Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hope Filled

Blog coming soon. Stay with us. We love you.


Anonymous said...

I just don't know the right words to really express how sorry we are. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
}}}Hugs to you all{{{
Mary Anne, Bill, Audrey and Chaz Talab

Anonymous said...

I like many others today continued to check the blog to find out how things were going. When I heard that Baby Cate had been called to heaven I was speechless. As we all know God often does things that we do not understand. Cate will be an angel watching over your family forever.
Please know that I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. This has truly changed so many lives and touched people forever.
If there is anything I can do please let me know. I am here in Houston and willing to help in ANY way. We love you--Sending many hugs your way.

Lacey Mire said...

Charlie and Ali, I'm so sorry. My heart is so heavy. It is so bittersweet knowing that your angel has gone home. Thank you for sharing your daughter with all of us. I never saw her in person but I felt like a close relative through this blog. Your "yes" to Jesus, and your faith has been so inspiring. Cate has done so much for the kingdom of God in her little time on earth. They say once your purpose is done He calls you home. It reminds me of the story of the starfish - the boy keeps picking them up as he walks and throws them back into the sea and his uncle asks why he's doing that. He responds - if I can save just one then I'm doing good. Cate saved more than just one and that's proven in these comments. She will always have a special place in my heart. I will continue to pray for you in this time. Always remember that God is your strength, where God guides, He provides! Love you guys, Lacey Mire

Anonymous said...

We have never met. I only know you and your family through your blog which was attached to the blog of a young man I care very much for.

You will never know how Cate and your family have touched my life and my heart. I never knew I could feel love and cry for a family I'd never met. My heart aches for your loss.

I pray that your faith will see you through.

Bridget said...

Words can not express how thankful I am to feel like I was a small part of baby Cate's beautiful life here on earth. Thank you for opening up your hearts to all of us and taking us with you on your journey. I too feel changed and somehow more thankful for every passing moment I have with my family. It was a privilege to pray for you and love you and your little girl. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Prayers will continue coming from the Fletcher family.

Anonymous said...

I just love to view Baby Cate's photo. She is so beautiful. What a gift the Lord has given us. May he continue to share his wonders from heaven above.

Nolan LeBlanc said...

Charlie & Ali,

I look for words to share with you and all I envision is a hole in my chest. A sinking feeling that No words, No comment, No Awe Inspiring Quote can ease your pain or answer your questions. Yet, I am compelled to write.

You are all part of God’s plan for Salvation. HE saw that little boy from Opelousas that was hired to be a youth minister in Rayne, Louisiana. HE saw that little girl that was destined to marry that little boy who ended up in Rayne. HE saw that their love would produce their precious children. HE knew that June 24, 2008 was going to be the best day of Cate’s life, and your worst.

We the 1,000’s mourn with you. I always knew you would write a book someday Charlie. I never dreamed you would co-author it with your wife, 7 month old daughter and hundreds of people who left comments from around the world. We may be tempted at this moment to think this book has a horrible ending. Clinging to our faith, we know this book has no ending for it’s main author is now basking in Eternal Glory. The affects of Cate’s journey are Eternal.

This whole situation goes Beyond Words. Yet, the words from this blog make some of the greatest spiritual writings look like Cliff Notes. If you need a cover for the book, I was thinking: “Baby Cate: Catechism of Love” and of course, the main picture would be a red rhinestone heart.

We love you all,

Nolan, Arleen, Monique & Gabrielle LeBlanc

Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Marsia Ek said...

Charlie, Ali, Ella and Dude,
I wrote up a great letter to all of you and then it said to start up an account and the letter was lost. Now that I came back to the comments I'm stunned to read the second comment that confirmed my fear as to why you had not yet written your blog for Tuesday. I was just given your site today by my friend here in Missouri who wrote to you on June 23rd about her heart baby Conway. She told us to pray for Baby Cate and to read about your unbelievable faith. I did pray hard for her and you today. Now I will pray harder for all of you. Even though we are complete strangers, I hurt for you. Your writings are so inspiring and your obvious love for Cate, Ella and Dude is uplifting. From reading your blog I can tell that ya'll are loving spouses, loving parents and upmost God loving. You are Blessed with your strong faith based wide support system of the Lord, the Saints, your family, friends and the thousands of people you obtained in your fight for Baby Cate. As Jesus and the Angels are now holding your Cate so lovingly, know that He is carrying ya'll as well. I'm glad you had her for 7 months and I'm priveledged to have met her through you. Thank you Cantrell Family for sharing Baby Cate with the world. Faith, Hope, Love, and Prayers.

Love, Marsia Ek (Go Gators, go SEC)

Anonymous said...

I cried myself to sleep and woke up an hour later filled with thoughts of the Cantrells. They are thoughts of sadness and thoughts of joy. There's no greater responsibility as a parent than doing whatever you can to lead your children to Christ so that they can spend eternity with Him. It's what, as parents, we are called to do. You fulfilled that responsibility with the utmost care, grace, and love. What a beautiful gift you gave to Cate. And what a beautiful gift Cate was and is to all of us. We have another angel to pray for us. I asked our baby, Angelina, in heaven to take care of Cate and show her the ropes! I'm excited she has a new friend! As for Cate's parents, we pray for you and your human emotions. We know that your sadness is greater than infinite, including all of the other emotions you are experiencing. Know that we think you are beautiful parents, friends, and followers of Christ. Thank you for teaching us about hope, grace, surrender, faith, and love (among many other things). Thank you for sharing Cate's journey to Heaven with us. We are forever grateful for that. Love, Nate, Christina, and Rachel Reinhardt

Anonymous said...

My God bless you and keep you strong, may you surrender the pain, remember the best, and continue to be inspired by the hope and the goodness that lies around every corner. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing your angel with us all.

Aunt Wilma said...

Ali & Charlie,

I am looking at the picture of Cate in my Birthday Memory Book, with the caption saying,"Pray for me". Now it should say,"I'll pray for you". Last night I could visualize Cate playing with Phil & David, then when she got tired, Uncle Bill, Billy & Grandma Winnie taking turns holding her & rocking her to sleep. What a joy it was to have Cate with us for 7 months, but a bigger joy for them to have her for an eternity!! Ella & Dude, your "Baby Sister" will be well taken care of amongst all the ANGELS in heaven!!

LOVE & HUGS to all of you, Aunt Wilma

Mary said...

Dear Friends,

I was so sad to learn of Baby Cate's passing; have had you and your family in my prayers and will continue to do so. I hope that the poetic expression by Bishop Brent below will be of some comfort to you in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. God bless you all!
Love, Mary
"What is Death?
A ship sails and I stand watching till she fades on the horizon and someone
at my side says She is gone
Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large now as
when I last saw her. Her diminished size and total loss from my sight is in
me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says she is gone there are
others who are watching her coming over their horizon and other voices take up a glad shout There she comes!

That is what dying is. An horizon and just the limit of our sight.

Lift us up, Oh Lord, that we may see further."
...Bishop Brent

Deacon Randy and Cathy Hyde said...

Charlie and Ali,

What perfect love you have for our Lord! Sundsy's Gospel spoke of perfect love and trust. The two of you personify Perfect Love! for Christ, for each other, for your children! You both made the most unselfish act parents can make! To Love Christ Perfectly and to let Cate dwell with HIM! I am so jealous she gets to be with Him and we have to stay and wait. This may sound a little nuts, but I have lost so many in my life that this is the only way I get throught it. The sadness always finds me,but for the moment I focus on the wonders of heaven and what she is seeing and feeling and how great it is for her. I try not to focus on how horrible it is for us! The two of you are great people and wonderful parents. I know this from you blog. I know this because of your total devotion to God and your perfect Love! I continue to pray for you and that you will find your way out of the pain and focus on her great life. The fact that she touched so many lives in such a profound way! I know you are proud and will miss her deeply. But speaking from someone who knows, keep a watchful eye. She will let you know she is still with you. Be vigilent and watchful. She lives!

Peace and love
Deacon Randy and Cathy Hyde

DeaconJim said...

Baby Cate,
Thank you for allowing us in your life... you touched so many in such a short period of time.. you have changed the life people lead and guided many back to prayer... God bless your eternal life... we will pray for your parents and family that they have the courage and understanding to keep your memory alive for all...

Deacon Jim Kincel

Anonymous said...

Only prayers and a tremendous amount of love....I heard the news last night through the FUS Little Flowers webpage....Sara Boster

The Vaughn Family said...

I'm so saddened to hear the news on Cate's passing. :( I am inspired by your faith, your honesty and strength. I can't begin to understand what you are experiencing, but I know how much you have been blessed having Cate be a part of your lives. What special people God called to be her parents! No one may ever come to a human understanding of how God can allow this to happen - but may you find peace and comfort in knowing Cate is in his loving arms and is free from all suffering and pain. I know you would give anything to have her in your arms again, if not only for another moment. As a mommy myself, my heart breaks for your family. May you find love, comfort and support from your family and friends; and realize how many lives Cate touched through your messages (evidence of that is the many messages from people, like myself, who only know you through this blog). Thinking of you during this difficult time and keeping you in my prayers.

With my deepest sympathy,
Kim Vaughn

the perrys said...

Charlie and Ali,
We can't imagine what you are going through. All we can say is that we are praying for your family and will continue to daily.

