Bonnie's Poem

A beautiful child conceived by our love
Like children, we planned for your birth
The gift of a daughter bestowed from above
Though you were not long for this earth

It's natural to ask why, to believe and deny
The reasons for inflicting such pain
"It's just life" and "We live and we die"
Conveniently deflects all the blame

"It's not fair!" and "What did I do?"
Keeps spinning around in my head
I hear her gasp and I hear her coo
Why not take me instead?

But life's the big mystery and we're not to know
The reasons why Bonnie is gone
We're blessed by her visit and brighter we glow
Tomorrow a more meaningful dawn

Family and friends, hold those you hold dear
For short may be life's stormy sea
Hold those that are far and those that are near
That.... brings back my Bonnie to me

-Randy Noland

Our daughter Bonnie Marie passed away in my arms at home on December 11th, 2011. She was not alone. She was almost three months old and born with a rare condition called Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia. She spent about 8 weeks of her life in the hospital. No parent should have to endure the loss of a child but all considering, it was special to be able to hold and love her as she slept away.

Bonnie leaves behind a father, mother and sister along with grandparents, great grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousins who love and miss her dearly.

Thank you all for your condolences and prayers

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