Saturday, August 22, 2009

Goodbye, Beautiful Annaleigh

This afternoon at 4:30, Annaleigh Lucy DiGiuseppe left this world.

She fought to make it through last night, and she fought to get through the morning, but by early afternoon she had a serious case of acidosis, which resulted from the dead bowls sending acid into her blood. The doctors knew then that it was only a matter of time for her.

We spent her final hours holding her, telling her stories, singing her songs, and reassuring her that we loved her more than anything and that we always would. Brooke told her fairy tales of princesses and about how we met, and I told her about Romeo and Juliet (I changed the ending to make it a bit nicer) and Shakespeare and falling in love. We tried to make sure she knew all the things we were never going to get the chance to tell her.

When the time came, she was comfortably resting in Brooke's arms. Her heart rate dropped pretty quickly, and it was over in a matter of a minute. She was in no pain.

We've said all along how great the people at the St. Peter's NICU are and today was no exception. Besides going out of their way to comfort us and ease our sadness, they arranged it so that we could have a family portrait. They brought Charlie out of isolation and Lily out of her isolette and carried both over on portable oxygen tanks. They closed down the entire NICU so we could have some privacy and gave us a chance to be together as a family for the first time. It was brief but it was the best thing that we could possible do. We will cherish this photo for the rest of our lives, I'm sure.

Annaleigh was loved. I said that yesterday and judging by the amazing number of comments I was not wrong at all. We can't express how grateful we are to all of you who have stayed with us through all of this and have offered your love and support. Her eight weeks in this life were way too short but in that time she touched a lot of lives.

We've got to make funeral arrangements now, something I honestly never thought about before. We're probably going to have a small private service for our immediate family-- we're not sure we could emotionally handle anything bigger.

Again, thank you all. We love you baby.

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Anonymous said...

You don't know me and I don't you, but I know of your story. It has touched my heart and I have been keeping your entire family in my prayers. God bless Annaleigh and how lucky she was to have so much love in her short little life. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss and you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Trish said...

I am so, so sorry. I wish there were words that could ease even an ounc of your pain.
Annaleigh is loved and matters. Please accept our condolences.

--Trish, David and Robbie Cox

Anonymous said...

Joe and Brooke, Charlie and Lucy: May God hold you in His arms right now and in some way help ease the pain you must be going through. My prayers, and the prayers of a lot of people here in Texas that are strangers to you but we feel like we know you from your wonderful blog, have been with your family! Please know Texas sends a LOT of prayers your way!

Rebekah said...

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time. You remain in my prayers.

oneparticularkitchen said...

I'm so, so sorry. Praying for all of you.

Skoorb said...

Brooke, Joe Charlie and Lily

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.... Annaleigh touched our lives...

With love,

Robin, Todd, and Ethan Radel (the Skoorb family)

Anonymous said...

Stay strong guys!! You are in my thoughts and prayers

Katie DeRose Wilson said...

We love you guys and are praying for you. The picture of the 5 of you is absolutely beautiful. Joe...to be able to blog about this less than one hour after her passing is absolutely amazing. You are two very strong people.

Celine said...

I am so, so sorry for the loss of Annaleigh. I know how much she was loved by your family. My heart goes out to all of you during the sad time. (((Hugs)))).

Melissa said...

You have been on my heart all day. We have said many prayers for your sweet family in the past 24 hours. Please know that we will continue to pray that God comforts you, and holds you close to His heart!
All our love

Our Story said...

Your daughter is a beautiful angel who touched many lives in her short time.

I will be praying for you all- for the strength to get through this difficult time, and for the peace that I hope eventually finds you.

As parents go, you two simply are an inspiration. You are a beautiful, beautiful family.
With much love,
Kelly
(smilee)

Lucky said...

I am so sorry for the devastating loss of precious Annaleigh... your whole family will be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so so sorry for your loss.

Bridget said...

I'm so sorry. Truly, Annaleigh touched a lot of hearts in her short time.

Anonymous said...

I am so so sorry for your loss. Words are not enough.
Mary

Sara and Dustin said...

Rest in peace little angel. Your family portrait is beautiful.

tbonegrl said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know she has touched all of our lives.

If you have not, you might want to contact nowilaymedowntosleep.org and have some beautiful pictures taken to remember her by.

