10.1.11

so sweet in pink



The love, support and kindness that has been extended to my little family through these last few months is truly humbling. I honestly don't know if there are words that do my feelings justice. How do I express my gratitude? There has been a roller coaster of emotions. Times when I have felt so completely lonesome. But as I kneel at night, there is no denying how blessed we have been. The feelings of being left behind are gone and I feel so surrounded by support. I would like to thank you, for all the kind words that come to me through e-mails and little notes. Meals dropped off. Little treasures like this sweet little pink outfit made with love. These little things mean so much more than you know. From Merin, Ysa, myself and my little family I would like to thank you. I know its not much. And I will do all I can to pay it forward. But thank you from the very bottom of my heart.
Love,
Eden.

(Ysa, 6 months 10 days)

175 comments:

Jennifer McCue said...

She is so sweet. These pictures are adorable!

Sonja said...

Cutest pictures ever!!! Ysa is adorable.

xo

Anonymous said...

she is getting so big so fast!

xo


day

H and E said...

Oh my goodness those are the cutest pictures of the cutest baby girl I have ever seen. I love the pink bonnet!
You and your family deserve every bit of love and kindness you have gotten and will continue to receive!

Jane M said...

Ysa looks simply perfect in that pretty pink outfit. Thinking of you guys often. xo. Jane

grace wood said...

My goodness gracious she is gorgeous. Just scrumptious. I'm so glad your being taken care of.
Grace

Cheri Litchfield said...

These pictures are so beautifully Ysa. I love them, and her, and you. We have indeed been so well loved and blessed.

paula said...

this image makes me melt. you are undoubtedly blessed even in the sadness.

ec said...

those pictures are darling. her eyes are the best!

pieface said...

It's like she's a little dolly!!! What a sweetie. Aren't hand-knitted things the best?

mc said...

What a gorgeous outfit! She looks beautiful!

Sara and Dustin said...

Your baby is gorgeous, your pictures seem flawless and I'm so glad you have felt supported. You really deserve it!

Anonymous said...

<3

Angie said...

You inspire me! Thank you for being here on this earth!
-Angie

Amy Vernon said...

What a beautiful little girl. And so lucky to have a family such as yours to bring her up.

the grumbles said...

you are loved and treasured.

maria said...

you're inspiring and strong. love the way you capture moments.

Eva said...

You are selfless. You have created wonderful family and she is so, so lucky to have you. Your photography is beautiful and i hope your family realizes what a treasure they have in you.

Eva

"Your heart is a weapon the size of your fist. keep fighting. keep loving"

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful woman you are by taking on the responsibility that you have. This world is truly blessed to have someone like you in it's midst. I'm so sorry for your loss and I pray you find some contentment in knowing that you have done all you can do and that they are smiling down from Heaven at you now. God bless you and I wish you the best.

Mirthful said...

You're an inspiration to us all. And those pictures are just the sweetest.

Adam said...

What an amazing person you are. Keep on doing what you're doing and good luck with everything

Anonymous said...

Your strength for your family is incredible. Thank you for being willing to show up sacrificially in the lives of those around you.

Flo said...

You clearly photograph from the heart and what a beautiful heart it is! Much peace, love and light to you as you heal from your loss and give your sister the most amazing gift anyone could give: cherishing her girl.

Michelle said...

Eden,
We do not know each other but from your blog I can tell that you are wonderful and caring person. Little Ysa is SO lucky to have you in her life. Your pictures are an inspiration as well, you are truly gifted. Stay strong and keep on paying it forward, it works wonders!

Kelsey Lee said...

You are so thoughtful and caring to have taken your niece under your wings to protect her, love her and raise her. She is a beautiful littrle girl who will brighten many peoples lives because she has the love and hope from her parents in heaven, and kindness and support from you and your family. She is a miricle and will grace your life everyday. It is never easy to lose someone, but remember that your sister lives in her and through her... she is only gone in form, not spirit. Keep your head up, and stay strong! You are doing an amazing job, don't ever let yourself think other-wise!

Anonymous said...

Wow. You are an inspiration. And what a blessing you are to so many people. As amazing a gift you have with photography it doesn't come close to matching the gift you have of changing people's lives.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing job you are doing! Beautiful family and stunning photo's!

Rach said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am really inspired by your strength and selflessness during what must be such a difficult time.

