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Angie is the proud wife of Todd Smith of Selah, and the blessed mommy to Abby, Ellie, Kate, Charlotte, and Audrey Caroline, who passed away the day she was born, April 7th, 2008. Angie was inspired to write Audrey's story, and began the blog www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com in honor of her. You...

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  1. I am blown away by this posting. As I am sitting here full of tears I am thankful that you shared this because I know that my life is blessed because of it. Thank You.

  2. i just received an email from our pastor’s nephew who lost his baby unexpectedly just two weeks before his delivery. he and his wife received the perfect baby with no visible anomoly, but who died before he had a chance to live.
    i can’t imagine their pain, but as believers, they are choosing to celebrate their son in light of the promises of God.
    your post was so beautiful.

  3. Angie, I so needed this today! Thank you for sharing it again. You have such of gift of expressing words in a way that touches my soul and encourages me. Much love to you, Michelle

  4. Thank you for those words….just what I needed this morning! May God continue to bless you and your family. Linda

  5. I loved this story, I have the same task (closet cleaning) ahead of me this week. And I often treasure the “lived in” things as well so it’s hard for me to get rid of things too.
    I had a thought about your daughters (or your) clothes though. Have you ever thought about doing a patchwork quilt with them? Kind of like what the mom in stepmom did? Then you can “keep” some of them and the memories.

  6. WOW, What a revelation! This post is so precious and I am thankful that you shared it with us. Thank you.

  7. Thank you for sharing this post. It’s my first time reading it.
    “What a glorious hem surrounds us all. It follows us wherever we go, gathering up pieces of this life in anticipation of the next.”…. That really hit home.
    I definitely have my times when I’m questioning God, which I shouldn’t do. Overall, I know that God leads me along my journey. He has an ultimate plan. He is not only gathering the pieces of my life, but my tears too. It’s beautiful.

  8. Life is full of sorrow and joy. Most experience both. Deep sorrow hurts so deeply, but it teaches so much faith. Thank you for this insight. May God’s blessings enfold you in beautiful joy. 😀

  9. I had just left a note on your give away page, and so I thought I would read some of your blog, this was awesome!! and then I get to the bottom and find out who you are, I have just been blown away by Selah lately, wow I just don’t even know what to say, I have been listening to their timeless cd’s over and over it seems I can’t get enough and then of course the you deliver me cd, I am so GLAD I happened upon your blog!! God must have a reason for this!
    Love’N’Him
    Valery Braunschneider

  10. I don’t think you will have to “ask” the Lord where she is. She will be standing right next to Him is breathless anticipation of seeing her momma once again. Oh what a glorious reunion that will be.
    Blessings and Grace to you…

  11. I’m so thankful you posted this here as I hadn’t seen the original on your blog. Beautiful, hope-filled, vivid image of how good and lovely is our Bridegroom. I echo your prayer: may my life be a fragrant offering for His glory, His renown.

  12. Angie, thank you so much for this. Just an hour before I read this, I sat down and cried because my hem is so dirty, and I’m not happy with it. I want my hem to be cleaner in certain areas where it seems others have kept theirs clean. Thank you for reminding me that, when I am finally before my God, it will all be worth it. And He will, hopefully, be pleased with me.

  13. I lost a baby last month, so this is of course so poignant and perfect for me right now. I have been studying the church as the Bride, to really understand it. It’s exciting to think about how God longs for His bride, for us, and I absolutely adore this post. Thank you so much for sharing it here again!
    -Arianne

  14. The image of Christ pursuing us in our wedding gowns, because He is so in love with us, is so comforting.
    I have also spent years walking across a graveyard, and miss my loved ones so much. I often dream of the day when I’m reunited with Jesus and my family, and just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes. Your perspective really spoke to me and gave me hope. Thank you.

  15. So beautiful, Angie!! {I remember reading it on your site too}
    Last week was the anniversary of losing my dad. He’s been gone 5 years now. But, it wasn’t until the 3-year mark that I had my dress pants cleaned from the day of his funeral. It was raining that day and my pants were all muddy at the bottom. In a weird way, it was like a part of me was still there that day when I looked at them. Whenever I put those pants on, I remember. Whenever I wear this certain sweatshirt of his, I remember. I just do.