Hannah Grace

Hannah Grace
Hannah Grace

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My New Sign

My New Sign

I wanted to share the story of my new sign.  I guess my last post is one post longer than I thought it would be. 
 I was listening to the song by Kutless "It Is Well" one morning because it was a song we played for Hannah's funeral.  As I was listening God gave me the idea to ask a friend to paint this saying "It is well with  my soul on it. So I asked her a couple days later.  She agreed to make me a sign.  She asked what colors and size and anything I want on the sign too.  I wanted it a red/maroon tone and it to 1 ft by 3 ft and a butterfly on it and then do whatever you want. 
She painted the sign and gave it to me!  I love it!  She added a dandelion on the paining.  I wanted to  share the symbolize I get from that simple dandelion.  The dandelion painted here is spreading its seeds.  This flower dies and as its seeds are spread new life is made.  As see as Hannah went to heaven her life was filled with tiny seeds and touched many lives more than I will ever know.  I take comfort in knowing this promise that God used her short life in such a powerful way! 
The butterfly symbol is as the caterpillar life ends and becomes a butterfly so Hannah's life on earth ended but she has new life in heaven with Jesus!  She is healed, beautiful and full of joy walking with Jesus everyday!
These verses were also apart of Hannah's funeral: Mark 10:19 and Psalms 139:13-16

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hannah's Stone and My Last Post

Hannah's stone
Hannah's Stone and My Last Post

After over a year of working on getting Hannah's stone placed in the cemetery, it was put in yesterday.  Each of Hannah's brothers and sisters drew a picture for her and the pictures on included on her stone. 
Martin's picture is the smiling face
Sam's picture is the duck and says "miss you Hannah"
Cassie's picture is the butterfly on the top and it says "love you Hannah Grace"
Heidi's picture is the butterfly on the bottom and it says "I love you so so so so so much!"
Valerie's picture is the star and it says "We love you, cute, smart,loving, awesome Hannah"
Nathan's picture is the 2 people standing next to each other one is Hannah and the other is Nathan
Terri Lynn's picture is the heart with her T and H she wrote.

This stone speaks of the love her family had for her and still has! 

Mark 10:13-16
13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Love, Sandi (Hannah's mommy)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Life After Hannah

Here is a post from one of my friends who also lost Emalee who had Trisomy 18 like Hannah. She says it so well how I want to live my life in memory of Hannah:  

 Before I go to bed... Its so sad how hateful people can get after the loss of a child. They think just because their child is gone they have every right to be nasty to others because "my child is dead!" Hello..My child die...
d too and I am not a hateful person. Do I get depressed, angry, sad..Yes! I miss her so much that some days are so hard for me to breathe and bare. I cannot focus on it or I will
not make it through the day..Instead I try to let Emalee's beautiful bright light shine through me for others to see. She was a blessing! Am I sad shes not here? OF COURSE! But Im more thankful God blessed my life with such a sweet little daughter. I have taken every lesson she has taught me and every day of sadness and grief I have felt and turn it into something Beautiful! Just like her! When people see or talk to me I want them to see Emalee and Jesus beaming from me..not hate! Mommy loves you my pretty princess! This world is a much more beautiful place because you graced it with your presence. It may not have been long, but it was more than most do in a lifetime! ♥

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ephesions 6:10-13 by Valerie

Armor Of God 

Ephesians 6:10-13

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power put on the full armor of God so you can stand against 
the devils skemes for our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers against athorites against the powers of this dark world against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms 
therefore put on the full armor of God so when the day of evil comes you may be 
able to stand your ground and when you have done everything 
                                                                          to stand 

By Valerie  

Friday, September 14, 2012

If You Could See Me Now

                                If You Could See Me Now

If you could see me now you wouldn't shed a tear.
Though you may not understand why I'm no longer there.
Remember my spirit that is the real me because I'm still very
Much alive, I've just been set free, Oh, if you could only see!
I have beheld our Father's face and I've touched my Savior's
Hand. All of Heaven's angels rejoiced as I entered the promised
Land. Beyond the gates of pearl I've walked on the golden streets.
I've touched the walls of jasper and dipped my foot in the
Crystal sea. The beauty is beyond words and nothing could
Compare, I've even seen your mansion and someday
I'll meet you there. Let Jesus be your guide because
His Word will show you the way! So please don't
Cry because we will meet again someday.
-Author: Patsy Stambaugh Deskins

