Personal: Prayers for Kylie | Analisa Joy Photography | San Diego, CA Photographer

My niece, Kylie passed on February 7th at 10:19am. It’s hard to put into the words how we feel. Heartbroken is one we all agree upon. Rather than writing about it, I’m just going to copy paste my brother’s speech that he gave at Kylie’s life celebration. It was the perfect tribute to his little girl.

“It has been said that the most authentic thing about us, is our capability to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater then our suffering.  But what does that look like? I’m standing before you today with a broken heart. I know every minute im plagued by that void where Kylie’s perfect voice would ring out, where I would wake up waiting for new information of another miracle, new videos of Kylies perfect laugh, princess wave, excited reactions to her movies, enthusiastic mama  dada and papa squeals, or determined efforts to crawl, sit up, and get stronger.  I know I miss her. I also know that myself along with many of you ALL are forever changed by her. I know this world is brighter because of my little girl. I have been trying to figure out how I can even begin to sum up the beauty that was Kylie’s life. How do I describe the impact that a 2 and ½ year old has had on my heart and the heart of her family and thousands of others. So I began to look from the beginning of this journey, and I have found so many common themes about how Kylie’s journey as they have helped others grow in their life. So many people have said things like “ I don’t know you and we may never meet…but Kylie, thank you for changing my life… You have shown me the true depths of love, and have taught me to appreciate every little second of this life we have.” Others have gone on to say things like “Kylie, you are a true testament to faith, prayer, and love and I know your family already knows that, but for someone like myself that didn’t grow up with religion or faith in their lives, you have been an inspiration and have forever changed me.”  Numerous people touched on their growth in faith. others called Kylie their hero and recognized areas of change with comments like “I started praying again recently because of her…I can only imagine how much she has touched the lives of those who know her, knowing how she has touched mine so deeply in such a short time. … Kylie didn’t choose this life, but she lived it remarkably. She was destined for greatness.

In Matthew 28, Jesus gives us our calling as His followers, He calls us to “go and make disciples of all the nations.” I KNOW many of us want to leave an unforgettable impact, we want to love others relentlessly, without condition or expectations and with all of our being. We know what we want but so many of us struggle to figure out what our purpose is every day. We know one day we get to return home and have God welcome us with a hug and we hope to simply hear “well done good and faithful servant.” We desire something that Kylie completed in 2 short years. We live our whole lives seeking purpose and meaning and influence, and Kylie‘s entire life was living that out. My girl never got the life her mother and I so desperately wanted for her, but boy did she use the one she was given. She took a childhood that was surrounded by doctors, tests, surgeries, devastating information, professionals losing hope, and absolute heartache, and transformed it into a childhood of countless interactions with family and God. She formed a community from all over the world and united it in prayer, faith, and encouragement. She produced smiles amidst pain, and portrayed joy beyond suffering. Kylie may not have even known the enormity of her actions, she was simply living the best way she knew how. GOD gave her a heart that would never be tainted by the cruel reality of cancer. He gave her a smile, that while it felt the sting of her illness, always found a way to come back, brighter and bigger and more determined than ever. God gave her a spirit that would fight every minute of every day, when so many of us would have understood if she wanted to quit. Nothing stopped her, surgeries just made her more stubborn than before, determined to sit up or crawl. KYLIE ruled her room, pretending to sleep when the doctors came in if she didn’t want to be touched, telling nurses or even family to shoo or go if she simply wanted to watch TV and not be bothered. She laughed with so much carefree bliss. Even when the difficulties weighed in on her, Kylie found a way to come back. She lived a life of faith without knowing it, because God instilled in her His peace, His pleasure, His comfort.

