Friday, March 8, 2013

Remembering Our Precious Niece Haley: March 18, 1991 to March 3, 1995

This is my sweet little Niece, Haley.  She had a short life here on earth. She was with us for nearly four years. Even though she was young she had a powerful faith in God. She would walk around my house singing songs of praise and quoting verses from the Bible.  When Haley was about three years old, it was discovered that she had a brain tumor. Haley died nine months from that point. It was very hard on our whole family. God was faithful and is still so faithful to comfort my sister Kelli and her husband Ralph. We praise God for His comfort and His presence then and now. I'd like to share these dear photos of  precious Haley.
Haley helping to do the dishes.
Little Haley with big sister Whitney.
Darling little girls. Haley looking up to her big sister Whitney. Haley loved frilly dresses and complimented ladies who wore them. She was such a little lady herself.
Haley and Whitney with cousins Jade and Alex in their Sunday school dresses.
Haley having fun with shaving cream on the shower door.
"Clipping" her doll's toe nails. She was so darling.
Whitney happy for her sister Haley on her third birthday. Mama Kelli watches her blow out the candles.
Grandpa and Grammie with the girls after church on Sunday. A few months before Haley got sick.

Haley loved animals. She was not afraid to touch them at the zoo. This is her with her kitty about one month before she began getting sleepy and having severe headaches.
This is Haley after surgery to remove pressure from her brain. Her daddy Ralph and mother Kelli are in shock as they try to grasp the news which they have been told.

Haley just home from the hospital wanted to swing. With the pressure removed from her brain. She seemed like herself again and only better; no headaches, at least for a short time. Soon radiation (first), which is the worst order, but was necessary in her case, and (second) chemotherapy. Both of these things sapped energy and put a huge toll on her little life. Haley remained cheerful and sweet through all of this. Very rarely did she complain.
This is a billboard, which the Ronald McDonald House put up in the big city, of Ralph holding sweet little Haley during her treatments.  At the end of her little life she suffered and it was very hard to watch.  Ralph and Kelli clung on to the Lord for His peace and assurance. Haley died in her daddy's arms, March 3, 1995 having almost reached the age of four. This was so hard on their family. They chose to trust the Lord in spite losing their dear Haley. This year would have been the year Haley would have turned 21 years old. Ralph and Kelli have come through many years of sorrow and have seen God's hand in all of this. They still don't understand, but have chosen to believe and know that they will see their adorable Haley again in Heaven. God has been faithful to them. Strength and courage. I am interviewing my sister Kelli about all she's been through and I will be sharing her story soon.  I will share things that God did in His faithfulness to build their faith and things that helped her to keep going, especially the first year after Haley died.
Here is a photo of Haley's big sister and her two younger brothers, Joseph and Samuel, whom the Lord blessed them with after Haley passed away. The boys know they will some day get to meet their big sister Haley some day in Heaven.
Haley sang "Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine," at church while she was undergoing chemotherapy. After singing she said in the sweetest little voice, "Thank you everyone for praying for me." She is with Jesus now. We know we will see her again and have this hope and assurance. we remember you Haley and we love you!  When I went to the viewing of Haley the day before the funeral, I walked into the room where she lay. The song "Lord You Are So Precious to Me" was playing on a continuous tape. I shall never forget seeing her beautiful little body and feeling the presence of the Lord there with me. I knew that Haley was not there in that body; she was safe with Jesus in her new heavenly perfect body. It was a touching moment. I thank God for knowing just what we need at just the right moment. 

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, him whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3



Blessings, Kathi

3 comments:

Kramer Family said...

Kathi- as I hold my precious newborn in my arms while I read this tears are flowing. What a hard thing to go through but only through our Savior can we have that Peace knowing she is in the arms or our heavenly Father, and what a testamony your family is of this. Thanks for sharing!

Dee said...

Kathi, thanks for sharing - thank God that your sister's family has that assurance of being reunited with their little one. We often ask why in Tiffany's case (even though she is still with us it was hard to go through) Yet we serve a Mighty God, who is soverign in all and it's that peace and assurance that gives us the comfort we need to go on through difficult times. Watch for the new Mercy Me CD that will be coming out in May, they have a new song on there that is perfect for anyone who has losted a loved one or gone through any difficult situation. They played it last night at the Rock and Worship roadshow. It is called "The Hurt & The Healer that is the title of the CD and the song. It will make you cry and yet give you hope. LOVE it. Thanks again for sharing

Kathi's News & The Fishwrap said...

Thank you Candice and Dee, for your loving comments. Kathi

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