Where, O death, is your victory? - Aria MacDonald

Where, O death, is your victory?


For a while we have been praying that God would heal Aria or that he take her into  His arms for eternity. This morning God chose to take Aria into His arms. She passed peacefully in our arms, gone to be with the one who shed His blood to save her.

We are at peace with this, her five years of life has been one of hardships, struggles, pain, suffering and sorrow; yet we know that she has gone to a place where she need not be bothered by these things any longer.

Revelations 21:3-5 tell us this;

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Today Aria escaped the drama of this earthly life where the ravages of sin took their toll on her, and she passed into the place where God is, perfect in every way, free at last.

Death, that enemy of all, has no power over Aria, for she is free of sin by the sacrifice of Christ. She is joined to Him in His victory over death and His resurrection.

We will long for the day when we see her again, perfect as God intended, and not perfectly broken as she was in this life.

In five years, one little girl has touched so many, and changed so many lives, including our own. God had a work for her to complete in this life and now she has completed it, and goes to the place where God will say to her “well done, my good and faithful servant”.

Things are still very fresh and raw for us and we have not begun to plan the days that will follow. Please pray for those plans, for us as a family and for those who wish they could be here for us.

We will let you all know when those plans have been made so you can join us in celebrating Aria’s life and the memory of her passing.

319 Responses to “Where, O death, is your victory?”

  1. Jayce says:

    Anita… I don’t know what to say. Aria is free from her pain, you’ve put it so well. Sending you strength and love xx

  2. Lisa says:

    Lots of love to your family as you process everything and plan the next few days xx

  3. Lou says:

    Love you guys so much and wish I could be right there with you. May God surround you in His arms at this time and give you peace and comfort like only He can. xoxox

  4. Delwyn Cockrell says:

    Sending our love and prayers at this time. Bill and Delwyn

  5. Viv says:

    Love and hugs to you all.

  6. Aimee says:

    Thinking of you during this hard time. RIP miss Aria, such a fighter. xoxox

  7. brad and stephanie says:

    Love you all so much. What beautiful words for a beautiful little girl.

  8. Este says:

    You are parents that obviously loved your little girl more than anything and did anything possible to try and help her… my thoughts are with you. xxxxx

  9. Janina says:

    Just wanna give you all the biggest hug right now. Will be praying daily for God’s strength and peace that transcends all understanding xx

  10. Christine says:

    All my love to you. You’ve touched so many lives, Aria, and you will be missed. Thank you for sharing your precious life with us these five years. xoxox

  11. Brian and Sandra says:

    Aria was so blessed to have such loving and courageous parents. May God bless Aria’s beautiful soul. All our love to you. xo

  12. uncle b says:

    Aria will always be in our hearts. We and the boys are just coming to grips with this news, it is a time for mourning and grieving for all who have been touched by this little girl-but Aria has fought the good fight and now puts on the crown of righteousness given to her by our dear Lord Jesus. What a glorious post Anita and Ham, focussed and clear. All Glory to God, that not even death separates us from the blessed assurances of eternity and the crystal clear promises of God. God has called Aria back to her heavenly home and you to your earthly one where family await expectantly especially Ashie’s crazy cousins. Love you guys xo

  13. Jill Marshall says:

    Anita and Hamish, we are weeping and rejoicing with you – such a mixture of sadness and joy. How blessed Aria was to have been born into your family, to have been so loved every minute of her life. We, along with countless others, no doubt, will continue to pray for you two, and Asher, asking God to continue to be your strength and comfort, minute by minute.
    “…with Christ, which is far better…”

  14. LeeAnne says:

    tearfully with heavy heart my prayers continue for you dear (((Anita, Hamish and Asher)))) not words to ease this loss. God knows you gave it all and more. With heavy heart I send my deepest sympathy and prayers for your comfort..
    LeeAnne Bye and family

  15. Liz says:

    I just shed tears for you as I read your news, as a Mum I just can’t imagine it. Thinking of you and praying for you. What an amazing little girl Aria was, and you are an incredible family.

  16. Susan says:

    I too shed tears as i saw your news as a parent words cant express my words or love to you all as a fmaily. You are in our hearts and prayers.We love Aria and she has been a big part of our lives we will miss her.Love to you all xxx

  17. Cork and Carol says:

    It is a bit hard to type with my blurry vision of tears. You have written again, so beautifully, about Aria’s precious life. How we have grown to love all of you so deeply. You all have fought the good fight and Aria’s life has blessed so many!! Love you to bits! Will be giving you some good hugs, soon.
    Carol for us both

  18. Angela Robinson says:

    What to say! Aria will be one of our most beautiful angels watching over you! She certainly touched my life as many others. Om my family to yours I send great love and strength over the coming days. Rest in peace beautiful Aria may light and love guide your next journey.

  19. Sue says:

    Oh guys my heart aches for you and your family. I am praying for you and sending you big hugs as well. I wish I had words that could take it all away. xxoo

  20. Sean, Chelle and Carter Cates says:

    Anita and Hamish,

    Our Lord Jesus has requested Aria to sit by His side.

    As comforting it is to know this is the case, your loss is our loss and difficult to endure. Our

    prayers are with you today and in the coming days. We stand ready to be there for you both in any way

    shape possible. Thank you for sharing your precious sunshine with us. Aria will forever be in our


    God bless,

    Sean, Chelle and Carter Cates

  21. Amanda says:

    I have been following Aria’s blog since her first transplant and have been so amazed by Aria’s and your strength. You have been inspirational as parents to both Aria and Asher; and as fighters and champions for your little girl. I am so sad that the fight didn’t have the end we had all hoped for, and that you fought so hard for. I will be thinking of you all over the coming weeks. Kia kaha, arohanui Amanda

  22. Joan Marshall says:

    What can anyone say. I still think that letting go is the hardest part of life and you have struggled for five years and now have let her go to the best place possible for her. Hard on the family left to cope and please do keep the blog open for a while as we still need to grieve, share and care with you. God’s blessings on the three of you and peace for you all.

  23. Brenda Auckland says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish and Asher. I am feeling sad but also pleased that Aria is now in a place with no pain. Thank you for sharing her life with us all. We are the fortunate ones. You gave so much and allowed her to have a strong hold on the world. Love to you all. Brenda XXX

  24. FlakeNoir (NZ) says:

    My heart goes out to you all. RIP beautiful little girl, you gave and received so much love. (((You guys)))

  25. Bracefield family says:

    Our prayers are with you all. May the God of all comfort be your comfort at this time.
    In Christ

  26. Laurie says:

    I cannot even begin to express my sorrow over Aria’s passing. Your family will always be in my prayers.

  27. Michaela (KJ) says:

    MacDonald family you have all touched so many lives with your strength and love over the last 5 years, Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
    Rest in peace angel Aria.
    Much love to you all.
    Michaela xxxx

  28. Lea (NZ) says:

    Thank you so much for sharing Arias life with us and thank you for an insight into your faith and trust in God.

    Rest in peace little one…..

  29. Shannon & Simon Stratford says:

    Anita, Hamish and Asher we are so sorry for your loss, Aria touched so many hearts and what an amazing journey she shared with the world, she fought all the way, as did you as a family. Sending all our love and thoughts to your family. All our love

  30. Charlie says:

    My love and well wishes to you all. I’m so very sad to hear of Aria’s passing. She was the bravest girl I ever knew. Much love. Charlie x

  31. Tiffany Keller says:

    My heart is truly broken for you right now! I wish I could be there to hug you, & let you cry on my shoulder. Words truly cannot express how sorry I am! Aria had so much courage, & gave a brave fight to the end. I will truly miss her, even though I have never met her in person. May God put His comforting arms around you, & hold you close! God Bless!

    Psalm 34:17,18,19- 17)The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. (18)The LORD iclose to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (19)The righteous may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers them from them all.

  32. Heidi says:

    It is finished! Aria has won the race. What a brave little girl, making such an impact on the world! My heart goes out to you and I’m not ashamed of my tears. I continue to pray for you and your plans to be guided by Him who loves you soo much.
    Firstly, there’s a time to grieve. My mother heart can empathise with you as I had to surrender my firstborn years ago. Love you lots. Blessings in Jesus.

  33. Tiffany Keller says:

    (18)The Lord *is close*

  34. Monique says:

    Rest in peace beautiful Beautiful Aria. My love and thoughts with you all at your time of loss ,tears are flowing here for you all <3 Love from Monique, Seth and Nina

  35. Richelle says:

    Tears flow for a little girl I have never met yet who has touched my heart. I am praying for you all as you begin a new journey today. With much love xxx Safe in the arms of Jesus xxx

  36. Bonnette says:

    Praying for you guys. May you know now even more deeply God’s peace & comfort & His arms around you all. So thankful that you aren’t alone & that Christine is still with you guys. Love Bon xx

  37. Esther says:

    So terribly sad to hear that news. Praying for strength for you to continue to trust him as you grieve and miss your lovely daughter.

  38. Andrew & Eden Dickson says:

    Our love and prayers to you Hamish and Anita. What to say? We have been blessed with our first baby and it hits how vulnerable he is and how much control we don’t have over what happens to our child. Fatherhood has made me more aware of my limitations and more understanding of what has happened to your family than I was previously. Be well in your grieving, God is with you and Aria is with Him. Love, A&E.

  39. Steph VG says:

    Anita, Hamish and Asher, sending you all our love and prayers at this time. Aria has indeed won the race and is now resting in the arms of the Almighty. May His goodness, mercy and peace surround you all now in the days to follow. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  40. Jan P. says:

    My heart goes out to you but you will know that as a family you did everything and more that you could for Aria that will bring peace in the coming times. She was just such a beautiful human being and gave so much in her short life. We have all been truly blessed to have been able to be part of it thanks to your generous spirit and writing this blog. I hope to be able to meet you sometime in the future. Love to all

  41. Mary says:

    Beautiful words Anita. My prayers continue for you all. Thank you for sharing your beautiful girl with us during her life. I have believed for a long time she was indeed put on earth for a very special purpose. Her short beautiful life has had a profound affect on so many people. Rest in peace with God beautiful Aria, free from pain and trials.

  42. Patti Cummings says:

    Thankful that Aria is at peace now with Jesus!
    Praying that His peace will wash over you and your sweet family!

  43. Granny Sandy says:

    My heart overflows with sorrow for your loss. What a comfort it is for you knowing you will see her again in Glory!
    My prayer is the Lord will soothe your broken hearts and empty arms. That He will raise you up to be stornger and bolder for Him. May your family always know His peace, His comfort and His provision.
    Althought we have never met, your little Aria will always be a song in my/our hearts.
    Bless you
    Sandra NZ

  44. Angela says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Aria will be in a beautiful peaceful place with no more needles or pain. God bless all of you xxxx

  45. Cary Farrington (GRC) says:

    All praise be to our God for Aria and her family.

  46. Sherry Boyle says:

    Your sweet Aria has touched so many lives around the world — family, friends, and complete strangers have prayed with you for her healing and for her relief from suffering. God has answered those prayers, as she is now perfectly healed and will live for all eternity without one more minute of suffering. Thank you for sharing your lives and your faith so openly. My faith and trust in His goodness and mercy has been strengthened by your words of love and hope. May God grant you His peace.