Glory Baby by Watermark

Glory baby you slipped away as fast as we could say baby…baby..
You were growing, what happened dear?
You disappeared on us baby…baby..
Heaven will hold you before we do
Heaven will keep you safe until we’re home with you…
Until we’re home with you…

Miss you everyday
Miss you in every way
But we know there’s a
day when we will hold you
We will hold you
You’ll kiss our tears away
When we’re home to stay
Can’t wait for the day when we will see you
We will see you
But baby let sweet Jesus hold you
‘till mom and dad can hold you…
You’ll just have heaven before we do
You’ll just have heaven before we do

Sweet little babies, it’s hard to
understand it ‘cause we’re hurting
We are hurting
But there is healing
And we know we’re stronger people through the growing
And in knowing-
That all things work together for our good
And God works His purposes just like He said He would…
Just like He said He would…

I can’t imagine heaven’s lullabies
and what they must sound like
But I will rest in knowing, heaven is your home
And it’s all you’ll ever know…all you’ll ever know…

Prayers and Blessing to you all!
Chris and Denise Perry
Houston, Texas

Kate Lesnefsky said...

We love you and our hearts are broken with you. We mourn the loss of Cate as if she were our own child. There are no words that can help, only our love and God's Grace. Both of these will carry your family to safety as this storm washes over you. We promise you that you will never be alone because as you grieve, we will grieve, and when joy returns to your hearts, we will rejoice with you. Cate, you have taught us all so much about life and God and love! Thank you God for the gift that she was and will continue to be forever!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am here and will be praying for all the best. ~Lauren

Tmomof4 said...

In the middle of the night I woke up and had baby Cate on my heart and mind as well as your sweet family and the sorrowful time you are in. I immediately offered many prayers! Baby Cate was yours for a short time, but she is back in His arms now with a beautiful and strong heart! She touched many lives during her time on Earth!
God bless you as you find strength in this difficult time.

Gina said...

Dearest Charlie and Ali,

My prayers continue to belong to you. In reading your words day after day, many times a day, I am once again reminded of how God uses everything for our good even when we feel our hearts and minds cannot withstand one more ounce of pain. It is hard to rationalize so great a loss and thanks be to God, because of Him and what He chose to offer us in Jesus, we don't have to. The Lord's purpose for Baby Cate's life will be reflected upon by many in the days to come. In all the pain, you will realize a depth of compassion for the suffering you otherwise may never have known. Baby Cate will live on in every witness to love you offer and every word of truth you share. May we live each day of our lives furthering His kingdom here on earth, like Baby Cate did, in the fullness of hope that we will be united with our children again in all of heaven's glory.

I will not leave you....
Gina Borbas+

Millie said...

I am so sorry, dear dear Ali and Charlie. I stand in prayer for you and your children. I love you very much. Ms. Millie

Christina said...

Charlie & Ali,

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and those with crushed spirits he saves. Psalm 34:18

Be assured of our continued prayers for your entire family. Continue to hope in the Lord and his promise.

Peace in Him,
Christina McShane

Anonymous said...

Charlie & Ali,
I am at a loss for words, nothing that I say can take away the hurt that you two are feeling at this moment. The only thing I can say at this time is that I Love You Guys and you are in my prayers. Hug each other and know that if I were there that it would be from me. We never understand why but we always know that God knows best and it hurts to the core sometimes but always remember Give to God and Let Go and he will handle the rest. Love you Guys and hope to hear from you soon.

Love Janet Bertrand

Ramsey Days said...

We will be praying for your family ... your other children will always have a little sister who is very special and watching over them always.

Being a mom, I dont know how I would ever get through this experience, but I have faith that you will understand and be stronger than you ever have before.

Thank you for sharing your daily writings with us as you were going thru such a hard time.

Cate is lucky to have had you as parents for her short time on this Earth...now she is free from all pain, and her little heart is huge now :) loving you all so much.

Ramsey Family
(Matt Smith's sister - Georgia)

Anonymous said...

Ali, Charlie, Ella and Dude,

our deepest sympathy with all of you. Cate is with God now, a special angel. Our prayers are with you during this time.

Emily, Tony, Lily, Jim and Pam

Anonymous said...

I'm soo sorry for youre lost. I will continue to pray for your family and baby cate..

hugs and kisses


Lila Lambert said...

We fell deeply in love with Cate, when there was no word, it cut like a knife right through me...and I knew her only from her parents beautiful love for her. They say we shouldn't ask "why?"..and yet she touched so many lives in such a short time on earth. While on earth, we who await the splendor of heaven can still give glory to God in the measure that we are molded to the image of Christ..I look at Cate's pictures and see Him...The power of God's love is so great as to transform us ordinary people into extraordinary beings, by His grace. Thank you for sharing Cate with us that by knowing her, we now give greater glory to God this day...

kristleharrison said...

Thought we've never met, my heard is so heavy and sad for you guys right now. I'm so sorry for the loss of Baby Cate. I don't have any words that can express to you or help you with the pain you are feeling right now. Just know there are many many people out here praying for you, and knowing that we have one more angel looking down on us.

Anonymous said...

no words. only tears.

Anonymous said...

We are so sad to hear about Cate. Our prayer for you is that you continue to be the wonderful parents to Ella and "dude" that you have been to Cate.
In Prayer- Jill D.

Anonymous said...

The eyes that looked at you are now looking at Jesus. The heart that was bared to you is now revealed before the Throne of God. Thank you and thank God for making the world a better place because of Cate.


Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy & prayers to each of you.

Thank you to your entire family. God's presence is revealed through Cate & each member of your family in such a way that it leaves me speechles and in awe.

Annette Dobson
Potter's Clay Theresians
Crowley, LA

Anonymous said...

Our hearts goe out to you and all of your family.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

Now we have a beautiful little Angel in heaven.

With Love,
The Black-Celis Family

Anonymous said...

"Carry you to Jesus" by Steven Curtis Chapman


"With Hope" by Steven Curtis Chapman

"This was not at all how we thought it was supposed to be.
We had so many plans for you; we had so many dreams.
And now you've gone away and left us with the memories of your smile.

And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you

But we can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
Cause we know our goodbye is not the end
Oh, no
We can grieve with hope
Cause we believe with hope
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

Never have I known anything so hard to understand
Never have I questioned more the wisdom of God's plan.
But through the cloud of tears, I see the Father smile and say, "Well done!"
And I imagine you where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
Cause now your home and now your free

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
Cause we know our goodbye is not the end
Oh no
We can grieve with hope
Cause we believe with hope
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

We have this hope as an anchor
Cause we believe that everything God promised us is true

So we can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
Cause we know our goodbye is not the end
Oh, no
We can grieve with hope
Cause we believe with hope
There's a place, by God's grace, where we'll see your face again

So we can cry with hope
And say goodbye with hope

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope"

We love you Cantrell familly!

Rachael said...

I found this poem years ago and know that in our faith in God and our knowing that Cate is at home with Him, I share these words with you! Know that I am praying for the whole family and have asked our little Therese Marie to show Cate around Heaven!

If You Could See Where I have Gone

If you could see where I have gone, the beauty of this place
And how it feels to know you're home, to see the Savior's face
To wake in peace and know no fear, just joy beyond compare
While on earth you miss me, yet you wouldn't want me there
If you could see where I have gone.

If you could see where I have gone, had made the trip with me
You'd know I didn't go alone, the Savior came with me.
When I awoke, He was by my side, and reached down His hand and said
"Hurry, you're going home, to a grand and glorious land.
Don't worry over those you love, for I'm not just with you
And when you are at home, they'll long to be here too."

If you could see where I have gone, and see what I've been shown
You'd never know another fear, or ever feel alone.
You'd marvel at the care of God, His hand on every life,
And realize that He really cares, and bears with us each strife.
And that He weeps when one is lost, His heart is full of pain.
But Oh! The Joy When one comes home, a child at home again.

If you could see where I have gone, could stay awhile with me,
Could share the things that God has made, to grace eternity.
But, no, you couldn't ever leave, once heaven's joy you'd know,
You' couldn't bear to walk earth's paths, once heaven's been your home.
If you could see where I have gone.

If you could see where I have gone, you'd meet me here one day,
Although I'm parted from you now, know that I am just away.
And now that I am home with Him, secure in every way,
I'm here at heaven's door to hug and greet you one day.

Anonymous said...

I know it will take time to heel but Cate touched so many lives including people who did not know her, including me. I had a daughter that almost did not make it at birth and I know what it did to me so I can not imagine the grief you are experiencing. I hope it is of some solice that she is resting in the arms of Jesus now. I will continue to pray for your family.

Margaret said...

Charlie and Ali,
We all love you and will continue to pray for your family through this time of suffering and mourning, and well beyond that into future smiles and laughter.
Cate has already touched all our lives so much and I have no doubt she will continue to watch over you all and intercede just as Bl. Francis X. Seelos has been interceding for her, for a safe return home.
She was a shining example that God can use our lives, even the youngest of lives in the tiniest of bodies, to remind us of Christ's selfless, sacrificing love.
May you find strength knowing that her heart is now strengthened eternally with the power of His Sacred Heart. Thank you for sharing Cate's story with all of us.

Anonymous said...

To the Cantrells,
We love you and are here for you.
Justin, Alyssa, Audrey & Meredith

Virginia said...

Our mutual friend Krissy just told me about Baby Cate yesterday, and I am grieve with you.

There is a passage in the Eucharistic prayer in the Memorial Mass that has given me great comfort through the years, and I offer it to you:

In Him who rose from the dead,
Our hope of resurrection dawned.
The sadness of death gives way to
the bright promise of
Lord, for your faithful people,
life is changed, not ended.

I am so very sorry.

Virginia Galloway

Anonymous said...

Fred and I send you our heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your precious baby daughter, Cate. She fought to live as long as she could, with you all cheering her all the way. What a profound witness of trust, faith and love you have been for so many people!!! Here for you with our continuing prayers...Love,Annette G.

Anonymous said...

