It has been a heartbreaking week.
My younger brother, Thomas and his wife, Adrienne had their first baby late last Saturday, September 5th. After 7 short days with the family who loves her, Cali Koryn left us to return to Heaven.
My niece, Cali was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and had to fight for life every moment she was here on earth. The days she spent at Primary Children's Hospital were filled with moments of hope and love. Her little body went through more in that short time than most humans ever have to experience.
Cali had perfect soft hair, a button nose, tiny hands and feet, and beautiful skin that hid the heart that failed her. She looked up her daddy with those misty dark eyes that newborns have and the love exchanged in that brief moment is irreplaceable. Myself and several other family members were able to hold her, touch her soft skin, and tell her we love her before she was gone.
Her parents have been an incredible example of faith and courage. They love their angel Cali so deeply, and it is obvious on their faces. I will never forget the strength and hope they shared through this difficult trial. Truly a lovely and amazing couple.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, especially Thomas and Adrienne as they try to figure out the next steps in life. Pray for peace and calmness as they navigate through the pain and grief. Thank you for the kindness and love shown to my family already. It has been a blessing and we have felt the prayers.