  47. Nicki says:

    Rest in Love beautiful girl …. safe and free from pain and suffering. My heart goes out to your family as it has done throughout your journey. Arohanui

  48. Rebecca Gunn says:

    I love you Aria and may you be free to be a gorgeous girl with a beautiful pair of wings.

    Hamish, Anita and Asher. No words can express my deepest sympathy to you and you extended family. All our love, strength and big cuddles coming your way.

    Aria you have touched my life and I will never forget your courage, strength and beauty.

  49. Natalie and Cody says:

    You dear people — Thank you for blessing us with sharing this journey with all of us – I send you love and strength for the next weeks and months – the wee girl is with god in heaven and what a wonderful strength she had with parents like yourselves – she has touched so many people as has you all — Aria and her green dolly with that wonderful smile will always be a memory for me as will be the bravery and grace in which you all journeyed with her — love and light strength – angels are with you xx

  50. Lisa says:

    Words can not express how sorry we are Anita and Hamish. May Aria be at peace.

  51. Melvyn & Sally says:

    We have never met Aria but your family have become part of ours since Shirley introduced us to this beautiful girl who is in a better place now and we pray for God’s comforting arms to be holding you close.

  52. Erica Lai says:

    I have followed your blog and little Aria’s journey from a distance. May you have our Heavenly Father’s peace and comfort in the difficult days to come.

  53. Wanda Vermeer says:

    I have been following Aria’s progress for quite while now and praying for her and all of you daily. Saying she is in a better place or finally healted completely is true and you know it, but doesn’t make the pain any less and you will soon tire of hearing it. I will continue to pray for healing and peace for you and all who knew and loved her. She is a little doll!

  54. Karen says:

    5 years ago, God blessed you with a beautiful little angel who came to visit for 5 short years. God chose YOU to be Aria’s parents, I am sure not an easy job at times, but also , I am sure , you were richly blessed by having the privilege to call Aria “daughter”. Hamish and Anita, you demonstrated your love for Aria and your obedience and love for the Lord and literally traveled to “the ends of the earth” to help your precious little girl. You did everything humanly possible to save this little girl. You placed her in the hands of our Heaven father who decided that Aria’s work on earth was over. In her 5 short years, she has touched more lives than most people will if they life to be one hundred. She left her “heart prints’ on many lives!Through Aria’s journey, you have also met people you never would have met otherwise ; and you too have left your imprints on many lives. You may never understand (this side of Heaven) why things happened the way they did. God assures us that He has a plan , we may not always understand this plan but our faith teaches us to trust in the Lord even when we don’t understand. God also tells us that in this world we will have trouble, but we are to take heart for He has overcome the world. I grieve with you as you say goodbye to your beautiful daughter, and I celebrate with Aria as she leaves all her “owies” behind and enters her Heavenly home! I am a parent of a Heavenly angel also . My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved Aria!!May God wrap His loving arms around you and bring you comfort and peace!

  55. Genevieve says:

    I wish I had words but right now I have only tears. I am so grateful that she is with Jesus and that you will see her again. I pray you will feel God’s arms around you, I’m sure He is crying with so many of us at the moment. Thank you for sharing your journey and inspiring I’m sure not just me, with your bravery, strength and faith. xxx

  56. Carla says:

    Aria will always be in our hearts, you will always be in our prayers, rest in peace beautiful girl, now looking over us beaming her beautiful smile down from heaven. my heart goes to you <3

  57. Stuart Meehan says:

    Thank you all for the lesson you have taught me, and for helping me in walking the path to salvation. i feel very humble to have shared in the blogs you have all shared, the strength , love and faith you have displayed/ and have is marvelous. God be with you all now, and to beautiful Aria may you rest in eternal peace in God’s arm. Love Stuart,Bridget,Ava and Hamish Meehan

  58. Jody says:

    May God be with you and your family at this time. Thank you for sharing your journey and Aria’s life with us. May God be your comfort and strength at this time. May the Lord bless you and keep you xxx May the Lord be with you

  59. Esme says:

    till we meet you in heaven beautiful princess.

    You are still an inspiration and testament of faith. It is a privilege to be allowed to follow the walk you guys are journeying on. I don’t know what the future holds but I pray for God’s presence to be felt in your times of grief. You have a wonderful wee girl to remember

  60. Serena says:

    Rest in peace beautiful girl <3

  61. Karen Winterbourn says:

    Tears as I read your post this morning. You have all been in my prayers daily for a long time. Praise God for His perfect peace and for beautiful little Aria. May you continue to know His peace and love in the days ahead.

  62. Amber says:

    All of my love and prayers go out to this beautiful family, I have been following the updates and it is warming to know that beautiful Aria is with the lord now in the comfort of his arms.

    May your unfailing love be my comfort according to your promise to be your servant
    Psalm 119:76

  63. Judith Boldy says:

    Hearfelt sympathy and condolences for your profound loss, praying for you all that you may know His peace. Love Jude, Dan, and Bonnie

  64. Jaime says:

    Love and support to you Anita, Hamish and Asher and your extended family. Aria was a beautiful girl loved by many in New Zealand and around the world. Rest in Peace gorgeous girl xxx

  65. Tina Coleman says:

    Anita,Hamish and Asher,

    My heart is just breaking for you guys! But at the same time I’m rejoicing that Aria is now pain free and in the arms of Jesus. A comfort, I know, but sadness, too. Hang in there–the God that loves Aria loves all of you, too. He holds you tight in the palm of His hands.
    Much, much love coming your way.

  66. Anastasia says:

    I have followed Aria’s life since she was born; thank you for sharing her story through all the highs and now the lowest of lows. Words could never express the sadness in my heart for you right now.
    Much love and hugs to you all, and may Aria rest in peace xoxo

  67. jen says:

    So incredibly sad. I know its a much better place for her to be. I know she will be at last free of pain. However Im a deeply compassionate person and I feel for her mum, dad, brother and extended family. RIP sweet girl and forgive me for not reading and commenting on your recently.

  68. EVE GILKES says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish and Asher,
    Words cannot convey what I am feeling at this moment, so many thoughts racing round.
    Your journey with Aria has indeed been incredible, and you have opened it to us, complete strangers. You have allowed us to travel with you. We have felt your emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. You have been so open. You have encouraged me in my faith enormously, as I am sure you have done for many others.
    Aria is at peace, she is with her beloved heavenly Father, safe in His arms. Aria has done more in her short lifetime than many who have lived to 70 and beyond.
    I pray that you will all know that peace which passes all understanding, which comes from God alone.
    My thanks, my prayers and my love to all three of you.

  69. Leigh says:

    Our thougths are with you all at this time, RIP Aria your smiles will always be remembered xoxoxo

  70. pippa says:

    I think there are hearts breaking all over the world today for your little girl. Sending you peace and love. No-one could have fought harder than you guys and beautiful, brave Aria. You are right – she touched so many. Anita – as mothers we all hold you in our arms as we hug our children that little bit tighter tonight.

  71. CariLO says:

    I have been following your story for a while. I read your posts and have prayed for a miracle for your gorgeous girl. I have just read that God has taken Aria to be with him, to be his little angel. My heart breaks for you all. Your beautiful girl was a little fighter and I prayed like anything that she would be well and come back home fit and healthy. God had other plans for Aria and we have all learned a lot from her strength and from you as an amazing family. Aria is at peace and now the healing begins for you. May God protect you and keep you safe. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of such a special little girl who taught the world on so many different levels about what is important in life. Rest in peace gorgeous girl and lots of love and hugs to Aria’s incredible family. Another beautiful star has been added to our world to sparkle like she did in life. xx

  72. Rochelle says:

    Following Aria’s journey for the last 5 years has been very humbling. Thank you Anita and Hamish for sharing Aria with us and for sharing your faith and the messages you hold dear from God. Aria is beautiful, we will miss her in our earthly world but hold her spirit close… sending you all lots of love and prayers xxx

  73. Glenys Hopkins says:

    Go in peace little Aria you have fought a great fight and now you are at peace. Fly high with your Angel wings. Anita and Hamish know that Aria is free and that you have fought a fantastic fight,you were there for little Aria all the way and one day you will see her again. The gift of Aria in your lives will reward you in so many ways as the days,months and years go forward.

    Love and thoughts Glenys Hopkins

  74. Renee says:

    I have been following Aria’s story, praying, hoping, thinking of her and of your family. Though I do not know you I send you all of my love, support and prayers at this time which will no doubt be inexplicably difficult. A beautiful little girl who touched so many lives and has reminded me what is important in life, and to hug my children just a little bit tighter. As a mother, my heart aches and breaks with you. May she soar higher than the highest mountain and have the biggest smile on her face, now she is free from pain and is safe in a better place. Love from my family to yours xx

  75. Siapo says:

    Thinking and pray for you all this morning. Very sad but I am also thankful and greatful to the Lord that He has taken her to be with her forerver and ever. And one day we should all see her again. Tnank you Lord that Aria is no more pain. She’s happy with you now. Hugs and kisses for Aria. Love you always.

  76. Robyn says:

    My heart breaks with you today. Your family has touched the lives of so many and will continue to do so and your faith has been inspirational through the good times and the bad. Hold onto God and you will see her again. This is not a good-bye forever, but see you later.

    Thank you so much for sharing Aria’s journey with us and sending you peace and love.

  77. Lyaine says:

    Teary as I read your post. Yes aria race is over and she has now received her heavenly crowns. May the God of all peace and comfort be with you all in the coming days,weeks and months as you grieve and remember Aria. I will be praying for you all in the coming weeks.
    Like many I never knew you or Aria but your families journey has impacted on my life for the better. Know that her and your journey will contnue to impact those around you and even complete strangers.

  78. Nathaniel & Rosa says:

    We love you guys, our thoughts and prayers are with you all and the whole extended families. We are sad, but rejoice that she is no longer in pain but in heaven, happy and in peace. Not only is she an inspiration to so many of us, but your whole family is. lots of love, Nate and Rosa xx

  79. gillian livemore says:

    so sorry for your loss. words will never be enough but i really pray that god will comfort you all and wrap his arms around you in this time and years ahead. xx

  80. Anne & Colin Andrews says:

    Sharing your tears with the world is sooooo special. No parent would ever want to watch their precious child have to go through what Aria has for the past 5 years and done it with such love and the devotion as yourselves, Anita and Hamish, have committed and so unselfishly. Yes we do have big tears this morning, and as Kiwis we willed this to have a better outcome, and perhaps this is the best outcome. I guess the staff at the hospital are grieving with you, as having worked in intensive care, I know that Aria’s loss will be hard for them as well. Hugs and kisses.

  81. Sandie (and Maureen) says:

    Although we have never met you and your wonderful family,we feel that we have got to know you personally through your updates.We have smiled and cried at various times and prayed that brave little Aria would beat the odds.Our tears are flowing as I write this and there are no words to express just how much this little angel was in our thoughts.You are a truly remarkable family.Our prayers are with you all in the coming days.
    Rest in peace sweet little Aria.

  82. Jacinda says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your wee angel will still be working hard on the otherside touching lives as she has touched in life. May you take comfort in the fact that she is now at peace. Take care guys.

  83. Celeste says:

    We will continue to pray for you all as a family, we all have been blessed by your family and your willingness to share your journey with us all, total strangers. Your journey has brought hope to our family and made a real impact on our family. Kia Kaha we are still behind you.

