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  1. I just have tears, and love, and tears. I am touched by your bravery, and sad as I think about the heavy emotions of this week in your lives. Emotions of equal parts joy and grief at Amelia's birth, emotions from having to say goodbye, from flying with your family across the country to bury her, and the more difficult flight back home with your lives changed. I hope for you many loving experiences through it all, and smooth travels, and kind people, and mostly the Comforter. Thank you for being the people you are. Your family is precious. Love, Sara Lee
    Rockville, Maryland

  2. You are such an example of faith. You have a beautiful family and what a wonderful thing knowing you will all be together again. I pray for your family and that you may heal.

    Much love from John and Kass Wessman
    South Jordan, Utah

  3. How comforting your words are to me especially since so many have lost precious children this week. We continue to pray for your sweet family that you will feel our Heavenly Father's peace and love for you and your precious Milli. love, Aunt Judy and Uncle Roger
    Salt Lake City, UT

  4. We hope your family has blessings and comfort to get you through this. We love you and pray for you.

  5. What a special tribute to Amelia (and also to Hope). Hugs to your wonderful family. Sunni Tenhor (Bozeman, MT)

  6. Your faith is above all. Your little Amelia is a precious child of God. Thinking of your family, trying to wrap my love around you through prayer and thoughts.
    DeWitt, Michigan

  7. Mike and family:
    Thank you for sharing Amelia with us; you are a strong witness for Jesus and spread His light and love. Prayers go out to you during this challenging time.
    Sue Shoemaker

  8. You have a beautiful family. Your faith and love inspires me. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Michelle Olin, Emergent BioDefense

  9. Mike and Marinda,
    My heart feels deep sorrow when learning of your loss. I pray the Lord sends the Holy Spirit to comfort you (Isaiah 43:2) My family sends their condolences; if you need anything let me know. (Galatians 6:2)

    Aaron Brown
    Laingsburg, MI

  10. A very special and memory filled tribute to Amelia. My deepest sympathies with thoughts and prayers to your family (Shah).

  11. You've done a wonderful job on the website, once again. Little Amelia is such a beautiful little girl, and I'm sure she feels very lucky to be a part of your eternal family. Thank you for sharing your experiences (I can't even imagine how difficult it has been), and especially your faith, your testimonies, and your love for your sweet angel babies. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Much love and hugs to each of you.

  12. Wessmans-
    We love you guys. I am sorry your family has to go through such difficult times. We will be praying for your family that the spirit will be with you through these difficult days.
    -Dani and Brady Firth
    Washington, D.C.

  13. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Alisa Auckland, New Zealand

  14. Mike, This is a beautiful website and tribute to your children. Your strength and faith are inspiring!

  15. What a beautiful way of celebrating your daughters' lives and the spiritual growth of each of you. So many of us have been blessed because of what you have shared and continue to share with us. Thank you.
    Tom & Stephanie Smith, St Johns, MI

  16. Marinda and Family,
    My heart goes out to you at this challenging time. I am touched by your faith and eternal perspective. It helps me face my own life and challenges with more hope and faith. Thank you for sharing your strength and testimonies with all of us. Your courage and love is inspirational and uplifting. Your family is absolutely beautiful and Milli and Hope both look like they came as perfect angels.
    Thank you again for reminding me of all that is truly important at this time of our Savior's birth. May you have a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful New Year!
    With love,
    Alison Murri (from Holli Murphy's bookclub, Bryan Ritchie's sister)

  17. Thanks for always building my testimony, Marinda. I treasure our friendship and the numerous, spiritual things you have taught me over the years. I'm so grateful for our Heavenly Father and His Plan for each of us and for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without them, life would be meaningless. May God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult time. I love you tons, and you're definitely in our prayers. -- Mary Lloyd (St. George, UT)

  18. Dear Mike and Marinda,
    Please accept our deepest condolences at this time. I so appreciate your sharing of self during this difficult time. I also appreciate your fine example of dealing with one of life's most difficult experiences with faith and trust in God. God bless all of you. Much love, Beth Barney Durtschi and family. Shelley, Idaho

  19. Marinda and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss! But very inspired by your acceptance and bravery, I could not help but shed tears as I looked over your website, your family has great strength and love and for that you are blessed, Amelia is a beautiful baby girl and I wish that I could have gotten to see her play at playgroup. You have set up a lovely website to honor her memory and have given your audience good insight about Trisomy 18. I wish your family all the best and pray for the day that you reunite with Hope and Amelia.
    Rudy, Jamie, Dylan and Leighton Ovid, Mi

  20. You have such a beautiful family!! I am truly saddened by your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Amelia is such a beautiful little girl!
    With lots of love,
    Nancy Rivera and Family
    Hillsboro, Oregon


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