I remember after my grandma passed away, I found things of hers all around me. Letters she’d written, old birthday cards, pillows that she’d quilted. It was so nice to connect with my grandma in these discoveries.
Unfortunately, I don’t really have this with Madeline. There are reminders of her everywhere, but no cards she’d given me, or drawings, or anything like that.
I am lucky, though, that I have talented friends. In the weeks after Maddie passed, my fabulous friends Cat and Adi sent over every picture they had of Maddie. Cat and Adi are professional photographers…they took our engagement and wedding photos, and pictures of Maddie only a few weeks after we brought her home from the NICU.
Two days before Maddie got sick, the three of us were at Cat and Adi’s house for their daughter Clara’s first birthday party. They got some amazing shots of Maddie.
My friend Dana is also amazingly talented with a camera. She emailed me today with a bunch of pictures of Maddie she discovered.
Getting to see our Madeline from another perspective, and seeing how she interacted with our friends and her friends, is such a precious gift. It’s as if our Maddie is still here, making new memories. I am so grateful to my friends that they turned their lenses on Madeline.
I just wish there were more pictures.
Chrisie Ward says:
Gorgeous. She is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing these. I wish there were more too.
So beautiful. I’m thankful that your friends took them and shared them with you and that you, in turn, opened your heart to us again.
She is just exquisite. I could stare at her eyes all day. They tell their own story. I can’t imagine….
Precious. Amazing pictures. The one of her on the couch with the phone/iPod is adorable. So glad you got to have these.
It’s so nice to stumble across those reminders. I’m so glad that you & Mike have so many photos, videos, etc. It’s not the same & there are never enough, but sometimes they help you get by.
I love her eyes, such a lovely color. Her smile was so contagious….. it still is, actually, but she also looks so wise in these pics…
Wow, look at those beautiful eyes!!!! Just beautiful!!!!
SO precious to have friends who love… who share… what a treasure in these photos and the people who love you and love your sweet Maddie…
Bee Butler says:
God, just looking at those makes me want to cry. She is the most beautiful little girl in the world. I cannot imagine what you’re feeling, Heather, but my prayers are always with you.
Her eyes are forever emblazoned in my brain. She had such wise, knowledged eyes for such a young child.
She is so beautiful, Heather! Such a vivid personality…such zest. I can’t imagine the excruciating pain you must feel. I am so, so sorry. These pictures are a reminder of how much everyone in your lives loves her and wanted to capture her beautiful spirit!
they are beautiful… the first one is literally breathtaking… looking at her it hurts to know she isnt here where she should be… how could such a beautiful baby be created only to be taken away so fast… she is truely the most beautiful child I have seen. I think about maddie and you guys every single day and i hope and pray that the pain you feel somehow, someway becomes easier…
What wonderful, wonderful, photos, Heather. And what wonderful friends sending you such precious memories of your precious Maddie.
She is so, so photogenic, so, so very beautiful.
I hope these photos of your simply gorgeous baby girl offer you some comfort today, your Maddie is indeed speaking to you through them. Her happiness radiates through these photos. Again today my heart aches and my tears fall that this little darling girl has left our world.
I continue to check your blog every day, I think of you every day and I remember Maddie, the World Famous Maddie, every day.
Sending you love and best wishes, as always
your stranger friend, Erica in Luxembourg
P.S. She has great fashion sense and a great stylist, what cute, cute outfits!!
Jill Sarven says:
I totally Agree with Erica that Maddie speaks to you through these photos there are NO words for us to say to you so many sorry that you are probably so tired of hearing but gosh the whole blogging world of mothers mourns for you ….just mothers everywhere you will smile again a real smile Heather YOU will …..she was and is beautiful ………love and hugs and friendship jill sarven
So full of character and life. Amazingly, achingly beautiful.
I hope that more of your friends find their own Maddie memories to share with you. I hope that you then share them with all of us
Love and hugs to you and yours
Such a beautiful, special little girl. Those eyes! I am so very sorry for your loss…she will live on forever though through you, Mike, and all those who knew and loved her. She has touched so many of us who never had the chance to personally know her, but through your blog feel as though we have.
