Wednesday, April 15, 2009

April 15, 2009

It was a beautiful day, and God made Himself present in amazing ways. The flowers everyone sent were so pretty, she would have loved them. There are a lot of moments I will treasure from today, and I will share more with you as time goes by. Along with many many thank yous.

This gorgeous arrangement came from The Alabama Selfs! They were so pretty, I loved all the colors. Thanks you guys, we miss you.

These beautiful flowers were sent from The City of Phoenix. Lila, my mother-in-law works for the city. Thank you City of Phoenix!

Such a pretty bright yellow bouquet that worked out perfect in the front of the church. They were from Channel 12, were Matt (Jessica's husband) works. This was very generous and I can't thank you enough.

I wanted to share some photos with those who couldn't make it today. I will post a "thank you" list shortly. I am so humbled by the way people came out of the wood work to donate money/food for the lunch. Some people had never even met Jess, they had just heard about what a wonderful person she was.

This is the table I put together with black and white pictures of Jessica, candles and photo matte that the guests signed. This photo matte will also be signed at the California memorial as well.

I know for me it is so easy to just play things over and over from the hospital, and I am asking the Lord to simply erase the hard parts and help us to cling to who she was. Show us the Glory of your dwelling place.

I want to thank you in advance for the way I know you will lift us up in prayer, and know it will sustain us in the coming days.

With much love, and more gratitude than I can articulate,


  1. Hi Kristen,

    Thank you SOOOO MUCH for posting these photos. It took everything I had at 10 o'clock this morning not to break down and weep with you all. I was there with you in spirit though. It is incredibly beautiful and feel more at peace about not being able to come to Phoenix. Thank you for everything you have done to honor her memory. You were an amazing sister to her and I know how very much she loved and cherished you.

    You have amazing faith, something I wish I had more of myself. Your words are encouraging to here though, so thank you.

    I'm going to call you soon, once everyone has gone and the intensity has settled down. Take care of you and yours, and again, thank you for all you have done...

    Always with love,


  2. I too thank you for posting the photos and information about todays service. It was hard not being there to share in the memories, tears, pain and laughter. Jess has been a part of my life for more than 20 years and it is not easy to say goodbye this way.

    The entire Self family, the Terry family and all of Jessica's friends are in my prayers. She will be greatly missed by more than you will ever realize. I praise God that there is no more pain or suffering for her and am excited to see her again when it is my time or when the Lord returns.

    Until then.......we will love and miss her!


  3. I am glad everything went well. Everything looks beautiful. I hope you and the family are doing as best as you can. Know we love you guys and are continually praying and thinking about you guys.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

  4. Still keeping you and your family in my prayers. I check in often. Do the Dr's know what happened yet? This is such a sad thing, and I'm so so sorry for your loss. Love, ani

  5. Thank you so much for the updates and the pictures of today's service. It broke my heart to not be in attendance.

  6. Missing Jessica, thank you for loving her as much as you did. You are a strongtower for the entire family over this time.

    Blessings to you.