The photos are so lovely and she is so lucky to have family like you.

love, Rach xx

Shelli said...

What a beautiful little girl! You have an incredible talent with your photography. You're in my prayers today. I know your sister is proud and thankful. Her daughter is in good hands. You're in my prayers today.

Joanne said...

Hi Eden,
Just wanted to send you a note from the frozen north of Calgary, Alberta Canada, to say, what an amazing talent you have! I so enjoyed looking at your art.
Also, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister and brother-in-law. There are no words, so just know that there are lots of people out there sending their love and best wishes and thoughts your way.
Joanne

Anonymous said...

You, my dear, have to be one of the most inspiring woman ever. You are so loved, and God is going to continue to bless you. And you photography is AMAZING :) <3

Inner Wild said...

Oh my, how wonderful you, and your man, are.

And the love and support you provide for your sister and brother-in-law's little one shines like light from your photographs of her.

I never had a sister ever, would have really liked that, even for a day. Instead I turn my friends into pretend sisters.

What a darling pink outfit! And love knitted into every stitch.

Hope said...

Your strength through your loss and new challenges that you voluntarily took on is amazing. You are a wonderful woman and deserve the support you are given.

Anonymous said...

You are beautiful.
You are stronger than you know.
Never give up on yourself.

Use your amazing photography and your beautiful soul as your guides through this journey, everything you need is inside you.

You are so inspiring and a true gift to so many.

Anonymous said...

My, oh my. What an incredible gift you have given to your sister, her husband and this beautiful baby. Your are trully an inspiration.
The responsibility you are undertaking in this incredible time of sorrow is so inspiring and heartwarming.
With great tragedy comes tremendous blessings. While your sister has passed, you will get to be reminded of her through Ysa's laugh, expressions, movements, voice...
I am sure you are still very much full of sorrow. Don't be afraid to be sad or to cry or to do the things you need to do to comfort and care for yourself. Also, don't be afraid to feel joy or to laugh or to feel peace, for those are feelings your sister is certainly experiencing knowing you are taking such good care of her baby girl.
Love and hugs to you and your family,
M

Lucy said...

You have a beautiful blog, and an absolutely GORGEOUS family! Words and pictures overflowing with love... know that you and yours are loved back, even by strangers.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful baby! And how luck she is to have someone to take such good care of her. As difficult as everything must be, I am sure it will get better. You are doing something truely wonderful!

Positive Psychology, Tal's Summer 2010 Class said...

You have a real gift for photography and a great way to share your stories. I am sorry for the losses in your life. Your family is blessed to have you in thier life. I am sending you love and wishing you more of life's blessings.
Lu

Anonymous said...

Ysa is a beautiful child. I love your photos and your attitude. Many are sending you energy, love and support. Your story is special, you are too!

Anonymous said...

You have such a beautiful family! Ysa is a lucky girl to have all your photos and memories, and of course your love and willingness to take care of her.

I'm truly sorry for your loss. It's always shock to lose someone you care about so suddenly. It will get easier, and having your lovely little ones around you will help so much.

Thank you for taking her in and adding her to your home. She'll always know she's loved.

Anonymous said...

I'll be praying for you guys. Your photography is beautiful. :)

Anonymous said...

God bless you in this time. What you have decided to do is so incredibly selfless, and so filled with both strife and joy. You are an incredibly special person for taking on such a responsibility, and do not ever forget it. There is a ton of love headed your way, I hope you know that and never forget it. Keep being amazing.

-A stranger

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful little girl. I treasure the beauty of your little family.

Anonymous said...

Your photos are so beautiful they made me cry! Thank you for sharing so much love.

Anonymous said...

The first time I heard of Merin and Michael's passing the song "Families Can Be Together Forever" leaped into my mind. It made me reevaluate some of the challenges I've been having with respect to the Gospel. There are many blessings that come out of tragedies, thank you for the one this brought to my life.

Ysa is blessed to have you. Your strength amazes me. Your photography is beautiful. Your love is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Stay strong! Just know that there are people thinking of you and your family.

BTW--Absolutely beautiful photography!

carole said...

What a wonderful family you are. Ysa will forever cherish that you too her as your very own.
Loving my own sisters so much, loving my children beyond comprehension, I have tears in my eyes trying to imagine how it all must feel. So much love, underscored by an enormous loss.

