Saturday, December 6, 2008

The saddest news

This is Ruthanne. I'm posting for Carla because her heart is too sad to even think about posting this.
Last night, Carla got the phone call that terrifies every parent---her sweet, beautiful daughter, Josi, had been killed. Carla will give you details as she can, but for now, please pray for this family. They were close to bringing Josi home and are as heart-broken as any family can be.
Josi's new birth certificate had just come through and according to Guatemalan law, she is considered their daughter and sister---but she has been their daughter and sister in their hearts for much longer than that.
We know that Josi is twirling and dancing and smiling in heaven right now without pain or hurt. She died knowing that a family loved her unconditionally and was preparing a place for her in their homes and in their hearts. What we didn't know was that Josi's Father was also preparing a place for her and she is in His arms right now. In the meantime, He needed someone with a big heart to love and care for Josi and there was no better woman for that job than Carla. She has a heart for parentless children like no one I have ever met.

Please pray for Carla and her family and comment here so that they can read your kind words when they are able to.



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Pam said...

You do not know me, but I am a kindred spirit. I am the mother of a darling girl who was born in Guatemala. My heart goes out to you and your entire family at this very difficult time. May God keep your dear Josi safe and warm in his loving arms. May God comfort you and all who knew and loved Josi. I am so very, very sorry.
Pam from Minnesota

Anonymous said...

I have no words to express the sadness I feel learning of this. I am so sorry. My heart and prayers are with all of you.
~Jane from Colorado

Our Family of 5 said...

Carla & Family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything at all, don't be afraid to ask. Heaven has gained another angel. What a sweet blessing Josi was. When I see that bright twinkling star at night, I will know that is Josi shining down on us all.
All my love and prayers my friend,
Lisa & Family

Jenne said...

I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. My heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers.
Jenne
Michigan

Katie said...

I am so sorry .. we are praying for you all .

Ruthanne said...

Carla--you and Josi are both loved---please let me know if you need ANYTHING. That sweet little girl had the joy of having the best mommy a girl could hope for--even if it was for a short time. You blessed her life in every way. Your sisters are praying for you and crying with you...you are not alone.

Kelly said...

Carla we are all here if you need us. My heart is completely broken for you and I wish so badly I could make it all untrue. Josi knew she was loved. She had tested you and knew you were going to stick around and love her no matter what. She left this world knowing it was possible to receive true love and now she gets to know firsthand the most truest form of love ever known, the love of Jesus.

Dawn said...

Words will never due, so just know that I am praying for you!!!!

Dawn

Mary Ann said...

Carla, I am devistated!!!My heart is broken for you and your sweet family. I have no words right now other then I am soooo sorry! I don't understand why this had to happen! Please know that I am praying for you all. I prayed for Josi every day to come home! Please know I am morning her lose too! If you need to talk please email me!!!

Sue said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

The Borsa's said...

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful daughter. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Madelyn's Mommy said...

I am very sorry and am praying for your family!


Andrea

Megan said...

There are no words to say! We are so incredibly sorry and will be praying for everyone! May God wrap His arms around you and may you know His peace.

Kate said...

Carla I am so sorry for you loss. I pray that God will heal your heart and hold up. I am so sorry.

Jimmy and Mandy said...

Carla I my wife Mandy and I were so devestated to learn of your loss!! May GOD be with you and know that we are praying for you and your family during these difficult times.

Krystal said...

I am praying for you and your family. Josi is so precious.

tina said...

I am SO sorry for your loss! Your family will be in my prayers.

Mandy Froehlich said...

Carla, I am speechless at your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry. If there is anything at all I can do please never hesitate to ask. Again, I'm sorry.

Kelly said...

Carla your video is so heartwrenching. I see such a happy little face getting all that attention and love. Do you realize what a difference those trips made in her life? I do believe exactly what Ruthanne said, that you guys were put in her life to show her unconditional love before this terrible thing was to happen. Had she not pushed against that at first, she would have never known how unconditional your love was. {{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}} You know my number...I'm here if you need anything!

Rachel said...

Carla I am so sorry. I have no words but want you to know that you are in my prayers. My heart is breaking for you.

Princess D said...

Praying for you even though I don't know you and so sorry for your loss. I am glad that your sweet daughter knew she was loved and going to be a part of your family. There are no words and I am deeply saddened by the loss of this beautiful little girl.
D

Angie said...

I am speechless. I watched your journey to Josie on a.com and was so excited she was almost home. My prayers and thoughts are with your entire family. I cannot imagine the pain. I am so sorry:(

Natalie C. said...

I don't know what to say. My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with your family.

Tracey said...

I am so sorry! Please let us know if you need ANYTHING!

Anonymous said...

wow. i am so saddened and distraught by this news. i can't believe it. :( my heart and prayers go out to you and all the families involved. :(
brook
"mommytoEli"

Nelson said...

Carla and Family...All I can do is pray for you. There are no words.

