Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The birth of an angel!

VernaAnn Gabriel is here! And her heart is still beating!! She's such a strong little angel!

Before I could even finish this post, I received word that VernaAnn has gone home to Jesus. Her family got to hold her and love her and cherish her for 44 minutes.
She will forever be with them!

Thank you again for all your prayers.
VernaAnn touched so many in her short time, we can only hope to achieve as much in a lifetime

I wanted to give away a painting of mine to celebrate VernaAnn's birthday and the love that surrounds her.
I put you all in a drawing. I generated the winner at Random.org and the winner of my original watercolor is


This piece is titled : NOTHING TO FEAR

You are ALL winners! Every single one of you, for taking the time to read VernaAnn's story and to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

As long as we believe in angels and the love they bring...........we have NOTHING TO FEAR.


Anonymous said...

Darla, how beautiful is your family and how much love that surrounded this little precious gift. For such a short time. Maybe Jesus is holding her right this moment, I think He would be and she will feel all his love.
Bless you all so much!


Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Thank you Julie! VernaAnn is the precious child of Ross & Allison, good friends of my son and daughter in law. They are not family, but I feel as if they are during all this.
THanks for your prayers and sweet comments!

Jennifer said...

Aww... heartbreaking. It is so hard to lose a baby, my sister was with us for 4 days. But as you said, they are forever with us! I will be praying for her family during this time.

priti.lisa said...

Congratulations Annette Q, Lucky you! Darla,
Patches is right: We have NOTHING to fear.
There is a reason and a season for everything under the sun...
xox, Lisa

pinkglitterfae said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I only found out about it today, and send my condolences to the family. Sometimes you wonder why things like this happen.
poor little angel :-(
at least she is at peace now.

Jasmine said...

She is so beautiful. I want to say i am so pleased they had 30 minutes together. Each minute is etched into their hearts to cherish forever. Never to be forgotten. I wish them healing and peace xx

Nicola said...

Oh Darla, my thoughts and my heart are with you and this beautiful family right now. Thank you for posting a picture of little VeraAnn I'm so glad we got to meet this special little girl and her family through your blog.
Love Nicola

SugarberrySensations said...

Thank you for sharing Darla,

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone!


luthien said...

i am so touched by this story. and i am honored to have known (even only in your writing) this mother who went thru all the pains and joy of childbirth to bring an angel to this world knowing in her heart that the angel would never stay ... but she still did it. i can see how tired she looks but just look at that smile on her face. the feelings that must have gone through this lady from the time of knowing to the time little angel VernaAnn said goodbye. i wouldn't have had the courage to do that.

congratulations to annette Q :) and thank you once again for sharing this story. some stories you hear in the course of your life, you can never forget ... this is one of them...

Utah Grammie said...

"An Angel in the book of life wrote down your baby's birth,
and whispered as she closed the book,
"Too beautiful for Earth."

Can one's heart be saddened and joyful at the same time? Yes, mine is ...saddened for the family yet joyful they got to meet her and that you shared this family's strength and love with us..

kj said...

darla, i have come here by way of renee's and i find that the most important thing i want to say and do is to tell you you are loving and brave.


Val Zdero said...

Darla, I am sitting here and crying and reading your post...my heart goes out to the little angel's family - warm hugz to you and them...

allison said...

All my thought to them and the little angel., my dear Darla. All my heart and my prayers with this little soul that is now in heaven, And all the support to her lovely mom and family.

LOve and peace.

willowing said...

darla, this warmed my heart and also brought giant tears to my eyes. having just had dylan and being so happy, my heart goes out to that amazing family and the little girl.

i absolutly ADORE patch. i'd make a series or children's book outta him.

big hugs to you. x

Mundo Mundaca said...

My God!!.... this picture of the mother and her small angel is so strong... such a resigned mother.. but at the same time her glance has the force of the love of who trusts.
God received one more angel in his kingdom.... and we received ourselves a lesson to learn.
Thank you VeranaAnn.. thank you Darla.

Danielle said...

Thank you for the update. I updated my blog. I am so thankful that they had those special moments with her before she was called home. I will continue to keep this family in my prayers, and on my prayer blog.

