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. Roberts family says:

    Thinking of you all. xxx

  2. vinny says:

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Corazon says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Robin says:

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

  10. Emma says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Raylene says:

    Love and kind thoughts xxx

  16. 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

  17. Christine Blake says:

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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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  21. 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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  23. 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.

  24. Terri Killip says:

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

  25. Sara says:

    kia kaha

  26. Uncle B says:

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

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