Ali, Charlie, Ella and Lil Dude,
My heart is heavy today. But, I rejoice that her spirit is in good hands. Her little star will shine bright every night.
I think of the Eskimo Legend:
"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky. But rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy."
I truly believe that our loved ones that have passed on give us signs and watch over us. In fact, my grandmother (ma-ma) sends Ethan and Ainsley plenty of white feathers. It keeps the spirit alive. I also think of the words of George Strait's song for his daughter Jennifer after she died. The song is "Baby Blue"...the color of her eyes.
Of course that would fit perfectly for baby Cate also. Here are the lyrics:

"She looked so much like a lady
But she was so much like a child
A devil when she held me close
An angel when she smiled
She always held it deep inside
But somehow I always knew
She'd go away when the grass turned green
And the sky turned baby blue

Baby blue
Was the color of her eyes
Baby blue
Like the Colorado skies
Like a breath of spring she came and left
And I still don't know why
So, here's to you and whoever
Holds my baby blue tonight

She brought color to my life
That my eyes have never touched
When she taught me how to care
I've never cared so much
I try not to think of her
But I fall asleep and do
And go away where the grass turns green
And the sky is baby blue

Baby blue
Was the color of her eyes
Baby blue
Like the Colorado skies
Like a breath of spring she came and left
And I still don't know why
So, here's to you and whoever
Holds my baby blue tonight"

Will see you soon.... much love and prayers.. Hugs from Ainsley and Ethan also.
Love, Jennie Gary

Lisa and Avrien Veneralla said...

Charlie, Ali, Ella, and Dude,
Avrien and I just heard the news about Baby Cate going to heaven. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for your family and still joyful that she rests in the arms of Jesus. She certainly was an "Evangelist"...just like Charlie said, and she definitely fulfilled her plan to bring people closer to Christ. We love you so much and we are praying for your family.
Lisa and Avrien

Anonymous said...

....Another thought just occurred to me....She died on the feast of St. John the Baptist, a herald for the coming of the Messiah. In her short life and through her illness she has been a herald to so so many people to pray and to turn to Jesus, some for the first time in a long time...Your little Saint lives on! Love, Annette

Marin said...

There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss of precious Cate. Our thoughts are prayers are with all of you. Cate has touched so many people in such an amazing way. She and Phil are dancing together in Heaven. Sending hugs your way---we love you guys!!
Love, Kyle, Marin, and Kaylin

Cindy Orillion said...

We love you and are lifting you in prayer. Cindy, Jim, Lauren, Courtney, Caroline

volpecircus said...

Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with you on the passing of your little girl. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting her, her life has touched ours deeply and has called us to make sure we see the beauty of God's hand in each of our children every day. As parents, our job is to take the little lives God has given us and guide them to Him to be a saint some day. You guys have done your job so beautifully! You have led your little girl home and now she is a saint at the throne of God praying for your entire family before His glorious face. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us on how to be true stewards of the little lives He blesses us with. Our prayers are with you every day. May Our Lord grant you true peace and may Our Lady wrap her arms around you in her motherly love.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Cantrells,
May God's strong embrace hold you all close during this struggle. Baby Cate (your new Saint) will give you strength and hope to continue your life until you can all join her again in paradise. We too have our special Saint Lindsay waiting for us. She also died of heart disease as a baby.
God bless you all.
Susie and Jim (St. Laurence)

Dixie said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. Your words have blessed so many. What a little evangelist your baby is. My daughter is a youth minister and one of her youth died at NCYC last year. Through her passing we have been able to see God's love and miracles. I can only imagine the impact on souls your little one has had. Your "yes" to God brings forth so much faith, hope and love. You will be in my thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time. God Bless

Kim said...

I must have checked the blog a hundred times yesterday to check on baby Cate, hoping to hear of her recovery. When I checked this morning and read others comments I was heartbroken to hear of her passing. Words just can not express how deeply sorry I am for your loss! Your faith and the strength you demonstrate in the entries in this blog are so inspiring and humbling. May your faith continue to guide you in the weeks to come as you mourn the physical loss of your beautiful daughter. Take comfort in knowing she is with the Lord and He has a beautiful new angel to watch over all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Kim Kidder (Ali's co-worker at James)

Anonymous said...

We love you!

Britt said...

Thank you for your perseverance in faith. Be assured of my prayers at this sorrowful time. God bless Baby Cate!

Anonymous said...

As a proud member of the Cate Cantrell fan club, I had so hoped that the lesson in all of this would be that if enough people pray hard enough, that everything turns out the way we want it to...I am so very sorry that it did not.

So what then...What are we to learn from all of this? For my part, I take with me a renewed belief in the goodness of people, a stronger relationship with God than I've had in a long time, and a brand new definition of what it means to be brave.... Charlie and Ally, you are brave.

So often, we walk through life closed off, equating strength with being self sufficient. The way you guys have so fearlessly opened up your struggle and allowed people (friend and strangers alike) to love you through it has truly been one of the most courageous, selfless and inspirational acts I have ever witnessed. I am changed because of it.

The Cantrells and Cate the Magnificant will always have a special place in my heart (and in my prayers).

Kelly Stewart said...

Ali & Charlie,
Lesley called me yesterday to tell me about your loss. Someone once told me that children are given to us from God to raise for Him and when we've done our job, he calls them home. As I woke up at 2 am, tired and aggravated from having to get up, yet again, with Hayes crying (teething we think), it hit me...I am so very blessed that I still have the job God assigned me, as do you both. My heart aches for you both. I cannot fathom how you feel. Know that Bart and I are here for you all, in whatever capacity you need us. prayers and love, hugs and kisses to the kids.
Kelly and Bart Stewart
Maurice, LA

Jenny said...

Your little Evangelist went home on the feast of the nativity of another great Evangelist, how fitting. I pray that St. John the Baptist leapt in expectation at the heavenly approach of Cate the Magnificent, as he did when our Lady came to his mother bearing Christ within her.

Thank you for the privilege of being allowed to participate in your family's joy and sorrow, and for this tangible lesson on the unity of the mystical body of Christ. You are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

your family is in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your your precious Baby Cate with us; and for sharing your amazing faith in God! Our prayers will not cease for The Cantrell Family. Tessa D

Anonymous said...

You hit the nail on the head when you called Cate a disciple. She has brought so many people back to Christ. I found myself praying for her when I hadn't prayed in years. I will continue to pray for your family, hoping you find comfort in knowing what an amazing gift Cate was to all of us. Thank you for sharing Cate's journey here on earth. Now the rest of her journey is just beginning. I love you!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I can't even begin to know what you must feel. I have been following your family's story and relating with you for a little while. I too had a baby with a birth defect, he was born without his left hand. I have been handling it pretty well, only a few moments that I felt sorry for myself. My worry had come in stages. I told myself last night through my tears and anger for your loss that if Cate taught me anything it was to treasure your life and the life of your children. I made a promise last night on behalf of Cate and her short yet powerful life, to never feel sorry for myself or my child ever again. Cate has taught many about life, faith and human kindness. She will be remembered always. This baby will be in my thoughts always. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. She was lucky to have you as a family, and you showed her love beyond anything in this world. You made this sweet baby who she was. God bless.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family through this difficult time. God bless you all for carrying on in your faith and continue to remember that God will never leave you. What a blessing it will be to see Baby Cate in our glorious Heaven!

~Emily (online friend of Aimee Landreneau)

cherie said...

I recently learned of your blog and baby Cate on Sunday. I have check you blog a hundred times.the two of you have inspired me to pray more than I have in a very long time. Its so easy to give up hope when God doesn't answer they way I want him to. Charlie and Ali, my prayers go out to you guys.
We have never met but i have been touched and blessed so much by your writings. You two are amazing, your faith, strenght and hope is so encourging. I lift up Baby Cate and the Cantrell family in my thoughts and prayers today and always.

Anonymous said...

Dear Charlie & Ali,

We continue to pray for you and your family.

Cate's heart touched ours and we thank God for her gift to so many, and to you for sharing and letting her little light shine in the midst of trial and suffering.

Peace be with you,
David & Melanie LeCompte

Lisa Epperson said...

While my heart is heavy with sadness for you and your family, my spirit rejoices in God's faithfulness and how He was able to use Cate to draw so many to Himself. There are no words at this time - just know that I am praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Love and prayers for all of you. Baby Cate will carry so many prayers to heaven with her. Mourn, but also rejoice in having her for a time here on earth. Her place in heaven has to be so special. Let your faith bring you through this now.

Lori & Willie said...

Ali, Charlie and family,
My prayers are with all of you as Baby Cate is in Heaven with our Lord. I pray that you will have strength (Phil 4:13) from above. The Cantrell family has been such a witness to so many people. How fortunate you are to have been given Baby Cate, if even for a short time.
Love and prayers from Lake St Louis,
Lori T
(Anna Catherine's mommy and Angie's aunt)

Anonymous said...

Your family is in my prayers. I too have been following your blog since the day of baby Cate's surgery. I am one of Hudson's aunts. I have been blessed by baby Cate and by your faith and courage during all of this. Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us.

Kathy Robertson

Christine said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I've been checking facebook and this log for news of Cate hourly when I was awake since Ali's last post. When I didn't see anything I began praying harder for you both. Cate really touched my own heart and brought me back to God and prayer. I only just now found out about Cate's passing into God's loving arms. I only found out by coming here to send a comment to let you both know I was thinking of all of you still and saw other comments. I had hopes with the title of your most recent post of Hope Filled that Cate little heart began to work on its own but now I know that was the wrong kind of hope. God bless you all and thank you for keeping all of us informed about Cate and letting us into your hearts and for giving Cate to strangers hearts even for a little while. Thank you for taking time away to keep us informed.

