SAVANNAH ROSE BATES WAS WANTED IN OUR LIVES. THE VERY SECOND WE FOUND OUT, WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. WE FIRST TOLD OUR PARENTS, THEN EVERYONE ELSE. AFTER THAT, WE STARTED PLANNING. WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WE WERE HAVING YET, BUT WE WERE STILL EXCITED.
THE FIRST TIME WE HEARD THE HEART BEAT, WE HAD A BIG SMILE ON OUR FACES. THAT'S WHEN WE REALLY KNEW SOMETHING WAS GROWING INSIDE ME. SOMETHING SPECIAL IN OUR LIVES. SOMETHING WE KNEW WOULD CHANGE OUR LIVES FOREVER.
A COUPLE MONTHS LATER, WE MADE AN APPOINTMENT FOR AN ULTRA SOUND. THE BABY WAS SO STUBBORN THE LEGS WE CROSSED, SO WE COULDN'T FIND OUT JUST YET WHAT THE BABY WAS.
DURING MY PREGNANCY, I HAD TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL MANY TIMES. NOT BECAUSE THE BABY WAS IN TROUBLE, BUT BECAUSE THE BABY WAS SO BIG SHE HURT ME. I WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM ONE NIGHT OVER A KIDNEY INFECTION. THAT NIGHT, WE FOUND OUT WE WERE HAVING A GIRL. FROM THAT MOMENT ON WE KNEW WE WERE VERY LUCKY.
SHE CRAVED MANY THINGS. FROM TACO BELL, TO CEREAL. OH DID SHE LOVE CEREAL. ALL KINDS OF CEREAL. AND I ALWAYS MUNCHED ON ICE, AND BOY DID IT BUG PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY THE DADDY.
AUGUST 23,2008 WAS THE DAY OF OUR BABY SHOWER. BOY WAS THERE A LOT OF PEOPLE THERE. THE SECOND WE SAW ALL THOSE PEOPLE THERE, WE KNEW SHE WAS SPECIAL IN MORE PEOPLES LIVES THEN OURS. WE WERE VERY GREATFUL. THEN WE WERE THINKING ONE MORE MONTH AND SHE WILL BE HERE, FINALLY.
SEPTEMBER 21ST CAME AND WE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TO GET CHECKED OUT. THAT WAS MY DUE DATE. WHILE I WAS GETTING CHECKED OUT, THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A HEARTBEAT. THEY COULDN'T FIND IT!! THEY EVEN LOOKED FOR IT THROUGH TWO ULTRA SOUND SCREENS. STILL NO HEARTBEAT. THE SECOND WE FOUND OUT THE BAD NEWS, WE STARTED CRYING. WE CALLED OUR FAMILIES UP, AND THE SECOND WE TOLD THEM, THEY WERE ON THERE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL. IT FELT LIKE NOTHING BUT A DREAM. A BIG LONG, SCARY DREAM.
I WAS IN LABOR FOR A LONG TIME. I DIDN'T EVEN FEEL MY CONTRACTIONS UNTIL THE SECOND THEY BROKE MY WATER.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 AT 7:54 P.M. SHE WAS BORN. SHE WAS 8 POUNDS, 1 OUNCE, AND 20 1/2 INCHES LONG. SHE WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL WE HAVE EVER LAID EYES ON. SHE LOOKED JUST LIKE HER DADDY WITH HER MOMMY'S HAIR COLOR AND LONG HANDS. AFTER I DELIVERED HER, ALL OF THE FAMILY GOT TOGETHER IN THE ROOM AND WE ALL HELD HER. SHE WAS IN THERE FOR A GOOD COUPLE HOURS. THEN WE SAID OUR GOODBYES.
THE FUNERAL WAS ON OCTOBER 1ST. MAN DID SHE LOOK BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL. IT WAS THE HARDEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES TO LET GO OF OUR CHILD. BUT WE KNOW SHE'S IN A BETTER PLACE WERE WE NO SHE WILL NEVER GET HURT OR SCARED.
HE HAS A LOVING FAMILY. MANY AUNTS AND UNCLES, GRANDMA'S AND GRANDPA'S, COUSIN'S, GODPARENTS AND THE BEST PARENTS. WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU PRINCESS AND THINK OF YOU EVERYDAY.
Grandma Sherri & Grandpa Bryan
Our Little Princess....Too Perfect for Earth.
To our granddaughter Savannah,
You are gone from our arms, but not from our hearts.
We will miss you daily but you are forever in our hearts.
Some people only dream of angels,
we held one in our arms.
There is a link death cannot severe,
love and remembrance last forever.
Savannah Rose Bates
Ten tiny fingers upon your little hand,
Ten dainty toes on your feet to help you to stand,
I look into your sleeping face and my heart is filled with love,
How can something so beautiful now be an Angel above?