I firmly believe God chose Kylie as His messenger. He chose a two year old who didn’t even speak full sentences, to shout out His message to the world. She helped us believe in miracles, she helped us see fulfillment in the simplicity of a moment, she helped us find strength through seemingly endless battles. She helped us recognize what is important. She helped us see past our own failures, hurts, and anger, and grasp onto what truly matters. Kylie Strong became a reflection of what God’s chosen warrior, messenger, and angel looks like. Cancer attempted to break what God so perfectly formed, it attempted to steal His chosen child, and to stain it with despair, fear, disbelief, and death. Kylie may have lost her life but Cancer never stood a chance. When we live our lives free of the burdens of this world, when we stand up against all impending heartache and disappointment, when we live a life that reflects our delight, fortitude, bravery, and love; when we lift our faith up higher than our circumstances, and when we walk our journey together through prayer and encouragement, then we will begin to see God’s kingdom overcome a broken world. Kylie lived to remind us that there is so much more waiting for us than this life, and that knowledge brings about more joy and peace than cancer or death or pain can ever touch.

Kylie Elizabeth, your Mother and I will miss you every second of this life, but we will forever be transformed by the mark you made. I know I will strive to live it fighting to never give up in my decision to enhance the love and faith that you sparked in thousands of others. Kylie, I will choose every day to be Kylie strong. Kylie your daddy truly loves and misses you.  Thank you to everyone who has walked this journey with us, and thank you for loving our girl.” – Luke Rowand

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Kylie’s favorite men carrying in her casket.Pin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimage

Thank you Natalie (Bree’s best friend) for your heartfelt speech.
You are a wonderful and supportive friend.
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My cousin, Madelyn singing some of Kylie’s favorite songs.
It’s a voice of an angel singing to our angel.
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Bree’s older sister wrote a letter to Kylie.
I was touched when she said that she never knew that she could love a niece as her own child.
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I was so nervous for my brother. This last week has been the worst days of his life. Personally, I couldn’t imagine getting on stage in front of 2,000 people to talk about Kylie. I know I wouldn’t have been able to get a single word out. However, Luke was determined to stand up and pay tribute to his daughter. I was praying so hard that he would feel courage and strength to get out the words that he needed to say. He didn’t have anyone walk up with him. He was bold! His speech hit right to the hearts of everyone in the room. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience. He gave it with grace and at the end he received a standing ovation. My brother was an amazing dad and I know Kylie was looking down at him with pride just like our family and the entire church. I asked him how he felt after his speech and then I mentioned that the entire church stood up for him at the end. He said that he didn’t even notice. I knew that his speech was a moment where he was able to connect with Kylie and he allowed us all to be a part of it. Luke and Bree have been so transparent through this journey. It’s hard to welcome others into your world when you are most vulnerable. However, they have shared every ups and downs while bringing a huge awareness to Childhood Cancer. Because of their words, photos, and documentation, they have led thousands people to love their daughter in unexplainable ways. I know God has big plans for these two. They have a gift of being messengers and I can’t wait to see how they are going to use that gift to change the world.
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We were honored to have Pastor Doctor David Jeremiah lead the main message. What I loved most was that he mainly looked at Luke and Bree throughout his entire sermon. It was like no one else was in the room. His words were powerful and he gave us all great hope and peace knowing that Kylie was healed and in Heaven.Pin thisimagePin thisimage

“Kylie’s celebration of life was far more beautiful then I could have ever expected. Thank you, Jen at Shadow Mountain Community Church for making everything we so hoped for come to life and thank you for making it all run so smooth! Thank you to the Church and Pastor Jeremiah for hosting and speaking so beautifully. We felt so honored. Thank you, Robert at East County Mortuary for taking such good care of my baby and letting me come and see her everyday. Thank you, Maddie for the beautiful songs you sang so gracefully. Thank you, sissy Jen and Natalie for the beautiful words dedicated to our family. Thank you, Ashley at Heavenly Dressed for making the most beautiful, angelic dress for my baby girl. Thank you to all my amazing volunteers, Mama, Daddy, Jenny, Analisa, Amanda, Sue, Gina, Barbara, Riley, Chelsea, Karen, Dave, little Karen, Lane, Dain, Paul, and the Vitales (please forgive me if I leave anyone out) for everything you guys did to make this all come together. And a giant thank you to the over 2,000 people who came to show their respects to our beautiful Kylie. It took my breath away looking up and seeing everyone there for my baby. Thank you to all those who watched via satellite as well!” – Bree

