12 year-old Leaves Parents Heartbreaking Note

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I don’t think parents are designed to outlive their kids, but God watched His Son die so I guess  we’re not exempt from the pain either.

15-1111 Taylor

Taylor Smith died from pneumonia on January 5, 2014.  She was 12 and her parents, Tim and Mary Ellen Smith, suffered that pain of loss.  As they were sorting through their daughter’s things, they came across this.

15-1111 Taylor Env

An envelope containing a letter Taylor had written to herself a year earlier, to be opened in another nine years by Taylor.  They opened the letter and their daughter reached out to them through that letter.

15-1111 Taylor Letter

“Dear Taylor,

How’s life? Life is pretty simple right now (10 years in your past). I know I’m late for you, but as I’m writing, this is early, so, congratulations on graduating high school! If you didn’t go back and keep trying. Get that degree! Are you (we) in college? If not, I understand. We do have pretty good reasoning, after all.

Don’t forget, it’s Allana’s 11th birthday today! Sheesh, 11 already? In my time, she just turned 1! I didn’t get to go to that party though, because I was in Cranks, Kentucky for my first mission trip. I’ve only been back for 6 days!

Speaking of, how’s your relationship with GOD? Have you prayed, worshipped, read the bible, or gone to serve the Lord recently? If not, get up and do so NOW! I don’t care what point in our life we’re in right now, do it! He was mocked, beaten, tortured, and crucified for you! A sinless man, who never did you or any other person any wrong!


Now, have you gone on any more mission trips? Have you been out of the country yet? How about on a plane?

Is Doctor Who still on the air? If not, what regeneration did they end it with? You should go watch some Doctor Who! Later though, you gotta finish reading your own words of wisdom!

Do you have your own place yet? If we’re in college, what are we majoring in? Right now, I wanna be a lawyer.

Have you been to Dollywood recently? Right now, their newest attraction is the Wild Eagle. It’s so fun!

Also I think I’m going to sell my iPad and buy an iPad mini, Don’t forget to tell your kids that we’re older than the tablet! Attached I also have a drawing of an iPad, so you can show them.

Well, I think that’s all. But remember, it’s been 10 years since I wrote this. Stuff has happened, good and bad. That’s just how life works, and you have to go with it.


Taylor Smith”

Taylor reached out and encouraged them by reminding them what a wonderful daughter they had raised.

Hard times come, but God always seems to reach out with healing when we need it most.

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