Haley was a sweet child. She obeyed her mommy and daddy. The one thing that stood out with Haley is she really loved Jesus. She was a happy little girl who loved bubble gum too.
She all of a sudden got very sleepy and had many headaches. This is her first night in the hospital with her mommy and daddy, Kelli and Ralph, and her big sister Whitney. They had just found the tumor and Kelli and Ralph were toldthat it was a cancerous tumor. She lived six months after this photo was taken, and died in her daddy's arms on March 3, 1995.
Ralph was honored to have this photo chosen, many months after Haley had died. Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland chose this picture to be displayed on a billboard for several months of Ralph and Haley in down town Porland. At the time I took this picture. I lived near Portland and drove past it several times. Each time I was moved to tears.
We don't understand the death of a child. They are supposed to out-live us. Sometimes there are no concrete answers. I choose to believe God. There are so many comforting verses about life after death with the Lord. The believer is escorted to Heaven by angels. They are taken directly to the Lord. "Absent from the body; present with the Lord." This life is a vapor. We don't even truly belong here. We are strangers in a foreign land. Our real home is in Heaven. I know with all my heart that we will see Haley again and she is happy with Jesus right now.
Haley Ann, March 19, 1991-March 3, 1995 "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints" Psalm 116: 15