Love always,
Christine Kraft

Chief Carroll Stelly, Diane and Joshua said...

We were so sorry to hear of Baby Cate's passing.
Children are the most precious gift from God that we receive and I truly believe Baby Cate is a gift that will be remembered always by many.
We hope you find comfort in knowing that you gave her a gift as well with your love and unity.
Our prayers are with you all,
Love and hugs,
Carroll, Diane and Joshua Stelly
Rayne LA

Anonymous said...

Dear Charlie, Ali, Ella and Dude ,
We are praying for your family and rejoicing with you in Baby Cate's resurrection with HIM. We do not know you personally but as Catholic brothers and sisters whom we feel as though God had many reasons that we should meet through your beautiful Cate. What a gift you all are to us here on earth and we thank God for the witness you have become to us in our lives through HIM and through Cate.
Be all Glory to HIM now and forever...
All of our love for you,
Mike,Marie,Andrew,Cora and Luke

Anonymous said...

Our teens are thinking and lifting you up. We love you and your family. You're in our hearts.

Shannon & Your St. Laurence Kiddos

jen said...

Charlie, Ali, Ella and Dude,

We love you guys! Words are hard right now but know that we love you and our prayers continue. Cate is an angel and we are all lucky to have shared in part of her life.

Charlie and Ali- y'all are an inspiration to all of us!

Kurt and Jen

Anonymous said...

As a mother and father we sit here in silence. Praying for you all. We want you to know if there is anything we can do for you... I am so grateful your family has been brought into our families lives. You all are an inspiration to us. May God carry you through now and forever.

Steve said...

You guys have been in my prayers. I am heartbroken at the news. I will continue to keep you in my intentions.

Thanks for being an example of faith, hope and strength to the rest of us!

Karen E. said...

I'm so terribly, terribly sorry. We'll be praying for you ....

Anonymous said...

Ali and family, you have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Lori Debaillon

Natalie Q said...

Charlie and Ali,
Your baby and your faith have changed me these last few months.I read this blog everytime there was an update. As someone in the field of medicine, I researched. And now, as someone who has been through the loss of child close to her I give you this song by MercyMe. I think that it does the best to explain our feelings right now. My prayers and sympathy go out to you and your beautiful family. I'm at peace knowing that Baby Rachel has Baby Cate to play with now. We all love you.

"Homesick" MercyMe

You're in a better place,
I've heard a thousand times
And at least a thousand times
I've rejoiced for you
But the reason why I'm broken,
the reason why I cry
Is how long must I wait to be with you

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

Help me Lord cause I don't understand your ways
The reason why I wonder if I'll ever know
But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
Cause I'm still here so far away from home

I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
I've never been more homesick than now

In Christ, there are no goodbyes
And in Christ, there is no end
So I'll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
To see you again
To see you again

And I close my eyes and I see your face
If home's where my heart is then I'm out of place
Lord, won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow
Won't you give me strength to make it through somehow

I've never been more homesick than now

With love,
Natalie Quebodeaux
Branch, La

Anonymous said...




Anonymous said...

I started reading your blog when it was posted on the Life Teen website asking everyone to pray for your entire family including Baby Cate. I believe our prayers were answered, Baby Cate is finally healed and isn't suffering anymore. I know this isn't the way all of us expected our prayers to be answered but Our Great God knows better than we do. Even though I know at this time our words can't fill that whole and emptiness you feel because of Baby Cate's absence but I pray that the Holy Spirit fills you with the comfort in knowing that she is now rejoicing in God's glory and is a beautiful Saint and will forever pray for you all. My heart goes out to you both Charlie and Ali, I'm not a parent, I don't know how it feels to loose a child but I do know how it feels to loose a loved one and some days will be easier than others and some days will be so difficult you think you won't be able to get out of bed...but I pray that knowing so many people around the world are praying will help through this difficult moment. I am truly and deeply touched by your deep faith and consideration in sharing your beautiful family with us all! I am truly thankful to God that He has blessed me in getting to know you and Baby Cate....Blessed Cate pray for us!

Anonymous said...

We love you all more than words can say. You have allowed Christ to work through you and change the lives of innumerable people. Thank you for your insurmountable faith. What an amazing place the world will be when we all follow in your footsteps to the Throneroom Door.

Katie Austin said...

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety, though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign lands, and all will understand,You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid,I go before you always, Come follow Me, and I shall give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown. If you walk amidst the burning flames, you shall not be harmed. If you stand before the pow’r of hell and death is at your side, know that I am with you, through it all

Be not afraid, I go before you always, Come follow Me, and I shall give you rest.

Blessed are your poor, for the Kingdom shall be theirs. Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked men insult and hate you, all because of Me, blessed, blessed are you!

Be not afraid, I go before you always, Come follow Me, and I shall give you rest.

May God bless you in this difficult time. Thank you for inspiring us all.

Love, Katie Austin

Anonymous said...

May the white light of the Holy Spirit shine upon your family and keep you strong. May your faith and strength through God give you comfort at this time. Thank you for sharing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Noreen Arcides

Anonymous said...

Charlie and Allie: I am Charlotte Berman's mother and she passed along Baby Cate's blog and I have been amazed at how such a small little girl had such a very large impact on the lives of others. Having lost a child, I know of the hole in your hearts. Having lost a child that I know is with our blessed Savior, I know of the hope you have in Jesus. During this time, lean on Him, let Him carry you. Before Baby Cate was born, He knew the plans He had for her. We don't understand these plans but we must trust that He does. In Christ - Vikki Harrison

Anonymous said...

We've never met before, but I am still praying for all of you. Your faith has inspired me to trust God wholly and completely. Cate is in Heaven now and is forever our little angel. I love you!

Angie said...

We hurt beside you. We love you.
Angie and Chris Vaughan

Anonymous said...

Baby Cate has changed so many lives and brought so many to Christ. She taught people how to pray and how to love Jesus. You and Ali have been teaching us how to stay faithful and how to love God, each other and our children. We are still with you during this time where our hearts are so heavy. We will be with you in prayer in the months and even years ahead because every time we pray we will feel Baby Cate praying along with us. We love you all so much. Your strength and hope give us all something to live up to when it is our time to carry our own cross. Lord, please consume this beautiful family and their friends in Your abundant grace...Ricky, Terri, Sara and Kristin

Anonymous said...

Charlie and Ali,

I'm sooo sorry. If I can accomplish a little of what baby Cate did while she was here on earth, then I will be glad.

Seth and I will be home on Friday. Our love and prayers and anything good that we have is being sent your way. Don't be afraid of this time. His light and love is all around you...holding you in His heart.

Ms. Laura

Anonymous said...

God saw she was getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around her,
And whispered "Come with me."

With tear-filled eyes we watched her
Suffer and pass away.
Although we loved her deeply,
We could not make her stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hand put to rest.
God broke our heart to prove to us,

Tracy said...

I must tell you that your family has touched ours in a way we will never forget. God Bless you and little saint Cate.

Melanie Venable said...

Charlie and Ali,
My thoughts and prayers have been with you through out Cate's little life. I know your faith and love for each other will get you through the rough times. Ali, I know you are as strong and loving as your mother is. I remember how much of an inspiration she was to me during our teaching days at Armstrong together. You and Charlie are an inspiration to so many people whose lives you've touched through your daily blogs. God bless your little family. Love, Ms. Mel Venable

Anonymous said...

Charlie and Ali,

I am so deeply sorry to hear of your loss of Baby Cate. Know that she has brought one more sinner to the feet of Christ on the Cross. Your vigilence and undying faith has brought me to my knees in prayer for the first time in many, many, many years. I hope you continue this blog throughout your trials and struggles to accept this loss. I think it was God's intention so that people like me can see and feel the strength in your undying faith. God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers and thought are with you and your family. May God be with you.

Ann said...

Charlie and Ali -
You are in our daily thoughts and prayers. We are mourning with you.
Thank you so much for sharing Cate with us. She has deepend our faith and increased our hope so much.
My heart is sad as we cry for Cate...our only consolation is that she IS in Heaven where He will be - "and he will wipe away every tear, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away." "Behold, I make all things NEW."
We love you. We will pray for peace that surpasses all understanding.
In Christ,
Mike and Anna

Anonymous said...

I did not know you but I prayed for you and Baby Cate. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kristin said...

Dear Ali & Charlie,

We are deeply sorry for the loss of Cate. We realize that no words, scriptures, poems or songs can fully describe the suffering you are enduring right now---We know exactly how you are feeling. After our precious daughter, Elle Ava, died, nothing could take the pain away. Please know that we are here for you, to support you both in any way we can as you begin to walk through the most difficult part of your journey. Elle and Cate are our special angels until the day we join them again.

With Love and Empathy,
Kristin & Bryan Boudreaux

P.S. The words that touched me the most in the deepest part of my suffering were:

As the Lord was holding this
Angel before her birth,
he silently whispered
'Too perfect for Earth.'

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the tiniest feet leave the biggest imprint on our hearts.

Lafayette, LA

Maureen Gallagher said...

Very Dear Charlie and Ali-
I speak for a nation and for a world who has been reached through not only your daughter, but through your transparent witness of Christ through your maternal and paternal love and through your own place as Children of God struggling along on this journey of life.

I will be posting the global prayer chain on the next blog, but just so you know... We had people on EVERY CONTINENT praying for the little dear one, Cate. I received confirmation yesterday morning from Germany that Pope Benedict XVI's brother, Fr. George Ratzinger was joining in prayer and that the Continent of Antarctica was uniting in prayer as well!!!

Please know that our prayers do not stop... they just shift a bit.

