Every hour of Charlotte's life lead to the words I wrote and read as we honored her on Monday at her mass. Here is my tribute to MY GIRL.
Charlotte's spirit embodied one of hope, and one of strength. I can count fewer people in my whole life who have left an impact which is as great as the one our Sweet Charlotte has. She was perfect...pure...true and it is with a heavy heart that I stand before you today in remembrance.
As a dear friend reminded me, "let us rest in knowing that He is without error"...despite the hurt that is left in my heart. However, I am granted comfort in knowing we will meet again one day in heaven.
With each surgery she endured, I would always part with Charlotte by reminding her of The One who loves her more than her mommy and daddy, even though mommy comes in at a VERY close second! And I was comforted knowing that despite not being with her during those surgeries, she was being held...and was safe.
Although a different life lived, she held court from her room. Think of all the lives she touched without ever having spoken a single word. My peace is that she was able to feel the warm sun against her skin and feel the breeze in her hair as she and I tasted the goodness of being outside one afternoon. It surely could have lasted longer, but the experience was humbling as I realized the true magnitude of the small things in life. And, as you will soon see when we lay her in her final resting spot, she will smile brightly underneath where the two oak trees kiss. She will feel the sun, bear the rain and soak in all that is God's creation. I can't think of anything better than knowing that my Sweet Charlotte's spirit will shine brighter than it ever has before.
She touched the lives of many, and many who didn't even know her. My life is better. Yours is better. I am humbled by her strength and honored to have mothered her. It is my true gift to have been graced by her presence. Little did I know what a great impact her life would bring to the world and to look out and see those of you who love her the way Patrick and I do, warms my own heart to a bursting point.
I continue to be overwhelmed by the prayerful support of our family and friends and even those who we don't know personally. It is not without suffering which we walk this journey, but through it, we see the goodness that is God through all of you. Your prayers have carried not only SWEET CHARLOTTE...but my family's and for that we are forever grateful...for she is my light...she is my love...and she will always be, my girl.