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Special shoutout to Esther. We worked at the same wedding last year, but she does not know me or my family. She followed Kylie’s story online. Throughout this process, many people have hosted fundraisers for Kylie. Although, I know many people have done this, it’s rare to find people who give without asking for anything in return. She contacted me after Kylie’s passing asking how she can help and she wanted to donate her floral services. She didn’t want a percentage of the proceeds and she didn’t want any recognition, she just wanted to contribute. She provided floral services (on one of the busiest days of the year… Valentine’s day) and set up them up early in the morning of Kylie’s life celebration. I only was able to speak to her for a few seconds because of the timeline that we were on. I emailed her my gratitude and asked how I can repay her. She didn’t want any type of payment. I asked for her business name so that I could leave a review and she replied, “No need to write a review! This was my gift to you and your brother and Bree and I was so happy to do it!” Truly, this woman is blessed with a servants heart. So even though she said, no need to write a review, THANK YOU ESTHER! Your flowers were beautiful and we are all so appreciative of your time and service. You make me want to do more for others. We need more people like you in this world. Here’s a little photo table we put together in the lobby. Some of my all time favorite photos of Kylie.Pin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimage

More Kylie memorabilia, cards, letters, bubbles, and a paper published in her honor. It was awesome to be surrounded in a room of everything Kylie.Pin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimage

Throughout the process, I learned the importance of family and friends. People shine when you go through triumphs and trials and I learned that we are truly blessed. So thankful for our community and their outpour of love. You all get me through life and I’m thankful for each and every one of you! Pin thisimage

After the service, we headed to the cemetery to say our final goodbyes. When Luke and Bree went to pick out a place for Ky’s burial, they were having a hard time finding the perfect spot. The man who worked there pulled Bree aside and asked if she has seen the area next to the turtle pond… TURTLE POND (Kylie’s all time favorite animal). How amazing is that?
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We had a balloon release for Kylie and her best friend Margo (who also passed from cancer). This was one of my favorite memories because it was a brief moment of comic relief. A few people gave some heartfelt words and then we released our balloons into the sky. BUT THEN, a gust of wind came and blew all of our balloons into a tree where they got stuck and/or popped. In the midst of tears, we all started laughing. We didn’t think we would be laughing for a long time. It reminded us of our sweet girls and what little rascals they were. We knew that they were laughing with us in Heaven.Pin thisimage

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After the balloon release, we all went on the bridge and fed the turtles. Pin thisimage

Kylie’s cousin, Parker loved feeding the turtles but he took a break to blow a wish to Kylie. Such a sweet moment.Pin thisimage

After the balloon release and turtle feeding, we individually laid a flower on Kylie’s casket and said goodbye.Pin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimagePin thisimage

This picture is so powerful. Bree was truly the best mother to Kylie. How many people can say that their mother was with them every second until their final breath? She spent a year sleeping on a chair, in Kylie’s bed, or on a tiny couch so that Kylie would never experience a moment of being alone. She dropped the world so that she could give herself completely to her daughter and all of her needs. She rarely slept or ate, but she rarely complained. She enjoyed every moment with Kylie and constantly remind us that she would not trade any of those memories for the world. I’m so proud of Bree and her strength. She loved and gave Kylie with everything that she had. I know she will be an amazing mother again and her future children are going to be so blessed.Pin thisimagePin thisimageAfter the cemetery, we headed back to my mom’s house to eat and be with family. So thankful for this time that we were able to have together. On a day all about love, I truly could not have felt more loved.
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The most amazing women in my life. So thankful for them. We just sat on the couch and talked about our favorite memories with Kylie and Margo. We then made Madelyn serenade us with more of their favorite songs. Together we all sang, “Lean on Me” and the words couldn’t be more fitting. As cheesy as this sounds, we really do lean on another when we are not strong and together we help one another carry on.
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Again, thank you to everyone who has followed Kylie’s journey. Your love, prayers, support, and encouragement have meant so much to Luke, Bree, and our family. We are so thankful for all of you.