You are doing amazing things, and capturing it beautifully.

the fowlers said...

how wonderful that your sister has you there to care for her sweet little girl. as parents, we are borrowing these beautiful little people anyway. i don't think many children have as much love surrounding them as little ysa must have.
i know that families are forever and what an incredible family you have. we're blessed to know your sister is there with you and always will be.

Anonymous said...

Your strength and selflessness are an inspiration. Thank you for doing this <3

Anonymous said...

You are doing a truly amazing thing. I'm sending many good wishes your way.

-An admiring stranger

Michelle May said...

Your photos are incredible! What a precious little girl who is so incredibly lucky to have you. May love and light guide you on this journey ahead.
Sending hugs for your hurting heart.
xx, shell

I am Spam... said...

God is at work in you, turning sorrow into joy and just living every day as it comes. Life always goes on :) <3

Keep loving! All of us, stranger-friends and friends you know, we'll keep praying for you and loving your whole beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

Eden,

She's beautiful. What an inspiration you are to so many people. God bless you and your family in this journey and let your sister and brother-in-law's spirits carry you in all the moments along the way.

Sending you love and positive thoughts!

Anonymous said...

what a precious little girl. the sacrifice you have made to raise this beautiful child is absolutely inspiring and amazing.

Char said...

What an amazing couple you are! Your family must be so at peace to know that she will be raised with such love & happiness.
Blessings always.

Anonymous said...

May you continue to be blessed beyond your imagination!

Michelle (michabella) said...

You have such a big heart! So sorry for the loss of your sister. I cant even imagine. You will be with her again someday. Have faith in that. Praying for continued comfort and healing. What a precious, beautiful lil gift she is <333

Emily said...

Wow- Ysa is a blessed little girl to have you and your husband step up like this and love her as if she is your own. She is yours, now, perhaps through tragedy, but she is bathed in the light and the beauty of family. Continue using your strength and love to raise her, and she will be just fine:)

Anonymous said...

Your strength is inspiring and motivating. The gift that you have given your family is one of self-less and bounding love. Ysa is so blessed to have someone who will teach her that same love and to give to the world, as you have done. She is lucky to have someone who loved her parents so, and she will always cherish the little things that only you could share with her about your sister. I am in awe of you and what you’ve chosen. God Bless!

Anne said...

Ysa is such a beautiful little girl, and those are such adorable pictures of her! I'm glad to hear that you have had so much love and support. You and your family have been in my prayers, especially over the holidays, and I know many other people have been praying for you and thinking of you as well.

I love that you said thanks from Merin too. I always picture her looking down and being so glad and grateful that Ysa was born into an amazing extended family with so much love. She is being so well cared for, and you are such a great mome. Judging by Aubrie, Ysa will be just as amazing a person as Merin.

Not only are you blessed, you are a blessing to the people around you. Your strength to smile and give thanks inspires me and lifts my heart. Thank YOU.

Bethany Susan said...

my heart and thoughts are with you. what a beautiful family you had, have and will grow. i completely understand about feeling joyful and sorrowful all in one moment. keep pushing on, keep loving those around you. it will be ok.

Landon and Kylie said...

I can't get over your beautiful photography. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Bless you for being so brave, and for your faith in God and his plan. You can do hard things.

Anonymous said...

To have accepted this beautiful baby girl as your own and given her a loving family is the greatest gift, as she will be to you and your husband. Blessings to you all.

She'sSewPretty said...

It is so very sad to hear of your family's tragedy. How blessed you are to be able to raise that beautiful little girl who will be a living, loving reminder of your sister and brother in law. Bless the three of you.

frangepanni said...

Eden, my condolences for your losses which are so great. You are so brave to have done what you have done and I really wish you all the best in the future as you raise your sister's baby. How blessed you all are to be in each others lives.
Your photography is simply breathtaking as well, what great memories you will have to share with the baby when she is older!
Prayers and blessings to you and your family.

Caroline said...

Your strength and courage are inspirational, and this adorable little girl will grow up loving and admiring you. What a blessing that you will have each other and will always be able to treasure the memory of your sister and her husband. Keep your chin up!

Anonymous said...

Your pictures are beautiful and so sweet. I pray you continue to be blessed as you raise your sister's daughter and create new memories with her. God bless.

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I think you are amazing

OhMyHeart said...

What a doll! I am glad to read about your strength and positive vibes. I know your family has changed in ways you never expected, but I wish you all the best - and who couldn't be won over by those sweet little cheeks?