Lisa and Maylin

Anonymous said...

we have followed your journey from afar (ireland) and we are in tears tonight as we read of this terrible tragedy - we have no words just know that you, your family and Josi are in our thoughts

we are so sorry

Angel said...

What a nightmare... I am so very sorry for this family. Awful. What happened? My heart hurts for them. She is such a precious little one. Angel

mjenningsdesigns said...

I am so sorry and praying for your family during this time. I just can not put into words how sorry I am!

Melissa
peytonsmamasita.blogspot.com

Angel said...

OH NO CARLA! I am so sorry!!! For a moment I thought you were talking about another family!!!!!! Then I went back and read again. Oh no... I am so terribly sorry. I'm so sorry. There are no words for this. I'm here if you want to e-mail me angel weir at gmail dot com. I just cant believe this. Angel

Kathy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Leah said...

Words are not adequate at a time such as this. My heart mourns with yours at your earthly loss, yet I know without a doubt that your sweet child is nestled in the arms of the Lord Jesus, Himself, this very day. One day you will be reunited with her and love her perfectly. What a hope God has given you that she is with the elect.

May God who is the ultimate comforter, comfort you during this time of trial. I pray His loving arms would surround you and your family as you go forward an honor and glorify him with your lives.
To God be the glory even in this time of sorrow for you.

Faith, Family, Future said...

My sweet dear friend. My heart is aching so much for all of you right now.

I wish I could make this all go away. I wish I could understand why but I know WHO knows and WHO holds her in His arms right now.

I know that doesn't ease your pain but I know that you trust Him.

I love you ad am in constant prayer for strength and healing for each of you.
Tammy

jill marie said...

Carla,
You don't know us, but we adopted our boy from Guatemala and brought him home in Nov 07. I saw this link on Cash's blog, and also saw that Ruthanne wrote this. I cannot think of 2 lovlier people than them to have in your life, so lean on them. I cannot even imagine what to say other than how sorry we are for your loss, but it certainly seems like you are a wonderful mother to Josi. Please know that you are not alone - there are many of us out here praying with you and greiving with you.

(((((HUUUUGGGSSSSSSSSS))))))))))
Jill, Jeff, Allison and Mario Lesko

The Heinrichs said...

My heart is aching for you...we are praying for your family.

Peace and love,
Deanna and Brent Heinrich

Chris and Kristen said...

Carla & Family,

You dont know me, but I am a fellow Mom of a Guatemalan child & member of Guatadopt. I know no words that can take your pain away, but please know that so many people are praying for you & asking God to comfort you & your family as you grieve the loss of your daughter. She is with the angels now, where she will only feel love & peace. May God heal your heart.

In deepest sympathy,
Kristen

Christina said...

Sending you huge prayers and hugs my friends. We are sooo sorry for your loss.

Annie said...

My heart is broken for your tragedy - there are no words to take your pain - just know the Guatamamas have you and your family wrapped in our hugs and hearts!

I can't even imagine.....

alex & sam said...

carla...
praying for strength for you & your family

alex

Guate4Jack said...

Oh My God. I don't even know what to say. I'm so sorry! My heart is breaking for you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Becky and Jack

Rhonda said...

There are no words. I am so very sorry. Praying for you all to feel strength during this tragic time. You made such a difference in Josi's life, as she did in each of yours. Hold each other tight.
Take care.

Julie said...

Carla and family,

I only know you through a.com and guatadopt, but I have been cheering for your progress and beautiful Josi and I am stunned and heartsick for you. My prayers are with your family, her caregivers, birthfamily, and all involved. We will be lighting a candle at our house tomorrow for Josi and all those who loved her, and we will hold you all in our prayers.

My deepest condolences.

Julie

Julie said...

Carla and family,

I only know you through a.com and guatadopt, but I have been cheering for your progress and beautiful Josi and I am stunned and heartsick for you. My prayers are with your family, her caregivers, birthfamily, and all involved. We will be lighting a candle at our house tomorrow for Josi and all those who loved her, and we will hold you all in our prayers.

My deepest condolences.

Julie

Anonymous said...

I am so, so sorry for the horrific tradgedy. No words can ease the pain but know that there are many praying for your family and this precious child, Josie. We can never understand the "why" of the things that happen especially to the most innocent, the children. Praying for peace for your family.

kc said...

There are no good words to express the sorrow and sadness I feel for your family. As soon as I read your daughters name and age in the story I knew immediately who it was. I have followed your beautiful story. I am so sorry for your loss.

Many prayers for you, your family and beautiful daughter,
Kristin

JoAnn said...

Carla, I cannot begin to imagine what you and your family are going through right now, I am so sorry and have no words to say that will help ease your pain. Please know that we are here for you for whatever you need. We were blessed to have known Josi through you, she had a beautiful soul as do you and your family Carla. We love you and will pray for you and your family. Please please please call for ANYTHING. Sharing many tears...... ~The Barrows Family

Tina said...

