Raw - Aria MacDonald


Thank you for all the comments and emails and outpouring of love.  We deeply appreciate it.

We are busy packing up in Omaha and preparing to say goodbye to our friends both the hospital and outside.

We are planning to bring Aria back to New Zealand.  Please pray for the logistics of this. We don’t have an idea of flights yet, we obviously want to be on the same flight as her but we are waiting for all the paper work to be started and completed.

Details for a service to celebrate her life will be announced in the next few days once we know when we will be returning home.

Our hearts are so raw and broken, I can’t begin to say.

77 Responses to “Raw”

  1. Marianne says:

    Our prayers are with you. May the Lord be your on-going comfort and strength at this time.

  2. Kelly says:

    We will pray for you and for your efforts to take her home. Our hearts are broken with yours.

  3. Colleen McQueen says:

    My prayers are with you!

  4. Madhu Sharma says:

    My prayers are with you and your family during this tough time. My heart is broken. God will give this family the strength n courage. Look after one another. God bless you all

  5. Alison says:

    Sending you all the strength and love in my heart.

    Ali xoxo

  6. Jill Marshall says:

    You are in our prayers this morning. We will be asking God to sort out all the details so that things go as smoothly as possible, and to give you all you need to get through each minute.

  7. Nicole says:

    Praying the trip home will be as smooth as possible. Love to you all <3

  8. Tiffany says:

    May God hold you in His arms of comfort during this trying time. Aria and her fight for life will not be forgotten.

  9. fiona says:

    Bless you darling people- be kind to yourselves- you need lots of time to get thru this- don’t be rushed by anyone’s expectations- no matter how much we care, we can’t possibly know how you feel

  10. Paul Finlayson says:

    Our hearts, prayers and love go out to you all at this time. We have been reading your posts regularly for a while now and have been upholding you all in prayer. May God’s peace and His Holy Spirit be with you at this time.

  11. Sherry Boyle says:

    I can only imagine what you must be going through. May the thoughts and prayers of many and the hand of God sustain you.

  12. FlakeNoir (NZ) says:

    New Zealand is waiting to welcome you all home. My heart has been breaking over your loss, tears come often each day as Aria finds her way back into my mind. Each new chore throughout the day or night brings to mind how your days and nights must now be. I am so deeply sorry for your hurt.
    I’ll add my prayers that you can all travel home together and that the familiarity of Kiwi ground will aid in your healing.
    (((Anita, Hamish, Asher, family and friends)))

  13. Angela says:

    Thinking of you and praying for God to give you strength to help you over the next few days xxxx

  14. Alison says:

    If you need funds to get back to NZ, please let us know howwe can help.

    Ali xoxo

  15. iliganoa says:

    Praying for your comfort always, Christ is before you, behind you, all around you, inside of you all amen. So sorry love you all!!!!!!!

  16. Trish McQueen says:

    My prayers are with u :)

  17. Carolyn O'Cain says:

    My heart and prayers are with you all. God bless each of you.

  18. Pip says:

    Praying for your continued strength Anita. You and Hamish are strong beyond words. I hope that this part of your journey goes as smoothly as possible. Kia Kaha.

  19. Lisa Robertson says:

    Wish there were something I could do to help you all right now. Sending much love to you x

  20. Susan Keam says:

    Thinking of you; praying for you; crying with you

  21. Raye says:

    Kia Kaha & our thoughts are with you. Thankyou for the priviledge of sharing Arias journey (and yours) with us over the past 5 years. We are absolutely devastated for your immense loss & feel like Aria is one of our own. We have a young family member who underwent a 2nd liver transplant here in NZ the same day you lost Aria but it is hard for us to be rejoicing when you are going through such incredible pain.
    Come home safely knowing you are all loved by so many. God bless you & give you strength in the coming days.

  22. Nyle says:

    Thinking of you all…I am lost for words and so heart broken for you all.

  23. Nigel Burrell says:

    Continuing to pray for you all from the U.K. – I hope you can arrange things so that you can be on the same flight home as Aria. May God grant you strength.

    love, Nigel XXX

  24. Nieske says:

    I feel so sorry for your loss of your daughter and how you guys have been there with your daughter and watch her go through what she has been through. I now a family who have just been through a liver transplant and now we hoping for a good outcome.

    Hope you guys get everything sorted and arrive back in NZ safely without a hassle and you have all the support and love to help you through this hard time.

    Lots of love and peace to your family through this hard time.

  25. Ang says:

    Nothing LOVED and treasured is ever lost…….words are just not enough right now to express how you must be feeling. Thoughts are constantly with you Anita-Hamish and Asher. Rest dear Aria, your battle is now over. Heres praying that our good Lord will make the transition home smooth and peaceful….monuina e fenoga ma Aria kehe kautu he lagi…xx

  26. Susan says:

    our hearts and thoughts are with you all.Sending you all the strength to begin your trip home with your beautiful princess.Wish I had more words to say but none can fill your broken hearts.The lord is your saviour and he will be right beside you every step of the way as he has been.Much love xxx

  27. Marilyn says:

    I feel so sad to hear that we have lost our brave little Aria. Your comments about her having touched so many and changed so many lives are so true as I feel many of us have probably changed for the better after following your journey which has been travelled with so much bravery, courage and faith. I also believe Aria had work to do on earth as she has taught me to pray again and I have done so many times for this little girl and her family and will continue to do so.
    Travel home safe McDonalds – love Marilyn

  28. Emma Abrahams says:

    My prayers are with you all. Blessings.