Sending prayers!

pamelanmatt said...

May God wrap his loving embrace around your family and comfort you during this difficult time. We cannot even imagine what you are experiencing. You are both amazing parents, and Annaleigh was blessed to know your loved. Saying prayers for some peace in a situation that should not happen to anyone.
Much Love, Pamela, Matt, Elvin, & Ryan
(pamela-matt SAIF)

Letty said...

I really don't think that any words can express the pain and sorrow that you are feeling. All that I can say is that Annaleigh was too beautiful so she was called upon by heaven to join the Angels. I wish you all the strength as this is a very difficult time.

Letty & Elijah

Lindsi said...

"Of all the sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these,it might have been."

My prayers are with you
Lindsi (SNL0605)

Lauren said...

That is without a doubt the most beautiful picture I have ever seen. I'm so heartbroken for you all. I will always always always remember Annaleigh and beyond honored that I met her. My heart goes out to you all and I am always here for you.

Rachel said...

God be with you, God bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss.

Just Me said...

Oh, I'm so so sorry. The picture is just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Your story has touched hearts all over the country and now my heart is breaking for you. That a parent should suffer the greatest loss of a child is more than one should endure. I hope that your grief and pain is eased by the knowledge that your sweet Annaleigh was loved by so many people.

I pray that you find comfort in God's love and that as time goes by, your tears of sadness and pain will become tears of happiness in joy for the time that you had with your angel.

God Bless.

Anja said...

Sending you all the love and strength to make it through these dark hours. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss!

Anja from Germany

sabloja said...

Brooke and Joe,
Your family will continue to be in my prayers. This is something that no one should have to endure, may God's love carry you through. Sweet Annaleigh will be watching over you and her brother and sister.
Julie

Jen said...

I'm so sorry. Your family is beautiful.

Stephanie said...

I am so very sad for you both. This is NOT fair. I wish I could take all your pain away and bring your angel back to you.

Lots of love and prayers

Stephanie, Dale and Lilah

Mary said...

I am so so so very sorry. You are all in our prayers.

Doug H. said...

Annaleigh was beautiful, and she will always be remembered and loved.

That is a beautiful picture of your family.

If you need us for anything, please call us. Day or night.

Love,
Doug, Christina, Owen, and Dylan

Sunny said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I kept holding out hope for a miracle. I'm so impressed with how you both are handling this though. It shows what strong faith you have and you will need it in the coming hours/days/weeks/lifetime I know. I will continue to pray for your family and for your new angel Annaleigh. I'm sure she will be watching over you the rest of your days until you can meet again. God bless. Sunny (TTTC)

Jennifer said...

I'm truly sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. She has touched so many hearts in her far too brief time on earth. Stay strong. You're all in my thoughts.

Jennifer (jenber77)

Anonymous said...

To Brooke, Joe and your beautiful family: My heart breaks for your family but I have been so blessed by your blogs and keeping us all updated on your beautiful little ones! Please take comfort in knowing how much love that beautiful little girl had in such a short time on earth and how much of an impact her story has made to a lot of people! Stay strong and continue to love charlie and lily as much as ever! God Bless you both!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for allowing me into your journey through your blog. I have looked forward to following your family from the beginning, and I want you to know how very sorry I am for your family today.

Much love, many thoughts, and even more prayers,
Amy

Anonymous said...

I just wanted you to know that there are prayers for your family coming from San Diego, CA.

CRS said...

I'm so happy you were able to get that picture. It will truly be a treasure.

I'm so so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Annaleigh was truly a miracle and has touched the lives of so many. The family picture is absolutely beautiful and clearly shows the immense love you have for all three of your beautiful children. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rest in peace, sweet Annaleigh.

Catie
Cato3 from Multiple Mamas

Kat said...

Ben and I are praying for you all, I am so so sorry.

Katherine, Ben and Fenton

Allison said...

Words cannot express how sorry I am for your family.

You will be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for your family.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry and I know no words will make what your feeling go away. I pray that you will find comfort in your time of pain. Annaleigh was an amazing young lady who touched so many people by her strength. You all are so inspiring by your strength.
Hugs, thoughts, and prayers,
Kellyn
(a fellow nestie)

Anonymous said...