I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family.

lauren said...

Carla - I know you from guatadopt and have been following your blog and cheering you on, and now I cry with you. You were obviously a true gift to Josi in her short life (as she was to you as well) and I pray that will give you some sense of comfort during this dark hour. God bless and I will be praying for you and your family,

lauren (lpr4)

Jocelyn said...

Praying for you and your family.

Bonnie said...

Carla and Family,
There are absolutely no words to express how deeply saddened I am for you. This is the most unexpected, tragic news that I could even imagine. I am so sorry for all of you. Please know that you will be in my prayers. I am so very sorry that this has happened.

Carolyn said...

Your family will be in my prayers.

Jenny and Matt said...

You are all in our prayers tonight.

Terri said...

I am so very sorry and sad to hear this news. I will pray, pray and pray for your family.

Mackenzie's Forever Family said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine whatever I have to say being any comfort to you right now...Just know that there are many, many people praying for your borken heart tonight. Try to take comfort in knowing that your little girl is happier right now than she has ever been singing and dancing with Our Father....

Natalie said...

Carla,
Again, I am so very sorry about your tragic loss of beautiful Josi. I take comfort in the knowledge that she is in the arms of Love right now and I pray you do too! May God cover your family with His love and comfort!

GuateMom said...

Carla, my heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry. You are the best mommy that any child could ask for. You were her advocate and fought so hard to bring her home. I can't imagine your pain. Many hugs to you and your family. Josi was lucky to have you as a mommy even if it was for too short a time.

Susan

Nicole said...

Thinking of you and your family...

Amy said...

You family is in my prayers during this difficult time. Trust in the Lord.

Nancy and Isaac McGee said...

I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying for your family

Candy said...

Oh Carla I still remember you announcing that you were adopting Josi and I remember seeing her sweet face and just knowing she was a REAL ANGEL...I have been in tears al day and that video was so special. I just keep asking myslef...why and are you sure NOT JOSI...over and over as I am sure you too are doing.

HUGS Candy, Kya Blu, and Jagger Jett

Bobbi said...

There are no words that will take away your sadness and pain. Josie was loved by so many. May you find peace in the days to come. My condolonces.

Bobbi from Maine

Lynn said...

My heart aches for your family tonight. Sweet, precious Josi is with her Lord tonight, but I know a mother's heart wishes she was here. Praying for peace and strength for your beautiful family.

A fellow Guat Mom

Marianne said...

No words can comfront you right now...know in your hours of darkness there are many people praying for you and asking "our Father" to help you through this very very difficult time. I'm at a loss.....I sometimes just don't get it....life is very challenging. Dear Father, help us all to understand your will right now. I'm so sorry for your loss, all of our loss.

Tara said...

Carla and Family, I am truly so sad that Josi was taken away from you. I remember last year getting an email from you that you guys were headed off to Guatemala and being so excited and happy. I remember seeing the sweet little twinkle in her eyes when you met her last year over Christmas and being so happy that she was truly loved by a beautiful, kind and wonderful mommy like you. I can't stop thinking of her playing chase with Sammy. This news is so hard and seems unbelievable. But we know that she is watching over your family now and shining down the love that you gave to her. I am here for you, sister. Sending warm hugs and prayers during this sad, sad time.
Much love, Tara, Curly, Logan and Devon.

Kerri said...

No words are adequate but I'm so very sorry for your tragic loss...

LouLou said...

Carla,
I know there is nothing I can say to take any of your pain away.... I can't even imagine what your entire family is going through. Please just know that I am lifting you up in prayer and will continue to do so..... God sent you to Josi to show her what love is..... She was one blessed little girl to have you as was your family to have her even for a short while.

love and prayers,
Lou

Kelly said...

I am so sorry for your loss , I cannot imagine what you are going through Please know you are all in my prayers through this devastating time.

Anonymous said...

Carla and family:
my thoughts are with you tonight, may you find comfort in each other and your faith, and know that you brought joy to your daughter in the time you were with her...
Megan

Cindy said...

As many others have said, I have no words to express how truly sorry I am for the loss of your dear, sweet daughter.
Please know that you are in our prayers.
Cindy
aka "waiting4celeste" on adoption.com

Will and Aileen said...

Carla,
We were in Guatemala last year at the same time, meeting our beautiful daughters. Now they are both in heaven with Jesus, and my heart breaks for you that you have had to endure this. I know first hand that no mother should ever have to lose a child, and to lose your daughter in such a tragic way is more than I can fathom. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, as are the loved ones of the others who tragically lost their lives and Josi's birth family.

Dawnb93 said...

My heart breaks for you and your family and little Josi. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dawn in Louisiana

ANGIE..... said...

I am so sorry....I extend my biggest hugs to you and your family through this most unimaginable time.

My prayers and thoughts are for you....Angie in Missouri.

Hannah said...

You don't know me. I visited your blog via Mary Ann's when she won the raffle. I also have two children who came to me by adoption. Our youngest Sophia came home from Guatemala in March.

