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This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at www.ChristiThomas.com to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

YouTube Tributes - Remembering Christi

Recently, Eric did a search on YouTube for "christi thomas" and we were amazed to find over 20 different videos of Christi online from our Internet friends. Here are just a few examples, but you can click on the heading to this posting that will take you directly to YouTube and you can see for yourself. Amazing! (I had never seen "Christi and her mommy" before. I actually rejoiced in seeing so many photos of the two of us together; I didn't realize there were that many taken, since I was typically the one behind the camera. Thank you to the sweet angel on earth who put that together for me!! I've been so richly blessed!)

The sweet Miss Jennifer (Kids Cancer Crusade) put together this most lovely tribute of Christi. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks, dear Jennifer!!





Here's another one from the sweet folks at http://www.angelsamongus.org/. Thank you so much!



"At the Request of an Angel"

Yesterday, in Heaven, a sweet angel,
went to our Father's throne.
This angel said, "Dear Lord, tomorrow,
my Mom just can't be left alone!"

The angel said, "My Heavenly Father,
I've been in Heaven for almost a year.
Wearing wings made of silver & gold...
While Mom's face is stained with tears.

She's going to need me tomorrow,
to give comfort and ease her pain.
I want to surround her with all my love,
Cause her tears still flow like rain!

You have your Mother too, Lord
who once felt the pain of losing you...
She knows what it is like for a Mother,
to feel misery the whole day through...!"

Our Father looked at this precious angel,
who was kneeling at His Throne,
He said, "Take a Band of Angels with you,
so your Mom won't ever feel alone!

As you embrace her with your love,
I'll reach down with loving arms;
I'll touch her with My love and assurance,
that you'll protect her from all harm!..."

Oh! What a sight it must have been today!
To see these Angels with golden wings,
Following that precious angel to your heart...
Bringing all the love they could bring!

Yes, your angel is always with you,
no matter what the circumstance...
So, if you feel a tug at your heart today...
It's your angel asking you for a dance.

~Never an End ~

Dedicated to the Moms who have to live through
that day again.

Kaye Des'Ormeaux

60 Comments:

At 19/9/07 5:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all: I have no doubt that Christi is trying to send you strength today.

Irene

 
At 19/9/07 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shayne, Angela, and Shayla,
I am thinking about and praying for you today- especially at 9:00 am. I will be sure to check out the YouTube tributes to Christi!

Love to you all,
Michelle Stokes

 
At 19/9/07 6:09 AM, Anonymous Wendy Roof said...

Thinking of you and praying for peace for you on this day.

 
At 19/9/07 6:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Angela, Shayne and Shayla

I hardly ever sign and leave a message, but I read your blog every day without fail - Christi was truly an inspirational child and she is often in my thoughts. I just wanted to say that I am thinking of you today - I cannot begin to imagine how you must feel and I am sure that the pain is still just as raw one year on.

The tribute videos are fantastic - Christi looks so happy in most the photos I wish I had had a chance to meet her.

Much Love

Tabitha (England)

 
At 19/9/07 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Thomas Team. We pray often for Angel Christi, you three, your family and friends and all who have been so profoundly touched by Christi. But on her anniversary today, we send up a special prayer for strength and courage for all she left behind on Earth. Good night from Australia. Michelle and family.

 
At 19/9/07 6:40 AM, Blogger HeatherB said...

Thinking of you today and praying, for God's strength and peace to surround you.

Remembering Christi with you and missing her too.

I love you all so very much!

Lots of love and prayers,
Heather

 
At 19/9/07 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of the Thomas team today. Thank you for posting the links, they are wonderful tributes to your beautiful daughter.

 
At 19/9/07 6:46 AM, Blogger Kim said...

Praying so hard for you today!

 
At 19/9/07 6:56 AM, Blogger Lisa D:) said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all today.

 
At 19/9/07 7:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello "Christi's Family" I haven't commented before as I could never find the right words. I have been following Christi's story for a very long time now. But her story is not like most others I read, most stories I read and then can go on and not think about it, but Christi is different, I think about her daily, I think and pray for her family daily, I can't forget about Christi.