Love,
Emma

Courtney said...

You are such an amazing woman! Your strength, courage, love, compassion. I can't imagine how heavy your heart must be, I couldn't imagine not having my sisters.

Please know that there are so many people sending all of you love and prayers. Be strong.

Lauren @ Heya, Sparky! said...

B.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.
Everything about this post is.

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Ysa is a beautiful baby, and so blessed to have an Auntie like you in her life - to raise her and adore her as her mama would. As a fellow big sister, I know your heart, and I know your sister appreciates everything you will do for Ysa today and in the future. She is proud of you! I know this because my baby sister and her family are moving in with my family to help take care of my 2 kids while our soon to arrive daughter faces open heart surgery. Sisters are truly blessings, our best friends, and the best mothers we can wish for in our absence. God bless you and yours as you mourn your loss and celebrate Ysa and her future!

Lani Gerity said...

So beautiful and sad and lovely and heartbreaking and yet somehow at the end, wonderful and amazing. Ysa is so lucky to have you!

Jen and Geoff said...

What a beautiful girl, beautiful photos, beautiful words, and beautiful love. You are so amazing in every way and I'm sure your sister is smiling down on your beautiful soul.

Anonymous said...

< 3

Kat :-) said...

What a bitter-sweet story! You have come so far with your mourning and have embraced the gift your sister left you. I can only hope that if I were to be slammed by such a terrible trauma, like losing a loved one, I would be able to cope with it in the grace that you have. I'm also a lover of photography and I see how much it has helped you in your process. Your sister is in heaven smiling at how happy you are making her little girl.
Hugs!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ysa is very lucky to have found a home with you guys. Praying for you and your family. Good luck!

llamaloves said...

Blessing can sometimes be hidden within tragedy. The loss of your sister will never really go away - but I hope there is some comfort in knowing that your niece is clearly being raised by someone who adores and cherishes her everyday.

I came across this poem and I thought you might find some comfort.

Sorting It Out by Philip Booth

At the table she used to sew at,
he uses his brass desk scissors
to cut up his shirt.
Not that the shirt
was that far gone: one ragged cuff,
one elbow through;
but here he is,
cutting away the collar
she long since turned.
What gets to him finally,
using his scissors like a bright claw,
is prying buttons off:
after they've leapt,
spinning the floor, he bends
to retrieve both sizes:
he intends to
save them in some small box; he knows
he has reason to save; if only he knew
where a small box
used to be kept.

http://www.hhimwich.com/hughlings_himwich/2007/07/sorting-it-out-.html

𝄢 Ambrosia said...

Such a sweet sweet! You have done an incredible thing in the face of such a difficult time! God is by your side sweet friend!

Literary Wino said...

I just wanted to say you're truly an inspiration, and I just pray good things come your, and your family's way.

Just me said...

You're already paying it forward in such a wonderful way. I've look at several parts of your blog, your photos and your words - it's so beautiful and moving. Thank you for all you do x

Anonymous said...

You're in my prayers. What a beautiful child. She is very lucky to have you and your husband to take care of her.

Hannah said...

I don't know you, but I am deeply inspired by how strong you've been in the face of tremendous loss. Love, prayers, and best wishes to you and your little family <3

goodtwin said...

I admire your strength Eden. May God shower his blessings on you and your family. Keep the faith and HE will walk with you every step of the way. I lost a younger sister (age 29, in a freak auto accident), who left behind a husband and 2 1/2 yr old son. I know a little bit about what you are feeling, but, that was 21 years ago now and there are days when the emotions still run high. Mostly when I am tired and frustrated I get mad at her.
Keep look up and remember to breathe....you will get through it. oxoxox

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration. Know you are blessed. I am going to bookmark your website in the hopes that when the time comes you would honour us by photographing one or both of my daughters weddings.
Denis in Calgary

Anonymous said...

The strength & courage that you possess is what is so humbling. I hold you in light & love forever.
Peace, love & light to you now & always

Anonymous said...

Sending love, hugs and healing energy to you and your families!

Anonymous said...

Your photography is gorgeous and Ysa is absolutely beautiful! I am so inspired by your selfless love for your family. I know that God will be with you in whatever you do.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful little girl . . . with beautiful, selfless parents. Wishing you all the love and support and happiness in the world.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

She is a beautiful little girl, and you are a beautiful person for what you are doing.minel

Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration. I am grateful and happy to learn that people like you exists in this world. People who love. Always. Even when sad and awful things happen. Know that there are people out there who loves you too. Know that you are never alone.