We are so sorry for your loss. You will continue to be in our prayers and Annaleigh will always be truely loved. She is a very special angel. God bless you.
Suzanne (firegirl05)

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog last night, and I couldn't stop thinking about all of you. I am so sorry to read this sad update, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephanie said...

It is so very unfair. Prayers are said for all of your family.

Kate said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to your entire family.

Meghan said...

Brooke, Joe and Family,
Again, I'm one that you don't know, but I am a TTTCer and have followed your amazing story and struggle. My husband and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I'm sure that Annaleigh's love will live though you and your babies. Stay strong, you now have a guardian angel in heaven to watch over you. Remember that she will be with you always. Please know that The Bump, and specifically TTTCers and SAIFers will always be there for you and love you all! My husband and I will keep our candle lit for your family tonight.

Meghan (MrsT22308)

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Annaleigh was loved and that's all that matters. Love to you and your family from another nestie.

JFa (TTTC) said...

I am so very sorry. Your family has been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Such a beautiful family picture.

Tanna's Triplets said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your baby girl. My heart is hurting for you. We wil continue to pray for your family.

Much Love,
Tanna

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks as I read your latest update. Against all hope and reason I was hoping and praying for a miracle, as were so many other people. I hope it gives you some comfort knowing that Annaleigh's all too brief life touched so many years.

Prayers of strength and comfort to the entire family.

Jane from The Nest

aria said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your entire family.

Jayme (close2it from TTTC) said...

My heart is heavy for you today! Your beautiful daughter touched the lives of so many and will always be loved and remembered. Thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead as you deal with your loss.

Sue said...

May God bless you and your family during this time.

tArA and mAtt said...

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I've been following your story since I came across Brooke on the TTTC board when were both going in for our IVF's in January. You're story has touched me so much, as I sit here streaming with tears over the loss of your precious angel. I can't even begin to imagine your pain, but I am continually praying that you have the strength to get through this. Charlie and Lily need you to stay strong!

May God Bless your family,
Tara (sakidavi)

Anonymous said...

My thoughts are with you all. That is a beautiful picture. It may sound silly but even though I don't know you, I will remember it for a very, very long time. God Bless you all during this time.

momma mimi said...

There are no words adequate enough to express my sympathy for you all. You will be in my continued thoughts and prayers as you go through this.

Amy
momma mimi from TTTC

Michele from FTHS said...

Oh my God!!! What to say!!!! As the tears stream down my cheeks, I can not even begin to fathom what you, Joe and Brooke, must be going through. Take comfort in knowing she in up in heaven with God and will be an angel to her brother and sister. Again, I am truly sorry and you are all in my prayers and thoughts. Hang in there, Joe and Brooke.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prays.
A beautiful family portrait.

Oma6 from TC.

Allyson said...

I am so heartbroken for your family. I could never imagine what you guys are going through. I am crying with you and you will all remain in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry!

Lots of love for sweet Annaleigh.

Allyson
(scally SAIF)

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish that I could offer some comfort, say something to ease your heartache, but I can't. You are so strong and brave and your little angel knew how very much she was loved. If you need anything, anything at all-- you can call, day or night and I'm here for you.

God bless you all in this terrible time. I will pray for you all.

Love,
Cheryl

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

What a beautiful little girl. I am so glad you could all be together for your family portrait.

My thoughts are with you all.

Lindsay and Tim said...

Love to your entire family. I pray God heals your hearts. She will live on in every beautiful thing you see, touch, and breathe.

Lindsay (Foxybride)

Kerry said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in my prayers, and I'm sending positive thoughts for peace and healing.

Kerry

Denise said...

I am so sorry Brooke and Joe. I can't even get the words out to say how sorry I am. What a beautiful picture, something you will always cherish! You are two wonderful parents..My heart goes out to you both. My thoughts and prayers are always with you. (Travis's mom)

Little Wonders said...

We are sharing in your sorrow and tears. Goodbye, little Annaleigh, you were loved more than you can imagine.

Browneyedgrl said...

Brooke and Joe,

I am so sorry for lose. you are two very strong people. Annaleigh is now angel and will look after Charlie and Lily.

Daria (browneyedgrl4282 from the nest)

Cathy said...