Beautiful pictures of a beautiful girl! Love to you always…
She got a lovely eyes!
catherine lucas says:
What a wonderful gift… She was growing so fast. Still hard to believe that all that turned in a couple of hours. She seemed so well on her way into life…
Love that yellow dress!
dysfunctional mom says:
I love that first picture. What a wonderful gift.
These made me cry!! Those big blue eyes and big smile.I like the one where she is standing on the dollar bills.. They are all so good. Im glad you have a few more to cherish close to your heart.
She is stunning! Your friends are very talented (I looked at the link and I really like Cat and Adi’s work), but I’m willing to bet that even I, the world’s worst photographer, could have taken gorgeous photos of Maddie. All the photos are amazing, but the one at the top is just unbelievably beautiful. Thanks for sharing these.
LOVE(!) the one with the fries! So adorable
These pictures are amazing…..and an amazing reminder how unfair life can be…..it is so hard to believe that sweet little face and big beautiful eyes are not here with us anymore. It makes my heart so sad, for you and your family and those of us who did not even know her…….still thinking about you….and wishing for the pain to get better.
Wow, what beautiful pics of such a beautiful girl. Still can’t get over her stunning eyes. Thank you for sharing them with us.
xo from CT,
Scary Mommy says:
Oh, that face! There never was or will be a face quite that amazing. That face should still be here.
Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
I remember from a previous post that you told us that Maddie liked clothes, and these photos are proof positive that she could “work” an outfit! So cute! I love the one with the iphone/ipod.
Joe @ Irrational Dad says:
I can’t help but notice a couple singles at her feet in the 5th picture…. is little Maddie table-dancing for tips?
It’s great that your friends sent those pictures your way.
nic @mybottlesup says:
i love the one with her standing on the table top, hip kicked out, foot angled out to the side, arms out, as though to say “whut? you know you love me. whutchu goina do bout it?”
The first photo is amazing and I love the ones with the fries. She is beautiful.
Wow what wonderful pictures. I am sure that over time as friends go through their cameras and photo albums more pictures of Madeline will pop up to remind you that everyone that Maddie ever met loved her, and that she will always be very loved amd missed.
these pictures are treasures – every single one of them. my fave is the one with the french fries and the big, beautiful eyes…deliciousness!! it is yet another rainy day in connecticut, but maddie’s smile just made it a whole lot brighter.
God, she is so beautiful! The expression in her face and those eyes, always gets me. It’s as if she’s swallowing up her surroundings, taking it all in and not missing a thing. Like in the first picture – I’d love to know what she’s thinking. All thepictures of Maddie, whether from you or friends, really see to capture her essence, her curiousity, and spirit. That’s what draws all of us to her. We’d all look at whatever pictures you post of her. And miss her with you.
Those beautiful big blue eyes are captivating! I love these pictures. What a treasure! I can see her personality shining through the camera. And your love for her is reflected right back.
She is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
What a gift, for your friends to share these with you, and for you to share them with us.
Kristen McD says:
Gorgeous girl. Thank you for showing us.
What beautiful pictures…
rachel cortest says:
No one can understand how important those pictures are to you unless they have lost a child. I am so glad that you are receiving photos that you had not seen. It is exactly like getting new memories. Maddie had a wisdom in that beautiful little face that far surpassed her age.
What a gift!!!!!!!
What an amazing gift to have been given. Thank you for sharing with us!
Oh, does the camera love her!
What an infinitely small world. I was JUST looking at a high school friend’s pictures of her son (on facebook) and there’s a few with his little friend Clara. Her parents (Cat & Adi) and my high school friend and husband are friends. That is so wierd. Six degrees or what? I’m going to see if she was at Clara’s party too. She and her husband are also photographers. You may even know them. We’ll see…
I’m very glad that you’ve been given these little gifts. They’re beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing them too.
I just wanted to update you and tell you that I did speak with my friend Jen and she was at Clara’s party – she said she met you and remebers your Maddie. She and her husband Nate were there to take pictures, but used Cat & Adi’s cameras. I was hoping there would be more hidden gems for you. I hate that this update is not what I wanted it to be, but I wanted to let you know I looked into it for you.
