Saturday, December 14, 2013

Signs of Christmas

Madeleine’s Blog

December 14, 2013 
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Isaiah 41:10

Thank you for the outpouring of love we have received from everyone. We have had so many offers of practical help, along with gifts and food, and many of you have had an opportunity to come by to visit Madeleine and the family. The sense of love and support is palpable in this house. 


The house is beginning to look like Christmas, and Madeleine is surrounded by the signs of it. With the help of friends, our family tree (above, on the left) was decorated for us by Lani, and the stockings were hung. Madeleine's tree (on the right) is in view of her bed and was decorated by Amber, Devon, and Chelsea.

Madeleine is increasingly tired with all that she has to fight through physically, so we are moving into the phase of having to limit visits quite a bit more just to conserve her energy. (Calling - or texting - before a visit is a good idea, and be prepared that there may be times when we have to turn you away at the door - even though we would love to welcome you in.) Having said that, it is a blessing to have so many friends and well wishers.

Pictured to the right are just a few of the things that have been surrounding Madeleine... 

Snoopy dogs (one for each member of the family - from Lucy)...

Gorgeous flowers (from Ted)...

Miniature lit-up houses (that used to be displayed on the mantle when Madeleine's grandfather was a boy)...

A Christmas reindeer (from Shelby & Leesa)...

A little gingerbread house (from Sophie, whom Madeleine used to babysit)... 

And of course, Madeleine with Chloe. :)

There are many more things than can be displayed in these few pictures, and some of the most important can't be captured in a photograph. Thank you all for your prayers and kindness. We are all tired, but are so grateful to feel the support of friends.

11 comments:

Auntie Leslie said...

Everything looks so festive! Now if we could just give you some of our snow... And Chloe looks very happy to be with YOU! A good snuggle puppy :) We love you so very much! Hugs and Hugs and Hugs...and a big KISS from me! I know that GOD has his arms wrapped around you, to give you comfort and PEACE.

Barry and Lucy Hyde said...

Dear Madeleine, We will always remember you as the little girl down the street with the blond ringlets and the beautiful smile. Do you remember how when you were sent to our house to borrow a cup of sugar or something, you used to stay and play with Tessa until your mom had to call to remind you to come home? And then all those years as our faithful dog/cat sitter! We don't know if we ever thanked you enough. It has been our privilege to watch you grow into such a beautiful young woman. Blessings on you and your dear family.

Kathy Buffo said...

I am so so sorry for your loss. Taylor and My prayers are with you and your family.

Judy Kenneally Miller said...

Madeleine was the most courageous person I have ever met....she is an example to all....she knew how precious life was and showed us in every way she could....Rest In Peace sweet Madeleine....we will miss you but never forget you!!!

Holly Miller said...

Deanne, we are all so heartbroken about the news. We are thinking about you every moment. Love, Holly

Kristi Aguirre said...

I am so sorry for your loss. We feel privileged to say that we meet you guys while receiving treatment in Riverside. Madeleine was a beautiful strong young lady that touched so many lives. We are so glad that we got to know her. Love, Sal, Kristi, Kiera, Cheyene, and Jacob Aguirre

Anonymous said...

we had been following from afar, praying, rejoicing, hoping....we will continue to pray for healing for you, her family, and for all of us who's lives were touched by her smile and energy........warmest hugs, the fornis

Jim LaFrance said...

Dear Bonta Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Madeline was so dear to me and was a shining light for all who crossed her path. Your family has been, and will continue be, in my prayers. Please do not hesitate to let any of us in the Viking family know if there is anything we can do to help.

With love, Jim LaFrance

Beck Ankers said...

Dear Deanne, David, Max, and Family,
I was heartbroken when I heard about your loss today.
I have been following her journey, and have prayed with you along the way. I understand she stayed strong and fought as hard as she could.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
I remember Madeleine as a beautiful little girl, so full of love, laughter and joy! She'd brighten every room she went into... And now she's the most beautiful angel in all heaven.
Please accept my condolences and prayers at this time.
Love,
Becky Ankers

Jeanette Vaughan-Moon said...

You and your family are in out thoughts and prayers. There is no doubt in our minds that Amanda was at the pearly gates waiting for her. The pain will stay fresh for a long time. Live one day at a time, take one breathe at a time and embrace the memories. We are here for you and yours. Thinking of you all, The Vaughan-Salyer Family

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My son said it will be a rough day for everyone at Montgomery tomorrow. Sending love and prayers your way. xx