You have touched so many people. What a wonderful family portrait. My heart breaks for you and Brooke. May God give you strength and always hold Annaleigh in the palm of His hand. She will ALWAYS be loved here on earth.

Anonymous said...

I know you don't know me - but I followed your story and want to send you my deepest condolences for the loss of your precious Annaleigh. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so very sorry.

Nicole said...

I am sorry for your loss. Your whole family is in our prayers and thoughts.

andrea said...

I am so, so sorry. You have no idea how many strangers you have praying for you all right now.

Loree said...

I am so so sorry. Your family is in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

-Loree from the nest and family

brannyboilsover said...

My thoughts are with you

Jabby said...

I am so sorry for your loss of sweet sweet Annaleigh. I wish there was something I could say or do to take your pain away. My heart, as well as hundreds of others following your story, is with you right now and I hope all of our love and strengths combined help you find peace and comfort.

Amy (MyColonyNJ) said...

There are no words - I am so very very sorry for your loss. You and your family will continue to be in my prayers

Amy
MyColonyNJ

togetherbetter said...

May her memory be eternal. Our love and deepest sympathies are being sent your way. *hugs*
-Alissa and Misha (Mishas_Girl from the Nest)

Claire said...

What a precious gift you have in that family picture! Never less than a family of five, as Annaleigh will remain a part of y'all forever. I've been praying for you and continue to as you adjust to something a bit different than you expected. Much love to you, Joe and Brooke, and to Annaleigh's brother and sister.

k-mart said...

There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Annaleigh will be looking down on your family and will always take care of you all. May you have the strength you need to get through the difficut moments.I am so sorry.

Linda said...

My tears are all I have. There are no words to tell you how very very sorry I am for your loss. You all will continue to be in my prayers.
Linda (linda98ny)

Jennie said...

I'm another person that you don't know that has been incredibly touched by your beautiful Annaleigh. Her courage, and your grace in the face of such pain, will not soon be forgotten. Thank you for letting us into your lives and love. May the Lord comfort you in your grief,and may you one day be reunited with precious Annaleigh.

Stephanie said...

I am so sorry. I am so very sorry for your loss.

moroccojade said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious little girl. God be with you in a way that's real and comforting in the days and years ahead.

Jen/everafter said...

There are no words. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all. It's a beautiful picture.

Anonymous said...

That picture is so precious...I'm so glad you have it. Sweet, Annaleigh, you will be missed and have touched us all.

Brooke & Joe - I am once again amazed by your strength, and by the fact you would take the time to keep us updated - many, many of us who you have never met. You are an amazing couple, and I wish you peace.

~njdcgirl from TTTC

~Jess said...

I'm so, so sorry guys *BIG HUGS* and lots of prayers.

greekgirl719 said...

Brooke and Joe -
My heart just breaks for you. Annaleigh will always be remembered by so many. I am just so very sorry for your loss.

Lexi (greekgirl719)

lovestoeat said...

oh i am so truly sorry for your loss...my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I am still praying for you

Newman Family said...

I am so sorry to hear about Annaleigh. What a beautiful family picture. My thoughts are with you.
Karen, Stu, and Brandon

Louise Sammour said...

I am so sorry. Annaleigh was beautiful and she will never be forgotten.
Your family portrait is wonderful.

God bless you all

Louise Sammour and family
Essex, UK

Megan said...

"A baby will make lover stronger, day's shorter, night's longer, home happier, the past forgotten & the future worth living for"

"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have"

Trust in God that he has a plan for your family, and for your beautiful babies, even Annaleigh. Your in our thoughts and constant prayers that you will find the strength to keep on, through this undoubtedly hardest time of your lives so far. Your situation squeezes at my heart and I am a perfect stranger...Please know our church will be praying for your family, as well as my friends, and friends I know through my photography work...you have a huge community of people rooting for your family and your babies. Hang tough. God bless you all!

Jill said...

I don't even know the words to say, but Annaleigh did indeed touch my life during her short life. She will live on through 2 amazing parents and 2 amazing siblings - I am in awe of your grace during such difficult times. Thank you for allowing so many people to care about you and your children.