To wrap up this post, I want to confront the question I received most throughout this process. I hope this helps. I have not questioned God. I might get upset, sad, and/or angry, but I don’t question His plan. People say, “why do bad things happen” and here is what I realized. Our family knows it wasn’t God that brought in pain and death, it was sin. Because there is sin, we will experience heartache and suffering. God did not make Kylie die, instead He helped her overcome cancer and He gave her the gift of life. He is giving her an everlasting life in Heaven. On earth, He never abandoned us. He helped Kylie hold on a little longer and confuse the doctors when they gave her no chance. He helped her overcome unexplainable obstacles so that they had to point to a higher power for reasoning. He gave everyone time to see her, tell her she’s loved, and say goodbye. She passed peacefully in the arms of her mother and father. She lived a powerful testimony that touched thousands of people to the point that they would leave comments saying it was because of Kylie’s journey that they prayed for the first time in their life and/or gave their life to Christ. That’s all I hope to do with my life and she did that by the age of two. We sometimes forget to praise God in blessings. When we receive jobs, loved ones, a day off, travel, and everything in between (big or small) we grow comfortable and/or we want more. We often times forget to thank Him (or at least I do) no matter how many things He throws our way. However, it’s opposite when things get hard. His existence is sometimes highlighted in times of pain so that we have someone to blame. We often test His existence by asking Him to change the unfortunate situation to our liking. Remember, God reveals Himself throughout everything that we do… the good and the bad and sometimes it’s hard to recognize Him in both. I know it’s God who makes us experience love, joy, and hope that we will be free from it all one day. He gave us those gifts several times throughout Kylie’s sickness. Through her laugh, sass, and triumphs, we experienced great love, great joy, and hope. Through all of this, I now recognize how hard it was to sacrifice Jesus (His only son) who made a relationship with God even possible. We love Kylie so much and the thought of sacrifice is unfathomable. I know God loves us to the degree we love her and more. He knew that the sacrifice of His son for our sins was something we would one day understand in great depths by how much we grow to love others. Unwavering faith is from the devil and he doesn’t deserve that part of my life with everything else that he has taken. God deserves the glory because of everything that He has given. He gave us the choice to choose Him and Heaven. A place to escape fear, pain, and death. For that, I’m thankful and I will forever praise Him.

  • Carrie Schindler - I am completely in awe of this, Analisa. I wish I had the words to convey how amazing this is. I simply don’t have the words. You and your family are a shining testimony for God. He entrusted you all with such a gift as Kylie knowing that you would honor Kylie and Him. I’m honored to be one of those ladies on the couch and you can count on me. Love you.ReplyCancel

  • Mike Johnson - I just wanted to say that my wife and I have been following this story and after reading this blog this evening, I couldn’t hold it together. We lost our son from neuroblastoma almost 8 years ago. Nothing is tougher than losing a child. Sending our love,

    Mike & Lauren JohnsonReplyCancel

  • caroline - Analisa,

    I want ypu to know I was streaming from vegas and I was so touched by this funeral. I was touched by her. I feel so bad I couldn’t make it to the funeral. I currently live in vegas but san diego is home. I can’t stop crying over sweet kylie. Her beauty.. her personality. She was just a beautiful little girl. Cancer is horrible and I will never understand why children have to go through it. My heart is with yall and know yall have a huge group of people praying for you!

    Everyone that knows this family knows how much bree and Luke love her. We still go to San Diego quite often is anything is ever needed my email account was given. I truly am so sorry.ReplyCancel