  84. Kim says:

    The Lord bless you and keep you
    The Lord make his face shine upon you
    And give you peace.

    That is my prayer for you and your family right now. Aria’s journey in this world has been completed. And as you say, you will see her again in glory! Such hope! I can only imagine how you are feeling, and I pray Gods love, peace and compassion on you.

  85. Dwaine, Cath, Mia and Mason says:

    We rejoice in the Lord for there is no more pain or suffering for Aria in heaven. Ham and Anita, your love, care and devotion for your children are an inspiration to us parents also..our love and prayers be with you, may God bless you always.

  86. Jordan says:

    I’ve followed your brave little girl and equally brave family for a long time on this blog – I wish for you all healing and peace. Aria had a beautiful smile and spirit that was evident in every post in her journey. I know your family has the support and love of all who have rooted for her, worried for her, and followed her story.

  87. Tania and Asha says:

    Heartfelt thoughts to Anita, Hamish, Asher and family, it was with much sadness that I read your blog today…. Aria has been in our daily thoughts for such along time now, I somehow stumbled across your website many many months ago. Thankyou for sharing Arias incredible journey with us. Kiakaha Aria xxx

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  89. Corazon says:

    God is holding all of you in his arms now. Be strong. Aria is now in a perfect place. My love and prayers to all of you.

  90. Ashley says:

    Hamish, Anita and Asher. My thoughts go out to you at this time. I shed tears while reading your blog. I pray God be your comfort and stronghold at this time. Praying for you and your family xx God be with you.

  91. Nicole says:

    Rest in peace beautiful girl. Hugs to you all

  92. Julia aka j-j says:

    Such a gorgeous photo, such a sad yet beautiful entry. Aria, you were so loved by so many. We all shed tears as we wish you peace.

  93. Kate and Andrew says:

    Hamish, Anita and Asher we grieve with you now and also rejoice that Aria is now with her Saviour, perfect and full of joy. We pray that our Father will comfort you, and guide your plans in the coming days. May He provide you with those special people that can understand this journey that you are on.
    May He comfort the many who want to be with you right now. You have all touched many lives with your honest testimony of Aria’s life with it’s struggles and achievements.

  94. katie says:

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss of your beautiful girl. I have followed Aris’s blog over the past year and as a stranger to you I want to say thank-you for sharing your amazing journey with us. Aria has touched so many heart around the world and she and your family are truely inspirational.

  95. Holly says:

    I’ve also followed Aria’s journey. As parents you have done all you could for your little girl and fought hard.
    I am so pleased you have your faith to fall back on at this rough time and know that Aria has touched so many people in her short few years.

  96. Kenda says:

    Im so sorry, my thoughts are with you all.
    What a beautiful little girl!
    I so admire your strength as Parents.
    Rest peacefully little Aria xxxxx

  97. LInda says:

    I have been reading about Aira’s journey. I prayed for her and you. Now she is at peace. Aira will always be with you and you Will see her again. Her spirit was too glorious for this earthly existance. May God bless you and your family.

  98. Bianca & Greg McDuff says:

    Enjoy your paradise little Angel. Prayers to all the family during the next few weeks, peace be with you all xx

  99. Mel Dixon (Wanganui) says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing your journey with us all and for your courage. I pray that God will hold you tight in his arms and give you peace and strength to get through the coming days, weeks and years. Aria was truly an Angel who touched us all – even though we never met. Big hugz to you Anita, Hamish and a special BIG hug for Asher.

  100. The Williamson says:

    May the love of God surround you and envelop you; feeling his presence all around you; strenghting; calming; masaging; holding you.
    We have followed you story. Aria showed such strength, such a beautiful smile. Thou we walk in the vale of death, we cry, we mourn; she is free and at peace. We have also followed your families story, we were touched by your strenght and persuverance. Kia Kaha

  101. Malcolm and Cathy Tasker says:

    May the Lord be your comfort at this time.

  102. susan says:

    We are so saddened to read about the loss of Aria be we can be comforted that she suffers no more. She was so special to so many people and she will be missed. You are in our prayers.

  103. Rob says:

    Dear family,

    What a great little fighter you had, I admire the bravery, strength and the willingness Aris had in her. I too lost a loved one thiis year through cancer and what makes me feel strong everyday is knowing that there will be no more pain, tears and suffering. God has taken your little girl to sit by his side until you get there. My prayers go out to you the family through the tough times and all your preperation in the following days. To Aris: Peace is now with you and in my language I say “Ia manuia lou malaga” which means “Have a safe journey”

  104. Stacey says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Aroha nui

  105. Emma says:

    So sorry to hear this news. Thinking of you all xx

  106. Jessica Gibson says:

    oh guys i am so so sorry. like you and like everyone i was hoping for another outcome. May she rest in peace and may peace come to you.

  107. Iain and Debbie Cambridge says:

    We are so sorry for your loss..Our thoughts are with you at this sad time xxx

  108. Sonia & Ilona says:

    We have been following your blog and your journey, and our prayers and thoughts have been with you every step of the way, just as they are now. You are the remarkable family of a truly remarkable little girl. Our deepest sympathies to you all, and to Aria rest in peace.
    Sonia & Ilona

  109. Laura K says:

    My thoughts are with you for your loss. Aria was a very special and adorable girl. She was so brave and she endured many things that most adults would find hard to endure. I am glad that she will no longer suffer any more pain.
    But I know you did the best for her and I can tell that she loved every minute that she had with you.

    Aria will always be in my heart.

    My love is with you all

    Laura K

  110. Melissa says:

    I have been following Aria’s story over the past 18 months. She was such a brave little girl with such a beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. The bravery of both Aria and her family has touched the hearts of many – thank you for allowing us to share this journey with you.

  111. Warwick says:

    Hamish, Anita, and Asher, your sadness and sense of loss are shared near and far. Your prayers for Aria have been answered, for Almighty God has indeed healed her, but healed her on a scale beyond the limitations of the human mind in this world so marred by sin. He has done immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine, and He has brought Aria to the place of His perfection. You are separated but for a little while, and you can peacefully rest in the knowledge that Aria is now in the eternal care of the Great Physician, the Great Comforter. May the Lord bless you.

  112. Samantha Sutherland says:

    Goodbye precious girl. Heaven may have an new angel, but our world will never be the same without you.

    Sam, Ham, Jake and Lara xxx

  113. Helen S says:

    Many Blessings to you all as a family at the passing into the arms of Jesus a beautiful little girl. Be strong – yet shed tears remembering God keeps your tears in a bottle. Also as her time on earth is completed also remember that “Love lives on and blesses us with memories that remain”. Be gentle with yourselves.

  114. Rakete Family says:

    We are shedding tears with you.
    Is 40:11 The Sovereign Lord tends his flock like a shepherd.
    He gathers the lambs in his arms, and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.
    May the Lord continue to surround you with His love and goodness.
    Arohanui, Wally, Shona, Caleb, Miriama, Reuben and Abigail

  115. Bex & Jonno Robinson says:

    Sending our love to you all at this sad time. Aria is such an inspiration to us, such a special little girl who is now at peace with no more suffering. Kia Kaha xoxo

  116. Cecilia says:

    Oh Im so sad, I have followed Aria since she was born till now. (shes 2 weeks younger than my son), as a parent my heart goes out to you both, and little ashie, as a christain mom I morn for the little girl with a high spirt, thou she is in the loving arms of our lord jesus christ. amen! I pray profusely for you and your family in your time of morning, but also in your preparation to celebrate her life. god bless you guys always. the Yandall-Seymours xx

  117. Amy says:

    My thoughts are with you and this family at this time that must be of such mixed feelings for you – sorrow that she has gone from your life but joy that she is no longer suffering.
    Aria was such a strong little girl and I think that she took after you Anita as you have been so strong in sharing Arias story with the world to not only let them know Aria’s life story but to bring light to others that are in the same or similar situation.
    Big hugs

  118. Karen says:


    Our prayers have all been answered. I finally arrived.
    The healing that had been delayed has now been realized.
    No one’s in a hurry. There’s no schedule to keep.
    We’re all enjoying Jesus, just sitting at His feet.
    If you could see me now, I’m walking streets of gold.
    If you could see me now, I’m standing strong and whole.
    If you could see me now, you’d know I’ve seen His face.
    If you could see me now, you’d know the pain is erased.
    You wouldn’t want me to ever leave this place,
    If you could only see me now.
    My light and temporary trials have worked out for my good,
    To know it brought Him glory when I misunderstood.
    Though we’ve had our sorrows, they can never compare.
    What Jesus has in store for us, no language can share.
    If you could see me now, I’m walking streets of gold.
    If you could see me now, I’m standing strong and whole.
    If you could see me now, you’d know I’ve seen His face.
    If you could see me now, you’d know the pain is erased.
    You wouldn’t want me to ever leave this place,
    If you could only see me now.
    You wouldn’t want me to ever leave this perfect place
    If you could only see me now
    If you could see me now
    If you could only see me now

  119. Sarah Brannigan says:

    God Speed Aria, what a truly tough little angel you were.
    Much love to your family as they realise a life without you in it, but a life full of memories you helped them create.

    Sez Brannigan

  120. karina says:

    I am a mother of two so i can only imagine the heartache of losing a child Yes, she is in a much better place Dont try and be brave God knows and feels your pain like no other I will say a prayer right now May God give you everything you need right now

  121. Coralie says:

    What an amazing little girl you are Aria. You fought like a trooper and through all the ups and downs, you still managed a smile for those who surrounded you with love. Asher will miss you very much and will need all the love you have inspired to soften the sadness. Aria, thank you for sharing your life and family with us all you are a great gift and now you can rest in the ultimate arms of love. Anita, Hamish and Asher I wish you peace in your heart.
    With all my love Coralie.

  122. Christine blake says:

    Thinking of you all at this time.

  123. Megan says:

    So so sad to read this, what an amazing girl who touched so many lives through her short time here.

    Wishing you strength and peace, Anita, Hamish, Asher and families, and sending you all so much love.

  124. Lisa D says:

    Thank you Anita and Hamish for sharing your truly amazing wee girl with us, we have followed Aria’s story for a few yrs and what an amazing battle she fought. We will never forget Aria, her beautiful smile and her truly inspiring family. Anita, Hamish and Asher you will always be in our thoughts.

  125. Lisa Robertson says:

    Oh Aria. Bless you little sweetheart, how we love you. Be at peace now little blossom. Anita, Hamish & Asher – all my love to you right now, hold tight to each other. How so very very sorry I am to read this. Many many tears for you xxx

  126. Michelle says:

    Aria touched my heart, and soul – I hope you all find peace and comfort. I wish I could say everything I am thinking and feeling, about how profoundly Aria’s journey has affected me, that her journey has made me ask some spiritual questions that I was not open to before I read your blog. I am so sad today, and yet relieved to know she is in a better place. Love and comfort xx

  127. Nicci says:

    Oh Anita, Hamish and Asher, we cannot imagine the journey you have been on that has brought you to this place. Your little girl touched and enriched so many hearts in her life and we thank you for sharing your journey with us. Sending you strength and grace as you find your way forward. Kia kaha.