Jill in Iowa

Jillian said...

that picture is beautiful of your little family....i read this blog everyday and am deeply saddened by these turn of events....but annaleigh has gotten her wings and will protect charlie and lily forever. i can tell that she is very loved. she will be with you in your hearts forever.please accept my condolences as you go through these tough times ahead. i will be praying for charlie and lily.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl Annaleigh. Your family will continue to stay in our thoughts and prayers. I wish I had words to ease your pain....your little girl has touched many hearts.

Your family picture is absolutely beautiful.

Stacey
(gbb)

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for the sadness and pain you must be going through right now. I have been following your blog for some time and have been cheering for your precious wee ones. You were so blessed to have sweet Annaleigh to love and she was also blessed to have such a wonderful family! You are all in my prayers. - Amee

Kiane said...

Brooke, Joe, Charlie & Lily,
I am so, so sorry for your loss. Words are just not enough and I can't begin to imagine what you are going through. You are amazing parents and Annaleigh was so very lucky to know your love. Annaleigh will always be loved by so many and she touched so many lives in her short time here. I will keep you all in my thoughts & prayers... for the strength to get through this difficult time, and for the peace that I hope you will someday have.

Kiane, Chris & Dylan
(kianew from SAIF)

Nikki said...

I am devastated to hear this news, how terribly heartbreaking for you guys. I will be praying for your family, and for Charlie and Lily to grow strong. That picture is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Though you don't know me, I am crying with you. Your family has touched my heart. I am so sorry.

Josie said...

I became familiar with your story last night after a friend posted a prayer request on Facebook. I read through your blog and quickly learned of the immense love that you two share and that you have for your children. My heart breaks to learn of your loss and I pray that you find some kind of peace through all of this. Your Annaleigh was beautiful.

ETS said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'll be thinking of you guys, always!

Lizard1131
SAIF

Stephanie said...

I'm so sorry! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

K @ Running Through Life said...

Love to your entire family. I am so sorry you are dealing with this loss. Annaleigh was and always will be loved and blessed.

Leslie said...

Brooke, Joe, Charlie, and Lily -

I am so sorry for the loss of sweet Annaleigh. I have followed your blog since early in your pregnancy and am continually amazed by your strength. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

xoxo

Leslie

Kim said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Annaleigh was a beautiful little girl who touched so many lives. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

Pyjammy Pam said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Annaleigh touched so many lives, she will never be forgotten. I will hope for peace for your family.

Layne said...

God bless your sweet Annaleigh. She has touched so many lives in her short time here. We are all so saddened by your loss and you are in my thoughts tonight. God bless Lily and Charlie, my heart is heavy for them. My heart breaks for all four of you! There's nothing to say to ease the pain of this loss, just know that you are all loved and prayed for.

Katy said...

There is nothing I can say to ease your pain. Please know that there are so many people all over the world thinking and praying for you - your entire family.
God is in charge and His strenght will carry you through this.
Love, prayers, and hugs for ya'll.

mojomama said...

I'm so sorry. I wish that I could be there to hug you both. Let us MoMs know if you need anything, we are always here.

-Ashley

Stephanie said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious little girl. Your family is in my prayers. SwanBride28 from wc

The Bailly Family said...

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry,

-Leah

Amanda said...

I'm so so so sorry for you loss. She will be dearly missed.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. :(

Jaime said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers

Cammie said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Brian & Crystal said...

we are so sorry for Brooke and Joe. we feel like we have known ya'll forever and think of you as friends. we are thinking of you, your family and little annaleigh and sending our prayers your way.

Crystal & Brian Boudreaux

The Deans's said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

JDG2007 said...

May she rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Your familly is in our thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry.

~KMB7 from the nest

ejgballerina said...

I am so very sorry. We are all here for you!

joy said...

I can't imagine the pain you must be feeling. I admire your strength and grace. Your beautiful daughter will be remembered by thousands of people who loved her from a far.

Gary said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family portrait is beautiful. You will all continue to be in our prayers.

Melissa said...

I am so sorry. Please know that I am thinking about you.

Kara said...

I was so hoping that you would able to have a family picture. I am so glad you got one- it will be treasured forever. I'm so sorry to hear about Annaleigh. Her brother and sister have a beautiful angel to look out for them.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Mrs.Babbsy said...

Brooke, Joe, Lily and Charlie,
Many hugs to all of you. Annaleigh has grown wings and will forever watch over your family. I am so sorry for you loss.

