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Love Letter from Beyond

Sunrise crept purple, pink, and gold behind the maple.

dawn behind the maple tree

The tops of the tallest trees glittered as they caught slivers of sun.

sunlight at the top of a tree

Elli’s tree at it’s most vibrant, as if it knew today was the day to shine.

Elli's tree at sunrise

Elli slipped into eternity on a morning like this.

Four years ago.

it was a morning like this (Elli's stone)

Thank you for the heavenly greeting, sweetheart. We miss you.


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  1. I’ll be thinking of you and your precious girl all day today, friend. May Jesus hold you closely.

    Out of these ashes beauty will rise
    And we will dance among the ruins
    We will see it with our own eyes
    Out of these ashes beauty will rise
    For we know joy is coming in the morning
    In the morning, beauty will rise

  2. Hugs and prayers for you, sweet friend. All I can think is joy comes in the morning. Praying your heart finds joy this morning, as you look ahead to that Great Morning when you’ll see your Savior and your daughter face to face, hand in hand.

  3. Holding you close today, friend. You honor her memory so well.

  4. Selah.

  5. Sending you lots of love and hugs today…

  6. God is a great comforter… I am so glad to know the gentle ways of our creator amidst grief.

  7. Those beautiful photos. Your beautiful girl.
    I’m sending you a big hug today.

  8. BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS JOY!!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Nothing to say but that I love you and I’m sorry and I miss her for you and I’m sending you so much love and hugs. xo

  10. Thank you so much for sharing her story….I read it all last week and was touched, won’t be the same.

    I pray peace for you & your family today.

  11. Loving you.

  12. Jo Inglis (@Piano_Jo) says:

    Beautiful photos, beautiful words, thank you for sharing x

  13. sister. my heart. This is gorgeous.

  14. I started to leave a note on your beautiful rose instagram but decided to on your blog instead. I can’t imagine ALL of the emotions on your inside, and I never know quite how to encourage, but I’m hugging you in my heart.


  15. Holding your hand. Love you. xo

  16. The way you honor your girl brings tears to my eyes. What a mama you are, darling Joy. Love you!

  17. Sending hugs to you today, Joy. Someone tweeted a link today to this beautiful essay on grief and I wanted to share it with you (lost my dad 6 years ago unexpectedly).

  18. SortaCrunchy says:

    Sweet, sweet friend. What a tender mercy that gorgeous sunrise must have been today. Oh, Elli. You are so missed.

  19. My sweet friend—I sit in silence with you to honor Elli & your family.

  20. sending so much love your way.

  21. beautiful pictures! huge hug to you