  • Chrystal Magee - Thank you for sharing this it is absolutely beautiful! just like so many others Kylie touched my family very profoundly, it was not me that she brought to God but my 5 year old son. I grew up religious but haven’t attended church much however I have always had faith, but did not know how or when to talk to my son about God. My daughter was born in December of 2013 and shortly after I started following prayers for Kylie page and my son started seeing the pictures and asking about her which opened up dialogue about sickness and praying and talking to God we attended the candlelight vigil for her and that’s when I finally had a chance to really talk to my son about God and religion and he understood and started having conversations with God on his own. When I read the post in the morning that Kylie had passed I of course started crying, my son asked me why I was crying and I told him and his response was that it’s okay because now she’s with God. I took my son Jacob to Kylies celebration of life service which also gave me the opportunity to talk to him about the house of God. Thank you to Kylie and her family for not only affecting my life forever but for changing my sons.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hall - Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been following Kylie and your family for the past year. I live in NC and was unable to attend the memorial or watch it live. My family has prayed nightly for Kylie and all of you. You all have shown the world true testament of faith in God. I am so happy to read the last part that you posted that “sin” is the reason behind pain and death. Too many people turn away from God when in despair and never turn back. As devastating as it is to loose a child, with Bree and Luke’s faith in God, I know that they will overcome the grief of Kylie’s worldly death and will see her again in Heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Stephenson - This is incredible. I have followed Kylie’s story for quite sometime now and NEVER in my life have I ever been so inspired by somebody I’d never met and certainly never a two-year-old! She truly is a messenger sent by God. I can only imagine how proud y’all are of her. I wanted to let you know that she has 100000000% brought me closer to God and I will be seeking out a stronger relationship with Him. Thank you to your family for allowing her to have that impact on me and so many others.
    I pray your family continues to heal and remains strong in your faith. I have never cried so much over somebody I didn’t know. I am a Mother myself and I loved that little girl so much. Again, I never knew it was possible to love someone so much who I’d never met. Your family has changed my world and I will be forever grateful. RIP sweet Kylie, We all love you so much and you will forever be in our hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Cordero - Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful and heartwarming details. At a time where privacy is so important, thank you for letting us in so we can also have a bit of closure. I live so far from San Diego now and couldn’t be there, but wanted so much to feel part of Kylie’s life celebration. So again, thank you for this post and amazing testimony of God’s faithfulness. He’s only just begun His work through Kylie’s lifeReplyCancel

  • Tammy Watkins - I am so blessed to have read those beautiful and truthful words. It fills my heart to know your family knows Gods love and the depths of it. Many blessings to you and your sweet family.ReplyCancel

  • Candy Randolph - Analisa, I’ve followed Kylie’s scenario very closely for a long time! We to lost a young child to the “complications of Chemo” many years ago and have prayed for her and her family. I was not aware of the streaming capability of the service so want to thank you for this most ELOQUENT posting. Hold each other, listen to each other, and remember that each individual grieves in a different way. No judgement, let it happen, don’t try to understand, no criticism, and let God guide each and everyone of you. We made it through the HARD TIMES & still celebrate our daughter’s special days 27 years later!! THANK YOU AGAIN!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I don’t have kids of my own , but I am an Auntie. I love my littles as if they were my own. My heart breaks for you. But it is also rejoicing that Kylie is Home with her Heavenly Father! Kylie has finished her race, the race God set before her. Her battle on earth is over and now she will spend eternity with a loving, compassionate, merciful, forgiving , amazing , awesome Savior! I sit here holding a sleepyReplyCancel

  • Sara - 2 1/2 yr old niece, realizing that my love for her is ONLY possible because of GOD great love! God loves Kylie more than we can even comprehend. He alone is the reason why we are able to feel love, to give love and ( in our human minds) understand love! I can’t wait to see Kylie in heaven! Thank you for sharing Kylie with me and my family. We love her and miss her , and look foward to seeing her one day , when God calls us Home! Praying for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Meg - This is perfection Analisa. Not a single dry eye will read this and not a single heart will go untouched by the presence of God. My favorite quote from Luke is “He chose a two year old who didn’t even speak full sentences, to shout out His message to the world”. Thank you for letting be a part of your families journey. I have faith that this challenge was given to a family that was strong enough to battle it. I love you all dearly and you all have a home in Colorado ALWAYS. <3ReplyCancel

  • Kristin M - Analisa I never knew it was possible to love someone I’ve never met, until I came across Kylie. Her smile is contagious and her strength amazing. I have a daughter just a few weeks younger than her, and cannot imagine going through what Bree and Luke have, but Kylie she had a gift. She brought awareness about neuroblastoma to thousands of people and we all fell in love with her. She has accomplished more in her short life than I have, and her story has helped me decide that once I graduate the Nursing program next spring, I will be looking to work in pediatric oncology. Kylie, you are amazing, and I feel honored to have been able to witness your journey.ReplyCancel