  128. jenny says:

    An amazing little girl with an amazing family and who know an AWESOME GOD. Praying for you now and in days to come.
    If we knew what Heaven was like we would be so ready to go. I’m rejoicing for Aria being in a wonderful place, and for you being free from seeing your little girl go through so much. I’m weeping for your incredible loss. May you have God’s peace to carry you through until you are together again.

  129. Di says:

    My thoughts are with you all – She was an amazing fighter who has touched many people. She was a beautiful little person. I am so sorry for your loss.

  130. Carroll Spence says:

    Anita, Hamish, Asher, and Aria’s family.
    My love and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Aria has touched many lives. Thank you for sharing her with us. I adore the photo you have on this blog…heaven certainly has a gorgeous wee angel.
    May God wrap his arms around you all and comfort you. Goodbye brave wee Aria.

  131. Maree kennedy says:

    Our heartfelt prayers are with all of you. May God comfort you in your loss. Much love Shane, Maree and James.

  132. Ross Ann says:

    I cannot even imagine your grief at this point. Please know that prayers are being lifted still for your family. Aria, you and your words have touched so many people. May God wrap his comforting arms around you.
    May peace be with you.

  133. Adele says:

    You write such brave and beautiful words in the face of such deep grief. We lost our own baby daughter after she struggled for life, we held such hope and bright dreams then she lost her struggle, our hearts were crushed under the heavy burden of deep grief, despite knowing she was in the loving arms of Christ.
    It seemed God tested our hearts saying ‘will you stay with Me’? Of course we cried out “yes” despite never truly understanding why we and our precious children had to go through what we did. God is faithful and He will restore peace to your broken hearts. Aria is free from all suffering, she now knows only joy and even now is probably playing with Gods angels in heaven.
    You have been pillar of strength for so long, now its your turn to be carried through on the love prayers of so many of us who care, people from around the world than you will never know but who fell in love with a little girls strength and your hearts of faith.
    All our love, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for today and the many months ahead. Your faith and Aria’s strength shall be remembered. Praise God for every day of her five amazing years, for by the grace of God He granted you that precious time always knowing his little one would come home early.

    With much love,

    Adele and family

  134. Colleen McQueen says:

    I am so sorry!!! and so sad. I will be praying for you and your family. Aria put up a great fight and you are an amazing mom!! Hugs from NY!!!


  135. Beryl Jansen says:

    Deepest sympathy on the passing of a very brave girl who touched everyones hearts. Soar like an angel Aria. Jansen Family Rotorua NZ.

  136. Liz says:

    May god be with you in this time of grief. Grant that he will give you the strength to celebrate the joy that she shared with so many, the wisdom she bestowed, and the love that she bought to us all. Much love and thoughts from us back here at home in NZ.

  137. jenlar3 says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have been following your story almost from the beginning and am saddened to hear the news. I know that Aria is safe, healthy and happy in the arms of Jesus, but she will be missed on earth. I pray for comfort for your hearts and happy memories. God Bless your family.

  138. Leah says:

    Our prayers are with you all :( take care and God bless.

  139. Raura H says:

    “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.
    Sitting at my desk with the tune of the song version of that benediction in my head (my prayer for you all) and remembering bobble head and other fun Aria times.

  140. kyly says:

    my heart goes out to you guys cnt even thnk wat you are going through BIG HUGZ. fly free little angle xxxx

  141. Emma Woodhouse says:

    Breathe just Breathe
    She is now an Angel looking down upon you all
    Whenever I see a Butterfly I will think of Aria precious and only here for a little while.
    My thoughts ae with you all at this very sad and heartbreaking time.
    Time to come home
    Love from NZ

  142. Suzi says:

    She was so beautiful, praise Jesus for the joy she brought! I pray the Holy Spirit will be your comfort and peace. Arohanui xx

  143. Clarkie says:

    Like many others I have been moved to tears when reading Aria’s story. To see now that her earthbound journey is at an end fills me with a sense of loss. It can in no way compare to the feelings and emotions your entire family and circle of friends has been going through for these last five years, but know that many many others are thinking of you all at this time. From just another kiwi….

  144. Joyce says:

    My heart is so heavy for a special little angel that I never met but she and her family have changed my life forever. She is safe with Jesus in his heavenly home and may his peace and comfort be with your special family.

  145. Anne says:

    Aria and your family are inspirational. My heart goes out to you all. Fly free Aria. xxx

  146. Tania says:

    I am sorry but no words can possiably take away the pain that we are all feeling for you at this point, but please know that GOD knows your pain, he will let you greive for a bit then will smother you in the whole spirit so that you can carry on his work till you are with her again. Your family will be in my prayers for a very long time. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN JESUS NAME I PRAY….AMEN…AND THE COUNTRY SAID….AMEN

  147. Anjela says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement to us, your known and unknown faces – so many comments penned so aptly from those who have loved and cared from afar. What a wee treasure Aria is, and what an impact her life has had. We uphold the MacDonald family now for the days and months that follow – thank you for letting us in …. I have grown and changed as a result of your journey …. thank you Aria, thank you Anita, Hamish and Asher – xxxx

  148. fiona says:

    Lots and lots of love to you all- tears flowing from one side of the world to the other. God is good. Bless you

  149. Jo says:

    What a beautiful little girl who has touched so many lives. Thank you so much for sharing her story and your lives with us. Our heartfelt prayers for you today Anita, Hamish and Asher and many more in the days and weeks to come. Hold fast to God the Rock, and may He be your refuge and comfort and strength. xxx

  150. Larry says:

    Much love to you all. Hard to know what else to say, but so so sad.

  151. Tamar says:

    Such a beautiful Girl, may you rest in peace with our heavenly father, i pray for the strength for you Anita and Hamish in such a hard time. May the Lord hold you in his hand and carry you through the tough time. may the lords peace be with you.

  152. Rose says:

    Dear Anita, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful little girl. I wish you all the strength and grace you will need at this sad time, and hope that you are able to find peace. All the best, Rose

  153. Lisa Raymond says:

    Such a lovely little girl, a true hero, a fighter, now gone to be in heaven helping out the other little kids with the Lord. Big hug from me and my little girl Tegen and thinking of you all at this time.

  154. Jess says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’ve followed your blog for such a long time I was so shocked to hear of Aria’s passing. My heart goes out to your family.

  155. Jo says:

    What a glorious testimony for God.. while I don’t understand your pain, (I can only imagine), I hold you, and share in your praise for God… Glory to God, well done Mum, Dad and family.

  156. Dawn says:

    When words fail, God still hears the deepest cries of our hearts. God’s answers to our most difficult prayers teach us to trust only in Him. Love and hugs to you all from all of us.

  157. middleton family says:

    We send our love to you all at this time. What an amazing journey Aria had. Take care of each other and safe travel home xxx. Aunty Lynn, Uncle Tim and Family

  158. Angie Schulz says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  159. Joan and Kylie says:

    Our thoughts are prayers are with you, Anita. Our prayers that Aria is at peace. Our heart is with you.

  160. Cheryl from FPF says:

    No words to express the loss of your wonderful brave child. She inspired and touched so many lives. I know that God knew best. Much love and prays to you all.

  161. Trudie says:

    Dear Hamish, Anita and Asher…I know that nothing I can say will ease your pain, only God can do that. I pray that you will be richly blessed, as you have blessed us around the world with Aria’s story on an almost daily basis for so long. We have travelled with you, as much as we could via the internet, and without having ever met you. God is good and He will hold His beautiful Aria tightly to Him until you are reunited, just as He will hold you all in His arms also, pouring out His love upon you. Thank you for sharing so much with us all, you will continue to be in my prayers.

  162. Susan says:

    Fly, fly little wing
    Fly beyond imagining
    The softest cloud, the whitest dove
    Upon the wind of heaven’s love
    Past the planets and the stars
    Leave this lonely world of ours
    Escape the sorrow and the pain
    And fly again

    Fly, fly precious one
    Your endless journey has begun
    Take your gentle happiness
    Far too beautiful for this
    Cross over to the other shore
    There is peace forevermore
    But hold this mem’ry bittersweet
    Until we meet

    Fly, fly do not fear
    Don’t waste a breath, don’t shed a tear
    Your heart is pure, your soul is free
    Be on your way, don’t wait for me
    Above the universe you’ll climb
    On beyond the hands of time
    The moon will rise, the sun will set
    But I won’t forget

    Fly, fly little wing
    Fly where only angels sing
    Fly away, the time is right
    Go now, find the light

    A song by Celine Dion which fits for the beautiful Aria xxxx

  163. Sharlene says:

    God bless your family even as you through the toughest times have endured and still give Him the glory. I am so blessed by your ministry through the life of Aria. May her story live on forever and May God continue to use your family for the extension of His Kingdom. Remembering Aria and all of you during this difficult and sad time. With prayers.

  164. Fareeza says:

    Dear Hamish, Anita and Asher

    May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  165. Joanne says:

    Aria is a special little girl, who couldn’t have asked for a more loving and dedicated family, you are all inspirational! I am grateful that you have shared this journey with us, you can see from all of these messages that your family has touched the lives of many. Sending our love, strength and prayers your way as always xxx

  166. Lisa says:

    Sorry to hear you have lost Aria. RIP little angel

  167. Marion G says:

    NZ has been watching you over the last five years, such a brave and courageous little girl with equally brave and courageous parents. I so admire your strength and tenacity through these difficult and testing years.
    RIP Aria, go peacefully with God

  168. Roseanne says:

    Much love to you Anita, Hamish and Asher and your extended family. Our thoughts and wishes are with you all. I admire you both so much. Go peacefully, little Aria.

  169. Kim K says:

    I have read your blog everyday and never commented. I think you are both incredibly brave both as parents and in the way you have so diligently shared Aria’s journey with us through your blog. Anita, this post is beautiful, as Aria’s Mummy you have done her proud.

    Thank you for sharing so much of your family. My love to you all and, Aria, be free.

  170. Dan, Michelle, Toby, Noah & Ben says:

    Wow, Anita, Hamish & Asher, so sorry to hear your sad news. But also so happy that Aria is with Jesus in glory. Aria has changed our lives and your journey together as a family is more than inspiring. Our loves, thoughts and prayers are with you. (p.s Noah is imagining all the wonderful food Aria is eating in heaven!)

  171. Laura says:

    What an absolute heart breaker, you are both so amazing to share this with everyone. May your wee girl rest in peace and the memories you have with her go on forever
    No words can describe grief but you have done so, so well
    Love to you and yours

  172. Katherine says:

    She was so very, very special
    And was so from the start
    You held her in your arms
    But mainly in your heart

    And like a single drop of rain
    That on still waters fall
    Her life did ripples make
    And touched the lives of all

    She’s gone to play with angels
    In heaven up above
    So keep your special memories
    And treasure them with love

    Although your daughter
    Was with you just a while
    She’ll live on in your heart
    With a sweet remembered smile

    Rest in peace little Aria. My love and thoughts are with your family. xoxo

  173. Jackie says:

    I have been following Aria’s story for a long time now. Such a sad ending but a wonderful release into the loving arms of Jesus. Thinking of you all at this time.

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  175. Bland family says:

    What a fight, beloved Aria. And what a joy for you to now be well and whole and free with the One who made you. You ran the race so well, and now you have won the race, darling. We love you.
    Anita and Hamish, thank you for your words and the words that are to come. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for sharing. You are all part of my life forever, forever in my heart. And thank you our God, for loving us always and for understanding more than we can ever begin to.

