Monday, November 2, 2009

Remembering Emily Sha Martin

Emily Sha Martin was the beautiful and healthy 4 month old baby girl of my friend, Jennifer.  Emily was taken from this earth a year ago today to SIDS.

With the help of Bill & Cheryl Darnell, founders of SIDS America, Jennifer and her husband, Steve, found comfort  and hope.  The Darnells knew exactly what Jennifer and Steve were experiencing as they had lost their own sweet baby boy, Billy, to SIDS earlier the same year.  The Martins have since become close friends with the Darnells and have been able to move forward and honor Emily's life.

The information below was taken directly from the SIDS America website.  If you feel led to do so, please make a donation today.  A mere $1 donation could help to raise $2,500 in the month of November.  Go here to learn more.

July 2, 2008 - November 2, 2008
Emily MartinAfter the death of their daughter, Emily, Steve and Jennifer Martin turned to the promises of the Bible to look for hope and healing, and what they found was a passion and desire to help other families who endure the death of child.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” (2 Corinthians 3:1-7)
Emily, Alex and AbbyEmily left behind big brother Alex and big sister Abby. Though they didn't get to know Emily for long, her brother and sister loved her very much. Emily was a valued addition to his dinosaur world, often serving as a landmark for a Tyrannosaurus Rex or Brontosaurus to explore. And for Abby, there was no better place for her Barbie to rest her weary head than on the head, arm, or leg of Baby "Em-Ma."
The Martins are expecting another little girl due January 1, 2010. While they wish this newest child would have been able to get to know her big sister, Emily, they give thanks for her birth and the life she will bring to the family and all she meets along life's way.
"Emily was the light of our lives," her parents say. "While we are so saddened by her passing, we are truly thankful to God for the blessing that she was to us in the few short months we had with her."

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