Wow! What an amazing surprise for you both!! What a gift your friends gave you. Those are great photos too…because they are so talented they are beyond mere snapshots. They really captured Maddie’s personality and beautiful little baby face! Thanks so much for sharing….I love seeing her.
It’s so nice that you have those! And they are great pics–ALL of them!
maggie, dammit says:
Ohhhhh, such a gift.
She is so beautiful. Those pictures really capture her beautiful. That is such an awesome gift to get from you friends, thank you for sharing some of the pictures with us.
Ooohh Sweetie…just when you least except it, another remind of Maddie. She is still with you Heather – every single day. How beautiful she is. Thinking of you always,
she is just beautiful! her eyes remind me of my daughter’s…..when i had emerson look at these pictures of maddie, she giggled and slapped the desk. maddie has that effect!
cindy w says:
What an amazing gift. You have some great friends. Those pictures are fantastic. Catie just saw them and shrieked, “MADDIE!!!” Made me tear up.
The french fry picture made me LOL.
Such a sweet angel baby.
Midwest Mommy says:
I wish I had pictures to share with you but hopefully more people will look and find some. I love that second one with both of you in it.
sherry pyle says:
The pictures are beautiful!!
Maddie so wonderful.
When she is ready she will see you in your dreams.
She knows how much you love and miss her
You have been so strong to bring her to us and keep her memory alive.
I keep her in my heart.
lisa wood says:
Great photos, good to have friends like that. Her eyes are just amazing. Love her sparkle and her way of letting everyone know that she was stunning. Thanks to Maddie I have been making a effort to take more photos of my boys:)
With our last one we have not taken that many when he was a baby so now I am trying to make up for it. Thanks to Maddie I get to appreciate life more:)
Love sent to you guys from Australia. Love you Maddie xxx
angela rowell says:
I can’t stand to but can’t stop reading your blog. Can’t stand to because my heart just aches for you. You have a truly beautiful daughter and she was so lucky to have such wonderful parents who would be strong enough to keep her legacy alive.
Jennifer A. says:
Those pictures are just beautiful – you are fortunate to have loving and caring friends to share their memories with you. Thank you for sharing them!
What a little beauty! They are wonderful pictures.
A JIll of All Trades says:
I love the french fry photo!
Everytime I look at a picture of her and her beautiful eyes, I am so drawn to her. Kind of like being visually tugged at.
She’s a beaute.
Mama Kalila says:
Those are beautiful pics…
Andrea's Sweet Life says:
What a wonderful gift to discover photos of Maddie you’d never seen. She is so beautiful.
What treasures. She’s such a beautiful girl. She looks so grown up in the third picture from the end. You can see the girl she was going to become.
Absolutely gorgeous!! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing Maddie’s story and life with us!
PB and Jazz says:
A precious gift. She is beautiful beyond words.
Oh, she’s so beautiful. Each one of those pictures is such a precious gift…I’m so glad you have them.
She is beautiful. I am glad you got these photos as an unexpected gift. She is a gorgeous girl.
She makes me smile every time I see her pictures. What a beautiful baby you created.
I feel blessed that you let us all see her through your blog. Thank you!
I know you’ve heard this a million times, but it bears repeating. Maddie is just a Doll Baby! I’m sure you can’t stop looking at those pictures, studying them.
I thought of you yesterday and your post about Tommy Lasorda and how you didn’t get a picture of him with Maddie because you thought you’d get around to it later. The boys were doing something funny and the camera was out in the car. I thought to myself: ‘eh, they’ll do the same thing another time, I don’t feel like running out to the car for the camera.’ And then I stopped myself. I went out and got that camera.
Thinking of you all the time.
I loved those gifts, that is just what they are. New memories of your sweet girl. I found some pictures of Emma about 6 months or so after she died, it was so exciting. I found another couple new pictures of her right after she was born this year. Six years later and it feels just like yesterday.
Your Maddie is beautiful.