  176. Hedges family says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the sad loss of your beautiful little girl Aria. We will be praying for you all at this incredibly hard time. May you know God’s love, comfort and support.
    Thankyou for sharing Aria’s journey, what a blessing she has been to so many.
    God bless you,
    Rochelle, Mark, Alysha, Caitlyn and James

  177. lisa says:

    I can hardly write I am crying so much. My heart breaks for you. Aria has been the most amazing inspiration to me and you have been the most inspirational family. Every time you spoke about Aria her sweet personality shone through, as did your love for her. I feel privileged to have been able to read these blogs and share her journey. She will remain in my heart always even though I was a stranger to her. All my love, prayers, hugs and kisses as you now face life on earth without her. What you have written today shows your strength and courage. Love to you all. Lisa xxxx

  178. Erika says:

    Thinking of you and your loved ones at this time. May you find comfort in each other and the memories you have of little Aria. x

  179. Priscilla says:

    So, so bittersweet :( Aria has fought an incredible fight and has touched so many people’s lives in the process. May you know God’s peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding during these difficult days ahead. Much, much love and prayers xxxxx

  180. Brenda Rolston says:

    Our hearts go out to you at this time. I’ve followed Aria’s journey for over 20months now and our prayers have been answered for healing for Aria. God chose to heal her COMPLETELY and to do this, He had to take your precious little girl to be with Him. Through Aria’s long and painful struggle, you have been able to share the love of Jesus to so many people. Everyday you were so brave and such an inspiration to so many. We’re all feeling so sad for you and yet we know Aria is now so happy. Thank you for sharing her precious life with us all, every day over these long months.

  181. Christine says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish and Asher, I’m so sorry to hear your brave, fighting angel has left this world. I’m thinking of you all and of Aria who has always been such a huge inspiration for so many people. Thank you for keeping us informed about Aria and I hope you’re able to find solace in the coming weeks, months and years. We’re all better for having known Aria whether we met her or not. All the best. xo

  182. MK says:

    Aria touched my heart as I watched her on tv and I never had the priviledge to meet her personally but look forward to the day in heaven when I see this amazing little girl with a huge heart and beautiful spirit. Will be praying for your plans for the journey your family is on and revelation from God for your paths may God bless and keep you all xo

  183. Rod & Margaret says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish & Asher, we too like so many have shed tears at the loss of your beautiful Aria but at the same time we are also rejoicing that she is safe in the arms of her Heavenly Father.

    Safe in the arms of Jesus,
    Safe on His gentle breast;
    There by His love o’ershaded,
    Sweetly my soul shall rest.

    We pray that you will know the sustaining power, love, strength and pease of our Heavenly Father in a greater measure than you have ever done before.

    Love Rod & Margaret xxx

  184. Lois says:

    Safe in the arms of Jesus.
    All our ladies at coffee and craft have followed Aria since you all left NZ we have shed many tears along the way, and today we all shared some more. A rainbow in our hearts appeared as we shared together this mornings news of Aria now being with Jesus and free of all her pain and suffering. Anita and Hamish and Asher, the lovely family she was born into you have given her so much love, Given her to the Lord so many times during her short life. You have shared your hearts and deepest feelings with us. Each and everyone of us has been touched by Aria’s life and the love of her family. Praying for the journey ahead and as you continue together to lean on the Lord. God Bless and keep you.

  185. Natalie says:

    Anita, Hamish, Asher and your entire family,
    My heart is broken for you and the tears wont stop flowing, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and heart are with you all at this time. May Aria rest in peach

    Much love,

    Natalie, Pierre, Amalia, Aston, Davien and Kalina xoxo

  186. Trish Adams says:

    My heart is broken tonight. Broken over the loss of your sweet Aria. I’ve only ever known your family from across the hall or from a room down the hall, but I’ve loved you all from afar. Smiling at the sight of your sweet girl making her way out of her room, watching your little boy play, seeing the kindness in your eyes and the spirit of Jesus on your face. Your in my prayers as you face this day and those ahead without precious Aria. Thinking of you all. Sincerely, Trish Adams

  187. Teelee says:

    Beautiful – without even knowing her, you can see she was just an absolute sweetheart, and I am so very sorry for your loss. The words written above are truly special.

    Boundless amounts of aroha to your family and your gorgeous little Aria.

  188. Roberts family says:

    Words can’t express how you must be feeling and as I’ve said before I have no idea what you have been through, but only imagine. Know in your hearts that you did everything possible for your little Aria. Love to you all.

  189. Lauren says:

    Heart breaking for you Anita, Hamish and Asher. Sending lots and lots of love for you all. Fly free beautiful little girl. xxxxx

  190. Robin says:

    I am a fairly new follower, but I feel compelled to say that I have never heard a mother put into such eloquent words the handing over of her baby into the arms of Our Creator. You were very blessed in having that beautiful little girl in your life and I know you will miss her. God has her now and she is absolutely free! Praise Him for a peaceful passing….I will continue to pray for your family’s strength and courage to face the days ahead……

  191. Nita says:

    Our sincere sympathies to the family. I have followed Aria’s story and have been amazed by the strenght of her beautiful parents and brother. God Bless.

  192. Denyse says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this very sad time, but the Lord has taken her home to be pain free and at peace, we feel for you too and pray that the lord will give you the strength to get through this period, and have followed your blog for a long time to see how the angel was going, god bless you all

  193. Marybeth Weber says:

    I wish for your family peace of mind, and I am thankful to have read Aria’s story. She has touched the hearts of millions, and her story will remain engraved within many. You have all shown such great strength and love, and should always be proud for the love you all shared with each other even through the toughest times. <3 Bless your family.


  194. Carmen and Jacco says:

    What beautiful, brave and true words you have written! We grief with you and are deeply, deeply saddened but at the same time we rejoice that your precious Aria is perfectly restored and safe in the arms of the Lord Almighty. We have prayed everyday for the last two years for Aria and now we will continue to pray for you and your family, that God may wrap His comforting arms around you and surround you with his eternal love and peace. Love Jacco, Carmen, Nathan and Naomi xx

  195. Michael Campbell says:

    My heart goes out to the parents and family of Aria of which i only learned of today has died and it truely saddens me that someone so young who has fought so hard for life has died after two transplants but i think she was luckly to have sometime exploring the world around her after all not every organ transplant kid gets that.

    I only know this because when i was five i had a liver transplant and my parents where in arias parents shoes where they had to fight doctors to keep me alive and thank goodness they did because in time i got a liver transplant in brisbane aussie and now 24 years later i’m doing well and would love to met aria’s parents if they are willing they can contact me on facebook or on my e-mail my life to has been hard and i want to tell them how deeply sorry i am for their loss of aria at lest now she is in heaven with no more pain

    anyway i hope to hear back when they are ready no rush i understand now is a hard time for the family all the best and my thoughts will be with you in this hard time….

  196. Lisa P says:

    My thoughts and love are with you at this sad time, Aria was a bright light in so many lives, we were all inspired by her courage, strength and determination. She certainly was a little fighter with the most beautiful smile and nature. Rest in Peace sweetheart, you will never be forgotten. All my love to you Anita, Hamish and Asher xxxxx

  197. Liz says:

    Dear Hamish, Anita and Asher,
    Thinking of you all. Aria was a wonderful little girl who inspired so many. xxx

  198. Lisa (NZ) says:

    We are so very saddened by the news of your little sweet aria. She has touched the lives of so many. Your faith and hope have been an inspiration. Please know that you are all loved and in our prayers as you face the reality of the end of a very long battle. Thank you for sharing Aria with us, you words are wonderful.
    God bless you Hamish and AsherXXX

  199. Jude says:

    Much love and blessings to you all..Aria has certainly touched many lives, especially those of us that don’t personally know your family. I feel for you all at this time, but know your inspirational faith will be of some comfort to you. Sending lots of hugs to you all and especially wee Asher for the loss of his most precious sister. xxx

  200. Tamryn says:

    Love and prayers to you and your family at this time. God Bless you all.

  201. phillips family says:

    Sooo sorry for ur loss may ur precious baby girl be at peace

  202. Lisa K says:

    so many people have been following Aria’s life. Anita and Hamish your blogs have been filled with profound words and testimonies to your faith in our Lord. There will be many tears shed today but much rejoicing. Families are very precious and never more so than now. I will be giving my children an extra tight hug tonight. Thank you for sharing Aria. Her smile is an angel’s smile. RIP little sweetheart.

  203. Sue says:

    RIP , wee Aria, you fought a great battle, now rest little one, my thought are with your family

  204. Lisa says:

    As hard as it is to lose someone so precious, there is so much hope in Jesus Christ and his promises, and to know you will see her again in that awesome place with God is such comfort. Your family will be in our prayers, and the fruits of your faith and trust in God are truly insprirational.

  205. Jes says:

    Heard about Aria’s passing into glory at school today. My heart was so heavy and I just couldn’t think straight anymore, so was just praying for you all day. May God comfort and strengthen you during this hard time. much love to you all xxx

  206. Jason Gurney says:

    God bless you and your family Anita and Hamish during this awful time. Sarah and I will be praying for you tonight. And rest in peace beautiful Aria – you touched so many people. From Jason and Sarah Gurney.

  207. Julie Cooper says:

    So sad to hear this news but rejoicing with you that she is truly in a better place and free from suffering. May God grant you strength and grace for the days ahead as He has done so far. You have truly been examples of faith and endurance in extremely difficult times and I pray that you will be surrounded with peace that only God can give at this time.

  208. jeannie overall says:

    My heart is breaking knowing that you had to let your little
    princess go to be with her Heavenly father, but it is also rejoicing to know that Aria now has her eternal reward for which she was always being prepared for. I rejoice too that her short life was not in vain; she managed to touch the hearts of thousands of people as did you and Hamish and Asher. Through her life of suffering, bravery, joy, and all those other wonderful things that Aria was, many people’s lives will have changed for the better. I know that Aria has taught me a much deeper compassion and a greater thankfulness for the blessings that God gives me each day, than I ever had before. I am so grateful to have been allowed to go on this journey with you guys but of course the journey is not over yet. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give you strength and joy in the days ahead. You truly are an amazing family! God bless oyu richly – love, Jeannie

  209. Moya says:

    I read this news this morning just as I was leaving for work (Hillpark School in Manurewa)& I don’t remember the trip or how I actually got there with tears in my eyes. In Thoughts Of You & your extended family & friends at this so, so, so sad time. You have been on my mind ALL DAY! I text Grandma Christine when I got there (she was My Rachel’s first Pre-School teacher at St.Andrews). Be assured Anita, Hamish & Asher that Aria WILL be watching over you (as angels do)& I have told Billy to take GOOD care of her & HE WILL! At peace now Aria – no more pain & suffering – you brave little girl. Your spirit WILL live on. Have strength to get thru this awful time in your lives. Luv’n'Hugs from me & My Rachel. XXX

  210. Moya says:

    PS. Another Star In The Sky….. I always wanted to teach Aria to Rock’n'Roll. Now she is in that Rock’n'Roll heaven in the sky amongst other great stars. I want to meet you when you return to NZ for a group hug.

