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~GrandMa Julie-Holly-Granny~ Confirmation-1997-Age 14

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my times seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now. ~He Set Me Free~

Submitted By: Shannon S. ~In Memory Of Holly~

~Holly~ Homecoming 1997 ~ age 15

From the begining to the end.
I was there helpless, powerless,
to do anything, wishing I could do more.
Lifeless you laid there.
Why could I not do more?
I wish, I could be not afraid
of what may happen.
For it can not be changed.
What is done, is gone.
What is now, is life.
Precious and free.
I tried to help.
But, I could do no more
or could I have?
This goes back and forth in my mind,
day in and day out.
Helpless, powerless, I sit and watch.
Doing what little I could.
Scared I may do more harm than good.
But for now, I pray to your God.
For you know if he is; he will help.
Trust, believe and hope in the helpess,
Hopeless and powerless, they may do the
the best over all the rest.

This Beautiful Poem, Was Given To Us In The Hospital With A Purple Iris.
Author: Unknown

Heather and Haley ~ Holly's Sisters

Here we are in sob and sorrow.
Wondering what will happen tomorrow.
Will you live or will you die?
That is the question in everyone's eyes.
Knowing you are strong inside,
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT - we're at your side.
You are our relative; our friend.
And we will be here until the end.
In good times and in bad times.
You have seen us through.
And now it is our turn.
To do the same for you.
We know you can hear us.
So just respond-
Wake up on that bed you're on.
With God's strength, power and love.
He will help you from up above.
So, as we sit here in sob and sorrow,
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT - to recover tomorrow.

Submitted By: Seila Seier ~ While Holly Was In The Hospital

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~Holly and Family~

Tied to machines
Mechanical beating and breathing
And her eyes are pulled close
Purgatory of fixed hospital beds
Fly away little angel
Into the placidity of the stars
The pinpoints of divinty hung in velvet space
Pulled by oblivious gravity
To the gentle ark of Heaven
Fly away little angel
Don't cry for us as we retire
To a life without
Just fly, fly away ~To the bosom of the infinte~

I Love You ~ Chad Steffens

This poem was submitted to and accepted by: The Poets of Western society and is among tweleve finalist for best of the year. The poem will be published with Holly's picture and a message about her wish to be a Organ And Tissue Donor.

The Family That Prays Together ~Stays Together~

Dad And Holly ~One Day Old~

Sixteen years ago today
God blessed us all with you
Naturally smiling as you came
But forcefully as you go

We think of all the fun times
And a smile brightens our face
As we remember the night of flour
Where only white covered your gorgeous face

Cross Country wasn't the same
Without you by our side
But we know deep down
You were watchin' down from up on high

We ran the best we could
'Cause we knew you would too
Thanks for sending us the courage
To run it all for you

God gave us a special strength
To watch you go above
For our time will come
When we will join you with Love

Submitted By: Kallie Seier ~ On Holly's Sixteenth Birthday ~

Dad, Mom, Heather And Holly

You finished each race and
ran with desire and grace.
I knew you were crying inside but,
you've shown such determination
and pride.

Reaching deep within yourself,
from a well within.
You had the dedication to do it
all "over" again.
Day after day, you ran without
your sister by your side.
Never once giving up this fight,
in life.....

My daughter you've succeeded in
many things, with style and grace.
But, you've found another quality
in life called courage.
For with courage, everything falls
into place.

Submitted By: Holly's Mom ~ For Heather ~ Holly's Sister

Holly's Headstone

The angels bowed their heads
Brief sadness filled their eyes
For they knew of all the joy
About to be taken from our lives

In selfishness we mourned and
Grieved for our loss
Not caring about the lessons we would learn
It was at too great of a cost

As we cried and weeped here on earth
Holly was lifted to heaven in a beautiful rebirth
The angels welcomed her in, spreading their wings
And showed her God's splendor and all his majestic things

Then for a brief moment, she stopped to look down
The angels looked at her without making a sound
In worry, she approached the head seraphim
And begged him to let her help her family and friends

She could see their pain and suffering
And it made her want to cry
Their worlds had been shattered
At the moment she died

The angel looked down and gave her a smile, saying
"Things will get better, just give them some time
God will help them, and so can you
Watching them, comforting them, there's so much you can do."

So as we look up and pray for relief
We should show Holly more than just our grief
Show her the things that we know she'd want to see
And be all the things that she'd want us to be

Submitted By: Jessica Looper ~ Holly's Friend On The Net