I am so glad your friend was able to give you this gift. I hope more photos of your precious Maddie turn up. Thank you for sharing your baby with us…
I found some unseen pictures of my son from about a month before he died a year later on my in-laws computer. That was the best gift ever. My photos of him are my greatest material treasure. I am so thrilled for you that you got such a wonderful gift!
Katie in WI says:
Beautiful Maddie. Beautiful pictures.
You know how the “uncultured natives” in some parts of the world refuse to have their photos taken, claiming it will take part of their soul? I absolutely, definitely concur with them. Maddie’s soul and spirit are encapsulated in these pictures.
Oh my gosh. The one of her with the iphone! and the fries! well, all of them, but especially those two – I feel like they’re a freeze frame in a video that is just supposed to pop to life. They make me want to scramble for the sound button on my computer so I can listen too.
And those “natives”? I think they’ve got one thing wrong. They fear that having that little piece of their soul residing in the photo will diminish them, somehow. But really, it expands us. Like hugs: the more you give, the more there are, right? Every photograph captures a little piece of us and preserves it, reflects it like a prism, allows us to scatter ourselves to places that we haven’t been and will never go.
It has allowed Maddie to come to me over the past 6-9 months and, thank God, it allows her to visit you even now and in days to come.
These pictures take my breath away. I read your blog but never feel I have the words to comment. You write so amazingly and powerfully about your beautiful (in every sense) and adored little girl, and the pain of her passing. Thank you for sharing this with those of us who never had the privilege of meeting her. My thoughts and my love are so very much with you and your family.
Adventures In Babywearing says:
What a nice surprise and gift. So precious.
The pictures are beautiful, Maddie is so beautiful. God, I wish she was still here. Even though I don’t know you or your family, I feel like I do through your blog. Maddie will never be forgotten.
I feel happy for you that you get to have all of these pictures… what a wonderful gift during such a heartbreaking time. Thinking of you today…
What an extraordinarily beautiful child–she just brims with personality!
Donna P says:
I will always keep looking for more – I wish there were a million. I miss the Moo, and seeing all those pics yesterday really made me miss her. I love you and think of Miss Maddie every day.
I haven’t commented before because I honestly didn’t know what to say. I’m sorry wasn’t enough. I’ve been so touched by Maddie and your writing.
The pictures are beautiful and the one with her standing in her jeans is fantastic. It shows so much personality.
Domestic Extraordinaire says:
What a wonderful set of photos. Thank you for sharing your Maddie with us.
She is beautiful! I was just at Target last night, buying some puffs for my 9 month old, and they weren’t the Gerber brand but something else and the little girl on the label looked so much like Maddie, and now that I see these pics, I can see that Maddie was far more exquisite in her beauty!
She really was a beautiful child. Her eyes and expressions show that she had a lot of spirit. :0)
Way to make me smile and cry before my coffee.
Maddie–as always when I see her pictures–astounds me with her beauty.
And you and I are going to be sunglasses twins when I come out to LA. Because I have the same shades.
I’m sure seeing these photos are like seeing Maddie again. I know you must have every photo you have ever taken memorized, it’s familiar to you the way Maddie was. But seeing a new picture of her is like learning something new about her, seeing her in a different way, a different light. It must be so comforting. I wish I had photos of her to share with you, a way to give you comfort as well. Your Maddie is just so precious.
I hope you are able to smile as much as I am when you look at the ‘french fry’ picture. It reminds me of Mike’s HYSTERICAL post about the judgemental old lady/french fry incident of ’08. Priceless! The pictures from that blog post crack me up to this day!!
Like ‘Irrational Dad’, I also was wondering about the ‘table dancing for tips’….now that would have been an awesome story!
how do you go on? I read your blog and wonder every day how you do it. It makes me feel guilty when I fret over my trivial problems.
she is just SO. BEAUTIFUL. unbelievable. i saw these on flickr yesterday and smiled and sobbed. in our little space here, she IS still here. my little one kisses his maddie monster every night, and we look at pictures of maddie almost every day. she is part of our life, every day. i never stop thinking of you, mike and maddie. so much love to you.
What beautiful pictures. I’ve never commented, but I think about your family everyday. Thank you for sharing those sweet photos.