  211. Yvonne RRN says:

    A Precious Gem Princess Aria both here on earth & in heaven.
    Never thought I’d read this news just yet but true Aria style she held the remote control.
    What a great little fighter & a loving fighting family who tried literally everything, leaving no stone unturned. You are ALL so courageous & have inspired many here in kwiw land & world wide.
    My heart grieves for you all, but, especially for wee Asher. As adults we can understand & deal with grief & emotions & things that have to be done. But a 3yr old who has been such an extrordianry trooper on this journey that he was born into, must now surely be so lost & confused as to where his big sister is & why. So my thoughts with Mummy, Daddy & Nana as you all support him & work thru your own grief.
    Many hugs & blessings to you all

  212. Sheryl says:

    Much love to you all as you farewell your sweet Aria.

    I have so much admiration for the way you have taken one step at a time on this journey, letting God lead you each step of the way. My prayer for you in the difficult days ahead is that you are able to keep looking forward, keeping looking to him for his love, guidance and consolation.

    While I was so sad to read your news, the dignity of your words, the love and trust you display in God taking her to him speaks volumes. You all will be in my prayers as you traverse the next part of your life’s journey missing your precious daughter and sister.

    Sheryl xxx

  213. Lena says:

    Sad to hear the news – such a bittersweet moment. Rejoicing that Aria is no longer having pain and is once again perfect and whole! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you plan your next moves. May you all experience peace and calmness as you ready yourselves to celebrate Aria’s 5yrs with you.
    Lots of Love coming your way from Kiwiland.

  214. Olivia(Wellington,NZ) says:

    So sad to hear of the news but am glad Aria is free of pain now and in peace with Jesus. Thank you so much for sharing Aria’s journey with NZ and the world. Aria you were such a inspiration and a beautiful little girl who will always be remembered. You fought for many years and are at peace now. Asher you are a amazing little brother and had a wonderful big sister who loved you so much. Thoughts are prayers are with all of Aria’s family, friends and both her medical team here in NZ and in the USA for all you have given Aria and her family.

  215. Jodie Callagher says:

    Hi Guys we have never officially met but exchanged “Hello” many times in the corridor of 26B and we roomed net to you guys a couple of times. Thinking of you at this very sad time . May you find the guidance and love you all need to carry you thru this current stage and then onto the next chapter xxx

  216. Belinda (LF-Aus) says:

    I am so sad to hear of sweet Aria’s passing :( I too have been following her blog for a long time now. Anita, Hamish and the georgious Asher, big ((((HUGS)))) and lots of love from from Australia. xxx

  217. Laura says:

    My heart has been heavy all day for you three. Aria has been through so much, but so have you. Deep disappointment that she did not recover – for your sakes and ours – but not for her. She truly is in the arms of the Saviour who died for her. You and Hamish have been in my prayers throughout today, for comfort, strength, wisdom. Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves as you shared about Aria. You will continue in my prayers.

  218. joy - nz says:

    my thoughts to you all at this time ,Aria was a special little girl and was loved by a lot of us.We followed your story from day one,thankyou for sharing your lives…

  219. Dawn says:

    Ive been trying to think what i should write all day. I admire your post anita not an easy thing to post on a blog and with the emotions of it all going on it was graceful, poised and showed the unwaivering faith and love of God weve all come to know and respect..

    Thank you for sharing Arias life with us thankyou for sharing the joys and the struggles. I never met Aria and Remember u guys from school but praying and promoting aria has almost become a daily ritual that i feel as though ive also lost someone amazing.. She was such a brave and corageous little girl who has done nothing but inspire me for years.. As a family your utter reliance on God unwaivering faith has been so inspired and strengthening for my own faith.

    I hope and pray in the days to come as you are making plans you find comfort in the Lord that you continue to grow closer as a family and that Asher feels his love as well as all of yours.. I hope you guys will confinue to update the blog/facebook from time to time and let us know how you are all doing .. How it is being home etc

    Thank you again love from us all here in melbourne

  220. Fiona McNair says:

    Just got the shock of my life to hear your very very sad news on New Zealand T.V. news. Then rushed to see if you had posted a blog for today. So so sorry, you have all been through so much…..thinking of you this time……

  221. Emily Matthews says:

    ❤❤❤ My thoughts are with you as you deal with this tragedy.❤❤❤

    ❤❤❤ Em, Captain Chaos and the Trouble Monsters ❤❤❤

    C.O.L.E. Prayer Team

  222. Jo says:

    What an amazing trooper Aria was and is! I first heard of Aria thru the Attitude programme. What I didn’t know was what amazing parents the Lord had given her, and an awesome little brother.

    I lost my bro after a battle in ICU and it was a comfort to know the Lord had him in His arms and that his pain and suffering was over. It was still hard because I loved him and wanted him here, but I also knew the Lord knew what was best for him.

    I have prayed for you guys for some time now. It’s been a privilege. I don’t know how you have done the BLOG but I admire you and thank you for sharing.

    I will continue to pray for the plans. No doubt some more big changes ahead, especially once you leave the USA and come back to NZ. Lots of prayers, love and hugs waiting for you once you come back.

    Love Jo

  223. Dan Johnston says:

    Very lovely what you have written here about your daughter but I have to say when I seen the report on the news just a few moments ago I found myself swallowing hard as I hoped that we Angel would beat the odds.
    Your family have done so well and I hope that you continue to do even better even though one of your children has wings.
    Bless you all.

  224. Kerianne & family says:

    Much love to you all..Aria touched our lives, in so many ways. Inspirational, beautiful, courageous and ultimately sweet, are just a few words that describe, lil Miss Aria!!! Thank you so much for allowing Aria & Ashie into our lives. Sending lots of hugs to you, Hamish and Ashie for the loss of your precious, gift from above!
    Keri, Matt, Paris, Jayden & Shadey xxx

  225. Kathy J says:

    RIP beautiful little Aria. Your courage and fighting spirit were such an inspiration & won’t be forgotten.

    Anita, Hamish, Asher & family my thoughts and prays are with you at this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss. May you continue to find comfort in your faith and in knowing that you did everything humanly possible for Aria. Aria was blessed to have such a fantastic loving family.

    Aria touched so many people in her short life, as shown by the number of messages on this blog and on the stuff.co.nz website. Thank you for sharing Aria’s story – I’m sure at times updating the blog was the last thing you felt like doing.

  226. Pam says:

    Dear Anita Hamish and asher
    For 18 months I have watched your site and have been aweinspired by your courage and faith in sharing your preciuos Aria with so many. Your faith is a true testament to your faith and I long to be as strong as you are in that faith. Your precious daughter in now cradled in the arms of our Heavenly Father. You are in my prayers. Have a safe journey home to New Zealand where you will be embraced into the love of your families.

  227. Mirren says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish and Asher,
    We’ve been following your blog for quite a long time now, and have been so impressed with your willingness to be under God’s sovereignty. God is faithful and now holds Aria close to Him in a place where she will know no more pain or tears. You will see her again, whole and healthy. We give thanks to God for Aria’s life, and the testimony your whole family have been to God’s grace. We pray for you now as you grieve and learn to adjust to life without Aria.
    May God bless you all, know that many prayers will be upholding you, Love from Mirren & Rudy

  228. Brookes Family, Papakura says:

    Rest in peace Aria, you have touched our hearts in your short life as many others and we are sad to hear the news of your passing. Anita & Hamish we send all our love to the both of you and are truly sorry to hear of your loss, you gave your all to your little girl and she was blessed to have amazing parents. Thank you for sharing your story. xox

  229. Katie says:

    Was there ever a child so loved, so prayed for and who’s life was so meaningful to so many? Anita and Hamish, she was your daughter, but she mattered to millions of us, you did amazing things for Aria, and you will never know how much you achieved in other people’s lives through the way you walked this journey. I wish you strength and courage as you begin what will be new lives for you and Asher.

  230. Charlotte says:

    Anita, Hamish and Asher, more than ever my love and prayers go out to you today. Thank you for sharing with us the life of your beautiful wee Aria.

    Matthew 19:14
    Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

  231. Kathie Hands says:

    Rest In Peace precious little Aria, your long journey is over, our love and thoughts are with your family, and the road they must now travel without you. Kia kaha.

  232. Maria & Wayne says:

    Our Deepest sympathies x x x x x

  233. Shirley smith says:

    My deepest sympathy,love and prayers are with you all. remember “underneath are the everlasting arms” to hold you up and comfort and love you.
    Matthew 13:43 “The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their father.”

  234. Ann, Michael, Heather & Mia Harkins says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Aria and yourselves have been such an inspiration to us all. Aria will never be forgotten. She will live on in all our hearts. Much love and prayers to your family xxxxxx

  235. Kathryn says:

    Rest in peace beautiful Aria.You were so very brave and such a big inspiration to so many people. Anita, Hamish and Asher, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God comfort you and grant you strength for the days ahead x

  236. Johnston Family says:

    RIP beautiful little Aria. Your courage and fighting spirit were such an inspiration to us all & will not be forgotten.

    Anita, Hamish, Asher & family our thoughts and prays are with you at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. May you continue to find comfort in your faith and in knowing that you did everything humanly possible for Aria. Aria was blessed to have such a fantastic loving family.

    Aria touched so many people in her short life.

  237. Lena davis says:

    My thoughts are with you at this time. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all xox

  238. Yvonne RRN says:

    Just had to come back after seeing the newsclip on TV 1 a few hours ago. Omigosh just look at the number of comments & the number is bound to increase. It will take you days to read thru them all!
    This just goes to show what a tireless little worker sweet Aria was & is. Besides fighting her own battle she has ministered to & inspired so many in just 5 short years.
    How can one achieve so much in such a short time??? WELL ARIA HAS.
    She will live forever in the hearts of so many.

    Anita, Hamish & Asher you must be so proud of your sweet little daughter & sister…not to forget her extended family who loved her & still do so much.

    Safe travels as you all return home & am sure the airport will be bursting at the seams to welcome home one very special family

    Love to all

  239. aleisha says:

    our thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time, what a strong and brave girl you had she was beautiful. :) . rest in peace Aria.

  240. Gwyn says:

    Thank you so much for letting your story be known. We have laughed with you, cried with you and prayed with you for a number of years now. Aria has indeed touched so many people’s lives and she will never be forgotten. What a gorgeous little girl. We will continue to pray for you. Sending you a big hug from Miriam and family.

  241. jenny says:

    I have prayed that your little girl would be okay. It is with great sadness i am reading of her passing. My deepest symapthies are with you at this time. Aria was an amazing little girl who endured so much but had so much strength courage and you as parents are an inspiration and your courage and the love you had for her was amazing. No words can express what you must be feeling at this time and i can only tell you you are not alone in your grief. May you take comfort in the words of others. Take Care x

  242. Victoria says:

    Never thought I would open the e-mail and see the words.!Sending our New Zealand Aroha, and hope you feel all the love shining out to your family from eveyone here. We will be here waiting to help when you need us.x

  243. Trish McQueen says:


  244. Ruth says:

    Such a beautilful post Anita, and such a sadness for you, Hamish and Asher at this time. Allow the love and warmth of your faith and your family and friends support and embrace you all, and you will get through these dark days. Aria was a ‘trooper’ and although she had such a broken little body, she the had the very best parents to love her and care for her.

