Beautiful Goodbye...or See you later ^Avery Mae^

Cannot write much this morning. I will just say that alot of love, and sadness, was at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church yesterday. We sang, cried, hurt, and celebrated Avery's short life as a family. Keirsey's, Stewart's, Given's, Mcree's and Ray's were brought together after many years of being apart. I was honored and proud to carry my sweet girls casket out of the church and then to her final resting place. I don't know if those of you who were in our presence noticed, but many dragonflies flew around the childrens headstones when we first arrived. It was almost like a welcome of Angels from God, or maybe even the children themselves. We released turqouise and white balloons ,to signify CDH and peace, and watched them rise up to the Heavens as ^Avery Mae^ did. As a qoute from a movie once said " It was my worst, and my best day". God Bless and thanks for sharing, Shane.


  1. Thank you for sharing Avery Mae with all of us. You guys don't know me but I fell in love with your daughter. May GOD, friends, and family comfort you during this time. I hope you guys continue to blog about what's happening in your lives. I feel like a part of your family.

    God Bless You guys,
    Nicole from Rosemead, CA

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the pain and sadness you've been experiencing. Thank you for sharing Avery's life with us, now she will watch over you and all the CDH babies from Heaven.

  3. so sorry for the loss of precious Avery Mae, saying goodbye to our precious babies is the hardest thing, thinkin of you all xxx

  4. AnonymousJuly 19, 2009

    Shane and Carissa,

    I just wanted to let you know that even though we were not able to be there in person, our thoughts and prayers were with you yesterday and will continue to be for the days ahead. I am so sorry for your loss of Avery, but so thankful our paths crossed. Jaxon and I miss seeing Kaitlyn bounce into the waiting room. May God bless you and keep you, Kim (Jocelyn's Mom)

  5. Mommy_of_YaDaJuly 19, 2009

    Goodbye Avery Mae. We love you and will miss you but will often think about you. It was an honor!

  6. Shane & Carissa,

    You have been through so much these past few weeks, and my heart breaks for you. Avery was such a fighter and you must be so proud of her! The impact she made in her few short weeks on earth is a blessing to so many.

    As Carter's Mom, Kellie said - you are Avery's heros! Shane, your post about her service is so touching and simply to the point. May God's peace continue to comfort you through the days ahead. Your family has been continuely lifted up in prayer by a nation of people that have been following your story. We will continue to pray for all of you, and for a cure for this horrible CDH!

    God Bless -
    Karen Dear (Kinley's Great Aunt)
    Elk River, MN

  7. I lost my mom a few years ago. She died suddenly at 53. She was a labor and delivery nurse, and we always imagine her rocking babies in Heaven because it was such a passion on hers. Your little Avery is in a very special place.

  8. Praying for you all to find peace and healing. Even though Avery's passing brings back alot of painful memories for me, I want to thank you for sharing her with us.

  9. My heart is with you throughout your healing process.. Your dear Avery has touched my heart and she will never be forgotten! God be with you!HUGS!

  10. Dragonflies are said to be the angels of the insect world...you all have been in my thoughts and prayers for this journey - and will continue to be.


  11. I heard two passages this morning in church both of which made me think of you Carissa and KK. I hope they afford you peace and comfort in this mourning time. "Fear not, for I have redeemed you: you mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you, When you walk through the fire, the flames will not set you ablaze, For I am the Lord YOUR God." IS 43:2.
    "As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower...." IS 55:10.
    These reminded me that God is there always and that he has a plan far greater than we could ever understand!

  12. AnonymousJuly 19, 2009

    Thank you for sharing your CDH journey with so many people. Though you are complete strangers to me, from a different continent, I feel so touched by your story and only hope you can find peace and happiness at this time of such sadness. I am in no doubt that you did the right thing and Avery is thanking you, watching you, and looking after you, from her new special place. She will always be in my thoughts.

  13. Avery will be with you forever in your heart, in your souls, smiling down on you with pride, whispering encouraging words in your ears and gently kissing your cheeks with her feathery angel kisses. The post about the service was so heartfelt and tender, it just touched my heart. Thank you for sharing your daughter's journey with me. She is an inspiration. God Bless you all!