  • Roxanna G - Hi,
    I myself like most people didn’t know Kylie I just ran across her page on Instagram one day and started following her and kept up with her moms post to see how Kylie was doing. I loved to see and hear how everything was going for Kylie. I was excited when it was good news, and prayed she would keep getting better, and had so much hope for her. I would also see the posts where things would slowly start going down hill, and it ached my heart because every time I saw good news I would feel so excited and hopeful for Kylie. In the back of my head I knew her journey would end one way or another, it just didn’t end the way myself and everyone wanted it too. A few weeks ago I saw a post that Kylie’s mom posted about how the doctors were only giving her a few weeks to live and I couldn’t help but to feel upset, sad, and angry. Upset that the medicine wasn’t working, sad that thw poor baby had gone through all of that pain, and angry that it was a baby that had cancer. The day Kylie passed away I didn’t see the post until almost 2 days had gone by. And when I saw that she had passed away I was upset, because even thought I knew that moment would come I hoped it wouldn’t. And after that day I kept looking on the Instagram profile to see if there were any updates on her burial, and there was nothing. Unfortunately I missed the live viewing of her ceremony but I still kept searching until today I came across your profile. So I started to see what post you had over Kylie and her family and I came across your blog post. I read the blog with a huge knot in my throat. I haven’t cried because i don’t know if I’m allowed to cry, because I didn’t know Kylie. It sounds silly, I know. I didn’t know Kylie, but I follwed her story, hoping and praying for the best. But I believe in a God, and I believe in a Heaven, and I know this sweet, innocent little baby is sure to be up there. I know no words will ever be consoling but I am truly sorry for your loss.

    -A stranger, Roxanna G.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Lee - So glad to meet you tonight at Panera. As I drove home I was in awe of the joy that shines from you…it was really beautiful. I can’t imagine the heartache your family has faced in the past year, and to still be so full of God’s love…it is a testament to who and whose you really are. I can’t tell you how many time your family comes to mind each day, and I’m sure it will be more now that we’ve met. Each time any of you come to mind, you are in my prayers. Just know that you are all covered in prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them. I too didn’t know Kylie and have never met your family but have followed your journey. Your words about god are so perfect. Your borther’s speech was so perfect. Your sister in law is an amazing woman. I know there is a special place next to god with Kylie in the future. Much love to all of you from Miami.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - * in the future for each of you.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Lowe - I have tears in my eyes. What an incredible letter this is. Thank you for sharing this & all the beautiful pictures of your beautiful family. My husband of 61 years died of Cancer a little over a year ago. It has been hard, but I know he is is in Heaven & not in any pain anymore. God bless you all & I pray for God to be with each of you every day to help you get through this very difficult time. I want to share this & hope everyone reads all of it. So well written. Sending my love & prayers, Mary LoweReplyCancel

  • Susan Peters - Thank you SO very much for this beautiful story. From Luke’s endearing speech, accompanied by your incredibly beautiful photographs, to your own touching testimony & praise report I cried through it all. Your family is lifted in prayer. You all know a loving God and He will hold you close. Lean on Him in your weakest moments when you are wracked with pain & sadness. I too, have lost a child & it is a deep and lasting pain. Without the strength from our Lord, love & support of family & friends it would be unbearable. God Bless you all. Kylie’s loving supporters will always remember her & her unselfish family. Thank you for sharing your sweet angel with us all. ReplyCancel

  • Terry Fixsen - I am usually a person of many words, however; not this time. I sit here in awe of yours. My heart has been broken, but strangely (after reading your elequent words), my heart feels fuller and more content. I (like many others) watched Kylie’s service online. The strength shown was amazing. Our family has also experienced young death, and the journey it takes to heal is long. Even so, having a strong faith in God is what brings us closer. God bless your entire family.ReplyCancel

  • bee butler - Love from all of us missourians.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kathy McNamara - I followed this story not as closely as I should have. I experienced the shock of being told my 35 day old baby had Neuroblastoma. What a beautiful account of what this angel meant to you. Thank you for sharing. Prayers to all.ReplyCancel