  245. Maria says:

    What a beautiful post Anita! Feeling very sad for you, Hamish and Asher, but happy that Aria is no longer suffering. Praying for you in all the things that you have to do over the coming days.

  246. Helma says:

    We are weeping and rejoicing with you. Aria had stolen our hearts. Five wonderful years of hardship and blessedness. But not only the child , we admire the parents and brother too. The Lord has given you the grace and stength to care for her with great faith. The words of your blog today are so beautiful, thank you Lord for such a testimony. We will continu to pray for you! With lots of love The Sonnevelds.

  247. Rachael NZ says:

    So saddened to hear of Aria’s passing, and it is hard to know what to say that can bring you comfort at this time. Anita I have checked in on your blog from time to time, I am privledged to have met your beautiful wee girl when you brought her in to visit us at Tip Top and remember that day well, she was a delightful little baby. Seems like an eternity ago that we worked together there.
    Thank you for sharing Aria’s story with the world, you have so eloquently expressed your feelings as you kept us up to date with her progress. You have touched so many people and I have been constantly in awe of your faith and strength to keep on fighting for your little angel, you are an inspiration to parents everywhere. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that Aria is not suffering anymore and you will be reunited with her again one day. I also hope that you’ll continue to share your journey here for a while and allow everyone to support you in the coming months as you adjust; as the comments here show, you are surrounded by love in the midst of your grief. Hugs, Rachael

  248. Linda Crosbie says:

    Dear Anita, Asher, Hamish and extended family. From your team at Fisher & Paykel Finance Ltd we send our prayers and love to you on the days ahead. You valiantly fought for your little angel Aria and you can be so proud that you gave Aria every fighting chance for continued life. Our hearts are heavy for you as you now take a different journey ahead. You will now look to honour Arias life and I know you will find treasured ways to celebrate Arias life. Much love xxxx

  249. JanR says:

    No words…only love

  250. iliganoa says:

    Papa thank you for healing Princess Aria, and now please carry Anita, Hamish and Ashe and family safely back home. Praise you Papa amen, amen, amen.

  251. Robert (husband of Nikki) says:

    For a long time now, the name Aria McDonald has been part of our daily lives. We are not related to your family, we don’t even really know you personally, but we have daily been looking for updates on what has been happening with wee Aria, ever since my wife first heard of her plight, long before you left for the USA. You have all been in our thoughts and in our hearts, and that will not fade since her passing. We hope to meet you in person one day, perhaps at a memorial service for Aria, and share with you how much your daughter has meant to us, how she has touched our lives, even though we didn’t know you previously. Rest in peace, little Aria.

  252. Solangel Vargas says:

    Love and hugs your way may god bless your family from one transplant family too another.

  253. lorraine says:

    Anita Hamish and Asher my heart goes out to you all as you prepare to farewell your beautiful Aria.
    She was such a fighter and a mountain climber and amazingly strong and full of life. She knew the love of two amazing parents who spared nothing to seek the help she needed, and the love and support of her brother and all who met her were captivated by her beautiful spirit. She touched many lives and hearts and this world is a better place because Aria was was here with us. I imagine her now with her angel wings dancing and singing in heaven
    Holding you all in my heart as you return home.

  254. Nikki (wife of Robert) says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish and Asher, since just before your departure for the States, I have followed your blog, commenting only occasionally. But Aria has been very much a part of our household, as I logged on daily to check on her progress, sharing the news, good and bad, with my husband (Robert, above). I grieve with you and for you today, and I am so very sorry to learn of your loss.

    Aria and yourselves have been on a journey only few can ever imagine. As an adult, who is disabled, I could not imagine enduring some of what Aria did. I could not help but admire your strength, and the amazing forbearance of your little girl.

    Aria, you have touched mine and my husband’s hearts. We are so in awe of you, little girl, and we will never forget you. x

    Bless you, MacDonald family. May you find the strength to cope in the days ahead. Know that tears are being shed and prayers are being offered all over the country, and indeed in many parts of the world, for you and for Aria tonight.

  255. Ann Simpson says:

    Dear Anita, Angus and Asher thinking of you all at this sad time. Though I never had the opportunity to meet Aria I feel I knew her so well through reading your blogs daily. I have very mixed feelings of loss for you and pride in you as such loving parents and more love than can express. God bless you and take care. Love always Ann

  256. Tarryn says:

    Aria lived an incredibly courageous 5 years and touched more hearts than the average adult. Rest in the arms of Jesus little one.

  257. Mary DeGennaro says:

    Anita, Hamish & Asher, I shed tears as I read the news of sweet little Aria. I have followed the blog for quite a while and was so inspired by the strength all of you showed, particularly little Aria. Sweet, sweet girl, what a joyful day it will be when you are all reunited!!! I will be praying for you as you walk through the coming days, I know it will be incredibly hard. So grateful that you will be surrounded by loving family and friends, and the Lord himself who understands your sorrow.

  258. Lee from NZ says:

    Our thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family.
    Aria was a brave & beautiful wee soul.Kia Kaha.

  259. Jo says:

    Alittle angel sleeps after a good fight within the gentle hands of our saviour. Rest in peace dear Aria, thank you for sharing your special journey, we have all shared your love, inspired by your courage and your fight for life. Now rest and enjoy the happiness in heaven….xxxx

  260. Cousins Kathleen & Anita says:

    Reaching out across the miles to hug you. How we look forward to seeing Aria in total perfection when we meet together in Heaven.
    Love you lots and lots xxxx

  261. Erin says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish there were words I could say that would take your pain away, but I know there aren’t. Thinking of all of you. Hugs and prayers.

  262. Ed & Laurie Dexter says:

    So sorry for your loss. Can not imagine your loss of sweet little Aria! Our kids have kept us informed of all of Aria’s ups and downs. God is treasuring your little treasure that is indeed loved by all!
    Our prayers for you all and the great church family you have will all miss Aria too.

  263. caoimhe meehan says:

    May God give you all the strength you need in the times ahead. I am so very sorry for the loss of ur amazing little girl. May you find comfort in knowing that she is in a place free of the plights of this world and free of pain.

    Rest in peace little princess. Xxx

  264. Valerie Kolb says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Fly high, Angel Aria!

  265. ngareta williams says:

    rest in peace sweet angel..

  266. John Cherrington says:

    Anita, Hamish, Your love and dedication as the parents of Aria is truely inspirational. Aria was such a little fighter and full of courage. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  267. Jane says:

    My Love to you Anita, Hamish, Asher and your families.
    Praying that our Prince of Peace will enfold you in his Love and Comfort: that our Wonderful Counselor will give you wisdom and strength for the next part of the journey.
    Praying that Jesus will minister to Asher in a special way.
    Praying for and sending love to the medical teams. Knowing that your testimony and assurance at this time will continue to express Jesus to them I pray resulting in their salvation.
    Thank you Jesus that your will for Aria’s life has been gloriously accomplished here on earth as it was in Heaven.
    Anita I celebrate your gift of words to be able to express yourelf so eloquently in this time of sorrow and throughout your journey.
    Looking forward to meeting you one day.
    Kia Kaha dear ones.

  268. Janina says:

    God bless you all at this time, and we know God will be lovingly holding your daughter with hugs and cuddles till you all meet again. What a touching and very moving experience this has been, and through it all little Aria has had smiles non stop. Thank you so much for sharing this with us all, much love and aroha to you and your family.
    Janina and family

  269. Susan Keam says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish, Asher, grandparents uncles aunts and cousins,
    Thinking of you in these difficult times and praying that God will give you blessed comfort and peace. Aria was a special little girl, who touched the hearts of many people worlwide, and through her life and struggle you as a family have been able to share your faith, hopes, happy days and dark days while always trusting in the God who entrusted Aria to you.

    The LORD bless you
    and keep you;
    the LORD make his face shine upon you
    and be gracious to you;
    the LORD turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”

  270. Susan Keam says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish, Asher, grandparents uncles aunts and cousins,
    Thinking of you in these difficult times and praying that God will give you blessed comfort and peace. Aria was a special little girl, who touched the hearts of many people worlwide, and through her life and struggle you as a family have been able to share your faith, hopes, happy days and dark days while always trusting in the God who entrusted Aria to you.

    The LORD bless you
    and keep you;
    the LORD make his face shine upon you
    and be gracious to you;
    the LORD turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”

  271. Leanne says:

    I have followed Aria’s progress from the first transplant and I want to express my sorrow to you Anita and Hamish, and Asher, and thank you for sharing your most special moments with everyone along the way. I am thinking of you all and feel sadness for your loss but celebrate with you that Aria has gone to a better place and you will meet again. You are fantastic parents and an inspiration to other young couples – your devotion to Aria has been just amazing and you are very special people. God bless.

  272. Rob says:

    I cant stop crying ever since i found out, you have my sincerest condolences, i am so sorry for your loss
    rest in peace sweetheart, and warm hugs for the parents

  273. Sharon Quay says:

    Aria, you have touched my heart and the heart of so many others. May you now rest peacefully little angel. Sending loads of love and hugs to the family xxx

  274. Raylene Mathew says:

    Anita and Hamish. How sad to hear this news you are both such wonderful people and you had a very special little person.
    Love and Hugs Raylene

  275. Darshna says:

    God may give peace to soul of Aria.
    My heart goes out for you Anita and Hamish- God bless you.

  276. Karyn says:

    My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family. Aria was such a beautiful and brave little girl, her story touched our lives and I was so very sad to hear of her passing.

  277. Nick&Ana says:

    Love and light to you Aria, and your inspirational family.
    You are in a good place now.

  278. Nigel Burrell says:

    I am so very, very sorry to learn that your precious and beautiful little Aria has passed to The Lord. Fly high sweet girl. Praying for you all as you mourn your earthly loss. May God give you the strength that you need to get through this testing time. All the best from the U.K.

    love, Nigel XXX

  279. Alison says:

    Heartbroken. Know that you and your family are surrounded with God’s love and peace. Thank you for sharing Aria’s life with us all and pray that your gut-wrenching loss and pain will ease day by day.
    Love to you all.

  280. Anon. says:

    Have followed your story since seeing you on the Attitude program. While I am not of any particular religion Aria’s story gave me faith in the human spirit. Was very sad to read of her passing and my thoughts and best wishes go out to your family.

  281. Kathy _ Rotorua says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of little Aria, she was such a strong little girl, thank yous for sharing Arias life with us. Our love and thoughts are with yous.

  282. Leeann Morton says:

    Quiet tears today for a wee girl I never met and a family I don’t know personally. You have shared this journey with complete strangers and thank you for that. Your beautiful beautiful wee girl, who will have taught you so much and has taught so many people about life and love. But also, how lucky was she to have parents such as you, who really made sure each precious moment counted. You really did literally go to the ends of the earth for her – it reminds me of the book “How much do you love me?” and you certainly loved her to moon and back, to the other side of the world and back. My heart goes out to you as you come to grips with your loss. I hope it is a comfort to know that she and you have touched many many lives as you walked this unbelievably difficult path. She will never be forgotten. Much love for the weeks, and months ahead. xxx

  283. Johnny says:

    WOW, I really hoped Aria would pull through, she gave an amazing fight, she was so strong, now she suffers no more. Our heavy hearted Condolence’s go to all of Aria’ family. In the future years we wish Anita, Hamish and Asher much happyness together after your time of morning. Love and Best Wishes.