  29. Jaka says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Aria was an amazing little girl, and I am blessed that I had the privilege to know and help care for her. I will keep you all of you in my prayers.

  30. Peter Thies says:

    It was my privilege to pray for your dear girl as she fought, and it will be my honor to pray for you as you go through this time of loss. Keep holding on to the truth that you know and to the One who comforts us beyond our understanding.

  31. Lauren says:

    Sending our love and our prayers, really feel for you as you try and deal with the million tasks of an international move while you are coping with the loss of your precious girl. xxx

  32. Cousins Kathleen & Anita says:

    So looking forward to seeing you soon. We marvel at God’s timing to be able to see you in NZ.
    We love you so much

  33. Rua says:

    Little Angel Aria has gone to join our Little Angel Lily in Heaven.
    There will be two bright Stars in the sky,shining down.
    Our love and thoughts are with you Anita, Hamish and Asher.Have a safe trip home, our hearts go out to you.
    Rua,Doug,Rachael and Grantxxxx

  34. Cordell & Carol says:

    Been sharing with others how brave Aria was and how hard she worked to fight off the bugs. I’ll say again, “What a trooper she was! We’re anxious to see you again soon and spend some more time before you leave. God’s presence and care during all this planning for your return home.

  35. Bex & Jonno Robinson says:

    Our thoughts are with you and pray that your move and flights home come together. Sending you much love xoxo

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  37. Brooke says:

    I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to try to mourn and organise so much! :( We are praying for you all.

  38. Lena says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear and precious daughter. Words are so inadequate at a time such as this. I hope that you may be able to say with Job “The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken away, Blessed be the Name of the Lord.” May you have a safe journey home, True comfort from above, and strength and courage to carry on.

  39. Bonnette says:

    Praying for the logistics of everything as you prepare to return home. May it be seamless. Love you guys

  40. Angie says:

    Our prayers, thoughts, hugs, and love are with you all. Her life left handprints on people’s hearts around the world.

  41. Joanne says:

    Thinking of you all and praying that everything goes well with your trip home. Sending you lots of love and strength xxx

  42. brad and stephanie says:

    Love to you. Praying for you in your brokenness.

  43. Tammy Morris says:

    I wish I had the right words but they just don’t seem to come. I am so very sorry for your loss. I never had the extreme pleasure to meet this precious girl but I have been following her story for a couple of years now. I have prayed countless times for you all. I will really miss the stories of the cute and funny things she did and said. I will hold those memories dear. I will really miss reading the eloquent updates. Your faith has always amazed me and is something I seek. You have such a way of lifting up everyone who reads it up even while you are depths of your own despair. Thank you for sharing your precious child with us. I will continue to pray for your family. I am heartbroken.
    Most sincerely and with deepest sympathy,
    Tammy Morris and family.

  44. Genevieve says:

    I’m glad she is coming home but it’s heartbreaking that it’s like this. Prayers continue to be with you guys. Sending you so much love. xxx

  45. Tiffany Keller says:

    Anita & Hamish, there are just no words to say how heartbroken we all are for you! Praying that the airlines can gt you on the same flight, & that they can help you take care of the logistics, so you don’t have to worry! I will miss seeing updates on Aria. She was such a brave little girl! Wish I could have met her in person. Praying that you can feel the prayers of many people, & God’s love for you, as you go through the grieving journey! May God Bless you richly!

  46. Hannah says:

    I saw her story on the news on Monday night and my heart broke for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Aria is now an angel in heaven with God.

    R.I.P Aria
    Kia Kaha

  47. Suzanne says:

    Dear MacDonald Family -
    I learned about your precious girl, Aria, today by way of Erika White (on Emerson’s blog). I am so very sorry for your loss and I pray that God will comfort you during this time. I look forward to meeting your angel in Heaven one day and know that she is surely smiling down on you with love and affection.

    God Bless You and Yours,
    Suzanne Ryan
    Longmont, Colorado

  48. jeannie overall says:

    Thank you for letting us all be part of your family and thank you for taking precious time to keep us informed-Although we cannot imagine your heartache unless we have ‘walked in your shoes’, may it comfort you to know there are so many people grieving for you in your loss, and we will continue to pray for you all through the journey ahead. New Zealand is waiting for you to come home to be surrounded by your family and extended family so you can be cared for by them. God bless oyu and bless the arrangements to be made. Love-Jeannie

  49. R od & Margaret says:

    Dear Anita, Hamish & Asher – there are no words adequate to say. Just know we are praying for the Lord to be very close to you all and smoothe the way for yor trip home to New Zealand. Love from us both xxx

  50. Jes says:

    Praying and praying for you. May God continue to hold you close over the next few days and weeks xxx

  51. Roberts family says:

    Thinking of you all. xxx

  52. vinny says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you.