  • DanaRae Brouillette - your testimony is so beautiful, the way you giveGod all the glory is powerful. May you continue to have the peace and joy that is indescribable in the midst of your loss. Your joy in the Lord through this and into the next chapter and season of life will continue to speak of God’s power and might. Continue in Him, grow in Him, He will always amaze you. God bless you and thank you for sharing your testimony.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Stensrud - Thank You for sharing these photos. Kylie was an amazing inspiration to all of us! What a legacy she leaves in her short little life!! We are praying for all of you, what an inspiration your family is to us.
    God Bless each and every one of you!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Lara - I can only say THANK YOU. I have been confused for sometime now, with all that has happened with Kylie and your Family, And, now I have just realized you have given me Understandings & Closure, by sharing your most personal and private “LOVE” of Your Lives. All was Heart Felt, with Strong, and Beautiful words Spoken. Yes, I was one of many whom followed You, & Your Precious BaBy Girl, and was Honored how she Touched My Heart & Soul. And now once again, I say THANK YOU ! By sharing Kyle’s Very Special Day Gives me the feeling of “REJOICE” You’s Both made Kyle’s Day So Beautifully Perfect, which I know, She’s looking down from Heaven with Her Contagious and Loving Smile ! ! !
    Thank You’sReplyCancel

  • Dana Magallanes - This is so beautiful! God bless all of you.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Camreon - You have shared with us all and this post is most beautiful. Yes, your little Warrior is now in the arms of the Father and in the splender of Heaven. May you be blessed and your daughter will always be a reminder to me during difficult times. Continued prayers and God Bless you and yours.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Hawk - What a beautiful tribute. I have been following Kylie’s journey through my friend Lyndsey. My heart aches for your family, but I cannot imagine a more fitting tribute to such a beautiful little girl. Prayers for peace for your entire family.ReplyCancel

  • Houa - This is beautiful Analisa! Thank you for sharing these beautiful memories with us. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers!ReplyCancel

  • shawn - Your tribute and pictures are the most powerful and beautiful word and images of love, appreciation joy, sorrow i have ever seen. You have a beautiful family and God’s Angel is no longer in pain and did what she was supposed to do in life. Prayers to you and your familyReplyCancel

  • pam parsons - Thank you so very much for taking the time for sharing. It was such a beautiful tribute. All of Bree’s posts, videos, and pictures brightened my days. I know without a doubt God was with Kylie, Bree, Luke and the rest of the family during the past year. Kylie was put on earth to be an ambassador for Christ and she did do that in her short 2 1/2 years. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and the family. And I agree with you that Bree and Luke will be incredible parents in the future…ReplyCancel

  • Erin - Analisa,
    I’ve been following Kylie’s story and was in absolute shock when I read that she had passed. She has changed my life for the better. She has taught me what it is to love without reserve or restrain. She is the strongest person I know, even though I don’t personally know her or your family. I can’t imagine how painful this is for your family, but you are in my prayers forever. I heard a little girl giggle the other day and I immediately thought of Kylie and how contagious her giggle was, even through video. I’ve been crying like a baby over this. You are all so strong.ReplyCancel

  • Johanna boman - I’ve been praying all along. You don’t know me, but my dear friend Mike Dwyer was pictured playing guitar for Kylie and I’m sure many other friends were praying as well.
    We never know God’s plans yet can always be sure of His love. Kylie is perfectly healthy and playing with her Jesus in heaven. You will all be together and she will welcome you as you join her.
    Prayers will continue as your journey is not over.
    Johanna BomanReplyCancel

  • Anca - This is the most beautiful blog post I’ve ever read – thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - This fills my heart…ReplyCancel

  • Tamara W. - My Deepest Sympathy for you & All your Family. It’s hard to find any right words but all I can say is you all are truly amazing on the strength you all have and all the Love & support you have for each other. May God Bless each one of you.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie jones - hello…my name is Melanie Jones..I usually have lots to say … Today I am speechless … I have been following Kylie’s story…my heart is so heavy for many reasons….my heart goes out to her parents and family …. This is such a beautiful love story….prayers for peace, calmness, comfort and strength as you all process this beautiful life…..God Bless you all…..ReplyCancel