God bless you and your little family.

Anonymous said...

you are so brave to be doing what you're doing. an inspiration to be a stronger, more selfless woman. thank you for having such a beautiful heart eden.

Tiffany said...

Little Ysa is adorable! She is so lucky to have someone like you and your husband in her life. God bless you for being so caring and selfless!

silvenwolf said...

Your photography is beautiful... memories are forever captured on film. Beauty comes in many forms, but the best one of all is the selfless giving and love that you shower upon a little girl who unfortunately lost her parents but gained another amazing set that loves her even more.

Your sister lives on... in this beautiful little girl.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister. But what you are doing for her and her beautiful daughter is such an amazing gift. The world is a better place through beautiful people like you. xx

Anonymous said...

I can not even begin to imagine the pain you are still feeling. Your pictures are beautiful and just know that a random stranger is keeping you in her prayers.

God bless.

Anonymous said...

She is lucky to have you and it is great that you were so willing to step forward to raise her!

Anonymous said...

My step daughter has gone through and is going through what you are and I know how difficult it must be but you are giving that child the best of the best for her future and I know your sister will be resting in peace knowing you have that baby under your wing! May God Bless all of you and give you comfort.

Catherine said...

You are amazing!! Your strength, your words, your images... you show so much beauty and love in all you are doing. I'm so inspired by the way you embrace the sadness, but let the happiness wash over it all and dominate your life. All the best!

Anonymous said...

Dear Eden,

You're in my prayers, stay strong and never give up!!!! So many people are here to give you strength. Lots of love to you and your family oxoxoxo

From, Vancouver Canada

Ana Goncalves said...

Dear Eden,

It is an amazing gift and blessing for this beautiful girl to have come into your life. She is here to as much love you and protect you, and your sister is grateful that you and your husband are here to take care of her. I wish you all the love in the world on this journey and remember that your sister will always be there in spirit, if ever you need her.
Love and happiness to you, on this journey.

Deb Chitwood said...

What a beautiful gift you've given and continue to give Ysa and your sister. Your photography is lovely and will be cherished by Ysa in years to come. And your unselfish love and care for your family is truly inspirational.
Lots of love and ((((hugs))) from Colorado Springs, Colorado,
Deb

Sara Kate said...

You are an amazing inspiration. I can only hope to find the strength to have a heart as big as yours!

kxm said...

Eden -- Your story is heart-breaking and heart-warming. I am so glad that Ysa has you, and Merin can rest in peace knowing that her girl is with the best possible person in the world.

The best way to repay any kindness is to pay it forward.

Be well, dear woman. Take good care of yourself and that little baby. :)

kxm
pittsburgh, pa

barbara said...

Wishing you all the comfort and joy the world has to offer ... what a beautiful, beautiful baby.

Laura C said...

Your efforts and strength are admirable. It's not easy to deal with that kind of loss and I bet it's a mix of emotions dealing with that and adding a new member to your family.

God bless you!

Becca said...

What a beautiful, precious little girl she is! And so lucky to have you for family! :)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to leave a little note on your blog to say what a wonderful person you are for doing what you've done. Family is very important, especially when family has to take up the reigns from a fallen family member!

Be blessed! YHVH loves you dearly!

Farrah said...

Eden,
Ysa is an adorable little girl and she is obviously well loved and thriving in your care. I can't imagine how hard it has been to lose your sister, but by taking Ysa to raise as your own, you are showing the world the most beautiful testament of a sisters love. You are a beautiful soul. God bless you and yours.

trlibhart said...

Eden,
You and your husband are such an inspiration. To open your hearts and home to little Ysa when you are grieving your sister is such an unimagineable act of courage and selflessness. And to create these beautiful memories for her future is truly a gift to her and us all. Thank you for sharing your journey and the beauty you are finding along the way. Blessings to you and your family today and always!

Anonymous said...

Eden,
you are a truly amazing and compassionate soul. To make such a committment in the face of such a tradgedy is humbling and awe-inspiring. I hope all goes well for you, God bless.

Erin said...

AH-MAAAAAAHZ-ING.
You are beautiful.

Connie said...