I don't have words to express the sadness I feel over the loss of your daughter. I wish I had something to say that would ease your pain but I don't. Please know that my entire family is praying for your family and will continue to do so.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Hannah and family.

Chris and Lindsey Wheeler said...

Oh Carla, I am beyond devastated for your sweet family....I am just so sorry!! I AM PRAYING....and will continue....for comfort and hope. What an amazing family y'all are....and you loved little Josi so well. Know that so many people wish they could just cry with you and hug you right now.

terri s said...

What a beautiful face she has. I pray God will wrap you and your sweet family in His arms and comfort you in this time of sorrow.

praying for you and your family,
terri, a fellow Guatemama

Anonymous said...

I do not know you personally, but I know the power a Mother's love has. Hope that you can find comfort knowing that your love made your duaghter's short life better. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Beth

Judi and Elaina said...

Carla-There are no words to express the emotions you must be going through, Just know how much Josi loved you and your family and she received so much love from you in return. Josi is now a beautiful angel in heaven watching over you and your family.
Ms. Judi-adoption forums

Anonymous said...

Carla,

My heart is aching for you. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Ana

Jennifer said...

my deepest sympathies.....your family is in my prayers....

Karen said...

We do not know you,but we have friends who met you while you were both visiting your children in Guatemala at the same time. And that is how we found out such very sad news. We will be praying for you!!!!!

Nikki said...

Oh my gosh- I am heartbroken for you. Words can't explain my sympathy, I am so, so sorry.

flopeared@aol.com said...

Carla and family,
I am so sad to hear about your little girl. God needed her in heaven,more than your family. We never know why but take comfort in the fact that she is in heaven, a beautiful angel. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all with the strength to get through this time in your life.
My love to you all,
Sharon Jones O'Kelley ( Joyce Jones, Daughter)

ale said...

Praying for you, Josi, and her foster family.

Jill said...

Carla and Family

I'm so very sorry for this news about Josi. We don't know each other but our hearts are always with the orphans in Guatemala - as we have adopted five children in the past 2.5 yrs from there.

May the Lord keep you. May He shine His face upon you. May He comfort you and all those touched by this tragic loss. May you all feel the love and peace that surpasses all understanding as He guards your hearts. Praying for your family and her family in Guatemala. Praying for all those who we don't know about that are affected by the horrific events at the orphanage. Praying for God's mighty hand to save those who saw things no child or adult should ever have to see.

God bless you today!
Jill

jodi said...

Hi, you don't know me but i have seen your blog throuh my friend Mary Ann's
I am so truly and deeply saddenned by this news, I am crying with you as i write this. I can't say that i can understand the pain you are feeling right now, but I wanted to let you know that We are praying for you all right now
God Bless...
Jodi

Momma Hen said...

My heart is broken for your family...

You are all in my prayers.
Lord, Jesus - minister to this family...

Tami

Anonymous said...

May God hold Josi tight in His arms and someday your family join together again in a place with no violence, sadness, or hunger but only love for Him and each other. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Lisa and David

ashley said...

Our hearts go out to you and your family! We are lifting you up to the Father and praying that He will bring comfort and peace to each of your hearts. We just brought home our daughter from Guatemala and cannot imagine the pain your family must be going through. We leave you in HIS grip- A family in Christ

Anna said...

Carla,
I have only just seen your blog after reading a post on Chris and Lindsey Wheeler's blog...and I am SO terribly sorry for you and your family...my heart is breaking for you!!

I just can't imagine what you must be going through right now and I pray that God may fill you with his peace, comfort and love as
Josi is now with Jesus forever.

Take care,
Anna

Lilysmom said...

Oh I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I am so happy that she knew she was loved and got to know the joy of knowing she has a mama that loved her. I pray for you and your family.

Aimee said...

I can express in words the loss you are experiencing. I am so sorry. The entire adoption community is mourning with you.

Debbie said...

I don't know you but that isn't important, God does. I am so sorry to hear of your loss!! I will be praying for you and for God to comfort you in the way He does best!! I know right now He is carrying you in the palm of His hand, As He is holding Josi in His arms.

God bless and keep you!
Debbie

Ana said...

I am truly saddened for your terrible loss. There are no words that I can say that will lighten the pain. Simply know that I am praying that the peace of God that transcends all understanding will surround you and that you will feeling the hands of our loving Father holding you as you go through this difficult time.

Becky said...

Our family is praying for yours.

ManyBlessings said...

Carla and family,
I am so stunned that I don't even know what to say. Our hearts are grieving with yours. I am so very sorry. We will be keeping you in our prayers as you walk this new road.
dawn

Dounya's mummy said...

I am so so sorry to hear this...I will be thinking of you all and have you in my prayers...

Fly high Josi

Easties and Co. said...

I am so sorry. My prayers go out to you and your family.

blessedmomto7 said...

