For many readers in NZ you would have seen on the news tonight the sad news of Aria MacDonalds death. http://aria.org.nz/
On 22 June 2009 Sam was 16 days old and in ICU at Auckland Hospital. This was the day that Hamish & Anita MacDonald entered our lives and we are richer for it. They visited us in hospital and introduced us to the world of TPN and shared their journey with their then, 3 year old daughter Aria. They encouraged us no end in the coming months and many hospital stays as we struggled with what the future may have looked like for Sam.
We have watched and prayed for their journey to the US for multiple-organ transplant, and today we weep with them. Aria battled valiantly surrounded by much love and her incredible family.
Today we weep with this special family who have lived life with tenacity, grace, generosity and hope. Our hearts are sad for their loss of this very special little girl who has literally touched lives around the world.
We know that God our almighty maker can make sense of it all where we can't and that he can and will be with Hamish, Anita & Asher in these coming days and months. We shared in the joy of watching Aria as she overcame setbacks so many times, and now we share in the deep sadness of their loss, yet comforted by the realisation that Aria is free from pain and sorrow in heaven with her maker. Words seem so powerless to convey all the heart holds and the screen is blurry from tears, so I shall stop,