Ysa is such a beautiful child. I am amazed at your strength and I am glad that you are such a strong, talented woman. Your photography is amazing

Best wishes for the future; I am happy for you.

Elijah said...

Stay strong, and know that you are a tangible expression of God's love in this precious baby's life.

You have encouraged me today.

Anonymous said...

Eden,

Your family and blog are beautiful as is your heart. I can't imagine what you are going through but know that I am thinking and praying for your family. Your sister would be so proud. God Bless.

Angie
xox

Katie said...

I know each day is hard with out her in your life, but you are blessed to have such a beautiful piece of her left that you can love each and every day:) That sweet little girl is so so lucky to have you, and i wish you strength and happiness and peace :) you are an inspiration to many and all! Your photography is stunning, continue to share your talents with the world. I will pray for you and your little family as you greive and heal.. best of luck!
Peace, Hope and Happiness <3

Anonymous said...

It has got to be hard to awake ever day to the knowledge that your sister is gone. Your neice is fortunate that her loss is not comp,eye and that you are able to be there for her. I am saying prayers and sending love for you and your family.

Mebediel said...

Dear Eden,

You have a beautiful name. I have a younger sister of my own, and I can only imagine how terrible it would be to lose her. But it's so wonderful to know that there are people who would care so much for their family as you do; Ysa is truly blessed to have you as her aunt and mother. I'll be praying that God will comfort you in the grief of your loss.

*hugs*

Em Best said...

You are so inspirational. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are radiating so much love and it inspires us all. Though times get tough, know that you and your family are in our prayers! Peace and love to you and your family-

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine loosing my sister and the pain that you are going through. Ysa is so blessed to have you. What a special and wonderful sister you are!

J.J. in L.A. said...

Ysa is gorgeous and you and your husband are a great gift to her.

Wishing you all the best!

heidi said...

Dear Eden,

You are a blessing to your family and in this world. May the love of God and your family give you strength for this time and the journey ahead. Thank you for being the type of person we need more of.

God Bless

Anonymous said...

Your photography is wonderful, and Ysa is completely precious. She is very fortunate to have you, and it is wonderful that you are able to raise her and thereby keep a part of your sister with you always.

Anonymous said...

Dear Eden,

You don't know me but you inspire me everyday. I love reading your blog and am amazed at your photography. I have cried thinking how hard it is on you, your parents, your siblings and your husband and children to have lost Merin and Michael so tragically. It is always so difficult to understand when death comes seemingly too soon. I know the sadness must be unbearable at times. You and your family handle it all with such incredible grace. Your parents instilled such good values in you and now you do the same with your little family. You are amazing. May God Bless you dear.

Anonymous said...

Dear Eden, you are so inspiring and strong! Ysa is so lucky to have you. You are amazing and I'm sending love and support your way!

Chrissie said...

Ysa is absolutely beautiful! And she will continue to bring so much joy to you. I am so sorry to hear about your loss but you also have the opportunity to keep her parents alive by your beautiful photography and your love of them. That will always be with you and with Ysa. You are an inspiration and thank you for sharing your beauty and strength with all of us.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us all, I feel the same as everyone else here, I feel for the sadness and my heart has melted to see what you have made of it all.

CV said...

Dear Eden,

You are so brave, courageous, and strong for taking on the task of raising Ysa, while mourning your lost.

You are an inspiration to the world. I hope you know that. Best of luck with everything in your life. I hope things start to get better as time passes by.

Love, hugs, and prayers,
Carol

Jes said...

The pictures are adorable. I just want to say that you and your family are in my prayers. *hugs*

Anonymous said...

Gods blessings to you and your family may you have peace with your loss and happiness with what you have been given!

kaleighsomers said...

You have absolutely wonderful photography skills. I can't even imagine how you must feel to take on such a task as you are, but I do believe that the two of you will save each other. There is nothing better in this world when you're trying to process losing someone or more than one person as knowing that there's someone else out there who's with you on it. This little girl will most definitely love you so very much.

Just in these few words you posted I can tell your heart's in the right place, and that's what's important. Stay strong!

augustcanfly said...

You are such an inspiration. Your story is beautiful and moving and you are such a strong, selfless woman. I admire you.

Di said...

Can't beat sisterly love.
Sending hugs and prayers.... may your future be filled with much love and many blessings.

Anonymous said...

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave bereft
I am not there. I have not left.
(i)Mary Elizabeth Frye - 1932(i)

Jenn said...