My heart is with you everyday, and even more today, as Christi has been gone for a year. God created Christi because he needed to show us here on earth what a true angel really is, and Christi did just that! She touched so many, she was to beautiful for earth, to perfect to stay, and those hearts she touched are broken now that she is gone. But I think everyone that was touched by Christi will live better lives because of her! She is truly an Angel!

Hugs and Prayers today and everyday!
Angie of Illinois

 
At 19/9/07 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God and Christi give you comfort today.

Tracey

 
At 19/9/07 7:21 AM, Anonymous Brooke Cole said...

OMG I ant believe its been one year since Christi passed away. I might have free time (after doing school stuff) to make a Christi video. We love you Christi!

 
At 19/9/07 7:36 AM, Blogger Nikking said...

My thoughts will be with you, Shayne and Shayla all day! I can't imagine what kind of pain an Anniversary like today brings.

 
At 19/9/07 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all on this most awful of days. She is the most beautiful angel I have ever seen.
Sending love...

 
At 19/9/07 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still thinking of and praying for the Thomas Team, especially today at this moment. Hard to believe it is one year, each day must be an eternity without Christi by your side. What is time??

There will never be enough to say about Christi--what an amazing, courageous, and graceful gal! What a remarkable family!

Thank you Christi, Shayla, Anglela, and Shayne for opening my eyes! Bless you forever and always. Blessed am I to know your story. You have touched my soul.

-Shirley

 
At 19/9/07 8:19 AM, Blogger nikki the red said...

i am without words today. just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. i know christi is smiling down on all of you with that beautiful smile.

 
At 19/9/07 9:19 AM, Anonymous Tina said...

I have been in tears repeatedly today. I've been on my knees pleading with God for Angela and Shayne right now. And I am guessing that same scenario is playing out all over the world.

Jesus, *please* hold them right now.

 
At 19/9/07 9:39 AM, Blogger Sheila Ferrell said...

Dear Most Precious Thomas Family,
My heart aches with pain for you as this bittersweet day appears. Bittersweet because of the incredible loss of your sweetest ballerina princess on this earth but we rejoice because she has the best dance partner we will ever know, the King of Kings, our Lord and Savior. For one year she has danced on the golden stage of heaven with the most gorgeous lei in her hair and butterflies leading her in her most graceful movements. I can close my eyes and see her dancing for our King in your honor. Dance ballerina angel, dance...your family, friends and those lives you have touched will never forget the beauty of your heart.

 
At 19/9/07 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We remember, we never forget, we try to live as she lived, and as her family does, "with four projects going at once" and a "list of things to do". Christi has given us a great deal to live up to, but we honour her by being up for the challenge. Thank you for sharing your child with us. You've given us all a Guardian Angel.

Kam.

 
At 19/9/07 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remembering and Celebrating Christi this day and every day! We love and MISS YOU SO MUCH CHRISTI THOMAS

 
At 19/9/07 10:25 AM, Anonymous Gina said...

remembering beautiful Christi and your family today...

 
At 19/9/07 10:51 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Keeping you all in my prayers. God bless.

 
At 19/9/07 12:03 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Dear Thomas Family,

I’ve been reading your journal for a little over a year now, and I finally wanted to leave a comment. I live in Philadelphia and travel past CHOP every morning while driving my son to his Special Needs School. I often find myself praying and thinking of your family when I see the hospital, but today while stuck in traffic behind a yellow school bus, I happened to notice a small silver medal plaque that said “Thomas” bolted to the bus. This plaque made me remember that your family still needs my prayers especially on this very tough one year anniversary. The bus also had a plate that started with the letter’s SC, which I like to say means Shayla and Christi, a sister’s bond is never broken. And the bus number was 1010. I hope during this most difficult day you can remember all the love your daughter had for her wonderful family and embrace it.

God Bless you all,

Carol Zafiratos

 
At 19/9/07 1:28 PM, Anonymous Lori Crane said...

Thinking of you today. I have been moved to tears each day this week remembering Christi and the pain your family now endures. I pray you will find peace and love today and in the days following.

Lori Crane
Glasgow, KY

 
At 19/9/07 2:10 PM, Blogger Lizz said...