{{HUGS}}

Lacy McMillon said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful family picture. You all are in our thoughts during this extremely difficult time.
Jennifer
(Nerfer99 from TC)

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your lose of Annaleigh. Your family picture is beautiful. You all have a beautiful angel watching over all of you know.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you now!

God bless Annaleigh!

mrsdanigirl8 said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

smellslikehome said...

May God keep sweet baby Annaleigh safely in his arms. Brooke, your entire family will remain in my prayers. Annaleigh began a fighter and was a little fighter right up until the end. She touched so many of our hearts and you and Joe remain an inspiration to all of us. I'm so so sorry for this horrible loss.

Tara
taraandkyle06 from WC

Flutterby918 said...

I wish I knew what to say, how to express the grief I am feeling for you two. Annaleigh was loved, that is something that you can never doubt and she was wrapped in your love until the very end. May God bless her and keep her.
I am sorry that you have to experience this terrible loss and I hope that you can somehow find peace in your arduous journey.
(((HUGS))) to you and your family. You are indeed in my thoughts.

Melissa said...

There are no words to express how sorry I am for the devastating loss
of your beautiful little girl.
(bunney from WC)

Andreina said...

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you, your families and your little angel.

BMK said...

I'm so very sorry. Annaleigh's time here was very short but her light was very bright. May God hold her and your entire family in his arms today. Many thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

theworms said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Annaleigh will always be remembered and loved. You all will continue to be in my prayers.

Liza said...

Brooke & Joe, I have been following your blog and never commented until now. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart is breaking for you. You are two of the strongest people on the earth and your babies are even stronger. May Annaleigh rest in peace. I had hoped something like this wouldn't happen to your family. You've worked so hard. We are all here for you. Liza
(junebride0600306)

Anonymous said...

My heart is breaking for you. May Annaleigh rest in peace knowing that she was so loved here on earth.
Continued prayers to her and to your entire family.
-MargieInAZ from TC

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nestie from the Health and Fitness Board.

janet said...

May your beautiful daughter rest in peace. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Jade said...

Brooke and Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful blessing that touched many lives. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You are both so strong. Again, I am so sorry.

Becky said...

I am so devastated for you, but also grateful that you were able to cherish your last hours with Annaleigh, and that she passed in peace.

You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers...

God bless Annaleigh.

Colleen said...

That picture is beyond words. Love and prayers to get you through this first night.

Anonymous said...

My family has been touched by your blog each day, across the miles in Columbus, OH. You two demonstrate the amazing power of love. I truly appreciate you taking the time to update today, as you have been in my thoughts and prayers all day. I will continue to pray for peace and comfort for your wonderful family on this dreadful day.

Kate said...

I'm so sorry to hear Annaleigh's time here was cut short. Your family and sweet baby girl are in my prayers.
GRKaters

Tamara said...

I'm so sorry... Your family will be in my prayers. May your angel Annaleigh rest in peace.

Stacy D said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We lost our sweet little Isaac just 16minutes after he was born on October 7, 2008. Those final goodbyes, making funeral arrangements for your baby... it is the worst.

So thankful to read that you had some time as a family, and that you have such a precious family portrait. I know that you will treasure it.

Please know that I will be praying for you.

With deepest sympathy,

Stacy

Tracey said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I thought of you and your family all night long. My God give you comfort.

Tracey
runsalotbride from TTTC/SAIF

Abbie said...

I am so so sorry. I am devastated by this news. Know that my prayers are with you both, and your whole family.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Annaleigh. I wish there was more I could say or do... I will pray for your family's comfort and peace.

Sarah (SAIFer)

Kim said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I just cant imagine. I am a fellow triplet mom from TC. I send you and your family all the best.

ladychicago05 said...

goodbye, beautiful girl. charlie and lily will have the most beautiful guardian angel watching over them, i am sure. you are all being held close to my heart and are in my prayers. i am so, so very sorry for your loss. sending you thoughts of love and peace.

