God Bless Rosie
My Sweet Little Girl

This page is dedicated to my sweet little girl RoseMarie. Rosie was only on this earth for 3 years and 4 months. In that too-brief lifetime, Rosie expressed and received more genuine love than any other person I have ever met. I love you and miss you Rosie. I will forever be grateful for the time I had with you. Thank you for being my little girl.

Rosie was born with Spina Bifida. but no one would ever think of Rosie as "handicapped". Rosie was blessed. And we were so blessed to know her. Before Rosie was born, the doctors told me all about what they considered the nightmares to come. They were so wrong. They said she'd never walk. Rosie did walk with braces and a walker. The doctors told me she would be severely brain damaged but Rosie was so smart she passed tests made for 5 year olds before she was 3. They thought she would be a burden. That couldn't be farther from the truth. Rosie has been the greatest blessing I ever recieved. I am so grateful for every moment I had with her. I have no regrets.

When we lost our Rosie we decided to donate Rosie's organs. She saved the lives of at least two people and restored eyesight to two others. During organ donor awareness week we met so many people that received organ and tissue transplants. It was difficult, but no more difficult than losing our daughter. One amazing moment was in Washington DC when we met Jordan and his family from Oklahoma. Jordan is the recipient of Rosie's liver. He is a sweet little boy and we are glad that we were able to help him and his family. When I hugged him, I knew that I was hugging a part of my daughter that is alive and well. What an amazing thing. If you would like to see Jordan, check out the links below.

I can't believe Rosie has been gone for 13 years now. In one moment it can feel like it was yesterday that I sat there holding her in my arms singing "Beauty and the Beast" or "Hush Little Baby." And yet it feels like an eternity since I have seen my little girl. Rosie would be seventeen years old now, a teenager. The pain I feel is just as strong as it was then, but I have learned how to live with my pain. I can cry and then go about my business. I think Rosie's brother Noah and sister Mary have helped me to cope with this pain. They have had the tough challenge of bringing joy back into my life. How truly wonderful they are. (Noah born in 1998 and Mary in 2002)
Though, emotions overwhelm me from time to time, I can honestly say I am doing better. I haven't stopped missing Rosie. But I can laugh without guilt and smile because I am happy.
For my Rosie's first anniversary in heaven, we released 15 tiger swallowtail butterflies. They are YELLOW and black. Those of you that know my daughter know she would love YELLOW butterflies (so long as they wouldn't land on her). I wish these butterflies could fly to heaven to give my little girl "butterfly kisses." We didn't do much of anything for her other anniversaries. Part of me regrets that, but it is just too hard. I miss Rosie so terribly. I often wonder what Rosie would be like now. I know she would be that same adorable, happy and giving child that I love!
I miss you Rosie!

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