Just want to let you know that I am thinking of all of you today and always! I watched the first video and I kept attempting to turn it off because I had "stuff" to do. However, I could NOT turn it off. That "stuff" will just have to wait! Christi is so much more important than "stuff"! I held myself together pretty well throughout the video until the picture showed up with her arms spread out and just the sky behind her. It was like she was saying "Hey! Here I am World! Come and get me!" Then I couldn't hold it in anymore because at that moment I felt so much pain for the loss your family is struggling through! I wish you all the best and may you have peace and comfort knowing your angel baby is where we all want to be someday! I only wish I could have met her here on earth. I have so much love for all of you! God Bless!
Hugs & Love,
Lizz Kortz

 
At 19/9/07 2:13 PM, Blogger Molly said...

Thinking of you all today.

 
At 19/9/07 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Especially praying for you on this day. Every time I don't think I don't have time to donate blood or I'm a bit apprehensive, I think of Christi and her and the Thomas Team's winning spirit. I'm so sad for your, and the worlds, loss, even if it is heaven's gain.

Joyce

 
At 19/9/07 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thomas Family,

I started following your story just one month before Christi's death. I have a 3 yr old daughter and think she looks alot like Christi. Your story reminds me to be thankful of what I have. I think of you often, check in with you daily, and wish the best for all of you in the future. I am so sorry for your loss. Christi was an amazing person. Please know that lots of people still think of her and your family.

A Montana Web Fan.

Jennifer

 
At 19/9/07 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shayne, Angela and Shayla
I've been thinking about Christi all day today. Every time i wrote down the date, or someone asked what day it was, i thought of her. Please know that your sweet little daughter is still in so many peoples' thoughts today one year after she went to Heaven, and will be for years to come. She is loved!!
Rebecca, England UK

 
At 19/9/07 4:13 PM, Anonymous b. reilly said...

I'm thinking of all of you on this difficult day. Thank you for sharing Christi with us.

 
At 19/9/07 4:18 PM, Blogger WaitingOnTheWorldToChange said...

Sometimes when I get very sad and am missing Liam, who also fought the awful NB monster, I watch the YouTube videos of Christi and they cheer me up. I think her smile could cheer anyone up.

I'm hoping that your day today is easier than anticipated. I know that Christi is sending hugs & love from heaven.

Love,
Kristen

 
At 19/9/07 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you all today on this anniversary of an Angel.
Lori in De

 
At 19/9/07 4:38 PM, Blogger Wilson said...

I have been praying for all of you on this heavenly anniversary. One of my very best friends passed away on Sunday after a 2 year battle with colon cancer, leaving 2 children and a loving husband behind. Doctors warn us to get tested after we turn 50, but no one thinks you need to be tested in your 30s.

I envision Christi has found a "job" as a welcoming committee, watching over all the newcomers and making them feel safe at Home with our Lord. I'm sure my dear friend would be overjoyed to know your wonderful daughter.

God bless you all.

 
At 19/9/07 5:00 PM, Anonymous Ashleigh Frye said...

Thinking of all of you today. I still can't believe it has been a year! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 
At 19/9/07 5:00 PM, Anonymous Laura Lynn said...

Thinking of your beautiful family and keeping you in prayer today.

 
At 19/9/07 5:27 PM, Blogger Staci said...

I will be honest.

Today i woke up like any other day this year and i fed my son. We went about our day as usual. We met a friend at applebees for lunch. On the way home we were stuck in traffic because the local elementry school was letting out. I was stuck behind a car and you will never guess what was on the back..

A huge.. sticker.. it said.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.

So i told Christi I would drop you a line to let you know that you were in my thoughts today on her angel date.

I hope that today you can know that Christi will not ALLOW herself to be forgotten.

I hope you are doing ok.

Love and Prayers.
Staci C.
NJ

 
At 19/9/07 5:50 PM, Blogger Katie Hilfiker said...

Thomas Family,

Thinking of you today, and sending lots of prayers your way. What an amazing you tube of Christi and her mom. I never knew Christi, but was moved to tears. I will watch the rest later when I can see again! You are an amazing family. Christi was lucky to be blessed with such amazing and loving parents, and such a great sister. And in turn, you were blessed to have her in your lives, although it was much to short.