  • Veronica - I would just like to say God bless your family and sweet little Kylie! This was the most touching heart warming story! I am truly in awe! You all have truly touched so many I’m sure! I know my heart was touched and blessed and I have never met any of you! Thank you for sharing this amazing celebration of life!!! God bless you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa - Thanks for sharing all of this, Analisa. I’ve cried many tears since Kylie’s passing, but your family has found hope throughout it all, and I’m deeply touched and inspired by that. Your family really is so loved.ReplyCancel

  • Sydnea Knotts - Thank you and your family for sharing this beautiful little girls journey with the world. I checked for updates everyday about Kylie and would hug and love on my two little girls everytime. Thank you Kylie for bringing my family closer with God. Words cant describe how you have touched this entire world! You are definitely Gods little warrior! Its pure AMAZING! Fly high baby girl!
    Love all the way from South Carolina!ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - My heart goes out to you and Kylies’s entire family. Words cannot express what a hero I feel Kylie is for so many people around the world. Her attitude about life in her short time here should be adopted by everyone. Sadly I missed the streaming of her service. Can you tell me if there’s a way to see it, and where she is laid to rest? I would love to go visit her turtles and pay my respectsReplyCancel

  • Lindzay Reyes - I read this post when you first posted it, and today I decided to read it again. Both times I could not keep it together. I’m speechless by how beautiful this was. Kylie was truly an angel sent from heaven to teach us all what true love and strength is. She was so lucky to have a family like yours, your faith even through these difficult times is incredible to witness.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Thompson - I’m simply touched by your life changing story. My niece Lisa’s daughter Anjilique passed at the mere age of 19 months young. It broke our hearts to have to say good bye so soon, life has continued on. We are now expecting our newest family member to be born in next day or two. Lisa has the support of our family and loving father of her unborn child. God is amazing with his wonderful grace. I will keep you in prayer, thank you for sharing your story. God Bless You and Keep you.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Beautiful, simply beautiful….ReplyCancel

  • Kara Hogan - Thank you for the wonderful reminder of how great our God is. My life will always be touched by Kylie’s journey. Her journey and your words have refreshed my faith a year later. xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Shellie O'kelley - As I lay on my bed after church preparing for a nap, a tear flows from my eye & on my pillow. Following Kylie has been a inspirational thing for me to watch. When I found her page she was already in heaven. But she was god sent. You don’t find story’s like kylies on youtube on purpose. I’ll never forget that day at work when I was looking for a song I liked. She is a angel. I cry of praise & pain & inspiration everytime…Everytime. …..Thank you so much for not containing that little light…let it shine…ReplyCancel

  • roxy shaw - beautiful in many ways, the words, pictures,the family and Kylie. I have followed Kylie’s life as put on facebook and I do not have the words to explain the love you feel for the family. After reading the blog I realize tomorrow is not promised to love and live to the fullest with your family and friends. God does not promise tomorrow but eternal life with him. I will continue to pray for Kylie’s family.


  • Shawna Martin - Ive followed Kylies page for over 2 years, her smile stole my heart, we always prayed for her as a family each night, when Kylie passed I lost it, i couldnt even imagine how her parents or close family felt, there was no words that i could say to even try to ease any pain they felt, as much as we prayed for a miracle I looked up and prayed for comfort to Kylies loved ones. I thanked God for my childrens health and asked for forgivness for anytime i may have taken anything in my life for grantid. I still read these posts and i can not stop crying, its so sad but also so beautiful, Kylie is my Hero. We think if her daily and remeber how she has changed our lives and the lives of so many other families. She did more in her 2 years to speak Gods love to the world than most of us can do in a lifetime. Thank you for sharing this post! 💕ReplyCancel

  • Richard Berrios - Im so sorry for your loss, ive been following kylies story and i have grown so much because of her. Thank you kylie, you are in the arms of God, you have touched so many ppl and have taught me to cherrish every moment i have with my children. I pray for kylies family and hope that God gives you the strength to move forward for kylie. Words cant express my sorrows, and i even shed a tear as im typing this message. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. AND AGAIN, THANK YOU KYLIE AND FAMILY FOR MAKING ME AWARE OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE…..XOXOXOReplyCancel

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