Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • Halloween

    Posted on October 31, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    I want to say Happy Halloween. But “happy” doesn’t exactly express what this day feels like. I’m really trying to exude happiness for our other kids – it’s not the easiest. I dove into work today to help distract me, but it’s been extremely difficult to focus. While I was productive, it wasn’t for very […]

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  • Attention other heart parents: Not looking to scare!

    Posted on October 29, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    So today, while driving back from taking the GMAT exam in Charlotte I made a quick stop at Levines to send a card and care package to a new heart family who’s baby just had surgery. When I read her story on Facebook I had mentioned she could read Morgan’s story but I realize that […]

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  • Ups and Downs

    Posted on October 28, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    It’s been 18 days. 18 days since Morgan’s little heart stopped. I miss her every second of every day. I think of her all the time. Sometimes I’m sad, other times I’m thinking of the amazing things she is inspiring through the 335 Heart Foundation and that makes me excited. But then I feel guilty about […]

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  • Another connection

    Posted on October 24, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    A few weeks ago – just after Morgan passed – one of our friends from Camp LUCK mentioned another heart baby, just a few months older than Morgan – passed away less than a month before Morgan did. The family was at the Baby LUCK event we went to and Jeff had even taken a photo of […]

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  • 335 Heart Foundation

    Posted on October 23, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

            Jeff and I are so excited things are coming together quickly for the 335 Heart Foundation! We have been blessed with a group of amazing people who are not only personally touched by Congenital Heart Disease, but who offer great experience to help form and make this foundation a success. It is […]

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  • Baptized!

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    Sunday was a great day to continue to celebrate. In front of our family and friends Jeff and I were baptized! The experience with Morgan, as I’ve said many times before, has solidified our faith. While we aren’t perfect (who is?) we are ready to make the commitment to our faith and lead our children […]

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  • Memorial Service Slideshow

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    My husband, Jeff, did a beautiful job creating a tribute to Morgan via the slideshow below. Whenever I need to remember her or just have a good cry I pull this up. She was so beautiful. I love her SO SO much….  **PLEASE NOTE:  The video has been blocked by YouTube because we used copyrighted […]

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  • Eulogy

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    I guess it isn’t exactly a Eulogy, per-se. Morgan had such a short life. But what I spoke about on Saturday was a testament to Morgan’s life. So I will call it a Eulogy. Below is what I said at the service for our sweet angel. I wanted to share with you all because it […]

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  • The Celebration Begins

    Posted on October 19, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    I’m exhausted… Emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted. Jeff is too. The process of dealing with grief and coordinating your child’s service is like running a marathon. I’ve lost 12 lbs in 10 days. Jeff has lost 15. I can’t eat. I’ve been sleeping between 4-5 hours each night. Whoever coined the analogy “roller coaster ride” […]

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  • Morgan Avery Smith – July 12, 2014-October 9, 2014

    Posted on October 10, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Announcements.

                    Morgan Avery Smith lived a brief but exceptional life. Three days shy of her three month birthday she passed away from sudden cardiac failure, a complication of her congenital heart disease. Her passing came unexpected, as she underwent open heart surgery at four days old and had […]

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  • Balloons

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Balloons.

    Did you find one of Morgan’s Balloon Cards? Post a comment below letting us know where you found it (city/state) and how you found it!

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  • Community

    Posted on October 15, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    The last few days have been sort of a blur… so many things, so much to do, so many people… it has been incredible. I’ve stayed up until 2am – sometimes 3am – every night since Saturday… and it’s Wednesday. I can’t believe it’s Wednesday… People are flying in today – Misty, a friend since middle […]

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  • It’s all a bunch of numbers right?

    Posted on October 14, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    At Sunday’s service we had met with pastor Larry Paulk at the Cove Church as well as Mike and Cindy Madding to discuss Morgan and talk about the service a little bit. During this, Jeff had mentioned that we thought it was odd Morgan’s birth certificate read time of birth was at 3:35 am and […]

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  • Screw loose…

    Posted on October 12, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    Today Morgan would have been 3 months old. She has been gone 4 days. 4 days of not seeing her smile, changing her diaper, giving her baths, snuggling together on the couch at night… 4 days. There are going to be a lot more of these days… The past two days have been sort of […]

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  • Empty

    Posted on October 11, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    It’s harder today. The shock is wearing off and I’m left with raw emotion. The little things that make it worse, but are also sweet reminders of her, are littered across our home. Everywhere I look there is evidence of her. From the rocker in my office where she would  nap, to the bottles (still) […]

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  • The nightmare

    Posted on October 10, 2014 by Kristina Smith in Life after Death.

    At 2am this morning Morgan woke up crying, like she has done so many nights before. I tried to calm her by laying in bed with her but she was acting hungry. I got up and took her downstairs to get her fed and a diaper like I normally do. She was fussing, making the […]

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