 
At 19/9/07 6:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thinking a lot about Christi and your family today. I can't believe it's been a year. I have been listening to the song by Josh Groban "To Where You Are". Everytime I hear it I think of Christi. Happy 1st heavenly birthday Christi!

 
At 19/9/07 6:25 PM, Anonymous Heather said...

I've followed you all for about two years now, and it still saddens me Christi is missing from the world. However as my mom has always instilled in me, "Earth is school, and Heaven is home." I know Christi is fine, and I hope you all believe the same thing.

May God Bless you all on this very tough day, and help you make it through.

 
At 19/9/07 6:38 PM, Blogger Tawny said...

I found myself thinking of angel Christi when I woke up this morning and through out the day. I was even dreading this day so I can't even imagine what emotions you've all had to endure in recent days. I can't get through watching Jennifer's video of Christi without crying, I've tried but no such luck! These tribute videos of your amazing angel are so sweet. She lived so much in her 9 years and 4 months. Christi, you are forever loved and missed! Please make sure you send mommy, daddy and Shayla signs of comfort as they need them, especially right now. Stay Strong!

 
At 19/9/07 8:08 PM, Anonymous AmyA said...

- Thinking and praying for your family on such a difficult day.

 
At 19/9/07 8:15 PM, Blogger Bobbi said...

Your daughter was truly beautiful. May she live on in your memory and hearts.

I have followed your since shortly before her death last year. Your family is inspirational. She left a true legacy.

May she rest in peace.

 
At 19/9/07 8:19 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Dear Thomas Family,
Thinking of you today, as well as every day. Praying for peace...

 
At 19/9/07 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just thinking about you guys today, and remembering your beautiful Christi. I sent a note in the mail and I hope you received it today.
God bless you all!
Megan in NC

 
At 19/9/07 8:22 PM, Anonymous micaela said...

That poem almost has me at tears. I hope Christi came down to comfort you today, one year after her death. Huge hugs and good luck as you enter year two without Christi... it's just so unreal...

And your welcome for making the one of you two. There were actually a lot more pictures I could have used... really don't ever worry about not having any of you two.

I really have fun making them... I might make one of the relationship with Christi and her animals, or best friends.

HUGS!

-Micaela

 
At 19/9/07 9:09 PM, Blogger Olivia said...

Christi was in my mind all day today. Despite the sadness, I did my best to live the day as she lived each and every one of hers- busy, learning & loving.

Thinking of you all and sending so very many hugs your way,
Olivia

 
At 19/9/07 9:15 PM, Anonymous Caroline said...

i've been thinking about Christi all day.. I really hope your surviving the day. I just started volunteering at a hospital, and its awful seeing people suffer like they do... it makes me soo mad! I love the you tube videos of Christi.. thats how I first heard of her.
GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!!
xoxo Caroline

 
At 19/9/07 9:41 PM, Blogger The Hammer Family said...

Dear Thomas Team,
Any words we say just feel so inadequate. Please know that you and Christi are so often in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts always ache very much for you, for having this heavy cross to bear. I hope you know that Christi will never be forgotten--she is forever in everyone's hearts.
Love and Prayers,
Vic and Sara Hammer

 
At 19/9/07 10:59 PM, Anonymous Beth L said...

Thinking of you as today marks the first anniversary of Christi's flight to Heaven. I just watched the 2 videos on her site. What a beautiful little girl. Always a smile on her face. She touched so many lives and continues to live on inthe hearts of many.

 
At 20/9/07 8:28 AM, Blogger robinandamelia said...

Thinking of you all and remembering beautiful Christi always. I never had the priviledge of meeting her but she left her mark. Every time I enter a school or a library, I think of christi.

 
At 20/9/07 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those videos of Christi were just beautiful. I found myself with tears rolling, although I never even met your dear Chrisi. I've been following your enteries since just before Christi went to heaven and your family has tugged at my heart for the past year. Thinking of you today and sending special prayers.

 
At 20/9/07 10:45 AM, Anonymous Hilary said...