We pray for little Ella and Dude for their consolation, and for the Lord to bless them in a renewed way with His Holy Spirit.

We pray for your family and close friends, that they would continue to be a united front and a fortress of prayer and wisdom in this time and for the journey ahead.

We pray in thanksgiving for the medical staff at Texas Children's Hospital who truly were changed and renewed by Cate and your witness as parents.

We pray especially for all of those that have come to the Lord through the beautiful witness of Cate. We pray that they might receive unwavering confidence in the Lord's providence of their own walk and the ways He is inviting them deeper into His divine love.

And certainly, our relentless prayers for you as a couple. That you would continue to lean into God and that He would continue to reveal Himself in the Sacrament of your Marriage. For your continued walk of faith with one another though good times and bad, through sickness and in health.. And that for the rest of your days, that you would continue to fall in love with one another and receive all of the ways that the Lord continues to fall in love with each of you.

Love and prayers continue,

Lindsay said...

It is amazing what this little girl accomplished in her short time with us. She is an angel. I don't know you personally but I am praying for your family and everyone Baby Cate touched. Thank you for sharing your story.

Jennie C. said...

Heartfelt condolences from our family to yours. We are so very, very sorry for your great loss.

Jamie Orillion said...

our prayers will never end!
thank you Father for ALL Your blessings!

Judy said...

Charlie & Ali,

Words cannot express to you how my heart aches for you both. But hopefully you will get some comfort knowing that one day you will see Baby Cate again and will get to spend an eternity with her.

In Him,
Judy Carnes (Hudson's Nana)

Anonymous said...

I keep thinking today about Ali's comment about how it was Cate's heart that was the issue... and how true that is of so many of us. Our hearts are broken. Not just from the sorrow that fills them when we hear that a little one has left her parents but from the day in and day out pain we witness and experience. Our hearts break and are broken all the time! And I think in sharing your story about Cate you allowed all of us to use our brokeness for some good! To call out to God and ask Him to not only heal Cate but heal all of us! He did heal Cate, not the way we asked, but her heart is no longer broken. I just pray that all the people touched by Cate and the Cantrell family can allow God to work on their hearts. I know He is working on mine, in a way I haven't let him in a long time! Because of Cate I opened my broken heart to Him again! My prayer is that He will continue to do that for all the people who loved Cate through the words on this blog!!!

Teresa Clark

Anonymous said...

You are all in our hearts & prayers. We're so sorry, I don't know what to say, we're just so sorry.
Bob & Jen Rice

Anonymous said...


I'll lend you for a little while
A child of mine, God said
for you to love, while they live.
And mourn for when there dead.
It may be six or seven years
or forty two or three
but will you, till I call them back,
take care of them for me?
They'll bring there charms to gladden you
and, should there stay be brief....
You'll have there lovely memories
as a solace for your grief.
I cannot promise they will stay,
since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught below,
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the whole world over
in my search for teachers true,
and from the things that crowd life's lane,
I have chosen you!
Now will you give them all our love?
Nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
This LENT CHILD back again?
I fancied that I heard them say
Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joy thy child shall bring
the risk of grief we'll run.
We will shelter them with tenderness,
we'll love them while we may.
And for the happiness we have known
forever grateful stay.
But should thy Angel call for them
much sooner then we've planned,
we'll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand....

Written By: Fdgar L. Guest

Anonymous said...

When I was at St. Laurence you both taught me so much about my faith. That torch was then passed to your precious baby cate, and she too taught me so much in her short time here on earth. I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet angel, it just makes my heart hurt for you. Just know that the whole Elizondo family has your family in our prayers. God Bless You all and little cate in heaven.

Ashley (Elizondo) Tabor

Shar Hudson said...

Dear Ali, Charlie, Emma and Dude.
As I sat here wondering what to pray for you guys just one word was given to me: PEACE. Christ is called The Prince of Peace because He is in charge of peace. He is the expert on peace. He's the guy to go to when you need it. So my prayer is that you and your family feel HIS PEACE flood over you like a waterfall. May it soak you and refresh you. May you continue to stand under it as you go thru this difficult time.

Last night when Mary told me about Cate going to be with Jesus, I began to cry. My three year old, Lilli, asked, "Mommy, why are you sad?" I told her about Cate and that she is in Heaven with Jesus now but that I am sad for her family because she is no longer here with them. She said, "Mommy, do you think she is running in the streets of gold right now? (Her big thing about Heaven is that she will be able to play in the streets and not have to hold my hand). Or do you think she is sitting on Jesus' lap?" When I told her I wasn't sure she said, "Mommy, I think she is on Jesus' lap and He is singing to her...because she is new in Heaven and He will want to make her welcome there."

I am just so sorry that she had to go so soon. Ali and Charlie, your love for Christ and one another is amazing and it is something I want to have when I grow up.

Shar Hudson

Anonymous said...

As I sit here staring at the computer reading the comments my heart is saddened for you all.

I do envision Jesus coming down and gently taking Cate is his arms. I hope that is also comforting to you as well.

I know your Aunt in Dallas, and have come to love all of you. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

Debbie said...

Dear Cantrell family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. I was saddened beyond belief when Carol McDonough called last night. There are no words to express how sorry I am for all of you. I know God is holding precious Cate in his loving arms. I pray you will be surrounded with His everlasting love.

Debbie Gamble

Susan DeMerchant said...

I write something more after a time, I pray for you still. May God be with you all in these next few days! Hug Ella & Dude and each other.

Your loved,

The DeMerchant's

Anonymous said...

To the Cantrell's,
My heart is heavy and there are no words...except to say thank you, thank you for sharing your journey and allowing Baby Cate into our lives...even though I did not meet her, she touched my life in such a positive and great way!! It has been a priviledge to pray for her and your family will remain in my prayers, especially through this difficult time.... and I will carry Cate with me forever!
Breyan and family

Anonymous said...

Your family has touched so many lives. Dearest Baby Cate you will be missed and we never even met. I can't help but feel as though we have though. I wish you eternal happiness and peace to your family here on earth. I hope your life story continues to touch people around the world.

Pamela C
Fresno, Ca

Charlie and Andrea said...

You all remain constantly in our prayers. May our Lord grant you peace as you endure this trial. Our hearts break with and for you.

Anonymous said...

Baby Cate has touched our lives in a profound way... what a blessing she has given us. She is truly a little saint. Know that your entire family remails in our constant thoughts and prayers.

Stephanie and Pete Greenfield

Anonymous said...


Jesus, is she with you?
I wonder every day
I sit and wonder why she's gone
And why she could not stay

Every part of me is empty
I feel I can't go on
But then I look to heaven
I hear this beautiful song

Mommy I am with him
He holds me in his arms
When ever I am with him
he keeps me safe and warm

He says you shouldn't worry
I am safe and loved right here
With all the other baby angels
that passed within the years

We have a special place up here
He thought that you should know
Where the Blessed Mother takes
your place for now until you show

When I hear this precious little voice
From the heavens above
I know that all the angels
are showering him with love

For everyone that wants to hear
their babies voice so innocent and sweet
Just close your eyes and begin to pray
and embrace them in your sleep.

(c) Angela Gibson All Rights Reserved

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We care so much and Baby Cate, along with her MOM and DAD have touched our lives forever.

Jennifer, Greg, Rachel, Michelle, Michael and Scott Simoneaux

Jeaneane said...

Charlie and Ali, I cannot even begin to imagine what you both are going through. I have a little boy that was born 2 days before Cate, and we have all been praying for your family. We will continue to pray that your family is filled with God's peace! Thank you for sharing your sweet angel with us!

Rick, Jackie, and Javed Drew

Joey and Adele Schweitzer said...

Charlie and Ali,
This is Adele (Hynes) and Joey Schweitzer-we went to school with Charlie. We can not even express our sorrow to you or how much we are praying for y'all.Please know of our deepest prayers. May Our Blessed Mother comfort and hold you today and always. Cate is beautiful and I know she is interceding for you both and your other precious children right now. God bless you. love, Joey and Adele

Anonymous said...

My short walk with Baby Cate helps me further understand saintliness. Who knows why God chooses certain souls to help others in their faith journey? Young Cate has helped thousands around the globe to pray, and feel, and touch, and understand, to participate, and belong, and love...It's beautiful; it's communion. We're all forever closer to the ultimate face-to-face from the grace received from loving Baby Cate. Thank you God for this young Saint! Peace.


Lorri said...

Our 8 month old daughter is one of the saints in heaven, too. I am so sorry that you are now walking the same path as I am. I will pray for your family - I know too well the dark days ahead.

A good friend wrote these scriptural passages down for me and I carried them with me, along with the last pictures of our sweet baby, for months. I hope they bring you comfort, too:

"But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31

"He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart" Isaiah 40:11

Steve said...

May Christ's grace pour out upon you and your family. Our hearts are aching for you. Please know you are in our prayers.
In Christ~ Christin and Steve Eichert

Angela said...

My heart aches for you all. Cate is at peace now. My prayers are with you all.

an It's My Heart Mom to Kyle, 10 COA and bicuspid aortic valve, Megan 7 HH

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry about your beautiful and precious Baby Cate. She has become part of my heart and you are all in my prayers and always will be.

All my love,

Anonymous said...

Charlie and Ali,
Already Cate has been busy in heaven. One of these days I will tell you about an important, although small, miracle that I attribute to her intercession.
I am begging Jesus to use every ounce of pain to build His Kingdom and to bring you His peace. Suffering is the finest currency in God's eyes. Cate will buy you and many of us enormous blessings. Mary Hindelang and I wept for you, count on our ongoing prayer. We love you and yours.

Genie Summers

Anonymous said...