What an amazing gift you were given. It’s like a special slice of extra time With Maddie.
May I take a moment here to discuss how much I love Maddie’s eyebrows? I do! I noticed them the first time I saw her picture, months and months ago, because they are so amazing and awesome! Like little sunbursts. I love how they frame her luminous eyes. What a lovely child, Heather. I’m so glad you got new photos to pore over. Do enojoy them dear, you deserve to.
jacquelyn geertsema says:
she’s beautiful and bright eyed. Thank you for sharing her. She is missed!
Beautiful, beautiful girl! Thinking of Maddie, you and Mike every day.
So precious. What a gift that your friends have given you.
She is beautiful Heather. I’m so glad you have these and I sure wish you had more.
What a beautiful gift.I wish you had more too.I love that you share your gift of Maddie with us as well.Thank you.I too have never commented before on your blog but think and pray for you all everyday.
I love the picture of her standing. Her attitude just oozes out of that picture as if to say “Look out man…I’m the coolest chic around!” She was too. Those pictures did capture Maddie in a wonderful and vibrant way. I’m so glad they were able to share with you the essence they saw in Maddie.
These are precious pictures. I have to say, not taking anything away from the talented photographers, but when you have a subject as vibrant and beautiful as Maddie, it’s probably a sure thing that you’ll get such amazing results. Thanks for sharing her.
Amy in Oregon says:
She is truly one of the most beautiful little girls i’ve EVER seen. She is missed.
Thankfully you have amazing friends that turned on the lenses on Maddie. These pictures are gorgeous… beautiful… amazing… breathtaking… thanks for sharing with us! I love the one of you and Maddy! Thinking of you and sending you hugs! XO
Just gorgeous! I love the pic of you and her sitting together. She was loved sooo much and it shows in her beautiful smile. What an amazing presence she had. People all over this world are drawn to your beautiful little Maddie.
My life will be forever changed knowing about her. Thank you for sharing her with us.
God bless you and Mike.
love, Jenn in CA
I came across your website after your baby passed away and went back and read and read and read about your family. She is truly one of the most beautiful children I have ever seen. Her face radiates pure sunshine and joy to me. She looked happy all the time and her eyes showed it. I cannot imagine what your going through but you and in my thoughts everyday. I lost my dad 3 years ago and life will never be “normal” for me again. It is a little better and there is a new normal for us, I hope you get to that place one day.
I love that photo of her standing on the table, jutting her hip out like a teeny pop star. She’s just gorgeous, what a spirit. Thanks for sharing her.
I love all of these so much, Heather.
I love the one where her hand is resting on an adult’s blue-jeaned knee. She looks so ethereal. Sometimes when a child’s hand just rests on you like that you feel so privileged, like they’re a celebrity throwing a little bit of personalized attention your way!
These are beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing these beautiful memories of your precious daughter! God Bless.
Courtney in New York
Patricia Dolan says:
Each morning I’m hoping that you’ve written and here you are and *** with photos of ‘angelic’ Madeline. I’m serious, please consider visiting New England at some point this year. We would love to host you.
I’m a fosterparent of newborns and I’ve been a Maddie fan for awhile. Your post today is so true. There can never be enough pictures and ones taken by others are the sweetest surprises of all. I hope more show up….at times when you least expect them and need them the most.
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL BABY!!!
Those are all beautiful pictures Heather.
What a blessing that somehow, Maddie ended up being one of the most photographed babies of all time. It isn’t any easier to lose her at such a young age, but it is such a gift to have such beautiful pictures of her being loved at so many different phases of her life!
The first picture of Maddie is stunning. I love it. And the one with her double fisted with fries,,,truly the only way to enjoy !
For some reason, when I looked at these pictures the song “she’s like a rainbow” (by the Stones) popped into my head. It makes me think back to the pictures when Maddie sported many hairstyles and you talked about how she loved when her hair was combed.
-much love from the East Coast
I kick myself every day for not capturing some pics of her at the playdate in Griffith Park.
Anna Marie Hinnant says:
I still can’t believe she’s gone. I’m so glad you have new pictures and thank you for sharing them with us.