Dear Carla and Family,

There are no words. I know your heart-mine is similar-for the orphan. However, I can never know your pain as a mother to lose your sweet Josi. Know that people all over the world are lifting you and your family up. Our tears are flowing with you.

Love and Hugs from Kansas

tricia said...

There really are no words. I am so sorry.

Kelly said...

I am so stunned and heartbroken for you. Please know that we will all be praying for your family.

Kelly
guatadopt.com

Anonymous said...

You dont know us, but we heard this terrible news from a friend and I had to come by and tell you that my husband and I are lifting your family up in prayer. My heart hurts for you...I cannot ever imagine! I know that your daughter is in Heaven sitting on our Heavenly Father's lap smiling right now...but I know that doesnt take away the pain you are feeling. Many prayers your way! God Bless!

Heidi said...

Carla, I am so sorry for you and your family. How tragic, I don't even know what to say but how terribly sorry I am. You and your family are in our prayers!

Amy said...

My dear friend, how can any of us express the shock and sadness we feel? I know that you are probably bouncing from emotion to emotion. I don't think there is anything I can say that will ease your pain, though, maybe knowing that you have so many people who love you and your family will at least bolster you. Josi ... such a beautiful, sweet girl. I'm so sorry.

Hold on, sister.
Amy

Anonymous said...

From the mom of another beautiful Guatemalan girl adopted 22 years ago - I am stunned and profoundly saddened by your news. There are no words - but fervent prayers. We all - precious Josi, your family, all of us - are being held in God's compassionate hands at this very moment. I pray that you are constantly feeling that love, and Josi's presence, throughout this brutally dark time. The light will shine again, and Josi will never let go of your hands.
Mary

Anonymous said...

Our family does not know you but we are praying for your family during this time of devestating earthly loss.

Jill said...

We do not know you, only through Ruthanne, and our hearts are breaking for you. We lighted a candle in mass for Josie and said a prayer. Know it was one of the brightest candles on the alter.

Jensboys said...

My heart breaks for you and for the loss your family, her foster family and her birth family are experiencing. May you take comfort in knowing that she will never experience any loss or pain or sadness again as she rests in the arms of Jesus.

Jen (a total stranger, but kindred spirit in adoption)

The Huffs said...

May the love of God bring you peace during this VERY difficult time. We hurt so badly for you and are praying for your family.

Felicia Huff

Anonymous said...

You, your little girl and the families involved are in my prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Trish

Laurie said...

Carla,

I am devastated at this news. It has me trembling and sick at heart.

Also, I have a small bit of information to share with you. Apparently my friend's uncle lives next door to Josi's family. If you wish to contact me, I'm at

lauriesmithkatz ya hoo dot com

Tabitha said...

I will be praying for your family. I just read your blog for the first time, and I can't imagine what you must be feeling.

Please know that lots of strangers are lifting your family up in prayer.

Mamita J said...

Sammy and Carla,

I am so sorry to hear the awful news about your sweet Josi and her foster family. Just know that I am and will be praying for you as you grieve this terrible loss. May God give you the peace that surpasses understanding.

In Christ,
Julie

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even believe how your hearts are breaking right now. Please know, though, that I understand, and my heart cries for you. You are not alone.

WVUMom418 said...

Carla & family,

I've followed your journey on the adoption forum and am speachless with this latest news. We still wait to bring our daughter home and can't imagine receiving this type of news. I hope you know that your forum friends are here for you and all our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jennifer said...

Carla,

I have not been able to stop thinking of you and Josi since I read this horrific news last night. My heart is so heavy, there are no words to express the shock and sadness. I am praying for you and everyone involved. May God give you comfort.

Mindy said...

Carla and Family,
My heart goes out to all of you during this unreal time. I pray that God gives you the strength and comfort that you need to endure this. My heart is so heavy and I feel just devastated for all of you. Please know that so many of us are here for you, praying for you....

Farrah said...

My heart is breaking for you!
I couldn't even begin to imagine what your family is feeling right now....
My prayers are with you...

HUGS
Farrah

Anonymous said...

Carla and Family, You do not know me except for maybe chatting a few times online. There are no words to express how very, very sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful little girl. In my thoughts and prayers. Love, Amy Ruston

Anonymous said...

I heard about your heartbreaking news last night and I can't stop thinking about you and your family. Sorry doesn't seem like enough to say.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shelly
(another Guatemama)

Myrna Hynes said...

You do not know me, I do not know you. I came across your blog through a friend and, with tears streaming down my face, read the heartbreaking story of your little girl. I pray God's peace and comfort for your family as Josi rests in the arms of Jesus.
Prayers,
Myrna Hynes

jeck said...

Carla,

I just read your news... My heart is breaking for you! I am praying for you and you family and the foster family and the birth family!! My God comfort you and give you peace during this time!

Ken and Patti said...

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Linda said...

Carla and Family - My heart is aching, and I've been praying for you ever since I read the terrible news. I am so sorry...

jill said...