Sending more love your way. What a beautiful girl, you must be so grateful to have a piece of your sister with you all the time.

Jenn

Jill said...

Is it me? Or does she look just like Miss Aubrie in those pictures! DARLING! I love you Eden!

annalyn said...

ysa is so lucky to have you and I am sure that she will grow a wonderful lady with a beautiful heart like you.

Anonymous said...

Eden,

I live in Calgary and heard your very sad story last summer... it broke my heart then and even more so now. It's so heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. I can't imagine how much you miss Merin and Mike. You're blessed with their presence in litle Ysa but the daily reminders must be hard.

So much love to you for opening your home and your heart to this little baby while you are grieving the loss of your little sister. Take comfort in the piece of her that you have in your heart and your hands.

Even though it is just horribly unfair that Merin has left this earth already, and is missing out on so much... though you would give anything to give her more time here with you, Ysa, your family.. You continue to honour her, Mike, and Ysa through your postings and your photos. I am sure Merin is so very proud of you and grateful to you for all that you are doing. Keep her in your heart until you meet again.

You all seem to be doing pretty great, which is awesome. If you ever need anything at all, post it on this blog and Calgary will rally around you to help.

Much love,

Jackie

eden lang said...

Thank you so much for all the incredibly thoughtful, and loving words.

love
eden.

Aphre said...

Losing your sister must be the most awful thing you could experience. But I hope it's some comfort to you to know that she lives on in her daughter, and that by raising her with love you are paying the most beautiful and lasting tribute you possibly could to your sister's memory.

Akshita said...

I am so sorry for your loss. This little baby is a beautiful blessing. I hope your future is filled days of happiness and joy.

Anonymous said...

Im so sorry for all that you have been through in the past few months. That baby is SO blessed to have you taken care of her. Thoughts and prayers are with you! You are doing a remarkable job!!!

sarajschmidt said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine the grief you must be feeling. I am glad that you have this beautiful little creature in your life to help keep a part of your beloved sister alive in your life and heart. She seems like a true joy, which is what I hope she brings to you in these sad times. You are an amazing person for caring for little Ysa and for carrying on; your strength is an inspiration for us all, and we are here for you. We love you and send you blessings and hugs.

Selena said...

Your story really touched me. Your sister's little girl is so adorable and so fortunate to have such a wonderful auntie and momma. Sending you healing thoughts.

Anonymous said...

She is absolutely gorgeous, what a sweetie! And you are so, so strong. Keep your chin up and keep smiling, you've got the whole world behind you. You are in my thoughts.

Mindful Searcher said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful baby! Thinking of and praying for you & your loved ones.

Jessica said...

Eden,

Your photography is amazing! Ysa is so adorable! I can't even begin to imagine the pain of what you've been through. I pray that you and your family stay close to God during all this. I pray that He fills you with strength and comfort and His love. Keep strong, confide in Him, and love that baby like only you know how.

You are a beautiful person with a wonderful heart! :-D

Steve said...

Eden, you are a amazing and the gift you are giving to those in your family who are no longer physically with you by caring for the legacy they left behind is astoundingly beautiful. And the creative way you express yourself through picture is inspiring. You have immense talent and from the looks of things, that creativity is deeply rooted in love. That's what will help create an amazing present and future for you and your little family.
Thank you for sharing all that you are. You give us hope to aspire to be more.
Lovingly, Steve

Anonymous said...

You are wonderful :)

Sending much love.

RosesandLight said...

What a strong, beautiful soul you are. I don't know what I would do, how I would cope, if I lost my own sister. My heart goes out to you, both in tears and in joy, as you so lovingly create and nurture your little family. I am sure your sister is watching you with so much love and gratitude and adoration. She is giving your new family all of her love and support, and watching out for you always.

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous photos! You have a great eye.
I think you are amazing for the responsibility you have taken on. Ysa is so blessed to have you! Saying a prayer for you and your family...

Lola said...

Your photos are beautiful! I love them!
It's so amazing that you took your sister's baby in just like that. I'm sure she'll be happy to live with you and your husband. I'm sure your sister is overjoyed that you adopted her child.
It'll be alright. Your sister is still here.

Leanne said...