It hurts to imagine what your precious angel had to endure. Shed only tears of joy that the battle is over and she has been victorious. You must be so proud to have such a miracle placed into your hearts and everyone's lives. God knew exactly what he was doing when he chose you two for Baby Cate's parents. He knew a child this precious could only be given to special people like you. Baby Cate has done more on this earth in 7 months than any one of us could hope and pray to accomplish in a lifetime. How amazing it must be to have a seat at the foot of the Lord! We all strive everyday to earn that spot. Your precious child has redirected so many lives-friends, family, strangers-onto the correct path to Christ. She was sent from Heaven only to return when her mission was complete. Baby Cate lives on throughout the world in every person whose life she touched. Every morning, during my 30-minute drive to work, I have dedicated this as "time of prayer for Baby Cate." Know that I will continue this always, as she has touched my life forever. I thank you for having the courage and strength to allow everyone into your lives and hearts. Without you, Baby Cate would not have been able to reach out to us all and spread the Word of the Lord. God knew the both of you would be His vessel to allow Baby Cate to communicate with the world. Your family has been a blessing and inspiration to so many. I hope you feel the love and prayer your family is surrounded by. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers, always.

When I am gone, please don't cry; let me go.

I have so many things to see and do. I have never dreamed I would do them without you.

Please don't tie yourself to me with tears, Be happy that we've had our years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess, How much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you have shown, But now it's time I travel on alone.

So, grieve for me if you must; Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It's only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories in your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on; If you need me call and I will come.

Though you can't see or touch me, I'll always be near; And if you listen with your heart you will hear, all my love around you soft and clear.

Then when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and welcome you home!

A Rayne family

Erin said...

To all of the Cantrell/Guidry Families - I am praying for you constantly and you are forever on my heart. Thank you for sharing your journey and for being so vulnerable. My hope for you is steadfast. I know that the world and our Great Father lifts your hearts high. I know that your family units are rooted even deeper in Love and Grace, thanks to the beautiful Cate. She will forever stand in your hearts for all that she is and all that she represents. I am sending constant thoughts your way. Much love, Erin Hawkins

K.H. said...

I can't even find the words. I am so, so sorry.

She is in His arms now, where she (and all of us) truly belongs. Cold comfort, perhaps, to those left behind -- but it's the truth, and thank God for it.

I will pray for your sweet family. I don't know what else I can do. I know Cate will be praying for you, too.

Kelly said...

Charlie and Ali,

My heart is heavy with grief for you and your family. I am so sorry. This doesn't seem right, or fair, or good. But we don't love and live for a God that does things that SEEM right or fair or good. We love and live for a God that IS fair and right and good, and for this reason I have faith and hope for ya'll. Our prayers are still with you as you continue on this journey. Thank you for sharing your precious daughter with all of us, I'm amazed at how the Lord has used her to bless so many at such a young age. We're sending you prayers for peace and hope!

Kelly & Franklin Diaz

Renee Moroux said...

Ali and Charlie,
I am still praying for yall everyday. Like I said before, I am in Houston and work very close to TCH. If you need anything, let me know. My email in rmorou@gmail.com. I know you prolly have lots of help right now. You are in our prayers and are very hopeful with you.
Renee Moroux

renee moroux said...

I just read the comments on the post. I am so sorry and my heart is completely broken right now. You are forever in my prayers.
Renee Moroux

Anonymous said...

I am writing to tell you that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are very sorry for your loss. I love you and i hope that your husband and two other children give you the strength you need to push forward.
Much Love,
Kelly Barras

Mandy Gibson said...

Ali and Charlie,
I've had you on my heart ALL DAY today. I'm not sure that a family has ever affected me the way yours has. During my prayers, when I don't even know what to pray, I just ask God to give you exactly what you need in that exact moment. I now know what it means to love someone with the love of the Lord, because that's what I feel for your family. Thank you for your example you offered to all of us at TCH. It was POWERFUL!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. May Angels lead her Home.

Sarah Kate said...

Charlie, Ali, Ella, and Dude,
I've been searching for how to express my love for your precious family and the sorrow in my heart for your loss. All I can offer you is my prayers and my love.
Sarah Rabs

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry! I know that no words I say will help you through the pain. Know that my prayers are with you, and that God is wrapping you in his arms.

Anonymous said...

Beloved Baby Cate, love for you is like breathing we lift you high to Our Sweet Lord .I will Not leave you or forsake you.Your name is engraved in my heart.This is one gigantic challenge,to help your parents get filled again,there is such a profound permanent love, loss ,but it is not for our God who made each one of us.This child, of Yours Father ,she had a great anointing on her.I BELIEVE and UNITE with your Folks and all thier prayers and all of your friends who are praying....To the greater glory and honor of Our Lord.Her life still unfolds... as we write to you and for a age to
come...Our prayers continues,in love....terese

Ray Haeuser said...

I am afected by your loss more than I thought I could be. Cate and my mom share the same name so perhaps my mom will greet little Cate and give her a hug for me and tell her "thank you" for teaching me that my heart can still feel so intensely........

Your friend,

Ray Haeuser

Anonymous said...

We haven't met but I have prayed for Cate over the last week since another blogger linked to your blog and I am in tears over your loss. My prayers will continue to be with your family during this time of sorrow. May the beautiful faith you have so generously shared with the world sustain you.

Fr. Jose Robles Sanchez said...

I just want to express my love and respect for you both. You have taken your vocation as a father and mother very serious and until the last consequence. God has been with you and He will continue being with you all. I humble myself to you both and offer my LOVE to you and the best that I can give to you all now, my priestly blessing In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Fr. Jose Robles Sanchez

Josh said...

You don't know me, but trust that I am praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

Alli & Charlie,

My heart is breaking for you right now. Your strength and unwavering faith will guide you through this unbearable loss. Your Cate was an angel, may we all experience that that type of unconditional love. I will be praying for you continuously, please call on me if you need anything at all. All my love,

Sherry Mouton

Anonymous said...

Baby Cate... we miss you and look forward to meeting you in heaven. You have touch the hearts of many of us. Please pray for us. We will pray for your family.

Anonymous said...

I met your family at Hunter & Addison's birthday party when you were anxiously awaiting baby Cate's arrival. I have followed your story through Wendi and Marsha. I will continue to pray for your family. I am very sorry to hear of Cate's passing, and can't imagine your journey. Through your blog, you and Cate have given me a renewed appreciation for my faith in God. I would like to make handmade rosaries for you and your children using the roses you will receive over the next few days. I hope you will accept this gift.
--Adrienne Zembower

Jenny said...

You don't know me, but a friend sent your blog asking for prayers for your sweet Cate. I immediately smiled b/c we once had a Catie.... we lost her last year at the age of 4 to cancer... There is nothing easy about the journey that lies ahead of you. But, I can promise that God really does give a peace that passes all understanding... He really is there through it all... and I have a sneaking feeling that my Catie has found your Cate and is loving on her already... she loved babies so. Prayers for you as you begin this journey...
Tre', Jenny, and Izzy

Anonymous said...

We are crying with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for Living Out Loud. You are so treasured. You are in our prayers.
Betsy, Trey, and Baby Fenton

Christy Burrmann said...

Dear Ali and Charlie,

We have been praying for your sweet baby, Cate, since her birth. I was so very sad to hear of her passing. I know I don't have the words to express my sorrow and sympathy to you. Please know that we will continue our prayers for your entire family and ask the Lord for strength, guidance, and comfort. Alexis specifically asked that I let you know how devastated she is for you, and she, too, will continue her prayers for you.

All our love,
The Burrmann Family

Anonymous said...

Praying for that single set of footprints for you guys...to know that He is carrying you!!

love love love,
ben, maria, hannah, michaela, helena and gemma

kelly and joey said...

we love you, charlie and ali. we are beyond inspired by the witness of your marriage. i have never seen anything like it. we are praying for your family constantly. so thankful to be your friends...know that we are here. we love you. ~kelly and joey

Teresa said...

praying for you so hard right now and sending love to you
Teresa Walther

Anonymous said...

Dear Ali and Family,
I am very sorry to hear of Cate's passing, and can't imagine your pain. Through your blog, you and Cate have given me a renewed appreciation for my faith in God.I have not prayed this hard in a long time and I will continue praying for you and your family.
With love,
Doni Kovatch--Fellow JWJ teacher

Jennifer said...

Charlie, Ali, Ella and Dude-

I am so sorry to hear of your great loss of baby Cate. I've been keeping up with the news through our friends at Lexington Creek and your blog. I wish you nothing but God's peace, strength and love during your time of need. We are all lifting your family up in prayer and most especially lifting Cate up in prayer. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
Jennifer Dye (Lexington Creek Elem.)

Allyson said...

We are all still praying with and for you. May God bless your family as you go through this difficult time. May Cate strengthen you and watch over you now. You have a support system that will continue to lift you up in prayer, in hope and in love.
Allyson Guidry

Anonymous said...

We are here. We will stay with you.

Love you,
The Landreneaus

Anonymous said...

God bless you and keep you both. You are by no means alone. So many people have been and will continue to pray for you. Keep faith because as impossible as it is for us to imagine, God has a reason for everything he does. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.
Lara Hall

Dismas said...

Please accept my sincerest condolences. Mass will be offered for her here Thursday morning.

mandyhatman said...

Charlie and Ali,
All I can do right now is pray with gratitude and sorry: for you two, as amazing witnesses to everyone through this trial, and for sharing your miraculous Baby Cate with the world!! She remains a true testament to the faith, and has no doubt stormed the gates of heaven herself - for she has led thousands there through ya'lls courage. I pray that ya'll are able to rest in God and know that Cate is among the Saints....

Ya'll are in my unrelenting prayers!

