I tried to run today…

but my legs weren’t up to the task of carrying the load that was my heavy heart.  I went a little over two miles before coming to a stop as damp eyes blurred my vision of the trail ahead, and then walked slowly through the newly fallen snow while reflecting on last night’s news of little Emma’s passing.

She made it just over eight years.  Roughly 3,004 more days than than the odds said she could.  Even when you can see it coming from a distance, it is still difficult to accept that her time with us on earth has come to an end.

Her physical challenges were greater than anyone should have to bear, but her beautiful spirit is what we will remember most.  Even though the challenges ultimately proved insurmountable, she was always courageous, selfless, incredibly loving, and kind.

We will smile through our tears as we think of you.  Thank you for blessing our lives and for allowing us to bless yours.  Godspeed, Emma.

Posted on October 26, 2011, in family. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I am sorry man. I really don’t know you, but posts like this give me insight of how amazing you are. I am sorry to hear of this loss.

  2. Very sorry to hear it. A sweet photo.

  3. Wow, what an angel she is. Prayers being offered up for you and her family.

  4. I don’t know you yet, Chris but my heart goes out to you and those that loved Emma. I got into ultra running after losing my dad- lots of tears on the trail thinking about him. When I’m the most miserable and my body wants to give up I think about his battle with cancer and dig a little deeper.

  5. No matter where we come from, or what we do, we all have this aspect in life in common. It is nice to be able to share those experiences and hear other stories that we can gain strength from. Thanks, guys.

  6. Ditto, we love and miss you Emma! Well said Chris!

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