Saturday, September 18, 2010

Graveside Service

Sienna's service was so beautiful. We just did a small graveside with our families there. The spirit was so strong there and I could feel Sienna's spirit there the whole time. I just have to say I have the best husband in the whole world. He has been the biggest support through all of this and has been there every step of the way with me. Our relationship has gotten stronger and closer through this trial and I don't know what I would do without him. He means the world to me and I am amazed and how well he has handled everything. I will explain about the service under each picture.

Quin said this was the hardest part for him but my mom told me later that I carried Sienna in the beginning while Quin carried her in the end.

Gavin put her lamby on the casket for the whole service. He was so good through the service. He has been so hypher right before this but you could tell even Gavin had the spirit with him during the service cause he did so well and was so calm. We began the service with a prayer and we sang "I am a Child of God". My dad then said a few words about eternal families. My mom read the poem that I posted in an earlier post. Quin's dad dedicated the grave and did an amazing job.

We then released the balloons in honor of Sienna and this is something that me and Quin want to do every year. The spirit was so strong during this part. I was like angels were in the sky playing with the balloons. It was so beautiful.

This is my favorite picture of the balloons cause if you look closely it looks like the balloons are forming an S for Sienna.

We then placed roses on her casket. Quin and Gavin put their boutineers on the casket.

After the family left we as a family said our goodbyes to her.

My ward put on a luncheon for after the service and they did an amazing job. This was the display we had up at the luncheon.


Yesterday was a really hard day for us but at the same time it was so spiritual and I felt like we got more closure. It was be a long road of healing ahead and it is hard that we don't have our baby girl with us but we are grateful to have her for the time that we did. She has blessed our families lives and helped our family become closer together. I will look at other trials as being so little compared to this. I will enjoy life more and do my best every day and strive to be a better person because we have a special angel watching over us and I don't want to make any mistakes so that me and Quin can see her again and raise her. That reunion will be so amazing. I feel like that time can't come soon enough. My testimony of this gospel has grown so much from this experience. I know that families can be together forever, I am grateful for the atonement and for the pain that Christ went through so that we could make it through these hard times. I am grateful for the resurrection so that we can see Sienna again. I know the power of prayer works. Even though it didn't get Sienna here. It blessed us with an angel and lifted us up through this hard time.
Thank you everyone for following our journey. It has come to an end but Sienna will always be apart of us and I hope she has blessed some of your lives. We couldn't have done this without the prayers, love, and support that you have all given us. We love you guys and grateful for what you guys have done for us. I am grateful for the friendships we have made through this journey and there are friendships we will have forever. I am glad I am now apart of the DS family. Even though my daughter isn't here I feel a connection with kids with Down Syndrome. We love you and thanks for everything.
And Sienna we love you so much!! Thanks for being our guardian angel. We can tell you and Gavin has such a strong connection and I swear you are playing with him sometimes cause he is laughing and playing in his room and no one is in there with him so we know you are playing with him. If your brothers and sisters are still up in heaven let them know that us parents love you guys so much and can't wait to bring more children down to this earth. We love you sweet girl and will never forget you!!

17 comments:

Debbie said...

Tree, thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. I'm so sorry for all that you've gone through. I'm very grateful for your example. I've really felt the Spirit strongly reading your posts on this blog. You're such an amazing person. I'm grateful that we have the knowledge that families are forever, and I know that you'll get to be with Sienna again. Love you!!!

Zoey's mom said...

Prayers of peace to you all.Thank you for sharing so unselfishly with us,most complete strangers but remember,you are truly always part of this community.Always.

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”~Eskimo Proverb quotes

EL said...

Stumbled across your site.. I have been reading with tears. What a precious baby girl and family. My heart goes out to you all. Life is amazing. God Bless you guys. Erin

Kayla W. said...

You are so strong, Teresa. Sienna is so so lucky to have such a strong mommy and daddy. Little Sienna is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing her beautiful pictures and your testimony of the gospel. What a blessing it is to know that families are forever. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. xoxo

Kristen's mom said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Your sweet Sienna is very blessed to have such an amazing family. Sending prayers of peace and comfort.

Jenny said...

Your story has touched me in many ways, thank you for sharing Sienna with all of us.
You have shown amazing strength through all this...and when many would have been angry and turned from God, your testimony grew stronger. I admire you more than you can know.
May God bless you and your little family.

Mallory said...

I can't even imagine what your family is going through. Thank you for your example and sharing your strong testimony. I felt the spirit strongly and know you will see Sienna again someday. Our prayers are with you.

Ashley said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following your story since you made this blog. I will be praying for you and your family. Sienna is an angel...and she will forever be remembered <3
Would you mind if I used your pictures from your blog to make a video in memory of Sienna?

Kellan's momma said...

Beautiful photos, looks like a beautiful day to celebrate a much loved sweetie. You will always be part of the "Ds family" and we thank you for sharing this journey with us. You, Quin and Gavin are in my heart and prayers.

Angie said...

What a wonderful tribute to Sienna - she has blessed more lives than you know. We are so grateful to have been a part of her short life and we thank you for giving us that opportunity. You and Quin have amazing strength, faith, and courage and your testimonies have grown tremendously. We love your sweet family and can't wait to meet Sienna! She is an angel to us all!

Holly Wolly said...

Your strength is so amazing...Quin is a wonderful husband to you and Gavin is such a sweet boy...
Sorry doesn't begin to cover it...
Sienna's beautiful...
Sending love

Carrie said...

Thank you for sharing...I am in tears. Thank you for sharing your testimony and faith. You all are in my prayers.

Owen and Krae said...

We love you Teresa, and, of course, your whole family too. :) You have all taught us SO much and we are so grateful for the amazing examples you have been to my little family. Thank you for sharing your testimony. I want you to know that Sienna is one STRONG spirit. She has influenced SO many lives, and she was only here for a very short period. Imagine what she can do in heaven. :) We love you! (And I guarantee she's keeping her little siblings in line while they wait to join you on earth) :)

Becca said...

I'm just so in awe of your strength through all of this. Thank you so much for sharing Sienna and a piece of yourselves these last few months. My thoughts are with you all.

Ashley said...

Thank you so much, Teresa

Ashley said...

In loving memory of your beautiful daughter..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6gAjzBokv4
Thank you for letting me use your pictures

nennermommy said...

I so wish I would have been able to be there :( It looks like it was a beautiful service! Sienna is so lucky to have so much love around her. Thank you for letting me fall in love with her!