Ysa is beautiful, and truly blessed to have such a wonderful family to raise, love and support her. My heart aches for your loss, you carry on with such grace and have taken on such a selfless task. You are an inspiration and example to me. Much love is being sent your way.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure you could have been more selfless. She is beautiful, and you are doing a beautiful thing.
Love xxx

Donna said...

Your story is amazing. I am humbled by your loving care for your niece and your strength through such difficult and painful circumstances. I send you healing, peaceful vibrations.

Mindy Sitton said...

Eden,

My heart goes out to you for your loss. I can't begin to imagine the pain of losing a cherished sister. What a beautiful child, and how beautiful it is for her to have you to care for her. My hopes, prayers, and best wishes to all of you as you move forward, creating beauty as you go.

Chris said...

Eden - I am so sorry for the loss of your sister and brother-in-law, but I am so very happy that you are able to step in and be Ysa's mama. She is exquisite, and obviously thriving in your care. Please know that I am sending oodles of love and light to bless you all. xoxo, c

A Martini Always Helps said...

Wow, what a beautifully sad story. Thank you for sharing it through this blog.... you have the support and admiration and sympathy and prayers of so many strangers.

Anonymous said...

Eden I am so sorry for your loss and I am thinking of you all. Stay strong for your beautiful family and I am sure Merin is with you and Ysa all the time and immensely proud of you too. With love, Celia

GlitterGoddess said...

Eden - I am dropping by your blog to offer support in the difficult time you've had since you lost your sister and brother-in-law, and to offer love and hugs to you and your husband as you step in to bring up your niece. Some of us may be far away from you, I'm in Australia, but please know we walk side by side with you in spirit and are cheering you on into the future. Love and blessings to your whole family, Mo.

Aayushi said...

Hey Eden..its gonna be fine..life'll change it's dimensions..m sure you'll be able to come up with a strong and happy attitude..may god bless you.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! You're so amazing! Ysa is go to grow beautifully I can tell!

All the best!

Anonymous said...

First off, let me say that your photography is absolutely amazing. I love the way you have your own personal style and the processing of the photos is beautiful.

You are also such an amazing person. Ysa is lucky to have you. You are such a strong person and you will be able to overcome any obstacle, I know it.

Stay strong, Eden <3

Jo Anna said...

Wow! Your photography is amazing. You are amazing!
Sending you lots of light and love. Know that The Universe is loving and supporting you!

laurie said...

You are an amazing person, and I am blessed by reading a little of your story! I am so sorry for your loss.

Mamie said...

You have a beautiful gift. The way you capture emotion in your photography leaves me speechless.

I have four sisters and I love them all dearly, so I cannot even begin to imagine your grief or heartache. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Your sister and brother-in-law are proud of you. They left you the most important part of them and your love and strength is going to shape this little baby into an incredible woman.

Love
Amie

Angela DiGiovanni | life * iphoneography * art said...

Eden, I just saw this quote and was reminded of you:

“If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.”
-Corrie TenBoom

You are a courageous, strong, and compassionate daughter of God. He loves you and He holds you. every. day.

Anonymous said...

Wow, it sounds like you are doing an amazing job, well done, and congratulations! xoxo

Pix said...

Wishing you and your family the best at this really difficult time. There are no words. Just hope and wishes for peace for you all.

Anonymous said...

As a mother, I can't imagine my leaving the earth while my child is still on it. But as a mother, I can't imagine anything that brings more comfort and relief than to know that wonderful people are there to care for my kids. You and your husband are giving Ysa such a gift to raise her. That you can give her a life of memories about her parents and an unconditional love is amazing. You are a strong woman -I'm so glad to know people like you are out there.

Lindsay said...

Ysa has grown so much. I love the six month age. Their faces have such personality. You have been such an example of strength to all of us Eden. Your Faith and positive outlook inspire me.

Heldine said...

OMG - she is so cute!!

As they say: "When one door closes, another opens."

You inspire me with your strength and creativity. I know you'll continue to do well.

You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

omg what a beautiful baby! you are such an amazing photographer!!!

God bless you <3

Prerna Wadhwa said...

You are an immensely brave women, to do what you are doing. I would like to believe that I would do the same in you're situation, but am not sure if I would have been capable enough to see it through.
You truly are an inspiration.
All the love,
P.

Anonymous said...

You're such a good person for doing this! so full of love.. when your little girl grows up she will be really thankful! I completely understand that you really miss your sister, but she will live through her daughter , and it's so lovely that you are so full of love to her, I am really impressed!