Anonymous said...

brooke and joe-
heaven holds a very precious angel that will forever watch over both of you and especially charlie and lily.
she and you are in my prayers and in my heart.
love and peace in your time of unimaginable sadness,
april (april062604 multiple mamas)

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for yor loss. I have been following your story, from over here in Australia, mainly because I too, have a daughter called Annaleigh. What a kick in the guts life can give you. It is just not fair to have your beautiful girl fight so hard, and then have her taken away. It sucks. No other words for it. I hope you can somehow find a way to pick up, and keep going for your other two precious babies. I am so sorry.

cjsbdl said...

God bless you and keep you all in His strength.

Annaleigh was a very lucky little girl to have had you as her parents during her stay on this earth.

Momma said...

Dear Brooke, Joe, Lily and Charlie

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Annaleigh. Your family portrait says it all though, there is more love and strength in that one picture than most families can ever find.

All my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

*hugs*
Copzy

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

tess said...

the photo is beautiful. how wonderful you have it, how tragic this will be the only one you have of all three with their wonderful parents.
your last hours together with annaleigh sound beautiful and sad. thank you so much for sharing.

Jan said...

Rest in peace Annaleigh. Brooke an Joe, I wish you the strength to pull through.

Andrea said...

I'm sorry to hear about Annaleigh. You gave her an amazing life and family for the short time she was here. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sarah said...

Joe, Brooke, Charlie, Lucy, and sweet Annaleigh,

Just wanted to let you know that you have been and will continue to be in our prayers.

She will always be your little girl.

All our love,
Sarah, Derek, June, and Maggie Reichenbecher

E. Merritt said...

We are crying tears of sorrow and tears of joy as your little girl is in heaven right now.

mie said...

Brooke and Joe, I'm so very sorry.

Anonymous said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. You have a beautiful family and I wish you peace and strength during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

I'm so very sorry for your tremendous loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry. Your sweet baby girl will always be remembered by many. I will continue to pray for your family.

With love from Arkansas

Pamela said...

What a beautiful picture - grace and beauty in the midst of such pain. I am so glad that you had that private moment together. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam
MrsJBW (the Nest)

~*~ Rita Danielle ~*~ said...

Brooke and Joe,
I wish there were words to express how sorry I am and let you know how much Annaleigh touched the hearts of so many. God bless Annaleigh and bless you 2, Charlie, Lily, and your family. You are an amazing and courageous family and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lots of love,
Rita & Keith Simmons (Cheshirita & DH from the Nest)

Kaitlyn said...

Brooke and Joe
I am so sorry I dont even know what to say there are no words to express what I am feeling right now. You beautiful children have touched my life in a way i never knew was possible with people I dont even know. God be with you right now. I know Annaleigh is in his arms looking down on you all. She is so loved by so meny people. I dont know what else to say.
Much love,
Kaitlyn Eric and Rylee

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know you personally but have followed your story via a friend on Facebook. You guys are incredibly brave and I wish you strength at this time.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Brooke, Joe, Charlie and Lily. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Brooke and Joe, the two of you are truly an inspiration to all. Your children are very blessed to have such amazing parents.

Madelyn07
WC&TTTC

Lisa said...

God is welcoming your angel, Annaleigh, with open arms. Will continue to pray for your family.

Alicia said...

I'm so sorry for your losst. We love you Annaleigh - you are so, so loved.

Jen J. said...

Brooke & Joe,
I am so sorry to hear this horrible news. You & your family are in my T&P - I just know little Annaleigh is watching down on you all.

tukuatwins said...

Brooke & Joe,
I am beyond saddened that sweet Annaleigh is now a precious angel. Sending lots of love and prayers your way to get through this difficult time. And you are right, she has touched many lives, she has touched mine in a special way that will never be forgotten.

michelle said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers. If you ever need anything, we live in Holmdel, NJ, just let us know.

Michelle
mslybell on TC

Elaine said...

I found you through a friend's blog and I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. It's wonderful that Annaleigh knows she was loved so much in the short time she was here. My prayers and condolences to your family.

Anonymous said...

i love you all so much, and though i was never able to meet Annaleigh, i have felt so much love for her as i watched her grow through your blog. no words can ease the pain, but please know all of my love is with you, and little angel Annaleigh knows how much she was always loved, is loved, and will always be loved. she will forever be a part of your beautiful family... i am so, so sorry, and so heartbroken... please find some peace in knowing that you two have been incredible parents and have given Annaleigh a beautiful life. she was blessed by your love, and the love of so many others... she will always be a strong presence in all of our hearts...
nikki joy

Wendy said...

