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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Little Shelbi 2002-2008


On Wednesday morning I was informed that one of my students had passed away due to a sudden illness. I was so heartbroken to hear the news not only because she was one of my dear first graders, but also because it was so unexpected. Today I attended her funeral. It was such a perfect tribute to such a bright little girl. I too felt as if I had lost a child since I spend everyday with this little girl. Through this trial it is comforting to know that her parents will one day see their little Shelbi again and that I can be comforted through the atonement of Jesus Christ. My prayers are with her wonderful family and hope that they know how blessed I was to have their darling little princess in my class. I love you Shelbi!

16 comments:

Jon and Ashlyn Ellsworth said...

Oh Christie what a precious post! It is so amazing to be a teacher and to be surrounded by Heavenly Father's little angels each day at school!! Everyday I am so thankful for such a wonderful job that I enjoy so much and that I can influence the lifes of others. I am sorry to hear of the loss but I know you were a wonderful person in that little girls life!! Keep smiling!

Lea Billings said...

Christie where did you get this picture? It is beautiful and brings me such wonderful memories of my sweet kindergartner! She was an amazing child of our Heavenly Father and will be missed by many!

Cindi said...

I wish I would have known! I hope you're doing ok. What a year you are having!

swalberg family said...

Christie- this is my friend, Tori's little niece, so I saw it on her blog a couple of days ago. I was wondering if you knew her since she went to Pony Express... I'm so sorry! :( It's so true that you were such a ray of sunshine in her life while she was here!

Natalie Kay said...

I am so so sorry! What a horrible thing to happen to a sweet little girl. I feel bad for you and hope you're doing okay! Love ya!

Ashley and Brett said...

Oh, that's so sad. She's so little! I'm so sorry to hear that. Hope your doing alright. Love you.

ToRi and cReW said...

Wow! It's a small world! I saw you at the viewing and I thought that you were Adams sister, but I didn't know that you were her teacher.

She was a sweet girl. I hope that your class handles this ok.

Rowley's said...

I'm so sorry Christie! That's really heartbreaking. She had the best teacher her last year of life. I am so grateful for our wonderful Savior during times like these. I miss you!

Mathie Fam said...

That is really sad. She looks like such a little angel in that picture! Hope you're doing well!

Marion said...

wow... that would be hard. I am sorry

Tiercy said...

I know Ethan misses Shelbi too. Thanks for handling everything the way you did; I think it was just perfect for Shelbi's classmates. You are awesome!!

Andrea said...

The kids are so blessed to have you for a teacher! I think that you have done an especially good job with them this week.

Marce said...

Lea told me of this, and it made me so sad. I remember Shelbi as such a sweetheart as well. I just can't believe how sudden it was. Hope you're hangin' in there ok- I miss seeing you at Pony!

The Andersens said...

Swals, this is the saddest thing ever! when you told me over the phone i hung up bawled! its times like this that life is really put into perspective. Thank you for your post. Their family will be in all of ours prayers!

The Hunzikers said...

What a horrible thing to have happen! I have always wondered how I would cope if I lost any of my students or former students. How lucky she was to have you as her teacher.

Kristy said...

Oh, Shelbi was you student? Sad story hu? Their family was in our last ward before it split this summer. Her family is amazing! I felt bad I couldn't go to the funeral. Your post to her was very nice.