  284. Kiwi Carole says:

    My heart aches for you Anita, Hamish and little Asher. After feeling a part of your family for so long & following Aria’s progress every day it’s very traumatic for me. But I KNOW that you and I WILL see her again with God where she has gone to live, in a world of pure unconditional love and brilliant light, joy and healing where there is no evil and pain.
    Sending prayers of love and comfort to the family at this time, you are amazing brave wonderful Kiwis & I was proud to know you through your journey.
    Kiwi Carole. Florida

  285. joyce& eddie says:

    MAy our Lord wrap His loving arms around you and give you His abundant comfort and may you rest in His peace knowing your lottle one is with Him,Joyce & Eddie

  286. Lester says:

    Little Aria, my heart broke when I heard of your passing, yet I know that you are now in the bossom of our Lord…smile on, lovely Aria, and captivate all in your new dwelling place.

    Hamish and Anita, I commend you on your faith and trust in the Lord, even in the face of the adversity you have faced. He will be with you now and always…

  287. Leeann says:

    John Tavener’s song is perfect :

    Alleluia. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
    Alleluia. Remember me, o Lord, when you come into your kingdom.
    Alleluia. Give rest, o Lord, to your handmaid who has fallen asleep.
    Alleluia. The Choir of Saints have found the well-spring of life and door of paradise.
    Alleluia. Life : a shadow and a dream.
    Alleluia. Weeping at the grave creates the song : Alleluia.
    Alleluia. Come, enjoy the rewards and crowns I have prepared for you.

  288. Dianna says:

    Hi there Im so so sorry for your loss. I didnt know Aria but I did watch your battle on TV. My thoughts are with you all. Be brave

  289. Kay and Tom says:

    My heart is heavy for you in the loss of your precious Aria. This little girl has touched the lives of more people than you can imagine. She was privileged to have such wonderful, faithful parents as you. Praise God that you have His promise that you will see your little one again someday and that she now rests, safe in the arms of Jesus. Thank you for sharing her with us through your blog and thru fellowship with us through church in Bellevue. You will continue to be in my prayers – and yes, even in the middle of the night! You are loved so much.

  290. Olivia(Wellington, NZ) says:

    I have followed Aria’s story for a few years now and was shellshocked to hear of her passing last night. I am 17 and have never seen such a beautiful little girl as her. Last night whilst in bed i wrote this down and hope Anita and Hamish you will read this one day,soon.
    Today I read some of the saddest news yet. Little Aria MacDonald had lost her fight for life in America, her battle now over. I have been following Aria’s journey for a few years now, reading and watching as she battled each new obstacle with courage and determination to fight on. I don’t know if it was because this special girl was a fallow New-Zealander or it was her courageous journey but there was just something about her and her family that touched me. After fighting through two multiple organ transplants, post transplant cancer and numerous infections, the last infection, as much as she tried Aria could just not overcome it. But, we all know that Aria is at peace now with the Lord above, free of pain and suffering where she will enjoy her afterlife and be waiting for her mummy, daddy and little brother to join her again, one day. Aria’s parents;Anita and Hamish are two very remarkable people who have shared their daughter’s journey and experiences, whether they have been good ones or bad, with New-Zealand and the world. I am truly grateful that I got to be apart of this. Aria has touched and changed many lives for the better. As I lay in bed and write this, I am blessed to be healthy, to have the ability to eat and drink and do normal daily activities, something Aria struggled to do. Each night for the passed few years, I have prayed to Lord that he would watch over Aria’s family and he would help her fight on so she could live a normal, happy and healthy life but at the same time free her from pain and suffering. Aria has defined the odds and given her family and New-Zealand 5 beautiful years. Aria’s medical team both here in New-Zealand and especially in America have worked so hard to help Aria and will forever hold her in their hearts. Aria is at peace now with the Lord, with all her other little friends she has lost along the way as she has continued to soldier on. I am still in a state of disbelief as just a few weeks earlier things had been looking so good for Aria, her 5th birthday which you reached, Disneyland but it looked as if she was really winning her battle . But I am also at peace that Aria no longer has to suffer , she can dance and sing with the angels now and her family can be blessed they have a guardian angel watching over them from above. The MacDoanlds are one, truly amazing family who will always have that one special little girl. Aria, be at peace now, your job is now done, you have changed our lives. So, you can now rest peacefully knowing it was a job well done. You can now watch over your family with no pain or sorrow knowing that you will meet them again one day. Thank- you for being apart of my life, so go now sweet-heart, thank you for all you have done, be with the angels where you can sing, dance and play and we will all meet you again one day. Sleep tight little one.
    I would just like to finish with a short poem that means so much:
    In tears I saw you sinking,
    I watched you fade away.
    You suffered so much in silence,
    You fought so hard to stay.
    You faced your task with courage.
    Your spirit did not bend ,
    and still you kept on fighting until the very end.
    God saw you getting tired.
    When a cure was not to be.
    So he put his arms around you and whispered “come to me”.
    So when I saw you sleeping so peacefully, free from pain,
    I could not wish you back
    to suffer that again.

    Thoughts are with you Anita, Hamish, Asher and all Aria’s family, friends and medical teams. I wish I could read this above poem to you and be there to celebrate Aria’s life but I guess that what happens when you are in another city.
    From Olivia, 17 years (Wellington,NZ)

  291. Judy Palmer says:

    Safe in the arms of Jesus little Aria. Though we will all miss you, you are now healed fully as we have all prayed for. Take heart Anita, Hamish, Asher and all your family that you will one day be with her again. I continue to pray for you all at this sad time of parting. May God bless you, Judy.

  292. Renee says:

    Rest in peace little Aria. No more pain, no more anguish and heartaches. Rest now in Jesus arms and leave it all to Him. He will take care of you and your loving parents and heal their hearts of this sorrow.
    To the parenst of Aria, you have done your best. Hats off to you !!!You have set an example of what a parents love should be for their children in the true biblical way. You have carried the pain and heartache with you for the last 5 years never once giving up regardless of how herculean the task seemed. God has relieved Aria now and although you will miss the scent of her body, miss the feel of her touch she will be there with you in spirit and rid of all the aches and pain and pokes. She is smiling at you, an angel and will bless you for the short life of trouble you lived with her, faithful to the end. God bless your family. We feel your pain and be assured we are with you to support you.

  293. Maree says:

    Thanku so much for sharing Aria`s story with us all, may u all be at peace and have a safe journey home. Told Arias story to my class today.

  294. Kathleen O'Neill says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

  295. Brenda says:

    Im so sorry for your loss, she was such fighter and a brave wee girl! She will be the brightest shinning star! Thinking of you all.

  296. Bhavna Patel NZFpf says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Hamish & Anita n all your loved ones. God bless xx

  297. Missie says:

    I’m so glad God made a family like yours. You have taught us all so much about faith, love, committment, strength and full dependance on Him. God is good, all the time. May you grieve and know that He is Lord. Thank you for your example. Love you all. I’m sure God had a Disney World waiting just for Aria in heaven.
    Love from the Macphersons

  298. Lisa says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May your beautiful little girl rest in peace! Our thoughts are with you Hamish, Anita and Asher. Your such a brave and wonderful family. God bless.

  299. Laura says:

    May these verses bring you comfort: “The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For the godly who die will rest in peace.” Isaiah 57:1-2, (the Bible).

  300. H Wilkie says:

    So sad to hear our couragous battler has passed. How she touched my life is amazing, I love you Aria can’t wait to meet you in Glory! Hamish, Anita and mighty we Asher may you find comfort in the Lord and your amazing family and friends. Thanks for sharing your lives your have touched many.

  301. Emma Abrahams says:

    Goodbye sweet Aria! You have been such a blessing on this earth.

  302. Jacinta says:

    Aria you are free – your memory and life will live on in your wonderful family! Thoughts and prayers for you all during this sad time x

  303. Renee says:

    Anita & Hamish What a wonderful example of true Christian lives. Inspite of all the hardships you have held Aria close and suffered her illness with her. Your faith has touched the lives of so many who have known Aria’s case. God will reward you in His own way for not only have you followed His command obediently in treating Aria but you have drawn so many so close to Him. In the midst of your grief be consoled that Aria’s spirit now soars free from suffering. My daughter did have partial Hirschsprungs disease and she too battled many a course of treatment and surgeries in the early two years of life and I know how captivating it can be to battle with illness. May Aria’s legacy live on much after her in her family. May God bless you at this time of deep grief as losing an innocent child is the hardest of all.

  304. Kristin says:

    RIP Aria MacDonald. Your struggles are now over but you will never be forgotten by all the families who battle this terrible disease every day.

    Much love and support to your family and friends who you have left behind – what unbearable and unimaginable grief they must be experiencing :(

  305. Sven says:

    I read about Aria’s passing on Emerson’s blog – I am deeply sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, beautiful little Aria.

  306. Kathyh says:

    I am so sorry for the passing of your little warrior, I will keep all in my prayers. I hope that PEACE finds you!

  307. Jo says:

    It’s 2am Auckland time and I haven’t been to sleep yet. Have you guys on my heart, praying for you as the reality of all of this hits your tired bodies. Praying about all the arrangements you are making.

    Realised today the huge network of people you have been with in the USA and leaving them is going to be hard. I think of the amazing transplant team, ICU nurses and doctors, Moms and Dads of other kids you have loved, and local church over there. I pray for you guys as you start to say good byes to these amazing folk.

    I pray that you feel loved and supported as you re-enter your life back in NZ. I pray that you will be allowed time to physically recharge and recover from all the sleepless nights. I pray that the Lord will outpour his richest blessings on you all.

    God bless you today in Omaha.

    Love JO

  308. Lily says:

    Your baby now has her wings so she can soar freely … no more pain, just flying free surrounded by peace and love. Our prayers are with you … may God give you strength to get through this difficult time…

  309. Wendy says:

    So sorry for your loss. Aria was such an amazing little person with a brilliant personality. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. I’m so glad that she got the chance to eat & enjoy a bit of life as a kiddie. I will always remember her smile. We’ll be thinking of you and your journey home x

  310. Nikki (wife of Robert) says:

    While I’m thinking of it, can I also spare a thought for the wonderful Dr. Jean Botha. Although he obviously has a lot of sick children in his care, you could tell, I’m sure, that Aria was special to him. More than once, I am sure I saw tears in his eyes while talking about her, and I’ve no doubt he grieves with all of us here.

  311. Lester says:

    No words can express our sorrow and desolation…
    We willed for Aria’s recovery, yet the good Lord has given lovely Aria ultimate redemption…Rest In Peace, our cheerful cherub, until we meet again

  312. Neala says:

    No words, just lots of love. x
    Neala, Ellis & Rowan

  313. Stan (Houston,TX) says:

    Heartbroken here in Texas…have been praying for family for years now. Thank you for your unwavering proclamation of God’s goodness and grace.

  314. Crystal says:

    I just read an article about Aria after randomly finding a link mentioned in someone else’s blog. I couldn’t help but cry after reading all she had to go through and all you and your family had to go through. I’m sincerely sorry for your loss, I’m sure she’s in a nicer place now. RIP little Aria.

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