Your eyelashes so long upon your sweet face,
No one will ever take your place,
The joy we all waited for is now replaced by tears,
The numbness, the heartache, along with all our fears,
I want to hold you in my arms and never let you go,
My darling grandbaby, how I love you so,
A part of me went with you the day you were called home,
I feel that my world has stopped and I feel so much alone,
I gently place you down for one last time,
Tears are on my face as I whisper, "I Love You, Little Princess",
Without you I am nothing, and never will be again,
All I feel is heartache and a huge, huge pain,
My darling angel you will be loved and missed every single day,
Goodbye is to final a word for me to ever say,
God only gave you to us to borrow,
Loved today, yesterday and for all the tomorrows.
Love your, Grandma Sherri Speer
Rest In Peace our “Little Angel”
I held you in my arms for a little while,
You will remain in my Heart forever.
I Love You,
I looked in the face of an Angel.
My niece, Savannah Rose, will remain in my Heart forever.
I love you,
I held an Angel in my arms.
I’ll never got to see your precious face;
or whisper words to make you feel safe.
I’ll never get to hear you cry.
I’ll never get a chance to rock you,
I'll never get a chance to hold you tight
when you can't sleep at night
I’ll never get to fall asleep with you in my arms,
all bundled in a blanket to keep you warm
I'll never get to hear you laugh and giggle
or see your little toes wiggle.
I’ll never get to see you grow into a toddler, a little girl.
I’ll never got a chance to kiss your precious face,
I’ll never get a chance to scold you.
I’ll never get a chance to bathe you.
Or tell you that Great-Grandma loves you.
There are many things I’ll never get to do,
but the hardest thing is not being with you or your Mommy.
I’ll forever love you and have you in my heart.
Our Savannah, too perfect for Earth.
God wanted another Rose in Heaven’s Garden, so God chose our
I love you,
Great-Grandma Beverly Ribaudo
MOMMY, PLEASE DON'T CRY... A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL CARRIED ME HERE! I MET JESUS , MOMMY! HE CRADLED ME IN HIS ARMS. HE MADE ME FEEL SO HAPPY INSIDE. MOMMY, PLEASE DON'T CRY... HEAVEN IS WONDERFUL! DID YOU KNOW THE STREETS ARE MADE OF GOLD? REAL GOLD! I HAVE LOTS OF FRIENDS, MOMMY. WE RUN AND PLAY, WE GIGGLE AND LAUGH. I CANT WAIT TO SHOW YOU MY SECRET HIDEOUTS! MOMMY, PLEASE DON'T CRY... WHEN I FALL IT DOESN'T HURT! THERE ARE NO TEARS IN HEAVEN. I'VE MET A MAN NAMED NOAH. HE TOLD ME ABOUT HIS BIG BOAT, AND ALL THE ANIMALS, AND THE VERY FIRST RAINBOW. HAVE YOU HEARD OF NOAH, MOMMY ? MOMMY, PLEASE DON'T CRY... WE HAVE LOTS OF PARTIES HERE; WITH STREAMERS AND HATS, AND THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER! WHEN IT'S TIME TO REST, ANGELS TUCK US IN. I NEVER GET SCARED MOMMY, THERE IS NO DARKNESS HERE! JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF HEAVEN. MOMMY , PLEASE DON'T CRY.... THE ANGELS ARE ALWAYS SINGING. I LOVE TO SING WITH THE ANGELS! YOU'D BE PROUD OF ME, I HAVE A PRETTY GOOD VOICE. I MUST HAVE GOTTEN IT FROM YOU. THERE IS A RIVER, MOMMY, IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GARDEN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE... AND A HUGE TREE WITH YUMMY FRUIT.
Chrissy & Richard Palacio
I was given an angel to cherish and love,
So tiny, so perfect, a gift from above.
When I looked at her face it was calmness I found
And that peace seemed to spread to all she was around.
Her love touched my heart like fine threads of spun gold
And I thanked God for giving this angel to hold.
But I did not know then that time was my foe
And too soon, with a whisper, my angel would go.
My heart almost breaking, a touch soft as lace
Seemed to wipe at the hurt as it coursed down my face.
I still have my angel to cherish and love,
Those gold threads now shimmer from Heaven above.
And though I can't see her or cuddle her tight,
I won't say goodbye, Little Angel, goodnight
Uncle Michael will hold and watch over our Angel for eternity.
Savannah Rose safe in Uncle Michael's arms.
Since we were in Oklahoma and unable to attend the services for Savannah in California, we went to the most beautiful place in Eufaula, Lake Eufaula. It was a beautiful day. One balloon got away first and raced to Savannah. Before the services started at the cemetary in California, Chris called his mom and Sherri put her cell phone on speaker. Danni (my sister) said a prayer and then we released the balloons. The rest of the balloons danced in the sky. Chris, Lorraine, Ryan, Aunt Danni and me watched the balloons form a Rose and then a Heart. They danced across the sky. It was so beautiful and very touching. We watched them until we could no longer see them. We love you Savannah.
Uncle Chris, Aunt Lorraine, Cousin Ryan, Great-Aunt Danni, and Great-Grandma Beverly