I have no words.

Heather, Maddie, and Mike, I hold you all so close. I’m so, so sorry. And sorry will never, ever be enough.


I don’t understand. I just don’t understand. And I’m just so sorry.

“When you look up at the sky at night, since I’ll be living on one of them, since I’ll be laughing on one of them, for you, it’ll be as if all the stars are laughing. You’ll have stars that can laugh!”

And he laughed again.

“And when you’re consoled (everyone is eventually consoled), you’ll be glad you’ve known me. You’ll always be my friend. You’ll feel like laughing with me. And you’ll open your windows sometimes just for the fun of it… And your friends will be amazed to see you laughing while you’re looking up at the sky. Then you’ll tell them, ‘Yes, it’s the stars. They always make me laugh!”

—The Little Price

25 thoughts on “Madeline Alice Spohr

  1. I’m trying to write about her too. And there just is no way to do it. But we’re all trying. That little face. Oh, that precious little face.

  2. I have no words just the most intense sorrow for this heartbroken mama and dad. What a beautiful little life, but too, too short. 🙁

  3. I’m with you. I just don’t understand.

    Blogging is a really funny thing, my heart is breaking for a family I don’t know…but it breaks none the less.

  4. I just ache for Mike and Heather. And, selfishly, too because I LOVED that little face and those amazing eyelashes. The Little Prince quote is PERFECT.

  5. I’m so angry. I go back and forth between hating God and begging him to take care of Heather and Mike and Maddie. I just don’t understand why this has to happen.

  6. I have been reading about little Maddie for a long while now, she was just so precious and beautiful. I am so so sad for the family. I know they all loved her so much. By following people’s blogs, you fell like you know them, you wish to know them and when things like this happen your heart breaks right along with them.

  7. Oh my God, what a tragic, tragic loss. She was a beautiful little girl and my heart aches for her mama and daddy. My thoughts and prayers are with that little angel’s family. I am sincerely so sorry.

  8. This is just so sad. I think I have come across 10 blogs today with a tribute to her. I am definately keeping the family in my thoughts today and holding P and C a little closer.

  9. My heart is breaking for them, I’m wishing them peace while they struggle with such an awful, horrible, loss. Many prayers going out for them!

  10. Heather & Mike. I was crying today when I read the news. I’ve been following your beautiful Maddie’s blog for a while now. I have tried to comment before but my comment got eaten at the time. My heart is breaking for you. I feel a special bond with you and Maddie because our daughters were born on the same day. I wish I could do something other than keep you in my thoughts and honoring Maddie by remembering her and donating to the March of Dimes for her. She was a beautiful wonderful girl.

  11. This is brutal. I just started reading their blog… what a beautiful, sweet girl. I have lost a child, and there is really nothing worse… and no words at all. Except for the one you used.


  12. That just about sums it up.

    I tried to write, but nothing any of us can say will change it, and that makes me want to throw shit and yell and scream.

    God, I wish we could rewind.

  13. I came across this whole thing through a tweet.. and while I didn’t know them.. I am so saddened.. Isn’t it strange the love we all hold for each other in Blog land.. people we never knew,, never met.. but will cry for tonight.

  14. This isn’t an appropriate comment for this particular post, but I’ve just caught up on two weeks of posts after being sick, and girl, you can WRITE! You should write a book. Not only are you hilarious, but your serious prose is moving. There are no false notes — you’re so honest. It’s more obvious when reading a series of posts than just one at a time. Really, consider writing a book just like your blog. My 2 cents.

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