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Noah's Never Ending Rainbow

We are wanting to place a special grave marker for Hannah Grace.  A Trisomy friend told me about Noah's Never Ending Rainbow.  This non-profit organization helps Trisomy families with various things and even grave markers.  I put in an application for Hannah's grave marker.  We are excited for the speicalness of the design we have come up with.  We are still waiting to hear approval from Noah's Never Ending Rainbow organization but in the mean time I will ask for whoever wants to send some support money to this very special organization! 

Thanks so much!  What a blessing Noah's will be to us!

UpdateNoah's Never Ending Rainbow never did come through for us so we will be rethinking Hannah's grave marker and going forward without Noah's Never Ending Rainbows help.  It saddens me to have waited this long with no answer.  I just can't emotionally be put off anymore.  Just too hard.  I'm not sure how we will pay for the stone but we know God will provide.  I will put my trust in God and not the non-profit who fakes out. 
Sandi Kwant

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Psalms 34: 15-22

Psalms 34:15-22
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned

Friday, June 29, 2012

Psalms 30

Psalms 30

Joy Comes with the Morning

A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.

 I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
3 O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.[a]
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.[b]
5 For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.[c]
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
6 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
7 By your favor, O Lord,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.
8 To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
9 “What profit is there in my death,[d]
if I go down to the pit?[e]
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”
11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Words From a Friend

Do not assume that she who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Her life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, she would never have been able to find these words. - Rilke

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

God of All Comfort

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.[a] 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers,[b] of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Various Picture of Hannah's Grave

Heidi and Nathan painted this H
First time we visited Hannah's grave after her funeral
Such a hard time

Setting up for Hannah's birthday balloons
It snowed and there was still some snow at the cemetry so Martin and Nathan made a snowman
Cassie made this
Hananh's funeral flowers
The name plate on her grave, there until we get her stone.
Happy Birthday Hannah
Sam made this duck
Valerie painted this
The paper drawing and painting are tacked down with all the painted rocks
Heidi has a container with things she puts in there and it doesn't get wet
Hannah's first birthday
Valerie is sad and misses Hannah very much
We love these twirlly things!  They look so cool twirling in the wind!

Valerie again! She is so sweet and loved Hannah so much! 

Heidi painted the big yellow sign, Cassie painted the pink sign after Rick routered Hannah into the wood!
Hannah was loved!  and is missed!

Colossians 3:23&24
 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ.

Love, Sandi (Martin, Sam, Cassie, Heidi, Valerie, Nathan, Terri Lynn and Hannah's mommy)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

First Visit to Hannah's Grave

This is the first time we went to Hannah's grave. It was Sunday afternoon.  The after her funeral, so hard!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Few Pictures of the 64 balloon Send Off

The next day at church:  Hannah's 64 balloon send off.  Celebrating the 64 days we were blessed with!  Each day was a blessing to be with Hannah!  The doctors expected Hannah to die at birth or in womb so each day was extra special!
Here is the power point picture noting it is time for the balloon send off!
Elders helped hand out balloons to the congregation!

The balloons being passed out!
Rita helping Terri Lynn, Valerie and Nathan to get their balloon!
Beppe, Martin, Sam and Bradley getting ready!
Grandma getting a balloon too!
Already with the balloons
Rick and I watching the passing out of the balloons
Everyone ready!
getting ready to send off our balloons!

The balloons are being set off!

There they go!
Off in the sky!
Balloons everywhere!

Watching! Gazing!

Everyone watching the heavens watching the balloons float in the sky!

very neat!

Hannah was such a blessing and all those who loved on Hannah and our family were a blessing to us also!  Even those who bless us even now!