You were – and ARE – blessed.
she is soooo beautiful i could look at picutres of her all day…..you must be so proud to call her your daughter! I never met her…but i miss her! xoxo
what a beautiful angel…..
Just two days before she got sick…she looks perfect and healthy. Sure is not fair.
Glad you have the new pictures to enjoy…
Lady Lemon says:
I love that one of her on the table. She looks so mature, like a little teenager.
I remember when one of my friends passed away a few years back, going through boxes and files of pictures to find as many as I could of him. They really are so precious.
I’m so happy you have great friends who have their pictures to share with you.
april in NJ says:
Absolutely beautiful. I love the fry picture because I too love love love french fries! As the previous poster wrote, so nice that you have wonderful friends who are sharing their photos with you. She absolutely seems to sparkle in those photos… you are so lucky to be her mama…
much love and hugs from NJ.
Michelle Pixie says:
She is so beautiful! And a camera’s dream! I never had the privilege of meeting your little love except for through your words (a privilege in and of itself) and I cannot tell you how much she has touched my soul… Thank you for sharing.
They’re such beautiful photos. All my love.
Maddie is beautiful! God bless her soul!
What beautiful pictures. I just adore the first picture, so natural and just gorgeous.
Just Jiff says:
GORGEOUS photos!! Of course, Maddie is so beautiful. I love her photos.
those are just precious; her hair and her eyes—i just adore the ribbon bow on her jeans. hugs and support
This child has had me mesmerized since the first time I looked at this journal.
It’s her eyes – like eyes of the ancients. I mean, just look at that first picture. They transcend . . . everything. It’s like she can see right through to the truth of things.
I know this sounds all weird and new-agey, and I don’t mean it to, at all. That’s not who I am. But, man! Those eyes . . .
Take care of yourselves, and thank you for sharing your daughter with the rest of us.
Holy cow… I know Cat & Adi! (Glancingly, but I just saw them again at a friend’s wedding in October.) I always suspected we shared some “circles.” The confirmation makes me more sad.
These pictures are just stunning. Then again, what a subject! Maddie is the most beautiful little being and I hope you continue to get little surprises like these in the form of pictures, stories, and shared memories from your friends and family and all who love Maddie for a long time to come.
She is SO beautiful.
Truly Gorgeous!!! What a beauty. You have awesome friends. These are precious photos. I think of you and Maddie all the time and have become a much better mother because of you.
What a stunning child.
Beautiful. Bless you!
She’s gorgeous, Heather. I have to tell you that I adore her eyebrows. I’ve loved them from the very first time I visited here.
absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing.
The world is truly missing part of their beauty without her.
She’s just beautiful.
After my nephew died, I found the photos of him to be both the most precious thing I owned, and the worst thing. I would lose myself in them, and they were so painful. But, the were comforting as well. I hope these are a comfort to you, as well, in some small way.
The third one! and the fourth one! and the french fry one! = omg super nom nom nom! Really they’re ALL amazing, but I think it’s okay to have favorites. The third one and those CURLS!
Hoping more pictures find their way to you.
Such gorgeous photos. She looks especially sassy standing up in her jeans with the little bow belt (love it)!
Thinking of you all the time.
Mary @ Holy Mackerel says:
Photos are so very precious. I try to take lots of my kiddies, but there are never enough.
Jessica (@It's my life...) says:
Pictures will keep popping up, one here one there, each a precious window. I hope that many of your friends keep discovering them as the year goes on and keep sending them for you to enjoy.
Hopefully now more pictures of Maddie will arrive Gorgeous shots, very beautiful little girl.
I have fallen in love with your Maddie through your blog. Just by seeing her photos and the videos makes me feel like I knew her. My heart breaks daily when I come here to see your updates, and I can’t imagine your pain. I have a toddler and she sits on my lap and now ‘knows’ your Maddie and she says her name when she sees her picture. I had a similar pregnancy to yours so I totally know how hard you worked and the sacrifice you gave to bring her into this world. I know nothing I say will make you feel any better, but in every photo and in every video, your love for her is so apparent. She could not have asked for a better mommy or daddy. She was such a happy, secure little girl. I am so sorry. I am so so sorry.