  53. Fiona McNair says:

    Keep us up with what is happening, a huge gap in your lives and our lives as well…….Go well and all the best with settling back into N.Z. change is not easy at times….little Aria will be pleased to come back to Kiwi land…..God bless you all

  54. lisa says:

    Thank you for keeping us updated. You are in my daily prayers and also my daily thoughts. I think about Aria and you constantly. There are no words to describe the heartache I feel, the depth of sorrow. I cannot imagine how dark this must be for you. Know that Aria was loved by thousands all over the world, as you are. She changed the world, she changed people. With your blogs you shared something so special. I will always feel privileged to have been able to read of your journey. Praying you can bring Aria home safely. Love to you all. God bless. xoxoxoxxo

  55. liezel says:

    Dearest Anita, Hamish and Asher

    We are thinking of you and praying for you at this very sad, dark and heartwrenching time. May God’s peace be with you, may His love carry you…on this difficult journey home. You are, and have always been an inspiration to others. Travel safely.

    God bless

  56. Corazon says:

    I know God will bring Aria and your family home. Love and prayers to you all.

  57. Bob (NZ) says:

    A very brave and loving family – an inspiration to us all.
    Aria is now at peace with no more pain.
    Our hearts go out to you all.

  58. Jane says:

    Anita and Hamish, I hear your pain in the blog and I want to say take whatever time you need and whatever space you need to grieve as a family. We all love you and as much as we feel connected with you, please dont feel obligated to us in any way. Rather as a family attend to your needs first. That might mean asking for privacy some times. Love you heaps dear ones. <3

  59. Robin says:

    Beautiful Soul was Aria…..Beautiful Angel is Aria………

  60. Emma says:

    Continuing to think of you all and hold you close. Best wishes for pain free arrangements and safe travels home.

  61. Tina Coleman says:

    Not the way you wanted to go home, but I can only imagine how excited you are to be going home. What mixed feelings–now that you’ve made friends and family here in the US–but really there’s no place like home. Just rest assured there are LOTS of people praying for you guys! I will always remember Aria’s sweet little face on the pictures and her story–she’s touched so many in her short little life. I’m praying extra for Asher, too, as he deals with this at his tender age. Just hang in there and know we love you!
    Much love coming your way. God will see you through to the other side.

  62. Taryn says:

    You are all on my heart and mind. I pray for you all throughout the day, thankful that Aria is with Jesus and so sad that you are here without her. I’ll be praying for the logistics of your flight to work out easily and quickly, so you can join your family in NZ. I pray you feel the love of your “family” here in the US as well.

  63. Colleen McQueen says:

    Thinking of yo all the time… My heart is so broken for you!! Please know you are in my prayers!!!

    Hugs from NY

  64. Bex says:

    I am so so sorry. I have been following yours and Aria’s journey since I was out in NZ working with Redeemer Pres last year. Thank you for sharing your story. My thoughts and prayers are with you all the time.
    God bless xx

  65. Raylene says:

    Love and kind thoughts xxx

  66. Toni says:

    Deepest love to you all. My heart goes out to you for all you have endured. What an incredibly beautiful little girl you were blessed to have in your lives. May your journey home go well. Kia Kaha. xoxox

  67. Christine Blake says:

    We are all thinking of you at this time. You love and thoughts are with you xxx

  68. Jessica Hilliard says:

    I found Aria’s story a year ago as I searched the web. We were considering a multivisceral transplant for our daughter who has mitochondrial disease, and went into intestinal failure at age 2. Aria’s bright smile on your homepage touched my heart immediately, as did your obvious faith in the Lord. I have followed her story off and on through Emmerson’s blog, and am so very very sad to hear of the long sorrowful journey that lies ahead for your family. My own child was not a candidate for transplant (too many other body systems failing) and after a long 2 years in the hospital, was placed on hospice care 10 days ago. We share the same anticipation that she will finally be liberated from her broken earthly body and made perfectly whole, free to run and dance (which she could never do) in the presence of the Lord. But, I know that for those left behind, the path with be very rocky. I am praying for God’s faithful love to cover both of our families during this difficult time.

  69. Bland family says:

    Waiting to welcome you home, in prayer and with love. May God give you strength and peace in this time of immense pain. May you feel His love and care in all our love and care; may you be comforted. All our love X

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  71. Bex says:

    “No weeping, No hurt or pain, No suffering, you hold me now, you hold me now.
    No darkness, No sick or lame, No hiding, You hold me now, your hold me now” Hillsong United – You hold me now.

    Praying so much for you guys, and especially for your journey home at the moment

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  73. Kerryn Christensen says:

    I’ve just heard the news, and feel so so sad. LOVE to you, and may you know God’s arms carrying you.

  74. Terri Killip says:

    Hamish and Anita; it will get better. It will all get better.

  75. Sara says:

    kia kaha

  76. Uncle B says:

    always good to have family back in the hood. Blessed be His name

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