiful and perfect to not be here with us. Chris and I decided to sing "Silent Night" before we left, and we felt the spirit so strong. We know that Preslie is sleeping in heavenly peace, and we will one day be able to hold her again.

A wonderful family sent me this poem, and I have thought of it a lot these past few days. How great it is to know that our baby is spending Christmas with our savior. The true reason for the season.

My First Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees round the world below,
With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars, reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular. Please wipe away your tear,
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description to here the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away… we’re really not apart.
So be happy for my loved ones, you know I hold you dear.
Be glad I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I sent you each a special gift from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory of my own undying love.
After all, love is the gift more precious than pure gold.
It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other, as our father said to do.
For I can’t count the blessings or the love he has for each of you.
So have a merry Christmas and wipe away your tears.
Remember I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
Author unknown

This would have been Preslie's first Christmas, and we will miss her so terribly. It's nice to know that she is our angel, and is with us in spirit.


Elwell Family said...

That was beautiful...you two inspire us. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny and Kelsey said...

I love that little poem! How sweet!

Deb and Stan said...

You are such an example of faith, hope, and strength to me! I want you to know how much I love you guys. I feel the Spirit so strong in your words. Thank you for teaching me.

Bobby and M!kell said...

you two are truly amazing! we hope you have a nice and safe holiday season. we mailed out your card today.

M!kell, Bobby and family ♥

Julia and Jeff said...

We will be thinking of you this Christmas Preslie! Your parents love you so much!

Rylie and Chris thank you for that beautiful blog! You guys are incredible.

Johanna said...

I hope you aren't too hard on yourself when you still find things difficult. I cry everytime I read your posts so I can only imagine how you are feeling. I am continually impressed by your faith and testimony.

Aubreydoll said...

What a beautiful poem. I hope it can bring you some peace during these next few weeks, I know it's been hard on you.

Sami and Mark said...

What a lovely poem.

McGinnis Family said...

That poem is absolutley BEAUTIFUL!!! It really tugs at the heart strings! Whoever wrote that is amazing and must know what we are feeling. I'm grateful you posted that, Rylie. It must've been hard to go to her tomb but, you're becoming stronger by going there. Keep working at it Rylie & Chris. I'm proud ofyou!

Dawn said...

Chris and Riley- you are such a great example of faith. I know without a doubt that your little angel is with her Heavenly Father and her brother Jesus Christ. This poem is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and let me know if you ever need a friend to hang out with! :)

Mark Christie Family said...

I admire your strength in such a difficult time. Such a beautiful thought to write letters to Preslie. I am sure she is aware of it in heaven.