Dear Thomas Team,

I just wanted to let you know that I thought of Christi (and of course all of you!) many times yesterday. You are all in my prayers. Christi is certainly remembered, even by those of us who never had the pleasure of meeting her. Sending love!

 
At 20/9/07 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the You Tube information. I thought it was a lovely way to spend some time on the 19th -- remembering Christi and praying for your family.

May God continue to bless your healing.

Nancy in Iowa

 
At 20/9/07 1:10 PM, Blogger Spring Barnickle said...

Truly beautiful tributes to a truly beautiful young lady. Love and miss you very much, sweet Christi.

Posting a day late, yesterday was the bitterest part of bittersweet, and I couldn't find words. Love you, Angela, Shayne, and Shayla.

Spring

 
At 21/9/07 4:50 AM, Anonymous Laurie in NJ said...

Your family has been on my mind non stop for the past few days. Christi was a beautiful soul that profoundly touched my life without me ever meeting her in person. I wanted to share that on my way walking in to my office on Wednesday my mind was full of Christi. As I walked to my desk I saw a picture of a pirate and was puzzled. Well, it turns out it was International Talk like a Pirate day! All I could do was giggle to think how much fun Christi and Shayla would have had with that!

 
At 21/9/07 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Christi's family.....as i have written before, i found christis site by accident. i am a pediatric nurse in RI and have taken care of far too many children with cancer. so, as a nurse, not as a parent, i know what you have been through. i am so impressed with your tributes and all to christi. she certainly was a special young lady!!! i have been moved, for some reason, by your little girl.
you and christi are all very lucky to have had such wonderful times together.....both while christi was well and ill.
god bless you all......Susan

 
At 21/9/07 9:56 PM, Blogger Annie said...

Love the videos...

Miss Christi makes an appearance in this one..

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0Cz8l8FBf4M

 
At 21/9/07 11:27 PM, Blogger Zeddy said...

I wish my dial-up connection favoured YouTube more, but I will imagine that the slideshows are beautiful because I already know they must be.

I just had one of those amazing little moments and I thought I must share it with Christi bloggers because it made me think of Christi instantly. It all started last week with a lost purse. I'd gone grocery shopping and, though I don't usually carry around much cash, I had some money of my mother's I had to give her, so come 7:00pm that night I went to locate my purse so that I could give it to her; no purse. I looked high and low for it, even though it was dark outside by that time and I couldn't see if I'd dropped it. As I drove down to the supermarket just to see if it had been handed in, I sent Christi a "little help please!" thought but to no avail, or so I thought. In the end, I just accepted that I'd dropped it, though it seemed strange to me, and cancelled and replaced all my cards.

Zoom forward to just a few minutes ago. I was out cleaning my car, because it was drastically in need of it, (being a relief/supply teacher means you practically live out of your car at times), and what do I find HANGING from the side of the door, but my purse, complete with the $200 I thought I'd lost! Now, it was an unusual place for it certainly, but actually cleaning my car shouldn't have made a difference much because it wasn't being obscured by anything I had in there. It seemed also kind of odd that it was hanging like that rather than just falling to the floor, but there it was, it couldn't be denied!

Now I'm the type to be thankful in these situations anyway, but it really brought a smile to my face and had me sending a special thank you to a certain angel because what had I JUST done only minutes before going out to clean my car?

Sent off a volunteer application for the Make A Wish Foundation here in Tasmania.

So, thank you, Miss Christi, for granting MY wish. I'll take it as a sign that I did the right thing! And thank you, Thomas Team, for bringing such a wonderful little angel into my life! (Relief/supply teachers cannot afford to lose $200!)

 
At 22/9/07 9:50 AM, Anonymous Mary H said...

I have just watched all of the UTubes in tribute to Christi. I am speechless, my heart is broken and my prayers are with you. I am so sorry you are enduring this anniversary but how very proud of your brave angel you must be. Tears and prayers for all of you. Thank you, Christi, for what you taught us and will teach us but the price was way too high.

 
At 23/9/07 9:27 PM, Blogger rainberry said...

I just wanted to say I was thinking of Christi on Wednesday.

 

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