Omg, Brooke. I am so so saddened to read this.My heart just broke for you and your family. I am so terribly sorry.
Faery/Wendy

Bartsgirl said...

We so sorry for your loss and your pain. We are praying for you and hope that all of the thoughts and prayers from around the country help in some small way.

The Hollowell Family

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, as the grandmother of triplets, I cannot imagine the sorry of losing one. My prayers are with your family

Anonymous said...

I am at such a loss for words, I am one of the blog followers who have read your story for a while now. I just want to offer a bit of sympathy for your loss and sending prayers your way.
Praying for your strength and the health of your other two blessings.
Much Love in Memory of your angel.
Sherry

Erica said...

I have been following your story since before the triplets were born, and though I do not know you in real life, I have been hoping and praying for you and your family all along. I am so incredibly saddened and sorry for your loss. You are an amazing family, and the love you have shown for your children is unmistakable. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers...

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Andrea said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am sitting here crying for sweet Annaleigh. There are no words to comfort you, but know that a LOT of people love and care for you. We are continuing to pray for your entire family. Lily and Charlie will forever have a guardian angel watching over them. (((HUGS)))

Andrea
edasmommy0709

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so heartbroken for you all. In her short life, Annaleigh touched so many people...she is truly a miracle and an angel for Lily and Charlie.

Anonymous said...

Sending Brooke, Joe, Charlie and Lily love from a family in Mississippi. Annaleigh was a very special girl with a special family. My heart aches for you and your loss. What a beautiful family photo.

The Roose Family 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."

I am so sorry for your loss. She will surely make a beautiful angel.

Lisa (Lisa&Mark - SAIF)

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and was looking through all the beautiful stories and moments of your journey!!! WHAT A PRECIOUS FAMILY YOU ARE!!!! I could never pretend to know ur pain or disappointment and how at the same time it's mixed with joy and peace!!! I know that God has a plan for all things and He works those things to His glory!!!! Oh what a wonderful story you have to tell to sooooo many people! May His love comfort you during this loss of such a beautiful soul in little Annaleigh!!!!

kim said...

I am so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. I hope your family is able to take comfort knowing how loved Annaleigh was, and how many lives she's touched. This is just so unfair, and "I'm sorry" seems so inadequate...

Love,
Kim

Anonymous said...

I happened to come to your blog over the past few days. As I read your entire story what is clear to me that even though I do not know either of you, the two of you are probably the strongest individuals I know. Knowing how hard you fought to become pregnant, all of the times in the hospital prior to the birth, the premature birth and the weeks following, the positive and hopeful energy that has always remained in your blogs is truly amazing. As a mom to a 2 1/2 yr old boy and 9 months old girl, I am completely in awe of everything the 2 of you have gone through in this long journey and how incredibly strong you have been. Annaleigh is incredibly lucky to have you as her parents and her legacy will live on in you both, Charlie and Lily everyday. Your story has truly touched my heart and I am so sorry for your loss.

SavedByZero said...

I have followed your blog which I found through The Bump and have been praying for your family and will continue to pray that the Lord gives you strength and comfort. So very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

My heart aches for your family. I lost one of my babies and I know there are no words. I am so glad that you have such wonderful memories with her & admire your strength. Your family is in my prayers.
~Melissa

Laura said...

I am so sorry again for your loss. We will be thinking of you and praying for you.
Laura1 from SAIF (and Mike and Teddy)

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Diana Lopez said...

you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

Barbara, NJ said...

Your family is in my prayers. May God bless Annaleigh.

Becky said...

I have no words...your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless little Annaleigh.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry, words just can't say enough. Annaleigh you are a beautiful angel and your Mommy and Daddy love you so. Debbie

Ann Marie said...

All of you are in my prayers and thoughts.

Cassie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know what to say, except that I will continue to pray for your family. May God bless all of you during this difficult time, including little Annaleigh in Heaven.

Kris said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Kate said...

we are so sorry for your loss.
- michael, kate, and ryan mcfarlane (kamcfarlane)

Jen said...

Brooke and Joe, I am so very sorry. Thank you so much for sharing Annaleigh with us. We are thinking of you and your family.

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