Friday morning around 8:15 in the morning we held our sweet baby Stella as she took her last breaths. Our little squirrel is whole again, free of the awful disease that took away her away from us. No matter how much you try to prepare yourself for the moment it can not compare to actually going through it. Stella had a difficult couple of days and her little body was letting us know it was time for her to go home to be with Jesus. Some amazing people at Baptist, the enhanced care team, told us as they coached us through this process that we would know when the time was right to let her go. That time came and we did our best to make sure she was comfortable as she made her way home. Our families were right there with us and Stella the whole time. We have been beyond blessed to have such amazing families, friends, co-workers, and communities that have supported us through this journey that started 6 months ago. We were lucky to have Stella as long as we did, the good Lord could have called her home December 31st 2017, but instead he blessed us with time. Time to spend with Stella, time to tell her how much we love her, time for those that loved her to come visit and play with her. Time for us to see more of her beautiful smiles, look into her beautiful eyes with those looooong eyelashes (that everyone just loved) and hear her sweet voice and her laughter. More time to take care of her, as we gave her baths, watched Moana and Trolls with her, danced around with her, and took naps with her. In hindsight God was giving us the gift of time. We had a very special situation because we knew our time was limited with Stella so we had the chance to not take not a single moment for granted. If that’s one thing we can pass on to other parents it would be to not take a single moment for granted. As much of a cliche as it is. It’s so true. Even when your kid is throwing a tantrum in the grocery store, be thankful you have them. We are thankful for everyone that has reached out to us since the passing of our sweet Stella. We appreciate every bit of it. Arrangements for Stella are in the works. We will post that info when we have it.