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A plea to parents from Kate Merrick, whose 8-year-old daughter Daisy is now with Jesus:

Love your babies, your husbands, mothers, sisters.

Love each day like it’s your last.

All you mamas out there, you have been entrusted with the precious gift of a human life who depends on you.

Enjoy your gift.

Breathe in the scent of your child’s hair, breath.

Let them cook with you and make a mess of the kitchen.

Play hide and seek with them, build sand castles with them, take them on picnics, read to them!

Listen to them, value and respect them, never shame them.

Your words they will carry with them their whole life and you have the power to give them wings or stunt their growth.

Motherhood can be tough but it’s worth it.

It can be exhausting, boring, tedious, but never for long.

You blink and they’re grown.

It has been my honor and privilege to love Daisy these last 8 years.

I’m thankful for every minute; the joyful and the terrible alike.

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4 thoughts on “A Plea from Daisy’s Mom”

  1. My heart goes out to Kate. I can’t imagine a worse pain than losing a child. I admire her strength and love her beautiful plea. It is a great reminder of what matters most in our lives and to take the time to enjoy our little gifts from God. Thank you Kate.

  2. A plea for sanctity and sanity is what you have shared, Kate, and with love as the urgent theme. Oh, how wonderful to have lived to love your precious baby girl. Thank you for being honest about the joys and the trials of raising children, and how both are truly blessings. As you state, time passes so quickly; we need reminders, especially from those who have a deeper understanding of the fragility of our lives. May God bless you abundantly in the days to come, and may he use your experience to encourage others who need it most.

  3. Clayton says:

    I so appreciate the Merricks for showing us through their suffering the greatness of God’s faithfulness and lovingkindness. I would encourage anyone to visit and watch Britt’s message called “When Sparrows Fall”

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