Carla and family, I don't have words to express how sorry I am for this terrible loss. But I do have faith and I know the Lord hears prayers and can bring love and comfort to those who mourn. Please know that even though I don't know you and only heard of your tragedy from Julie, you are in my prayers. May His arms surround you and hold you at this time.

StefB said...

Dear Carla,

I am heartbroken for Josi and all who loved her. Love and peace to your family.

Stefanie

Donna said...

Dear Carla and family - I, like so many others, do not know you, but share the common bond of mothering a child born in Guatemala. My heart breaks for you and your family. I know that sweet little Josi is in heaven and is herself rejoicing. But for those left behind to miss her, the loss is unmeasureable.

We will continue to pray for you all, pray for strength and for comfort.

Know that many tears are being shed around the world for your family and for the little princess who's life was cut too short.

Cheri (prounounced Cherry...really!) said...

My family and I have followed your blog for months! We fell in love with Josi through your posts. I have no words but just wanted you to know that we would be praying that God comforts you. I cry out, MY GOD HOW CAN SOMEONE DO THIS TO SUCH A PRECIOUS BABY GIRL?! Cheri and Donnie Harris in Jackson, MO

Michelle Smiles said...

I'm just sick reading this. Word aren't enough to express my sorrow.

Amanda said...

you do not know me, but I am in the process of adopting a four year old precious little girl from Guatemala. I read this post and wept. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am lifting you up in prayers... and imagining your sweet girl dancing with Jesus.

Becca said...

You don't know me ~ but know this, I am lifting your family up in prayer. Your friend is right. The Lord knew her days. That is why He chose you, the only one up to the task of showing this precious angel as much love as possible in as short a time as this world was lucky enough to have her. May peace be with you.

Becca

Anonymous said...

Iam so, so very sorry for your loss of this sweet little girl. I just heard about this and my heart is breaking for you.
Audra

Gina said...

Carla and Family,

You don't know me but I wanted you to know that you are in my prayers. There are no words to express how very, very sorry I am to hear about Josi's passing. God bless you all.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Gina and Family

Allgodsgrace said...

I am so sorry and I am praying for you and your family. She has already touched so many lives

Betsy said...

You don't know me, but please KNOW that I am praying for you all. I don't even know what to say to you other than my heart breaks for the loss of this beautiful child. As a believer, I KNOW Jossie is in Heaven with Jesus this very day. And, one more thing I know...She knew that SHE was loved by you and your family. That is very special. I know she was a gift to you. Her smile will never leave our thoughts.
hugs to you all,
Betsy
and family

Mare said...

We have never met. I was drawn to your blog by Jill from Forver 'n Ever 'n Always. I am so sorry for your loss. What a terrible ordeal.
Please know that I am praying for you and your family that you may find comfort in Christ.

patty said...

So so sorry. Words are not enough. The sadness of losing Josi is uncalcuable. Praying for your family.

Debbie said...

No words can express my condolensces. I heard about Josi from Jill's blog too. I will be praying for you and your family during this difficult and sad time. May God comfort you.

Bibi said...

To Carla and Family,

My family would like you to know that we are praying for you right now and will continue to do so.

May God bless you.

Bibi Santana

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks at the loss of your beautiful Josi.

You and your family are in our prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time and may memories of Josi bring you peace in the future.

Suzanne
(ana-mom)

Natalie said...

I heard of your tragic loss last night. Words cannot express how very sorry I am. Our prayers are with you.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

My heart breaks for you and this loss. May God comfort your hearts and soothe your souls.

Anonymous said...

I will say a prayer for all of you. I can not imagine remotely what you are all feeling, but I know the pain must be enormous. You will be in my prayers. Angie
(joshguat)

David and Marianne said...

I am so sorry. We have never even visited your blog before... May the Father of all Comfort carry you.

Saying a prayer,
Marianne ( Guatemommy to Sarah )

Andrea said...

Oh My Goodness...

I will have prayers for you on my lips continually...

"Precious Father...hold this families hearts in your hands as they struggle through the next season of their lives...Show them your love...and make Heaven real to them so they know Josie is safe, happy, and waiting to see them..."

You WILL meet and know Josie someday...

It is the same hope and promise I cling to as we lost our first Guat daughter also....though it was to the gov't system and not death...

Andrea
adoptive momma... kiddos from Russia, China, and Guat...along with 2 homemade sons....

Jill, Nate, and Joey said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. May God provide comfort to you and yours.

Jill (manczka1 from guatadopt)

Heather in Minnesota said...

You don't know me as I heard about you from a friend who recently adopted from Guatemala. I am so very sorry for your tragic loss and will be in prayer for you and your whole family. My heart hurts for you all.

Daphne said...

May God bless you and help heal your heart during this difficult time.

Jamie said...