Mandy Comeaux Hatman

Anonymous said...

I only learned of sweet, Baby Cate yesterday and still I Love her. I'm weeping as I read the news of her passing. Please know that your family has touched me in ways you'll never understand. Your blog has made my heart happy and light again through your unwavering faith and love in the Lord. Thank you for sharing your lives with the world! My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family now and forever.

Anonymous said...

She is making so many people very happy up in heaven! Your family is in my prayers...

Simonne said...

We love you guys and will continue to pray for you during this season and beyond.
With love,
The Broussards- Ben, Simonne, Noah, and Joel

Anonymous said...

Cantrell Family,
For a long long time, it feels like I have been praying for a miracle to happen for Baby Cate...but thinking about it now, SHE was the miracle...Her life touched THOUSANDS all around the world. I know that this marathon is not over for you guys, and so I want you to know that i love you guys and am still thinking/praying about you.
Jackie Drilling
St. Laurence

Anonymous said...

I have never met you before and I had actually just found your blog last night. I stayed up until 2AM reading your story and it truly touched me. As I fed my 3 month old son today, I held him a little tighter and told him about baby Cate. I pray that I can have the same level of obedience and trust in God's Will as you have had. Know that you are in my prayers during this time of loss. I truly appreciate your testimony to our faith!!!

---Jeanne Duval

katiekeefesmith said...

I've been out of town, and I don't know how I missed all of this, but I found out last night about y'all and your sweet precious Cate. Charlie and Ali, you have always been so sweet, enduring, and precious to me. I believe in you and your love and your family, and I praise God that I am able to once again stand in awe of Him in you. Baby Cate, I'm cheering for you! Love you all!

Katie & Steve, Ann Katherine, Dude & Patrick Smith

Anonymous said...

Dear Cantrell family,
We are storming heaven for you at this time of unimaginable suffering. I know that such intense suffering can obscure the face of Christ for a time (papal encyclical "On Human Suffering"), but know that even when you can't see Him, He is so close. We love you.

Sarah Summers

Hudson said...

Our hearts are heavy as we learned the news of Cate being called to heaven. We think of your sweet family many times a day. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
We love you!
Bryan, Stephanie & Hudson Carnes

Anonymous said...

Dear Cantrell Family,

Like many others commenting here, I found your blog when visiting another one. And like so many others here, my heart is broken to hear of your loss.

So much can be said about your family and your faith. But what speaks most loudly to me is your courage and trust. Trust in the One who saves us and brings us through such trials. You have both said so eloquently what many of us will try in vain to say again - we are saved in Hope.

I will continue to pray for all of you and other families suffering the loss of a child. I will give thanks for your witness to the faith and for your courage in sharing your journey with complete strangers. Yet for a moment in time we were all connected through your daughter, Cate. And we are all better for it.

Father in heaven, we lift the Cantrell family up to you in prayer. Grant them consolation in the coming days of mourning and grief. Continue to strengthen them and their family and friends and grant them peace. We ask this in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Nerina Bellinger
Victor, NY

Anonymous said...

Please find and listen to this song....

"I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with your family.


Anonymous said...

What am AMAZING legacy for such a small individual!! Baby Cate, without any words at all besides those of her wonderful parents, has lead more people closer to christ than some people who have made it their life-time career ever will. Sometimes the way someone lives their life says so much more about them than what they say or proclaim. It is just astounding to think how many lives one little girl can touch in just 7 short months. And I must mention...you, Ali and Charlie, played a very important role as well. You were both willing to be vulnerable if it would in any way help or inspire more people to pray for your precious little angel.

Ali, I will never forget everything you did for me as my 8th grade buddy at RCE, and also beyond then. I still remember you consoling me one day after mass in kindergarten because I got the hiccups in mass and I was all embarrassed and starting crying lol...I was so shy! And Charlie, you have inspired me so much in the time I have known you. I still remember the night you told us you were leaving St. Joseph's lifeteen...I think that's the first time I ever had a broken heart. Just like the 2 of you have comforted me throughout my years growing up, I hope that the both of you and also your families can find comfort in the arms of Jesus and his Mother. Little Cate no longer needs the comfort of them like the rest of you do. She is in a happy place and in the arms of her Uncle Phil...and I'm sure there is a long line behind him of people who have heard of Baby Cate and want to meet her and hold her as well.

You will both remain in my prayers. I love both of you and your families!!

With love, Ellen Ware

Anonymous said...

My heart is broken right now as I find that Cate has passed away. She is so beautiful and Heaven is so lucky to have such an angel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.


Liz said...

My heart goes out to you for your enormous loss.

You are in my prayers.

the blakesleys said...

Charlie and Ali,
What a witness you are to the sacrament of marriage and the grace with which it brings. You have called us to a deeper longing for God and a true surrendering to His plan for our lives. You've taught us to hope more and love harder. Our prayers are with you, Ella and Dude right now. What a beautiful angel you have in sweet Baby Cate! We know it is not an end, but a beginning for all the Lord has in store for you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
Much love,
The Blakesleys (Josh, Heather, Sophie & Sutton)

midwestmom3 said...

Charlie and Ali,
We will continue to pray for all of you.
Blessings and Peace,
Todd and Julie

Anonymous said...

Cantrell Family,
We don't know eachother, but I found your blog through a friend and I want you to know that I am praying for your family. My husband and I both will be bathing your family in prayer in this time of loss! Your faith is an encourgement as you cling to our Savior!
~Briana Gay

Timberly said...

My prayers of sympathy to you and your family. Baby Cate has worked for God. She has meet her reason for being on Earth now she will be an angel guiding those people she touched.

Anonymous said...

In only 7 months Cate served more purpose in life than most people do in their entire lives. To think that so many people who didn't even know her went to church and prayed for the first time ever is just absolutely amazing. I know it's going to be hard, really hard sometimes but she really is the lucky one...she gets to be in heaven with Philip and not have to suffer in this world that unfortunately gets worse as time goes on. You both are the reason why I stayed in Lifeteen throughout high school...yall were "so cool" to all of us and had the relationship we all strived to have (some of us still striving for haha)... As I read Ellen's blog I laughed when she said her first heart break was when Charlie said he was leaving because it's so true....we all got so close to you so fast and then you dumped us! hahaha jk....and Ali, my very first memory of Ali was when I was very little and well I had an imaginary friend named Gaydaykobay (I kid you not) and my mom went to pick Ali up to come to our house with Marin and when we were on the way home I apparently wanted some attention (imagine that) and started crying because we had "left Gayday at the Guidry's house"...yep so Im pretty sure to shut me and my annoying ADD self up my mom went back...then years later I really got close to Ali through Lifeteen ...especially when she was our chaperone in our hotel room for Steubenville, I remember Mary and I being sooooo pumped up bc we had "the cool chaperone" haha...anyway just thought Id tell you guys how much you both mean to me and my family, and of course Ill be praying for you guys during this hard time! Love, Erin Dawson

The Magill Family said...

My heart is breaking for you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, my friend Erin Beckemeier sent out a prayer request for your beautiful baby girl. My daughter actually shares the same birthday as your sweet angel Cate. We were fortunate she did not inherit the same heart condition her brother did - a VSD. I truely am amazed at your families faith and love in God, and know He will keep you in His arms during this difficult time. You have reminded me that throught the most difficult of times your faith can pull you through. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Emma said...

May Cate's Memory Be Eternal!

We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Ali and Family,

A time like this is NEVER easy! I will pray for your strength, peace, and your family. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

In my thoughts and prayers,
Jennifer Warren

Mandy said...

you do not know me, but me, like the rest of the comments on this blog, i was so deeply touched and followed your faith filled journey via this blog.

Please know that she is now watching you, and all of us.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime via my e-mail, CFCcritiques@comcast.net


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby. My heart grieves for your family. Your courageous story has been a testament to prayer and the love of God to so many people. I know that Saint Baby Cate is praising God tonight with all the angels. Thank you for sharing your amazing story of faith and trust with all of us. There are so many that are closer to God in prayer thanks to little Cate's life.
~Prayers from North Carolina

Marlo said...

Dear Cantrells,

Our heart aches for you and your loss. May God give you peace and comfort, and joy once again.

A long time ago, Charlie, you were Carae Domini's first household "mascot.". Our household scripture is Romans 12:10-15

"Love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute (you), bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep."

Know that we have and will continue to rejoice in hope with you, persevere in prayer, endure affliction and weep with you during this time.

May Mary hold you all in her arms!
The Vernons

Mary Spencer said...

Ali, Charlie, & family
I am so very sorry for your lost.Please know that all of you are in my prayers. I pray that God would send the Holy Spirit to comfort you as go through this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Cate was able to do MIRACLES on this Earth that would take some a lifetime (if ever) to accomplish. She taught us the importance of prayer, faith, and having a genuine relationship with God. We also learned the importance of a strong family. Your family has been a blessing in so many ways; and though this is probably the most difficult moment to endure, remember the impact your beautiful daughter has made on mankind. Cate has been an angel from God since the moment she was given to you. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Praying God's strength and support on your family.
Mary Spencer
1 John 5:13

Nicole Coffin said...

I am so deeply sad to hear about your loss. Our family holds your family in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

I hesitated to comment, but then I remembered what a comfort it was to receive sympathy cards and kind words when my grandfather passed. Your family is in my prayers. You guys are an inspiration and have touched the lives of many with your constant turn to God in this struggle!

- A st. Laurence teen :O)

The Allemans said...