Oh Heather, this is so special that you were able to receive these never-before-seen pictures of your precious girl!
I miss her.
The photo of Lissa holding her is adorable. And her on the couch with the phone is a perfect reflection of that beautiful child.
And you know how much I adore the first photo.
I love you.
Love those pictures; the one with her and the phone is so perfect.
Smiling through teary eyes, Heather, smiling like she is at you. xoxo
Ashley Hast says:
I have heard after the passing of someone we love so much, to see a new photo of them, one that hasn’t been seen before, is the best gift that can be given. I am so thankful you have so many thoughtful people sending you love today. Love you from the bottom of my soul.
Marti from Michigan says:
Maddie is absolutely stunningly beautiful! Her eyes speak volumes. She is a cherub now, and even more beautiful in Heaven.
I continue to send prayers and good thoughts your way from way over here in Michigan.
These photos are gorgeous! and so so SO precious!!!
Beautiful photos of your gorgeous Babe. Hoping your friends and family share all pics they have of her, am sure there are many you have never seen and have yet to treasure.
Thinking of you both. Amy
My little micro-preemie daughter was so petite and sweet down to her soul that I used to ask her if she was an angel and I really believed she was. She was just too good to be true. These pictures of Maddie remind me so much of her at that age; I feel like I can SMELL Maddie’s amazing sweetness and I think maybe she was always an angel. She’ll always be with you and you’ll see her again one day.
The more I look at this sweet child, the more I want her back for all of us. Pictures are worth a thousand words and man do you have a lot of photos of her. Maybe you could have not handled cards and drawings. Maybe the pain would have been too much for you. Maybe this was a gift from God. I imagine all the smiling and crying you do when looking at the photos. Maybe God just wanted you to have photos…We don’t know, and we CAN NOT ask why as we will never have the answer. All my love to you today.
She is just so beautiful and full of light! She looks like a little girl that nayone would have been blessed to know and spend time with!
The picture of you holding her at the party is exquisite. She is so incredibly beautiful. And her curiosity and intelligence radiate from those enormous eyes. You and Mike must be so proud of her.
Danielle G. says:
Maddie = Beautiful
Thanks for sharing.
These are just wonderful. I especially love the slightly crazed, joyous look she had while holding the Blackberry– it’s making me laugh and tear up all at once.
She’s so beautiful. I feel more in love with her with every picture. So much life and personality exuding from the pictures…. A true gift. What a beautiful gift from your friends. ((hug))
God, she was a beautiful little girl. i wish you had a billion more photos too….
i don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing pictures of your gorgeous girl. The one picture when she is standing looks like she is posing like a little superstar! Adorable, the camera loved her! Still thinking and praying for you
Toni Conrad says:
Your daughter was beautiful. I have been following your for a while now and you and your husband are in my thoughts a lot. I know what you mean about the photos. My daughter Kendall Hope passed away October 3, 2008 at 12 1/2 weeks. My sister is a professional photographer and needless to say I have thousands of photos of my little girl. We knew she was sick and not going to live long, so we needed to capture every moment of her life. Those photos are the best thing I could ask for and I am so happy my sister(s) were around to take as many. It is always nice when they show up with ones that I didnt even know were there. Kendall has been gone 8 months already and they are still coming up with more photos.
I wish it got easier, but it is just different as time goes by. I know how you feel and what you are going through, so if you every need anything, feel free to contact me.
I just have to think that everything happens for a reason and God has a plan. I also know that God needed some beautiful little angels, and that is why he took our daughters.
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It sounds like your family is blessed with wonderful friends.
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Those pictures are wonderful! I love her standing on the table, looks like she’s about to strut her stuff!
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I love those photos, especially that first one. You can see how happy she was in each one.
You’ve got some mighty talented, and mighty considerate friends.
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Brenda Wilcox says:
Maddie is just 1 of the most BEAUTIFUL little girl. She such a pumkin. May God bless you and your family. My heart crys right along with yours. Thank you so very much for shareing your story with US. My Children and I are sending hugs and love to you and your Husband and family.