Im so sorry for your loss, she was a beautiful child. Your family is in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

May God wrap His loving arms around you in this time of agony. May you be reminded in your hearts that you have had the miraculous blessing of sharing such a special bond with Josi and have served an amazing purpose in her short life. May you somehow find comfort in knowing that she is dancing with Jesus and smiling down upon you.
I, along with thousands of others, will continue to lift you up in prayer.

Warmly,
Tammy
waitingforanthony.blogspot.com

Angie said...

Only our God can bring you the peace you need during this time. I hope it gives you some comfort that the prayers of many are being said on behalf of you and your daughter. What a beautiful little spirit will be waiting in Heaven for you but even as I type that I think how unfair that she won't be here with her Earthly family. May God grant us all the understanding of your loss.
In His love,
Angie in Maryland

Jim said...

Carla and family we are so very sorry. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you.

Stacy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. May God grant you the strength you need to face each day.
Stacy
A fellow Guatemama

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of this. What a blessing you were to this beautiful child. And oh, how beautiful she was and is. Surely her last days on Earth were happy because she looked forward to coming home. I am praying for you and your family. - SKL

Rebecca said...

I found me way to your blog through Kerri. I just want you to know that my heart is breaking for your family. Know that we are praying for you at this very difficult time.

Michele said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May the same God who holds Josie in His arms, hold you as well while you grieve. You are loved and prayed for by many!

Stacy said...

So very sorry to hear of your devestating loss, what a beautiful little girl.

Steph said...

I am SO so sorry for your loss. Praise God for the time she had with your family before she was called home. Your entire family will be in my prayers.

Cindy said...

My name is Cindy,and a guatemama to a precious boy. My heart is breaking for you and your family. All of you are in our prayers. Praying that our Father will bring you comfort and healing.

veronica said...

You don't know me (my friend is in the middle of adopting and has already from Guat. and saw the link to yours) but I am sending my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.I pray that the the good Lord will give you the guidance and peace in your heart....GOD BLESS

Robyn said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!!

Stacie said...

My heart is aching for you and your family. May you find strength to get through this horrible tragedy. I’m so sorry for your loss, Josi is a darling little girl who is in Gods arms right now. You are all in our thoughts and prayers always.

Lindsey's mom said...

We do not know one another but I have endured the loss of a child. Please know that I will be praying for you during this hard time. I will light a candle in your daughter's memory at the compassionate friends world wide candle ceremony on 12/14. God Bless and Keep you!! Our girls have met in Heaven I am positive.
Kathy
mom to an angel, approaching her 3 year anniversary of meeting Jesus.

Willis said...

I am Heather, adoptive mother to a 2 yr old son from Vietnam. I cannot fathom your pain. I am a believer in Jesus Christ, though, and know that His grace is the one thing that will pull you through this tragic time. So sorry for your loss.

Heather
www.willisadoptionstory.blogspot.com

Single PAP said...

prayers for your family at this tremendously difficult time.

Andrea said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. My God wrap his arms around you, and comfort you during this terrible time. God Bless you and your entire family.

SusanE said...

Hi-

I work for Jim Harding and have done nothing but think of your family since I heard of the tragedy. Though words are not sufficient, please know my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. May God provide the peace that surpasses all understanding to you all.
Susan Cotten

Chantelle Becking said...

My heart is aching for you and your family. I am not even sure what to type. I have a duaghter from Guatemala, and I cannot even imagine what you are going through.
May God give you peace in this deeply saddening time.
God Bless
Chantelle Becking

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine your pain at this time and know there are no words to express how sorry I am for your family. I will be praying for you all. There is comfort in knowing that you will see her again in Heaven.
Erica - Alabama

Michelle Riggs said...

You have been so wonderful to pray for our daughter, Abby.

My heart is breaking for your family. I am crying as I write you, but I have no words to express what I am feeling.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jodie Maguire said...

Dear Carla and family, like so many others, words cannot describe how devasted I am for you, your family and darling little Josie and her foster family. How we make sense of an act so unmentionable will take a great deal of time, if ever. The Lord is cradling her in his loving arms, she is now safe and in peace. Blessed be the day you are reunited with your beautiful daughter, until then God be with you to get you and your family throught this time.

dillyweed said...

I learned about you and your family's loss via another friend of mine (julie). I'm so SO sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you, unable to even grasp what you must be enduring at this time. I am praying for comfort and peace for you and your family...

kittleson7 said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your tragic loss.

Beth in MN said...

May the saints greet Josie and her foster family, and my God provide comfort to the birth, foster, and adoptive families, extended families, and frineds.

I am so sorry for your loss,
Beth in MN

Anonymous said...

You don't know us but a friend of ours had asked us for prayers. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers through this. We are so sorry for your loss, please find comfort in our Saviors arms. Please know the impact and importance you have in that little girls life! What a blessing you are!!

Jamie from Oregon said...

I may be a stranget, but I am here to pray for you. Josie may have had only a short time here, but it wasn't without purpose. She was brought into your life for a special reason. We are all blessed just to read about her. May God bless your family and help your hearts to heal, but never forget. She will always be with you.

redru2004 said...