When God calls little children to dwell with him above, we mortals sometime question the wisdom of His love. For no heartache compares with the death of one small child, who does so much to make our world seem wonderful and mild. Perhaps God tires of calling the aged to his fold, So He picks a rosebud before it can grow old. God knows how much we need them, and so He takes but few to make the land of Heaven more beautiful to view. Believing this is difficult still somehow we must try, the saddest word mankind knows will always be "goodbye". So when a little child departs, we who are left behind must realize God loves children, Angels are hard to find.

All our love and in our thoughts and prayers,

Poppa Jim, Linda, Blair and Hannah Alleman

Anonymous said...

Ali and Charlie,
We have never met, but I feel like I know you. I have followed your story daily for the past two weeks, after a friend from Lafayette asked me to pray for you. From the beginning, I have been in awe of you and your beautiful faith. Baby Cate has touched my life profoundly. Though I never met her, I loved her. I was anxious to "check on her" today via your blog. I was anticipating reading that her little heart had begun on its own. I felt like I'd been punched in the stomach when I read the comments and learned that Cate had gone to her Father's arms. I sat and sobbed for you. I am so so so sorry for your beautiful family's pain. I believe Mary has cried for you as well. She knows your pain. My prayers for you will not stop. I pray for God to enfold you in his comfort and peace.
In Christ,
Aimee B.

Blair said...

My deepest condolences. I'm so sorry to read of the loss of your sweet baby girl.

Anonymous said...


Know that Cate is still watching you wherever you go-she can just watch over you now!


Take comfort in knowing that the greatest Father of all is now taking care of your little girl-what better place for your little girl to be!!

Know that we will be praying for you!

Nicky, Mark and Brett

Kiley said...

Cantrell Family,
My deepest and sincerest sympathy goes out to your entire family. I write to you from The Woodlands, Texas, just 1 hour north of where you are at TCH. I am originally from Gonzales, Louisiana. Your blog was passed on to me by a fellow Catholic home school mom because my daughter, Khloe', was born in January 2008 with TOF as well as a disconnected Left Pulmonary Artery.Actually, our entire home school group has been praying. As I sat tonight reading EVERY blog entry you made, I am amazed at how strong your faith and your love of our Lord is. It shines through in all your words. There were times during Khloe's hospitalization that I couldn't even think clearly enough to remember the words to the Our Father or Hail Mary. Please know that your words are inspiring, changing, leading people back to Christ. Baby Cate is a saint and has saved many, many lives. I can only sit here and know the agony of what you have gone through. Praise be to God we still have our precious Khloe' with us. We all know life is too short and only loaned to us for a while, but it hurts so much to know Baby Cate's life was so short. Still, she accomplished more in her few months than many accomplish in a whole lifetime. I will forever remember and pray for your family, as we as parents of children with CHD must remain as one. May God bless you and hold you in His arms as you grieve and live on.
Kiley Ghaddar

Fr. Dan Beeman said...

I can't imagine what this is like for you both. I simply promise prayers and thank you for your faithfulness.

JoJo said...

I do not know what to say other than thank you so much for allowing us all to journey with you. You are in my prayers. I am so sorry.

Ryan Picard said...

My sincerest condolesnces to you and your entire family. May our merciful Lord calm your heart and soothe your sorrows. Though difficult, remember to continue to call upon Him for strength. Ya'll are in my prayers, as well as my entire family and many of the young adults from Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Student Center on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

May God bless you,

Ryan Picard

Melissa and Travis said...

Charlie and Ali,

Our hearts are broken for you today. I had never felt such pain in all my life, until our daughter died. Your broken heart can only be understood by you, but you will have to let each other be your strength. Thankfully one of us was always strong when the other was weak.

I am Melissa and my husband is Travis. We are from Rayne, but now live in Houston. Today we celebrated our daughter Timberlee's 5th birthday. I am sure she celebrated as well, in heaven. In 12 days it will be her 5th anniversary with God. We kind of try to ignore the sadness of that day and do our very best to celebrate her life. A friend from Rayne called me today and told me part of Cate's story. She thought I could understand and maybe help you guys find comfort.

There was nothing anyone could say when Timberlee died that would make any of it seem right. Five years later my heart is still broken, but I am better and my family is still together, happy and strong in Christ.

Timberlee had transposition of the arteries and three vsd's. She was on the echmo machine for one week. She underwent three surgeries in 12 days.

Through many conversations with God, I have found peace.

I find much joy in sharing my daughter's life. One day I hope that we can share their stories.

I found much comfort the first year on the website, angels4ever.com. It is for parents going through the death of a child. It was the only place I could find other moms who had an idea of what I was feeling.

Twelve days and seven months are very different. I would not begin to pretend that I can understand what you are feeling, but we can share how we made it through.

I want to say so much more, and make it better for you than it was for me, but I also know that I can't.

Our friends and our family who cooked, cleaned and cut our grass for us, called us and left us alone when we needed were such a blessing, let yourself accept their help and unplug your answering machine.

We are always available. sew4fish@gmail.com (Melissa) pelltraj@gmail.com (Travis) If you want to talk send an email and we'll send our number.

You are in our hearts and our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Charlie and Ali,
We are crying with you and yet, our hope is strong. For love is stronger than death.
Thanks for your generosity in sharing Cate's life with so many.
Deacon Doug and Lani Bogart

Kelly Savoie Hoffpauir said...

I can't imagine the pain you must be feeling during this tragic time in your life but I know that your faith in God will get you through. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Kelly Savoie Hoffpauir & Jeremy, David, Riley, & Reed.

Anonymous said...

I first would like to say your family are in my thoughts and prayers, I am so sorry for your loss. I would also like to say THANK YOU for sharing Cate's story with us, it has truly been an inspiration of faith to me in more ways than you know. Thank you.

Kelli Colomb said...

Ali, Charlie and family, I do not know you personally, but I was a Tri Delta with Jenny and heard about the blog through my mom and other Tri Deltas. I have been keepnig up with this blog and praying for Baby Cate and your entire family daily. I have been so touched by these updates and cant imagine what you all are going through.I will contine to pray for baby Cate and the entire family every single day. It brings tears to my eyes to know that such a young, beautiful child has been called to Heaven, but I know that she DEFINITELY fufilled her purpose on earth. Cate has touched millions of lives, without even knowing it. She is truly an ANGEL, and will be watching over her family. I will continue to pray for Baby Cate and the entire Cantrell family.

Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.


The many comments from mothers who have children who have died provide hope and comfort. Knowing that others have walked through this dark path add a drop of light in such a difficult time.

As the father of two daughters, it is impossible for my mind and heart to imagine loosing either of them. The Manly Request that I have is for fathers who have lost a child to let Charlie know you are out there. Charlie has bared his soul through Cate’s suffering and now needs you even more.

Charlie, you are teaching Dude what being a real man is all about. In years to come when Dude reads the words his father wrote, they will come as no surprise because you live what you say.


Mike Bishop said...

Hi Charlie and Ali,
Our entire family has prayed for you and Cate every evening at the dinner table ever since Cate's blog was started. I heard the news earlier today, and was simultaneously sad and happy. My brother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last year, and it was a very difficult time for everyone who knew Terry. I miss him terribly, but am comforted knowing that he's up in heaven (where he is probably teaching a child how to swing a golf club!). I know that you miss Cate more than anyone can imagine, but it is so inspiring to see that your faith has given you such strength. I am certain that Cate is now resting peacefully in the arms of Our Lord, but during her short stay on earth she gave you experiences that will be with you forever. Funny how God works like that. Please accept the heartfelt condolences and prayers of your friend and former Sugar Land pediatrician and his family.
Mike, Patty, Michelle, Nicole, and Danielle Bishop

Tracie said...

Charlie, Ali, Ella and Dude:

I don't have the words to express just how sorry I am for your loss. If you can, take comfort in knowing that in her short life, she's done more in the name of Christ than most people will do in their lifetimes.

Charlie and Ali: You've given the greatest gift a parent could ever give, and that is the life of their child. Your act of faith reminds me of another who gave his son for us all...Cate has lived for us all.

Ella and Dude: Always remember what a great big sister and brother you were...in the pictures I saw, it was clear that Cate adored you. When you hear laughter, imagine that it is your sister, looking down on you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all right now.

Leila said...

"Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; for his soul was pleasing to the LORD, therefore he sped him out of the midst of wickedness" Wisdom 4:13-14

Love and prayers during this difficult time. Rest assured that your family has touched many and led them closer to Christ throughout this journey.

Anonymous said...

Saint Baby Cate will be praying for you her family at the throne of God. I know the heartache you suffer since my dear friends suffered the same loss last week of their 3 week old infant who also had been on the ECMO machine since birth. The Mass yesterday was beautiful but I admit to great pains watching the mom and dad walk down the aisle to His altar carrying the tiny white casket....giving her back to Him. I will be praying every day for God's loving comfort and peace for you, Baby Cate's family, healing and as you continue your journey.
ps I am attending a funeral Mass in the Detroit area on Friday morning for the aborted childred found in a dumpster owned by a local abortion clinic. Father Pavone will be concelebrating with the Bishop. I pray one day each little one lost to abortion will be grieved in the same way we grieve for Baby Cate. In fact, I will be asking Baby Cate for her prayers to help us end the holocaust of abortion.
Baby Cate Pray for us and this intention....

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,Caroline Lorio

Anonymous said...

I was asked to pray for Baby Kate and your family a while back and continued to check your blog for updates. I had told my 11 year old about your plight.. She and I have been praying every day together for all of you.She would ask me every day how everything was going. I told her the very sad news yesterday of Kate's passing. She Cried. Later in the evening after she had gone to bed, I saw that she had emailed all of her friends about Little Baby Kate's passing. She asked them all to pray for you guy's... Your little girl has touched so many hearts even the heart of my little girl. We will continue to pray for your family in the months ahead.