Many Blessings-

Jeni said...

Darla, thank you for coming over to watch the kids so I could go give this Angel a kiss goodbye. She was so soft and all those who loved her were still keeping her warm. I got to be there as they put her footprints and handprints in the baby book. I tried to be so strong but Allison had to end up holding me as I sobbed. After leaving VernaAnn's room I went to watch the other babies in the nursery and wept. Then went to my car and just fell to pieces for the next 20 minutes. I finally talked myself into starting the car and driving myself home. It will be so difficult to see all of VernaAnn's cousins and grandparents at the funeral this Friday. But I know that VernaAnn is very loved.

Silke said...

Darla, there is such strength and love that surrounds the short visit on earth by VernaAnn! And how many lives she touched in her brief life! Your family and hers are an inspiration!!

Love, Silke

P.S. Congratulations to Annette Q for winning the beautiful painting!!

Kelly said...

Darla, my thoughts and prayers to VernaAnns' parents and to you and your family. My first son was stillborn; he lives in my heart forever. There are no words to encompass what they are feeling, but having the love and understanding of family and friends is a tremendous help and blessing.
VernaAnn is an angel watching from above the ripples of love and caring that are spreading from her brief moment on this earth.
Blessings and love to you all,

Renee said...

So an angel slipped in and out.

Thank you dear baby for stopping by and blessing your earthly family.

Love Renee xoxo

Annette Q said...

Hi Darla,
This story really really touched my heart. Thankyou for sharing it with all of us. You and VernaAnn's family are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
And I am so pleased that I have won this beautiful print of Patches, it represents so much and I am extremely grateful to you. Thanks so so much x
My email address is: annettequirke@live.co.uk

Janine said...

How heartbreaking! My heart goes out to the family and friends!

Your painting is adorable Darla!

Diana Evans said...

Hi Darla!!! my eyes are full of tears and my heart is sad...but I know that this little angel has made abig difference in the world...I know she is with Jesus now and I am sending all of my prayers to her wonderful family....bless their hearts...


CMZ Art/ Rustic Goth said...

Thanks so much for sharing this touching (and heartbreaking) time in the life of this lovely family.
I will continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

All My Yesterdays said...

As another Mother who has lost a child.....my heart goes out to everyone involved. Know she is with the Angels.....
Thank you for letting us share this with you Darla.

Heather said...

what a courageous and brave family. Im so glad that they got to see their little baby girl alive for a little while...I cant imagine what it takes to go through something like that...my thoughts are with them~

Sherry Goodloe said...

My heart and prayers go out to you, your son, daughter-in-law and all of the others that got to love God's gift if only for 44 minutes.

PBsArtStudio said...

What a touching story!God needed her more in heaven!I will pray for this beautiful family. Your art piece is so beautiful too!

Jessie said...

Thankyou Darla for the lovely comment on my blog. I'm sorry to hear the sad news and her life seemed to be filled with so much love. I send my best wishes to her brave parents.xx

Susan Wymola said...

thank you Darla for sharing this beautiful story..it's heartbreaking but heartwarming at the same time..

Sandy said...

You are all in our thoughts! Tell the family to take as may pictures as they possible can. We did at the hospital as well as at the funeral.
The other very special thing we did was a cast of the had and foot. It is a very special something that i have of my little Isabelle.
Lots of love to all of you!

Micah Holden said...

Sending sympathy and prayers to this family.
Thanks for sharing their story, it reminds me to enjoy each and every moment with my kids and never take them for granted.
many blessings to you and this family

Micah Holden said...

Sending sympathy and prayers to this family.
Thanks for sharing their story, it reminds me to enjoy each and every moment with my kids and never take them for granted.
many blessings to you and this family

Serena said...

I had to read back a few posts to catch up on this story. My eyes are now filled with tears, I have a huge lump in my throat, and I am filled with sadness, yet I'm also happy that this precious family got to spend time with their own little angel, VernaAnn, before she passed. xo

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Oh Darla, I'm so sorry to hear that. Sometimes angels could only stay for a short while. I'm glad that her family got that chance to spend time with the beauty they created. Now she is watching them forever.