Carla,

I just got back in town and read this terrible, horrible, devastating news. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and if you need ANYTHING at all please don't hesitate to ask, your sisters are all here for you and love you very much. May God comfort your heart and soothe your soul.

Amie

Anonymous said...

Carla: You do not know me, but please know that I am lifting you and your family in prayer at this most difficult time. My 3 year old daughter, Mia, joined our family through adoption from Guatemala. I don't have any words other than to say that recently, when I suffered great loss in my life, the words to Third Day's "Cry Out to Jesus" were all that could get me through. May our Heavenly Father keep his loving arms around you and your family.

Ali
(Tyler and Mia's mom www.thewittmans.com)

Ethioguatemama said...

Carla and family,

I don't know you, but I've been made aware of your situation by Kelly. Please know that you and your family are being lifted in prayer. I can't even begin to imagine your pain, but I'm glad to know that God is with you and that Josie is with Him. Blessings to you all,

Stacy

Nicole A. said...

I am so very sorry about your loss; it is impossible to comprehend. We are praying for you. God bless you all!

Terry said...

There are no words to express my feelings your loss. Your family will remain in our prayers.

seansmommy said...

Please accept my deepest sympathies. You and your family are in my prayers. I cannot possibly write anything that conveys how truly sorry I a that you are going through this. God Bless all of you.

Keith and Kris said...

I am so incredibly sorry. I cannot, cannot imagine what you are going through right now. My prayers and condolences for you and your entire family.

Kris

Diane said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you and your family during this very difficult time.

Kim said...

I am so sorry for your loss. There really are no words. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hello, we have never met and don't know each other. We are in the process of adopting a little girl from Ethiopia. We happened to come across your blog and are so deeply saddened and heartbroken for all of you and Josi. Please know that we are thinking of all you.
The Stokes Family
New Brunswick, Canada

Melanie said...

Carla,
We are so heartbroken for you all, and for Josie. We are thankful to have had the privilege of meeting this special princesa, sharing Josie's birthday with you in Guatemala this year and to have met her precious foster family. Memories made even fonder now. We love you and are lifting you up in prayer,
Melanie and Glenn

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Please know that I am praying for you and your family. This is a very difficult time and I pray that God would cradle you in his arms!

Tish said...

Your family is in my prayers and I have reached out to everyone I know to pray for your family. I pray for peace for your family and that God heals your hearts. You have such a beautiful family. Josi will be dancing in a tutu fit for the princess she is and singing her beautiful songs through out Heaven until you are together again.

the Ackles Family

Boo said...

We don't know each other but we are adopting a little girl from Guatemala too. My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers will be with you and your family.

Rebekah said...

I have never met you and hadn't even heard of you until I found a link on my friend's blog today. I am heartbroken and devastated with you right now. I am praying for you right now, one adoptive mom for another.

As hard as this is right now, can you even begin to imagine how horrible it must be for someone going through this without Jesus? I am praying God's peace in and around you and that He will give you the strength to make it through each day, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second.

God is good, all the time.
All the time, God is good.

Rebekah

Anonymous said...

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I heard about your family from another blog, and my prayers are with you.
www.leahomar.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

I know there are no words that can come near making this seem right or feel better. Prayers go out to your family and to Josi's birthfamily as you mourn the loss of such a sweet spirit. Praying that the Lord will provide peace to all of your hearts.

Carrie said...

Carla, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to imagine. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending you and your family prayers.

Carrie said...

Carla, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to imagine. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sending you and your family prayers.

D and L and family said...

I am truly sorry for you and your family. I will continue to lift you and your family to the Father in Heaven.

In Him,
LoriLBR

Anonymous said...

Carla,

As a fellow adoptive Mom & Christian I can not imagine the pain your heart is feeling right now. Please know that I along with family and friends are with you & your family in prayer. I know there is Nothing I can say to make your heart feel better at this more than difficult time. I am confident that sweet Josi was brought to you for a reason...A reason only He knows now and you will be able to see when He makes it all clear for you as you are standing beside Him one day in his almighty kingdom. May you always be blessed for listening to His plan and loving Josi the way that you do. God Bless!!
Jan Peloquin

Kathi said...

My heart goes out to you and your family, and especially for little Josi. I can only imagine your grief.
You will be in our family's prayers.
Our daughter was born in Guatemala, and the country holds such a special place in our hearts, and the violence there is just heart-rending for all.
Kathi Thomas
Austin, TX.

Carrie S said...

I am so sad to hear this news; your daughter is beautiful. God give you strength and comfort. He is holding your precious Josi and he is holding you and grieving with you.
God's blessings. You are in our prayers.

Monica Manriquez and my journey with God said...

May the Lord bless our family

Stacey and Dewey said...

Carla,
There are no words to express how sorry I am for your family. Josi's smile will never be forgotten. Your in our hearts and prayers.
Blessings to you...
Stacey

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